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Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Simple, Natural Face Powder Recipe

I don't use many "beauty" products, but when I do, I make them myself when I can with simple, natural ingredients. I save a little money that way, but more importantly, I have piece of mind knowing that the stuff I'm using is safe for me, my family, and the planet.

As I was blending up my morning smoothie, it dawned on me that I could use that deliciously dark organic cocoa powder to tint a natural face powder. So I rushed on over to the soap shop to grab a few more things and give it a whirl.

The results were fantastic!  My simple recipe is below.  The cornstarch and clay absorb oils and reduce shine while the cocoa powder and cinnamon give it a nice scent as well as a little color. You can tweak how much to use to match your skin tone. Or try substituting other powders for the base like arrow root, kaolin clay, green clay or tapioca starch.

Experiment and have fun with this.  But do keep it simple. Because simple is almost always better.  Enjoy!

Natural Face Powder

1/8 C cornstarch
1/8 C calcium bentonite clay (I recommend Living Clay®)
1 TBS organic cocoa powder
1 TBS organic cinnamon powder

Sunday, June 29, 2014

So You Say You Got an Organic Garden?

Actually yes. We do. (Check out our squash and watermelons.)  We need some actual rain. But until then our automatic watering system's working out very nicely.  Thank you Jory!

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

those are some pretty ugly soaps

Hey, they said it, not me. All I did was search Google for "ugly soap" and this is what I got. Luckily, a wild soap bar did NOT pop up (knock on wood). These represent some hard lessons learned. Soapmaking can be so very much fun at times...

too much honey

misbehavin' fragrance oils

looks like mold (ewe)

stayed out on the porch a bit too long

1st batch in a pringles can...beginners luck?

thought she could wing it on the measurements

So what's your worst soap making mistake?  You DO know there'll be others, right?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


They've done it again.  Another soap company has copied our natural soap page....sigh....

Oh they changed a few words, added a couple of headlines, and threw in some bullet points, but those are still my words.  Ask me how I know.

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery.  Well guess what?  It's also illegal.  I've given them 7 days to remove our copyrighted content.  Should they be silly enough to choose not to, I'll be contacting my lawyers.

And of course Google!  'Cause they don't take kindly to plagiarism either.  <insert evil grin here>

The thing I find absolutely delightful in all this is that another soap maker turned them in.  They always do.  Never EVER underestimate the power of the soapmaking community.  In addition to being squeaky clean, we watch each other's backs pretty closely.  :)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Life's Too Short...

For a prickly pear cactus flower. Each delicate bloom lasts only about 8 hours, but what an incredibly beautiful bloom it is! And they're edible too (bonus point). This one has a bee rummaging around inside, which is typical, so harvest them carefully. 

I once thought there were both yellow and peach colored blossoms, but I have since learned that the peach color comes only in its final hours, as evidenced in this Prickly Pear Flower Time Lapse video.

If you're so inclined, try our Prickly Pear Soap which is made with the dried pads, not the blooms. We also have a Prickly Pear Liquid Castile Soap if you prefer liquid to bars.

Either way, it's all in a day in a year in the wild. :)