Easter is just around the corner, and while Spring is taking a little while to show it’s colours, the season of crafting is certainly upon us.
This week my daughter and I have been learning how to make soaps and bath bombs pairing them with gorgeous fragrances.
As I’m getting older, I’m starting to realise the importance of natural products, especially when it comes to your skin. I have fallen in love with the idea of hand making my own products, and I am seriously starting to question the products that I have been using.
I’m obsessed with skincare, which I’ve talked about in my posts about derma rolling and CBD oil. But, in all honesty, when I look back, I start to think about all the products I tired back then. In all honesty, I would have tried anything to get rid of acne when I had it, and I probably did!
I didn’t care if my face was burning or if I had a bad reaction, if it told me it was a cure for acne, I was on it.
Thankfully after a few years it cleared, but I was left with scarring, very dry skin and most definitely skin damage. So since then skincare has become an obsession.
I recently went for a laser resurfacing treatment on my face to minimise any of the scarrings which was left and I’ll post something on that soon!
Caring for my skin with natural products
Since then, I’ve always preferred natural products. In particular last year, I loved my Rosehip & Pink clay face mask from Dew. I shared my review of their natural skincare here.
Still, it got me thinking after I used it, just what is in those face masks that I’ve been using for long? So I had a go at making three face masks myself, with products from my home and they were actually pretty good. The egg white and Lemon juice one in particular, has become a favourite!
But, this week I thought to myself well, why stop there? Why not experiment with soap and bath bombs too?
I used to shop at Lush all the time, but with the prices soaring in the UK at the minute, that’s kind of become a luxury. I used to especially love their bath melts. However, despite them using natural ingredients, their products are heavily coloured, perfumed and can you even leave a Lush shop without being covered in glitter?
Now I’m in my thirties I kind of mind that stuff, you know? I don’t want to wake up in a bathtub with a bottle of jack’s, having glitter in my hair when I’m running a business is just kind of embarrassing.
I also love making stuff with my daughter, and while we cook together a lot, I thought it would be appropriate to teach her about natural products for her skin and health. They’re kind of life skills thatthey overlooked, especially when it comes to girls. Who knows what’s in that drugstore make up?
Oh, and finally of course, it’s thrifty. It’s useful to be able to whip something up on a bad skin day. Plus I’m sick of waisting my money on skin products that are potentially harmful to me!
2 Easy Soap Making Methods for Beginners
So one thing I use a lot of, is soap. I’m also fussy when it comes to buying it. I always get handmade soap and it has to have ingredients I like in it, such as olive oil, coco butter, well basically all natural, with no nasty chemicals! But for some reason I’ve never actually had a go at making it myself. So, here are two easy methods that I tried and now I’ve done it, I’m not sure I’ll go back to buying it!
1. Use up your Old Soaps
So I’m going to be honest here, this was super easy. Firstly, we bought some moulds. Next, we collected old soap I had lying around. I always invest in good soap containing olive oil. My hands get super itchy so I’m kind of fussy when it comes to soaps, plus it was a good way to use up soap scraps and practice with the moulds.
So I added the soap scraps to a jug and melted it in the microwave for 30 second bursts. It melts fast so keep an eye on it and stir if needed.
Once it’s completely melted, leave to cool for a couple of minutes, it gets quite hot so make sure you have moulds that can withstand the heat.
Add a fragrance of your choice, I used the gorgeous Dolma fragrances, and stir well. Pour into the moulds and leave for at least an hour. You can add anything you like to it, dried flowers, herbs, brown sugar to make it exfoliating…
2. Buy a premade Soap Base
It’s pretty cheap to buy a soap base online, and it’s probably the quickest way for making pretty looking soap. Just do your research and go for a natural one.
When it comes to adding ingredients, the world is really your limit. It’s cheap to buy and uses the same method as above, simply melt in a microwave and add your desired ingredients.
We tried Turmeric, honey and brown sugar, I thought this would be good for breakouts.
Then extra virgin olive oil, Himalayan pink salt and Rose Petals.
My daughter made one with Honey and Marshmallows, obviously not for eating.
Finally, we experimented with colours, although I would love to try this using natural colourings such as beetroot.
Of course, this was supposed to be a fun experiment with my daughter, so I’m sorry if they’re not perfect but sometimes just trying something new opens up a whole new world of possibilities. I honestly don’t think I will buy soap again and I can add whatever I like to it.
The Dolma Fragrances
I absolutely love these dinky fragrances from Dolma Perfumes. I used them in my soaps, but you can use them as fragrances too. The discovery set contains 12 little bottles of each of their stunning fragrances. I wasn’t sure which to pick so the discovery set seemed like a good place to start.
In particular, I love the Amythyst Mist, not just because of the name. These calming fragrances are cruelty free, and completely Vegan.
They are my new natural go-to’s when it comes to fragrances and they have been my stress-busting companions this Easter. Plus they’re totally travel-size. They’re perfectly sized to pop a couple in your make-up bag.
I’m cutting down on expenses across the board and getting natural at the same time with my handmade bath treats and fragrances! I can’t recommend making your own products enough.
I do love to wear perfume, but it is expensive and these Dolma Perfumes are an amazing alternative. Plus, if you sign up to their email list you get 15% off!
Have an amazing Easter everyone,
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Love this idea so much! Super clever to reuse and upcycle your soaps.
Thank you Christy! ❤️ it’s a budget friendly way to make high quality soaps that smell divine!