A good healthy habit to have is a solid healthy skin care routine. Our skin takes a beating all day long, whether we are in an office with recirculated air or outside working in the sun, wind and rain. By caring for it with a daily ritual you will see improvements in not only how your skin looks but in your confidence too.
What makes a good routine? Consistency and a knowledge of what order to complete your routine. Order matters – you will want to complete the steps in succession to get the most out of each step.
It can take up to 6 weeks to notice a difference from a skin care routine. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t notice an improvement right away, you will.
Remember, anytime you start a new skin care product, give it about a week for your skin to adjust to it.
I started my soap creation journey last year. I caught the soap making bug pretty hard and it was all I wanted to do for months. It is so fun to mix up different scents and levels of moisture. It’s also really fun to put my own creative design on the top of each bar. But can something so pretty that smells amazing be good for your skin? Yes! Let me explain why.
Until I started making my own bar soap recipes, I used body wash to clean my skin. I was tricked into believing the film that it left on my skin was moisturizing my skin, but not until I started using my own soap did I realize how I never felt totally clean.
When you use natural bar soap you will leave the shower feeling clean AND moisturized. I’m not talking about Dial or Irish Spring with their catchy jingles and their tendency to dry out the skin – I’m talking about soap made in small batches without chemicals and preservatives. My soap works with your body’s natural chemistry (because I use natural ingredients) to leave you with fresh and silky soft skin.
Have you ever had a hard time getting your foundation or deodorant off your skin with store bought soap or wash? It can be a real challenge and can end up leaving your skin chapped and dry. Natural bar soap will fight right through the dirt, grime, makeup and deodorant on your skin – leaving your skin clean and fresh.
The thing that really made me change my mind about bar soap was my face. I have struggled with acne my entire life so I was stared to use my soap on my face. I use olive, palm and coconut oils and shea butter in my soaps so I was a little nervous about applying all of that ‘grease’ to my already acne-prone skin. I shouldn’t have worried – I suffered not a single breakout after switching. In fact, it only improved how my skin looked and felt.
Each of the aforementioned oils are natural and each adds a specific benefit to your skin. Whether that is naturally occurring disinfecting properties from coconut oil to shea butter that can heal damaged skin. And now I don’t use anything but MB Botanicals Soap!
In order to get the most out of your soap when switching to MB Botanicals Soap, here are a few tips:
If you are looking for a natural bar soap that works really well, lasts a long time, and has only ingredients that you can pronounce – you came to the right place.
If you have purchased MB Botanicals Soap online or at one of the Markets, please let me know what think of it.
Leave a review from your online order or send me a comment. I would love to hear from you.
I was a little reluctant to start making soap. It seemed a little complicated, time consuming and expensive. I wasn't ready to take on that responsibility. However, as the markets went on this summer, several customers asked if I made soap. Wanting to please my customers I started to rethink this whole soap thing. So the research began and guess what? It didn't seem as bad as I had originally thought. After much research I decided to make soap and use the cold process soap method.
What is Cold Process Soap?
Cold process soap is combining fats/oils(i.e. Palm, Coconut, Olive) with an alkali(Lye or Sodium Hydroxide) to create soap. The process is called saponification. I vaguely remember this from my organic chemistry class in college. I was preoccupied with other things at the time:)
Back to the soap. I gathered the fats, essential oils, botanicals I was going to use and finalized my recipe. I decided on Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, sustainable Palm Oil and Shea Butter as my fat base. As you have seen from my Facebook and Instagram posts, the soap making has begun and guess what...I love it!!!
I now have five batches of soap sitting on my shelf curing in three options: Cedar Coal, Lavender Eucalyptus and Chamomile Tea. In order for you, the customer to have a hard bar of soap that will sudsy and last longer than two washes, it needs to cure at least 4-6 weeks.
As I sit here writing this blog, all I can think about is my next batch of soap. I think it has actually become a little addicting. I dream about new creations constantly and I can't wait to get back to my workshop.
I want to know what you think.
What do you like about handmade soap? What type of fragrances to you like in your soap?
Please leave comments I am always open for suggestions:)