A Simple Natural Beauty Routine for Flawless Skin!

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5 natural skincare products, one easy beauty routine for beautiful healthy skin without breaking the bank or worry of potentially harmful ingredients. Follow this order when applying your products for best results.

1. Cleanse: with a gentle cleanser designed for your skin type. This cleanser if you have oily, combination, acneic, and or normal skin. This face wash can also be used as a makeup remover for the above skin types. https://www.etsy.com/listing/467861059/castile-and-neem-facial-cleanser-castile?ref=shop_home_active_2

Castile & Neem Facial Cleanser

or this natural handmade bath soap that’s great for use from head to toe. https://www.etsy.com/listing/219446001/lavender-soap-organic-lavender-herb-soap?ref=shop_home_active_6. This lavender scented bar is perfect for anyone and it is especially great for aging skin because it promotes cell growth, and regeneration.

Lavender Soap

When showering or bathing try using warm water instead of hot water to prevent stripping your skin of its own natural oils.

2. Exfoliate: the benefits of exfoliation include getting rid of dead skin, allowing moisturizers to penetrate your skin better, minimizing pores, preventing break outs and soft, smooth skin. Exfoliate your skin up to twice a week. Sugar scrubs such as this one https://www.etsy.com/listing/274029086/key-lime-pie-body-scrub-body-scrub?ref=shop_home_active_11

Key Lime Pie Body Scrub

and this oatmeal facial scrub https://www.etsy.com/listing/287538693/oatmeal-facial-scrub-natural-face-scrub?ref=shop_home_active_13 clean deeper to dislodge dirt and debris.

Oatmeal Scrub

These are gentler on your skin and, are better for sensitive skin than salt scrubs but they are both beneficial. Salt scrubs are great for rough, dry skin areas.

3. Tone: a great natural toner such as this, https://www.etsy.com/listing/289928535/minty-rose-facial-toner-organic-facial?ref=shop_home_active_7 balances skin’s pH, refreshes and hydrates your skin and can be used as a pre moisturizer treatment, the toner cleanses skin, soothes and calms.

Minty Rose Facial Toner/Refresher

This rose and apple cider vinegar astringent https://www.etsy.com/listing/276417940/rose-facial-astringent-organic-facial?ref=shop_home_active_39 removes oils, dirt and grime from skin.

Minty Rose Facial Toner

Use a cotton ball to apply and remove dirt, or simply spritz on your face avoiding your eyes and tap with clean fingers and let dry before applying moisturizer

4. Moisturize/Hydrate: apply a moisturizer in the morning and again at night especially if you have dry skin. This body butter https://www.etsy.com/listing/217583140/whipped-body-butter-all-natural?ref=shop_home_active_15 is an excellent moisturizer made with Shea butter, aloe Vera gel and green tea infused olive oil to hydrate and protect your skin.

Green Tea Body Butter

If you have normal to combination skin, try this light natural bath, body and hair oil https://www.etsy.com/listing/290317453/rosemary-mint-bath-body-and-hair-oil?ref=shop_home_active_32 made with Rosemary herb, Hibiscus infused olive oil and essential oils for soft, smooth, supple, nourished skin without the heavy, greasy feeling.

Bath, body and hair oil

5. Protect/sunscreen: try your hand at an all natural DIY sunscreen here http://pin.it/EyHz2mm or purchase one to apply to exposed areas of the body such as your face and neck if you’ll be out in the sun. Remember to reapply as needed throughout the day for the best protection.

BONUS TIP: To get and keep your skin beautiful, you should take care of your body from the inside out. Make sure you keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Here is a short list of natural foods with a high content of water:
Watermelon
Strawberries
Cantaloupe
Olive oil
Coconut oil

 

Make Your Natural Handmade Soap Last Longer

Make Your Natural Handmade Soap Last Longer

Your spend good money and buy yourself a beautiful, natural, handmade bar of bath soap because you’ve been hearing or experienced for yourself its amazing benefits for your skin and health. You get home and you can’t wait to get in the shower try it out, but there are a few things you should know about your new bar of soap to help you get the best out of it and get your money’s worth.Handmade by Pure Aloha Soaps and Beauty

First, just because a bar of soap is natural does not mean that you cannot be allergic or react to it, if you have an allergy to an oil used to make the soap for example, you will most likely have a negative reaction to the soap. The first thing I suggest is doing a skin test. Choose a small sensitive are on your skin such as the inner part of your arm, wet your skin and and rub the soap on it enough to work a bit of lather. Rinse the soap off and wait at least a few hours and check for any redness or skin irritation. If there is no reaction, you can begin using your soap normally. However, if there is any redness or irritation you might be allergic to something in the soap and you shouldn’t use it.Handmade by Pure Aloha Soaps and Beauty

A natural bar of handmade soap contains nothing but pure oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter etc… It is true that in order to make soap you must also use Lye aka Sodium Hydroxide, but after  saponification (the reaction of mixing an acid and a base together to form soap) and a 4-6 week curing process, there is no lye remaining in the soap. Organic herbs, essential oils and other natural ingredients can add more benefits such as healing (calendula herb for example) and soothing and calming (Lavender). Because there are no preservatives used in your natural soap, you have to take extra care to make it last longer.

When you are not using your soap to shower or bathe with, make sure to keep in a dry location such as a well draining soap dish. Avoid leaving the soap where water will be running over it and washing it away. Do not leave your soap bar in sitting water because it will get soft and melt.

Many people have told me that they prefer to use certain of my bath soaps just for their face because that is a problem area for them, either because of acne or other skin issues, and they like that the soap helps and they want it to last. It is perfectly fine to do this, but also know that just like any other soap you’ve used before, a natural bar of soap can be used all over to cleanse your skin and even your hair. So, feel free to enjoy your new soap bar everyday, for all of your bath needs.

Handmade by Pure Aloha Soaps and Beauty

When you’ve purchased a truly natural bar of soap from an honest vendor, you can feel good knowing that what you are putting on your skin and into your body is better for your health because you know what is in it and there is no worry of future complications or side effects.

Want to learn more about my natural bath products? visit my etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PureAlohaSoaps?ref=hdr

How I Make Natural Cold Process Soap!

How I Make Natural Cold Process Soap!

I love making natural handmade soaps and bath products for my family and I, so much so, that I started selling them after a while and found out that others also wanted to be able to use more natural products for their families but just didn’t have the time, equipment, or the patience to do it.

Today, I want to show you a step-by-step of how I make my natural cold process soap. In this post I am making one of my favorite soaps: Peppermint Soap, which is good for breaking down oils so it is great for people who suffer from oily skin, but this soap is also moisturizing so it will not dry out your skin because it naturally contains glycerin and can be used for most skin types.

Peppermint SoapBefore you begin, make sure you are working in a clean, uncluttered area, and gather all of your supplies for making your soap. Get out whatever oils, and fats you choose to use to make your soap. Safety is important, so make sure you have gloves, goggles, and a face mask to protect yourself from fumes or accidental spills or splashes. You will also need Lye aka Sodium Hydroxide (click links to learn more about it) to make the soap, *PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN WORKING WITH LYE*, it can cause serious burns if it comes in contact with the skin.

Gather all of your ingredients, supplies and safety gear!
Gather all of your ingredients, supplies and safety gear!

My soaps are all natural and I prefer to use essential oils and organic herbs for the scents and colors, the herbs and essential oils have added benefits for your skin which I really love.

I choose to only use essential oils and herbs for making my soaps.
I choose to only use essential oils and herbs for making my soaps because of their added natural health benefits.

In the photo below you can see that my wooden mold is lined and ready for me to pour the mixture of oils, fats and lye into. I always prepare my soap mold ahead of time by lining it with baking sheets so that it is easy to get out when the soap is ready to be cut.

I’ve already measured out all of my oils, and fats together in a plastic container and also measured my water, and lye into separate containers. Next, with my gloves, goggles, and mask on, I slowly pour the lye into the room temperature water and stir, NEVER pour water into the lye.

What my fats and oils mixed together looks like before the lye mixture is added.

The photo below is of me pouring the lye mixture into the combination of oils and fats I’ve prepared ahead of time, again it is better to slowly and carefully pour the lye solution into the other soap ingredients.

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Now that I have most of my ingredients ready, I will begin by mixing them together with a plastic spoon until it all melts and then I will use a stick blender to speed up the process (see two photos below).

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What the oils combined with the lye solution looks like in the beginning
Here you can see the mixture of lye and fats begin to thicken after stirring with a plastic spoon.

This picture shows what the mixture of ingredients will look like right before I add my essential oils and herbs and pour into a soap mold.

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This is what it looks like because I have now added organic ground mint leaves, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils. I use a wooden or plastic spoon to mix it all until it is well blended before I pour it into a mold. Some essential oils will speed up trace (thickening of the mixture of oils and lye) so you sometimes have to work faster before it gets too thick to pour in the mold.

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These two photos are what my final mixture looks like when it is poured into the wooden soap mold. I will now cover the mold with a towel and leave undisturbed for a day or more until the mixture is firm enough to remove from the mold and cut into soap bars. I will then let my soap bars cure for 4-6 weeks in a well ventilated area before they are ready to be used.

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Peppermint Soap
Bars of Peppermint Soap

This is a simple tutorial of how I make my cold process soaps. Most of my soaps are made with coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and other types of fats and oils. You can however, choose any combination of oils you like to make a soap that will work for you according to what benefits you are looking for. In future posts, I will go more into detail about why I use certain oils, what their benefits are, and maybe talk more about the phases of the soap making process. What are your favorite homemade bath products and what do you like about them? Please feel free to share with us!

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