• Safety

    Dermocaustic and photosensitizing essential oils

    Essential oils are great, but use them with caution! Essential oils are very useful ingredients in homemade care products. They confer benefits to your DIY cosmetics, while imparting their lovely scents. However, they can’t be used willy-nilly! It’s important to read up on the essential oils you want to use. Some are dermocaustic or photosensitizing, meaning that they can irritate your skin or make it sensitive to sunlight.    You might be wondering why we use these essential oils in our recipes at all. Well, you can still use them as long as you take specific precautions and use them in the right products. As long as you stick to…

  • Advanced,  Soaps,  Tutorials and recipes,  Winter recipes

    “Pumpkin pie » soap

    Mmmmm, can you smell that? No? Imagine this scene: you’ve just spent a few hours hiking in the woods, dead leaves crunching under your feet. It’s a brisk fall day, and a cool wind has been blowing in your face. You return home with rosy cheeks, ready for a bite to eat. When you push open the door, you’re met by a cozy feeling of warmth, and a few seconds later a sweet, spicy fragrance tantalizes your nostrils: a welcoming aroma is wafting from the kitchen. Your nose guides you to the luscious pumpkin pie that’s waiting just for you, and you cut yourself a slice (or two)… Unfortunately, we’re…