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Herbal Infusion Recipe

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

herbal oilHerbal Infusion Recipe

This is the basic recipe for making patchouli infused oil to be used in the creation of various bath and body products.  For this recipe we are going to be using the double boiler method.  There are various methods to choose from when making an herbal oil infusion.  To view other processes of infusing herbs for bath and body products please click on this linkPlease note:  Depending on the herb/herbs that you are selecting to infuse, will determine whether you go with a hot method or a cold method route of infusion.  Some herbs are very heat sensitive.  Therefore, if heat is introduced for the infusion, some of the medicinal benefits may be lost.

With oil infusion, a key to remember is the longer that the herbs are allowed to set in the oil, the stronger the herbal infusion will be.  Our herbal infusion sat undisturbed for 4 weeks (after the double boiler method) before we strained the herbs out and introduced the infusion to a recipe.

We selected sweet almond oil because it readily absorbs into the skin and has a non-greasy feel to it.  There are however other oils you can choose from.  For the selection of your solvent (liquid you are infusing the herbs into), you will want to pick an oil that has a low rancidity rate.  Some other great solvents that can be used are: vegetable glycerin, apricot kernel oil, and olive oil.  Each oil has various skin loving attributes to them, so it is very easy to cater the oil infusion you want to make to the specific need you are looking for.

Although there are other herbs you can select for oil infusion; for this recipe, we wanted to make an oil infusion that was great for dry skin and promoted a healthy and radiant glow.  Besides being an astringent, patchouli is also known for its antimicrobial, anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties.  Plus, since Valentine’s Day is coming, and patchouli is known for its possible APHRODISIAC properties, we found patchouli to be a good herb of choice.

For this infusion, you will need:

patchouli oil infusionPatchouli c/s
Sweet Almond Oil
a pint sized canning jar with lid
2 pots (one smaller with lid, and one larger)
Water
Stove top
Scale

Here are the steps for making patchouli infused oil (double boiler method):

Using a scale, weigh out 45 grams of patchouli c/s.  Place the herb into the smaller pot.  Next, weigh out 392 grams of Sweet Almond Oil.  Pour this over the herbs in the smaller pot, set aside.  Next, place some water into the larger pot.  You want to have at least 3-4 inches of water.  Next, place the large pot onto the stove top on the lowest setting of heat possible.

making patchouli oil infusion

Then, place the lid on the smaller pot and then place the smaller pot into the larger one.  Although it is essential to keep the small pot lidded the entire time it is heated, you will want to monitor the oil infusion and stir it occasionally.  You will want to let the oil infusion simmer slowly for 30 minutes to an hour.  Do not allow water to get into your infusion.

double boiler herbal oil infusion

Once this time period has passed, remove the smaller pot from the larger one.  Allow the oil infusion to reach room temperature and then place the oil infusion into a pint sized canning jar and lid.

herb in oil

Although technically, once the herbs have simmered, you may strain them out and use the oil infusion once it reaches room temperature.  We however wanted a very strong patchouli oil infusion so we let the oil infusion set and steep for an additional 4 weeks after double boiling.  While the herbs were steeping, we took advantage of the sun and placed the jar in the window sill during the daytime.

Once four weeks had passed, the patchouli herb was strained out of the oil using cheesecloth.  Please note:  When you are ready to strain out the herbs, do not forget to apply pressure to the drenched herbs to get out as much oil as you can.  Finally, after tons of anticipation our oil infusion was ready to be put to use.

In the End
The patchouli oil infusion smelled amazing!  Not only was this recipe super easy to make, but it was fun too.  The addition of the oil infusion to our formulation allowed our end product that extra boost in the moisturizing category, and our skin was soft and supple after use too.

Happy Homemade!

Shea Butter Recipes

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Shea butter cold process soap Great Shea Butter Recipes

Shea Butter has amazing benefits for your skin.  The addition of this ingredient in your products will give your merchandise often sought out advantages.  Rich in vitamins a and e, Shea butter is great for reviving and moisturizing skin, hair, and nails.  Plus, Shea butter is readily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy feel behind.  Shea butter also does not clog pores, and is gentle enough to use for skin irritations on babies.

Key Points of Shea Butter

Shea butter can help in the removal of age spots, scars, and stretch marks.  It also helps to invigorate collagen production from our bodies, keeping our skin looking healthy, radiant, and supple; therefore reducing sagging skin.

Shea butter is anti inflammatory.  This makes it a perfect ingredient for body products that help to alleviate pain associated with arthritis, sore and achy muscles, and wind/sun/minor heat burns.

Shea butter is a natural moisturizing agent.  This is a great ingredient to use for people that suffer from skin irritations such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.  However, Shea butter is gentle enough to use on babies for diaper rashes.  Also, Shea butter is a superb additive to combat those rougher areas of your body; such as the heels, knees, and elbows.

For hair products, Shea butter is a winner.  Not only does Shea butter help thinning and damaged hair, but it will also promote growth of hair as well.  A perfect bonus to this butter is that it fights dandruff and can even be used as a natural hair conditioner.

Shea butter will also help cracked cuticles and promote healthy nail beds.

A great massage oil, Shea butter allows for penetrating, deep tissues massages and can be scented for aromatherapy reasons.

Here are some phenomenal Shea butter themed recipes for homemade bath and body products:

Rose Violet Bath MeltsBath Recipes
Berry Bewitching Bath Brew Recipe
Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe
Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe
Rose Petal Bath Melts Recipe
Rose Violet Bath Melts Recipe

black raspberry vanilla body butter recipeBody Balms/Butters
Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter Recipe
Hydrating Hand Sticks Recipe
Sugar Cookie Whipped Body Butter Recipe
Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe
Winter Body Butter Recipe

Massage
Massage Candle Recipe

shea lotion with herbal infusionLotions
Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion Recipe
Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

Melt and Pour Soaps
7 Up Bundt Cake Soap Recipe
Zebra Print Soap Recipe

Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Cold Process Soaps
Peppermint Cold Process Foot Soap Recipe
Apricotie Hottie Soap Recipe
Beer Cold Process Soap Recipe
Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe
Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap Recipe
Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe
Carrot Cold Process Soap Recipe
Cleopatra Heavy Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe
Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe
Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe
Gentle Avocado Cold Process Soap Recipe
Lavender Luxury Cold Process Soap Recipe
Mango Cold Process Soap Recipe
Pineapple Paprika Cold Process Soap Recipe
Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap Recipe
Shampoo Bar Cold Process Soap Recipe
Shea Butter Cold Process Soap Recipe
Hot Process Soap Recipe

Lip Balms/Glosses
Crazy for Coconuts Lip Balm Recipe
Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe
Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe

cotton candy emulsified sugar scrub Scrubs
Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Fruity Rings Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Neapolitan Ice Cream Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Strawberry Milkshake Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Watermelon Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe

Patchouli

Friday, January 10th, 2014

patchouli essential oil Facts about Patchouli

In America, when most people hear the word patchouli, they immediately think of hippies, universal love for one another, and tie dyed peace signs. But patchouli is so much more than that and has quite an interesting history.

Deriving its name from the Tamil language (the official dialect of Singapore and Sri Lanka), patchouli means “green leaf”.  A robust and extremely fragrant plant; especially when rubbed, patchouli’s scent has been used for centuries in perfumes.

Belonging to the genus Pogostemon, patchouli is a green, leafy herb that is in the mint family.  Growing best in hot, tropical climates; patchouli thrives when it is not in direct sunlight and has the potential of reaching a height of 2-3 ft.  Contrary to common belief, patchouli is more than just leaves; the plant also has flowers that bloom in late fall.  These flowers produce seeds that can be harvested to produce even more patchouli plants.

There are two ways to grow patchouli.  The first is to attain cuttings from the mother plant.  These cuttings are then rooted in water and will cultivate additional patchouli plants.  The second way to grow patchouli is to plant the seeds of the flowers.  The only hesitance with this way is that patchouli seeds are very small and have to be handled with great care.  These seeds are extremely fragile and can be easily crushed, deeming them useless.

When it comes to harvesting patchouli, the leaves of the plant can be collected several times in one year.  However, the strongest scent/oil comes from the top 3-4 pairs of leaves in the patchouli plant.  In order to attain the extraction of patchouli essential oil from these leaves, the leaves must go through a steam distillation process.  This is typically achieved with dried patchouli leaves.  However, there are some claims that to achieve the highest quality of patchouli essential oil, fresh leaves should be distilled.  Ideally, close to where the leaves are harvested, ensuring true freshness.

There are other ways to obtain patchouli essential oil.  One is through a fermentation process.  This process involves bundling the dry patchouli leaves and allowing them to ferment for a long period of time.

The essential oil of patchouli is a rich, earthy aroma with a woody yet minty undertone.  One of the most notable characteristics of this essential oil is that it actually improves over time.  The two most sought out components of patchouli essential oil are patchoulol and norpatchoulenol.

Although, it is true that patchouli essential oil is vital to the perfume industry, patchouli also had another massive worth in history.  Patchouli is believed to be an insect repellent.  It was common place for silk traders of the oriental to pack the valuable silk that they were trading with dried patchouli leaves.  Not only did the leaves prevent the mating of moths on the traders’ silk, but also hindered the moth from laying eggs on the precious silk as well.

This practice, which had started as a means of protection for the silk, ended with patchouli being considered an affluent scent.  Historians now hypothesize that due to the fragrant nature of patchouli; much of the traded silk acquired the aroma during the long travel.  Before long the distinguished scent of patchouli marked authenticity in traded fabric goods although the vast majority did not know what it was called.

One of the possible explanations as to why patchouli was considered an upscale scent to Europeans of that time is due to a notable historical conqueror.  The infamous Napoleon Bonaparte attained some of these patchouli scented cashmeres, through his vast travels to Egypt.  He then brought them back to France.  This mysterious scent of patchouli and its origin were kept secret, and it was not until the year 1837, that the smell and the source were identified to the remainder of the western world.

Bath Bomb Recipe

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

sinus relief bath bombOh, how the weather outside is frightful….

If the winter time blues has got you down, and you are not feeling like yourself, we have a little recipe we would like to share with you that will not only help to clear your sinuses, but will also put that little pep in your step that you have been missing.

Our recipe is taking the homemade crafting industry by storm.  It has been shared on Pinterest over 1000 times, and after trying these bath bombs out, you will completely understand why.

Bath Bombs are super easy and fun to make.  They can be made into any shape using plastic fillable ornaments, molds, or left in loose form.  To read all about bath bombs, and how to use them, click on this link.

A bath bomb is a straightforward chemical reaction between an acid and a base.  Within the realm of bath bombs, the citric acid is the acid, and the baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is the base.  Logically speaking, bath bombs can be made with these two ingredients and a very small amount of liquid (witch hazel) to help them keep their shape.

However, bath bombs are the perfect luxurious product to introduce skin loving oils and benefits to your products.  The addition of various ingredients like castor oil and olive oil will allow for moisturizing aspects.  Then, with the addition of herbs like peppermint and spearmint, you can allow your bath bombs to have a refreshing and revitalizing effect.

If you are looking for a wonderfully refreshing bath bomb recipe that is sharing like wild fire on social media, click here.  Natures Garden’s Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe is one in a million, so get your crafting area prepped these homemade bath bombs are exactly what you need!

Good Pear Scent

Monday, December 16th, 2013

good pear scentAnjou Pear Blossoms Fragrance Oil-Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Pear is often used in edible dishes for its indulgent depth of sweetness. The same could be said for pear notes in scents. When it comes to fruity scents, usually apples lead the way.  Pears however, have made it a battle; and recently have become trendy in many designer lines.   This delicious fragrance oil is a beautiful combination of fresh and crisp fruit notes balanced with robust floral notes.  It is a juicy, sweet mix of both worlds, anchored with luscious vanilla and musk.  A great scent for any bath and body product, this fragrance also works well in room fresheners and candles too.  Not only is this scent popular among Natures Garden’s customers, but with their customers as well.

What does Anjou Pear Blossoms Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a sophisticated blend of bergamot, pear nectar and ripe, orchard apples; enhanced by heady garden florals of jasmine, lily, rose, pear blossoms, and gardenia, intertwined with precious woods and vanilla. An NG Original Scent!

How Do Our Customers Use Anjou Pear Blossoms Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers and home scent crafters, this fragrance is aromatic. This fragrance performed well in soy, pillar of bliss, WOW, paraffin, and Joy wax candles. The scent throw is good for both the hot and cold throw. Some of our customers even use Anjou Pear Blossoms Fragrance Oil for room freshening sprays using.  This fragrance oil can also be used in oil burners and works great in sachet beads too.

On the bath and body end, this fresh fruity floral is used to make an array of wonderful products. The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make: body sprays, lotions, melt and pour soaps, whipped body butters, shampoos, conditions, and salt bars. Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is awesome.  Here are the official results:  No acceleration, fragrance does turn into solid glob when added to soap, stick blends smooth without any issues. Scent is a wow. No discoloration.

Whipped Shaving Cream

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

whipped shaving soapIf you are looking for a great homemade whipped shaving cream recipe, Natures Garden has one for you!  With a wonderfully rich and creamy lather, this thick shaving cream will leave your skin feeling smooth and rejuvenated.  In fact, after you make this shaving recipe, you will love it so much that you may never buy the store bought version again.  Plus, since this recipe is a homemade one, you can scent your shaving cream to your liking.  Natures Garden has a wonderful selection of body safe fragrance oils both feminine and masculine, and even a few truly unique ones too.

This light and fluffy cream will give you a close shave every time, and you only need a very small amount of the shaving cream to accomplish this.  Because this homemade shaving cream contains the ingredient Bentonite Clay, it makes the shaving lather slicker, allowing the razor a slippery layer to provide a sleek, nick free shave.  But, the bentonite clay benefits do not stop there.

Bentonite Clay also helps to sweep away impurities on the skin.  It can add a silky, polished feel to a product.  But, for scenting purposes in a finished product, the best benefit of Bentonite Clay is the fact that this clay allows for an even dispersion of scent throughout the whole product; working as a fixative.

Rich and exotic Mango Butter is also another stellar ingredient in this recipe.  Mango Butter is a luxurious butter that melts on the skin allowing for great moisturizing and softening effects.  The addition of this ingredient in your body products is even believed to reduce wrinkle development.

These two powerhouse ingredients together along with a few other necessities produce a whipped shaving cream that is very easy to make, very easy to use, and is a fraction of the cost of store bought kind.

To view the complete whipped shaving cream recipe, you can simply click on this link.  If you are interested in other easy to make, homemade bath and body products, candles, or home scenting products, please visit Natures Garden’s website.  The projects and instructions are listed under the Free Recipes and Classes area, and can be scented in an array of various fragrance oils; so there is something for everyone!

Gifts for Guys

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Dude Fragrance Oil On the hunt for gifts for guys? 

This holiday season show those special men in your life just how much you appreciate them with a homemade gift.    Homemade gifts are heartfelt, memorable, and are way less expensive than department store presents.  Plus, being that your gift is homemade, you can cater it exactly to the person whether it is your boyfriend, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, etc.

These easy to make recipes are written with step by step instruction, and are tried and true being formulated, made, and tested.

Hydrating Hand SticksHydrating Hand Sticks-  Perfect for your man in the elements, this recipe provides skin conditioning, moisturizing elements, and a “weather proof” coating for the skin, especially skin that is chapped and windburned.  A great gift idea for mechanics, construction workers, hunters, or anyone that enjoys the outdoors; these hydrating hand sticks are the perfect size to stay on the move with your busy man.

rejuvenating foot balmRejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe-  Great for tired and achy feet, this foot balm recipe will be heaven on earth for the men in your life that need a little pick me up.  With energizing essential oils and conditioning ingredients this recipe is awesome for any man on the move.

edible massage barSexy Edible Massage Bar-  A wonderful gift for any man that deserves a massage at the end of the day, this recipe is one you can both enjoy!  This massage bar is the answer if massage oils are a little to messy for you or the man in your life’s liking.

whipped-shaving-soap-pic2Whipped Shaving Cream-  A solution for any man of shaving age on your holiday gift list, this shaving cream recipe provides an excellent sleek shave free of nicks and cuts.   Plus with a rich lathering foam, this whipped shaving cream makes a wonderful gift for a ideal shave every time.

Winter Body Butter RecipeWinter Body Butter-  Winter can do a harsh number on the skin with the wind, low humidity, and bone chilling temperatures.  This winter time body butter recipe is especially moisturizing and nourishing.

beer candleBeer Candle-  What man would not love this beer candle?  Perfect for any manly man on your list, this gel wax candle smells and looks just like beer (it even has froth).  A great addition to any man cave!

green camoGreen Camouflage Candle-  If your man is the outdoors type, this granulated candle done in camouflage fashion is your answer.  Easy to make and fun to design, this scented candle will really stand out!

Cold Process Beer SoapBeer Cold Process Soap Recipe- If cold process soaping is nothing new to you, this beer soap recipe is a true winner.  With it’s thick and creamy lather, these soap bars are worth the extra effort.

Cold Process Shaving SoapCold Process Shaving Soap Recipe-  If the men on your holiday gift list hold grooming high in priority, this shaving soap will be exactly want they want.  With skin loving benefits and amazing lather, this easy to make shaving soap will have your man grinning from ear to ear.

Hunters Cold Process SoapHunter’s Cold Process Soap-  Receiving rave reviews, this cold process soap recipe is loved by every man, especially the “hunting crowd”.

On a special note:  Because you are making these recipes from scratch, you are able to scent these items with any fragrance oil (body safe fragrance oil if it is a body product).  To see a full list of all the fragrance oil possibilities please click here.  If you are interested in masculine type fragrance oils like designer scents, or man themed aromas, check out Natures Garden’s Masculine Category of fragrances.

 

Top 44 Lip Balm Blogs & Recipes

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Lip Balm blogs

If you spend as much money on lip balm as I do, then you’ll come to love making your own. If you’ve never tried the DIY approach, then I have the perfect post full of the best lip balm recipe blogs loaded with tutorials, how-to’s, and wonderful tips and tricks.

I decided to create a quality resource for readers looking for lip balm recipes, to offer them information with variety and plenty of information from what I have found to be some of the best lip balm recipe blogs online. I’m such a fan of these blogs, I’ve gone ahead and created badges so their visitors know they are one of the top lip balm blogs on the internet.  The order below is not in any particular order, so browse freely. Each blog will offer you something new to explore.Enjoy!

1. Christina – Christina refers to herself as a lip balm addict. Hey, we all have something! Although, Christina decides to use her addiction to better your lip balm investments by doing frequent reviews of what’s worth the splurge and what you should save your money on.

2. Lisa – Lisa walks you through the wonderful world of lip balms, from glosses to tints to DIY recipes with her blog. When this blogger isn’t busy reviewing her latest purchase, she’s probably updating one of her other dozen blogs, mostly focused on other lip balm related products. She is the artisan and chief formulator behind ForGoodnessGrape and The Lip Balm Queen and makes over 500 lip balms in every flavor and combination that you could possibly imagine to cater to fellow lip balm addicts worldwide.

3. Chaptastic.com – If you’ve ever found Chapstick in every pocket of your pants, every drawer in your house, and under any cushion on your couch, then you may have found the perfect site for your Chapstick affair. Determined to find the perfect tube of Chapstick, this blog revolves around reviews and products to help you find the brand you love.

4. Katie – Katie loves lip products, and cats, more than your average girl. This makes her wonderfully qualified to share her expert-ish insight on how to keep your lips radiant, using balms, butters, gloss, or stain.

5. PumpsAndGloss – This is a site of true variety. As the name suggests, topics are from pumps to lip gloss and everything in between for “the fabulous and sassy.” They’ll cover all of your favorite products and brands, and help you learn how to give your look a major update. Scroll through the feed and learn about the latest cosmetics, while reading an editor’s favorite review and learning how to clean your makeup brushes. A fabulous, one-stop-shop beauty blog.

6. BalmCollector.tumblr.com – A great, quick stop for short, to the point reviews on your favorite lip balms. From drugstores to high end, get the know on these products before you invest your money. An honest review, the investment, and what it might pair nicely with so you can keep your lips happy and healthy.

7. Val – Dry Lips is a wildly informative blog built on the well-traveled editor’s experience in the constant changes in the quality of her lips. From cold to dry climates, and low-to-high end products, Val will walk you through restoring the perfect condition to your puckers.

8. LipBalmAnonymous.com – Definitely an interesting twist on the lip balm blogs we’ve seen, this one actually suggestions that lip balm addiction is a serious, trending issue. A wildly informative intro video can be watched on their homepage, put together by journalism students. Not believing it? Read through some of their facts about drying agents put into popular brands like Carmex and you may lose your skepticism.

Our Favorite Lip Balm Recipes

1. Martha – Martha at The Beauty Junkee advises readers on what lip balms work for dry lips to pair with matte lipstick to stay crack-free, but more importantly, how to alleviate the problem of dry lips in the first place.

2. Rebecca – Rebecca from the Soap Deli News Blog shares a lip balm recipe that is perfect for birthday parties or even wedding favors. Made with all natural shea butter, cocoa butter, and mango butter, this recipe is highly customizable and can be made in under 30 minutes.

3. TheNerdyFarmWife.com – Learn how to use mint (fresh from the garden!) to infuse oil and turn it into lip balm. The Nerdy Farm Wife shares two lip balm recipes using this all-natural infusion technique.

4. Ashley – Ashley at Simply Designing shares an all-natural lip balm recipe in preparation for winter chapped lips. This recipe is fun, easy, and customizable making up to four containers of lip balm.

5. Jamie – This all-natural lip balm recipe uses herbs from your own backyard to add fragrance, natural oils, and a visual flourish. This recipe is perfect for a bridal shower, baby shower, or a fun girls’ night.

6. HowDoeShe.com – This homemade lip balm doubles as a lip stain for a stylish take on a chapped lip moisturizer using only two ingredients and just one minute of assemble time!

7. BeautyLish.com – Perfect for holiday gifts or combating winter chill, this lip balm recipe is full of peppermint goodness and you can even use a recycled Altoid container for the finished product.

8. Stephanie – Using honey in your lip balm is said to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties, but Stephanie of Garden Therapy uses it because it simply makes a “darn good good lip balm.” She shares this all-natural hemp and honey lip balm recipe for happy lips.

9. Grit.com – This simple, all-natural lip balm uses beeswax (the most versatile and widely used of all bee byproducts) and ingredients that are probably already in your pantry.

10. MyMerryMessyLife.com – As the cold sets in, use this chemical-free lip balm recipe to soothe dry and chapped lips. Clove and orange make this lip balm an especially perfect gift for the holidays and only takes about 10 minutes to make.

11. Ashley Marie – Many lip balms you buy at the store contain chemicals that actually do damage to your skin and lips, which not only exposes your body to unnecessary toxins, but is also counterproductive to its entire purpose. Instead, Ashley Marie shows us how to make your own natural lip balm using this simple recipe.

12. Torie Jayne – Torie Jayne shares a homemade lip balm recipe that doesn’t sacrifice the sparkly fun from some of the store-bought varieties. She used this as a fun holiday gift for her family and friends, and along with the recipe even includes some free printable labels you can use to dress up your lip balm containers.

13. AromaHead – AromaHead offers this homemade lip balm recipe that is kid-friendly so they can participate in creating their favorite lip balm flavors (like chocolate and vanilla!). Based with all-natural infusions and wax, these homemade lip balms are soothing, fun, and last a long time.

14. Colleen – Colleen started making her own lip balm after noticing the rising prices of the chemically laden varieties found in stores and decided that she could make it herself. She shares her highly customizable lip balm recipe that her whole family uses and loves.

15. Andrea – Andrea from Frugally Sustainable has created a luscious strawberry lip balm with 100% organic flavoring and all-natural ingredients. The lip balm recipe will lock in moisture AND indulge your strawberry sweet tooth.

16. Lori – Women in Victorian times made their own tinted lip balms, so Lori of Our Heritage of Health has decided to take on the tradition by sharing a recipe following in our ancestors’ footsteps from an actual women’s magazine in the 1800s. And since chemicals were a foreign concept in the days of yore, you can be assured that this recipe is full of all-natural goodness.

17. CatsOnTheHomestead – If an effort to stay away from petroleum-based lip balms, synthetic dyes, and preservatives, Cats on the Homestead offers this natural wax and oil-based lip balm recipe as a basic structure to customize however you want.

18. HowToBePerfectWoman.com – Healthier and more effective than commercial lip balms, this basic recipe by How to Be Perfect Woman is easy and highly customizable.

19. Lindsey – After experimenting with making her own non-toxic sunscreen and bug repellent, Lindsey of Homemade Mommy decided it was time to try her hand at replacing her beloved commercial lip balm with a more natural homemade variety. Her chocolate mint lip balm recipe turned out to be much easier (and cheaper) than she expected, and best of all she can stock her entire house with a lip balm that is completely non-toxic.

20. APumpkingAndAPrincess.com – Shimmer, a pop of color, AND only two ingredients? A Pumpkin and a Princess shares this easy DIY lip balm which soothes and softens your lips and is princess approved.

21. Dawn – Dawn shares an easy, two-ingredient lip balm recipe using ingredients that you can probably find in your pantry. This recipe is fun and easy and Dawn even shares some printable labels to add to your finished lip balm tubes to decorate and give away as gifts to family and friends.

22. UntrainedHousewife.com – Untrained Housewife presents a lip balm recipe that is not only easy, but higher quality than many of the commercial lip balm options. Not only that, but this recipe allows you to create a lip balm with the texture, flavor, and coloring that works best for YOU.

23. VermontFarmHeart.com – Vermont Farm Heart claims an “addiction” to lip balm. She always grew up with a Chap Stick nearby, but now finds the process of making her own so easy that she has transitioned from the commercial to the homemade. Here she shares two varieties of lip balm recipes which are both basic and easy to tweak.

24. Dominique – Lip balms and lipsticks are generally the most used cosmetic item, so it only makes sense to make them yourself if you buy them on a regular basis anyway. Not only is it great for personal use, but you can make enough to sell on Etsy or other crafting sites. This recipe is simple and fun and can create some amazing results.

25. Jes – These coconut honeybee lip balms make excellent gifts for family and friends, plus the recipe is extremely easy and doesn’t require any fancy equipment to make. Jes also includes printable labels you can use for your own lip balm tubes at the end of her post.

26. SavvyBrown.com – Savvy Brown uses this two-ingredient lip balm recipe to soothe and prep her lips. This recipe is all-natural and can also be used as a cuticle moisturizer, a solid perfume, and even as a quick conditioner for dry hair.

27. AmazingHerbsAndOils.com – This DIY lip balm recipe can help heal and prevent cold sores naturally! Using lemon balm, which is a natural cold sore-fighting herb, this lip balm recipe is easy and effective.

28. Gabby – Gabby loves this lip balm recipe because it is packed with only natural ingredients (as opposed to her recently kicked habit of Victoria’s Secret lip gloss) and it truly soothes her lips against the Boston cold. This recipe is easy and cheaper than store-bought lip balms

29. Birkatchaverim.com – This kid-friendly lip balm recipe avoids the use of a stove or fire so that kids can more safely participate in making their own natural lip balm using beeswax, peppermint oil, and cocoa to create a fun activity with a delicious flavor.

30. Marina Marchese  – This simple recipe is the lip balm that all bee keepers should know and use. With all-natural beeswax, this lip balm is creamier than commercial lip balms and is easy to customize using your own preferred essential oils and natural fragrances.

31. Staci – This chocolate covered orange lip balm recipe evokes the scents of the season and is a great gift idea. This recipe also includes Vitamin E oil for additional skin healing properties as well as a natural preservative.

32. Kinsey Mhire – Kinsey shares four lip balm variations that are all-natural and make excellent gifts for family and friends: peppermint, honey and chamomile, lavender and vanilla, and chocolate.

33. Shaina Olmanson – Shaina gives two excellent lip balm recipes and breaks down the natural ingredients of each to explain why they help nourish your lips. She also provides a free printable label to decorate your own lip balm tubes with so you can gift them to family, friends, and secret admirers.

34. Kaylie – Kaylie posts about her chocolate peppermint lip balm recipe reminding us of delicious winter cocoa while keeping our lips moisturized and protected from the winter cold.

35. Erica – Erica created a fun activity to do with her kids by making their own home made lip balm out of all-natural ingredients. She shares the process as well as the three variations they made and even took the time to create custom labels for each of the containers.

36. Leslie – Leslie of Crunch Betty shares three DIY lip balm recipes which are easy and can be adjusted to meet your own customizations. Leslie even uses some of these recipes as an all-over body moisturizer.

Top 49 Natural Living and Homemaking Blogs

Monday, November 11th, 2013

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There are endless books, articles, and resources about natural living and homemaking that it can be daunting to explore. I wanted to create a helpful post that could be a one-stop-shop of sorts for information and quality resources for people looking for reliable information about natural living and homemaking blogs.

In fact, I endorse them all so much that I made a badge for them to display and be recognized as one of the top natural living and homemaking blogs on the Internet. They are not listed in any particular order. Truly, I’d give them all the #1 spot if I could.

1. Kristy – Homeschooling can sound daunting to anyone, especially with five children. Follow Kristy as she shares her tips and tricks for her homeschooling success that are sure to make you feel more confident in your role. She also shares her gluten-free recipes and menu-planning to help you organize and simplify your life.

2. GuideToLivingNaturally.com – If you want to live a more holistic, sustainable lifestyle this blog is a jackpot resource for you. This blog has recipes and tips on natural cleaning and decorating, how to cultivate a natural garden, learning a natural beauty regimine, and so much more. Delightfully informative articles with a blogroll going back three years of information and tips for you and your family to be more planet friendly.

3. ModernAlternativeHealth.com – The mission of this site is to educate and empower it’s readers to make informed decisions about their health. ‘Modern Alternative Health,’ recognizes that there is a lot of information out there that can be misleading and confusing. Wonderfully informative, and a great starting point for anyone looking to change to a natural lifestyle.

4. Kylie – Her name is Kylie, and she likes to make things out of plants. If that’s not charming enough for you, Kylie’s blog is written with the intent to help her readers “bloom” through every season and accept that they may shed a few petals in the process. Learn green recipes and healthy living tips to “bloom” in any season.

5. NaturesNurtureBlog.com – Natures Nurture’ philosophy is summarized in four words: frugal, natural, sustainable, and homemade. From recipes to kitchen tips, everything you find on this blog fits into one of those four categories. Follow this family’s inspiring journey to a healthier, more sustainable life.

6. AllNaturalMe.com – This site is just bursting with personality behind this blogger’s natural living lifestyle. Follow her recipes, reviews, and tips on how to enjoy a natural lifestyle. She has hundreds of blogposts on an array of topics, step-by-step tutorials, and even helpful videos.

7. ArtOfNaturalLiving.com – Dating back two decades of “green history,” this blog is innovative, fun, and inspiring. They feature their family tips through discovering an organic, sustainable lifestyle and share their tips to save you the headache of research and a few dollars in your pocket.

8. NaturallySavvy.com – Finally a site that you can trust amongst all the misleading news sites about what’s going on with our food supply, and what words like GMO’s and chemical additives mean and how they are creeping into our homes and our bodies. Educate yourself on the environmental impact our food sources are facing, and keep your conscious, and your body, clean and clear with this source to support you.

9. Amanda – Amanda is a wonder-mom, both in day-to-day, and her journey to motherhood. She shares her journey through her health struggles, and how she remedied her body to carry two children after being told she would never have any. When she’s not chasing her two little ones, or updating her blog, Amanda is studying to become a certified herbalist, and making goodies to sell other organic mommies.

10. KitchenStewardship.com – If you’re like most families, then you’ve probably struggled with the balance of eating healthier, saving money, and still having the time to spend time with each other. ‘Kitchen Stewardship,’ is all about finding and maintaining that balance to let you live a happier, healthier life.

11. NaturalLivingIdeas.com – The newbies and the seasoned pro’s will delight of the inspiration behind ‘Natural Living Ideas.’ Filled with wonderful recipes, informative articles, and money-saving tips and tricks, it’s a wonderful resource to anyone committed to learning ways to live a more natural life.

12. NaturalLivingSource.com – Hipocrates once said, ” Let medicine be your food and let food be your medicine. The ladies over at ‘Natural Living Source,’ are creating a lifestyle over food that heals, and medicine that tastes delicious! They host dinner parties, detoxes, and so much more to get you on your way to a healthy life.

13. Eliza Cross – Eliza is an organic gardener, mother, and full-time author that changed up her lifestyle when she found herself yearning for more simplicity. Now her priorities look at little different, like fostering peace and laughter in her home, giving back, and being gentler to the planet. Follow her journey to a simple, sustainable lifestyle with an emphasis on laughter along the way.

14. Lindsey Janeiro – Healthy Living Blog,’ was born to enhance the healthy living blog world. It is for readers to find new blogs, new resources, connect with like-minded individuals to find support in their everyday healthy life. All blogs are supported that support living a healthy life, from food to fitness, and anything in between.

15. Rebecca Simmons – Looking for fun inspiration as a naturally-living mom? Rebecca has the perfect site for tips, recipes, and daily inspiration to create a little more color and a lot less waste in your home. Follow her journey through three kids and three pets to maintain a fun, natural, happy home.

16. MileHiMama.com – Here’s to a Houston mom with so many children she can’t even count them all! As her headline will tell you, she is “disorganized, discombobulated, and devoted,” to living a desperately frugal life for her nine children. Read her tips on big-family living, and how to balance it with a natural lifestyle and a serious budget.

17. Amber – Amber and her husband decided to embark on a greener, more organic lifestyle when his health conditions started to effect their daily lives. They learned ways to keep his eczema and celiac disease at bay, and want to share their tips and tried remedies for families navigating their way to a greener, more organic lifestyle.

18. GreenMoxie.com – “If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spend the night with a mosquito.” This African Proverb is the perfect opening line for this page, as referenced in their about section. ‘Green Moxie,’ is all about giving you the tools and resources to live a “greener, leaner life.” Learn how you can make a difference and an impact with your lifestyle.

19. Meg – Meg is a passionate Nutrition and Public Health Graduate Student, Yoga Instructor, Corporate Wellness Consultant, and Freelance Writer/Designer, that still finds time to fill her reader’s days with inspiration and tips for a healthier lifestyle. This busy girl knows the secret: simplicity. Follow Meg through her busy days, and her inspiring posts to encourage you to a natural lifestyle.

20. NaturalDSM.com – Discover natural living through the city of Des Moines. This blog has tips transitioning your disposable lifestyle, into a sustainable, eco-friendly, planet-loving way of living that will make you feel better inside and out. Read along for helpful, educational resources that are sure to make you think twice about some of your current consumer choices.

21. Genevive – Genevive shares her journey to a natural lifestyle through motherhood and health struggles. Her site is dedicated to any mom’s that fuss over GMO’s or have struggled with a baby carrier, to bring together like-minded mom’s for a healthier, happier life for babies. Enjoy her posts, watch her twice-weekly videos, and subscribe to her newsletter to stay updated and informed.

22. MyHealthyGreenFamily.com – This “free range mama,” is an inspiration to mom’s and the natural living lifestyle. Follow her journey through raising her three little ones, sustainable living, gardening, farming, creating cleaning and body products, and more. She shares her delicious recipes and wonderful parenting tips any mom is sure to love.

23. Tiffany – Crossfit, paleo, green mom of three shares all her passions and interests around health, wellness, and sustainability issues. Tiffany helps you navigate through eco-art supplies, healthy recipes, and alternative remedies to stave off your little one’s illness.

24. Pamela Barnes – Pamela thought she was being a conscious consumer, until she learned the truth about labels. When she rolled up her sleeves and started doing her homework, she learned the products she thought were healthy actually contained hard-to-pronounce synthetic chemicals that were rarely tested for safety. She shares a reliable source of researched material to educate and inform her readers so they can make healthy choices for their budgets and their bodies.

25. LightCleanSimple.com – Honest, real, and sometimes outwardly opinionated, ‘Light Clean Simple,’ is a gem for the natural living journey. “Simple living for better health, natural beauty, and peace of mind,” is the tagline for this blog that delivers it all with delightfully written articles and fresh content.

26. OrganicAuthority.com – A tried and true site for all things natural and organic. The writers at ‘Organic Authority,’ have made it their passion to cover organics “from the inside out, outside in, and all the way around,” to get you the best recipes and news on everything organic.

27. Erin – A visit to the doctor turned into a life overhaul for this overwhelmed mom. A chronic tension headache led to a serious life evaluation of time, work-life balance, pursuing business ideas, and raising two children. Something had to give, and sure enough it was her lifestyle that got the fine-tooth comb. Follow her story for inspiration on simplifying your life.

28. Andrea Dekker – Andrea Dekker is a brand, a business, a blog, but mostly, she’s a person. She is a real mom, wife, and business woman showing you how to organize and simplify your life. Andrea is refreshingly passionate about what she shares, and delightfully “real.”

29. Tammy Vermeulen – Tammy shares her natural, simple-living lifestyle with her passion for her family and her church. As she says, “we only have one body and one soul; the Divine takes care of the soul and we take care of the rest. ” Follow her journey to healthy, sustainable living.

30. Green4U.com – Written by a “born environmentalist…child to normal parents,” the author examines the way we have strayed from the environmentally friendly “norm” to an utter lack of love or care for the deteroriating planet. She hopes to inspire readers to teach the next generation to be “green natives,” so we can preserve some of our environment.

31. Angela – Angela is a certified herbalist and mother, which makes her an “herbalist mama,” with so much to share. She loves herbs, crafting, science exploring, and sharing ways for your children to delve into them all and discover new things. Her posts are delightfully refreshing, passionate and inspiring.

32. TheNovaStudio.com – The Nova Studio is based in the San Francisco Bay area and offers fun classes like candle and soapmaking, as well as bath and body products. Keep up with the latest by following the blog, or register yourself for a class to see what goodies you can make.

33. Allyson – Allyson is the talent behind all the love and care that goes into discovering, what she calls, “fulfilled homemaking.” Allyson shares the importance of making a home, and enjoying the time you have with loved ones and the things you love most. Share her recipes, ideas, crafting projects, and tips on living a more natural lifestyle and discover the fulfillment in housemaking.

34. Stephanie – Stephanie’s journey to natural living started after a health scare made her realize she needed to a serious lifestyle change. With the option to be on medication for the rest of her life and likely never conceive, Stephanie started making changes to her diet and try to restore her health naturally. Well, it worked! Now a mom to four, Stephanie shares her inspirational journey and the lessons she’s learned along the way to be a healthy, happy mom.

35. Kate – Living naturally is pretty much Kate’s second nature. Following in her mother’s naturalist ways, Kate finds her passion surrounding living a natural, sustainable lifestyle through food, beauty, travel, yoga and more. Share Kate’s knowledge, or at least her yummy recipes, and educate yourself on the products to add and avoid in your life.

36. Laura – Laura and her husband, Matt, share their path toward a heavenly home with their four boys and devotion to homeschooling and their faith. Laura shares her successes, and failures, in the kitchen and in life and always stops to share her gratitude for her family and her life. Share in why she loves homeschooling, and sharing her heavenly home tips.

37. Erin – Erin is a full-time mom that has a true passion for writing and serving the lord. Her blog is “grace-filled natural living,” where she shares all of her favorite projects, recipes, and natural living tips. Share in Erin’s eBook “Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert,” sure to make you think twice about your diaper choice.

38. ArtfulHomemaking.com – A great resource for homemakers trying to add a little more color, and a little more fun to their homemaking routine. Wonderful articles on simple style and fashion, healthy recipes and kitchen tips, and even activites for kids to keep them creatively engaged.

39. Kelly – Kelly gives credit to her talents as a stay-at-home mom that stays plenty busy to her savior, Jesus Christ. With six little ones to care for, Kelly gets read about the struggles, and challenges, that are behind motherhood. She shares her own personal feelings around bad days, motivating other moms, and the not-so-secret post-partum depression.

40. Alix – After taking a course on herbalism during her pregnancy, Alix has discovered a passion for studying and learning more about natural remedies and essential oils. She shares her natural lifestyle, money saving tips, and even giveaways on her blog.

41. Crystal – After sharing photos and recipes on her facebook page earned her the nickname, “Happy Homemaker,” Crystal listened to the encouragement of friends and started a blog to share and archive all her photos and recipes. She’s expanded out of the kitchen, and into household cleaning, DIY, organizing, cleaning, and more.

42. Amy – A little twist on the modern homemaker, Amy is a single 20-something that is passionate about homemaking for, well, her and her little dog. Amy rejects the consumersist status quo to focus one what really matters most, like reconnecting with her core values. Share Amy’s trials and tribulations, and her journey from single life to surely a happy, healthy family.

43. Sonia – Sonia is a work at home mom in France, that loves to share her photos, textile experiments, homemade creations, and more. Her photos are magazine worthy, and her inventory of naturally dyed products will surely have you swooning, or shopping.

44. HomesteadSimple.com – A delightful mother-daughter collaboration, this site shares the fun they have together creating a natural, sustainable lifestyle. They believe all things should be natural and organic, and love sharing their discoveries along their journey to achieving a lifestyle that is.

45. Tsh Oxenreider – Share in this delightful community Tsh has created, and find inspiration to simplify your life and maintain your sense of self even though you’ve become a parent. With weekly collaborators, Tsh really keeps the conversation, and the voices changing, to keep you tuned in and connecting. Share motherhood with other mom’s that do their best, but embrace that their far from perfect.

46. Amy Bayliss – If you’ve come for inspiration, you might want to stay a while. Amy is nothing short of a miracle mom, that gives her credit to her faith in God. Amy shares her very timely stories of heartache, divorce, facing her son’s condition, and sudden loss. Share in Amy’s joy and sadness and how she keeps shining and smiling to raise her family as the leader.

47. Shannon – When Shannon had two little boys, she and her husband decided to get back to simple living. They purchased two acres of land in Texas where they are building their homestead to nourish their family with homegrown foods, chemical-free living, and learning a simple, sustainable way of life.

48. Noelle – Noelle’s passion knows no limit is crafting and creating. I mean from DIY deodorant, to serious wedding cake creating, this newly-pregnant mama has some bonified talents. Share in Noelle’s joy of her first successful pregnancy, and all of her joys, and surprises, around creating her first baby.

49.  Mega Oils-  It’s no secret that modern living comes with more than its fair share of stress. Mega Oils is a comprehensive guide to using natural oils as a remedy for the problems of everyday life. From treating headaches to getting a great night’s sleep, megaoils.com will keep you up to date with natural solutions for the strains of everyday life.

Top 50 Soap Making Blogs

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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Soap making has grown from a hobby, to a seriously competitive trade that attracts new talent all the time. The trick is finding the right soap making blogs to get the best recipes, ingredient list, tutorials, and expert advice to learn the pro’s tips on soap making. What I have created is the ultimate online resource that compiles the best of the best soap making blogs into one post.

I wanted to create a quality resource for people seeking information about soap making so I’ve collected what I believe to be some of the top soap making blogs out there. I endorse them so much that I’ve created a badge for them to display and be endorsed as one of the top soap making blogs on the Internet. The order below is not in any particular order. They are all #1 in my eyes.

Best Soap Making Blogs

1. Evik – The Curious Soapmaker – Evik has been making soap since she accidentally discovered a natural soap making book while browsing her favorite book store. Suddenly, she became more interested in a natural lifestyle and became a vegetarian and started learning more about the products and ingredients she was using in her every day life. Learn from her passion for soapmaking, the importance of selecting the proper ingredients, and basic recipes tutorials and principles.

2. Jennifer Young – Jennifer has a successful business of soaps, lip balms, salves and more. What makes her, and her blog, stand out are the four principles she runs her business by: she enjoys what she does, only uses natural ingredients in her products, supports the local community and economy, and treats the environment well. Kuddos to you Jennifer!

3. Amanda Griffin – Amanda shares her passion for soap making, and her gratitude for being a part of the “soaping” community. She loves all things soap, including talking, sharing, and teaching soap making. Follow her site for handmade soap, bath and body products, reviews, interviews, how-to’s and more.

4. Ruth Esteves – Ruth was trained as a laboratory assistant, and found herself craving more creativity in her life. She fused her passion for soapmaking with a career, and has successfully combined her talents for a business that “feeds her soul,” since 2006. Now she sells, teaches, and speaks about soapmaking and has even recently published her first eBook.

5. Rebecca Dillon – Soap Delicatessen is a one woman operation that has been running since 2001. She started out making soap as an alternative to commercial brands that often irritated her very sensitive skin. Over a decade later, now she creates her own unique recipes for various skin and bath products and sells them on her site.

6. Rene Whitlock – Rene started with aromatherapy and essential oils before she discovered her love for soap making. Now she passionately shares her discovery for better ingredients, natural products, and converting commercial product consumers to products more beneficial for their skin and the planet.

7. TheSoapBar.com – The Soap Bar is a fun spot for the soap makers out there. This site is loaded with contests, challenges, creative new tips and ideas, and wonderful tutorials to keep your soap making fresh and inspired. Follow along for wonderful recipes and a fun community of soap makers.

8. TheSoapMagician - Sharon has done her homework and has plenty of certificates to prove it. She has been making soap for well over a decade, and has no plans on stopping. Share her fountain of knowledge from aromatherapy to holistic uses of herbs, and how she incorporates all that into soap making.

9. TheSoapSister.com – This country gal loves her handmade soap and she can’t deny it! Her soap, Heirloom, is featured in local shops and on etsy. She shares the joys of soapmaking, making a messing, learning the tricks, and more on her oh-so-passionate blog.

10. TierraVerdeSoaps.com – A true self-proclaimed soap nerd, this mom has an entrepenurial spirit and a true talent at that. Follow her exploration of soap making where art meets science. Beautiful pictures are always the end result that you’ll find yourself wishing you could smell through your computer screen.

11. Stacie – Another successful business created as the result of a suffering tale of overly sensitive skin. Stacie’s first line of products resulted in her true love for sharing her results with others and the benefits she discovered in natural soaps. Share her recipes and learn about her new products, and cute crafts, on this charming site.

12. Angela – Angela, and her husband Brian, are the savvy creators of this blog that will educate and inspire you to spend more time together creating healthier, more natural products for you and your family. Browse their recipes and tutorials; it’s a great place to get started at making your own soaps.

13. SoaphisticatedLady.com – Beginner soap makers rejoice; here is the perfect spot for you to try your talent at soap making. Learn the basic process of melt-and-pour (MAP) soap making, and new tips and tricks “not available anywhere else.” A wonderful place to learn recipes, colors, and fragrance tips for your first, or twentieth batch of soaps.

14. Gavin Webber – Gavin’s site is delightfully personal, refreshingly real, and absolutely inspiring. He deems himself an ordinary man that had a sudden epiphony while watching a documentary and seriously overhauled his life. Follow his progressively shrinking carbon footprint, and marvel at his conversion to a green life.

15. TheNerdyFarmWife.com – A true self-proclaimed soap nerd, this mom has an entrepenurial spirit and a true talent at that. Follow her exploration of soap making where art meets science. Beautiful pictures are always the end result that you’ll find yourself wishing you could smell.

16. Tiggy – Future Primitive Soap Co.’ is Tiggy’s blog to share, and sell, her fine bath goods and aromatic oils. With names as catchy as the ingredients list, you will likely be as intrigued as you are curious. Inspire the soapmaker in you, or buy from the creator of soaps like, “Mama Didn’t Listen So I Told The Bees soap.”

17. Annie – Follow Annie’s adventures through soap making and “other things.” Shop her homemade lip balms, custom cupcake soaps, and body butters. She posts her creations on her blog, often swaying reading over to her “shop,” section linking to her good-enough-to-eat etsy store where she sells all of her fabulous creations.

18. Jenny – From melt-and-pour soap making to cold process soap, Jenny shares her hobbyist adventures in all things soapy. Follow her recipes through candle making, soaps of all colors and styles, and even men’s shaving cream.

19. BurntMill.com – This busy crafter may slack on the updates, but certainly not on the content. Follow some amazing recipes for colorful soaps. Learn how to make soap for a baby or bridal shower from start to finish, or give soap to friends and family and save some money this holiday.

20. SoapAndRestless.com – Did you know pictures of soap could literally make your mouth water? If you don’t believe me, check out ‘Soap and Restless,’ and just scroll through the photos. Those soaps are so beautifully made they honestly look good enough to eat. What’s not to love that the recipes, and plenty of tips and tricks, are shared for readers to delightfully attempt to recreate.

21. Erin Nute – Erin has learned the in’s and out’s of soap making and is happy to share her successes, and failures, so that you can create your own natural products. She’ll teach you layering techniques, color tips, and even how to make a long-lasting bar of soap. If you like what you read, you can pick up her new book, “Soap Making Made Easy.”

22. Patrice – Even those that don’t make soaps will fall in love with Patrice’s blog. She shares her passion for soap making, candle making, bath goods, and oil, but her personality is what keeps you coming back for more. Patrice has been at it for years, so share what she’s learned and have fun!

23. Bianca – This Brooklyn-based beauty is a full-time designer and hobbyist soap maker. Her blog is a meeting place for the best of both of her talents; where soap making meets design. Eye candy for the masses here, but definitely visual inspiration for the soap makers and designer readers.

24. Claudia Mold – Follow a busy mom of six through crafting projects, soap making, cooking, of raising her kids. Learn the recipe behind her “happy,” rainbow soap, or her mouth-watering handmade cheeseburger.

25. Erica Pence – Erica’s blog is more inspiration than the secrets of soap making, and if I were you, I’d listen. This business woman is savvy, successful, and passionate about what she does. She shares all of her interests from bath and body, to candles and business advice. Need more? Check out her tutorials and contests.

26. HorseOPeaceRanch.com – What a fun story behind this successful soap making business. After deciding to use some leftover goat’s milk to make some soap, an event 10 days later led to the first selling and teaching of soap making. Business officially began just months later, and has been a success ever since.

27. Magdoline – Addicted to Soap,’ started out of a mom’s need to help her eczema diagnosed children heal their sensitive skin. An encouraging husband pushed her to start selling her beautiful creations, and alas, a business was born. Browse the site, take a class, discover the joy of soap making.

28. LionAndRoseSoap.com – Handmade soap is an art, a hobby, but most importantly a passion. ‘Lion and Rose Handmade Soap,’ has them all. Share in the day-to-day family life behind this soap-making mom, and enjoy her honest opinion, recipes, and delightful creations on her site.

29. Aunt Nancy – Aunt Nancy’s blog is chock-full of homemade soap recipes. From pumpkin soap, to oatmeal & honey goat milk soap, you’ll have enough recipes here to keep you busy for an entire year (and more!)

30. Amy Warden – Amy’s soap is a work of art. If you have a few minutes and want some inspiration, I highly recommend going to her website and reviewing the amazing concoctions she has created. Absolutely stunning!

31. Tatania – Tatania’s soap is so beautiful it looks more like artisan fudge. I’d caution you against making her banofee pie soap as you really might confuse it for fudge!

32. Cee – Cee’s soap recipes are so unique! Pumpkin maple soap… Doesn’t get any better than that for fall, does it? How about a gift for mom of cocoa butter soap with lavender and lemon infused oil? My goodness! A must bookmark blog.

33. Jennifer – Add Jennifer to your list of soap blogs you must follow. From peppermint bark soap to polka dot themed apple, peach & cinammon, her soap recipes will inspire you for hours.

34. HomeMadeBathProducts.com – HomeMadeBathProducts is a site I know you will love! The writers feature great recipes and products from around the web.

35. Angela – Jamaican vanilla café, Hummingbird, Hula Hula… Angela’s soap names are as unique as the soap itself. Great photos and great blog… Just wish she provided more of her recipes.

36. Sabons Carmeta – This Spanish soap blog features beautiful soap recipes… From lavender and shea to Marigold… You won’t be disapointed by Sabons Carmeta.

37. Celine – Celine’s soap looks like it could be decoration in a pop movie. Full of sparkles, ridges & beauty, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more bubbilicious soap photos than hers.

38. Sue – Although the content has rarely been updated over the last few years, this blog features beautiful soap that you just must look into.

39. T.A. Helton – I Just love what T.A. Helton does with her blog. Occasionally you’ll see her featuring ‘soap porn’ so you can admire the greatest soaps she makes on her site, from apples & oak to bay rum spice… we love it all!

40. Elizabeth – Elizabeth shares her soap making adventures on this blog and we love it! She even shares how she uses her Vitamix for soap making (And for smoothies!).

41. Julia – Julia’s Spanish soap making blog is amazing. Beautiful designs, photos, packaging… You get the entire package here.

42. Milla – Milla not only shares photos of her end results, but even creates videos of how she prepares her soap. Definitely worth a read!

43. Super Soapers – Super Soapers is amazing: They feature soap artists every month to help inspire and educate you. This is one you must bookmark.

44. Ana Maria – Ana Maria shares her soap making adventures in this Spanish soap making blog. Just wish there were more recipes to accompany her beautiful photos

Our Favorite Soap Recipes

45. Nina Nelson – Nina shares her recipe for a homemade herbal bar soap here. She uses marshmallow root and calendula petals to make this bar soap very soothing and healing.

46. Allyson – Allyson shares 3 homemade dish soap recipes. They are all natural and quick and easy to make. She leaves out essential oils, but you can easily toss some lavender, cinnamon, peppermint or anything your heart desires in and it will work perfectly.

47. Stephanie – Pink grapefruit soap! Love it! Stephanie shares this unique soap recipe idea here. We definitely encourage you to try it.

48. Liz Marie – Liz has been using a DIY laundry soap recipe for over a year. After a year of refining her recipe, she finally has made it perfect and shares her secrets with you.

49. Clare – Another goat milk recipe! This time with orange and calendula. Thanks, Clare, for the great inspiration!

50. Brandy – Brandy shares her homemade poppy seed soap recipe here… I can’t wait to give this a go. Her photos are beautiful and the end result is even more gorgeous.