DIY Head to Toe Skin Care – Body!

Alright the body!!  Shoulder to ankle.  Here we go!

Here are some combinations of what you might use for body/bath products.  Soaps for example, the old fashion soap bar becomes a handmade soap filled with natural ingredients, vibrant colorsessential oils or a fragrance oil.  You may want to use our ready to use liquid soap base or our soap concentrates.

Soap

DIY soap

bar of herbal soap with fresh herbs and olives – beauty treatment

We talked about this process yesterday, so you can refer back to that post for helpful links and tons of good information!  Melt and Pour is still very popular.  You weigh your soap, melt it add color and your favorite essential oil or fragrance of choice.  Here is where you customize your products.  Remember to keep it simple and giftable.  Now you are ready to pour your soap in a milky way soap mold.  We have hundreds of different designs.

Body WashDIY Body Wash

Everyone loves a good body wash.  There are many recipes and ways to personalize this product.  It so simple, it takes three simple ingredients.  Body wash base, your favorite essential oil, and gel color!!  Lots of room to customize for you, your mate, friend or family member!

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DIY Head to Toe Skin Care – Face!

Let’s FACE it everyone has a different skin type!

The basics are you first wash with soap or facial cleanser.  Then you apply your lotion.  Sounds simple right?  There is more to it than just that.  You can make your own soap tailored for your skin type!  We would like to take this opportunity to share some of our DIY skin and body care tutorials with you.

There are so many recipes for soap making.   It is hard to choose the one that is right for you!  Do not worry, we are here to help!   Melt & poor is the easiest method.  By using the Melt & Poor process you can be more creative as far as colors and design.  The Milky Way molds come in hundreds of designs.

If you haven’t already, choose any of our Melt & Pour Soap Bases and start making some soap!! Here are some that we recommend Crystal SLES & SLS Free, Crystal Goats Milk, Crystal Ultra Clear, and Crystal Jelly soap Base.

Let your imagination go wild by adding more than one essential oil and more than one color!melt & pour heart soap valentine's day gift ideas soap mold

 

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DIY Organic Shampoo and Conditioner

Let’s start with hair

Hair is our crowning glory but due to factors like stress, pollution, improper care and so on, it can be damaged easily.   According to Wikipedia our hair is a bit more complicated than we think.  The most common interest is focused on hair growth and hair care.

Did you know?

The speed of hair growth is roughly 11 cm/yr.

The average human head has about 100,000 hair follicles.

Older people tend to develop grey hair because the pigment in the hair is lost and the hair becomes colourless.

Grey hair is considered to be a characteristic of normal aging.

The age at which this occurs varies from person to person, but in general nearly everyone 75 years or older has grey hair, and in general men tend to become grey at younger ages than women.

Having good healthy hair can be accomplished and can be maintained buy making this simple Natural Organic Shampoo  and Natural Organic Conditioner with your favorite essential oil.  We chose Lavender.  The shampoo and conditioner will lather nicely and give your scalp a tingling sensation and your hair a wonderful clean texture!  So let’s get started!

One-Two-three make your own organic natural shampoo and conditioner  with two products!! (more…)

1/25/16 Weekly Article Roundup – DIY Head to Toe Skin Care

Do you pamper yourself Head to Toe with DIY skin and body care products?  Well guess what, you can now!!

Start with your head, face, body and then your feet!

Get your glow back by making it yourself with simple ingredients.  Your skin and body can feel fresh and soft  when combining natural butters with natural oils.  Boost your alertness with our exploding essential oils or fragrances.  It is time to start Keeping your skin and body safe from unnecessary chemicals or preservatives.

Here are five reasons you should DIY!

  1. Keep it simple
  2. Make it Multi Purpose
  3. Make it a gift
  4. Control volume with less waste
  5. Safety — control what you put on your body

This week we will be talking about indulging and taking control of your skin and body care.  We will be giving you great recipes for each day for each part of your body!!

If you want to get a jumb start…go right ahead by checking out our products and our Crafting Library.

1/25 Weekly Giveaway: 8oz Bodywash Bottles!

We have a winner!!

(bag of ten bodywash bottles)

Find the Perfect Packaging for Your Products!

A lot of the time, when you get an idea for a new product, packaging is the last thing on your mind. After all, the fun of creating new things is thinking about how to make them, what they’ll be used for, what ingredients you’ll choose, and all of those things are important, but containers are too! As you can see we have a large variety of  jars or container that you can choose for the perfect packaging for your products  and get inspired by the packaging itself!   You can learn more about cosmetic jars and their uses as well!

Enter our weekly giveaway, and you could win a free gift with your next order! Just enter your name and email address in the fields to the right, and you’ve got a chance to win!

If you signed up for last week’s giveaway, remember to enter again for a chance at this week’s item! If you win, you’ll receive an email from the Chemistry Store with a promo code for your free item next week. Learn more about the weekly giveaway and read up on the rules before entering!

 

Check out all of our containers and packaging.  Also, here is a great blog post we posted just for you!

How to Make Exfoliating Lotion at Home

DIY lotion just got easier!

Lotions and creams moisturize your skin to keep it looking healthy and young, and exfoliation helps slough away dead skin cells for brighter, clearer skin, so why not combine the two? Our exfoliating lotion recipe gives you an easy way to make your own lotion at home with gentle exfoliation for your face or body. We’ll walk you through making regular and exfoliating lotion to keep your skin fresh and healthy! (more…)

DIY Organic Natural Body Wash Recipe

Make your own natural body wash in no time!

While many people love homemade soap, others prefer body wash because it has great foaming and is easy to use. But you shouldn’t have to sacrifice all natural products to get the feeling you love. With the unscented organic body wash base from Stephenson it’s quick and easy to make your own natural body wash! Add your favorite essential oils for scent and you’re ready to go! Let’s get started! (more…)

DIY All Natural Deodorant Tubes

More and more people are making the switch to all natural bath and body products, and it’s easy to see why. With many commercial products filled with toxic or at least questionable ingredients, it’s comforting to know exactly what’s in everything you use. Some products, like deodorant, are hard to live without, but with this easy DIY all natural deodorant recipe, you don’t have to! This recipe uses simple ingredients and really does prevent BO just like the store-bought stuff! Let’s get started! (more…)

Homemade Caffeinated Eye Serum w/ Vitamin E

Help keep your skin looking healthy and young!

When it comes to skin care, your eyes need the most attention. The thin skin around your eyes is prone to wrinkles and dark circles and requires extra moisturizing to keep looking young and fresh. Caffeine and vitamin E are both great ingredients for your skin as caffeine helps improve circulation to improve dark circles, and vitamin E has powerful antioxidants to reduce wrinkles. Our DIY eye serum recipe combines both these great ingredients with the benefits of essential oils for an amazing serum! Check it out! (more…)

1/18 Weekly Giveaway: Vitamin E Acetate

Take your beauty products to the next level with vitamin E!

Vitamin E has long been known for its amazing skin care benefits. It’s often used in anti-aging products and is known to help improve skin elasticity and firmness to prevent and reduce wrinkles. Vitamin E acetate is used in many cosmetic lotions, creams, and serums and is a great addition to any homemade beauty product! Enter our weekly giveaway, and you could win 1 oz of vitamin E acetate free on your next order! Just enter your name and email address in the fields to the right, and you’ve got a chance to win!

If you signed up for last week’s giveaway, remember to enter again for a chance at this week’s item! If you win, you’ll receive an email from the Chemistry Store with a promo code for your free item next week. Learn more about the weekly giveaway and read up on the rules before entering!

1/18 Weekly Article Roundup: Tips for Natural Skin Care

Restore your skin with natural skin care!

While we may think we know what’s best for our skin, these days more and more people are finding that many common skin care rules just don’t work as well as they claim. On top of this, good skin care practices and natural skin care techniques can seem counter-intuitive at first. Reaching for oil-free cleansers and beauty products when we have oily skin makes sense to us, but really we should be doing the opposite! Learn about this and other skin care misconceptions you may have in our article of the week: 6 Counter-Intuitive Steps for Natural Skin Care! Plus, the team here at the Chemistry Store will be sharing great natural skin care recipes with you all week, so keep checking back!

DIY Massage Non-Greasy Lotion Bars w/ Vitamin E

Get your romance on this Valentine’s Day!

Lotions and other bath and body products are common Valentine’s Day gifts, but it’s easy to make them yourself! Solid lotion bars are becoming more and more popular because they offer great moisturizing and applying them is like a mini massage. Our easy recipe is designed to feel less greasy than the average lotion bar and also includes vitamin E to nourish dry winter skin. Plus, with the teardrop massage mold, it’s easy to pamper your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day! (more…)

His & Hers Valentine’s Body Spray Recipe

The Valentine’s Day gift anyone will love!

Not sure what to get that special someone this Valentine’s Day? Perfume or cologne is a common choice, but some fragrances can be expensive, and sometimes it’s hard to find the right scent. DIY body spray is a great alternative because you can customize the scent, and it leaves your skin feeling silky smooth instead of sticky and dry. This easy his and hers body spray recipe is a great option for both sexes this Valentine’s Day, and we’ll show you how to make one for you and your partner in different scents! (more…)

Melt & Pour Heart Soap Bouquet Tutorial

Give the gift of handmade soap this Valentine’s Day!

While it might still seem far off, now is the time to start thinking about your Valentine’s day gifts! Nothing says “I love you” like homemade heart soap, and with melt & pour soap base it’s easy to make! Many people don’t like getting flowers because they wilt after just a few days, so give that special someone a heart soap bouquet instead. We’ll show you how to make melt & pour heart soap in different floral scents and colors using our professional hearts with roses soap mold! (more…)

Chocolate Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

Indulge your sweet tooth & pamper your skin with this easy sugar scrub!

Valentine’s day may be  a month away, but it’s closer than you think. With love in the air, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll get for that special someone! DIY sugar scrubs are an easy way to show someone you care, and they’re great for exfoliating and moisturizing dry winter skin. Made with warm brown sugar and scented with chocolate indulgence fragrance, this sugar scrub is the perfect romantic gift! (more…)

1/11 Weekly Giveaway: Professional Heart Soap Mold

Spruce up Valentine’s Day soaps with a heart soap mold!

Valentine’s day is coming up fast and love is in the air! What better way to tell your sweetheart how much they mean to you than with homemade heart-shaped soaps? Enter our weekly giveaway and you could win a professional heart soap mold free on your next order! These molds are made of a strong clear plastic that holds up over time and make large, luxurious bars. Enter your name and email address in the fields to the right before midnight on Sunday, January 17th, and you have a chance to win!

If you signed up for last week’s giveaway, remember to enter again for a chance at this week’s item! If you win, you’ll receive an email from the Chemistry Store with a promo code for your free item next week. Learn more about the weekly giveaway and read up on the rules before entering!

 

1/11 Weekly Article Roundup: Valentine’s Day

Learn about Valentine’s Day & get gift ideas!

Valentine’s day is one of those holidays you either love or hate, but it doesn’t have to be all about fancy, expensive gifts and cards. Show some real love this Valentine’s Day with thoughtful homemade gifts that your special someone is sure to enjoy! Homemade bath and body products are a great way to save money on gifts while still showing someone you care, but you wanna get started soon because the big day is only about a month away! Keep watching all week long for great recipes and ideas for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts and read up on what the holiday is all about with or article of the week!

Making the perfect gift basket or set

With container accessories

Whether you’re making products to sell or give as gifts, the more you can give the recipient the better. Gift baskets, product sets, or sampler sets are a great way to give friends and family a variety of things in one gift, and they make it easy for customers to buy gifts or try several of your products at once. When choosing what to include in a gift basket or set, consider giving people even more by adding accessories like sponges or bath poufs! Keep reading to get some fun ideas for sprucing up your gift baskets! (more…)

Types of Cosmetic Jars & Their Uses

Find the Perfect Packaging for Your Products!

A lot of the time, when you get an idea for a new product, packaging is the last thing on your mind. After all, the fun of creating new things is thinking about how to make them, what they’ll be used for, what ingredients you’ll choose, and all of those things are important, but containers are too! Today’s post is all about learning to see the potential in an empty jar or container so you can not only choose the perfect packaging for your products but get inspired by the packaging itself! Keep reading to learn more about cosmetic jars and their uses! (more…)

Uses for PET Bottles

Enhance your products with PET bottles!

Because they fit a wide variety of tops such as dispensing caps, fine mist sprayers, and lotion pumps, PET bottles are some of the most versatile containers out there. But what makes PET different from other bottles? And what are they used for? PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate, and it’s not only durable and inexpensive but globally recognized as a safe, recyclable plastic packaging. PET bottles are used for a variety of beverages and are the perfect packaging for personal care products! But many of us look at empty bottles and can’t see their potential, so keep reading for some ideas for great products you can use with PET bottles! (more…)

What are “finishes” for container tops?

Choosing the right container & packaging

Whether you’re making sprays, lotions, or anything else, the right packaging is important. You may want smaller a bottle or jar for sample and travel sizes or a larger container for gift sets. The size of your bottle or jar impacts your pricing and can affect how customers perceive your product. But what many people don’t know is that choosing the right tops is important to. Not only are there different colors and styles available, but there are different finishes, or sizes, and you have to choose the right one to fit your containers! (more…)

1/4 Weekly Giveaway: Clear PET Jars w/ White Dome Lids

Win Clear PET Jars w/ Lids free in our weekly giveaway!

Whether you’re making lotions, body butters, or salt scrubs, you need a container to put your products in, so the team here at the Chemistry Store wanted to help you out with this week’s giveaway. Our 8 oz clear PET jars with white dome lids are great for a wide variety of products. The size is large enough to hold plenty of product while still keeping a sleek design, and the lids are included! For your chance to win 10 of our 8 oz clear PET jars with white dome lids, enter your name and email address on the side of the blog. (more…)

1/4 Weekly Article Roundup: Soap Packaging Ideas

Soap Packaging Ideas for Inspiration

When it comes to selling soap or even just giving it as gifts, how it’s packaged has a big impact on people’s first impression. You want to draw people in while still representing the type of business you are and the type of products you make. Are your soaps fun and quirky with bright colors and whimsical scents? Or are they more natural and down-to-earth? Whatever you make, your packaging should reflect that, but it can be hard to come up with new and original ideas. To get you started, check out our article of the week: 25+ Cool & Creative Soap Packaging Design Ideas from DesignBolts.com!

-Suzie Soapmaker & The Chemistry Store Team

Happy New Year from the Chemistry Store!

Whether you watched the ball drop, went out and partied, or relaxed at home, we hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and are having a great New Year’s Day! It’s been an amazing year here at the Chemistry Store, and we have only our great customers to thank. We’re looking forward to some fun new things in the new year, and we hope you are too! Thanks for a great year and here’s to an even better one in 2016! What new year’s resolutions did you make? What fun projects do you want to work on? We’d love to hear from you!

New Year Winter Holiday Hours

Our office and warehouse are are closed starting Wednesday, December 23rd until Sunday, January 3rd. We will reopen Monday, January 4th at 8 am. You can still place orders online while we’re closed, and all orders will be processed in the order they were received when we reopen.

-Suzie Soapmaker & The Chemistry Store Team

Essential Oil Uses: Tangerine, Tea Tree, Cherry, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Egyptian Rose Geranium

Whether you want to use essential oils for scent or for aromatherapy purposes, it’s important to know the properties of each oil as well as any safety information. All week we’ve been helping you learn more about essential oils and their amazing benefits with our series on essential oil uses. Today we’re wrapping it up with the last on the list of oils available at the Chemistry Store. Keep reading to learn even more about essential oil uses and benefits!

Part 1: Amyris, Basil, Lemon, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clove

Part 2: Cornmint, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lime

Part 3: Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Lavandin, Rosemary, Spearmint, Sweet Orange (more…)

Essential Oil Uses: Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Lavandin, Rosemary, Spearmint, Sweet Orange

Many people love using essential oils for aromatherapy or to scent their homemade bath and body products. Because there are so many essential oils out there, learning about them can be confusing at first. We’re making it easier with our four part series on essential oil uses covering all of the oils available from the Chemistry Store! Check out today’s essential oils and check back tomorrow for more! (more…)

Essential Oil Uses: Cornmint, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lime

Essential oils are  a great addition to any bath and body product and can have a wide range of benefits. Not to mention they smell great! To help you understand essential oils better, we’re continuing our four part series on essential oil uses, including all of the oils available at the Chemistry Store! Keep reading to learn about some of the amazing uses for essential oils!

Find Part 1 here! (more…)

Essential Oil Uses: Amyris, Basil, Lemon, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Leaf, Citronella, Clove

Essential oils have a wide variety of uses in aromatherapy and for scenting bath and body products. However, using them can be confusing as it’s hard to remember which essential oils are used for which purposes. The good news is, many oils have multiple uses, and to help you keep things straight, we’re starting a four-part series of posts about the uses for all of our essential oils. Each day we’ll give you information about different oils, so keep reading to learn more! (more…)

12/28 Weekly Giveaway: White Grapefruit Essential Oil

Sign up for a chance to win 2 oz White Grapefruit Essential Oil free!

Essential oils are a great way to scent your bath and body products and give them additional benefits, but many people worry about trying new ones. With our weekly giveaway, you get the chance to try white grapefruit essential oil free! Just enter your name and email address on the side of the blog and you’ve got a chance to win 2 oz free on your next order! (more…)

12/28 Weekly Article Roundup: Essential Oils Safety

Using essential oils in bath & body products

Whether for their scents or for aromatherapy purposes, many people love using essential oils in their bath and body products. Essential oils are natural plant extracts that contain a variety of chemicals. They can have powerful effects, but as with so many things, natural doesn’t always mean safe. If not used properly, essential oils can be very harmful, so it’s important to follow safety guidelines when using them. To learn more about essential oil safety, check out this safety information from the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. This article is written for professional aromatherapists but contains useful information for anyone looking to use essential oils on themselves or in their products. Check it out!