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Soap making on the Blog - White Tea Ginger & Mint

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Soap making on the Blog - White Tea Ginger & Mint

I've always been a tea lover, from the moment I set foot in England during a family trip when I was twelve-years-old, I was hooked. In fact, I'm enjoying a cup of tea as I write this blog! Now that you know the inspiration for my Balancing Act Soap in white tea, ginger and mint, you can follow along as I make it and cut it. It's a particularly large batch as this is a popular soap here at Second Spring Naturals, but I can still manage a lovely tea green drop swirl that appears to dance in and out...

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Making Activated Charcoal and Goat Milk Soap

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Making Activated Charcoal and Goat Milk Soap

I get custom orders from time to time and this is one of my favorites. I love a good goat milk soap that has a load of activated charcoal in it. This bar is unscented, so I thought I would add a touch of 'fancy' and do a mantra swirl. First, lets get the 411 on the benefits of activated charcoal: • Activated charcoal (as opposed to wood charcoal used for heating purposes) is used for medicinal and beauty purposes, like detox and and for digestive health. • Additionally, it binds to drugs and poisons (you've heard of its use in...

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5 Steps to Better Skin in your Forties

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5 Steps to Better Skin in your Forties

Lets talk about how our skin changes after forty, shall we? I have never, ever had an issue with acne, blemishes, blotchy or red skin ---nada. And then I turned forty-something and my skin decided to do everything. It went oily AND dry; it started to become even more sensitive to things touching it, even hair products. I couldn't even wear liquid make-up without getting these crazy bumps all over. My poor lips started to dry and flake, too. I felt like I was imploding (cue the Walking Dead). Needless to say, I couldn't very well own a natural skincare...

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What is Activated Charcoal and How is it Used in Beauty, Health and Wellness?

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What is Activated Charcoal and How is it Used in Beauty, Health and Wellness?

Today we are talking about one of my absolute favorite materials to work with: Activated Charcoal.  What is it and how in the heck do we use it in beauty products? You may have heard about activated charcoal's uses in emergency rooms for pumping someone's stomach if they accidentally consumed something they weren't supposed to. It's the stuff of nightmares for moms everywhere in that regard. Hopefully you haven't had an experience with it, but it has been used for ages in order to help patients who have been poisoned or overdosed and need to get the toxins out. Basically,...

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Love Coconut Oil? So does your hair.

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Love Coconut Oil? So does your hair.

Today I thought I would share my love of coconut oil with you, particularly how I like to use it to create a fabulous hair (and scalp) mask that has saved me from my dry scalp and many miserable winter days of itchy, dry skin.   Let's take care of those dry hair woes. Ready? Grab the following: A bowl A spoon Coconut Oil Raw Honey A tablespoon A towel So easy, right? Well, I always said simple was the way to go. Step 1: Melt about a tablespoon of coconut oil, but make sure it isn't too hot. Step...

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