Silk Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

If you’re using homemade shampoo bars to wash your hair, an acidic rinse isn’t really optional—it’s a must. Because the high pH of true soap raises the scales that make up your hair, you’ll need to smooth them back down with something acidic or you’ll find your hair is quite coarse and tangly. That’s where this lovely rinse comes in. Infused with all kinds of good-for-the-hair ingredients, it comes together in a flash and leaves your hair silky smooth and shiny.

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A Quick Guide to Cocoa Butter & Liquid Oil Ratios

Now that I’ve worked with three different waxes for these quick guides, I thought I’d try cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is a wonderful ingredient—brittle, cocoa scented, and velvety soft on the skin. It melts at about 34°C, which is just a few degrees below body temperature, and it doesn’t really have a soft stage, making it rather unique in skin care formulations.

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Simple Bandits Salve

Bandits oil is a fantastic all-purpose essential oil blend to have around. It’s a powerful anti-bacterial/anti-viral/anti-fungal/anti-everything, it smells great, and it’s really quite inexpensive to whip up a thieving little bottle of your own. This salve is a fantastic way to incorporate it into everyday life, and it’s just as easy to make as the oil blend itself.

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Green Tea & Silk Soap

Annie was the first person who suggested silk soap to me, and it was like a thunderclap. I immediately wondered what rock I’d been living under for the past few years as it is such a brilliant idea (thanks, Annie!). So, silk soap has been on my to-do list ever since then, and I’m thrilled that I finally got around to making a batch.

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Whipped Shea Butter Body Meringue

I am so thrilled with this new invention of mine. It’s unbelievably light and fluffy, with a decadent texture that will make your friends gasp in awe when they feel how light and soft it is. I call it body meringue because of its texture and how it forms wonderful soft, glossy peaks, just like a meringue does.

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