Dried Lavender 

You may recall that we visited Hitchin Lavender Farm a few Saturdays ago and filled a couple of paper bags with the stuff. Well, the Lavender has had time to dry out, so today I pulled the dried flowers off the stems and collected them in a tall Kilner jar to use later. It smells soooooo good!

It will be great if we are able to use Lavender grown right here in Hertfordshire in our soap on a regular basis…

New Product!

It’s finally here – our new Miracle Mango & Hemp Body Butter!

Packed with skin-loving ingredients, this luxuriously exotic butter with lavender and tea tree oils will help provide excellent relief to dry, irritated skin, including eczema and psoriasis. Make sure you try it out on a small patch of skin to see if it agrees with you before liberal use.

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Miracle Butter

Today I decided to experiment and have a go at creating our new butter that I wanted to create for problem skin, particularly eczema, which is plaguing the backs of my legs at the moment.

I wanted to make something soothing, a bit medicinal, calming, moisturising, and oh so good, involving amazing Mango butter and Hemp seed oil.

Mango butter comes from the seed kernel of the mango tree and is full of essential fatty acids. It has a lovely luxurious feel, and unlike cocoa and shea butter, also has wound healing properties.

Hemp seed oil is cold pressed from the cannabis sativa plant (I know what you’re thinking) with a lovely dark green colour. It is also full of EFA’s and proteins and makes an excellent, balancing moisturiser that is easily absorbed by the skin. (Please note, it does not contain any of the psychoactive properties present in the Cannabis plant).

Miracle Butter coming soon!

Mango Hemp Butter

Spotlight on Sweet Orange & Patchouli

This week I made 2 loaves of our lovely Sweet Orange & Patchouli soap, which contains pumice powder to scrub off dead skin. Although Lemongrass & Lime is our best selling soap, I am hooked on the sweet yet citrussy scent and vibrant orange colour of this transparent soap, with it’s fine powdery layer on top. It is almost mouth-watering!

Sweet Orange

Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Citrus dulcis) is pressed from the peel of the almost-ripe sweet orange, and has sweet and fruity top notes, with radiant undertones. The sweet-orange tree grows in Israel, America, Italy, Brazil and Australia. Because of its uplifting effects, it is known to be good for anxiety, stress and insomnia.

Therapeutic Properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-sceptic, sedative, digestive, anti-depressant

Patchouli 

A lot of people tell me they love the smell of Patchouli because it reminds them of the 70s…

Patchouli Essential Oil (Pogostemom cablin) is a dark orange coloured oil with spicy, woody topnotes and earthy undertones. It is steam-distilled from the dried fermented leaves of the perennial shrub, which is found in Mauritius, Indonesia, China, India, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

Therapeutic properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-sceptic, anti-microbial, anti-depressant, deodorant, aphrodisiac, sedative

New Soothing Skin Balm

Eczema Balm

 

I have finally got around to making our new Soothing Skin Balm. Made with calendula oil, which is known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties, the balm is great for skin that is prone to eczema (like mine) or psoriasis. Calendula (pot or common marigold) is also used to treat burns, cuts and grazes. Apparently, it was once said that “where calendula is, no pus will form”. (Oh I am glad!) Added lavender and sweet orange essential oils bring extra soothing properties, as well as a nice, subtle scent.

I decided to make a balm because I know how nice a balm feels on irritated skin, compared to a heavy butter, particularly if you need to put clothes on over the skin. This morning I massaged a bit of leftover balm into a small irritated patch of eczema I have on my wrist at the moment and it seems to have stopped the itching and smoothed the skin out! Because I tend to get patches during Autumn/Winter season, I will make sure I take a pot with me everywhere I go.

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Soothing Skin Balm is available in 50ml and 100ml tins.

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Skin Sense

Sometimes we forget that our skin is a living, breathing organ and therefore it turns over and regularly sheds dead cells. We may notice this more in the winter when we get dry, flaky skin, so it is good to exfoliate regularly to reveal the new skin underneath! The Soap Cabin does three types of exfoliating soaps: Eucalyptus and Mango & Passionfruit scrub bars which both contain poppy seeds and a Sweet Orange & Patchouli scrub bar which contains pumice powder, which is a finer exfoliant. (You will probably be familiar with a pumice stone). Exfoliating also helps unclog pores and boost skin circulation. Follow your scrub with some of our lovely shea body butter which will moisturise and protect your skin with even better results!