Keep Calm and Make Soap

So this weekend I took a trip down to the farmer’s market to see what goodies I could find for my daily juices. I think I got there a little too late and near closing time because most of the good fruit was gone. As I was heading back out to my car I passed by a fragrant smelling booth of soaps that caught my nose, so of course I had to stop by. There I met Tom Donohue and his lovely wife Lisa who co-own CleanPeace Handcrafted Soap. I had always heard of handcrafted soaps, but had never bothered trying it. I figured my Dove body wash worked just fine. But as I spoke to Tom he informed me that a lot of commercial soaps out on the market strip the glycerin, an important element used to make soap, and use other more harsh products in its place. If you’ve read my DIY post on what I use to moisturize my dry skin, you’ll know that glycerin is the holy grail to keeping my skin moist and keeping my eczema at bay.

I could hear the passion in Tom’s voice when he spoke about how he and his wife make the soap in their own home with natural ingredients like 100% food grade oils, all vegetable, pure essential oils and skin safe fragrance oils that can be used for the face and body. After speaking with both Tom and Lisa,  I knew I had to try it out for myself.

What’s cute about CleanPeace is that their tag line is Make Suds, Not War and their brand follows the cool vibes of the 70’s. Some of the names of theirs soap bars are Woodstock, Hippie Chick, Groovy Patchouli, Garage Band, and Purple Haze. I decided to go with Almond Lovin’. I’ve written three blog posts about Almonds (How to Make Almond MilkHow to Make Almond FlourHow to Make Almond-Oat Pancakes), now this makes four, I think it’s safe to say I’m in love with this nut.

Almond Lovin’ is made with Almond, Honey, Oatmeal, and Goat’s Milk, and I am LOVIN’ Almond Lovin’. The goat’s milk has the lactic acid properties which is great for smoothing out skin tone while the oatmeal helps exfoliate. This soap is by no means harsh like other exfoliating soaps I’ve used. If anything, it’s quite the opposite. It was really cooling on my face, almost like I was toning it with milk. It provided a great lather, and left my face feeling clean, not squeegee dry, but still soft. I give it a big two groovy fingers up!

I found my soap-mate;)

If you want to check out more about handmade soaps or CleanPeace for yourself head over to http://www.cleanpeaceonline.com

Dry Skin Moisturizer DIY

There is nothing sexy about having dry, flaky skin. I can attest to this, I have Eczema, a chronic skin condition characterized by inflammation and dryness year round. Whether you have a skin condition or are just trying to stay moisturized during the dry, cold winter months there’s a few things you can do to help keep your lipid bilayer in tact and it only takes two things: Eucerin lotion and Glycerine. I’ve tried countless moisturizers advertised to help ‘ultra dry skin stay baby soft’ to no avail until one day I looked into my bathroom cupboards and had this wonderful thought dawn on me: ‘Why don’t I just mix these two together?’. And VOILA, my skin care routine has never been the same.

As you can tell from my previous posts I have a knack for opening up cupboards and having ideas jump out at me . If only this were true for other aspects in life.  Like when getting pulled over by the police for speeding, and being able to find the perfect words or jokes to say that will get you out of a ticket. Or like an exam, when you don’t know an answer, can you imagine?!

Back to the DIY. So why Eucerin lotion and Glycerine? Well.. Continue reading “Dry Skin Moisturizer DIY”