Seaweed Shampoo Bars

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I finally made some shampoo bars! They have been on my to do list for a long time now.  Shampoo bars are great.  They are free of sulfates, silicones and chemicals, contrary to conventional liquid shampoos (just go to your shower and look at the ingredients on your shampoo bottle).  These bars are perfect for traveling and are eco-friendly (yes! no more plastic bottles!).  They also tend to last longer : )

I have thin hair with oily roots and dry ends.  Occasionally, I suffer from dandruff and I have noticed an increase on my hair loss. For all these reasons I decided to make a batch of shampoo bars with rosemary, peppermint, seaweed and nettle.

*Seaweed Powder is a rich source of vitamins including vitamins B12 (not found in land plants), vitamin E, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, and other nutrients. It makes for an effective cleansing and exfoliating agent. When used on the skin, Seaweed acts as a powerful detoxifier that draws out toxins and impurities while adding beneficial nutrients.  It contains fatty acids to combat skin irritation and inflammation and may assist with skin ailments such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. Seaweed Powder is suitable for all skin types.

*Rosemary contains riboflavin (vitamin B2). When applied to skin and hair it aids in the regeneration of healthy cells. In shampoo, it encourages faster-growing and stronger hair. Rosemary oil stimulates hair follicles and helps the hair to grow longer and stronger. It also slows down premature hair loss and is beneficial for dry, flaky scalps. With a regular massage of the scalp, the oil will nourish it and help to remove dandruff.

*Peppermint acts as an astringent, normalizing both dry and oily hair.  When applied to oily skin or scalp it helps reduce any excess oil. An oily scalp can lead to greasy hair, and the peppermint helps to regulate your scalp’s oil production and eliminate the grease. Peppermint oil can soothe skin irritations and relieve pain and itching. This makes it ideal for those who have dry or irritated scalps, as it can help fight dandruff and eliminate the itching associated with this condition.

*Nettle increases blood flow to your scalp. It also oxygenates your hair follicles and strengthens hair fibers, promoting healthier, shinier, fuller hair. It is also used to treat dandruff.

To make the shampoo, I first made a hot water herbal infusion with rosemary, peppermint and nettle. I left it covered overnight.

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Next day I made my lye solution with the herbal water infusion.

*The lye solution picture (below) is not from this batch of soap. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture for this batch, but you get the idea of how it is prepared.

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I measured and melted all my oils and shea butter and prepared my additives (seaweed powder, herbs from infusion & essential oils).

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Once the lye solution was added to the oils, I blended everything until it reached trace (became thicker).

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After that, I divided the mixture into 2 equal parts and added seaweed powder to one half and some herbs from the infusion to the other half.  I also added the essential oils blend to both mixtures and stirred until everything was incorporated.

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Then I poured the soap into my clean and sanitized Pringles can using the faux-funnel pour technique (poured some of the seaweed mix, then some of the herb mix and kept going using that pattern until there was no more soap left.)

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After 24 hrs. I cut the soap and placed my bars on the curing rack, where they will stay for 4-6 weeks to dry and harden.

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This is how they look.  All of them have different patterns.

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These bars will be ready between Feb. 8 – Feb. 22 on my Etsy Store.

Note: If you have never used shampoo bars before your hair may need to go through a short transition period seeing that it is different than your regular (chemically prepared) liquid shampoo. Your hair will feel different than usual after shampooing with an all natural bar.

Give it some time and use an apple cider vinegar rinse after you shampoo with your new bar. It removes buildup & residue from the scalp and hair and evens out the PH, causing the cuticle to lie flat, giving you amazing shine and softness. Just spray some on your hair and leave it on or rinse if you like. The vinegar smell does go away when the hair is dry!

*I will also have a Rosemary Mint Vinegar Rinse on my store, once the bars are ready, and a blog post so you can see how it is done.

{Rosemary Mint} Seaweed Shampoo Ingredients:

Saponified oils of coconut, olive, castor, avocado, palm, jojoba, shea butter, seaweed powder, rosemary, peppermint & nettle water infusion, rosemary & peppermint essential oils

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Sale! Sale! Sale!

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Huge sale! Almost everything on my store is on sale!!!!  Take advantage of this great opportunity to stock up on soaps, body scrubs, perfumes and bath bombs. I need to make space for new soaps and other products.   Click here to visit my store or go to www.threechangos.etsy.com. Hurry up! There are very limited quantities of everything.

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Thank you! Have a great weekend.

Lip Scrub for Chapped Lips

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This winter weather has been very rough on my family’s skin and lips!  We have been suffering from dry and chapped lips.  Even though I am constantly reminding everyone to use my nourishing lip balms (and they are using it!) we still need to scrub away all that dead skin from our lips.  I decided to make a sweet and moisturizing lip balm and scrub 2 in 1!  And this was the end result:

Strawberry Sugar Lip Scrub (and balm!)
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For the lip balm base I used beeswax, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E.
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I chose these ingredients for their properties:

Avocado Oil is a heavy, moisturizing oil rich in Vitamins A, B1, B5, D, E, minerals and protein.  It is a fantastic emollient with skin soothing properties and is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. Avocado oil softens aging, dry or rough skin, it penetrates deeply so that nutrients can enter the dermis of the skin .

Sweet Almond Oil is a luxurious, light, non-greasy, moisturizing oil which easily absorbs into the skin and is known for its natural warming effect on sore muscles. It is also renowned for its rich concentration of oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids which help to give it exceptional penetrating and restructuring properties.

Shea butter is high in vitamin and mineral content. It is known to benefit dry skin

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin.

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I melted the oils, butter and beeswax. Then I added pink lip safe mica (natural color) and strawberry flavor oil to the mix.

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Once I stirred everything I added the sugar, stirred again and then poured into the jars.

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To use you just need to scoop a tiny bit with your dry and clean fingers and apply in a circular motion into your lips.  Gently massage and wipe (or lick : D) off the sugar.  You are going to love how soft your lips will feel!

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You can find this Strawberry Lip Scrub here.   We are loving it!

Is handcrafted soap better than commercial soap?

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Have you wondered what the difference between handcrafted and commercial soaps is?  If you do not know or are trying to decide if handcrafted soap is actually better, I hope this post will help you decide.

Soap is created by chemical reactions between oils, water, and sodium hydroxide (lye).  in the past, It was originally made by mixing rendered animal fat (tallow), water, and lye leached from wood ash. It was a long, arduous and odorous process but did produce real and natural soap.  Soap cannot be made without sodium hydroxide, which when added to water, becomes lye.  When combined, the oils and lye are transformed into soap and glycerin. Glycerin is a natural humectant. It draws water from the air, allowing your skin to draw in the moisture and become hydrated. There is no lye remaining in the soap once the chemical reaction (called “saponification”, meaning “the creation of soap”) between the oils and lye is completed, resulting in a mild bar of soap.  

Commercial soap is made differently due to the addition of numerous chemicals and synthetic additives that are harsh on your skin.  Soap companies remove the natural glycerin produced in soap and sell it because it is more valuable when used to produce other products, including lotions, shampoo, foods, lubricants, and antifreeze. The manufacturers then need to replace the removed by-products in the soap with chemical fillers.  Many commercial soaps are therefore synthetic detergents made with same chemicals used in house cleaning products!

I make soap the old fashion way, using the cold process method.  My soaps retain all their glycerin and do not contain all those harsh chemicals commercial soaps have.  The only non-natural ingredient in some of my handcrafted soaps is the added fragrance, which is an aromatic oil, often containing essential oils as its base, but is 100% skin safe. Overall, the amount of synthetic compound is minimum. My unscented soaps and those containing only essential oils are completely natural. Essential oils are extracted from plants such as lavender, rose, and eucalyptus or tea tree leaves. Fragrance oils are selected over essential oils mainly because some scents cannot be extracted from nature.

I create my soaps with oil and food-quality natural ingredients, each with its own special properties, along with rich butters such as Shea and Cocoa Butters that help to enhance the moisturizing capabilities of the soap.  Olive oil is a very mild oil that cleans well and is an excellent moisturizer. coconut oil makes a sudsy lather in the soap, has moisturizing properties, and makes a hard bar.  Palm kernel oil produces a nice hard soap which is mild and cleans well.  Castor oil is another great moisturizer.  I also like to use other natural additives such as plain greek yogurt, organic raw honey, cream, goat and coconut milk, herbal infusions, beer, oatmeal, clays, dried flowers, aloe vera, and natural exfoliants. All of these are wonderful ingredients that nurture the skin.

Now back to the question, why should I buy handcrafted soap?  Because it is real soap, not a detergent-like commercial soap which is full of chemicals.  It is handcrafted in small batches by artisans, like me, using high quality ingredients that will nourish and protect your skin.

Another reason to buy handmade soap ; )

Another reason to buy handmade soap ; )

Welcome to Three Changos Handcrafted Soaps blog!

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Hello everyone! My name is Mariselys and I am a stay at home mom of three beautiful children.  I currently make handmade soaps and other body products and sell them locally (Los Angeles, CA) and online on Etsy (www.threechangos.etsy.com).  One of my resolutions for this new year was to start a soaping blog.  I am really excited to have this space to share with you how I create my products and I hope to be an inspiration to other crafters. Since this is my first blog post, I want to tell you how I started making soaps and selling them.

I have always loved the aroma of certain soaps.  I remember loving the smell of many soaps my grandmother had in her house, especially the one that smelled like roses ( I think it was called Rose Bouquet, I’m not sure).  The only bad outcome was how my skin felt after using them.  It was really dry and itchy and at that time I thought that was normal.  Time passed and I  became pregnant of my first daughter and that was when I awkwardly became sort of obsessed with soap.  Instead of having food cravings, I craved smelling soaps!  It was really weird but good! ha,ha.  I kind of needed to smell soap, even cheap or decorative soaps,  otherwise I wouldn’t be satisfied.  The cravings were so intense, that I kept a soap under my pillow to smell at night during my sleep!  Yes…!
 
My husband and I then had to move to Los Angeles and during my grocery shopping trips to stores, like Whole Foods, Sprouts, etc…, I discovered artisan soaps! Ooh la la!  So many looked so beautiful and the fragrance variety was amazing. When I decided to give it a try and buy them is when I discovered how wonderful and different real handmade soaps were.  It felt really good to shower with a soap made with natural ingredients and no chemicals.
 
Thereafter I started to question if I could make my own soaps.  I have always loved to make my own facial masks and other natural beauty products, ever since I was a teenager,  but had never made soap.  I started daydreaming about making soaps, using all sorts of natural ingredients.   I started researching online, bought books, and built my own library about soapmaking : D
 
My first batch was an Oatmeal, Milk & Honey soap (one of my favorite fragrances).  I used a really simple recipe but it was a great success.  After that, I felt unstoppable!  I read that once you make your first batch of soap you become addicted to soapmaking for ever. Well, let me tell you: They were right!  There is such an amazing and gratifying feeling about bringing natural and skin healthy ingredients into a soap that once you do it, you can’t stop. All you will think about is what your next batch of soap will be like, what ingredients you will use, what fragrance, and for fun, the design.
 
I  decided to start selling my soaps and make some money (to make more soap of course ; D ).  I created a store on Etsy and thanks to all my supporters and loyal customers I have been able to keep my dream and passion alive. I will use this blog to show you how I create all of my soaps and body products and if you like them you can order them on my online store: ww.threechangos.etsy.com.  If you are like me, and enjoy making your own products, I hope I can serve as inspiration for your future creations.   
 
Blessings and best wishes to all! 2014 already, can you believe it?!  Until next post ; )
 
~Mariselys