Friday, August 17, 2012
I finally got around to purchasing Cold Pressed (CP) soap off Etsy. I ordered from Sweet Pine Soaps. TAT was very fast. I was searching Etsy for unscented organic soap and came across this nice store. I ordered 3 soaps to try homemade soaps before making a bigger order in case I didn't like them.
It's official! I will no longer buy store bought soaps, other than the Dove Sensitive Skin soap bars for my husband. The lather and fragrance is amazing! I got unscented, Triple Lemon and Orange Grapefruit Clove. These are all cold pressed. She also included a small slice of Primrose Orange soap.
The Triple Lemon has three different lemon essential oils in it. I cut the bar into thirds. I used it in the shower and it has fantastic lather. It smells fantastic. I also used part of the bar as hand soap.
First sniff of Orange Grapefruit Clove is very strong of citrus and spice.
I cut the unscented bar into thirds as well and used it also in the shower on my sensitive skin on my upper arms. It moisturized my skin greatly and has a very organic scent to it.
Unscented soap ingredients: saponified oils of olive, *coconut, *palm, (sustainably harvested) & *castor; filtered water.
*denotes organic ingredient
Note: 'saponified' is a term to indicate sodium hydroxide (lye) has been used to turn the oils into soap, none left in the finished bar.
For the triple lemon, the base ingredients are the same, organic turmeric to color it and scent it with lemon, lemongrass & litsea cubeba essential oils.
For the pink grapefruit, the base ingredients are the same, rose clay to color it and scent it with orange, pink grapefruit and clove essential oils.
What soap brands do you prefer? What scents do you like? Leave your answers in the comment section below.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Have you ever wonder what Etsy is? You have heard about it but not sure what it really is. Etsy is a mall like website. There are many shops all in one place. What do all the shops have in common? They only sell handmade or vintage items.
Jewelry, lotion, soap, makeup, toys, quilts, beading, art, frames, home decor, candles, fragrance oils, essential oils, clothing, hats, scrap-booking materials, paper items, wedding items, laundry soap
I first heard of Etsy.com on makeupalley.com on the wedding board. They were discussing their headpieces, wedding jewelry and hair clips. I had looked at some links to various etsy.com shops to give opinions for the posters. Being married myself, I didn't really need to browse for myself. I didn't spend much time on the site thinking they only sold items for weddings.
A few months back I started to develop severely sensitive skin and was directed to Etsy on MUA for homemade bath products, soap and shampoo. I searched a bunch of different stores and found that most of them had cute soaps and packaging and fairly decent shipping to Canada. Some places have $15 for the first item and $5 for each additional item which is very high. I would not be willing to pay that amount as there is many many other shops with more reasonable shipping rates. I know that it's more work to ship internationally.
The good thing about Etsy when it comes to bath and body products is that SLSs aren't used and everything is gentle on your skin. Ingredients are either listed or you can ask for them. My skin problems have gone away for the most part since using homemade products.
The jewelry is beautiful and you can see the time and care put into the pieces when you receive them. Many items are one-of-a-kinds or there are very few out there. You know you will have unique pieces.
You are able to contact the seller and do special orders with most sellers. The TAT may be a bit longer if they are having to make it for you specially but you get what you want.
I love to browse and purchase on Etsy.com. There is so much variety and the customer service is fantastic. Take a look yourself. Have fun!
I get easily bored and prefer to play games online where I can collect tokens or stars or something. I found Pogo.com when my husband and I were looking for a new place to play Euchre and Cribbage after we had an issue with Yahoo games. We searched for a free site that offered card games for multiple people.
Want to play free onine games? www.pogo.com is a great site to join. I have been a member of this site for over 6 years. The website has added new games that add to the excitment to this already wonderful free gaming website. Not only can you play games on the website and interact with others, you can also download games as well.
Pogo.com has card games that are both single player and multiplayer. There are many different versions of solitaire. They offer word games and puzzle games. Pogo.com also has Bejeweled and Monopoly and Clue. You can even play Bingo and casino games. You can play multi player games of Euchre, canasta and cribbage. Bingo is an interactive games with others online. You can invite your friends and play all games in game rooms with them and be able to chat while you play.
My favourite games to play are Spider Solitaire, Mahjong Safari and Lottso! Express. Lottso! Express is a game where you get a board and at the top you get balls that have numbers on them. On the board you have numbers and you want to fill the board with corresponding balls. The more you fill the more points you get. The 6x6 gameboard is divided into 6 different 3x2 cards, which some players also call trays. If you fill up one of these 3x2 cards with 6 balls, you will earn a scratcher. Scratchers earn you extra points when you scratch them. You can increase the value of a scratcher by placing balls in the multiplier area next to the scratcher. The scratcher could be increased by placing an 8 and/or a 2 in the multiplier area.The 6x6 gameboard is divided into 6 different 3x2 cards, which some players also call trays. If you fill up one of these 3x2 cards with 6 balls, you will earn a scratcher. Scratchers earn you extra points when you scratch them. You can increase the value of a scratcher by placing balls in the multiplier area next to the scratcher. The scratcher could be increased by placing an 8 and/or a 2 in the multiplier area.
Players score points by placing balls and completing bingos (row, column or diagonal and using all 6 balls in the rack
The 6x6 gameboard is divided into 6 different 3x2 cards, which some players also call trays. If you fill up one of these 3x2 cards with 6 balls, you will earn a scratcher. Scratchers earn you extra points when you scratch them. You can increase the value of a scratcher by placing balls in the multiplier area next to the scratcher. The scratcher could be increased by placing an 8 and/or a 2 in the multiplier area