Sugar and salt are naturally occurring exfoliants. Consider peppermint scented salt scrubs for tough knees and elbows. And more gentle sugar scrubs to soothe chapped lips.
Olive oil seems to be one of those all purpose household items like baking soda that can reside comfortably in the bathroom, as well as the kitchen. Though I had not previously thought to put it on my face. Since it is actually, oil.
And while putting it in the bathtub seems like a good idea, albeit slippery. The face, where acne threatens seemed to be a place where oil would only be a good idea for someone sunburned, elderly, or with extraordinarily dry skin. Or maybe all three.
But I am won over by simplicity of ingredients. And olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E seemed to be something I could put on my legs if I didn’t like it as a facial cream. Or toast.
I tried the Beeswax and Olive Oil Moisturizer from Grace Inspired. Described as wonderful for normal to dry skin, I wondered how dry is normal. Would I qualify? Would this moisturizer feel like Vaseline?
It does have a somewhat gooey appearance. And the first time I put it on, I used way too much and had to pat my face with a towel. After that I quite liked it. My skin did not feel dry (of course). But it also did not feel oily, or suffocated.
The next day I used too little and kept dipping my finger back into the jar for a little more, beginning to feel like the three bears story, trying to get it right. But the third time was not a charm. It actually took all week for me to figure out just how much of the stuff to scoop out onto my fingers and put on my face without looking shiny. This seemed idiotic. And I would have given up, except that my skin felt really good.
I also like to use it on my hands, which tend to get very dried out around the cuticles. I think a person with dry skin could happily use it anywhere. And it doesn’t hurt my feelings when I get to say I’m normal.
Have you ever tried to put lip balm on a 5 year old boy, only to be met with utter disgust about wearing “lipstick” like a girl? My son is particular. He sees his older sisters (and mom’s) obsession with lipgloss and lipstick and equates anything in a tube with girly-ness of the “gross” kind. The only sensible thing to do? Get him some gross balm of his own, from Givin Me Lip.
Let’s face it, your big sister might pinch your Cherry Chapstick but she’s not coming close to your Monkey Farts balm.
There’s a fair chance that big sis might get jealous of lil’ bro’s PB&J lip balm however.
My son gets chapped lips every winter and having some of these fun balms around seems like a good way to keep it at bay. If nothing else, it makes me chuckle!
It seems logical to me to begin this handmade beauty series at the beginning of the beauty regimen: cleansing. I don’t know anyone who applies make-up, or even clothing, prior to cleaning their skin. So I would like to explore with you the properties of handmade soap.
Handmade soap is different from commercial soap in two ways.
Dirty Ass Soaps: I’m a 30 year old native New Yorker. I recently relocated to Boston. After spending 3 years in Syracuse going to school for architecture, I decided that Boston Architectural College is the next step in my career.
Using my super powers as an artist, graphic designer and crafty gal, I make my items with a designers eye. I create new things in my mind every day, and just have to find the time to physically make and list them on here for you to check out and bring home.
I began making soaps 11 years ago when a friend got a soapmaking kit as a holiday gift. She knew I had the craftin’ bug, so once she invited me over to try it out, I was hooked! It was all over from there.
I started Dirty Ass Soaps in September of 2006 as an addition to the Indie Garage Sale, and it completely took off from there.
And she’s currently featuring Chocolate Dipped Strawberry soaps for Valentine’s Day – fun!