Black Friday Soap Sale!

I have been meaning to have a soap sale on the Etsy shop but just haven’t been able to nail down a specific date which is why a black friday sale just seemed to make sense.

This sale will go on for two days to allow for a more reasonable time period for shoppers, more details and updates will be available on the Tangerine and Me instagram page.

Black Friday Soaps |

Cucumber and French Green Clay Soap

Strawberry and Rose Clay Soap

Mandarin and Grapefruit Soap Chips

Earl Grey Tea Soap

Grapefruit Activated Charcoal Soap

 

If your interested in the sale and wish to look further into it you can just go on over to the shop here.

Holiday Soap Release

The holidays are ever so quickly approaching which means that the rush to buy presents has officially begun.

I don’t know about you but I am an early shopper who tends to buy most gifts throughout the year but forgets that they aren’t ready then proceeds to rush to finish them all off.

The holidays can be extremely stressful if we allow them to be and do not get ourselves organized ahead of time, especially if you forget about those few last minute gifts.

Handmade soap is just about the perfect option for all of your gift giving needs, whether you need a gift for that one, picky person or just another stocking stuffer to finish the holidays off.

Soap is a gift that will please just about anyone and is neither wasteful or unneeded.

You will find these new products here.

Holiday Soap Releases |

Candy Cane Soap

Winter Woods Soap

Fruit Cake Soap

Blizzard Soap

 

Other Releases |

Spa Set

Why You Should be Using Magnesium

Today I wanted to talk about the numerous benefits of magnesium and why you should be using it right now.

Magnesium flakes are often extracted from brine or sea water and is the second most abundant element in our bodies which means that most, if not all of us are deficient in magnesium.

Taking magnesium internally and using it externally are two different topics so for today I will only be focusing on how to use magnesium externally.

Magnesium Baths | Taking magnesium baths are one of the most common ways of replenishing some of your bodies natural magnesium.

It is a well know remedy for muscle aches and general body pain as well as helping the body recover during an illness.

A magnesium bath is a wonderful way to wind down before bed since it helps to improve quality of sleep.

Skin issues such as acne, eczema, or even skin reactions such as poison ivy and rashes can drastically improve with magnesium baths. Magnesium is hydrating to the skin unlike normal bath salts and helps to speed up wound healing.

Magnesium Foot Soaks | Foot soaks are a great option for anyone who either doesn’t have a bath, doesn’t like baths, or who simply just doesnt have the necessary time to soak for an hour.

In many ways foot soaks could be considered just as beneficial if not more so, then baths since most muscle issues in the body begin at the feet.

Between exercising and working and just doing necessary daily tasks can begin to wear on the part of your body that takes the most beating on a regular basis.

Foot soaks don’t just help to relieve tired and achy feet they also help to treat other areas of pain in the body such as toothaches, headaches, cramps, chest congestion, and general cold and flu symptoms.

There are so many more benefits to foot soaks that I could go into but I’ll save that for another time.

Magnesium Oil | The easiest and by far the quickest way to use magnesium is in oil form.

Magnesium oil can be purchased in many places but can also be made quite easily at home by using equal parts magnesium flakes to water.

It is most commonly used by athletes since magnesium oil is highly concentrated which improves flexibility, relieves pain from muscle injuries, and speeds healing.

Magnesium oil helps to relieve migraines, reduces the symptoms of stress, and is a wonderful sleep aid while still being a realistic remedy for even the busiest people.

The high concentration of magnesium oil can cause slight irritation and itching in those with sensitive or dry skin so always do a small skin test before hand.

 

Skin Care Basics | Kaolin Clay

One of my newest skincare obsessions lately has been kaolin clay.

Kaolin clay is a very light clay that was originally discovered and used in China and has now been transformed into a common skincare ingredient in many products even some medical products.

I originally bought it to include in my soaps for added slip and smoothness and now include it in almost all of my soaps because it is such a gentle and cleansing clay for all skin types.

Gentle Cleanser | Kaolin clay is the mildest clay option for skincare due to its silky texture and its ability to cleanse without irritating skin.

Individuals with sensitive skin can often have adverse reactions to harsher clays such as moroccan red clay or european green clay simply because of its drier consistency or its habit of tightening skin.

Kaolin clay however, is smooth and has the unique ability of being moisturizing while still cleaning out pores and gently detoxing the skin.

It is also an amazing option for skin that is irritated from redness, rashes, bug bites, or poison ivy.

Good For All Skin Types | As you might have guessed by now, kaolin clay is the perfect option for all skin types with little to no risk of causing irritation to any.

It is able to treat oily skin while still being an option for those with drier complexions which is why it is one of the most common ingredients found in skincare products today.

Kaolin clay can treat acne breakouts by reducing redness and inflammation and can even be used in homemade deodorant since it is absorbent as well as detoxing to clogged or congested pores.

It is also a wonderful clay to add to other clays to make them more gentle or moisturizing.

 

Calming Bath Tea Blend

It is my favorite time of the year and the weather is finally starting to reflect it with a chill in the air that just calls for a hot and calming bath.

Baths provide the perfect opportunity for a bit of self care and nourishment depending on what you choose to dress it up with.

The calming bath tea blend that I’m sharing with you today is a perfect option for these chilling days that are becoming more common. It is moisturizing as well as calming to inflamed or irritated skin.

This blend is made up of calendula, chamomile, hops, and oatmeal for their similar benefits of being calming and nourishing to all skin types and the addition of oatmeal also provides a creaminess to the bath water.

Recipe |

– 1 Tbsp. Calendula

– 1 Tbsp. Chamomile

– 1 Tbsp. Hops

1\2 Cup of Oatmeal

Combine all ingredients in a muslin bag or you could tie it all up in cheese cloth. Most bath teas are safe to put directly in your bath water but since this recipe contains oatmeal that could possibly clog your pipes, it is best to keep it in a bag of some kind.

Put your bag of bath tea in your bathtub and run the water, allowing it to gently infuse your bath.

If you would like a more potent concoction you can simmer a pot of water with the bath tea and pour it into your bath for a much more potent bath experience.

Sit back and relax in your bath for at least thirty minutes, making sure to have water on hand to rehydrate from the heat.

Since these are very calming herbs, this is a bath tea best used in the evening before you go to bed to help with winding down after a long day.

All of the herbs used in this tea blend are from Mountain Rose Herbs.

 

 

Monthly Chats | Busy Bees and New Things

Shop Talk | October was nearly as busy as last month as I decided to get ahead in work and make all of the soaps included in my Christmas soap collection as well as a large local order for December.

I also had a pretty upsetting start to this month since I tested all of my Autumn soaps only to discover that there was something wrong with two of them and that they were unsalvageable.

Making mistakes is just a part of creating things and soap making is no exception since it can be quite a complicated process with easy to make mistakes. It is very much a science experiment that you can never really predict the outcome to.

Besides that unfortunate incident I have also been working on some new, none soap related additions that should be coming to the shop in the early new year.

Things such as bath salts, perfumes, and maybe even a few more soap sets.

 

Slow Moments | This months slow moments were basically forced on me as I came down with a chest cold of some kind mid October.

I had to allow myself to rest a bit more and just generally take better care of myself.

Working for yourself can be incredibly helpful when your sick but it also can be a bit tedious since its not as easy as calling in sick at work.

I found myself preparing orders and making soap and responding to messages all while tired and sick and admittedly in need of a few pain pills and a lie down.

It is extremely hard to put away the laptop and to ignore the pings coming from your phone when your sick or its the end of the day and you have earned an evening off. Running your own business is hard work and no one wants to let potential opportunities slip away.

 

Thoughts | This month has been a pretty thoughtful and emotional month for me which isn’t very surprising as this year is slowly coming to a close and I am forced to look back and reflect on the months that seem to have flown by.

I am a very motivated person who also can lean towards the perfectionist side of things which means that more often than not I tend to focus on what I havent accomplished instead of what I have.

My Etsy shop has been open since June and all things considering, it has been fairly successful within its five months of being open.

But as someone who is trying to really make a living from it, it hasn’t returned nearly as much as I have put into it which can be disconcerting no matter how successful it is.

All in all, I guess that this is all rounding back to the topic of personal achievements that I wrote on a bit in last months, monthly chat.

Being kind to yourself is definitely a learning process not an accomplishment. It will never happen instantly or just become a permanent part of you, it is a decision that we all must make daily.

 

Skin Care Basics | Rosehip Oil

I don’t know about any of you but when I hear the term rosehip oil, I think of a luxurious skincare product that is tinted pink and can solve all of my problems.

Now it might not take all of your problems away but it is a gorgeous skincare product that is sure to please most, if not all of you, with its wonderful skincare benefits and natural, pink glow.

Scars | Rosehip oil is most widely know for its abilities at treating scars since it is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and vitamins C and A.

It helps your skin to heal damaged areas as well as boost collagen reproduction and fade any discoloration from scarring.

The fatty acids that it naturally contains also helps to improve skin elasticity which helps unsightly scars to become less noticeable and smoother.

Anti-AgingRosehip oil is also anti-aging for many of the reasons that I have already stated above.

It boosts collagen production which helps more mature skin to regain its elasticity and firmness which in turn helps to prevent and repair wrinkles and skin sagging.

Rosehip oil is also very toning which helps to fight against uneven skin tone and age spots.

Protecting | This oil is good for many things as well as helping to protect our skin.

It contains antioxidants such as beta-carotene and lycopene which help to protect against premature aging.

The antioxidants also act as an ultra violet protector for skin as it helps to prevent and repair the damage to skin from UV rays.

It has the ability to decrease environmental damage to the skin as well as sooth and treat skin conditions such as acne, and eczema while still being a light and an easy to use oil.

 

Rosehip oil can be incorporated into many different skincare products but one way that I prefer to use it is as a nighttime moisturizing oil either on its own or blended with other skin-loving essential oils.

It absorbs quickly into the skin and begins to repair it from the inside out.

 

How I Simplify | Do’s and Don’ts

Today I wanted to write about the complicated balance of simplifying a busy, modern lifestyle.

I think we can all raise our hand and admit that we are far busier than we would like to be and if you don’t feel that way then perhaps you could write this post better than I could.

My life is busy and rushed and hectic and as long as I can remember it’s always been that way.

It has been about two years since I really began to embrace a more simplified lifestyle or have at least tried to and I have accumulated a few do’s and don’ts around what works and what doesn’t.

Do | Always plan out your weeks and days as best as you can, if you can plan out your month do that too.

Never ever rush into a new week or start your day with little to no idea of what needs to get done otherwise time and energy will be wasted.

It doesn’t matter how busy you are, everything that needs to be done can be done if it is properly planned out.

Do | Create off days and time for hobbies or other pleasurable activities.

All work and no play is not only a miserable way to live but also sets you up for a long awaited burn out.

It is so important for more simplified living to create an off day every week were work, household chores, and whatever usually takes your time is set aside for a day of pure rest and enjoyment.

It is also just as important to create a slot of time each day for something creative and enjoyable. By that I don’t mean for you to take an hour to stare blurry eyed at a tv but to take time to do something that makes your soul happy.

Whether that be taking an hour to write before bed or taking a break mid afternoon to bake a cake is yours to choose as long as it is something that you love and will look forward to doing.

Don’t | Never start your day off in a rush, even if you have work early in the morning, always try to beat the clock and find a few moments of slow movement and quite before you start your day.

If you begin your day feeling stressed and frazzled there’s a good chance that is how the entire day will continue to be.

Do | Set realistic goals for yourself. There is nothing more taxing than setting a mountain worth of goals on your chest and never being able to come even close to achieving them.

Take a day and decide what is really important to you and what you really feel you need and set those things as realistic goals to work towards.

Once those items have been marked off of your list you can always begin to work on those higher goals that you have always wanted to achieve.

Don’t | Don’t try to compete with others, just don’t.

Nobody’s lifestyle is perfect and no fad or expectations of others are worth throwing your peace of mind away for.

Some people will not understand your desire for a simpler life and that is okay, you have your path and they have theirs and there is no point in trying to compete with someone who has different goals in life than you do.

 

A simplified lifestyle isn’t always easy to achieve but it is well worth the effort.

 

 

 

Skin Care Basics | Lavender

Lavender is one of those scents that is always a crowd pleaser with its musky, floral notes and the ability to spread calm to whomever manages to get a whiff of it.

There are quite a few more wonderful benefits to lavender than just its pleasant scent, however, and today I thought I’d talk more about those benefits.

Anti-Aging | Lavender has a treasure trove of benefits for your skin and one of the best is its ability to be a natural anti-aging remedy.

It is naturally healing, toning, anti-inflammatory, and stimulating, all of which help to battle against aging skin.

Lavender stimulates new cellular growth and is incredibly diverse since it plays well with all skin types, even skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

 

Healing | I have already briefly mentioned lavender’s healing abilities but it can go much deeper than just healing acne or pesky break outs.

Lavender is amazing at soothing sunburns, swelling, and even bug bites. It can be used as a rub for sore and stiff muscles and joints and as a headache remedy when applied to the temples.

Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that is considered safe to use undiluted and can be applied straight to minor cuts and scrapes and bruises, even new or infected piercings.

 

Relaxing | The fact that the scent of lavender is relaxing to most is not a new discovery by any means but perhaps you haven’t been using it in the ways that you could be.

Lavender promotes restful sleep so you can make it into a relaxing habit of applying a few drops of lavender oil to your temples or the bottoms of your feet.

If you partake in yoga, Pilates, or meditation remember to bring the scent of lavender with you to further the benefits of what you are doing.

Add a few drops of lavender oil to your nighttime moisturizer or lotion to promote a calming and enjoyable mood before you go to bed. You can even go so far as to make a lavender spray to mist your room and sheets with.

Make sure you go and check out my last post where I talk all about what I got up to during the month of September.

October Soap Release

My October soap release is pretty small but very fun and indulgent with some new soap designs and more autumnal inspired scents.

I hope that for this lovely season, along with your other yearly rituals, that you would consider treating yourself to a bar or two of some special Autumn inspired soaps.

As usual, the information on each type of soap is written out in my Etsy listings so head on over here if your interested in any details of these soaps.

October Releases |

Autumn Leaves Soap

Maple Cream Soap