Winter Bath Salts

I don’t know about you but once the weather starts to get chilly and its grey and rainy outside, all I want to do is soak in a hot bath before curling up in bed with something warm to drink.

December is by far my favorite month so I always try to fill it with the most enjoyable of things and make it as cozy and relaxed as possible.

One might think that bath salts are merely meant to be an added bit of luxury to an already luxurious treat but in reality they do much more than that.

Sea salt as well as epsom salt add much needed minerals to your bath water as well as helping to cleanse and soften your skin as well as aid in the relieving of sore or cramped muscles.

Not only do the bath salts have benefits for your bath but the essential oils do too.

Lavender and peppermint essential oil both help to relax and stimulate blood flow to your skin while cedarwood essential oil has a relaxing scent and helps to heal minor skin abrasions or breakouts.

I hope that perhaps this winter bath salt recipe will inspire you to set some time aside for yourself this blustery season or will give you an idea for a lovely handmade gift for a loved one.

Recipe |

– 2 Cups Epsom Salt

– 2 Cups Sea Salt

– 15 Drops Cedarwood Oil

– 10 Drops Peppermint Oil

– 12 Drops Lavender Oil

 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well until all of the essential oil has been dispersed amongst the salt.

This bath salt recipe is simple which makes it very easy to customize so you can add in extra ingredients in at this point if you prefer. Such as baking soda for added bulk or lavender buds for prettiness.

Once it is to your liking you can pour it into an airtight jar for later use. It should last three to four baths depending on the amount that you prefer.

Mindful Gift Ideas

We can all admit that we have at some point completely forgot to buy someone a gift for the holidays and if your reading this you might have as well.

I have put together a small arrangement of gift ideas that are a bit more personable and thoughtful and I hope that you will be able to find them useful for at least a few people this holiday season.

Scent | Most people can appreciate a nice scent such as a candle that you make yourself or purchase and there is a wide variety of handmade candles to choose from to make that certain someone feel special.

Essential oils are also an amazing gift idea for someone who has dabbled in them or has spoken about their interest in using essential oils.

Scents such as peppermint, lavender, and orange are a few great options for most people and are also really lovely when combined.

You could even consider gifting them an essential oil diffuser to further enjoy their essential oils with and to brighten up their home.

Taste | One thing that I know that I also appreciate in a gift, is something edible.

With food you can rarely go wrong especially when you have a good idea of what that person likes.

A fragrant tea or specialty coffee blend make a lovely gift especially when gifted in a mug and can be widely personalized to that person’s specific taste.

Baking treats for someone is also a wonderful way to show them your love or even just buying them some of their favorite chocolate or guilty pleasure. The art of creating a plate filled with a beautiful arrangement of cookies and fudges will never get old and will most certainly be appreciated.

Mind | Another option of gifts that requires a little more though is one that can stimulate their mind, whether that be a book that they might like or even a coloring book to help them relax and pass the time.

Maybe you could pay for an Audible subscription for them or subscribe for a monthly magazine to be delivered to their home.

Or  you could buy them a gift card to enjoy a spa day, get a massage, or take a trip to their favorite coffee shop or restaurant to promote their wellbeing and give them something to look forward to.

 

It is important to remember this time of the year that the holidays aren’t about getting presents or even giving extravagant gifts. It is about truly appreciating the people around you and taking an extra moment of time to let them know how special they are to you.

Gift giving is such a small part of that so remember to not just focus on the material side of things but to also give the gift of yourself and your time to the ones dearest to you.

Skin Care Basics | Shea Butter

Today I decided to write about one of my favorite natural butters, which is shea butter.

The term butter can be quite confusing if you’re not used to hearing about hard oils such as cocoa butter, shea butter, and mango butter.

They are mostly the same as soft oils such as olive oil and sweet almond oil, only they become solid at room temperature and tend to feel more heavy and indulgent on the skin.

The texture of these butters are perfect for whipping up into a lotion like consistency without the slippery feel of soft oil or the stickiness of lotion.

Intense Moisturizer | Shea butter is known for its intense ability at being moisturizing, so much so that it can also be used to treat very a dry scalp and hair.

It has a natural SPF factor which makes it a perfect ingredient to go into your natural sunscreen for extra protection and it provides a barrier of moisture to keep your skin protected and nourished.

Skin Superfood | Shea butter is also known for being a natural skin super food with its richness in vitamins A, E, and F.

It provides the necessary fatty acids and nutrients needed for collagen production which in time helps to reduce wrinkles and strengthens and softens the skin.

Shea is also very healing to the skin which can help with acne, small wounds, and skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Repairing | The anti-inflammatory properties in shea butter help to not only sooth but also to repair inflamed skin and skin conditions such as dermatitis and rosacea.

It can also work wonders to gently repairs skin damage such as sunburns and rashes.

Shea is considered to be one of the best anti-aging remedies for skin either to help reduce aging in mature skin or to prevent premature aging and fine lines.

It helps to increase circulation to the skin and encourages cell renewal to help replace damaged skin cells.

 

Butters can for some skin types, be a bit heavy so some of my favorite ways to use shea butter is as a heavy-duty moisturizer for areas with drier skin such as feet, elbows, and hands.

Any kind of butter can be combined with softer oils to create a smoother texture at room temperature if so desired.

I personally always buy my shea butter from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Monthly Chats | Rekindling Creativity and Holiday Preparations

Shop Talk | I got ahead of my schedule in October and was able to make all of my Christmas soaps several weeks earlier then planned which allowed for an earlier release date.

In fact, my Christmas soap release happened only a few days ago and if you missed the shop update you can find the new soaps here.

November has also been about brain storming new product ideas. Soap is great on its own but every shop should have a few extra options and so I have been deciding on what new additions will come first.

Finding dependable brands and online stores that provide eco-friendly and recyclable packaging has also been a priority since I want to offer beautiful but environmentally safe packaging for my products.

 

Slow Moments | I must admit that November was a pretty busy month for me as I hustled to get all business things prepared and ready so that December could be as stress free as possible.

December is by far my favorite month out of the year and so I did everything that I could think to do to free up as much of that time as possible.

I have taken the time to enjoy November as well, though. Especially reveling in the crisp weather and abundance of fallen leaves.

I have kept a variety of candles burning and have even adopted the cozy habit of heating up a flax seed pack to tuck into bed when its a little more chilly.

Cold weather tends to bring out my softer and slower side so I have been making those small but pleasant moments a priority.

 

Thoughts | I have rediscovered a few things this month and have felt a little more encouraged with the holidays coming up so soon.

The desire to get back into sketching popped up mid November and I have since dabbled in some rough sketching and it has given me a sense of calm that always makes me question why I ever stopped.

I have also started to get back into holistic health which is what I took college in and at one point was very involved with.

Life happened and I  slowly lost touch with my more holistic and healthy side and though I still practice self-care and slower living, I have finally realized that taking care of my health is also a form of self-love and care.

I have been crawling out of bed to do some gentle exercises in the chilly morning air, drinking more herbal tea, and have recently bought a book and hope to start reading more and staring at my phone less.

 

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.