We’ve all heard about herbal skin care products, but how do you choose from the hundreds of different ones available? What makes one product work better than another?
There are many herbs that help with skincare, but not all of them are created equal. In this article, I’ll go over the top 10 most popular herbs used in skincare and tell you why each one works great. Then I’ll provide detailed instructions on how to make your own DIY herbal skincare recipes.
I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about using herbs to create amazing natural beauty treatments.
If you’re interested in learning more about herbal skincare, then you’ve come to the right place!
I’ve been studying herbal skincare for years, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. This is nature’s answer to skin care. They’re powerful natural ingredients that help keep our skin healthy and radiant.
Let me tell you something else.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to herbal skin care, which means there’s no single solution that works for everyone. Instead, each person needs to experiment with different ones until they find the combination that works best for them.
This is where the real magic happens.
With herbal skincare, you can customize your skin care regimen to suit your individual needs. So if you’re struggling with acne, oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, or any other type of skin condition, you can use herbal skincare to help those issues, naturally.
For example, lavender helps fight acne, rosemary promotes cell regeneration, chamomile calms inflammation, and sage boosts circulation.
These work wonders for our skin, but there’s something else we must remember.
Herbs aren’t just for beauty. They’re also used as medicine. And that’s where herbal skincare comes in. Herbalists use plant matter to speed up wound healing, reduce pain, prevent disease, boost energy, improve digestion, and many others.
There are many reasons why we should all consider using herbal skincare products. For starters, most were used in traditional medicine developed over thousands of years to help our bodies heal naturally. They also contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that will help protect your skin from free radicals and inflammation.
What makes herbal skincare even better is that it’s not just another product that you buy. It’s something that you can grow in your garden, formulate recipes and create yourself. You can customize your herbal skincare regimen to fit your unique needs and preferences.
This guide will teach you everything you need to know about making your own herbal skincare treatment recipes. And once you’ve mastered these techniques, you’ll never go back to buying expensive commercial products again.
Now let’s take a look at some of the benefits of herbal skincare.
How Herbalism Helps Your Skin
They’re natural remedies for many common problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburns, wrinkles, and dry skin. They are also inexpensive and safe alternatives to expensive prescription drugs.
But did you know that plants can actually improve your skin?
Yes, herbs can help your skin look younger and healthier. Here’s how.
First, herbs are rich sources of antioxidants, which protect against free radical damage. Free radicals cause premature aging and wrinkling. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage and keep your skin young and healthy.
Second, herbs contain vitamins A, C, E, B6, and K. These nutrients support collagen production and repair damaged tissue. Collagen helps keep your skin firm and elastic.
Third, herbs are rich sources vitamin D, which supports cell growth and protects against UV radiation. Vitamin D also reduces inflammation and improves blood flow. This makes your skin smoother and softer.
Fourth, herbs contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, and iodine. Minerals support healthy hair, nails, teeth, bones, muscles, and connective tissues.
Fifth, herbs are packed with phytonutrients, plant compounds that provide antioxidant protection. Phytonutrients help fight off harmful bacteria and viruses. And finally, herbs boost circulation, which promotes better oxygenation and nutrient delivery throughout your body.
They are truly wonderful. But there’s one problem. Most people aren’t aware of them. So if you want to use these botanical wonders to improve your skin, you need to educate yourself.
5 Herbs for Skin Care Issues
Let’a take a look at some of the best herbs you can consider based on your own unique skin type.
1. Rosemary – Rosemary is stimulating and works by warming the skin and moving blood. It helps to calm irritated skin. Rosemary is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
2. Sage – Sage is used to cleanse wounds, cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. Sage is antiseptic and antimicrobial.
3. Lavender – Lavender is known for its calming effects. Lavender has been used by people throughout history as a natural remedy for various ailments including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and even insect bites. It is particularly effective at cleansing pores and relieving irritated and inflamed conditions.
4. Chamomile – Chamomile helps calm irritated skin. You can use it to make tea bags or add chamomile flowers to your bath water.
5. Calendula – Calendula is known for its ability to promote healing. Calendula is antibacterial and known as nature’s healing flower.
All of these and many more are part of herbal skincare.
How to incorporate Herbs into your skin care routine
There are dozens of preparations you can consider for your herbal skin care recipes. These can be, teas, tinctures, washes, scrubs and more. Listed below are three easy herbal preparations for beginners and a basic recipe.
Herb Infused Oil
An herbal infused oil is used on the skin or as a base in other skincare items like: soap, lotion, salves, and lip balms. An herbal oil is best used for softening, soothing and healing the skin. These are perfect for acting as a medium to carry things slightly deeper into the body, To make an herb infused oil:
- Get a jar and fill it three quarters of the way with the herb material
- Fill the jar to the top with the carrier oil of your choice, I prefer olive oil and set it in the sun
- Shake the jar daily and allow it to sit in the sun for four weeks
- Strain the plan material from the oil and use the herb infused oil by applying to skin or using as a base oil in another product like lotion or soap.
Watch this video to see how I use a calendula infusion to make a lip balm.
Herb Infused Water
Another preparation with herbs is with water. These are often in the forms of herbal teas, decoctions, and herbal washes. Herbal teas are brewed with the fresh or dried herbs for 10 minutes. Two of the most popular herbal teas are Chamomile tea and Peppermint tea. I recommend these to get started as they are fairly easy to get a hold of. Herbal washes are a single herb or blend of herbs used to bathe, wash or soak. Herbal washes are made by steeping herbs for 2 hours prior to adding to the bath.
Herb Infused Alcohol
These are also known as tinctures. This is a solution created by soaking an herb in alcohol to extract its healing properties, resulting in a medicine that can be taken by mouth. The advantage of using alcohol is that it works with almost any plant and the alcohol will bypass the digestive system and go more directly into the bloodstream allowing it to work right away. Please see risks and warnings before taking any herbal remedy internally.
Where to get herbs?
If you are looking to get quality herbs and plant material you have a few options: local florist or herb shops, online stores or in your own garden.
You can find quality herbs and fresh plant matter at your local florist or herb shop. If you are new to herbalism, shopping at a local shop will give you the added benefit of being able to speak to someone that is knowledgeable. Don’t make the mistake of going in and buying every herb that you can get your hands on. Instead consider choosing one or two fresh and dried herbs to get started.
There are several reputable online stores for dried herbs. Stay away from the mass production suppliers as there is no way to tell how fresh the dried herbs are.The same applies in terms of starting small when deciding which herbs to get. While the cost may be less than your local supplier, you do have the added expense of the shipping to consider. Live Soap School offers a basic Herbal Skincare Blend which you can use to make your own infusions.
If you’re going to be making lots of different herbal remedies, you may want to start keeping some dried herbs at home. Some common ones to keep on hand are: rose petal, lavendar blossom, chamomile flower, pepper mint leaf, lemon balm leaf, calendula petal, and elecampane roots.
Grow A Skincare Herb Garden
Although many of the herbs you’ll see growing around you could be used for medicinal purposes, many others grow close to home. You can buy these herbs fresh and dried at the grocery store or farmers’ market. You can grow many of these herbs in your own backyard! Aloe Vera, Rose Petal, Thyme, and Ginger are just some of the herbs you can consider planting. These herbs can be used to help fight acne, soothe sore muscles after exercise, or simply make your skin feel great. Herbs are a great start to a healthy skin regimen.
Best Herbs to Grow Indoors
- Aloe Vera
- Lemon Balm
- Alfalfa Plants
Supplies & Tools
You really don’t need much to start your own apothecary at home. I always recommend getting tools and supplies second-hand or repurposing old kitchen items. This way you can spend money on quality ingredients. Start off small with the basics and then as you get into practice you can invest in larger higher quality tools.
- Mason jars or glass containers – for infusing
- Cheesecloth – for straining
- Coffee Grinder – gor grinding
- Herbs – This is the magic
- Liquid carrier oil of your choice (I like olive oil and avocado oil)
How to become an herbalist
If you are looking to start up your very own home herbalist shop, here are some tips to help you along the way.
- Get familiar with the basics. Learn about the different parts of plants, how to identify them, and what each part does. This will help you understand why certain plants are used medicinally.
- Find out what types of products are best suited for you. How much space do you have? What type of product do you prefer? These questions will help you determine what products will make sense for your apothecary.
- Start collecting! If you don’t already have a collection of herbs growing in your yard, consider starting one. You’ll find it easier to gather materials when you have something to compare to. Also, try to collect things that grow easily and naturally around your house. A few basil leaves won’t hurt either.
- Think about what you’d like to offer customers. Are you interested in selling teas? Salves? Potions? Consider making these types of products. They’re easy to prepare and require little equipment.
Traditional and Ancient Herbal Remedies
Every culture in history has used medicinal plants for skincare and healing purposes. Some have been documented for centuries while others are starting to gain more popularity. While western medicine is dominant in the US many of the bases for pharmaceuticals are in fact plant derived.
Traditional African Herbalism is the oldest documented use of plants for healing purposes.
“Africa is blessed with enormous biodiversity resources and it is estimated to contain between 40 and 45,000 species of plant with a potential for development and out of which 5,000 species are used medicinally.” African traditional medicine is the oldest, and perhaps the most assorted, of all therapeutic systems. Africa is considered to be the cradle of mankind marked by regional differences in healing practices.” With such a large number of plants, we may never unlock the full power of herbs.
In many traditional health practices, illness is viewed holistically. It is believed that there is an inherent psychological, spiritual, and emotional element to disease and health. The use of special clothing, music, dance, and various other techniques during rituals of health care is widespread and varied throughout Africa. The seasonality of plants can also play a role in treatment. Herbal formulas and botanical extracts may often be used in place of single herbs or pharmaceuticals to treat problems.
Asian Inspired Herbalism has a similar holistic approach to that of traditional African Herbalism.
There is quite a bit of documentation available on asian medicine and their use of botanicals.
Korean Medicine is referred to as Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM). It focuses on balancing the energies of the body and the elements of earth, fire, water, metal, and wood. Ginseng, chaga mushroom, lotus root, ginger, angelica root, licorice and goji berries are all great choices for skincare.
Japanese herbs to consider for your skincare regimen include: angelica root, ginseng and licorice.
Consider researching these natural ingredients and traditional skincare preparations for your own product development and skin healing journey. With any medicinal plants, you want to carefully research its contraindications and be aware of any potential allergic reactions or skin irritation.
How to incorporate Herbs in your Daily Routine
Herbs are one of my favorite things to add to my natural skin care. They’re inexpensive, healthy, and super versatile. And did you know that there are over 3,000 different types?
I bet you didn’t know that. But here’s something else you may not know. Herbs can actually improve your health, boost your energy, and protect your skin.
For example, basil helps reduce inflammation, eucalyptus boosts immunity, rosemary supports digestion, oregano fights infections, thyme promotes circulation, sage improves memory, lavender calms anxiety, chamomile relieves stress, mint freshens breath, and parsley strengthens hair growth.
Sounds amazing, right?
But wait, there’s more.
There are many ways to incorporate herbs into your daily routine and beauty products. Here are some ideas.
1. Use herbs as a natural deodorant.
2. Add fresh herbs to your bath water.
3. Make herbal tea.
4. Sprinkle dried herbs on food.
5. Make homemade body scrubs.
6. Put herbs in your toothpaste.
7. Make herbal lip balm.
8. Include herbs in your beauty regimen.
9. Try aromatherapy.
10. Make herbal sachets.
11. Make herbal soap.
12. Make herbal lotion.
13. Make herbal shampoo.
14. Make herbal conditioner.
15. Make herbal moisturizer.
16. Make herbal face masks.
17. Make herbal foot soak.
18. Make herbal hand scrub.
19. Make herbal bath salts.
You can make much of what you need and customize your skin care recipes with natural ingredients and botanicals. This is one of the best options for beginners because it’s simple to make and gentle enough to use on babies and seniors alike.
This makes a great massage oil, base oil for other products and is good for all skin types. You will need:
- 2 cups of Olive oil
- 4 cups of dried calendula
- Mason jar or glass jar with lid
Combine the dried calendula and olive oil in a mason jar. Ensure that the calendula is completely covered. Close the jar and allow it to sit in the sun for 3 weeks. Shake it daily. Strain off the calendula and apply the infused oil directly to your skin.
Risks and warnings
Herbs and plant medicine should not be taken lightly. All herbs have contraindications and you should research any and every herb you plan to use for things to consider prior to using internally, externally or incorporating it in a product for sale.
The ultimate goal is healthy skin! You get to tailor make natural products with beneficial plant ingredients. No matter if you have dry skin, oily skin or problematic skin conditions you can promote skin healing with plant medicine. If you are nervous about where to start, begin with an infused oil of individual herbs and then progress to combinations. Avoid toxic ingredients at all cost and research everything you are considering using.
All in all, the best way to heal your skin from within is by taking care of yourself inside and out.
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Yes, we are. So I know there is a bit of a delay, so I'm gonna pause for just a moment. Let some of you come on in, but I'm not going to stop talking. My name is Zakia Ringgold of Live Soap School.
I do see my microphone is is moving, so hopefully that's working. My camera is doing its own thing. I'm noticing like as I move, it kind of tries to follow me, which is pretty interesting. But as the title of this implies, why should soap makers attend meetups if we are connected on Facebook and or Instagram? I shared in my story this weekend that I went to a soap makers gathering in New York.
And of course, like we always do, we come back and we do an unboxing of all of the goodies. But I'm also going to share on here why I think no matter what your handcrafted hobby is, if it's a business or you're taking it a little bit more seriously, why you should find local meetups so that you can continue to grow, interact and network with other makers. But I did go ahead and create a video of our experience. So go ahead, share the broadcast, go grab your cup of coffee. Because on this video we're going to unbox our goodies from what we got at the soap maker gathering.
And then we're also going to discuss why you should consider going to a gathering. I'm recording you. This is us going say hey. Beyond.
She'll be speaking today at the gathering. It's not the gathering, it's the bubbles and blazes and blazes northeast. Bubbles and blazes sober gathering yes. So we're on our way Brighton in early.
All right, so hopefully they gave you a little bit of a preview of what I'm going to show you, but you really can't sum it up in words. It's like you really have to be there. But if you've just joined or for whatever reason you missed the beginning part, I'm going to recap. I'm Zakia Ringgold of Live Soap School as well as byZakia. And this past weekend we attended a soap gathering.
And at this soap gathering, there's a couple of things that happened. I remember when I first got started making soap and I told my mom or my aunt, I told someone that I was going to a soap making conference and they said they have those. Yeah, they have those. Any industry that you are in, there are probably some enthusiasts that are just like you. And the reason I go to these things is because it's one of the only places that you can go and talk soap for like beyond ten minutes.
Normally people will placate me for about five minutes, but then if I keep going, they kind of got that daring headlights. How can we change the conversation? Whereas these gatherings allow you to really be able to interact with other people, learn new techniques, which we will be doing this week in the form of cream soap making. Get new supplies, actually deash, meaning sell things, product swap. So I'm going to go over some of the things that I got.
I do see some thumbs up and some hearts. I can't tell where you guys are watching. For whatever reason, it would not go to my Facebook business page. But wherever you are watching, click on that like button, click on that Share button and make sure you click on that Follow button. If I can't see your comments, I only see like two comments over there.
I will come back and respond to them on the chat. So this is my goody bag. I'm thinking, where do we start first? So I think the first place we'll start is education. A lot of people will ask me, well, how did you learn how to make soap?
Or lotion or whatever? A lot of it starts in books and then there's a lot of trial and error. Then there's a lot of YouTube, there's a lot of testing. But then I'll go to different meetups and conferences to grow my knowledge base. Aside from networking and all of that, I realized that no man is an island, no person knows one thing.
So these conferences and meetups allow us to actually go learn from people who have maybe done it for maybe 510, 20 years longer than we have, or they've discovered something new. So let's start there with the cream soap making. I am Mary from Brooklyn is Brooklyn and the house you always get a dance whenever I see Brooklyn. If you guys don't know, that is a Biggie Smalls reference. Biggie, biggie Smalls is the illness.
All right, so let's talk about the lesson. So we did a cream soap lesson and guys, we're adding something to the lineup. To the lineup. All right, let me show you. I'm going to bring this closer to the camera.
Hopefully it'll come up through there. But we learned how to make our own cream soap, which can be used as a shaving soap, as a facial cream soap. And you can adjust the thickness of it. And this is ready to use right about now. I'm not going to use the technical term because the technical term is rot.
Nobody wants anything to rot. Who wants to put something on their skin that rot, right? Nobody. But that's the soap making term for it. And over time, it's going to change in consistency.
The beautiful Lashanda Tyree taught this lesson, which was amazing. We also had Vanessa show us another technique for using our soap scraps. I do have a sample of that. It's in the kitchen, the actual kitchen, not the soap kitchen, if you get what I'm saying. So I don't have that here to show you all.
But the first thing that we did was the cream soap making. It's a long process, but it's so worth it. Let me see if I can show you what the consistency is right now. And again, this will change over time. She had to rush it a bit because, you know, soap maker, but hopefully you guys can.
And that is soap. Say it with me. Look at that. Look, I got faster. Lashanda, I'm giving you a shout out now.
I'm giving you a shout out now, girl, because you have just added to my lineup. All right, let me get a paper towel because we still don't have running water in the studio. But ask and one day we shall receive. All right, so that was the cream soap making. She gave us a complete instruction on it, a demo, a walk through of the process, so you know it's going to be on a live stream pretty soon after lunch, which was catered.
It wasn't really catered, but the lady's husband, he actually cooked the most amazing lunch. It was delicious. Can't say anything more about it, aside from nobody was hungry afterwards. Afterwards. Oh, shoot.
This is a sugar scrub. And I think, yeah, there we go. Now we make sugar scrubs, but always good to see someone else's recipe. I made an exfoliating. I'm trying to get some out of you guys can see that.
And there's a little extra oil in there. But I made an exfoliating sugar scrub. And I used walnut heels, rose petals, lavender and pummestone, because these heels at the end of the summer are janky janky jacked up. And you can be like, oh, my God. Well, I'm being honest.
I'm just being honest with you all. Let me see. I see that you all are here. I'm going to have to put you, that are watching on Facebook on my screen right here, because your comments are not coming up here for me. But I see Shelba is here, virginia is here, kim, Deb and six other people.
But I can't tell who you are, but whatever, you're here. And if you comment on the screen there, I'll be able to say, hi, I think I'm only getting your YouTube comments on my computer. But I saw those bursts of hearts as well as those thumbs up. Deb, I just finished your blog and your podcast. It's going to be amazing.
You actually got three blogs on the live soap school page because of so much history. I'll go there in a minute. Hey there, Melissa. Hey, Deb. How are you?
All right. So this was the sugar scrub. So that's the make and take. So there was the workshop on actually how to make your own cream soap. There's bar soap, there's liquid soap, there's body wash, there's cream soap, there's soap slime.
There's so many different methods that you can use depending on what it is that you're after. So cream soap is just another one. And then it was Lashanda that was teaching, so of course I was going, right. And then there is a sugar scrub. We all make sugar scrubs, but just seeing different recipes and actually being there with other makers, making a product is really fun.
So they were the two products, but there's so much more beyond going and learning. You're interacting and you're networking with other people. And then there's something called a D Stash. Now, if I were to pan around this soap studio, that would be about 70% of all the things I purchased for soap making. The other 30% is in my basement.
I just never pulled it back up. Right. So a D Stash is when soap makers, cosmetic makers, herbalists, whoever, they come and they bring those items. So instead of losing money, they're then able to either sell it, put it in a donation pile, and then get a little bit back. I generally have a rule of thumb with these ashes.
I generally do not buy oils, butters or fragrance oils when I go to a destination, especially if it's for a product that I'm making, because I can't really know how long that maker had those products before I buy them. There was one exception, and that was with Sarah. Sarah is another maker that I met on Periscope, but we have interacted with each other at several gatherings, and she had some fragrance oils that I'll be able to use for a hot process. I'm sorry. Mountain Pour and sugar scrub classes for the kids, so I'm going to show you that in a second.
So, what did we get from the D Stash? Of course, molds. You can always have too many molds. I was going to say you can never have enough. You can always have too many.
I have bags and bags of silicone mold, but depending on the size of them, these little babies are great for making embeds. So this one is heart. Little girls and boys love hearts when you're doing hot process soap. And then these are also good for Valentine's Day if you want to do like, a lotion bar or something like that. And then who does not like emojis?
Smiley faces. I should probably turn it that way so you can see what that looks like. So that'll be a smiley emoji face that people would be able to see. And then these little squares will allow me to create embeds for our Bath Bomb. So there's different size walls.
That would be a huge A embed if I use that one right there. So not that one, but these other ones. It's better if you see the back. That gives me different shapes for the embeds, which would release color within the Bath Bomb. And then I got a smaller one.
This is your typical size of Bath Bomb embed. So you would fill this up with your bass bomb mixture. You can have different colors, and that's what gives your Bath Bombs different colors. So getting these, these were on the donation pile, so I gave them about $4 for these modes. And then I gave a dollar for this one, so that was the mold.
And then, of course, I always get these. These are the perfect molds. If you are somebody who has different fragrance oils that you are testing, you never tested in a full batch, tested in a half a pound batch. And then this will allow you to pour your soap. And if you're testing, like, maybe six different fragrances, because they come in 1oz containers, if you're testing them, then you can have six bars of soap and not a huge loaf.
And they're very easy to come out because of the silicone. Very pliable. So whenever I see these or the square shape, I get them. So if you're going to be at an upcoming soap makers gathering, know that Zakia is a sucker for these, because they're also good for my hands on soap making classes as well. So if you have these 2D stash and you and I are in a similar place, let me know.
So that's what that was in terms of the D stash. Then there were these colorants. These were microcolorants. It's a new soap company or supply company that I met Christine, and it's Koalas Crafting Boutique. And she has purple, pink, green.
And what I would do with these is I would break them up and I would put them into the different bath bomb kits that we use for the workshop. So that's what that is right there. I'm just moving it off to the side so we have room. In terms of the defas, we did get the fragrance oils, like I mentioned from Sarah. This one is called Hot Fudge Brownie Strawberries and Cream Georgia Peach.
I know we're leaving the summer, but everybody likes the peach every now and then. We also got Red hot cinnamon. Bear with me, red. And it smells like the hot tamales. Hot tamales, hot tamales, citrus and peak wood.
And then we also got cool water, because sometimes when I go to these workshops with the kids, in particular the boys, like, I don't want that pretty smelling stuff. This cool water will make them feel kind of like a gentleman, a young gentleman. All right, so I believe that is it from the dash pile? No, I'm sorry. Sarah actually gave me these two candle colorants.
One is a really bright neon orange, and this other teal green. And then from the Koala place, I also got these injectors. These injectors are good for if you're doing a particular soap design where you only want the color to go in a specific spot. So I got these. You can also use them for getting your oils and whatnot into a smaller container without too much of a mess.
Good morning. Great to see you. From your girl in Philly. Hey there, Sylvia. How are you?
So that's what we got in our defash tile. Aside from the knowledge and all of that, aside from getting to make stuff. Aside from getting to buy stuff, there are this was also defested. I got 50 of these fancy boxes that I'll be able and I would not ship anything in these boxes. I would only do these at an in person bending event that I have coming up in October.
It's the Still I Rise conference that will be in Delaware. So these are the kind of boxes because they're not sturdy enough unless you were to put them inside of another box. But these look really good on a table. Put yourself a nice ribbon, you can have a bath bomb, sugar scrub, a lip balm, a bar of soap, and then maybe a mini body wash all in one little box. And it sells pretty well.
So to get so many at a discounted price and the reason they're able to have them is you just kind of put the boxes together. They come flat with the top piece that you fold together and then the bottom piece and the website for where to get them is on the back, which is good. If you are wondering like, hey, Zakia, because I already know, once this is done on YouTube, somebody sees it, you're like, where can I get those boxes? According to the back, it email@example.com now hopefully postcode they are still open, but that's what I was able to get from the D Stash. Aside from the Dstes, aside from the product making, as well as the knowledge, there is also something called a product swap.
Product swaps are like something I really look forward to. Now this one is a little bit different from other product swaps I've been a part of. The one at the old sage apostacarian. What they do is as part of the product swap, you actually get the recipe so that you can try and make it. This one is you're just bringing your product and you get a chance to try out different ones.
Product swaps are really good because you get ideas for how to package maybe a new product that you want to learn or hey, I never even thought of making that. So that's why I do enjoy the product swap. I'm getting a lot of thumbs up hearts on the Facebook site. You're cool for that. So this one is the first one.
It's the Green Harmony Body Soap and it has a little label on here. It has the ingredients on here and then it has the vendor information on the back. I'm going to go ahead and open this up, pull it out. Oh, it smells really good too. And it looks like it has little confetti on the inside.
So that's the first one that we got. Then we got Dark Moon Emulsified Sugar Scrub and it's called Sun Poppy. Sun Poppy smells delicious and divine. So look, you all know my bathroom is going to be lit to death. Now, it's always my products, but to get all these other products to try out, and they're handmade, which is the number one thing there.
Now, what is this? All right, I'm going to save this for less because I'm going to take some time to open that up. We got another bar of soap, and it's a calendula cream.
All right. Then we got a cedar and vanilla soap. And this one has a cigar band wrapped around it. Let's talk a little bit about wrapping. Some people put it in an organza bag.
Some people this is my preferred method of putting it in a shrink wrap bag. Some people, they want you to be able to smell it when you first walk up on it. They just put a cigar band around it. Let's see, we got an organza bag, which is stamped with the person's logo. It says Always time.
And this is a coffee and dark chocolate scented silk by Ubersop. And then it also has the ingredients on the back, and you can smell through it. Now, sometimes when I'm shrink wrapping, that thing is from the devil. I think that shrink wrapping machine comes directly from the devil. That chocolate one is my favorite.
Oh, Sarah is here. Sarah, I just showed your fragrance oils. It smells really good. But the shrink wrapping machine, I don't care how good you are at sealing them, they always pop. If they pop on my theme, I will typically leave it open because that way it's easier to open and you can smell it before you actually use it or decide to buy it.
And then we got a is this like a body oil? Yes, it is. I'm going to give this a page. Oh, and it smells nice, too. Yeah, paige loves these.
She has all the little things, right? The lip balm. And now she'll have a little body oil roller, which will be great for her. All right, we've got more. And then this one came from Lashanda of Naya beauty.
So I'm hoping you're not able to see hold on. Let's bring the camera back. Just a taste, because I'm hoping that you're able to see just a variety of ways that people are able to package.
And you can also see that, but I want you to see that there. I'll hold them up afterwards. We'll keep going. Just a simple ingredient. This looks like a milk soap.
Yeah, a bad soap. Look at this container.
Look at that. And it has whole milk powder, colonial oatmeal, Himalayan salt, kalen, clay, Epsom salt, calendula flowers, and peach fragrance oil. What did we just say about that? Georgia peach. I want it, and I want it now.
So let's see how this smells.
Linda, I know you guys are like, there's nobody named Linda on here. You're either Linda or Caroline when you're watching these streams. I'm just saying, unless I see your name, like Sarah just now. All right, so I'm going to use that to put that there we have a lemon and ginger teasuit. Now again, a very different way of wrapping the soap.
This one is done in a coffee filter. So we have shrink wrap, cigar band boxes and we also have the coffee filter. So depending you don't have to break the bank when you are just getting started, use what works for you and then just grow with it. We also have a bubble tea soap and this one has embeds on it and they shrink wrapped it. Made in Canada.
That was another nice thing about this one. We had several makers that were there from Canada. So they had their label on the back, they had shrink wrapped it and then they have their label on the front as well. Very pretty.
All right, got a little bit more, just a few more bars and then we'll get to the goody bag. I think I got two of one. Yes, this is the same one in the cigar band. And then this one is in an organa bag with the business card on the inside. Let me pull that one up there's several ways there.
And then look at the colors on the back so you can smell through this. Your soap is semi. Oh, it smells good too. Lord of mercy. So we got plenty of soap and then let's go ahead and open this ball.
I forget what these boxes are called, but I'm just curious what these are. Inside a lip balm there's a root beer lip balm. You know, this is one in pages pile exclusive good lip balm. No, I'm sorry. Peach zinger.
And then there is vendor. So we got three lip balms and they all have like different. One is black, one is blue, one is purple. So that's what we got in terms of the product swap. Unfortunately, you can't see it all the way my camera is, but it came out really nice.
And I get to try out all of these products from various makers. The one thing I have to do is make sure I keep whose is whose together so that I am able to reach out to them and thank them or ask them, hey, how did you make that? Right? All right, so that's what all of these are. I'm going to get them all back in the bag and then we'll talk about the giveaway door prizes.
And I'm missing one of the door prizes because I got two gift certificates valued at about $150. So that paid for the cost of that mission in and of itself. All right, so the goody bags, the thing about this one is what you get in your goody bag is dependent on how soon you order. I think that is genius. Or how soon you register and pay for your ticket to the gathering.
The reason I think that is genius is people look forward to these goody bags, right? So I know that if I register. As soon as they open, I'm getting everything that's being shipped. Unlike Zakia, who registered the day of the day, like when I showed up there. And that's just because my brain did what it did, right?
And that's in terms of, you know how you open up a tab and then you're like, oh, squirrel, let me go see what I'm going to eat for lunch. You walk away and then you come back and it's like, oh, shoot, I think I did it, maybe I didn't. And then two days before, they're like, hey, Zaki, are you still coming? Are you paying? I'll just pay you when I get there.
All right. I also want to mention Sarah one more time with the sidewalk chalk. If you're following me on Facebook, there's like this almost hopscotch, but it's a new version of hopscotch. We were planning on doing it, but the day got away from us. We did practice it.
I think we know how to do it. And she brought the sidewalk chalk so we could do that.
See how I did that? I don't know if Sarah is still on here, but I got it right after like 16 tries. It was a young whipper snapper there that was just messing with us. She was messing with us. It's easy.
All right, let me do it 16 times and then I'll figure it out. So let's talk about the goody bag. Lots and lots of glass. And Sarah, if you're on here, I know the company that donated these. Their label isn't on here.
Don't know yet. That's for Miss Page. But they gave us several glass jars. I like glass jars, but I don't love glass jars. Shipping is already through the roof.
This will be good for me to test out some candles because I'm finding out that I absolutely love candles, but I don't think my products will actually I can't get the words out will actually be shipped out in glass. It just costs way too much to do it, like, maybe at a local show. But look at all of these different samples of glass jars that we were able to get. Now, that's a lot of candles. And then me, I am reusing recycled queen.
So after the candle wick is all done, there's nothing wrong with pouring some brand new wick in there and you got yourself another candle. So they come in different shapes and sizes. I love the little mason jar ones and all of that locks looking amazing. Are you talking about my hair? This is going to be really hard to repurpose because I keep going, like, off on his hand.
And then we got little fragrance packages. So these are small fragrances.
I'm going to open this because it looks like there's a lot of organic. This came from with nature, with love. Camellina oil. Got to look up. What that's for?
I have no idea. Oatmeal, milk and honey.
Yeah, it's your typical oatmeal, milk and honey. Smells good. And then there's an organic sweet orange essential oil. There's a Bolivian pink salt. That sounds like label candy, but I'll take it.
And then there's also a coupon for 15% off with an order. There is vanilla Creme, della Cream fragrance, a USB fragrance. Diffuser. This is genius. A great way to set the space around your computer.
You got that funky coworker that's just letting it loose. Plug in the diffuser. That is really cool. Insects. These are vanilla.
I think I got a couple of incense in here. Strawberry frase. You never know how to say that word. An incense holder so that you don't have the ashes all over the thing. That thing is crazy, right?
And then I have these soapboxes. I never use these. These are sustainable soapboxes. So if you're another packaging, if you're trying to get away from plastic, you don't really like the coffee filters. You don't want to get a box.
Consider these boxes here as another alternative for how you can package your soap.
We got a diffuser oil, mandarin orange. Well, look at that, somebody. All right, more boxes. These are my third favorite thing to get. Look at all these mini spatulas.
These are great for scraping your coloring out when you're mixing up your additive. Just getting those small fine details. Also for texturing the top of the soap, if you don't have a spoon available, these little mini spatulas are fantastic for that. So we're going to put them right on the spatula aisle right there. Then of course, more fragrant soy?
Well, no, this is a shea butter surfactant. And I think it was Sarah, we were there and she said, what the heck are we going to do with that shampoo bar? Shea butter festant. So that's what we're going to try with that. We got another bag from Nature with Love.
So as you can see, there was a reason why I had to clear my table, all of this, and there could have been more, but then just spending money for no reason, right? She got everything I did.
Yeah, it's the same. So I got a double bubble, which is good because it's hard to use these really small containers unless you're making like a lotion because it doesn't take much to scent a lotion. Yeah. So I got double of the from nature with love stuff and then capri alivo nature's garden. Let's see how that smells.
That was nice. Now I'm horrible at describing a sense. I did get a Goldilock fragrance oil, which I'm excited about. Now what would we use these sticks for? It feels like would that be for your oil diffuser or your diffuser oil?
Stick them in there.
Looks like glitter from Koalas Crafting Boutique. Of course, my uncle has fallen in love with this. These are the soap net. So guys, if you don't already have a soap bag, you know how your soap gets. Down to the itty bitty bar.
What you can do is get yourself a soap saver bag, put those pieces inside of here. You can do like three or four different ones and then you're creating your own bar soap. And then you can leather up and wash with these bars. So you're actually using it down to the last drop. And you can use the six for swirling.
Hello, Vanessa. You're never on my lives. Welcome. And then we have a mini bath bomb maker. Now I'm probably never going to use this here, but the kids can use this in the classes.
Look at how cute this is. You would get an itty bitty teeny tiny mini bath bomb right there. So what you do is you fill your mixture in there, mold it, push it out, and you got yourself an itty bitty tiny bath bomb. And I just think it's really cute. Then we got a lot of paperwork.
I'm not reading that right now because this broadcast is at about 35 minutes. We are doing wonderful. The Kringle is American forerunner. She got to do that show, right? I always do.
I always do them like what is all of this? Alright. And then we got the winterberry champagne.
Smell anything through the foil.
It's not like drop dead, fall over with it. This one is burnt sugar and spruce. I'm going to take this thing off here.
Questionable. Not really my cup of tea. But that means it goes in the pile for the kids to choose, right? You don't have to never throw them away, guys. Give them to another maker, use them in a class, put them in a candle, give them to the in law you don't like.
There's plenty you can do with it. All right. And then there is BlackBerry sage t.
That would be going to a class. That's how you guys will know if I really love a scent or not. That will be going to a class. What kind of event did you go to? I haven't even said it.
It was a Bubbles and Blazes conference in Rochester, New York. My brain was frozen. Another shea butter surfactant. So I got two of those so lotion bars, shampoo bars, conditioner. And we got candle science, brown sugar and fig.
Maybe this one will be better.
Yeah, I have a certain nose and the nose is saying no, this one is red plum baculala. Okay. But they are all of the scent. And then we got these little makeup containers. So if you are somebody, which I don't, you could use this for a lip balm.
You can put like three different lip balms in there. You can do a blush if you're into making cosmetics, you can do that. So we got these little samples there. You guys see my nails? Look, I'll show you.
It's time for a refill. But look, we did like this little design where they kind of whatever, but that's what's going on with my nails? Don't know if they actually came up in there. We got a couple of buttons and business cards, so hopefully what this is showing you is nothing because you can't see what's going on on the table. Going to meet up?
Yes, you can get a whole bunch of stuff that's just going to end up sitting around if you don't do anything with it. Do something with it, number one. Number two, you get to learn new techniques, but they have to make sense for what it is you're doing in your business. Don't do like I did when I first got started, like, oh, yeah, I'm going to make unicorn bad bombs. Never did it.
Bought the mold, got the shirt, the T shirt, the hat, and everything else, whatever. Never made it. And wasted money. So be consistent. Nails are on point.
That color looks oh, thank you. But get things, especially when you're going to a D stash, get things that make sense for you. And these are all of the things. Registration was $70. I ended up paying $90 because it was like the last day.
But for $90, I got to be surrounded by soap makers for an entire day. I got to learn another method of making cream soap. I got a chance to actually meet some people that had been watching me on here, which is great. It's always fun when somebody says, I watch you on YouTube and it's like, oh, thank you, girl. Nice to meet you.
But not like that. But it's kind of like flattering because you never know who's watching on the other side. What else do we do? I think I got recharged and re energized. I think the last time that I did a broadcast was over a month ago because truly, I have been out of energy.
It was like, well, where am I going with this? What's the purpose of doing it? Why do it? And all of that. But then going and being surrounded, I found that spark again, which is exciting.
So if you are a maker, I would highly, highly, highly high sugar scrubs as well. I would highly recommend that you find local gatherings or other makers. If there isn't one that exists, create one. Say, hey, let's just all get together, everybody bring lunch. And we can do a product swap.
We can share those kinds of things, but go to those that are established. Because what will happen is not only do you get all of this stuff, you also get to give you get to share your stories, your insights, your feedback that may help another maker. We were sitting and we were talking. People brought my books, which is always I always get excited when people buy my books. Other people are like, I ain't trying to get your books.
You're not super famous. I don't want those. But then some people are like, yeah, give me your books. But it was just sharing, like, small things that we've done on our journey to do Tweaks or Sarah was sharing where she gets her coconut oil and how she's able to get it at $0.75 an ounce. And these prices have jumped sky high.
So really try to not only go intake, but be as much of a giver when you're at these kind of events, if you don't already. Subscribe deborah Davis. Hi, Deb. I was so close to you. I wanted to reach out and have a visit with you, but I didn't.
Oh, Tracy is here. Hi, Tracy. Tracy was another one. She was very encouraging when I saw her at the gathering, which is really heartwarming because, again, you press the button, you don't know where it lands. So knowing that it does land from time to time is appreciated, but took 7 hours due to traffic.
Yeah, let's not talk about that drive, shall we? It was a long, long, but it was worth it. So I'm Zakiaoflivesopeschool.com, don't forget to reach out regarding the Canada event. Got to do Canada. So all of this is what we were able to get.
Meeting people, interacting with people. And this is kind of the restart for live soap school. God is so good. I can't wait until I retire and dive into making soap scrubs in Basspot, Virginia. Come on over.
Come on over. Vanessa just retired. She can tell you a lot about that. Well, not a lot. It's been a month.
She can tell you a lot about that side. And I haven't missed anything else on the YouTube side. I'm Zakia ringled. I am going to play the video one more time for all of you. For Beth, who was the host of the Bubbles and Blazes, thank you for putting it together.
It was two years since the last one. For Lashanda Tyree, for teaching us cream soap making and then hosting the make and take for Vanessa, reminding us to dance while we are making our products. Thank you. And then for everyone that was there, thank you for bringing yourself, bringing your humility, your sense of just being with other people. It really made it worth it.
And you helped to recharge this girl into clicking that button again. And I will go ahead and play the video in case you missed it. I'll see you all soon. Make sure you subscribe.
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