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Safflower Seed Oil - Information and Tips for Using it in Handmade Soap and Cosmetics


The oil extracted from the safflower plant (Carthamus tinctorius) is used widely in the food and cosmetic industries. There are two types of safflower oil which are commercially available - high oleic safflower oil and high linoleic safflower oil. High oleic safflower oil contains about 70% oleic acid. High linoleic safflower oil contains over 70% linoleic acid. Read More…

Make an Irish Moss Gel


The term "seaweed" encompasses many different plants. Seaweed is known in the cosmetics industry for its ability to soften and smooth skin, and also because it contains an extraordinary concentration of minerals. Although there are many different kinds of seaweed available, the two most readily obtainable for the home cosmetics crafter are irish moss and kelp. Read More…

Information about Cypress Oil


Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is one of those essential oils that doesn’t get much focus. It doesn’t have a very strong smell like lavender, and it is not particularly glamourous, like rose, jasmine, or sandalwood. However, it does have a long history of use by several different cultures including the Tibetians and the Chinese, and this is for a few good reasons. Read More…

Sesame Seed Oil - A Brief History and Information For Using It In Handmade Soap and Cosmetics


Sesame seed oil is a fixed oil that is obtained by pressing the seeds of Sesamum indicum. Sesame seed oil is sometimes called teel oil, gingle oil or benne oil. Sesame seeds have a rich history of use as a cosmetic ingredient and are thought to be one of the oldest seeds used for their oil. Read More…

Tips for Using Vanilla in Handmade Soap and Cosmetics


Vanilla is an extremely important flavoring and fragrance material. Vanilla is used to flavor all types of foods, including candy, beverages and ice cream. And in cosmetics, the rich, creamy scent of vanilla is a favorite for many people. It has a smooth, luxurious scent that many people really like. Read More…

The Many Types of Coconut Oil - Information For Using It In Handmade Soap and Cosmetics


Have you ever noticed that there are several types of coconut oil available? There is RBD (refined, bleached, and deodorized) coconut oil (which can be purchased at different melting temperatures), organic coconut oil, expeller pressed coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil, monoi de tahiti, and virgin coconut oil. It's enough to make you dizzy. What is the difference? In this article we'll take a look at coconut oil processing and try to sort out what is available to cosmetic creators. Read More…

The Sweet Scent of Lavender Essential Oil


Lavender essential oil is an ingredient that I consider indispensable to the home cosmetics/perfume crafter. The essential oil of the lavender plant has a fresh, clean scent which can be used alone as a fragrance, or can be successfully blended with other oils to create fragrances for both men and women. Lavender essential oil is naturally antibacterial and gentle to the skin making it an excellent additive to cosmetics for children and adults. Read More…

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