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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…

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