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And The Winner Is.....January Giveaway Winner Announcement February 07, 2017 15:21

2017 is off to a grand start even though the groundhog saw his shadow, it is finally warming up and the snow is melting here in Utah.  Valentines is only one week away and January's giveaway winner will have a wonderful gift to keep or gift to someone special.

I would like to congratulate Pat Christensen, from Richland WA.  Pat was the lucky winner last month and will receive this fantastic bath & body set which includes

Hemp Hand & Body Lotion in Bourbon Vanilla scent, Bourbon Vanilla Goat Milk Soap, and a hand crocheted (by yours truly) washcloth and soap saver bag made of wonderful durable cotton. Pictures below.

    

I have been making these adorable cotton washcloths and soap saver bags when I get a little extra time.  They will now be available on the website in limited quantities and colors.  Get them while they last, they make a wonderful addition to all my bath and body items.

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December 2016 Giveaway Winner Announced January 04, 2017 06:34

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  I am late once again writing this post due to such a busy season.  So without further ado, Decembers giveaway item was my new wet shave gift set which consisted of 4.5 oz wet shave soap (sandalwood patchouli) in a tin with an Omega boar bristle shaving brush that was made in Italy.  This set has a retail value of $23.95.  The lucky customer who won this set was Pamela Harrell from Mayville, NY.  Congratulations Pamela!  

For the first month of this new year, I have decided that the giveaway item will be something for Valentines Day.  I have not exactly narrowed down what it will be, but I will be good, definitely worthy of gifting to one of your valentines if you so choose.

For anyone who does not know about my monthly giveaway, you may be wondering just how to be entered into this drawing?  It's very easy, just make a purchase online at www.lisasnaturalherbalcreations.com and you will automatically be entered into the monthly giveaway.  If you purchase more than once during the month each order number will be submitted into the drawing.

This year I will be adding a new monthly sale,  I am calling it $3 Thursday.  On this certain Thursday that I select there will be particular soaps on sale for, you guessed it, $3.  The $3 dollar Thursday date will be announced in the monthly newsletter along with other store news, coupon codes and product announcements, so sign up for the newsletter if you haven't.

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Winner Announced, November 2016 Giveaway December 01, 2016 07:50

Time has been flying, Thanksgiving's over and Christmas is on its way.  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  Mine was interesting, the first time I have ever eaten out at a restaurant for thanksgiving.  Next year I will be cooking, there's nothing like a home cooked holiday meals in my book.

This month I would like to congratulate Bree Stanger.  Bree is a hometown girl, from right here in Utah.  WooHoo!  Congratulations Bree!

Bree will receive the Bath Bomb Variety Mega Pack.   This pack consists of 13 different bath bomb fizzies that weigh about 2 oz each (medium size bath bombs).

Enjoy Bree!

I haven't decided what will be the giveaway prize for December 2016, but if you have suggestions of what you would like it to be please leave a comment below.  I will make a decision and have it posted on the home page and also in the newsletter coming out this week.

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December sales

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And the winner is....October 2016 giveaway winner announced November 01, 2016 09:32

I hope everyone had a wonderfully spooky Halloween, I sure did.  I think this was the most trick or treaters that I've ever had visit this year.  I loved seeing all the little ones in their costumes running from house to house, yelling "trick or treat".

Back to the announcement.  Everyone give a great big Congratulations to......Deborah Cunningham from Aurora, CO.   YEA!!!  WOOHOO!

Deborah has won the patchouli lovers natural soap trio.  In just a few short days she will be receiving one bar of each, 100% all natural soap made with essential oils.

Patchouli,  Orange Patchouli, and Lemongrass Patchouli.

 

ENJOY Deborah!

I haven't decided what will be the giveaway prize for November 2016, but if you have suggestions of what you would like it to be please leave a comment below.  I will make a decision and have it posted on the home page and also in the newsletter coming out this week.

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For the month of November, I will be having two big sales that will feature free shipping.  Be sure to read this month's newsletter for coupon codes and dates if you wish to take advantage of these offers.

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Green Wood - Wood Grain Soap Challenge October 09, 2016 12:23 16 Comments

This month's soap challenge is the wood grain technique and the guidelines are as follows.  The soap must be made from cold process soap only and must feature a wood grain technique.  Any shape or size mold is acceptable and the categories are split into all natural and synthetic.  I am entering the all natural category.  My inspiration for the soap I made actually came from a dream I had.  I am one of those soapers that dream vivid dreams about making soap and try recreating the image in my mind.  In my dream this piece of wood was barn wood that was old, sun bleached and weather damaged, almost petrified looking.  The next couple of days I began infusing olive oil with natural color powders of indigo, nettle leaf, and  alkanet root.  These would be three of the colors that I would be using, the other two were white kaolin clay and activated charcoal.  The next day with my natural colors ready to go, I lined my mold and gathered the rest of my supplies.

  

I am using a blend of juniper berry, cassia, and peppermint essential oils.  

My soap batter consists of avocado, canola, castor, coconut, mango butter, hemp, extra virgin olive, palm kernel and shea butter.

Let the adventure begin!  I brought my soap to emulsification, separated it out into five portions and started to mix my colors.

   

Once I had my colors mixed to my liking, I added the essential oil blend that I had made that I mixed with some white kaolin clay.  The excitement was building almost ready to pour.

 

I began pouring my soap one color at a time into my bowl, alternating until all the soap batter was gone, then poured into my mold.

 

I covered the soap and put it into the oven on warm for approximately one hour, took it out, left it covered until the next day.  After I removed it from the mold, I split it into logs, then blocks then sliced it with my bar cutter.

       

I tried keeping all the soaps in order for picture time.  Here are some of the nicer pieces put together how they were cut.

 

For some reason, this last set of soaps I could not find the end that went with it.  I think I drove myself nutty trying to match them with the twenty-five other bars in this batch.

I like the colors that I achieved, the subtle green, blue and pinkish purple hues.

I had a great time making this soap and the essential oil blend smell amazing.  I look forward to using this technique with other natural colors and of course I will give it a try with some mica too.

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Winner Announced for September 2016 Giveaway October 02, 2016 14:58

September seemed to fly by and we have officially entered the fall season.  The winner of the September giveaway receives three bars of my herbal shampoo bars. 

1) Down to earth beer & wheat germ herbal shampoo bar (essential oil blend of lavender, peppermint, anise and fir needle)

2) Patchouli and friends herbal shampoo bar (essential oil blend of orange, patchouli, lemongrass and sandalwood)

3) You, me and Rosemary herbal shampoo bar (essential oil blend of rosemary, lime, grapefruit and basil).

Please congratulate  Shawnee Brown from Belleville, NJ.  Thank you for being such a great customer and enjoy!!!

For October 2016 giveaway, I have decided on three soaps that are one hundred percent natural.  I am calling this "Patchouli Lovers Soap Set".  The lucky winner will receive one bar of Lemongrass Patchouli Soap, one bar of Orange Patchouli Soap and one bar of Patchouli Soap.

  

If this sounds like something you would like, get your order in for your chance to win.

Good luck everyone!

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On another note, Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations will be having weekly specials in October.  Make sure you check your emails for my newsletter, there will be coupon codes for each week for a month full of savings.  There will also be lots of information on new items that will be available soon.

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Oatmeal Milk & Honey Soap Cupcakes Piping Soap Challenge September 12, 2016 09:56 5 Comments

September's Great Cakes Soap Challenge is soap piping.  Currently, there are less than ten days left before this challenge closes and I have barely an idea of what I am going to do.  The guidelines for this challenge are as follows.  The soap must be made with cold process soap only.  It must have at least one component of your piped soap that has more than one color in one bag.  The only embellishment your soap can have is body safe glitter.  You can use any type of mold you wish.  The challenge is divided into two groups, newbies (making soap for less than two years) and experienced (more than two years).  That puts me in the experienced category, but unfortunately, I have only piped soap one time before, more than a few years ago and that didn't look real great in my opinion.

After watching the tutorials, I headed over to the neighborhood Michaels to see what I could find.  I came out with silicone cupcake liners and a Cake Boss piping set that was on clearance.  I don't even have a clue what 99% of these piping tips do.  Over the next few days, I watched many YouTube videos on piping and really starting to feel overwhelmed.  Definitely out of my comfort zone.

 

Since I am using the silicone cupcake liners I first had to figure out volume and times that by how many liners I have. I have eight of these liners which hold approximately 4.4 oz, so I would need to size my recipe to around 35 ounces just to fill them, not including the piping part.  I am thinking I will need about two ounces minimum for piping on each, times eight will make the total soap weight for my recipe around 52 ounces.  Next up was figuring out what recipe to use.

I went back read and watched the tutorial again and decided to use one of Amy's recipes with substitutions as a guide, swapping out certain ingredients for comparable ones. 

  I got right to work making the smaller batch for piping.  It came to medium trace very quickly.  I separated out the soap into my measuring cups so that I could color it with the mica that I had selected for my flowers.  Once I had the mica in, I began trying to stir it into the soap.  The batter had seriously gotten way to firm to even stir and mix the micas in.  AARRGHH!  I said a few choice words then scraped the hard soap into a mold to rebatch at a later date.  Now, thinking back Amy used the recipe above for the Russian tips.  I remember her saying that the soap batter needed to be pretty stiff for those tips.  Well, I don't have any Russian tips so I looked through my soap recipes and decided to use my shea butter recipe.  I resized it into the amounts for piping and for the cupcakes.  Time to start all over and make the soap for piping flowers.  This time, I went ahead and premixed all the mica I had chosen which was yellow vibrance, orange vibrance, my coral mica, red vibrance, wisteria purple, kumbo green and super sparkles mica.  The bright orange is a combination of orange vibrance and my coral mica.  The maroonish color on the far right is a combination of red vibrance, my coral mica and wisteria purple. Super sparkles mica went in with the orange, yellow and maroon colors.

 

I also prepared my piping bags, tips and I cut small squares of freezer paper to place the piped flowers on.

   

Time to make soap.  I was much happier with the results from my shea butter recipe.  I had plenty of time to mix colors and get the soap into the piping bags.

I used the technique of using saran wrap, placing the soap on, spreading it out, then adding the second color on top to achieve the dual color when piping.

   

Ready or not here I come, super greenie with all this cake decorating stuff.  I've never piped anything but a star and they were ugly.  Here goes nothing.  I began by applying a tiny amount of soap on the cake nail, then added a square of freezer paper.  I then piped a small swirl of the white (uncolored) soap for a base to start making the flowers.  Next the dual color for petals.  I kept making more and more flowers.  Some were pretty ugly and got scraped back into the bag.  Maroon flowers, yellow-orange flowers and leaves over and over.  I think I must have spent over two hours messing with them.  I finally had to stop because I couldn't squeeze the soap out of the bags anymore so I started to clean up the huge mess that I had made.  I really made a BIG mess!  All the soap that was left in the bags I put in with the other soap for rebatching.  I think I have a good two and a half pounds of soap from that just from today.

  

I had to soak the piping tips overnight.  No fun doing dishes.  I left my flowers on the table to firm and harden up before I made the cupcake part of the soap.

The next morning I gathered my ingredients for the shea butter cupcake soap.  I used one tablespoon of ground oats, one teaspoon of French yellow clay and the fragrance oil I chose was oatmeal milk and honey which I purchased at Natures Garden.

I have two tips ready for piping the "glue" to stick my flowers on with.  I couldn't decide which one at first but ended up using the open star tip.  I am wishing it was larger now.

My oils and lye are ready to go.  Time to stick blend.

Once I had trace, I added the ground oats and incorporated them in.  I poured off around six ounces for the "glue", then continued on adding the yellow clay and fragrance oil.

The batter was thicker than the batch I had made for piping.  Obviously, the fragrance oil helped that out.  I filled up the cupcake liners and smoothed the tops and put the other soap I had measured off into the piping bag.

I piped a circular mound on top of the cupcakes one at a time, then added the flowers and leaves that I made, arranging them the best I could.  Ultimately, I am not really happy with what I made, but I sure learned a lot. 

So here's some pictures of them after I finished.  I will pick out the best ones and take close up pictures for my entry.

 

Here they are out of the silicone liners and cleaned up.  I kept spraying them with alcohol to get rid of the ash.  I think this will be as good as mine will get for this soapy challenge.

 

 

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And the winner is... August 2016 giveaway announced September 02, 2016 06:35

August has been a busy month, kids going back to school, harvesting the garden and canning everything in sight, plus maintaining my business and making new requested products.  I apologize this announcement is late but better late than never.

Most of my customers know that once a month one lucky customer is picked to win free goodies from Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations LLC.  I was able to notify the winner yesterday by email even though my schedule has been hectic.  So, without further ado, please congratulate Ashton Herndon of Ranger, GA.  Ashton won a multi-variety pack of big chunky soaps which included mountain jasmine coconut milk soap, absinthe coconut milk soap, sea island grapefruit soap and cedar & saffron soap.   Enjoy!

I have been debating over what item to have as the September 2016 giveaway but have narrowed it down.  What better way to introduce my herbal shampoo bars.  These shampoo bars are one hundred percent natural, made with herbs and botanicals that are said to promote lustrous, shiny, healthy hair.  Each one is made with a special essential oil blend that smells amazing.  September's winner will receive one bar of each (a total of three bars).

1) Down to earth beer & wheat germ herbal shampoo bar (essential oil blend of lavender, peppermint, anise and fir needle)

2) Patchouli and friends herbal shampoo bar (essential oil blend of orange, patchouli, lemongrass and sandalwood)

3) You, me and Rosemary herbal shampoo bar (essential oil blend of rosemary, lime, grapefruit and basil)

 

The top soap is Down to Earth Beet & Wheat Germ Herbal Shampoo Bar, below it is Patchouli and Friends Herbal Shampoo Bar.  You, Me and Rosemary Herbal Shampoo Bar has not been cleaned up and stamped yet, so not picture yet.

If this sounds like something you would like, get your order in for your chance to win.

Good luck everyone!

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Tangerine Dancing Funnel Swirl Soap August 08, 2016 08:00 21 Comments

This month's Great Cakes Soap Challenge was the dancing funnel swirl technique.  I really enjoyed this challenge and do plan to make more soaps using what I have learned. The guidelines were as follows.  The soap had to be made using the cold process method in a slab mold.  The outline color was to remain the same and no embellishment added to the soap.  There were two categories to enter into, either all natural or synthetic.  I chose the all natural category.

My recipe consists of:

25% coconut Oil, 20% palm oil, 15% apricot kernel oil, 15% babassu oil, 15% sunflower oil and 10% shea butter.  I used a water discount of 30% in this recipe.

I began by infusing olive oil with my chosen natural colors, black walnut hull powder, and paprika.  I used my crock pot with some water and placed it on the warm setting for a few hrs, then turned it off and let it cool down completely and strained the oil.

 

Next, I lined my mold and gathered the rest of my ingredients to begin making the soap.

 Besides, the infused oil for color I opted to use the straight herbs/spices as well for a more concentrated color.  The scent I chose was tangerine essential oil.  

  

With my squeeze bottles all ready to go, I was ready to make soap.  I did not use a stick blender to achieve emulsification of the soap batter, I hand stirred, which took me 27 minutes.

 Here is the soap batter in the squeeze bottles.  From left to right, colored with black walnut hull powder, colored with paprika powder, colored with paprika infused oil, no color added to the last bottle on the far right.

So I began making my dots as in the tutorial, once finished I placed plastic wrap over the mold and put it in the oven for approximately one hour on the warm setting of my oven, which is about 150 degrees to ensure gel.  I completely forgot to take a snapshot of it before I put it in the oven.  The soap batter was VERY fluid and I had to take it up two flights of stairs to my kitchen from my soaping room without giggling it too much.  Adrenaline rush!  

After that, I started clean up.  I had a bit of soap that was stuck in the bottles so I filled them into some column mold to use later for embeds.

    I did not gel the embeds.

On to the cut.

 I measured and cut the slab into four bars, plained and beveled the edges.  I really liked the way this soap turned out and the tone of colors that I achieved with the combination of straight herb and infused oil.  The contrast is quite dramatic.

 

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July 2016 Giveaway Winner Announcement August 01, 2016 08:21

Each month, one customer is picked to receive free products from Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations LLC.  

This month the lucky customer is Amber Ebrahim from New Rochelle, NY.  Amber has won the Sweet & Salty Scrub Set that is made with essential oils.  This is an awesome set that both men and women can use, plus it can be used on the face as well as the body.  Enjoy the scrub set Amber!

What you get in this set.

1) Sunny Citrus Blend Sweet & Salty Emulsified Scrub, which is a blend of lime, lemon, orange and litsea essential oils. One 2.5 oz jar

2) Invigorating Eucalyptus Blend Sweet & Salty Emulsified Scrub.  This blend is a combination of eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils.  One 2.5 oz jar.

3) Spicy Lime Patchouli Blend Swee & Salty Emulsified Scrub, which is a blend of lime, patchouli, orange, grapefruit, and clove bud.  One 2.5 oz jar.

If you would like to purchase this set click the link below.

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For August's free giveaway, I have decided on a multi-bar soap variety pack.

This variety pack will contain four bars of my handcrafted luxury artisan soaps.

Top left, Mountain Jasmine Coconut Milk Soap. Top right, Sea Island Grapefruit.  Bottom Left, Absinthe Coconut Milk Soap.  Bottom right, Cedar & Saffron Soap.

All of these soaps smell fantastic, plus they are loaded with wonderful nourishing ingredients.

If this sounds like something you would like, get your order in for your chance to win.

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Almond & Honey Pipe Swirl Soap Challenge July 15, 2016 12:22 7 Comments

This month's soap challenge was the pipe swirl.  In the guidelines, participants were restricted to using only four colors, a slab mold, and the soap had to be made using cold process soap only.  I actually made my slab mold for this competition because my old slab mold has a warped bottom.  I went to the local Home Depot, purchased the lumber and three different sizes of PVC pipes.  Once I had my mold made,  I calculated the volume of it and the pipes so that I could resize my soap recipe.  With all of that completed, I was ready to begin this challenge.  I began by lining my mold, choosing my colors and melting cocoa butter to adhere the PVC pipes to the mold.

   

The colors I chose are from TKB Trading, Nurture Soap & WSP.  

 From left to right.  Arora Mica, Sahara Gold Mica, Titanium Dioxide & Black Pearl Mica.  The fragrance oil I chose to use for this soap was Almond & Honey from WSP.

Time to soap, pour and swirl!  Once I had my soap batter emulsified, I separated it out into four portions.  Before I began, I had already calculated the amount of soap that would fill the pipes and subtracted that from the total so I knew exactly how much soap batter to reserve.  I then added my colors and mixed part of the fragrance oil into the two larger portions I had separated out.  I waited to add the fragrance oil to the other two colors until I was ready to pour them.  After all the batter was in the mold, I removed the  PVC pipes and did a freehand swirl.  Here's what it looked like after the pour and swirl.  I also sprayed the top with 90% alcohol to help prevent soda ash.

 I calculated my recipe to be double thickness so as to end up with twice as many bars.  The mold I built is 9" x 9" , so I ended up with 18 bars of soap once the slab was cut into logs, then double sized bars and again to regular bar sizes.

Here they all are after the final cut.  I planed the top and beveled the sides to clean them up.

Here is my opinion about this soap technique.  If done correctly the results are beautiful, on the other hand, doing the dishes afterward was totally not fun. PVC pipes are a pain to clean out and scrape all the soap left on them.  I ended up with enough leftover batter to make another bar of soap.  Guess that one's for me.

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I have also made a video documenting the whole process of making Almond & Honey pipe swirl from beginning to end through the cut.  I will post a link on here once I have all the editing finished.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78wRhEculYQ

Thanks!

Lisa

 

 

 

 


June 2016 Giveaway Winner Announced July 01, 2016 08:14

Each month, one customer is picked to receive free products from Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations LLC.  You may be wondering just how to be entered into this drawing?  It's very easy, just make a purchase online at www.lisasnaturalherbalcreations.com and you will automatically be entered into the monthly giveaway.  If you purchase more than once during the month each order number will be submitted into the drawing.

Here's what the lucky winner will be receiving from June's drawing.

1)Tobacco & Bay wet shaving soap made with French green clay and bentonite clay. This shaving soap has also been infused with calendula and green tea.

1) Tobacco & Bay Soap is made with skin loving oils and butter of hemp, avocado, mango and shea. This bar features French green clay and black walnut hull powder.

1) Tobacco & bay Aftershave.  Tobacco & Bay is a wonder scent that features bay leaf, fir needle, cedarwood, bergamot and warm tobacco.

Who's the winner?

I would like to congratulate Tamara Singer of Baldwinsville, NY

Here is what I have for July's giveaway.

This is a set of my brand new Sweet & Salty Emulsified Scrubs.  Why call it sweet & salty?  These scrubs have the perfect combination ratio of sugar and salt for great exfoliation.  Sometimes scrubs made with only sugar fall short and dissolve before you can get the job done.  I used pink Himalayan fine grain salt mixed in with the sugar, which has grains that are a little bit larger than that of sugar and last longer to get your scrub on.  

This set is unisex and made with essential oils, avocado, rice bran, mango butter and sunflower oils emulsified with my sugar and salt blend.  These scrubs are fantastic for both face and body.

What you get in this set.

1) Sunny Citrus Blend Sweet & Salty Emulsified Scrub, which is a blend of lime, lemon, orange and litsea essential oils. One 2.5 oz jar

2) Invigorating Eucalyptus Blend Sweet & Salty Emulsified Scrub.  This blend is a combination of eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils.  One 2.5 oz jar.

3) Spicy Lime Patchouli Blend Swee & Salty Emulsified Scrub, which is a blend of lime, patchouli, orange, grapefruit, and clove bud.  One 2.5 oz jar.

These all smell so fantastic and are wonderful exfoliating scrubs.

If this sounds like something you would like, get your order in for your chance to win.

Good luck everyone!

 

 


4th of July Carved Soap June 18, 2016 09:47 1 Comment

I am getting ready for the 4th of July, it's one of my favorite holidays.  I wanted to do something special for customers who love this holiday as well. I'm feeling patriotic and  I love to be creative and learn new techniques as well so I started searching. I came across a chip wood carving tutorial on Youtube.  Wow!  Now that is really neat looking. I was so surprised at what they can do with a piece of bass wood, totally turning it into a work of art all with mainly one knife and it really looked like fun.   I just might pick it up as a new hobby. 

I decided to apply the same technique of wood chip carving, but do it to the soaps.  I got out my old trusty 4 lb silicone mold, my soap recipe and my colors.  I chose klien blue mica and firecraker red mica, both are from Nurture Soap.  I also used titanium dioxide (white).  Now all my colors are ready and waiting for me to make the soap.

   

Once I had the soap to trace I divided it into three bowls and added the colors, mixed then in a larger bowl I began pouring.  First red, then white, then the blue, just small amounts on top of each other over and over until there was no more soap.  I poured it into the flat mold trying to keep the stripes all the same way.  I used a fondant textures to make the bumpy lines on the bottom (which is the top that you see in the picture.

 

I let the soap set in the mold for two whole days.  I wanted to be sure that it was hard enough and I would be able to remove it from the mold easily.  Once out of the mold I cut it into to bars and let it sit for a few more days before I started carving. 

 

 I needed to find some wood chip patterns and some tools to do the job.  I have a craft knife set that I knew I would use, but I also borrow clay tools from my mom.  I found some free patterns online.  Below is an example of one of them.

 

 Once I decided on which design I was going to do, I used a piece of wax paper and traced over the top with a fine tip permanent marker.  I cut the wax paper to fit my soap so that I wouldn't be fighting with it when I trace it on.

   

To make an imprint on my soap, I traced over the top of the template that I made with a ball point pen.  Take note not to push to hard as you can ruin your template and poke holes in the soap.  I went over the template a couple of times to make sure I could see the pattern well enough.

 

Pattern transferred, on to carving.  Pictured below was the first soap.  I took pictures in stages so that you could see the progress.  The tool I used the most was a craft knife from the set I own and a clay tool that has a sharp needle point on one end.  I like how this one looks like a flag background. 

  

I made a total of eleven carved soaps, one was my practice bar and will end up being a sample for a customer.  Here are the rest of them a long with the pattern that I traced and used.  I made my own templates for the borders.

        

I guess I must have gotten to wrapped up in carving because I forgot to take pictures of two of them with their patterns.  Below are pictures of all of them cleaned, beveled and pretty.

  

This was a great project.  I had so much fun carving these patriotic soaps.  Which one is your favorite?  I'm still deciding.  I will definitely do soap carving in the future.  The creativity is endless with it, holidays and special events would be great inspiration for carving a beautiful soap.  I do plan to learn on wood and really perfect my skills of wood chip carving as well.   I hope  everyone feels inspired and crafty now.  Go out and create something awesome.  :)

 

Until next time,

 

My best!

 

Lisa

 


Monthly giveaways are back at Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations! May 31, 2016 08:09 2 Comments

Monthly giveaway is back!  

Each month one lucky customer will be picked to win free products.  To be entered into Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations monthly giveaway you will have to have made a purchase during that month.  Your order number will automatically be entered into the monthly drawing for the giveaway.  If you order more than once during the month you will be entered for each order.

June 2016 giveaway will be a Father's Day gift pack that will include (1) wet shave soap in Tobacco & Bay Fragrance, (1) Tobacco & Bay aftershave, (1) Tobacco & Bar handcrafted artisan soap.  

   


Tear Drop Swirl Soap Challenge - Sea Island Grapefruit May 13, 2016 17:12 7 Comments

This month's soap challenge was quite a challenge.  Once the tutorial was sent out, I started thinking about colors and trying to figure out what I could do to make my soap stand out and be unique from the others entered.  This month there was an all-time high for participants entering the challenge, so thinking outside the "box" was a must.

My inspiration for my color scheme was a hibiscus that I had saw, beautiful pink petals with white, yellow and red stamen.  All my colors that I used are from Nurture Soap.  I chose really red mica and mixed a bit of orange vibrance mica in with it, yellow vibrance mica, Hollywood pink mica and titanium dioxide.  The fragrance that I chose (sea island grapefruit) was new and untested in soap, but from what I had read, it was very nice to work with.  

Once I had my mold lined it was time to dive right in.  My first batch turned out alright but I thought I try it again.

 This is batch #1.  Yes, okay but the drop seemed a bit high and the drop swirl that I integrated into it wasn't doing it for me.

The second batch I used more of the orange in the red and orange mix of mica and changed up places with the pink.  I swirled the drop swirls a bit with my mini whisk and this is what I ended up with.

This is the whole batch all cleaned up and stamped.  The stamp makes it a bit hard to see the tear drop in the soap, but all in all I like it.  The scent of the fragrance is divine.  I probably wouldn't have cared if it didn't turn out because I love the scent so much (more for me to use :) ).

For the purpose of the challenge to see the soap clearly and critique and vote, this is my entry below.

I did make other batches with different fragrance oils, but they accelerated the trace, so I ended up with some batches of soap that are very cool and unique.  I must say that I had lots of fun with this technique and do look forward to doing it again.  I also can't wait to see what all the other members who entered have come up with.  You are all very inspiring!

 


Location Theme Soap Challenge April 12, 2016 22:00 32 Comments

For this month's soap challenge participants are to create a soap that shows what is special about where you live.  Being born and raised in Utah, I know many special things about this state. A few special places stuck in my mind, Arches, Zions, and Canyonlands National Parks.  All of these places put an imprint in my brain from the first time I visited as a young teen in the early 80's.  I have many old pictures with my family when we went there on vacations there multiple times.  

  

So here are the guidelines for this challenge.  Molds are restricted to slab or log, not vertical or individual cavity molds allowed in the making of your final soap.  The majority of the soap needs to be made with either cold process soap, but can include herbs & botanical as embellishments and m&p for small embeds.  Participants are to include the story behind their soap that they created.  

Since I am creating a soap that will show the beauty of Arches National Park, my plan is to mold my arch from cold process soap and embed it in my final batch.  I have seen wonderful hand molded soap embeds made by Sorcery Soap, so I went online to her blog for information about how to do this. Here is a link to that post.  http://sorcerysoap.com/soap-molding-consistency/

I began by making a small one pound batch of soap, splitting it into six different colors.

 

 

 I used French yellow clay, Rhassoul clay, rose kaolin clay, Moroccan red clay, sea clay and umber brown mica.  I also added walnut shell powder for texture.

 

 

 Once everything was mixed I poured them into a mold, the next morning I removed them and placed them in plastic bags until I was ready to start molding and making my arch by hand.

 

Here are a few pictures of the inspiration for my soap.

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 My plan was to make nine arches.  The first three were a blast to make, but by arch number five, it became more tedious and less fun.  I ended up making only six arches.

   

As you can see each and every single arch is different, but that's what you get when you are crafting by hand.  I let the embeds dry overnight.  Time to make "the batch".  Here is a picture of my slab mold all prepared.  I only used four of the dividers because of the size of my handmade arches.  Yes, they seemed to get bigger and bigger with each one I made.  I made additional dividers to go inside each section out of some flexible plastic craft sheeting.  These little dividers were used to separate the sky and ground in my soap picture.

 

The colors I chose were baby blue mica and titanium dioxide (pot swirl) for the sky and brown oxide and red iron oxide (pot swirl) for the ground.  Once I had that poured I placed my embeds in, then mica painted each one for additional detail with sunset orange mica, red vibrance mica, umber brown mica and ivory lace mica mixed with olive oil.

  

I could have seriously painted for hours.  Sometimes it's hard to know when to stop.  The next pictures are of them wet in the mold.

 

The next day I trimmed and beveled the edges and took a million picture.  Not really, but you know a lot of pictures.  Picking the best arch soap for my entry was hard.  Each one seems to have its own personality and uniqueness that I could look at for what seemed like hours.  Decisions.  Decisions.  This is what I decided with the help of my husband. Thank goodness for him or I'd still be deciding.

 

If you ever get a chance to visit Utah, I highly recommend visiting any of the national parks in southern part of the state, but particularly Arches.  It is mesmerizing. 

 


Rimmed Soap Challenge March 2016 March 16, 2016 07:19 20 Comments

This month's soap challenge is a very advanced technique.  I will be using a cylinder mold this time.  To make a rimmed soap will be a two-day or two step process. My plan is to first create a rim to go inside of the cylinder with cold process soap that has a pretty design, then make a larger batch to fill the inside of that rim.  First, I have to calculate the volume needed for the rim and subtract it from my full batch recipe so that I don't end up with a ton of extra soap batter.  Next, I am lining the mold that I will be using to make the rim and also think about what colors I want to use for it.

 

For my color choice, I am going to try and keep it simple.  The colors I have chosen are mica from Nurture Soap and some titanium dioxide.  I picked the black pearl, Hollywood pink, Sahara gold and turquoise, mica to go with the white.  

 

My 18-pound slab mold was all lined and ready to go, now to do an in the pot swirl. I hand stirred to trace instead of using the stick blender which seemed to take an eternity, mixed my colors, then the pour.  I covered and insulated my mold and put it to bed in my pre-heated 170-degree oven then turned it off and left it there overnight.  The next morning, I found my soap was super soft and had not gelled.  I must have achieved a false trace with this batch.  

On to batch number two.  I used the stick blender this time with the same colors, ITP swirl, and same mold.  I insulated and in the oven it went, this time, I left the oven on for about ten minutes, then turned it off. The next day, out of the mold and cut it to measure and roll.  This batch cracked.  

 

Batch number three, I did the same but left the oven on for a whole hour.  My results were better.  The soap had gelled completely, I had high hopes for this batch.  Again it cracked.

 

I was getting a bit frustrated.  Wracking my brain on what was going wrong.  By now I was starting to get sick of  lining my huge mold, so I lined a jelly roll pan instead, made my soap,  did a totally different design and in the oven it went for one hour.  The next day, you guessed it.  CRACK!  I couldn't even roll it.

Okay, so abandoned my plan for that way of doing this technique. I found a small plastic storage box, lined it and made my soap, in the oven it went again.  The next day I got my log cutter out and used that to make slices.  The slices were a bit too thick.  I only ended up with three and they ended up cracking when I tried to roll them.  

  

I re-sized my soap recipe, found a better pan and lined it, then made another batch of soap.  In the oven it went for an hour, then I turned it off and only left it in the oven for ten hours this time.  With the re-sized recipe my slab was thicker and it was still warm from the oven.  I adjusted the height on my log cutter so that my slices were a tiny bit thinner.  Once they were cut I was able to roll and .....no cracks this time.  Whoot!!  Holy crap, success.  

 

I had enough to line three cylinder molds halfway up the mold.

 

 Now to make soap for the inside of the rims.  I used the same soap recipe that was used for the rims.  I added ground hibiscus for the color to my lye water and tussah silk.  In my batter, I added blueberry seeds and some of the leftover pieces of rim that I had chopped up from the same batch that I lined the cylinder molds with.  

  

I scented this with sass and class from Natures Garden, which is a dupe of "Chanel No. 5".  The batter was pretty thick when I poured, more of a plop into the molds.  I sure hope I pounded my molds enough so there are no air bubbles.  I wrapped them in towels and put them to bed.

 The next day I was so excited to unmold these soaps, but I had to put them into the freezer for a few hours so that the soap was hard enough to push out of the cylinders.  Once that was done I cut them into bars.  

  

This month's soap challenge was fun and I definitely learned a lot.  I have lots of soap scraps to use in other batches of soap that I am really excited about. Here's one that I made with batch three.

 

 I cut the soap and lined  the sides of my silicone long mold.  Used the small amount of soap batter that was left over from the rimmed soap inside for the first layer, then made another small batch of soap to fill the rest of the mold.  Here's what they look like.

Would I make rimmed soaps again?  Now that I have a system down that works I would say that I probably will.  I look forward to getting more creative the next time I make rimmed soap.  This is my submission for the rimmed soap challenge.


Snow on Mauna Kea, My Second Great Cakes Soap Challenge February 19, 2016 11:52 11 Comments

At the beginning of this month, I was a bit nervous for February's soap challenge.  As I read the email with the guidelines and watched the demonstration videos I knew that I would spend a good amount of time figuring out what I was going to do.  The theme was winter wonderland and the guidelines were to create a soap that had an element of snow, that it must be made primarily of cold process soap and but if you wanted you could add small embellishments not made of soap if you wanted.  There were two different categories to  choose from to enter in, all natural category or synthetic category.  I knew for sure that I would enter the all natural category.  I started looking for molds to give me inspiration.  I went on Ebay browsing and found two silicone molds of snowflakes that I thought would be perfect.  When the finally arrived at my home I was shocked to see the size difference from what I thought I had purchased.

   The orange snowflake mold I thought would be much smaller.  Geez, this was so much bigger and the pink mold I thought would at least twice the size of this tiny little thing.  Ugh, now what was I going to do?  I tested the tiny pink mold with melt and pour and was not impressed.  I became ever more frustrated, so I spent a few more days trying to figure this puzzle out.  I knew that if I used the tiny pink mold the soap would have to be really high in solid fats to get the soap hard enough for me to be able to unmold the snowflakes and hold their shape.  My mind kept rolling all of this around.  The only soaps that I knew that would get really hard really fast are sea salt soaps.  I was willing to give it a shot, and if it worked I would have to make multiple mini batches of sea salt soap with this horrible tiny mold.  I resized my original sea salt soap recipe and went to work.  I wanted to use different colors of salt beside plain white sea salt so on the hunt again and found pink Himalayan sea salt and Hawaiian black lava sea salt to go with the white.  First, I made a mini batch, split it in half and used the plain sea salt in one and the pink sea salt in the other using the "huge" orange snowflake mold.

  

Here they are, cute but as you can see I didn't stop there.  Boy, I'm telling you my brain can get me into some kinds of messes!  Yes, I did go there.  I started carving those snowflakes out, at first with just a knife.  

Once they became too hard I had to trade in my knife for a Dremel tool.  Holy cow!  What have I gotten myself into?

  

There were sea salt soap powder and chunks everywhere.  I did have a couple of them break so now I was short a few.  This was a couple of days worth of work and my little Dremel tool kept overheating.  It's funny, the vision in my head looked nothing like this.  With those snowflakes finished it was now time to start with that OTHER mold.

 

I made three batches of these torturous tiny things.  One batch with the plain white sea salt and two more with the pink Himalayan salt.  That was about all I could stand.  They drove me crazy and as you can see they still broke and I had to trim them with a knife as well.  Now you see what I mean about getting myself into messes.

If anyone is reading this I'm sure you are confused about what my actual plan is for this winter wonderland soap, so close your eyes and imagine that you are on vacation in Hawaii and your tour guide takes you to go skiing on Mauna Kea.  You see snow, you see lava rock and because you have a great imagination you see those wonderful snowflakes that have all the detail in them.  That was my vision and here's what happened.

Yes, I am sticking with the sea salt soap recipe still for the base of my soap and the essential oils that I used were ylang-ylang and sweet orange.  Once my soap batter was at thin trace I added the essential oils then split the batch in half.  The first half got the Hawaiian black lava sea salt and some activated charcoal.  The second half was the plain white sea salt and white kaolin clay.  Holy moly,  this accelerated so fast, so once everything was mixed in I started plopping the soap in my silicone mold as fast as I could.  After that, I started putting in the large snowflakes as fast as I could and then the little tiny ones.  Arghh!  My soap looks like ****.  I apologize that there are no pictures of my accelerated soap disaster but I would have had to sprout another head and four more arms.

 

 I was able to cut them 15 minutes later and get them out of the mold.  Totally crazy!

I am not too happy this how this turned out, but it smells really good.  Here are the two best out of the whole batch.  Friday I will take a few photos that will hopefully show more detail and yes I am going to be a sport and still enter my soap disaster.

 Here is the picture of my entry that I will upload for the soap challenge.  Did I have fun?  Well, yes and no.  Making soap is always fun to me, but I was hoping for better results. February's soap challenge was definitely a challenge. 

 

 


My journey through Great Cakes Soap Challenge January 18, 2016 08:50 1 Comment

I have been following great cakes soap challenge for a couple of years now.  In the past, I have used it for a resource and inspiration.  I looked forward to seeing each months new soap challenge and all of the beautiful soaps that were made.  This past December I decided to take the plunge and sign up for January's challenge.  This is my very first soap challenge/competition even though I have been soaping or making soap for over seven years.  January 4 was an exciting day,  I was so excited when I entered the soap challenge.  The very next day I began making batches of the circling Taiwan swirl with three dividers and three colors.  It took me a bit to figure out which one of my recipes would be the best to use for this technique.  There was also the issue of fragrance oils causing acceleration of the soap batter.  Needless to say, I did have a few failed batches that didn't quite turn out as pretty as expected or I had to abandon the plan altogether because of the fragrance accelerating my soap batter into super thick pudding.  Oh, the woe's of the soap maker.  Seriously I have had a blast making all eight batches of soap.  Yes, you read it right I did say eight.  The soap challenge has been a great experience for me so far in creativity and color scheming, thinking about how the end soap would look once it was cut with those certain colors I had chosen or was thinking about choosing.

Here are what the judges are looking for in the circling Taiwan swirl.  The batch of soap is to be cut differently than you would normally cut a batch of soap.  Instead of making regular slices, the log of soap is to be cut double thick (the size that would normally be 2 bars of soap), then it is turned on its side and sliced in half again.  This cut reveals on the end inside pieces a lotus flower when matched side by side.  You will understand as you read and look at the photos below.

So here is the very first batch that I made for the soap challenge. 

Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations Soaps    I made this with my rice bran soap recipe and scented it with lemongrass sage fragrance oil from Elements Bath & Body.  Colors used were all mica from Nurture Soap.  My oils were at 93 degrees and my lye was at 103 degrees with this batch.  This accelerated and set up quicker than I had anticipated.  I used a chopstick to do the swirl and thought from the look on the top that the inside would come out better than it did.  Once I unmolded and cut it into bars I knew that this one was not going to be submitted into the challenge so I beveled the edges and stamped them as you can see. Soap smell fresh and clean.

Batch No. 2

    Sometimes your color scheme doesn't turn out like you planned either.  This batch was scented with a blend of Georgia peach fo and mango sorbet from Elements Bath & Body and Wholesale Supplies Plus, which was a little bit better than the first batch.  Colors are all mica from Nurture Soap.  I used a chopstick again to do the swirl. This soap smells really good to me but, it is just horribly ugly.  I can say that because I made it.  Not submittable again.  I used my same rice bran soap recipe.

Batch No 3

    Awww, now I was getting somewhere with this technique, or an improvement anyway.  I made this batch with my olive cocoa butter soap recipe.  It is scented with Irish green tweed fragrance oil from Elements Bath & body.  Once again all color are mica from Nurture.  Yes, I love their mica!  I used a chopstick for the swirl on this batch also.  Not sure I'm liking the effect that I get, though. This batch performed better but was extremely soft when I took it out of the mold.  I had to let it set for another day before I could cut it.  Okay, so I'm thinking I will make another batch still because I know I can do better.

On to batch No 4

Oh my GOSH!  I wish I had pictures of this fail!  I used my olive cocoa butter recipe for this one as well and used the scent Narcissist from Natures Garden.  I read the info online about this fo stating that it didn't accelerate in their soap recipe that they tested it with.  I soaped at around 95 degrees with this and as soon as I added this fragrance, instant super thick pudding.  So I hurried and glooped it into my mold with the other two colors, ran a hanger swirl through it then sprinkled some intergalactic glitter on top and put it to bed.

  Not the best picture, but some things you try to forget.

Moving on to batch No 5

Okay, by now I'm starting to get frustrated.  If you know me, when something is giving me a hard time I obsess about it more than a little bit.  Well, I did obsess about it so much that I made a new recipe.  Talk about stressing yourself out.  Now I have a new recipe that has never been tested so I don't know how it's going to act, but it looks like it's going to stay thin enough to let me do what I need to with this technique.

      I was right, it did behave much better.  I had plenty of time to get it done.  This one I scented with Lime Cilantro fro Elements Bath & Body, colors are mica all from Nurture Soap.  This time, I used the end of my soaping spoon that I've had since I started making soap.  I got this gadget from Majestic Mountain Sage.  I like the results better than all the previous batches that I made so far for the challenge although I do have a bit of soda ash on the top as you can see from the picture in the bottom right.

Batch No 6

      Now we're talking.  On this batch, I used the new recipe I created again and scented it with Vetiver fragrance oil from Wholesale Supplies Plus.  Colors are mica from Nurture Soap again, turquoise and firecracker red.  I used the spoon handle again to make my swirl.  This batch was soaped at 88 degrees.  I think they do look pretty, but still having issues with soda ash on top of this recipe and am wanting more petals on my lotus flower so I will make another batch.

Batch No 7

Good ole' #7 don't fail me now.  I decided to go back to my olive cocoa butter soap recipe and instead of soaping at a higher temp like I had previously done with a few of the other batches I just soaped at my regular mid 80 degrees.  I realized that I was overthinking and putting way to much pressure on myself with this challenge and I should just do it how I normally do things.

     I was so right!  I really like this one!  This batch I scented with lavender essential oil and used iris purple, purple vibrance, and super sparkle mica all from Nurture Soap. I used the end of my spoon handle again for the swirl.  I am super excited with the results of this batch!   I am still wanting more petals, so I made another batch.

Batch No 8

I went on to the challenge club site and read some of the questions and answers that had come in from other soap makers.  One question caught my interest in particular.  The question asked if you could use four colors instead of just three.  The answer was Yes!  I went right to work on hopefully my last batch for this competition.  I used my emu hemp soap recipe for this batch and soaped at around 85 degrees.

 I am sure you can see the bright orange color in the mold.  That is not the color that I wanted.  Morphed color! Not again. Ugh!  I used yellow chiffon mica (that orange color), laurel green mica, sea green mica and kumbo green mica all from Nurture Soap.  I scented this batch with apple slice fragrance from New Directions Aromatics.  The swirl, this time, I used the chopstick again for the zig-zags and the spoon handle to do the circling.  The next day to my surprise the orange had morphed back to the yellow it was supposed to be.  Thank goodness!

   It seems that the color morphing has also affected the laurel green too, not just the yellow chiffon mica.  Right now I think ist is the fragrance oil that did this.  Very weird.

Now I get to choose which of these soaps to submit.  Honestly, I really would like to submit two of them but I don't think I can,  so it's off to social media to help me make a decision.  These are the pictures I put up on my Facebook page for everyone's opinion.

    It was very close between the green (top left) and the white (bottom left), but white was the soap of choice.  Thanks to all who commented and helped me decide.

I am still torn a bit, I like them all, but I have decided that my submission for the great cakes soap challenge will be the white.

 Inside cut view.

 Top view.

 Right after the pour.

I will let everyone know how I did.  I will be able to submit on January 20th and judging will be on January 24th.  The winners will be announced on January 27th. 

Wish me luck!

 

 


Ingredient spotlight: Lanolin & New Products December 29, 2015 16:52

Lanolin, also known as wool wax comes from wool-bearing animals like sheep.  This wax acts to waterproof and protect the wool and skin from the extremes of climate and environment.  The use of lanolin dates back to early Egyptian times, where it was valued for it's waterproofing and emollient properties. Wool wax is extracted from sheep wool in the spring when they are sheared, then it is washed out of the wool and refined into different grades of lanolin.

long hair sheep

Through modern technology advances, lanolin is now available in an ultra-refined clean form that is widely used throughout the medical and cosmetic industries.  Lanolin is 100% natural and it's emollient properties soften, soothe and heal the skin while forming a protective layer to prevent moisture loss. It is a natural humectant, which means it absorbs additional moisture from the air surrounding it.  This protective layer will not clog pores and is breathable.  Lanolin is also a wonderful moisturizer for dry, curly to very curly hair and makes a good treatment for dry scalp. 

 I have used lanolin in a couple of my products and have wanted to use this wonderful ingredient in more of my recipes.  I have made a new cream and a balm that will be out very soon. The lanolin balm is a more intense product that I designed for my husband's hard working hands to treat cracks and extremely dry skin because he works outside year round and winter conditions are brutal on his hands. 

The cream formulated for hands and feet is a good choice to people who have less extreme conditions to deal with but still need the extra protection.

 I will be implementing lanolin into my hair care products and bring in some new items for all to benefit.

  

 This is my new hand and foot cream with lanolin.  It is super thick but has a light fine texture that absorbs easily into the skin leaving a smooth and silky moisturizing barrier that will help keep your skin protected and does not feel greasy once it has penetrated the skin. To the men out there, this is a huge plus. Greasy creams and lotions are probably one of the biggest reasons men don't use them. 

It is available in three fragrances, scented with natural essential oils and in two sizes, 8 oz, and 2.25 oz jars.

1. Patchouli Rose Geranium   2. Sandalwood Lime Orange  3. Lavender Cedarwood

Each batch of cream is made with highly moisturizing natural butters and oils that are high in essential fatty acids, vitamins, plant and botanical extracts and antioxidants.  

I hope everyone is as excited as I am about lanolin, it's benefits and properties.  What a truly amazing ingredients.  I can't wait to to create more new recipes with lanolin for skin and hair.

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Get Ready! Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales @ Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations November 15, 2015 10:00

Here's the scoop at Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations for Black Friday & Cyber Monday.  Everything on the website will be on sale.  I am offering 5 to 25% off all my products.  I am also offering Free Shipping for U.S. customers and a 25% off coupon code for international customers. Free shipping will only be available on these two days, Friday November 27th, 2015 and on Monday November 30th, 2015 with purchase of $35 or more.  

Coupon Codes:

BLACKFRIDAY (for Friday U.S. only)

CYBERSAVINGS  (for Monday U.S. only with purchase of $35 or more)

INTERNATIONAL  (for international customers only)

 

I have been extremely busy getting ready for the Holidays.  Right now it's crunch time on all soap making if they are to be ready before Christmas.  Here is a list of restocks, new soaps and other products that will be available in time.

 Nag Champa    Red Rooibos Tea & Pink Clay

 Vanilla 3 pack   Applejack Peel

 Herbal Vinegar Rinse   Hippie Punch                  

  Frankincense & Myrrh   Cocoa Banana

Turkish Mocha and Orange Cranberry soaps will also be available. no photos taken yet.

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Up Coming 2 Day Sale & New Items in Stock September 17, 2015 10:01

Hi All,

Keeping everyone who likes to save money informed of my next two day sale that starts Sunday September 20th.  For this sale I have picked to have all shampoo bars on sale, they will all be 15% off.

Also, don't forget about these new soaps that will be available September 20, 2015

Lexie Raye

Dragon's Blood

I will be working hard the next few days to get lotions in these fragrances made to go with these soaps.  Just an FYI, did you know all my lotions and body butters are made from scratch and are made with the highest quality skin loving oils and other ingredients?  My lotions and body butter are 98 to 99% natural.   Why you may ask are they not 100% natural?

One: they have to have a preservative for shelf life, otherwise they would grow mold and other nasty bacteria within a week or two. The preservative I use is formaldehyde and paraben free.

Two: if it is made with a fragrance oil (natural & synthetic) vs an essential oil (natural).

Here's a question for everyone out there who reads my blog.  How many would like to see a video showing how to make lotion from scratch?  Comment on this post, email me or post on my Facebook page.

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For those who are not into social media, here are the the latest soaps that have been made and their restock dates.

Lemongrass Patchouli - October 1, 2015

Lavender & Litsea - October 5, 2015

Knock Out - October 9, 2015

Cedar & Saffron - October 9, 2015

Cranberry Fig - October 13, 2015

I would like to tell all my customers just how much I do appreciate each and every single one of you.  My business wouldn't be without you.  THANKS SO VERY MUCH!

If you have and suggestions, questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

My Best,

Lisa

Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations

 

 


New sales start Sunday Sept 13th, 2015 Save 15% on Herbal Clay Masks! September 09, 2015 18:07

Starting September I will have a two day sale each week of every month. These sales will start Sunday morning and will end Monday at midnight (MST). This will give you a chance to save 15% on a certain item or item(s) that I choose to be on sale at that time.

This weeks sale save 15% off all herbal masks. I have 4 different masks to choose from to suit your skin's particular needs.

 Ubtan Cleanser/Mask is 100 percent natural. This ayruvedic mask was the first mask I started making.  As with the other masks I offer, it will clarify, stimulate, exfoliate, firm and tone the skin making it glow.  This mask is suitable for all types of skin and comes in a wonderful handmade decorative envelope made by yours truly.

 Rose Herbal Clay Mask is probably the most popular mask that I make.  It is also 100 percent natural ingredients and geared toward sensitive skin, but is suitable for all types of skin as well.

 If you have combination/oily skin with some acne issues and need more detoxifying, then Green Herbal Clay Mask is what you need.  This mask is rich with organic seaweed and french green clay to help detox and balance the skin.

 Last but not least, the "mac-daddy" of herbal clay masks.  Black Herbal Clay Mask is for skin that's out of control.  Acne, break-outs, extremely oily skin, this mask is for you. This is made with bentonite clay and activated charcoal to really help treat your skin issues.

Any of these masks can be left on the skin for as little as 5 minutes especially if you have very sensitive skin, but they can be left on up to 15 minutes or longer if you can handle it.  There's nothing worse that having your clay mask on and it's almost dry, then the husband or kids try and make you laugh.  Yes it hurts, but for some reason you can't stop laughing.  This has happened to me many times as you can probably tell.

So why are masks important and what will you get in the long run.  Masks help to deep clean, detox and exfoliate the skin,  They also promote circulation in the epidermal layers of the skin and help the skin to breathe. You will notice after you rinse off your mask how dewy soft, firm and tone your skin is.  Best practice is to do a facial mask once per week to help remove environment assaults that happen daily and improve circulation in congested skin.  If you use your mask once per week, you will notice improvements in your skins appearance.

Happy Week Everyone!

Lisa

Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations

P.S. I'm already excited tor the next sale!

 


Labor Day sale, coupon codes & new products September 04, 2015 10:09

September 4, 2015

It has been a busy summer and start of the school season.  At my home things have been crazy with business, all that summer canning and getting my stepdaughter (Lexie Raye) transitioned back to school and the extras that go along with it.  

Finally Labor Day is here and I'm sure a much needed long weekend for everyone.  To celebrate Labor Day all Clarity product are on sale!

This is a great time to stock up while supplies last!

    

From top left (clockwise) clarity plus face & body scrub 4.25 oz, clarity plus face & body scrub 9 oz, original clarity face & body soap, new clarity plus sea salt face & body soap.

Besides having all clarity products on sale, you can also

save $5 on your order of $35 or more by using discount coupon code LABORDAY5 

or

save $10 on your order of $75 or more by using discount coupon code BRINGIT

Please note, discount coupon codes are valid for one time use 9/4/2015 thru 9/8/2015 and are not valid combined with any other offer.

     I have been working hard getting ready for fall & winter seasons.  For those who have missed my posts on Facebook, original clarity face & body soap bars are now larger, averaging around 5.5 oz, but don't be surprised if the bar you receive in your order is larger,  around 6 oz or more. 

     I have also added a new product to the clarity line, clarity plus sea salt face & body soap.  This new soap bar is made with 75 percent wonderful natural sea salt that is chalk full of minerals.  Clarity plus sea salt soap will promote circulation in your skin, open your pores and thoroughly cleans your skin while it detoxifies and gently exfoliates.  As an added bonus, it also firms, strengthens and helps to heal skin tissue.  This is my personal favorite.

There are new soap samplers available.

    from top left (clockwise), shampoo bar sampler, full size shaving soap sampler, soap sampler.

As a soap maker, I always have bits and pieces of ends of soap loafs and have had many requests for sampler packs.  They are here and in stock!  This is a great way to try out some soaps or shampoo bars before you buy a full size bar.

I also have confetti soap that I make with all the shavings and scraps when I plane and trim my soaps. These soap bars are a great deal and work wonderfully anywhere you wash your hands throughout the home

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Made to go with my daily moisturizing face cream is the new argan & rose hip gel eye serum.  This serum is for use at night to help fight wrinkles, renew and protect the delicate skin around the eye area.  I have been using it for two months now and really love this serum!  A little bit of this serum goes a long way.  I have been using it other places besides around my eyes.  I use it around my mouth on my laugh lines and on my neck.  

New fragrance added that you will see soap, bath bombs and lotion in.  I custom blended this amazing smelling fragrance and my stepdaughter Lexie Raye had an absolute fit over it.  I decided to name it after her since she loves it so much. So what does it smell like?  I will do my best to describe it.  Imagine crisp, tart cranberries, pomegranates and citrus married with sweet coconut, almond, orchid and Russian olive, all grounded with Madagascar vanilla and sandalwood.  It really does smell amazing!

 Lexie Raye soap made with rice bran, extra virgin olive oil, caster and coconut oils.

Products Restocked available now or soon

Rose Vanilla Goat Milk Soap

Pheromones (for men, this is almost sold out again!)

Beer & Wheat Germ Shampoo Bar

Patchouli Shampoo Bar (available 9/21/15)

Nag Champa Soap

 

New Items available now or soon

Pet Shampoo Bar

Confetti Soap

Argan & Rose Hip Gel Eye Serum

Lexie Raye Soap (9/21/15)

Lexie Raye Bath Bombs (labor day weekend)

Lexie Raye Emu Hemp Lotion (9/21/15)

Dragon's Blood Soap (9/21/15)

Dragons' Blood Bath Bombs (9/21/15)

Dragon's Blood Emu Hemp Lotion (9/21/15)

I sincerely hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend and you all take advantage of the sales and money saving discount codes that I have supplied.

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