Perhaps not surprisingly my homemade soap and body care pages are the most popular content on FIMBY (readers like tutorials). This page attempts to pull all those posts together to be a better reference and resource for your own projects.
How to Make Soap:
- Soap Making Supplies & Where To Find Them
- How to Make Simple Soap ~ A Video Tutorial
- 4 Steps to Making Homemade Soap
An entire week of soapmaking at FIMBY.
Skin & Hair Care:
- This Lip Balm's Made For Kissing
- Summer Skin Care & Homemade Deodorant Recipe
- Summary of my Homemade Beauty Products
- Beautiful Hair Care ~ Chemical-free
- Homemade Lip Balm
- Calendula and Basic Directions for a Skin Salve
- The Low-Down on Borax & GSE - you will see these ingredients in my lotion recipes. Here's what they are and why I still use them and why maybe you shouldn't.
- How to Make Lotion ~ A Photo Tutorial
- Rich Moisturizing Lotion
- Basic Moisturizing Skin Cream
Herbs for Skin:
- Making a Sore Muscle Salve
- Herbal Insect Bite Relief
- How to Prepare a Comfrey Poultice
- Pepper & Spice Muscle Rub (not a recipe, inspiration only)
Recipes & Ingredient Listings:
Most of these aren't step by step recipes as such. Rather, inspiration for crafting your own artisan soaps.
- Holiday Spice Soap Recipe
- Peppermint Patty Christmas Soap
- Autumn Spice Cake
- Summer Shoo-Fly
- Lavender Lemonade
- Harvest Moon Soap Recipe
- Orange Clove Pomander Soap
- Green Garden Lotion
(don't make soap without one!)
Other on-line resources:
- Natural Soap Colorants (I love using this as reference)
- The Green Beauty Guide
- Miller's Homemade Soap Pages
When I lived in the States I purchased many of my supplies locally, at a health food store. The following sources are based in the US and are not necessarily recommended by me. I am affiliated with Mountain Rose Herbs, where you can buy essential oils and other soap making supplies.
- Soap Dish
- Bramble Berry
- Wholesale Supplies Plus Soap & Candle Making Materials
- Soaper's Choice from Columbia Foods (I've ordered bulk oils here before)
- Majestic Mountain Sage
- Mountain Rose Herbs
Since moving to Canada I have been investigating Canadian suppliers.
- New Directions Aromatics (in Canada, US, UK & Australia)
- Skincare Naturals
- Voyageur Soap & Candle Company
- Suds & Scents
- Saffire Blue
If you are a supplier and would like advertising on FIMBY please do contact me.