our last newsletter we learned how to create an easy but
effective skin exfoliator to remove the built up dead skin cells
from our winter layover. The next step to creating beautiful skin
is to "feed" the newly exposed, but delicate, tissues that have
been brought to the fore. A cream or lotion is a great product
for maintaining well kept skin, but for a post winter overhaul it
is often best to bring out the big guns - the body butter. A
true body butter is a combination of butters and oils that can be used
to infuse the skin with the fats it needs to maintain itself well.
However, this type of product has a greasy feel to it that takes a
while to soak in which can impact our busy lives. The commercial
body butter has become much more popular in recent times as the
thick cream base is absorbed more readily taking much needed water
through the skin and into the layers below as well as the same
oils contained in the traditional body butter.
I have been soaping for quite a while now, and the adventure has made for quite a soap opera.
Thirteen years ago my husband decided he wanted to keep bees on our semi-rural property, which we did successfully for quite some time. The issue arose as to what to do with the beeswax. Make soap of course!! he said. So, I studied, and I learned, and I played, experimented and fell under the spell of the varieties that soap making can offer. I was hooked.
I started having to buy larger and larger quantities of ingredients from a local supplier for whom I started teaching classes. When she said she was selling up and moving to Queensland the opportunity to jump had arrived. With my business partner, Julie, we bought ourselves a business and named it Heirloom Body Care (www.heirloombodycare.com.au). We wanted to be able to help all those out there with the same soap addiction to fulfil their dreams, to create the purple soap with green polka dots, or the stripped one, but most especially the soap that will ban rashes and dry skin forever!