Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Gardening - indoors and out

Thankfully it's spring! At least that's what the calendar states.
Hanging succulents in glass globes
 We've actually just had more snow. Can't say I'm happy about the delay, but I still get to play in the garden, only it's mainly with succulents, inside on my potting table.
Every year I start seeds too early. A little impatient to be out and about in the garden. I recycle newspaper by making my own seed starting containers. They can be planted right in the dirt and compost back into the ground. No need to take more to landfill than necessary!
Starting seeds in newspaper pots
 These are coco fiber containers. I ran out of popsicle sticks, so these worked in a pinch. ;)
I ran out of labels, so these clothes pins worked really well!
Hope everyone is having a good spring so far. April starts tomorrow. Hopefully the milder weather is not far behind.
Have a great day! ~ K

Monday, 16 March 2015

Creating handmade soaps - Ethical skincare and aromatherapy, too!

Soaps cooling in the mold

I made 3 different soap scents these past few days. Am pleased to state that they turned out rather well! 

Sweet Citrus Soap 
Yes, that's a real slice of orange in there. I've dehydrated many oranges, limes and lemons for different purposes. Thought I should try this out and see if it worked! I can't help thinking that it looks rather pretty encased in the soap. And, the best part is that it smells really good, too!
Oat Mint Gardener's Soap

Ginger Coffee Gardener's Soap
Now that I've become comfortable making my own soaps, (after a big learning curve!), I've started experimenting with each new batch.

It is just so much fun to add different ingredients, scents, herbs and essential oils in order to come up with original and organic skincare for my customers... Aromatherapy at it's finest!
The whole process of soap making is a real joy. From mixing the ingredients, to packaging and stocking my store. I love every minute of it! Especially trying them out. Being one's own tester is a large part of the fun!

Have to add, a couple of my customers swear by my soap as a shampoo for their hair... That is lovely to hear!

A word about my shop and its products:

Wall Flower Studio creates small batches of organic skin care products that are are environmentally-friendly and ethically made.

My comprehensive range of innovative organic, natural, and ethical beauty products
are packed with natural and certified organic ingredients. Any ingredients I use are sourced responsibly, with respect for the environment and ecology.

All of my products are free of petroleum derivatives, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS),
ammonium lauryl sulfate, parabens, PEG’s, EDTA, phenoxyethanol, lanolin, silk and carmine,
and are suitable for those with sensitive skin.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week.
~ Karen 
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