Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pendant's made from Scrabble tiles?!

The title of this post was my initial reaction when I first heard about the top selling jewelry shop, Home Studio. But, after all, it was listed as the top selling shop so I decided to check into it, mainly out of idle curiosity.

Let me tell you, as soon as I saw their adorable pendants I fell in love! And, since they were having a sale at the time, I just couldn't resist that "add to cart" button. :-D

Here are the two that I bought-

They have so many designs to choose from! (I just happened to love these two quotes.) Click here to go check them out! Before you finish ordering, make sure you have a chain in your cart too, if you don't already have a spare in your jewelry box!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Dangers of Sulfates

I want to share my story with you about how I got into making my own soap in the first place.

A few years ago, I noticed an itchy, bubbly patch on my right forefinger. It was annoying, but it went away. Then it came back, a little worse than the last time, but again, just annoying, not overly dramatic. I didn't really think much of it. Busy mom with little children, you know! :)

The cycle repeated, each time getting worse until the rashy stuff had spread to cover my entire finger and part of my hand. My finger was swollen to the point of not being able to bend well as being cracked and bleeding. The pain would wake my up during the night and at times I would lose feeling in parts of my finger.

I went to the doctor and she matter of factly told me it was Eczema and gave me a prescription for some steroid cream. At first the cream worked. Whew. I stopped using the cream (who wants to keep putting steroids on their skin?) and the eczema came back with a vengance. By then I was pregnant. Steroids + Pregnancy = umm NO!!! I tried other creams and lotions. They would work for a while and then it seemed like my body build a resistance to them and the eczema would be back again.

I started researching and stumbled across some articles on the dangers hidden in most of our soaps, lotions, shampoos, and more. These dangers were named "Sodium Laureth Sulfate" and "Sodium Lauryl Sulfate".

Apparently these two chemicals are added to our cleansing supplies to encourage foaming. They are very effective foaming agents. Unfortunately, these are also very dangerous, highly irritating chemicals which dissolve the oils on your skin and cause a drying effect. These chemicals are absorbed into the body from skin application. Eek!

I read a few testimonials from people with similar skin conditions as me who had stopped using products containing these sulfates.

Okay, great idea! Worth a try! Now what? Where was I supposed to find soaps that was sulfate free?

A little more research led me to homemade soap. I bought 3 bars from a lady who made her own soap from scratch. I mean, after all the money I had spent on meds and creams that hadn't worked, why not try this? It obviously wouldn't hurt.

When my order of homemade goat milk soap WITH NO SULFATES arrived in the mail, I used only that. Within days I saw improvement! In a few weeks my eczema was nearly gone...and shortly after that IT WAS COMPLETELY CLEARED UP! (I also applied Neutrogena Hand Cream to help with dryness...the only lotion I've found so far that my body tolerates.) I was so relieved I literally wanted to cry! No more pain! No more itching! No more throbbing! No more cracked and bleeding finger!

Okay, sorry. Got a little caught up in my excitement there! :)

I have tried sulfate soaps on occasion since then. Literally, after one use, my eczema comes back within a day or two.

This is why I make my own soap. But, I will confess, I don't make mine from scratch. The whole "lye" thing with little ones clinging to my legs...umm, yeah. I don't think so.

So I make what is called "Melt and Pour" soap. Basically, the hard and dangerous part...i.e. done. All I have to do is melt the premade base and have FUN coloring and designing my soaps!

So, that is my story! That is why I love handmade, homemade, sulfate free soap! It's so worth the extra cost! Sure, I could buy a bar for a buck at Walmart...but the pain that follows is so not worth it!

So, if you have a skin condition, why not try cutting out sulfates? If it helps, great! If not, it's still better for you!


I was featured... Abundance Farms! Check out the review this kind lady left after purchasing some of my soap! :')


Friday, April 5, 2013

Mother's Day Sale!

I'm having a Mother's Day sale over at my Etsy shop, Bubbles & Beads. Use coupon code MOMDAY20 at checkout to receive a 20% discount on orders $10 or more!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Camouflage Soap

Per the request of my nine year old son, I tried my hand at some camo soap. Turned out pretty cute I think! *happy dance*

 I have a bar of it listed in my Etsy shop here-Camouflage Soap by Bubbles N Beads