Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bomb Making for Peace- Event @SoapCafe`

The 21st September- PUBLIC HOLIDAY, SoapCafe` celebrates Malta Independce day and International Peace day by making fun , fizzy BATH BOMBS.

LEARN how to make YOUR own BATH FIZZIEZ for a charitable cause, whole spending a creative morning with friends and family.

These bath bombs sessions will take place at the SoapCafe` in Sliema.

This Event will support the BREAST CARE SUPPORT GROUP. More info on their FB page

There will be 3 sessions with approx 6 people per session and those who'd like to attend have to book their seating by calling Charlene on 99883675 or e-mail us on
 Children are also welcome!

-> Session 1 starts at 10am

-> Session 2 starts at 10.45am

-> Session 3 starts at 11.30am


 After all sessions are ready, the bath bombs would have set enough to package them. While waiting, chat away and make some friends over some Tea and biscuists provided ;)

You can choose to donate these bath bombs to the charitable organisation in which case they'll sell them to gather funds for their cause.
There's a Donation of 15 Euro (6 LM) per person when booking your seating. No other fees will be asked from you. We'll have a little piggy bank should you wish to donate more for the cause.
Please note : Children under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult and a seperate fee of 10 Euro will be asked.
All those attending will also recieve 15 Euro vouchers for pampering treaments as a little thank you!...
Shop will also be open to the public till 1.30pm for those who wish to visit. Shop will be CLOSED in the evening.

For updates re this event, check our Facebook event-!/events/378686388866622/

Friday, August 24, 2012

Argan oil - 'Liquid Gold'


Argan oil has a myriad of benefits for beauty.
Argan oil is an antioxidant– known as nature’s answer to botox, it is a Vitamin C and E packed oil perfect for combating free-radicals and works as an anti-aging.
Softens dry skin – Argan oils high concentration of vitamin E and essential fatty acids alleviates skin complications like dry skin or dry patches.
Reduces the appearance of wrinkles–Applying under the eye results in the reduced appearance of crinkly lines under the eye.
Reduces skin imperfections – with regular use Argan oil for skin has been shown to heal acne blemishes and prevent new breakouts.
If you are looking to acquire Argan oil, do your research and order from a trusted source. Since the recommendation of Oprah and others have caused such an interest in Argan Oil there have been many jumping on the Argan Oil bandwagon and pushing questionable products with only a small percentage of 100% pure Moroccan Argan Oil in their product.
Pure organic Argan oil isn’t cheap, so if you see cheap prices… there is a strong chance the product isn’t 100% pure organic – but mixed with a bunch of chemical additives.
In either event, ordering from a company that has experience and guaranteed products is a sure fire method of obtaining your little piece of ‘Liquid Gold’.

As well as its cosmetic benefits, Argan Oil plays a major role as part of a healthy diet. Argan oil has two times more Vitamin E in than Olive oil; therefore Argan oil can be included in dishes in the same way olive oil is used. Chefs worldwide have shifted to Argan oil from other oils due to an increase in demand from healthy diet menus.
Argan oil is commonly used as a massage oil to help relieve the symptoms of arthritis. It has also been reported that Argan oil has shown a positive impact on chicken pox and acne because of its powerful anti-inflammatory abilities. Because of those abilities, it is also a product that can minimize the pain and scarring of burns or other abrasions.

Argan oil is extremely rare and is found in a small region of Morocco. While Argan oil is a new phenomenon to those in the United States and Europe, native Moroccans have used Argan oil for hundreds of years. Moroccans call Argan oil “Liquid Gold” and believe that it can help with many skin conditions.These purported restorative and anti-aging benefits have led to a high demand for this difficult-to-produce oil.

Still Skeptic? ...
Now that all of the issues in regards to Argan oil claims as the secret to beauty and for general health have been explored its time to decide if the Argan oil benefits outweigh any skepticism you may have about it. Various studies have been conducted since Argan oils worldwide debut and it’s clear that Argan oil is one of nature’s natural health wonders.

Monday, June 18, 2012

How to ease the pain of a stinging Jelly Fish -The natural way

Jellyfish stings come from the long tentacles that trail the bell-shaped jellyfish. These tentacles have alkali-based venom.

Symptoms of a jellyfish sting can vary depending upon the type of jellyfish.

Treating the sting on the spot can be done naturally...

· Removing the tentacles with a stick or other object to avoid being stung also, the assistant should be careful not to scrape them off causing more stings.

· Without scrubbing, which would release more venom, rinse the stings with seawater or vinegar. In the absence of vinegar, human urine (preferably male urine which is more sterile) can do the same thing. If a woman's urine is used, bacteria from a urinary tract infection could infect the stings.

· Do not use freshwater, sun lotion or alcohol, which can stimulate the pain. The most important task is to keep the affected area immobile and to remove the tentacles to prevent more venom going into the victim.

· If you have taken all these steps but more tentacles remain, you can coat the area with flour, baking powder, shaving cream, or mud and use the dull edge of a knife (or even a plastic bank card) to shave off the rest. The coating should protect against more venom draining into the victim's body.

· Use a few drops of undiluted PURE lavender essential oil*on the sting. This will help neutralize the stinging effect.

* Be cautious when using essential oils undiluted. Lavender and tea tree oil can be used undiluted as FIRST AID ONLY. Other essential oil cannot be used undiluted. Always seek professional advice when doing so.

As a preventive measure for avoiding Jellyfish Stings, it is better to avoid swimming in oceans 8 to 10 days after a full moon as jellyfish reproductive gatherings take place during this time thereby increasing the likelihood of getting Jellyfish Stings.

The most important thing to do after a jellyfish sting is watch for severe allergic reactions, also known as anaphylaxis. If you see red lines coming from the wound and heading for the heart, you should head for the nearest emergency room. Other symptoms that need seeking medical advice include:

• Nausea

• Difficulty in breathing

• Difficulty swallowing

• Fever

• Heart palpitations

Apart from adopting the above mentioned Jellyfish Stings home remedies, a general healthy diet consisting of judicious amounts of nutritious fruits, vegetables and whole grains rich in essential vitamins and minerals is highly beneficial in facilitating the process of healing Jellyfish Stings.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Coffee ; Pure Goodness or Plain Evil?

Many of us feel like we cannot function without our first cup of coffee in the morning. Why do we feel that way? Does the caffeine in the coffee have a physiological effect on our body? If so, is it harmful or is it beneficial? As with so many things, there are benefits and there are risks.

Caffeine, the main ingredient found in coffee is a stimulant. It causes your heart rate to increase, your pupils to dilate, and your muscles to tighten up. Caffeine injects adrenalin into your system to give you a boost and make you feel good.


Believe it or not, certain amounts of caffeine can have beneficial effects. Historically, small amounts of caffeine have been used to help control weight, alleviate pain, open up airways for improved breathing, and overcome chronic fatigue.

Small amounts of caffeine are found to provide the following benefits:

*Can benefit people who are at high-risk for liver disease.

*Increases muscle strength.

*Increases metabolism by breaking down fat, freeing fatty acids and forcing them to be burned. (Caffeine is the most active ingredient in many diet pills.)

*Increases pain relief medication effects.

*Increases mental faculty.

*Reduces asthma symptoms.


Two cups of coffee a day is considered an acceptable amount. Caffeine does not become a problem until you start consuming an excessive amount of it. As your body gets used to caffeine, it becomes addicted to it. The symptoms for drinking too much caffeine and the symptoms for caffeine withdrawal are very similar.

EXCESS CAFFEINE - Too much caffeine can cause an array of problems including:





*Headaches (sometimes severe)

*High blood pressure


*Rapid heartbeat


CAFFEINE WITHDRAWAL - Symptoms can begin as soon as 12 hours after your last cup, depending on the amount of caffeine your body is used to. Symptoms can last for up to a week and include:




*Headaches (sometimes severe)

*Muscle stiffness

*Chills and/or hot spells

If you are attempting to reduce your caffeine intake, do so gradually. Cutting back slowly will help you avoid some of the withdrawal symptoms. If you simply must have a cup of something in the morning, try decaf or an herbal tea.

Most people who drink coffee regularly, do so to combat fatigue. Regular coffee consumption increases tolerance to caffeine, resulting in a greater dependence on it. There are other options to deal with fatigue that do not rely on caffeine; 

*EAT BREAKFAST. Having a healthy breakfast (Include protein, not donuts!) every morning revs up your metabolism, improves your concentration, and makes it much easier to get through the morning.

*EAT A SNACK. If you find yourself getting sluggish by the middle of the morning, eat a healthy snack like fruit, whole grain crackers or yogurt. Complex carbohydrates supply your body with the energy it needs to be effective.

*MOVE THROUGHOUT THE DAY. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk during your break or at lunch, and get up and stretch as often as possible during your day. Regular physical movement makes your heart pump harder and helps your body fight fatigue.   

*AVOID TOO MUCH FAT. If you find yourself falling asleep at your desk by 3:00 every afternoon, a high-fat lunch may be to blame. After you eat, your body is busy with the digestion process and distributing nutrients to the proper places. If you consume a lot of fat, it takes your body longer to work through the digestion process, causing you to feel more tired

Every story has a MYTH... 
Caffeinated beverages are not necessarily dehydrating. Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning that it makes you pee more…so make sure you drink enough liquids (water, that is) to keep you hydrated. Keep in mind, that caffeine pills don’t contain any fluids and, therefore, can be VERY dehydrating.


With summer round the corner, most people try everything that they can lay their hands on to minimize imperfections such as cellulite and varicose vein. Probably you might have even heard of homemade coffee scrubs that promise you results but with half the cost; well, I have to burst your bubble here and tell you that’s it’s not necessarily true.

Let’s make things a bit more clear shall we!?…When people think of caffeine,most  think immediately coffee…and yes, I cannot disagree with that. The difference though is that most commercial products used for our dreaded orange peel looking thighs, our spidery veins and dull under eye bags,  use caffeine extracts which are more concentrated then just your daily Nescafe` (which by the way, when I talk about the benefits of coffee, I always refer to the real stuff and not the soluble junk like such which is nothing but a synthetic concoction of chemicals)

Obviously, it doesn’t hurt to do a coffee DIY scrub every now and again… it’s still a great exfoliant that can improve circulation and thus it can still be in a way be effective to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It’s also a great substitute for homemade salt scrubs as not every skin can tolerate salt. And because coffee has the same pH level as our skin it only makes sense that we utilize it in skin care products. The cleansing element of coffee is another beneficial factor; this cleanser takes away strong odours by neutralizing and absorbing.

It has the ability to mend broken skin, soothe irritation, and revitalize cells. Coffee contains a free radical scavenger which helps to neutralize reactions caused by oxidation, which are the primary cause for conditions such as acne and eczema.

One thing I would definitely recommend is; eliminate all your soluble ‘coffee’ crap and shift to real freshly grounded coffee beans… you’re worth it! :P

Back to caffeine now.

Caffeine is also currently being used in skin creams and lotions because; it is a vasodilator, which means that it constricts blood cells. The benefit of caffeine for your skin is that it will firstly work to reduce redness. Secondly, it will firm and tighten surface of your skin through constriction, so many companies are using this ingredient to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The caffeine in coffee when used in skin care works to dehydrate fatty cells so that water will disappear from the surface of your skin. This means that the appearance of cellulite is minimized, and your skin begins to look smoother overall.

After all have been said and done, what does the research have to say about this? Shall we hold that coffee cup or not? 

‘’The fact that coffee contains good stuff does not necessarily mean that it’s good for us’’, says James D. Lane, PhD, professor of medical psychology and behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

“It has not really been shown that coffee drinking leads to an increase in antioxidants in the body,” Lane tells WebMD. “We know that there are antioxidants in large quantities in coffee itself, especially when it’s freshly brewed, but we don’t know whether those antioxidants appear in the bloodstream and in the body when the person drinks it. Those studies have not been done.”


Well, I’m not a huge coffee drinker but I do like my occasional strong cup of espresso after a good meal, which really does wonders for my digestion. Having said so, I think the secret of well being is BALANCE… everything can beneficial in small amounts… and when in doubt, well, I just rub my body with it instead! :P

This is Charlene Mercieca, from the SoapCafe`, reminding you that these tips are provided for your information and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, please work with your health professional to determine what’s right for you.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rock Quartz

Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Rock Quartz)♥ Harmony ♥ Energy ♥ Healing ♥ Psychic abilities ♥ Clarity ♥ Calmness Clear Quartz is also known as Crystal Quartz or Rock Crystal. It is a natural form of silicon dioxide and is a 10th Anniversary gemstone.

Chakras - Crown
Zodiac - All birthsigns
Planet – Sun
Element – Fire
Typical colours - Pure Quartz is colourless or white

Clear Quartz is known as the "master healer" and will amplify energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. Clear Quartz draws off negative energy of all kinds, neutralising background radiation, including electromagnetic smog or petrochemical emanations. It balances and revitalises the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes. Cleanses and enhances the organs and subtle bodies and acts as a deep soul cleanser, connecting the physical dimension with the mind. Clear Quartz enhances psychic abilities. It aids concentration and unlocks memory. Stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance. Clear Quartz (Crystal Quartz, Rock Crystal) harmonises all the chakras and aligns the subtle bodies.

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Howlite can be found in green, white and blue. It is a super-calming stone and many people use it to releive stress of all kinds. It makes an excellent antidote to insomnia due to an overactive mind.
Focusing on a piece of howlite can assist in journeying outside the body and gaining insight from past lives. Placed on the third eye, it opens memories of previous times and lifetimes.
Howlite teaches patience

Place a howlite stone in your pocket to absorb your own anger - or another's anger that is directed toward you. It helps to overcome critical or selfish behaviour.

Healing properties of howlite
  • Relieves insomnia
  • Balances calcium levels
  • Strengthens teeth and bones
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Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Rhodonite)♥ Calmness ♥ Self-confidence ♥ Refinement ♥ Gratefulness ♥ Elegance ♥ Delicacy ♥ Courtesy ♥ Tact ♥ Alternatives ♥ Inner path


Chakras - Heart Chakra
Zodiac - TAURUS
Planet – Venus
Element – Earth
Typical colours - red, pink, brownish-red, grey

Rhodonite is a stone of compassion, an emotional balancer that clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past, and that nurtures love. It stimulates, clears and activates the heart. Rhodonite grounds energy, balances yin-yang, and aids in achieving one’s highest potential. It heals emotional shock and panic. Rhodonite aids in cases of emotional self-destruction, codependency and abuse. It encourages unselfish self-love and forgiveness. Promotes remaining calm in dangerous or upsetting situations. Builds confidence and alleviates confusion.

Rhodonite relieves insect bites and can reduce scarring. It aids bone growth and the hearing organs. Rhodonite stimulates fertility. It treats emphysema, auto-immune diseases and stomach ulcers. Eases inflammation of joints and arthritis.

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Milky Quartz

Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Milky Quartz)The white quartz is a variety of this stone that looks opaque white, and is often used in magical rituals of healing, or as a protective amulet against the various influences that can get us harm.

It is considered that protects us from the lack of energy and vitality, which helps us to enhance our strengths and minimize the negative influences, so you must carry a small white quartz stone, to be with renewed energy throughout the day.

Properties as we confer on the body, has the ability to cure diseases caused by cold shock, sudden weather changes, such as rhinitis, sinusitis, otitis, and the natural discomfort that come along with winter , also favors the lymphatic circulation, is an excellent diuretic and stimulates lactation.

In reference to mental properties, receives, transmits and expands the positive energy we all levels, improve memory, and is considered one of the stones that enhance universal anxiety states, helps us to meditate, relieve states of confusion and is very beneficial for those who hide their identity, they are very secretive about everything because it helps to think we are, who we are and what our goals.

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Red Jasper

Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Red Jasper)Red jasper is considered to be a powerful stone since the ancient times. It is perceived to be laden with multiple healing and magical properties. These magical properties are actually the metaphysical properties of red jasper, which have become popular as magical properties due to lack of knowledge about advanced healing abilities of jasper. Ancient Egyptians have used and worn jasper amulets for long now. The stone is believed to be effective in increasing the sexual prowess in males as well as females.
Red Jasper is considered to be a stabilizing stone, that brings about a balance in the surrounding physical energies. It was also known as the warrior's stone in the middle ages, This particular perception about the red jasper might be related to the stone being effective in decreasing unjust and unfair situations and circumstances. It stimulates fertility and sexual prowess. Health wise, red jasper stone and jasper beads are very effective in dealing with physical problems like indigestion, liver problems and problems related to the pancreas. Most importantly a red jasper stone is known for awakening of the body chakras, specially the root chakra.

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Yellow Jasper

Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Yellow Jasper)Yellow Jasper is a protective stone, which can shield you against negativity and depression. It is said to channel positive energy increasing feelings of well-being and building self-confidence. Yellow Jasper is also thought to provide protection to the traveller and to those working with the spirits. It can also be used to help relieve travel sickness.

Yellow Jasper will stimulate and balance the Solar Plexus Chakra. Balancing this Chakra can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

In healing Yellow Jasper is believed to energize the endocrine system, release toxins and to aid the stomach and digestion. All jaspers work in a subtle way to give slow and gentle healing.

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Obsidian Snowflake

Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Obsidian Snowflake)Snowflake Obsidian is a stone of purity. It balances mind body and spirit.

Placed on the sacral hara chakra, snowflake obsidian will calm and soothe and allow you to view unhealthy patterns in your own behaviour, thus opening the door to change.

Obsidian draws hidden imbalances to the surface and releases them. The blackness of this stone enhances the ability to reach your inner self. It is one of the earliest known stones to be used for scrying (seeing into the future).

Snowflake obsidian relieves muscle cramps, and is a detoxification stone.

Due to the nature of natural stones and crystals, color and size will vary.

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Smoky Quartz

Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Smoky Quartz)Another stone that is frequently viewed as tremendously useful in grounding, or removing negativity, this tumbled smoky quartz is beautiful to behold as well. With the clear, crystal qualities of quartz it appears to be filled with smoke, with a dusky, dark coloring that colors each stone in its own unique pattern.

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Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Hematite)♥ Focus ♥ Concentration ♥ Willpower ♥ Reliability ♥ Courage ♥ Confidence ♥ Optimism ♥ Trust ♥ Balance ♥ Stability ♥ Protection

Hematite, also spelled Haematite, is the mineral form of Iron Oxide.

Chakras - Base Chakra
Zodiac - Aries, Aquarius
Planet – Mars
Element – Fire
Typical colours -Black to steel or silver-grey, brown to reddish brown, or red

Hematite grounds and protects us. It strengthens our connection with the earth, making us feel safe and secure. It endows us with courage, strength, endurance and vitality. A "stone for the mind", Hematite stimulates concentration and focus, enhancing memory and original thought.

Hematite utilises the magnetic qualities of our yin-yang energies to balance the meridians within the body and to provide a stable equilibrium between the ethereal nervous system and the physical nervous system. It focuses energy and emotions for balance between the body, mind and spirit.

Dissolves negativity and prevents you from absorbing the negativity of others. Haematite is strong, supporting timidity, boosting self-esteem and survivability, enhancing willpower and reliability, and imparting confidence. It helps to overcome compulsions and addictions, treating overeating, smoking and other forms of overindulgence.

Haematite restores, strengthens and regulates the blood supply, aiding blood conditions such as anaemia. It supports the kidneys and regenerates tissue. Stimulates the absorption of iron and formation of red blood cells. Treats leg cramps, anxiety and insomnia. Hematite aids spinal alignment and fractures.

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Green Quartz

Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Green Quartz)♥ Love ♥ Intuition ♥ Creativity

Prasiolite is also known as Green Quartz.

Chakras - Heart Chackra
Typical colours - Mint green, olive, transparent

In addition to the generic healing properties of Quartz, the Green Quartz or Prasiolite variety, opens and stabilises the heart chakra. It promotes an intuitive capability which is coupled with love. Prasiolite is a stone of tranformative energies. It transmutes negative energy to positive without releasing it to the atmosphere.

Prasiolite inspires creativity, attracting success, prosperity and abundance.

Prasiolite aids the endocrine glands, helping to keep the body balanced.

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Green Aventurine

Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Green Aventurine Medium)
Promotes relaxation, recovery, and regeneration.

You should never buy a lottery ticket without an aventurine in your left pocket. Lady Luck will be in your left pocket. This is the stone of opportunity. Aventurine is known as the stone of chance or luck. If you gamble or play the lotto, keep this stone in your left pocket.

Aventurine is mainly quartz, a quartzite, usually containing mica. The color of aventurine is green ranging from a pale green to deep forest green. Aventurine is mainly from India.

Aventurine is the stone of luck and chance. It is said to increase perception and creative insight.

Healing properties of Aventurine It is used to aid nearsightedness. Aventurine has a stabilizing effect on the emotions. It is excellent for teenagers.

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Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Citrine - Brazil)Citrine is related to the sun. Like the sun, its vibrations are positive, uplifting, and energizing. This makes citrine a good choice for people that could use a little extra motivation. Citrine's energies have an energizing effect that can also lead to greater physical activity, and thus improve overall health.

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Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Carnelian)Carnelian was used by Babylonians to make jewelery and to decorate objects. Promotes steadfastness and courage to stand up to difficulties and lifts the spirits. "The Self-Esteem Stone". Carnelian eliminates feelings of inadequacy and low self-worth. Good for recovery after rejection. Transmutes sadness into the initiative to do something positive about the problem. Encourages enthusiasm. Good for giving vibrancy to one's sexuality too.

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Blue Lace Agate

Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Blue Lace Agate)Blue lace agate is a gentle, calming stone that engenders tranquility. Blue lace agate brings with this calm and tranquility a lessening of anger, even deep anger issues, and a calming of nervousness.

Spiritually, blue lace agate assists in flight, grace, reaching higher Spiritual planes, communicating with angels and activates the throat chakra. It can help bring stronger intuition and inner knowing. Inspiration is another hallmark of blue lace agate and that can assist in inner attunement, and has been said to be useful for performing miracles.

Blue lace agate is considered a stone of communication. It can ease the harsh edge off communication in difficult times, enhance public speaking, and smooth discussions. It also brings tactfulness to speech and written communications. Blue lace agate is used in crystal healing to reduce or cure stuttering and other nervous speech habits and patterns.

As with all agates, Blue lace agate is a protective stone. Its protective energies are more gentle and subtle than some stones, but it is effective nonetheless. It can be particularly effective when calling upon angels for protection.

In the crystal healing realm, blue lace agate has been used to aid with arthritis, headaches, digestive issues, growth, and bones.

Blue lace agate is related to the element of Air, the throat chakra, and the zodiac sign Pisces.

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Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Banded Amethyst)Keywords: Psychic, Sobriety

Amethyst is purple quartz, and is a meditative and calming stone. It works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace. Amethyst is also beneficial when dealing with legal problems and money issues, which can lead to prosperity and abundance.

Emotionally, amethyst can help heal personal losses and grief. Amethyst has a gently sedative energy that promotes peacefulness, happiness, and contentment. It also brings emotional stability and inner strength, and can enhance flexibility and cooperation. Amethyst can help get rid of addictions (alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc.) and compulsive behaviors of all kinds.

In the psychic and spiritual realms, amethyst is an excellent all-purpose stone that can increase spirituality and enhance intuition and psychic powers of all kinds. It does this by making a clear connection between the earth plane and other planes and worlds. Amethyst is also excellent for meditation and lucid dreaming. It is known to open one's channels to telepathy, past life regression, clairaudience, clairvoyance, and communication with angels. Amethyst also protects against psychic attacks, especially during spiritual work, and protects one from thieves, and protects travelers.

Physically amethyst is said by spiritual healers and mystical lore to heal the withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction, help with headaches, insomnia, arthritis, diabetes, pain relief, circulatory system issues, endocrine system problems, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune system deficiencies,asthma, phobias, pregnancy and preventing miscarriage, menopause, PMS, and general healing.

Amethyst is associated with the third eye and crown chakras primarily, but can also open the heart chakra.

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(Banded) Agate

Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Banded Agate)
Agate Metaphysical Properties: Keywords: Protection, Strength, Harmony

Agate's most noticable properties overall are balancing yin/yang energy, courage, protection, healing, and calming. Historically it was placed in water for cooking or drinking to dispel sickness. The Metaphysical and Healing Properties Lore of any specific type of agate depend to some extent on the color of the agate, but all agates have certain things in common.

Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone. As a stone of harmony, one of the things agate does is balance yin/yang energy. Agate increases energy. However, because it is a grounding stone, it does not increase energy at all times, but rather enables bursts of energy as needed. In this way, agate is a conservation stone, and enhances longevity.

Agate is a very protective stone. It is especially protective for children, and makes an excellent stone for children's amulets, medicine bags, jewelry, or just to carry around in a pocket. Agates are said to be especially useful for protecting children from falling.

Emotionally, agate gives courage, emotional strength, self-confidence, and dispels fears. It can also lessen feelings of envy by grounding the emotions. In the same way, it assists with acceptance of all things. It can be very beneficial for self-examination as well as examination of the circumstances one finds oneself in. These qualities make agate superior for easing anxiety and stress.

Agate can cleanse and stabilize the aura by removing and/or transforming negative energy.

As far as relationships go, agate is a stone of marital and romantic fidelity.

Agate can strengthen the body and the body's connection to the earth. It also increases energy. Agate enhances healing of all kinds by bringing the elements of the healee into harmony. Physically, agate is particularly helpful with tooth and gum issues, stomach problems, physical endurance, insomnia

Chakras: All agates can remove blockages from any chakra. Agate also relates to specific chakras according to the stone color.

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Soap Cafe Semi Precious stones (Amazonite)Amazonite is a soothing stone, calming the brain and nervous system. Balances the Yin and Yang and opens the heart and throat Chakras. Assist in dispeling negative energy.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Soap Cafe` has a TIMELINE!

You may have noticed recently that Soap Cafe Malta Facebook Page  has changed just a little bit. You also may have wondered what happened to all the old features and where they went!... I'm no tech genius, but managed to gather some info which will hopefully be of use to you !

As of March 30th of this year, Facebook permanently rolled out the new timeline feature, changing all pages from the original Facebook format to the new timeline format. There are so many new and exciting ways you can use timeline. We have some helpful hints on how to navigate the new timeline as well as making your page work for you.

One big change in the new timeline is the interface of the commenting feature. It is no longer featured as part of your main page. The new and sleek commenting interface has given customer comments a new life! This way, you can efficiently find, respond and answer all of your comments. It may seem that at first the comments section may be a little difficult to find. All you need to do is go to the front page of the timeline you are looking at and find a little button that looks like this:

To find this button, you will need to look below the the main cover photo and menu of choices (About, Photos, Likes and Events). This button may also be under the header, ‘Highlights,’ ‘Friend Activity,’ or ‘Posts by Others’. What you need to do to access the comments is select the tab that reads ‘Highlights,’ so that your page will look like this:

If you glance to the right, you will see the section entitled ‘Recent Posts by Others on Soap Cafe Malta. It comes with a handy little ‘See All’ button, which will guide you to see all comments made on the page.

Ta-da, there you have it! Comments made easy and organizable. See? So simple, so easy and you have comments in an easy, efficient and organized manner.
Pinning is a fantastic new feature of the Facebooks timeline. It allows you to ‘pin’ a post to the top of your page, so that if you have an announcement or message you want your customers to see it will stay there for up to 7 days! This means, you’re unlikely to miss any major news from Soap Cafe`, even if you only visit once every few days.

To Pin a post on your own page for your business, click on the right side of the post you would like pinned. Select the ‘Pin to Top’ option. This will then ‘push’ the post to the top of the page and highlight it with an orange flag .

Starring posts is a great way to bring attention to pictures and specific posts on your timeline. Let’s say you have a fabulous picture of a product that you have created and you really want people to see it. To star a post, click on the . After highlighting the post, this action will cause the post to expand so that you can emphasize it on your wall.

Apps are the newest and freshest feature of the Facebook timelines. Currently there are several dozen apps that are tried and true, some of which include Pinterest, Spotify and Hulu. With this fun feature you are able to link several of the social media sites that you use for your business into your Facebook timeline page.

Here at Soap Cafe` we are learning these new features of the Facebook timeline right along side you. We are eager to hear about how you are using your timelines to grow your business! Let us know – because, we’re all doing this change together and can learn from each other!

Charly x

Saturday, April 14, 2012

UPCOMING EVENT @ Soap Cafe`....

Ok girls, listen up... we are hosting a very exclusive, ticket-only, all girl, pink pamper party just for you. But be quick because there really is only a very limited number of tickets. 

Date: Friday 11th May 2012
Time: 5pm Onward
Dress Code: Comfortable (It's gonna be just us girls!)

Your exclusive ticket gets you… 
A Pink Pamper Cocktail designed exclusively for the event // Sexy Canap├ęs & Naughty but Nice Nibbles // A serving of fresh, fruity, free face packs whipped up by the superb Soap Cafe to try on the spot // A Beautiful Burlesque Show by the Sensational Undine LaVerve // A chance to learn the Art of Burlesque in an exclusive class by Ms LaVerve// Shop till you drop in our pop up shop // Marvellous mini makeovers// An amazing Artist in Residence // and when its all over, pamper yourself in your own time with the contents of our exclusive goodie bag…
Ticket price €15

Want More?
Upgrade to a V.I.P ticket and relax with a Pink Pamper Party Treatment Package...choose from...
~ Manicure & Pedicure Combo treatment
~ Facial & Manicure combo treatment
~ Facial & Pedicure combo treatment
~ Indulgent Indian head massage
~ Rejuvenating Reflexology
~Aromatherapy Leg Massage
You will also bag yourself some extra special treats in your V.I.P Goodie Bag.
Ticket price €25
VIP Ticket line (for enquiries/bookings) call 99468904

Tickets available from:
Soap Cafe or Butterfly Therapies or Aroma Treasures.
Call 9988 3675 for more info.

And if that wasn't amazing enough, a donation from each ticket will be made to the Malta Breast Care Support Group.

See you there ladies... 

Charly, Cat and Marika xxx

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Kaolin Clay (White Clay)

White Kaolin Clay is found in virtually all powdered and dry cosmetics and most wet cosmetics.

Its natural adsorbent properties makes it essential in hygiene products and is often found in soaps, scrubs, poultices, deodorants, facial powders and masks. It is the mildest of all clays and is suitable to add to products created for people with sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it. It does not draw oils from the skin, so it can also be used on dry skin types without negative results.

Kaolin Clay is high in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium, which are beneficial for oily, blemished skin. The clay's mildly drying and disinfectant properties help heal existing blemishes and inflammations, while preventing new ones from forming.

Traditionally, clays are used to reduce swelling and inflammation, and to draw impurities from the skin. Cosmetic clays are made up of different mineral contents, and each clay type has a different effect on the skin. The high mineral content of White Kaolin Clay rejuvenates the skin while the clay exfoliates and stimulates blood circulation to the skin. Regular use of clay facials will remove dead skin cells, improve circulation to the skin, remove debris from the pores and bring about a smooth healthy glow.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt

These pages are edited by Prof. Hamed Abdel-reheem Ead, Professor of Chemistry at the Faculty of Science -University of Cairo, Giza, Egypt and director of the Science Heritage Center

Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt

Cosmetics are as old as vanity. In Egypt their use can be traced back almost to the earlist period of which burials have been found, and continues to the present day.
Cleanliness and personal appearance were highly regarded by the ancient Egyptians. For the priests in the service of the gods cleanliness was strictly prescribed. Not only did they have to wash several times a day, but they also had to be clean shaven all over, to keep at bay parasites, such as lice, eggs of which have been found in the hair of mummies. Water was plentiful, but there is little evidence that the ancient Egyptians used natural soaps or tooth powder. In a hot climate deodorants were much in demand. To repel body odour men and women alike were advised to rub pellets of ground carob(?) into the skin, or to place little balls of incense and porridge where limbs met.

Around 1400 BC three ladies of the court of Tuthmosis III were buried with costly royal funerary equipment, which included cosmetics. Two of the jars contained a cleansing cream made of oil and lime. Some prescriptions for body 'scrub' are given in the medical papyri

The 'red natron' was presumably natron tinted by an iron compound in the earth where the natron was extracted.

A lady wiping her face. Relief of unknown provenance; 11th Dynasty

(British Museum, 1658)

An allegedly successful remedy to treat wrinkles consisted of': gum of frankincense, wax, fresh moringa oil and cyperus grass; grounded finely and mixed with fermented plant juice applied daily.
A simple remedy of gum applied to the face after cleansing had a similar effect. If' the skin was marred by scars caused by burning, a special ointment was used to treat them and make them less obvious, as for example red ochre and kohl, ground and mixed with sycamore juice. An alternative treatment was a bandage of carob(?) and honey, or an ointment made of frankincense and honey.

Because of  their healthy diet and the lack of sugar the Egyptians did not suffer from tooth decay, but their bread contained particles of sand from the grain and grit from the grinding stone, which caused their teeth to become excessively worn. No evidence has been recovered to suggest that the Egyptians used a toothbrush in the manner of the miswak, a natural brush-cum-toothpaste from Salvadora persica, a tree native to southern Egypt and the Sudan. The root has been used for dental care by the Muslims since the days of the Prophet (PPUH). To improve on their breath the Egyptians chewed herbs, or they gargled with milk. Perhaps they also chewed frankincense like their descendants in the last century

As in other civilizations, the appearance of the hair was of paramount importance not only because of the visual effect, but also because of  the erotic symbolism conventionally conneted with hair. Men and women alike wore wigs made of human hair on festive occasions, but they also tried to keep their natural hair in good condition. Jars of what could be compared with 'setting lotion' have been found to contain a mixture of beeswax and resin. These were remedies for problems such as baldness and greying hair. To treat the latter, blood of a black ox or calf was boiled in oil to transfer the blackness of the animal to the greying hair, or the black horn of a gazelle was made into an unguent with oil to prevent grey hairs from appearing. These remedies are slightly more agreeable than another consisting of putrid donkey's liver steeped in oil, though they all had the same magic effect. A far more efficient remedy would be an ointment made of juniper berries and two unidentified plants kneaded into a paste with oil and heated. The natural colouring matter in the plants would rub off on the hair, and the astringent properties of juniper stimulate the scalp. In order to make the hair grow, chopped lettuce was placed on a bald patch, if the baldness occurred after an illness, or the head was anointed with equal parts of fir oil and another oil or fat.

The toilet casket of any man or woman would contain a razor for removing body hair, although a number of creams were sometimes used for the purpose. One such consisted of the boiled and crushed bones of a bird, mixed with fly dung, oil, sycamore juice, gum, and cucumber; this mixture would be heated and applied, presumably to be pulled off when cold, with the hair adhering to it.

The almond shape of the black Egyptian eyes was underlined by the application of black kohl or green malachite. Eyepaint was also considered as a treatment to cure or prevent eye diseases. A great number of prescriptions deal with preventing ingrowing eyelashes.
To cool the eyes a finely ground green mineral (jasper or serpentine) mixed with water was applied to the lids. Alternative preparations were ground carob(?) and fermented honey, or emmer grains steeped in water overnight. An eye wash was prepared from ground celery and hemp.

It was believed that eye make-up could ward off evil spirits and improve the sight. Even the poor wore eye make-up in ancient Egypt. The production of cosmetics during ancient Rome was usually done by female slaves called Cosmetae.

Eyepaint for an overnight treatment made of kohl and goose fat or a paste was mixed from kohl, green eyepaint, lapis lazuli, honey and ochre in equal parts, applied to the lids. The green eyepaint was usually malachite, a green ore of copper; kohl was made of galena, a dark grey ore of lead. It w as kept in lumps in little bags of linen or leather and was ground on a palette to a fine powder. The powder was poured into vases or tube-shaped containers from which it was extracted with a thin stick. It was applied either with the moistened stick, as is done by Egyptian women today, or, for medicinal purposes as quoted above, mixed with some fatty matter.

Malachite was brought to the Nile Valley from the mountainous regions of Sinai, whereas galena was obtained either near Aswan in Upper Egypt or at the Red Sea coast. But both were also imported as luxury commodities from Asia and Arabia. However, no matter which remedy was employed, the Egyptians knew that nothing made the eyes brighter than falling in love: 'Like eyepaint is my desire. When I see you, it makes my eyes sparkle', says a girl in a love poem.

Some Egyptians appear to have dyed their fingernails, but the nature of the red colour used is unknown. It may have been henna. Red was also required to paint the lips. The lip gloss, possibly made of fat with red ochre or with one of the plants used for dyeing, was applied with a brush or spatula. Red colour was used to give glow to the cheeks. A rouge consisting of red ochre and fiat, possibly with a little gull resin, has survived: it was some four thousand years old. Rouge in the form of powder was marketed a few years ago as a product of ancient Egyptian origin. The recipe which inspired the manufacturers was presumably one of those used for the purpose of camouflaging a burn.

Hemp powder

This is one of the most potent foods available, supporting optimal health and well being, for life. Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system as well as natural blood sugar control.

Heart Health and Lowered Blood Pressure:
Premature health failure may first appear as high blood pressure - a sign that the heart is over worked, required to force blood through too many miles of sluggish blood vessels.

Improved Digestion:
There are no known allergies to Hemp and they are of special benefit to those who are unable to eat gluten, lactose, sugar, fish, nuts, meat and other common foods. Combined with high fibre grains, fruits and vegetables in the diet, expect regular bowel movements synchronized with the frequency of meals - a sign of a naturally health bowel.

Losing Weight Naturally:
By taking Hemp as directed, expect to be hunger free until mid-afternoon. Expect reduced cravings for foods with stimulants, sugars, starches and saturated fats.

Healthy Cholesterol Levels:
Premature health failure appear as high cholesterol - a sign that veins and arteries have lost their elasticity as a result of an imperfect diet. Hemp are not only cholesterol free, but contain the optimum ratio of the polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6 - hemp oil contains 57% linoleic (LA) and 19% linolenic (LNA) acids. When added to the diet, in a whole, natural and a cold processed food, like Hemp, improves cholesterol profiles. Hemp oil also contains some GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) that is absent from the fats we normally eat, but considered to be beneficial to health by nutritional experts.

A Natural Way to Control Blood Sugars:
Premature health failure may also appear as Type II diabetes - a sign that relevant organs are no longer capable of processing the sweet and starchy foods that are too often consumed.

The first steps in naturally balancing blood sugars is to introduce a high quality lean protein in your diet - the glucagon released when you eat protein helps keep insulin in check, then incorporate essential fatty acids, both found in Hemp. By avoiding refined carbohydrates - sugars and starches, in favour of high fibre vegetable and whole grain foods, our customers naturally control their blood sugar levels. Diabetics especially, report that circulation improves, often to the extent that they no longer fear losing their feet.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Spirulina is the ultimate natural nutritional supplement. It contains the most complete source of nutrients found in any single food. Spirulina typically contains over 65% protein, more than any other food including meat and fish. Proteins are necessary for maintaining tissues, sustaining growth and making hormones in the body. Spirulina contains the eight essential and 10 other amino acids and a greater concentration of vitamins and nutrients than any other natural food. Just 3 to 10 grams of Spirulina a day gives impressive amounts of beta carotene, B complex vitamins, Vitamin E, essential trace minerals and gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Spirulina is also a major source of iron and calcium...and not only!... Spirulina can also be used as the ultimate DIY, 'MIRACLE', BEAUTY PRODUCT... read more below...

Our bodies are constantly subjected to an onslaught of toxic chemicals from the air, water, food and drugs and need to continually eliminate these toxins. It has long been known that spirulina accelerates detoxification especially during fasting as spirulina has a unique combination of phytonutrients that can help cleanse our bodies.

Immune Booster
Spirulina is a powerful tonic for the immune system. Research and experience indicate that spirulina is an immune regulating food. Small amounts can help balance and stabilise the immune system, freeing up more of our metabolic energy for vitality, healing and assimilation of nutrients.

Spirulina is an ideal nutritional food for diabetes patients because of its high content of protein and vitamins and low content of carbohydrate. Furthermore, GLA, zinc and magnesium in spirulina can promote the synthesization of natural insulin.

Spirulina is a superfood suited to a high intensity workout. Taken before exercise it delivers energy and improves stamina. Spirulina also helps to create and repair muscle and retain iron in the body. It is beneficial to hillwalkers, mountain climbers and marathon runners as it improves endurance and reduces cramp.

Iron is the most common mineral deficiency worldwide. Iron anaemia is prevalent in women, children, older people and especially women on weight-loss diets. Iron is essential for healthy red blood cells and a strong immune system, but typical iron supplements are not well absorbed by the human body.

GLA in spirulina can improve premenstrual symptom complex, such as headache, anxiety, oppression, etc.

Many people are aware of the value of food supplements for an aging population. It is well known that the antioxidants Vitamins C, E and beta carotene attack free radicals that roam throughout the body wreaking havoc on cells and organs increasing the aging effect and the risk of cancer. Anti-aging foods such as spirulina are ideal for older people who do not eat much, eat inappropriately or cannot absorb enough nutrients.

Wound healing
People use spirulina in face and body creams and body wraps. The Kanembu people in Chad use freshly harvested algae as a skin poultice for treating certain diseases. In France it has been found that pharmaceutical compounds containing spirulina accelerated wound healing. In Japan it has been shown that cosmetic products containing spirulina promoted skin metabolism and reduced scars.

Try our following beauty recipes at home:
  • Anti Aging Spirulina Facemask
1 ripe avocado
2 teaspoon Spirulina powder
3 drop Geranium Essential oil
3 drop Frankincense Essential oil

Mash the avocado and mix in the Spirel Spirulina powder. Apply to the face. Leave for 15-20 mins then rinse off with cool water.

  • Mini Lift  Facial mask (and skin whiting)
2 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon spirulina
2 teaspoons Fuller's Earth Clay
1 teaspoon Argan oil
3 drops Lemon essential oil
(Due to the use of citrus essential oil, please make sure that mask is applied at least 8 hours before going into direct sunlight)

Mix Fuller's Earth and Spirulina powder together. Mix the lemon eo and the Argan oil together and mix with your dry ingredients. Add water and mix until you have a smooth paste (add more or less water depending on your preferred consistency). Apply to the face. Leave for 15-20 mins then rinse off with cool water.

  • Super Spirulina Body Scrub
1 teaspoon spirulina
1 teaspoon kaolin clay
3 tablespoons Epson salt (table salt can be an alternative aswell)
3 tablespoons Olive oil
5 drops of fennel essential oil

Mix all ingredients together well in a container. Apply on dry skin in circular motion. This scrub is excellent for it Detoxifying effects and as an anti-cellulite scrub.
(DO NOT use salts as facial scrubs as they are too harsh for the face. Alliteratively substitute salt with oatmeal to create a soothing yet cleansing facial scrub)

All items can be purchased from SoapCafe`, 46, St.Mary Street, Sliema. Malta

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Using OLIVE oil as your daily beauty product

Olive Oil can be used for many different beauty recipes and natural remedies. It goes on your skin easily and naturally without leaving a greasy feeling after it is applied. The skin absorbs it readily and has no allergic properties. Olive oil nourishes the skin leaving it soft and supple. It is rich in Vitamin E and has wonderful healing properties, perfect for dry, cracked or chapped skin.

Here are some ideas to use olive oil in your beauty care regimen.

Gentle Eye Makeup Remover 
Olive oil is excellent for removing mascara, even better than petroleum jelly or baby oil and will be beneficial to the skin around your eyes. Just apply a few drops of oil onto a cotton wool and apply onto eye area. People with dry, dehydrated or mature skin will highly benefit from such a treatment.

Nourishing Clay Mask Shelf life: Use immediately
This particular recipe uses Kaolin as it is a 'gentle' cleansing clay which ideal also for dry skin types. The olive oil gives it extra nourishing properties and elasticity to mature skin due to it's high content of Vitamin E. (If you suffer from dehydrated skin, we recommend to add a couple of drops of glycerin to the following recipe as it acts as a humactant, thus attracting moisture to the skin)

Mix 2 tablespoons of Kaolin
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Add a few drops of Rose water to create a smooth consistency
Apply to the face, being especially gentle around the eyes
Leave on for 15-20 minutes

Rinse off and apply your moisturizer.

Healing Lip Balm Shelf life: Use within 3 weeks
Beeswax and olive oil melted and poured into a small tin makes wonderful lip balm that will keep your lips soft and smooth. Here's one of my favorite recipes.

1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of calendula oil
1 teaspoon of beeswax
3 drops orange essential oil

Melt the beeswax and add olive and calendula oils
Stir the whole time so the mass is consistent
Remove from heat, keep stirring and let it cool down a bit
Add the oil of choice and stir a bit more
Pour in a plastic container or jar and store properly

Softening Lip Scrub Shelf life: Use within 1 week
 For soft , flake free lips, mix 1/2 teaspoon of unrefined brown sugar to 1 small teaspoon to olive oil. Rub gently in circular motion onto lip and surrounding area. (We do NOT recommend salt as a substitute as it is too harsh for the lip and face area).

Anti-Cellulite Body Scrub Shelf life: Use within 2 weeks
Scrubs are renowned to improve circulation and even the appearance of the 'orange peel' effect. We highly recommend using olive oil as the base oil as it penetrates deeply into the skin, thus the cellulite busting essential oils mentioned in this recipe, will 'travel' much faster into the problem area thus one can see faster results. 
1/4 cup of green tea
1/2 cup of sea salt or sugar
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 drops of black pepper essential oil
3 drops of grapefruit essential oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together. While taking a shower, scoop up some, not more than a teaspoon at a time, and gently, in circular motion distribute the scrub. Rinse well and pat dry.

Sore or Tired Legs and Feet Shelf life: Use within 3 weeks
Combine the following ingredients and apply as a moisturizer with upward strokes before going to bed. For best results we recommend to raise your feet with the help of a pillow when lying down in bed.

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera
1 teaspoon of Wheat Germ Oil
8  drops of Peppermint Oil
5 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
5 drops of Lavender Oil

Antiseptic Foot Soak Shelf life: Use immediately
The moisturizing properties of olive oil make it a popular ingredient in natural foot soak recipes while the bicarbonate of soda and the following essential oils deodorize the feet while also being help treat conditions such as athletes foot.

Combine the following ingredients in a small bowl:
1/2 cup of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup of bicarbonate of soda
3 drops peppermint essential oil
3 drops of tea tree essential oil
3 drops of Lemongrass essential oil

Add to one gallon of warm water and enjoy this wonderful olive oil beauty foot soak!

Ingredients can be found on our website under the category ''DIY Cosmetic Supplies''

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What are Floral waters/ Hydrosols?

Flower water and floral water are descriptive, but now outdated terms, used to describe the condensate water that remains after the extraction of an essential oil by water or steam distillation. When essential oils are produced this way, not all of the aromatic and healing principles held within the plant are actually captured in the essential oil.

Certain components are hydrophilic, which means they dissolve into water, and this produces what is variously known as a flower water, hydrosol or hydrolate. What ever you choose to call it, the resulting fragrant water contains the very essence of everything that was contained within the plant when it was still alive and growing.

Steam Distillation

What's in a name?

The terms flower or floral waters are misleading since these miracle waters can be produced from herbs, needles, leaves, woods, barks and seeds. In aromatherapy, these products are more commonly referred to as hydrosols.

Unfortunately today, many 'flower waters' are made from synthetic compounds which smell quite pretty but posses absolutely no healing properties! In fact, quite the opposite - they can cause skin irritation.

Others are produced by adding essential oils or absolutes to water by using alcohol or some other type of dispersant or solvent. This may appear to be perfectly acceptable, since the finished product contains essential oil and has a pleasant fragrance similar to a natural hydrosol.

However, this type of reconstituted product lacks the wealth of vital healing properties present in a true hydrosol, - remember, many of the plant constituents were dissolved into the water whilst extracting the oil, so they were never present in the essential oil in the first place!

Therefore adding an essential oil to water will never create a product with the same range of healing benefits as a true hydrosol. There is simply no substitute for a true hydrosol, so don't let anybody try and fool you.

Aroma-therapeutic uses

Hydrosols are highly versatile and can be used for personal care and around the house. In skincare, Rose, Orange Blossom (Neroli) and Lavender hydrosols are great for hydrating dry skin and cooling hot and sensitised skin. If you have been out in the sun too long and got burned, Lavender hydrosol is soothing and comforting as well as healing. Used in the final rinse after shampooing hydrosols help to condition hair and add a shine.

We know of no better remedy for puffy, dark circles under the eyes than Chamomile hydrosol. Just soak two cotton wool pads with the hydrosol and cover each eye for around 10 minutes for an immediate and dramatic reduction in puffiness. Regular use can help diminish those dreaded dark circles too.

Perfect for summer

During the summer hydrosols are perfect to use as a cooling body mist, and the most cooling of all is Peppermint. Make sure you take some with you to use on holidays, on the beach and even to cool those aching tootsies when you are out shopping! Hydrosols help to revitalise you when your energies are beginning to flag, and a few sprays onto a tissue makes a handy wet-wipe for all sorts of applications including babies and grubby children.

To calm a restless baby try adding a few tablespoons of Lavender or Chamomile hydrosol into their bathwater. This can be especially beneficial if your baby is suffering from nappy rash or eczema, because the soothing properties of these hydrosols help calm the irritation and speed up the healing process.

Hydrosols are quite safe to use on young children, and since they only contain a small amount of essential oil they do not need diluting much further except as above when using with very young babies.

A green alternative

Hydrosols such as Rose can be added to the final rinse water in your washing cycle as well as used as a fragrant linen spray whilst ironing since they smell much nicer than their synthetic counterparts. Around the house, hydrosols are great to freshen the air instead of using aerosols which of course are harmful to the environment.

You can find a refreshing range of floral hydrosols at Soap Cafe. Choose your floral water:  Rose to soothe irritated skin, antiseptic Lavender or Chamomile to ease and calm the mind.  Email Charlene at  

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