New creation in the Etsy Shop: Peppermint lover’s sample pack

Peppermint lover

Do you love the eye-opening scent and cooling sensation of peppermint? Now you can stock up on your favorite scent and save money with the new Peppermint Lover’s Sample Pack, on sale now in the Emmet Street Creations Etsy shop.

For $15, you’ll receive the following 4 bars of our handmade soap, all featuring the exhilarating scent of peppermint:

  • Peppermint – Straight up peppermint essential oil will give you the revitalizing kick you need to wake up in the morning.
  • Exfoliating Rosemary Mint – This soap makes the perfect foot scrub to use after a long walk or run in the park. Pulverized juniper berries work to exfoliate rough patches and smooth your skin.
  • Revitalizing Rosemary Mint – Moisturizing olive and rice bran oils soothe and moisturize your skin without the exfoliating juniper berries.
  • Eucalyptus Lavender and Mint – Soothe yourself into the day with the pretty blue and purple swirls of this amazing smelling soap. Skin loving olive, rice bran and avocado oils will keep your skin silky soft.

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Soap making secrets: The benefits of using essential oil in handmade soap

Soap making secrets: Essential Oil

What’s the first thing you do when you pick up new bar of soap? If you’re like most people, you pick it up and smell it. (Or, if you are like one person I encountered, you stick your fingernail into it. Don’t do that.)

Scent is a critical component of most soap and one of the tools a handmade soap maker uses to add amazing scent to their soap is essential oil. Essential oil is a natural oil that is extracted from a plant, fruit, root or other source that smells like the source it came from. For example, orange essential oil smells like oranges because the oil is extracted from the rind. Peppermint oil is distilled from the leaves of a peppermint plant.

Essential oils have the benefit of being a completely natural way to add scent to soap. While I do use fragrance oils, which are synthetically produce in a lab in some of my creations, I like being able to offer soaps that are 100% natural.

Looking to try handmade soap made with essential oils? The Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy can hook you up.

My natural Lavender soap made with soothing Hungarian lavender is the perfect soap to help you relax before a stressful day in the office.

Hungarian lavender handmade soap

Lemongrass essential has an uplifting scent and this Lemongrass and Green Tea soap will get your day started on a high note.

Lemongrass essential oil handmade soap

Get the benefits of three essential oils in one bar of soap with my Eucalyptus, Lavender and Peppermint soap. This pretty soap has an eye-opening scent that is sure invigorate your senses.

Eucalyptus, lavender & mint handmade soap

 

Do you have a favorite essential oil scent? Tell me about it in the comments or on the Emmet Street Creations Facebook page. Your idea just might spark my next creation!

 

 

 

Monday musings: Handmade soap and good, clean fun

Emmet Street Creations hits the roadChristine’s ready to take the store on the road!

Happy Monday! It’s been a busy week on Emmet Street. I traveled to my homeland to spend a long weekend with my family and, since it was Easter, Christine ate her weight in hrudka (and maybe some chocolate bunnies), don’t judge.

Now that we’re full of vim and vigor, we’re gearing up for the local bazaars, fairs and fleas the summer season brings. Our season kickoff is in Akron on April 25. We’ll be at The Mom & Pop Shoppe hosted by Crafty Mart–the perfect place to find handcrafted soap (and other goodies) for Mother’s and Father’s Day gifting. Mark your calendar and come out to check out what’s new (rumor has it there will be items that are not available in the Etsy store)!

On to links we want to share with you!

Handmade soap

There are so many creative soap makers that inspire us. Check out some of our favorite finds on Pinterest! (Are we pinning buddies there? We should be.)

Good, clean fun

If you’re not following us on Facebook, here’s some of the fun you missed:

  • Aromatherapy can reduce stress and give you energy – Glad to see the Cleveland Clinic is on board with aromatherapy. I keep small vials of lavender essential oil to promote calm and eucalyptus essential oil to promote energy and clear thinking at my desk. Sometimes it works.
  • Dairy-free cheese – There’s a nut milk cheese movement happening, people! This is exciting news for me since I love cheese, but my tummy doesn’t. The soy and oil-based vegan cheeses I’ve tried were not fantastic, so this news renews my hope (and inspires me to start tinkering in the kitchen).
  • Slide the City is coming to northeast Ohio – Heavens to Murgatroyd, a giant water slide! This looks like a tsunami of fun.

Previous musings from Emmet Street you might have missed

Spring (and all the Easter candy I’ve eaten lately) as me thinking about epic salads again. Looking for inspiration? Check out Christine’s experiment with mason jar salad and this delicious Meyer lemon salad dressing.

Create a DIY spa day with a cucumber yogurt face mask

This year I’ve had a bumper crop of cucumbers and I’ve used them to make soap and infused water. I still had some cucumber pulp left over from juicing so I decided to give myself a DIY spa day by making a soothing yogurt and cucumber face mask.

I kept this recipe simple because my skin is extremely sensitive and breaks out at the slightest provocation.

Yogurt and cucumber pulp

Fat free greek yogurt and cucumber pulp left over from juicing.

My first batch was a colossal failure. I used equal parts yogurt and cucumber and the result was a messy goo that slide off my face and into the sink. The cucumber pulp was very wet and watered down the yogurt.

My second attempt turned out much creamier. I used 4 tbsp of greek yogurt and 1 tbsp of cucumber pulp. (If you don’t have a juicer, you can add a few chunks of cucumber and the yogurt to a blender and mix until smooth.)

I slathered the mixture on my face and laid on my back to relax for 20 minutes. What a great way to relax!  The cucumber had a wonderful cooling effect on my skin. It felt great!

Facial selfie

 Spa day selfie. It may be the best picture of me ever taken.

After 20 minutes, I rinsed my face and washed with a bar of Emmet Street Creations  Banana Soap to moisturize my skin and give it an extra hit of antioxidants. My pores looked and felt tight and my skin was soft and smooth.

I ended my spa day with a soak in the tub using a bag of Lavender Bath TeaThere’s no better way to escape from the every day grind than a warm soak in the tub surrounded by the soothing scent of lavender. 

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Need a quick and easy way to relax? Stop and smell the lavender

 

Lavender 5

I’m obsessed with lavender. It is my absolute favorite flower and scent. I’ve used it in soaps, bath salts and scrubs, and eaten it (it’s particularly good in vanilla cupcakes and lemonade, if you are looking for ideas). When I’m feeling stressed, taking a whiff of some fresh lavender or lavender essential oil helps me find some tranquility. (Science has proven this to be an effective stress reduction technique.)

The Lavender soap in the Emmet Street Creations Etsy store is scented with pure Hungarian lavender essential oil. When I smell it, I imagine I’m standing in the middle of a lavender field and haven’t a care in the world.

Do you use aromatherapy to help with stress relief? What scents work for you?