Daffodil petals naturally tint soap yellow Recipe and instructions on how to use daffodil petals to naturally color soap yellow While researching natural colors that can be used in soap making I came across an obscure reference to using daffodils. Though the bulbs and sap of these flowers are toxic, compounds derived from the plant are sometimes found in beauty products. This intrigued me enough to do some research and to try using daffodils in handmade soap. The outcome is a lovely buttery yellow soap that suits citrusy essential oils. I’ve

Make your own lip balm with skin-beneficial herbs Learn how to make herbal lip balm using a flexible recipe of oils and herbs Winter takes a real toll on your skin but especially your lips. Keeping them protected and moisturized is key to making sure they don’t crack. If you suffer from cold sores, winter stress can cause also cause a break-out. Instead of buying your next lip balm, make your own! It’s easy to do, requires very little in the way of ingredients, and is a fun and natural

Making a soft, dusky pink colored soap Recipe & instructions for how to naturally color soap pink using cochineal. This unusual natural color begins as red, changes to purple, brown, & then pink Cochineal is probably the weirdest natural soap colorant I’ve ever used. So much so that I thought the experiment was a complete failure until a week after I made the batch. The murky yellow-brown of the finished bars had morphed into a dusky pink colored soap! That’s not even the weirdest bit — the color started off

Handmade rose candy smothered in melted dark chocolate Easy homemade chocolate turkish delight recipe. Sweet and soft rose candy coated in melted dark chocolate and topped with rose petals. I didn’t grow up with rose candy but it wasn’t long after tasting Turkish Delight that I was hooked. It’s sweet, gelatinous, pretty to look at, and can be intensely floral. If you haven’t tried it yet yourself, the aroma of sugary summery roses is a flavour that might surprise you with it’s deliciousness. In my mind, there’s are few things

Kitties like to nibble on leaves Some of the most toxic plants for cats include trendy houseplants like Monstera deliciosa, Jade plants, Aloes, and Devils Ivy If you’re a cat owner you’ll know that kitties like to nibble on leaves. If they’re allowed outside they’ll eat grass and indoors they like to nibble on most anything green and crunchy. They love long stringy leaves in particular. It’s completely normal and some pet owners even grow ‘Cat Grass’ for their felines. Cats eat green leaves out of play, boredom, or because

Odd looking fruits & vegetables that taste great From odd fruit to alien looking veg, these are my top 10 unusual edibles to grow in your garden. All will add interest to both your veg patch & your plate. The benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables are many – reduced food miles, healthy exercise, truly Organic produce, self sufficiency, and a closer relationship with the land. Another is being able to choose from a vast selection of different varieties that you’ll never see in a supermarket. Heirloom tomatoes

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