Honey Soap and Skincare

Honey is more than just something you use to sweeten your tea. Honey has also been used to moisturize the skin for decades. Raw honey is the most natural form of honey. If you want to make sure you have raw honey, test it by putting a spoonful into a glass of water. If it goes directly to the bottom and does not dissolve easily you know it is raw honey. If it dissolves immediately it has been processed.

Honey soap is a perfect soap to use on your skin. It gets you clean and is gentle on your skin. Honey has been used in place of anti-aging creams because it is a natural preservative, moisturizes the skin and has many nutrients in it. Honey soap is a soap that has honey in it or uses honey as a base. This soap may be used unscented or if you want a nice, scented soap you may use a soap with essential oils. The essential oils are natural and come directly from the plant. The essential oils have benefits for the skin when mixed with natural ingredients like honey. Essential oils are perfect for adding a natural scent to your soap.

Any essential oil can be mixed with honey to create a wonderful skincare product. However, there are some essential oils I prefer to use when I make honey soap. I pick essential oils that also have numerous benefits for the skin. Rose essential oil has been used for centuries in beauty rituals. Rose essential oil is known for its pleasant, floral aroma and skin benefits. Rose essential oil has also been known to have anti-aging properties. This means it soothes wrinkles and under eye bags. When this essential oil is mixed with honey soap you end up with a soothing, anti-aging soap. This basically means that honey and Rose soap will help smooth your skin and keep it moisturized.

Lavender is another wonderful essential oil to use with honey to moisturize the skin. Lavender and honey soap gets your skin clean and leaves it with a light lavender scent. Lavender is healing to the skin because it soothes dry skin and helps to heal irritated or bruised skin. Lavender and honey soap is also good for getting rid of acne. Both have healing properties that soothe problem skin. If you have a red pimple you can put a dab of raw honey on it and let it stay there overnight. In the morning you can wash your face with warm water and you will notice the pimple is no longer red and many times has completely disappeared. This is because of the anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties of honey.

You can make your own honey soap with or without essential oils. You can buy soap from me on my website Amandas Soaps. You can also support me on Patreon. I am currently writing a new short mystery story. You can find my latest chapter on my Patreon page. Have a great day and keep your skin healthy.

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Free Books and New Books

Hey all! Summer is fun, but also busy. Do you like to cuddle up with a good book? Personally I prefer to read outside in the sunshine. Do you like free books? Become one of my Patrons and get a free copy of my Oregon Beaches Photo Book. Pledge $2 or more and the book will be sent to you. This offer is only available to U.S. residents. However, anyone online can become one of my Patrons and get access to other cool stuff such as a look at the first chapter in my new book Seashells For The Dead Man. You can also find out how to connect with other indie artists like me, online business tips and fun crafts such as shell art. Have a fun day and thanks for reading!

Sea Shell Wreaths and Painted Shells

When I was little, my parents always took me to the beach. My mom and I would always look for sea shells and pretty rocks. When my sister got older she would look with us. Later I found out this was called Beach Combing. I’ve always loved looking for rocks and sea shells. However, since now I am farther from the beach, I many times buy sea shells at Walmart or Michaels. I’ve also found that sometimes there are small bags of shells at the Dollar Tree. These are the sea shells I have been using to decorate some pretty wreaths I’ve made.

I also decided to get creative and decorate some of the shells. When I was a kid I would use markers to decorate the sea shells I found on the beach. Now, I am happy to say, I know how to use craft paint. Acrylic craft paint is the best paint to decorate sea shells. I decided I wanted to paint some gold and some rose gold. I mixed some of the painted shells in with the regular sea shells. This added some unique and lovely looks to the wreaths. Now people can buy sea shell wreaths from me and painted sea shells. I added a strand of colored beads to the wreath which made it look more elegant. I really love how these turned out. I love how I was able to take an activity and great childhood memory and turn it into art. Have fun and be creative!

Stamped Soap Designs

I recently bought a set of soap stamps so I could learn how to make embossed soap. The process is pretty simple. I only had one problem and that was with one of the stamps. For some reason one side was a little messed up. At least it was only on the corner of the soap but it made that corner look weird. I bought these soap stamps from Hobby Lobby. All the other stamps worked perfectly. I had clipped my nails very short because I had been making polymer clay crosses. I didn’t want my nails to make marks in the clay. This made it a little difficult to pull the stamp out of the soap. You need to be able to get a corner of the stamp and gently pull it out of the soap after that soap has set. The next day my nails had grown a little so this was an easier process. I am really loving the way these embossed soap look. I am thinking of adding a different color to the stamped part of the soap just to make the designs even more noticeable.

Making soap does take some know-how but it is also relaxing to me. I love mixing different colors and essential oils to create a beautiful bar of soap. I love being able to make different shapes and even some creating which I call Soap Art. These soap stamps which have allowed me to emboss my soap fit that category. The are soap and they are art. I also add scent to them which makes them even more useful. They look pretty, will cleanse you and have an aromatherapy effect on the mind. I’m kind-of addicted to this soap embossing skill I’ve learned. I think I will buy more soap stamps and try some more designs. I am also working on learning to stamp and carve designs into some of my candles. Have fun crafting everyone!

Starting a Company Page on LinkedIn

Sometimes I need a social media place that is not so full of drama. Sometimes I just want to focus onĀ  connecting with people who have similar interests and online businesses just like I do. I have had a personal page on LinkedIn for years. Recently I wondered if I could have a business page on LinkedIn like I do on Facebook. After a couple of searches, I found a way to create a company page.

How did I create my company page on LinkedIn? I first created a personal page. Then I searched for how to create a business page. I found the directions and I followed them. It was basically the same as creating my personal page. I named my company page Amandas Soaps which is the same as my Woo-commerce website. I added a picture and description of what my business specializes in which is natural soap. After adding some details my company page was ready. I have been adding updates so people know that my online business is active.

How did I get people interested in my LinkedIn company page? I posted images, videos and information in the update section. I also was connected with some other online business owners which helped me to get people requesting to connect with me through not only my personal page, but my business page. One of my connections had posted a post about hashtags. I have been doing my own SEO and was familiar with tags. However, I had forgotten about how effective hashtags can be. I began using them in my posts.

The key to using hashtags as a way to get your post or product noticed is to keep it simple and relative. If you post a music video use a hashtag for something that is trending and relative to your music post. For example #easylisteningmusicvideo or if you want people to search for your video use #AmandaSullivanmusicvideo or something to that effect. This helps your post to show up in the search results for that item or subject. This helps people to find you online. Feel free to follow me on LinkedIn #amandassoaps and get more updates on my products. If you create a page on Linkedin and this post has been helpful to you I would like to know. Have fun creating and pursuing your passion.