Monday, August 31, 2009

Wild West SoapFest

I spent yesterday at the Wild West SoapFest that was hosted by The Arizona Conference. Those girls sure know how to put on an event. It was my first time to one of the TAC events, and I am hooked and cannot wait for more. I even won a prize. I never win anything so I was very excited about that. I won a wonderful 3D soap mold generously donated by one of the members. Can’t wait to try it out.

There were 3 different classed. First class was CP (Cold Process) soap and we did 3 different ones, a shaving soap with additives, a layered soap, and a slab swirl.

Then it was on to Melt and Pour. I have to admit I had no intentions to do Melt and Pour soap, but it was a lot of fun and you can get so creative with it. Melt and Pour soap is basically like it sounds, melt down a premade base, and pour into your mold. Very easy….so that is where creativity takes over to dress it up. Oh the things you can do.

Then the last class was my favorite. Mineral Makeup. This will be so fun, and I possibly see a Minerals line in my future.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Welcome to Luster Canyon

I have very sensitive skin, so in my quest for milder products I fell in love with the process of making bath and body products for myself. I started with a simple lotion bar recipe, then tried lip balms for my daughter, after that I was intrigued with creating lotion, and have now broadened to soap making.

My products, although made with a lot of natural ingredients, are not considered as “all natural”. In my opinion, unless absolutely everything in your product has grown on a tree or in the ground…it is not “all natural”. Some items need a preservative, some are flavored/scented and/or colored and of course sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide are used in making soap. However all of my products are handcrafted from scratch.

At Luster Canyon, Inc. we use quality ingredients, beginning our soap recipes with a variety of vegetable oils such as Coconut, Olive and Palm. We then add specialty oils and butters, that when combined together bring all the best qualities to your completed bar of soap. Fragrance oils or essential oils are sometimes added for scent, and for color or design; we use cosmetic-grade micas, pigments, dyes and natural herbs and spices.For those with allergies or sensitivities, we can also make a more basic soap with no additional additives or scents.

We handcraft a variety of products including:
  • Soaps
  • Lotions
  • Creams
  • Whipped Body Butter
  • Bath Fizzies
  • Sugared Body Scrubs
  • Lip Balms
  • Arnica Sore Muscle Rub

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