Homemade Soaps Make Great Gifts

Give soaps made with finest natural ingredients to help clean and moisturize skin, such as goats' milk, aloe or shea butter. Handcrafted soaps are free from preservatives and synthetic chemicals that may irritate skin or leave a lingering antiseptic scent.

Match soap scent, shape and style to the d├ęcor of your loved one's kitchen or bathroom. Does your friend have a bathroom with flowered wallpaper? Give them guest soap that looks and smells like the flowers on the walls. Soap made with environmentally-friendly ingredients produces a rich and foamy lather.

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The Southern Christmas Show

The 45th Annual Souther Christmas Show starts this Wednesday, November 8th at The Park Expo in Charlotte, NC and runs through Nov. 18th. There are more than 6 acres of exhibitors, merchants, and crafters.

We look forward to exhibiting at this show all year. It is the start of a busy holiday season for us at Made by Elizabeth, and the Southern Christmas Show is a great way to kick off the season. This is a perfect place to find unique handmade Christmas and holiday presents.

Visit our booth #2234 in Independence Hall. If you mention this blog post, you will receive 15% off your purchase! Read more

Importance of Soap without Preservatives

If you have decided to make the switch to a healthier and more natural life style, you have become very aware of the poor side effects that additives and chemicals can have on the body. These substances are often in the form of preservatives that are placed in the items in an effort to limit waste.

Preservatives in skin care and cosmetics have been found to cause the skin to dry excessively, produce irritation, flaking, redness, and swelling. Individuals occasionally develop hives and itching as a result of regular use. It has been linked to premature aging and some forms of cancer.

These side effects often cause a person to purchase additional substances to counteract the negative effects that are experienced as a result, like lotions or body butters.

As you make a stronger commitment to living green, you will often find that handmade soap is an excellent alternative to many of the other cleansers available. This form of cleanser offers the ability to limit the amount of harmful preservatives that are found in most commercially made soaps.

Handcrafted soap also offers a wider variety in ingredients that can be selected to produce a desired scent or even address specific skin concerns. When natural preservatives such as vitamin E are not used in the composition of the soap, it is important to use a shrink wrap to maintain the quality of the soap. Read more

The Energizing Scent of Lemongrass

Lemongrass is the perfect scent for when you need an energy boost. It has a very clean, crisp aroma, with a distinct citrusy lemon feel with a touch of botanical grasses. It is praised for its stimulating properties and exotic fragrance. The overall effect is purifying, refreshing, and energizing.

Lemongrass has long been used in traditional medicines, aromatherapy, and even cooking. This slender, aromatic grass is native to the tropical areas of Asia and much of the world's supply is grown in India, Guatemala, Africa, and Sri Lanka. Lemongrass scented candles, oils, and soaps are popular the world over, and for good reasons. With its strong rejuvenating properties and uplifting nature, it helps revitalize the body and mind. The clear, sweet, lemony scent blends well with many other essential oils and aromas like chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, and patchouli, just to name a few.

With mood enhancing abilities and an invigorating fragrance, lemongrass makes wonderful soaps and body cleansers. The sparkling, fresh scent helps clear the mind and raise energy levels. With botanical, earthy undertones, lemongrass soaps aren't overly sweet or cloying, just clean and refreshing. Washing with lemongrass can be the perfect way to start the day, its aromatic properties helping to wake up the senses and getting you energized for the rest of the day. So lather up for a bright, natural vitality boost.

Many aromatherapy enthusiasts use lemongrass oils when they need a refreshing pick me-
up. After a long, hard day the crisp, citrusy scent of lemongrass can help you fight fatigue, calm rattled nerves, and invigorate the senses. The sweet fragrance has been known to reduce stress related symptoms, uplift ones mood, and help with mental clarity and concentration. It is great for keeping the winter time blues at bay or for when you just want a bright, energizing aroma. Read more

Buying Handmade Products Locally

There are many wonderful and varied reasons to buy handmade things, and handmade soap is no exception. There is nothing to compare with the value, the purity, the safety, and unparalleled beauty of handmade items. Beautifully handcrafted soap will bring a new appreciation into your life of all things natural.

The handcrafted soap and other items from Made by Elizabeth are made with ingredients that are completely free of harsh chemicals and unhealthy preservatives.

This soap produces a fine creamy lather that is gently cleanses the skin while also moisturizing. They are beautiful and special, just right for you or just right for a thoughtful, one of a kind gift.

Choose from guest soaps a little smaller than four ounces, or from molded or wrapped soaps that are larger that four ounces. Each bar of soap is unique.

Not only can you purchase this soap online at www.madebyelizabeth, but these products are also available in several boutiques and other stores all across the United States. Read more

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The Relaxing Scent of Lavender

The fresh scent of relaxing lavender can fill the air with a beautiful aromatic scent that can ease even the most troubled of minds. The pleasant aroma is generally regarded as an easy to take, and subtle smell; which may be the reason it has been a largely popular fragrance for soaps, essential oil perfumes, and home sprays. But, the mystique of Lavender may go much deeper than a simply pleasant odor. It is believed that lavender actually triggers a reaction in the human brain that stimulates relaxation.

Lavender is a flowering plant that is part of the mint family. The flower produces oils that have been used medicinally for centuries. The general consensus remains to be that lavender offers a relaxing and aromatic scent that can actually aid in sleep and can be used as a calming agent. A medical study found that the smell of lavender, when inhaled, slows the nervous system slightly which is what produces the calming affect that many people report.

Lavender has long been used as a fragrance in handmade soaps. Handcrafted soaps that contain lavender essential oils should be used each night prior to bet to promote a better sleep. The smell, during a shower or bath, and the after affects of the lingering scent can help calm the anxiety of most anyone. Additionally the slowing of the nervous system can help the body ready itself for sleep.

In folklore lavender is often used to cure the restless mind. Stores of pillows being stuffed with lavender to promote a good night's sleep date back for centuries. The general believe that lavender is calming has been proven true by medical studies. The use of the essential oil extracted from Lavender has also shown signs of promise in treating Alopecia. Its potential use in treating anxiety disorders is still in trials.

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Handmade soap with Natural Ingredients

Natural Shea Butter is extracted from a nut found inside the fruit of the African Karite tree. The trees are not farmed and cultivated but instead grow wild and may live for hundreds of years in regions of Western and Central Africa. However it does take approximately 30 years or more before a Karite tree will bare fruit. Therefore the tree is protected from destruction because it is a valuable food source, it supplies medicinal properties and is particularly beneficial as a skin and hair emollient. The tree provides a source of income for primarily African women who are employed in the laborious production of shea butter.

The benefits of shea butter seem nearly endless as it naturally includes vitamins A, E and F. Each of these important nutrients work wonders at soothing, moisturizing and balancing the hydration of the skin. The fatty acid properties of shea butter also cause it to be easily absorbed, bringing about healing and softening of rough, dry and chapped skin. It is known that because of its natural moisturizing advantage, shea butter may help to reduce premature aging and help fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The emollient, skin softening ability of shea butter has even been credited to relieving the itch and inflammation of dermatitis rashes and recently has been found to help those bothersome skin conditions, psoriasis and eczema.

Made by Elizabeth, Handmade Natural Soaps are crafted from exceptionally fine ingredients, and then poured into rare French molds. Shea Butter is a key ingredient in one of the available types. The shea butter soaps gently cleanse and create rich, luxuriant lather that leaves the skin silky soft and moisturized. There are twelve wonderful fragrances and colors to choose from. The beauty aid and body benefit of these soaps make them a useful, thoughtful, pretty and affordable gift for giving away to your friends and loved ones, while at the same time treating yourself to a bit of Read more

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Natural Soaps

Have you ever found that soaps that you purchase at the grocery store are not meeting up to your expectations?

Conventional soaps are made with harsh drying chemicals that aren't good for your body or the environment. Using a traditional soap will leave your skin feeling dry and rough. These soaps don't help your skin, but essentially do more damage than good.

People with typical skin may find that after using them, their skin may feel dried and poorly treated. People who are already suffering from skin conditions such as acne or eczema may find that the standard soap will only heighten the issues that already plague them.

Soap's purpose is to leave you feeling clean and fresh but when a soap is doing the opposite, you need a new solution. You may be saying to yourself, "Sure, I'd love to purchase fancy soap, but it's so expensive. How do I know that it would even made a difference?" The difference is in the experience. There is an alternative to harsh store brand soaps.

You can choose to treat your skin the way it deserves to be treated. Your skin will be with you for life and it's the first aspect of you that people see. Why aren't you treating it well? There are natural options out there. Soap making is an art form and it takes someone who knows what your skin needs and how to treat it to make the products you need.

Elizabeth Connor has spent her life developing hand-poured soaps that will pamper you and leave your skin feeling luxuriously treated. She imports the best molds from Europe and create soaps that you deserve at prices you can afford. Best of all, these products are made from all natural ingredients such as goat's milk. Handmade natural soaps such as these are created to allow your skin to keep it's moisture and to leave you feeling clean and well kept. Best of all, these soaps are beautiful and have heavenly smells.

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Benefits of Using Natural Handmade Soaps with Shea Butter

One of the benefits of using natural handmade soaps with shea butter to wash your entire body is that your skin will completely absorb the moisture from the shea butter. After you use soap with shea butter, your skin will be rejuvenated. Most synthetic soap products contain ingredients that will rinse off your skin. This means that if you use these products every day, you are not properly moisturizing your skin. Your skin should to be moisturized on a daily basis. When you lather with soap that is made from shea butter, your will instantly feel softer. After you step out of the shower, your skin will feel like silk.

Dry skin that is exposed to the wind and sun should be cleansed with natural handmade soaps with shea butter. Shea butter will soothe your skin and make it very soft. Your skin will not show signs of redness or irritation when you cleanse it using natural handmade soaps with shea butter because shea butter is an organic ingredient. Most people with dry or sensitive skin are unable to use regular soap because it will cause their skin to have an allergic reaction. Shea butter is very gentle on your skin and will not dry it.

Using natural handmade soaps with shea butter will help your skin look younger. Because your skin is able to absorb all of the moisture from the shea butter, you will look revived. Your pores will be smaller and your skin will glow. Any fine lines will look smoother, resulting in a more youthful appearance. After just a few days of using soap with shea butter in it, you will notice a dramatic difference in the way your skin feels. Shea butter will calm your skin and give your complexion a vibrant tone. Taking care of your skin by using natural handmade soaps with shea butter will help your skin look and feel its best. Read more

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