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  • Body Bars
    Cold Process soapmaking is the act of mixing fixed oils (common oils include Olive, Coconut, and Unrefined African Shea Butter) with an alkali (Sodium Hydroxide). The result is a chemical process called saponification, where the composition of the oils change with the help of the sodium hydroxide to create a bar of soap. Cold Process soap takes 4-6 weeks to cure. We use natural colorants and mostly essential oils for scent and benefits; however, if we do use any natural fragrances it will always be labeled. Our soaps offer a great lather and are non-drying. How should I care for my body bars? Our handmade soap doesn't contain any synthetic preservatives or artificial hardeners. With just a little care, you can prolong the life of your new natural body bars! Don't let your soap drown in water. Built in soap dishes are notorious for that. Feed your soap plenty of fresh air between uses. The drier it gets, the longer it will last. Store your soap on a well drained soap dish at all times. Use a cotton wash cloth or loofah to extend its life rather than rubbing the bar all over yourself. Use your fresh new soap within 6 months of purchase. It's natural soap and natural ingredients have an expiry date! Store unused soap in a dark, dry, room temp place like a lingerie drawer or linen closet. Excessive heat, light, and moisture are natural soap's worst enemies.
  • Candles
    Our handcrafted concrete vessel scented candles are hand-poured using coconut wax. Our candles are thoughtfully crafted without parabens, phthalates, and glycol. When we light candles made from paraffin, we are basically filling our homes, spaces and lungs with toxic air pollution and that release carbon soot. How should I care for my candles? Wooden wicks provide a unique experience when used in candles. Just like with cotton wicks, they need maintenance in order to perform at their best. The care for a wooden wick, however, is somewhat different from that of a cotton wick. It's important to always keep your wooden wick trimmed to around 1/8", which is shorter than you might think. You'll want to knock off any ash from the tip of your wick before relighting, and ensure you have a full melt pool before blowing out your candle. Make your first burn count! The first burn of your wood wick is the most important in determining how well the wick will perform for the rest of the candle's life. Give your candle enough time to create an even wax pool across the breadth of the candle before blowing it out. This will take between one-to-two hours. Candle wax has a memory. If you don’t allow a full melt pool to form, it can tunnel. And when you burn it again, it may continue to tunnel even when allowed to burn for a long time. Burning the candle until you have an even wax pool every time, but especially the first time, is the key to a long-lasting candle that is relatively problem-free. Keep your wick trimmed. Just like a cotton wick, wooden wicks need to be trimmed in order to perform at their best. Keep the wick trimmed between 1/8” and 3/16” so the wax can be drawn up the wick properly. If the wick is too long, it may not be able to draw the wax and the result will be a poor flame. Knock ash off of your wick. As your wood wick burns, a small amount of ash will build up on the top of the wick. This needs to be knocked off after the candle is cool for the best burn. If your flame is burning low or not burning well, ash build-up may be the problem. It's also important to keep debris out of the candle itself. Make sure to remove ash from the candle before relighting. Be patient! Wooden wicks can take longer to catch than other candles. Hold the match or lighter to the wick for several seconds to help it catch. Limit a candle's burn for no more than 4 hours at a time. Candles left lit longer than 4 hours are more likely to cause a glass jar and/or the wax to heat up too hot causing a flashpoint or explosion due to the constant contact to a hot flame. Soot can build up and clog the wick resulting in an explosive candle that shatters glass. The best solution is extinguish the candle after 3 hours, let it cool for a little bit, then relight it again. Remaining wax... It's normal for there to be a small amount of wax left in the bottom of the candle. Your candle is finished when the wick clip is visible beneath the wax. It’s normal to have up to ½” of wax leftover. After your candle vessel is completely wax free, add soil to the vessel and do the following: 1. Soak the accompanying seed paper dust cover in water for an hour. 2. Place your soaked seed paper in the soil and cover with 1/3" of additional soil. 3. Place it in a sunny spot (keep soil moist) and watch it grow! We love a good sustainable upcycle!
  • Essential Oils
    Essential oils* are usually distilled (frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils are not oily at all and most are clear (some are amber or yellow in color). Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it comes from. Some refer to them as the "life force" of the plant. The use of essential oils has a long history and many believe in the healing power of these high concentrated oils. Essential oils have different therapeutic properties which are used to promote health, encourage healing and lift mood. *Please research and learn about the essential oils you are choosing to use on you and your family. Several essential oils are contrainidicated for pregnancy and/or breastfeeding. Consult with a qualified aromatherapist or healthcare professional before using essential oils on or around pregnant or breastfeeding women. If you or your child have any medical condition or are taking any medications, consult with a qualified aromatherapist or healthcare professional before using any essential oils.
  • Fragrances
    While we use mostly essential oils, sometimes we do use a natural fragrance or a phthalate-free fragrance to appeal to a larger audience. These are always clearly labeled so you can make choices to best fit your needs.
  • Salts
    We primarily use sea salt which is distilled directly from seawater and contains some trace minerals naturally found in seawater. It comes in a number of grain sizes and doesn't contain any additives. We combine sea salt and essential oils with epsom salt which is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. What are some common uses of bath salts? Exfoliation: Make a paste and apply it on your skin for an energised experience. Natural scrub: Bath salt pastes can also work as amazing natural scrubs. Foot bath: Bath salts can also be used for a quick yet refreshing round of footbath. Add 1/4 cup of salts to a half cup of water and use it to wash your feet for freshness and protection from toenail fungus.
  • Moisturizing Body Lotion
    Why did you change from Whipped Body Butter to Moisturizing Body Lotion? Body Butters tend to be made up of 99% oils with a small percentage of moisturizing agents, such as aloe vera. While oils can seal in moisture, they do not provide it. The first--and largest percentage--of our natural ingredients is water, then aloe, then oils, which makes for a much more moisturizing and soothing feel to the skin. How long does it take to absorb? Everyone's skin absorbs products at different rates. And this body butter is 100% natural, so there are no chemicals involved to help speed up absorption. It may take a little longer for some people's skin to absorb depending on various factors such as the weather, how dry your skin is, or how much of the product you used. The majority of the product should be absorbed in the first few moments. If you are finding it takes longer, try using a little less or apply onto damp (instead of dry) skin when just out of the shower. What is the shelf life of your Beauty Marks Moisturizing Body Lotion? We use all natural ingredients and stay away from using harsh chemicals to preserve our products. The shelf life for Beauty Marks Mositurizing Body Lotion is up to 6 months from purchase, possibly longer if you store in a cool dry place. It will definitely last longer than if it is exposed to extreme or greatly varying temperatures.
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