March News

Cotton Face Scrubbies

Spring is almost with us and here at The Soap Cabin we have been looking at what events we can take part in this year. Great news – we’re going to be at Denham Village Fayre again on the end of May Bank Holiday Monday! It was sunny and very, very busy last year, so we are hoping for similar conditions this time around. I’ll also be attending a 4 day workshop, starting this weekend, learning everything there is to know (in more detail) about essential oils, which we use in our products and I’m extremely passionate about!

I recently bought a wool hat and scarf set, hand knitted by a crafter in Manchester because I’ve become more and more conscious of where (and how) my clothing and other products are made, and I wanted something unique.

Because I was her first ever customer, she sent me a free gift – a set of handmade 100% cotton face scrubbies! You basically use them to wash your face or remove makeup. The beauty of them is that they’re washable, so you can rinse, dry and use again! In terms of makeup removal, they’re so much better for the environment than using disposable face wipes.

So, I got in touch with the crafter to explain a bit about The Soap Cabin and place an order for some more. We’re very excited to say that we’ll have these handmade British products on our stall and on our online shop to purchase!

Why Handmade is Better

Why Handmade

  • A lot of care has gone into making the product
  • Will tend to be made in smaller batches, therefore a fresher product
  • No faceless mass production
  • You’re buying a quality product
  • You’re buying the real thing, not a copy
  • More likely to get a unique product (e.g. no two products or batches will be exactly the same)
  • Doesn’t feed into the wasteful throw-away culture of today
  • Supports local crafters
  • Buy purchasing handmade, you’re keeping craft skills alive

 

Why We Love Coconut Oil

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It seems as though everyone is talking about coconut at the moment. Whether it be using the oil to cook with or drinking the water for health, the coconut it has become extremely popular. But even putting that to one side, we love coconut oil for its amazing skin benefits!

Coconut oil (cocos nucifera) is solid at room temperature and melts onto the skin on contact. Being a natural vegetable oil produced from the meal of the tropical hairy tree nut, it is packed with essential fatty acids and vitamin E, which are vital for maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

Coconut products you buy on the high street usually smell lovely and sweet, but because the raw virgin oil usually only has a very subtle scent, makers and manufacturers will often add a synthetic coconut scent to enhance the aromatic experience.

So what are the benefits of coconut oil?

  • Excellent long-lasting moisturiser
  • Creates a protective barrier
  • Easily absorbed
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Anti-inflammatory (calms the skin)
  • Anti- bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Restorative and repairing to dry or damaged skin
  • Antioxidant (combats free-radical damage)
  • Great for moisturising a dry scalp
  • Conditions hair

We love to use coconut oil in all our body butters for its excellent skin boosting properties, and because it encapsulates the Caribbean skincare experience of course!

Go on, check out our coconut range in the shop

 

What the Hemp?

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Although originating from the same plant, yet not to be confused with the psycho-active drug, hemp oil has many amazing benefits!

Cannabis Sativa is cold-pressed from the Hemp plant seeds (rather than the leaves), and is full of vitamins and essential fatty acids (EFAs), which keep the skin plump and soft.

Hemp is known to have the following benefits:

  • Balances out oily skin
  • Light and non-greasy
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Easily absorbed
  • Hydrating
  • Suitable for all skin types

This light green oil has SO many amazing properties which make it ideal for problem skin, oily skin, dry skin, even acne, where the skin’s sebaceous glands go into overdrive and create more oil! The temptation is to try to remove the oil, but the skin’s natural reaction is to then produce more. Hemp oil can help balance this out by regulating the skin’s oil production.

Here at The Soap Cabin, we are in the process of creating new products using this amazing skin loving hemp oil, so watch this space!

Happy New Year!

20181230_150437_0001.pngHappy New Year! We hope you had a good Christmas with a LOT of chocolate. 

Apologies if you tried to access our website over the holidays – unfortunately it went down for several days. However, we have since sorted it out (obviously, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to read this post!), moved it over to another host and we have also made our site secure (you’ll notice a padlock and https in the address bar), so there should be no further issues.

So what’s coming up for us this year? As January and February are quiet months, we will be looking at what events we will be doing later in the year, and working on some new products. We hear that Chalfont Crafty Collective will be holding some markets this year, so we definitely want to be in on that! We’ve been really slack on writing the blog over the last year or two, so we will also be getting back into the writing habit and sharing some tips, information and other fun stuff!

We love natural oils, balms and butters and we used to make a Soothing Skin Balm which was perfect for dry, chapped skin, but we discontinued it after not selling as many as we would have hoped. However, we do love an all-purpose skin balm, so we will be looking at developing an exciting new one shortly…

Keep checking our Upcoming Events on the front page for details of where you can find our stall. Otherwise, our webshop is always open! :))

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