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Easy Makeup Removal

Just like that

There are a wealth of products out there for removing make-up, including the now popular micellar water, which claims to attract the make-up particles to itself, thus removing all traces with one swipe. Not so fast…I’ve tried this product, as well as other oil-based removers, and always find I have something left behind, or that I’ve been tugging at my eyes more than I’d like. Even if you have one that works, I’ll bet it’s a synthetic product.

I’m trying to avoid synthetic skin products if I can help it (hence, The Soap Cabin!) and I basically quit the make-up removers in favour of plain old simple plant-based oil. (Synthetics tend to strip the skin of it’s protective oils, clog pores and/or generally irritate). My oil of choice is sweet almond oil (citrus dulcis):

You’ll need:

  • Sweet Almond oil (or another plant-based oil such as grapeseed)
  • Flannel or cotton face scrubbie
  • Sink filled with hot water (not too hot!)

Method:

  • Massage the oil into your face, concentrating on loosening eye make-up
  • Soak the flannel or scrubbie in hot water, wring out and use to gently wipe away make-up and oil (repeat a few times)
  • When your face is clean, follow with a little oil to moisturise
  • Voila!

And you’ve not used a single cotton wool pad.

You can buy our reuseable cotton face scrubbies here

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

 

What the Hemp?

Image courtesy of Pixabay

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!

p.s.

It’s funny how you don’t see what’s right in front of you. In my last post I told you that the only product we use plastic packaging with are our soaps. Since posting I realised our gift/display boxes have plastic lids so you can see what is in them – doh! Anyway, our intention to reduce plastic remains!

In the meantime I have been very happy with our new The Soap Cabin stickers and business cards which are getting our logo out there. Our next job is to redesign our soap labels to include the logo.

We are looking into which events to sell at this year and will let you know here and on our website very soon ????

Environmentally Speaking

Microbeads
Image courtesy of The Science Explorer

We heard in the news last week that the government has banned the use of plastic microbeads in the manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products. This is great news! As you may be aware, plastic microbeads are found in many products, such as exfoliating face scrubs, toothpastes, hand washes and many more. They are a cheap alternative to using say, ground coconut shell, but unfortunately they get washed down the plug hole and end up in our oceans where they are ingested by marine life – frightening! You might have seen the BBC’s Blue Planet II recently, which highlighted this terrible issue and how it is affecting our sea creatures.

You will be pleased to know that The Soap Cabin has never and will never use microbeads in our products. We are all about natural ingredients, so we use natural exfoliants including poppy seeds and pumice powder which, being naturally occurring, break down over time.

Plastic in itself is a bigger issue because so many products come encased in (far too much) plastic, which just ends up in landfill because it doesn’t biodegrade. The only plastic we currently use is in our soap packaging (cellophane wrap) because the soaps are vegetable glycerine-based and have to be kept air-tight to prevent attracting water and sweating. Although this is less wasteful than a hand wash bottle, it’s still plastic and something we want to think about going forward.

Read more here about the microbead ban.

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