<![CDATA[FantaSTICK <br />Soap Co. - From the Soap Kitchen (Blog)]]>Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:11:00 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Bath Time Fun - Not Just For Kids Anymore!]]>Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:42:40 GMThttp://fantasticksoapco.weebly.com/from-the-soap-kitchen-blog/bath-time-fun-not-just-for-kids-anymorePicture
Remember how much fun you had at bath time as a child? Why should those days be long gone?

As it turn out, with the right toys and accessories, you can turn bathing back into a fun and luxurious experience!

And don't forget the ducky!

Whatever you choose to make your bath a relaxing and fun experience, be sure to treat your skin well with high quality soaps, oils, salts or other bath additives. After all, that's what bathing is for, right?

3 Tips for Bath Time Relaxation

~ via Marinstat.com

There’s nothing better at the end of a long, stressful day than a relaxing warm bath. Below are three tips you may find surprising, but really work to make your bath truly refreshing and relaxing.

#1 – Prepare in Advance

Before you head to the bath, make sure everything is ready ahead of time. One of the first steps to doing this is giving your bathroom, and especially the bathtub a thorough cleaning. Be sure to remove any of your children’s toys, and have a fresh, fluffy towel and bathrobe near the tub for when you’re ready to get out. If you have a bathroom heater, go ahead and switch it on before getting in to avoid those uncomfortable chills when you leave the warm water. Gather any bath recipes or bubble solutions you plan to use before hand, and go ahead and pour yourself that nice, chilled glass of wine. With everything set up, you avoid having to hop in and out, which can really put a damper on the relaxation that is supposed to be occurring.

#2 – Shower First

It may seem silly to shower before you get into the bath, but it works. Taking a few quick minutes to shower off before running your warm bathwater avoids any lingering feeling of dirt or grime that you may have accumulated during your work day. This way, you don’t have to worry about jumping up and getting clean after your bath, or try to wash up in the tub. Your bath will be solely for the pleasure and relaxation of it. Make the process of showering part of your bath. Choose an exfoliating sponge or soap, and give your body a good scrubbing. When you get in the bath you’ll feel ready to soak and relax for a good, long time.

#3 – Throw in Some Extras

If your muscles are feeling particularly tense and sore, or if you’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, consider throwing some extras into your bath. There are a variety of products out there, but for muscle tension and soreness, nothing works better than using some mineral salts. For trouble sleeping, enhance that mineral salts with a little lavender bath scent, which will help to further relax and prepare you for a restful night in dreamland.

Our Favorite Bath Time Accessories:

<![CDATA[Taking Care of Your Skin in the Summer Sun]]>Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:31:25 GMThttp://fantasticksoapco.weebly.com/from-the-soap-kitchen-blog/taking-care-of-your-skin-in-the-summer-sun~ via the DailyGlow.com
With the change of seasons, you need to change up your routine! A little less of this (heavy lotions and moisturizers) and a little more of this (sunscreen) is the name of the game. Follow these quick tips for revamping your skin care routine for the summer.

1. Slather on the Sunscreen

The first rule in sun protection is to slather on the sunscreen. A healthy skin care routine starts with a broad spectrum of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Dr. David Leffell, a dermatologist from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, recommends paying particular attention to the tops of feet, ears, chest, and lips — areas that are often neglected.

2. Lighten Up Your Makeup

Try to lighten up on your makeup — just like you would your wardrobe. You don't wear a sweater in August, so why wear heavy foundation? Play with mineral powders that cover imperfections, yet absorb oils without settling into your skin.

3. Discover Oil-Reducers

High temperatures can lead to oily skin and clogged pores. For an easy fix, carry blotting tissue, or even thin napkins to dab away excess oils. After a long day in the smoldering heat, revive your skin with a face mask containing kaolin, white clay that absorbs impurities like oils, toxins and pollution. Just don't go overboard with face cleansing — if you strip your skin of natural oils too frequently, you'll send your oil glands into overdrive. A quick swab of witch hazel will do the job nicely.

4. Sunless Tanners

If you can't resist that sunkissed glow, get your tan on before you hit the beach. Beauty companies have hundreds of products that offer a radiant glow and maintain healthy skin in a variety of forms, including creams, towelettes, and lotions. If you want a flawless, full-body tan, try spray tanning at a reputable salon.

5. Don a Hat

Whether it's a wide-brimmed straw style, a canvas hat, or even a visor — a hat will keep the sun out of your face and protect wrinkle prone areas, like your forehead.

6. Grab Some Shades

The bigger the better. Not only will you shield the delicate skin around the area, you'll also keep the actual eye from future damage, like cataracts, macular degeneration, skin cancer around the eyelids, and photokeratitis. Check that the lenses have 100% UV protection.

7. Pucker Up to Lip Balm

Use a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher. Since our lips are in use all the time, reapply the balm as needed or every two hours. Choose formulas with zinc oxide, but stay away from anything too glossy that will attract the sun rays.

8. Open Up an Umbrella

Umbrellas are not just for a rainy day. Umbrellas and parasols are perfect for shielding your sensitive skin from the sun. You'll be cooler and protected. No umbrella on hand? Remember to walk in the shade.

With just a few changes to your skin care routine, you can have beautiful — even sunkissed — skin this summer.

<![CDATA[Online Craft Shows and Faery Tales]]>Wed, 22 May 2013 02:19:29 GMThttp://fantasticksoapco.weebly.com/from-the-soap-kitchen-blog/online-craft-shows-and-faery-talesPicture
It has been a busy week in the Soap Kitchen, but the doors are finally open on our Booth at EZCraftShow.com's May Online Craft Show.

Our booth is full of select soaps from our Etsy store, at discounted prices. In addition, we have dropped a coupon code to get any bar of soap from the Etsy store at the same discount. It's a great deal, no matter how you order from us!

This week we also unveiled two new scents from the Soap Kitchen: Ocean Breeze Olive Oil Soap with Dead Sea Salts and Once Upon A Time Goat's Milk Soap. Designed for very different audiences, these two scents are the perfect pair for the women in your life.

Send mom away on a tropical vacation with the Ocean Breeze surrounding her with the scent of sea spray, green cactus, sea moss and driftwood. The perfect way to unwind after a long day.

Then for the little princess in your life, there's a faery tale to be explored in Once Upon A Time, blending vanilla and soft musk with a splash of pink and a pinch of faery dust.

Both are available in the shop now.