Fuego! – May Soap Challenge

For this month’s challenge we were required to make soap with a tear drop dresign. Some of the beautiful examples I saw from this month’s challenge reminded me of little candle flames. I couldn’t help thinking of the Angolan expression “Isso é fogo” meaning “This is fire” as I assessed the outcome of the first failed batch. The expression is often used when one is in a tough or challenging situation.

Since I was using colors associated with fire anyways, I decided to name this soap ‘Fuego’ which means ‘fire’ in Spanish.

I made the soap at about 90 degrees and used slow moving oils like sweet almond oil and virgin olive oil. The soap is scented with peppermint and patchouli essential oils for an earthy and fresh feel.

Below are some photos of the ‘making’ as well as the ones from the ‘failed’ batch.

Enjoy!

Prepared by Preciosa Fançony-Babatope.

Micas and oxides ready for mixing.
Micas and oxides ready for mixing.
Top of the fuego soap when I got done pouring.
Top of the fuego soap when I got done pouring.

 

Fuego soap ready for cutting.
Fuego soap ready for cutting.

 

Fuego soap
Fuego soap.

 

Fuego soap
Fuego soap.

 

On tentative one, the soap was too liquid and the soap for the rear kept on sinking.
On tentative one, the soap was too liquid and the soap for the tear kept on sinking.

 

Soap bars from tentative one. No tear ;-(
Soap bars from tentative one. No tear ;-(

Palanca Soaps

For this month’s challenge soap makers were challenged to create a soap that best described where they are from or live. I decided to create a soap that connected several unique items from my country of origin, Angola and the country I now live in, Nigeria.

The chosen concept was to create a semi-rimmed soap with a baobab fruit soap in the middle. The inspiration for the rim was the Angolan flag and the samacaca fabric which has 3 colors (red, black, and yellow) in common with the flag. The samacaca fabric is one of the traditional fabrics used by the Mumuila and Mucubal tribes in the southern part of Angola.

The soap core was made primarily with baobab fruit juice. The baobab tree (Adansonia digitata), grows in most parts of Angola. The fruit is much loved by Angolans and consumed in the form of juice, purees, as sorbets or eaten raw.

I included cocoa butter and shea butter sourced from Nigeria. The essential oil scent of choice was lemongrass, a tea very much appreciated by Angolans.

Finally, I decorated the soap with the silhouette of the (Black) Giant Black Sable antelope (Hippotragus niger variani). This antelope is quite rare and is endemic to the northern part of Angola, in the Malange province. This animal was once thought to be extinct as a result of decades of civil war in the region, a research team found the antelopes alive and well about 11 years ago. This antelope is a national symbol and has been adopted as an emblem in the logo of the national airline and several other companies.

Below are several of the photos of the preparation of the soap. Please learn more about Angola by searching on Google and Wikipedia the following: Angola, Luanda, Huila, Malanje, Kizomba, Giant sable Antelope, African baobab tree, Mucubal, Mumuila, Samacaca, TAAG airlines.

‘Obrigada!’ (That is ‘thank you’ in Portuguese)

Inspiration Photos:

 

Flag of the Republic of Angola
Flag of the Republic of Angola

 

The "samacaca" fabric.
The “samacaca” fabric.

 

Male Giant Sable antelope. Photo by Misososafrica Blog
Male Giant Sable antelope. Photo by Misososafrica Blog
Photo by Ferdinand Reus.
Baobab tree. Photo by Ferdinand Reus.

Preparation of the baobab fruit juice:

Baobab fruit.

Baobab fruit seeds and fibers left behind after the rest of the fruit is boiled.
Baobab fruit seeds and fibers left behind after the rest of the fruit is boiled.

The “Palanca” soap:

Antelope mold preparation.

Antelope mold preparation.

Palanca soap rim.
Palanca soap rim.
Inserting the antelopes.
Inserting the antelopes.

 

Palanca Soaps

Palanca Soaps

Palanca Soaps

Palanca Soaps

Palanca Soaps

 

Work by: Preciosa Fancony-Babatope

 

O Nosso Catálogo Para A Feira ESTÁ PRONTO!!! | Our December Fair Catalogue IS READY!!!

Temos a honra de anunciar que estaremos vendendo os nossos sabonetes e champôs na Feira do Artesanato de Luanda na Ilha do Cabo. Será neste sábado, dia 12 de Dezembro a partir das 9 horas. Até lá!

We are honored to announce that we will be selling our soaps and shampoos at the Luanda Cape Island Artisan Fair. It will occur this Saturday, December 12, at 9 am. See you there!

Catálogo_Catalogue

 

Limpando A Sua Pele Naturalmente

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O seu corpo produz milhões de novas células da pele durante todo o ano. As células mortas da sua pele são produzidas diáriamente num ritual melhor explicado pela ciência. Mas aonde é que essa pele mortas vai? Bem, muitas das células são removidas quando toma banho e limpa a sua pele com um pano e até mesmo quando você remove a maquiagem. No entanto, isso não é suficiente para ajudar a evitar que a sujidade e as células mortas se acumulem na sua pele. Esta acumulação passa a facilitar com que as bactérias se instalem e causem infecções, inchaços, e alergias.

Porquê esfoliar?

A esfoliação regular (uma vez por semana) pode ajudar na remoção de células mortas da pele. Isso se torna ainda mais importante quando você está exposto a muitos agentes que obstruem os poros (por exemplo, maquiajem, sujidade, cremes, etc.) e com o avanço da idade.

Colombiana
Colombiana

A esfoliação remove as células mortas da pele, expondo as células novas e saudáveis ​​da pele. A esfoliação da pele também é importante para reduzir e até mesmo prevenir os pêlos encravados, remover pele escamosa, remover a sujidade, pontas brancas, pontos pretos, toxinas, desobstruir os poros e reduzir inflamações causadas pelo acne.

Quantas vezes você deve esfoliar a pele?

Recomenda-se uma esfolição pelo menos uma vez por semana, no entanto, isto irá variar dependendo do tipo de pele de cada pessoa; algumas pessoas podem exigir esfoliação até 2 vezes por semana, mas deve dar tempo suficiente entre as sessões para que a sua pele recupere. Note que esfoliar com demasiada frequência ou agressivamente pode ser mau para a sua pele e torná-la sensível.

Quando você não deve esfoliar?

  • Dentro de 24 horas entre esfoliações. Dê um a dois dias entre estas sessões de limpeza para ajudar a sua pele a recuperar da acção abrasiva dos esfoliantes.
  • Se você tem pele muito sensível ou sofre de uma condição da pele que requer atenção médica.
  • Você tem uma queimadura solar ou uma ferida. Deixe sua pele curar! Alguns dos agentes esfoliantes mais comuns em sabonetes naturais e cosméticos incluem aveia, lufas, sais, pedras-pome, argilas, carvão activado, e café granulado. Os agentes esfoliantes mais leves, como carvão activado, argilas e pós de pedra-pome, são os melhores para o seu rosto e as peles sensíveis. Todos os outros agentes esfoliantes, como café granulado, lufas, sais e aveia granulada são apropriados para o resto do seu corpo.

Que tipo de agentes esfoliantes naturais são comumente usados?

Alguns dos agentes esfoliantes mais comuns em sabonetes naturais e cosméticos incluem aveia, lufas, sais, pedras-pome, argilas, carvão activado, e café granulado. Os agentes esfoliantes mais leves, como carvão activado, argilas e pós de pedra-pome, são os melhores para o seu rosto e as peles sensíveis. Todos os outros agentes esfoliantes, como café granulado, lufas, sais e aveia granulada são apropriados para o resto do seu corpo.

Carpe Diem
Carpe Diem

A nossa Linha Spa tem actualmente 3 sabonetes que podem ser usados ​​para todas as necessidades esfoliantes.

  • Clay Butterfly (Borboleta de Argila): infundido com as propriedades calmantes de flores de camomila e argilas brasileiras, este sabonete foi formulado para esfoliar a pele facial.
  • Colombiana: este sabonete contém chocolate e tem café granualdo fazendo-lhe adequado para a esfoliação corporal (excluindo pele facial), especialmente da pele teimosa dos cotovelos, joelhos e calcanhares.
  • Carpe Diem: este é um sabonete de barbear com carvão activado. É adequado para limpar a pele enquanto corta o pelo ou faz a barba, ajudando ao mesmo tempo a prevenir o desenvolvimento de pêlos encravados..

Dicas da Preciosa para melhor esfoliar a pele

Siga estes passos simples para uma esfoliação eficaz da sua pele facial antes de ir para a cama:

  1. Molhe seu rosto com água morna ou, se você tiver ferramentas mais avançadas, use uma máquina de vapor perto de seu rosto sem escaldá-lo. Isso ajuda a abrir os poros, tornando mais fácil limpá-los.

    Clay Butterfly
    Clay Butterfly
  2. Com a mesmo água morna esfregue o sabonete esfoliante Clay Butterfly entre as mãos até que crie espuma.
  3. Aplique a espuma para o seu rosto e em um movimentos circulares, esfregando suavemente.
  4. Retire a espuma com água morna. Repita os passos 1-4, se necessário.
  5. Quando terminar, lave o rosto com água fria. Isso vai ajudar a fechar os poros e revitalizar a sua pele
  6. Aplique seu creme hidratante favorito.
  7. Proteja a sua pele do rosto dos raios solares e use protector solar durante 1 dia após esfoliar.

Se você quiser esfoliar outras partes do corpo, utilize o nosso sabonete Colombiana. O café granulado é um esfoliante para o corpo incrível.

– Equipe da Preciosa Produtos Artesanais (PHP). –

Aviso: As informações contidas neste artigo é protegido por direitos autorais. Qualquer duplicação deste artigo tem de ser pré-aprovados pelo Preciosa equipe Handmade produtos.

Recursos: A Woman’s Health e Huffington Post.

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Cleaning Your Skin The Natural Way

Your body produces millions of new skin cells all year round. Dead skin cells are produced daily in a ritual best explained by science. But where do those dead skins go? Well, many of them are removed when you shower and clean your skin with a cloth and even when you remove make up. However, this is not enough to help prevent dirt and dead skin build up in your skin. This build up happens to be an enabler for bacteria to set and cause infections, bumps, and allergies.

Why exfoliate? 

Regular exfoliation (once a week) can help your skin with the removal of dead skin cells. This becomes even more important  when you are exposed to many agents that clog your pores (e.g. make up, dirt, lotions, etc.) and as you age.

Colombiana
Colombiana

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells,  exposing new and healthier skin cells. Exfoliating the skin is also important to reduce and even prevent ingrown hairs, remove flaky skin, remove dirt, white heads, blackheads, toxins, unclog pores and reduce acne bumps.

How many times should you exfoliate your skin?

It is recommended that we exfoliate at least once a week,  however, this will vary depending  on each person’s skin type; Some folks may require exfoliation up to 2 times per week, just ensure you give enough time between sessions for the skin to recover. Note that exfoliating too frequently or vigorously can be harsh to your skin and make it sensitive.

When you should not exfoliate? 

  • Within 24 hours of exfoliating. Give a couple of days between these cleansing sessions to help your skin recover from the abrasive action of your exfoliants.
  • If you have very sensitive skin or a skin condition that requires medical attention.
  • You have a sunburn or a wound. Let your skin heal!

 

What type of natural exfoliating agents are commonly used? 

Some of the most common exfoliating agents in natural soaps and cosmetics include oatmeal, loofas, salts, pumice, clays, activated charcoal, and coffee grounds. The milder exfoliating agents like activated charcoal, clays, and pumice powder, are the best for your face and sensitive skins. All the other exfoliating agents like coffee grounds, loofas, salts, and ground oatmeal are appropriate for the rest of your body.

Carpe Diem
Carpe Diem

Our Spa Line currently has 3 soaps that can be used for all exfoliating needs.

  • Clay Butterfly: infused with the calming properties of chamomile flowers and brazillian clays, this soap was designed to exfoliate your facial skin.
  • Colombiana: this soap is infused with chocolate and has coffee grounds appropriate for body exfoliation (excluding facial skin), especially the stubborn elbows, knees, and heels.
  • Carpe Diem: this is a shaving soap with activated charcoal. It’s appropriate to clean the skin as the user shaves the hair, helping to prevent the development of ingrown hairs.

 

Preciosa’s Exfoliating Tips 

Follow these simple steps for a simple and effective exfoliation of the facial skin before going to bed:

  1. Wet your face with lukewarm water or, if you have more advance tools, use a vapor making machine close to your face without burning it. This helps open up your pores making it easier to clean the pores.

    Clay Butterfly
    Clay Butterfly
  2. With the same warm water rub your Clay Butterfly exfoliating soap between your hands until it lathers.
  3. Apply the foam to your face and work it in in a circular motion, rubbing gently.
  4. Remove the foam with lukewarm water. Repeat steps 1-4 if necessary.
  5. When done, rinse  your face with cool water. This will help close your pores and revitalize your skin
  6. Apply your favorite moisturizer.
  7. Protect your face skin from sun rays and use sunblock for 1 day after exfoliating.

If you want to exfoliate other body parts, use our Colombiana soap. The coffee grounds are an amazing exfoliator for the body.

– Preciosa Handmade Products (PHP) team. –

Notice: The information in this article is copyrighted.  Any duplication of this article has to be pre-approved by the Preciosa Handmade Products team.

Resources: A Woman’s Health and Huffington Post.

Soap Challenge – Eye of the Tiger!!!

For this month’s Great Cakes Soap challenge, I tried to create a fun and colorful soap design based on Tatiana Serko’s wall pour design, as required by the challenge. The technique was quite simple, but my initial fragrance choice and some other formulation factors almost spoiled the fun :-(.

A few tries later I settled for a color palette that reminded me of tiger stripes and a nourishing formula containing avocado oil. The results are shown below. I named the soap “Eye of the Tiger” (that song kept on ringing in my ear). It was scented with some citrus notes that included orange, lemongrass, and Wasabi.
I have added one other photo of a soap made with the left over batter just for fun (nothing went to waste :-D). Hope you like them!

"The Eye of the Tiger" soap
“The Eye of the Tiger” soap
The Eye of the Tiger soap
The Eye of the Tiger soap
Made additional soap circles with the left over soap batter. It turned out very cool! :-)
Made additional soap circles with the left over soap batter. It turned out very cool! :-)

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PINK LEOPARD

This ‪#‎SoapSaturday‬ we have our “Pink Leopard” soap which us part of our Special Edition for the Pink October and Breast Cancer Awareness month. Designed with the rare and rejuvenating Tamanu oil and fragranced with a blend of floral notes and lemongrass, each soap bar costs $12 or the equivalent in Naira. #‎pinkoctober‬ ‪#‎soapshare‬ ‪#‎breastcancerawareness‬

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