Monday, July 8, 2013

New and Improved!

Thanks for visiting my Two Scents!

At this writing, I will be changing the website on my labels to:

Zibbet is a great site, much like Etsy, where you can find hand-crafted items for sale.

If you can remember Zibbet ( think exhibit) and Two Scents Essentials, you should be able to find me!

Here you will find my current listings, photos, a clear description of the product and price. I think it will serve you much better. :)

As always, if there is something I have made for you in the past that you would like again, let me know. I usually can fill special orders and am happy to do it!


Monday, October 15, 2012

That 'Man' Smell

I laughed the first time I heard my friend mention her husband's closet had that 'man' smell.

I smiled when she said her son's room had a 'man' scent.

I got a little worried when I realized that both of my son's rooms had that 'man' smell....and so did the man that I sleep with.

Since then, I have opened windows, turned on fans, washed linens, all of which helped some, but the truth is that you can forget about the Scent of a Woman ( OK...we can talk about THAT another time), the scent of a man is something to contend with and wherever the man sleeps will eventually smell like...a man.

Trying to control myself from dumping ALL of my essential oils into a spray bottle and attacking their rooms, let me tell you what I landed on and why. :)

Many essential oils have anti-bacterial, air freshening qualities, but I chose lavender and peppermint...together. Lavender has long been used as an anti-bacterial, it purifies whatever it touches, it smells great and has been commonly used in men's cologne. In Europe Lavender used to used in hospitals as a disinfectant. I find that men often LIKE the smell which might be useful for it's intended purpose here. Peppermint has a fresh crisp scent that lingers and also has anti-bacterial, air-purifying qualities.

So now, whenever I find the need to adjust the man scent in my guy's rooms, I get my Lavender Peppermint Aromatherapy mist out and spray it on the bed, the pillow, the floor, the closet, the chair, the shoes, the get the idea.

Of course, opening the windows and washing the linens ( and the man) still help, but a man scent still creeps in...and I am ready with my spray bottle!

Thanks for reading my Two Scents!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What's the Difference Between Lotion and Body Butter?

Good question!

Lotion and Body Butter ARE different,but what IS the difference?

The difference is pretty simple. Both moisturizers contain oil ( unless it's an oil-free lotion which likely contains lots of ingredients including glycerin) ,but lotion also contains water. Body Butter ONLY has oils in it and no water, which makes it a very rich skin emollient.

When I make lotion, I use an emulsifier, like beeswax. When it is melted, it easily helps the oils and the water in the lotion to mix and hold together. The end result is a wonderful soft lotion! The water can help the lotion smooth on, the oils moisturize the skin and the beeswax holds all that wonderful moisture in!

A body butter uses no water and it's main ingredients are a hard oil  like cocoa butter, coconut oil or Shea butter  and a liquid oil which could be anything from olive oil, to argon oil, almond oil ...the list is extensive!
The two are basically melted together, along with a few other ingredients and whipped together as they cool. What you have to remember with a body butter is that you are getting pure oil on your skin and it will feel more oily than a lotion. I especially like a butter in the winter after a nice hot shower and I also LOVE to have it rubbed on my feet!

I use essential oils in my lotions and body butters to add scent and therapeutic value. The other upside to using essential oils is that they help retard bacteria so that I don't HAVE to use a chemical anti-bacterial agent. THAT is part of what my business is all about.

A pure lotion made without chemicals has a limited shelf life and must be treated like a food. Just like you wouldn't keep vitamins in the bathroom because of the moisture, or store your olive oil in a hot car, a pure lotion needs to be treated the same way. Eventually, because it has water in it, which can be a carrier for germs if it is exposed to them, the lotion will deteriorate. A pure lotion has a shelf life of about 3 months, although mine kept on my dresser for nearly six months and smells as fresh as the day I made it. I suspect it is the citrus essential oils known for their preservative attributes.

Two Scents Body Lotion! My favorite is still Orange Grapefruit!

A body butter on the other hand, because it has no water in it which can carry bacteria, will keep for a much longer period of time. It still should not be over heated or kept in a moist area, but because it is simply oils, it does not need a chemical preservative even if I did use them...which I don't. :)

I made a wonderful Lemon Souffle' Body Butter!

So there you have it - the difference between lotion and body butter!

Thanks for reading my Two Scents!