There seem to be so many terms associated with oils these days; “Cold Pressed, unrefined, refined, virgin, organic and raw.” All these terms refer to how the oil was processed or extracted from the plant. To understand these terms, you need to understand how natural fruit oils are made.
According to New York City dermatologist Doris Day, MD, author of the book Forget the Facelift, your whole body, and your skin, goes into "repair mode when you sleep." It wakes up begging for a drink of water. You're morning natural beauty routine is just as important to your skin. Starting your day off on the right foot by adding these simple tips to your A.M. schedule and your skin will reap the benefits all day long.
If you properly cleanse your face at night, there's really no need to scrub it in the morning. One of the benefits of handmade soap is it gently cleanses without stripping the skin of it's natural oils.
“Activated charcoal” means it's been treated to increase its absorbency. The charcoal develops internal spaces or "pores" making it like a micro-sponge that allows it to trap substances.
In skincare, surfactants (surface active agents like Coco Betaine found in facial washes to creates a high foaming lather) don’t really get into pores. Activated charcoal is being added to cleansers, face masks, toothbrushes, and even juices. The theory behind including activated charcoal in beauty products is that it will act like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil. And the experts say that theory holds water. "When dirt and oil in your pores come in contact with the carbon, they stick to it and then get washed away when you rinse," explains cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson.
She deserves some pampering. Give mom some Lavender Fields Love and let the soothing scent of lavender whisk her away to southern France. Provence, with miles of fragrant lavender fields, cobbled streets and sizzling coastlines make up the endless charms that has inspired writers and painters, and it also inspired the artisan soap crafters at Island Thyme Soap Company!
With whorls of color and delicate impressions painted by hand on top, this elegant bar is beloved for its decorative qualities as well as its rich, fragrant lather. We formulate our recipe using only the finest oils, butters, fragrances and essential oils and we use LOTS of them. Our BIG BARS make BIG LUXURIOUS COCONUT MILK LATHER make for a luxury experience, whether it's a long bubble bath or a short shower! Just like Mom deserves!
Miami's South Beach is truly a multisensory experience. Take a casual stroll along the iconic Historic Art Deco District and feast your eyes on all those lovely pastel palaces along Ocean Drive, feel the warm salty ocean breeze on your face, then notice a melting pot of scents: like orange flowers, sunscreen, jasmine and espresso.
At night South Beach comes alive with crowds ready to go out and have a world-class evening. The sights of the neon lighting and sounds of the music, the eclectic tastes of culinary hot spots; everything from gourmet to casual beachside cuisine.
We thought this island playground for the senses deserved an Island Thyme Soap Company creation. We call it, SOUTH BEACH, of course!
We are creative people here as Island Thyme Soap Company. This Easter weekend, instead of highlighting some of our creations, we thought we'd share some ideas for YOUR creations! The tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime pre-dates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, a rebirth. Like Spring itself, Easter is a time of renewal.
Vincent Van Gogh once said, "I feel there is nothing more artistic that loving people." What better way to show love of family than to gather together and color some Easter Eggs?
Skip the store bought egg dying kit. Mother Nature's palette is always the best source of colors.
We're kind of obsessed with the connection between scent and memory around here. Our noses have a way of sniffing out nostalgia. Regardless of when you were born, you likely have noticed the scent of wet pavement after it rains on a warm day. It's called "petrichor." It's that sweet earthy smell that fills the air evoking childhood memories of playing in puddles.The word "petrichor" comes from the ancient Greek: it's a combination of ichor, the "ethereal essence" the Greeks believed flowed through the veins of their gods, and petros, the stones that form the surface of the Earth.
We couldn't agree more! Spring is the time our gardens put on their party best, with bright yellow of the Daffodils, the almost neon greens of the Snowball Viburnum, the royal purple of the Crocus. While it’s been a long, cold winter in many places, spring is just around the corner and there may be no better way to celebrate the wonders of spring than surrounding your senses with its bright colors!
If you love in northern climates seeing that first crocus bud breaking through the snow is a symbol of new beginnings! Your skin deserves a new beginning too! Of course the first thing we recommend is cleansing your skin with a gentle, natural, luxurious soap that's free of harsh detergents or chemicals that strip your skins natural protection. And your moisturizing routine should change with the weather.
They evoke wistful affection for a past era. We get all "sentimental."
Nancy Rosin has a 10,000 piece collection of vintage Valentines cards chronicling the world's social history of love, from the first mail-posted Valentine on record in 1806 to some of the precursors to today's Valentines.
With today's busy lifestyle showers may seem to be a more efficient use of time, and while they won't cure cancer, relaxing in a warm bath can provide some significant health benefits, both psychological and physical that a shower just can't provide.
In 2002 a University of Wolverhampton study found that a daily bath significantly improved the mood and optimism of the participants, which was attributed to a combination of bodily comfort, warmth, isolation, and body positioning; being horizontal. Perhaps it mimics the warm and secure feelings of being in the womb.
Just looking at this image of a sleeping ginger kitten snugly warm in a sweater brings a smile to my face! But unfortunately the holidays are over. With the post holiday sales come the post holiday blues. Winter is no longer coming. Winter is here.
Believe it or not, with a little thought and effort, the months waiting for those first crocus buds to break through the snow to can be very enjoyable.