Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New Soaps on the Curing Rack!

What is in Handmade Soap?

Well, the short answer is…whatever the Soapmaker wants there to be! Handmade soap can include oils, butters, milk, clays, and even beer! Each additives provides a different quality to the soap. In short, soap is a chemical reaction between Sodium Hydroxide (lye) and fatty acids. This process is called saponification. And, because I’m a nerd, it looks like this:



While I do love science, I also like to embrace my creative side. Making handmade soap is an awesome mix of both science nerd and creative artist. In addition to formula creation, the color and design of the soap is 100% up to the soap maker! So fun!


Here’s what’s in the latest Sweet Olivia soap!

Rice Bran Oil: Skin conditioning, good for dry or mature skin

Coconut Oil: Contributes to bar hardness and increases the soap’s cleansing properties

Palm Oil: Contributes to bar hardness

Mango Butter: Provides conditioning to the skin, makes a creamy lather

Cocoa Butter: A good skin moisturizer, contributes to bar hardness

Castor Oil: Makes lots of creamy lather

Fragrance Oil: All fragrance oils used are skin safe and smell great!

Colorant: Mica is mined from the earth and coated in FD&C colorants. Micas are used to color almost every cosmetic and makeup item available!

These soaps are on the curing rack and will be available for purchase in the next couple weeks! If you are local to Marietta, GA, you can purchase them at my next event on May 7th! (Click the link to go to the event page.) The soaps will be listed in my Etsy shop on May 8th!




Friday, March 11, 2016

Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for the Skin

Sometimes, a favorite product is discovered by accident. In 2014, my family moved from North Carolina to the Atlanta, GA area. The oils I used in my body scrubs were pretty popular oils, so I didn't think any of them would be hard to find in our new location. Well, under a deadline, I went in search of my (then) favorite oil. I could not find it locally! Panicked, I started researching. What oil was similar, but that I could find locally?

Grapeseed Oil has wonderful skin-loving properties!

Enter, Grapeseed Oil! By accident, I discovered the properties of Grapeseed Oil are even better than what I originally used. It is full of skin-loving ingredients that provide omega fatty acids and vitamin E to the skin. Grapeseed Oil is know to be anti-inflammatory, help retain moisture while not clogging pores, and absorbs really well into the skin.

For all these reasons, I now include Grapeseed Oil in all my sugar body scrubs, as well as my lip scrubs. 

Sweet Olivia Handmade Bath and Body Sugar Scrubs Varieties:


Sweet Olivia Handmade Bath and Body Lip Scrub Varieties:


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Sweet Olivia @ The Chic Occasions Queen for A Day Bridal Show (Atlanta, GA)

I recently had the chance to showcase Sweet Olivia products at The Chic Occasions Queen for A Day Bridal show at the GORGEOUS Georgia Freight Depot.

Chic Occasions Queen for a Day Bridal Show at the GA Freight Depot

This venue is awesome! The GA Freight Depot was built in 1869 as an actual train depot. It has since been remodeled to provide event space for parties up to 1300 guests!

The bridal show was packed with vendors from photographers to mini donut makers (secretly glad I wasn't next to this table LOL I would have gained 10 pounds!). I love walking around and getting to know the other vendors in the Atlanta area.

Sweet Olivia Handmade Bath and Body Vendor Table

Of course, I set up a table, too! My goal of this event was to show Sweet Olivia's range of products, as well as ideas for custom label designs! I showcased my flagship product, the hand and body scrubs, and also my lip scrubs and lip balms.

I also signed the brides up for my new Sweet Olivia Bridal email newsletter. I used this newsletter to give away some free product! If you're a bride or know someone that is getting married soon, sign up to see what options Sweet Olivia can provide for your bridal shower and wedding.

Thanks to Nicole and her team at Chic Occasions for putting on such a great event!



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Your Winter Skin Problems Solved!

From head to toe, skin problems multiply in the cold, dry air of winter. These problems can be annoying in the best case, but downright embarrassing at their worst! The good news is, there is usually an easy solution!

Itchy scalp: When the scalp is already dry from winter air, using harsh shampoos too often might be making the problem worse. Try switching to a more nourishing shampoo (or one specifically for itchy scalp) for the winter. Also, try cutting back on how often you wash your hair. Allow the natural oils produced on your scalp to stay a bit longer and do their job of nourishing your scalp and hair. Until a couple years ago, I was an every day hair washer myself. I cut back to every other day, then every third day. Presently, I wash my hair three times/week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Every other day, I wet my hair in the shower and use a thick conditioner. 

Another good option is doing weekly oil scalp treatments. Coat your hair with coconut oil, massaging it into the scalp. Put on a shower cap, cover your pillow with a towel, and go to sleep! In the morning, wash out the oil, condition, and style as usual!

Red, Raw Nose: Each time the weather changes, I get a head cold! It's so annoying!! It starts as sinus congestion, then progresses until my nose is running like a faucet! The irritation of blowing my nose so often leads to red, raw skin around my nose. Not a good look! At night, slather your nose and any other irritated skin with an extra thick medicated ointment like Aquaphor or Vaseline. The key ingredient you're looking for is petrolatum. Petrolatum is a thick lubricant that helps seal in moisture and heal irritated skin. Sleep with this on your irritated skin and you will see results by morning! Continue sleeping with the product on until your problem disappears!

Chaffed legs: For those that actually shave their legs during the winter (Yay, pants season! LOL), shaving while having dry skin leads to tiny micro cuts that can irritate the skin of the legs. Your legs can become itchy and flaky. To fix this problem, make sure you exfoliate your legs before shaving. Use a body scrub like Sweet Olivia Hand and Body Scrub. Scrub it on your legs before shaving, rinse quickly to remove the exfoliant (salt or sugar) and proceed with shaving. You won't even need shaving cream! Once out of the shower, make sure to moisturize with a body cream. You may need to switch to a thicker cream for winter verses what you use in the summer!

Chapped Lips: Licking your lips while the cold wind is blowing is bound to create a chapped lips problem! Treat this problem just like the red, raw nose issue I mentioned above. At night, slather your lips with a thick emollient. During the day, use a lip balm with wholesome products like Sweet Olivia Lip Balm. My lip balm is made with coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize and nourish, along with beeswax to seal in moisture. 

Hopefully these suggestions will work for you! Do you have any other issues with winter skin? Let me know in the comments and I'll give you some suggestions to try!

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**I am not a professional or a doctor. These are tried and true remedies for me and my family. If you have persistent problems, or if your problems seem to get worse, you should consult your doctor. As always, if any product causes any other issues, discontinue use immediately.)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Gift Baskets and Shipping Info!

This year, I am offering several choices for Christmas gift baskets! 

First, for the person who loves it all, the Deluxe Gift Basket includes both holiday limited edition body scrub scents (Candy Cane Crush and Salted Caramel), a Strawberry Lip Scrub, and Strawberry Lip Balm. It comes nicely wrapped in a festive holiday package!




Want just a pair of the two limited edition holiday body scrub scents? Get Candy Cane Crush and Salted Caramel wrapped in a cute package together in the Large Gift Basket!



If you need something a bit smaller, the Small Gift Basket may be for you. This is perfect for teacher gifts or Secret Santa gifts! This basket still comes beautifully packaged, but offers one of the two limited edition holiday body scrub scents: Candy Cane Crush OR Salted Caramel.




Need a great stocking stuffer?! Get The Lips Set: Strawberry Lip Scrub and Strawberry Lip Balm!



If you don't need gift packaging, visit my Etsy shop for individual products! I still have several scents in stock for Christmas! The final day to order to receive your items by Christmas is Monday, December 14th, 2015. Items ordered this day or before will be shipped out in time to give as a gorgeous Christmas gift!