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Basic Bastille Soap Recipe with Essential Oils

If you or your family have sensitive skin, then this basic bastille soap recipe may be the answer to alleviating some of your skin care issues. Formulated with a high percentage olive oil in combination with additional soapmaking oils, Bastille soap is a modern twist on traditional Castile soap which is made using only olive oil. What is Bastille Soap? While traditional Castile soap contains 100% olive oil, modern Castile soap has a looser definition in which Castile soap is defined as  any   hard   soap  made   from  olive oil in addition to other fats and oils . However, purists reject any soap not made with 100% olive oil as Castile soap and instead term soaps made primarily, but not wholly, with olive oil as Bastille soap.  Like Castile soap, bastille soap still entertains a high percentage of olive oil. Any cold process soap made with at least 70% olive oil is considered a Bastille soap. However, because Castile soap has low lather and requires an extended cure

2017 Top 10 Posts from Everything Pretty

Merry Christmas!  I hope that you are all enjoying your holiday and spending time with your loved ones.  We had a fairly low key Christmas, and I loved it.  I'm suffering from a bit of burn out and general stress due to overscheduling, so it was nice to just sit back and enjoy my family without worrying about life.   I want to start out by thanking all of my readers.  Thank you for reading, commenting,  and sharing.  Without your support, I wouldn't be able to stay at home with my kids.  My regular readers know that I work from home because public school isn't an option for my family and because my son with autism has therapy three times a week.  Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.   2017 was a great year for Everything Pretty.  I worked with some new brands this year as well as some that I've worked with before.   I wanted to work with Smucker's because they are located in the town next to me.  I have friends who work there, and they s

Healthy Peppermint Mocha Recipe

One of my favorite hot drinks in the winter is a peppermint mocha.  I just love the combination of the peppermint and chocolate in a smooth, hot drink as my afternoon pick me up. I don't know if it's because I was sick for most of fall, the busy holiday season, or the fact that it's dark before we get done working for the day, but I need a pick me up in the afternoon.   There is a locally owned coffee shop right beside my office.  I can walk there when I need a break to get some adult conversation and caffeine.   While I love supporting businesses in small towns, I can't be spending $5 every day on coffee, no matter how wonderful it and the atmosphere are.   Unfortunately, specialty coffee drinks are high in calories, fat, and carbs.  Right now, I'm more concerned with carbs and sugars than I am the fat.  If you want a low fat drink, I'll tell you how to make that as well.  

What is Essence in Skin Care and Should You Be Using One?

When you do your daily skin care ritual, you probably cleanse, tone, and moisturize.  But there's a new product that you should be using: essence.   Essence as part of your skin care routine isn't a new concept, but it's gaining popularity.  Essence is a skin care product that is now famous thanks to Korean skin care getting popular in America.   So what s essence and should you be using one?  Keep reading to find out.

Best Essential Oils for Cold and Flu

It's cold and flu season, and I've got one kid still suffering from allergies.  My essential oil diffuser has been working overtime for since September.   I'm not completely opposed to medicine, but I like to try natural remedies first. I haven't found a cold medication that doesn't make me drowsy, including the ones labeled non-drowsy.  I get a brain cloud that doesn't allow me to work or teach my kids like I should be able to. So we turn to essential oils.  I'll share the best essential oils for cold and flu with you so you can choose the best ones for your family.   I like that there are options in what to use.  Sometimes I don't use a particular oil often, so I don't keep it on hand.  That's ok!  There are usually other oils that you can use. This is my personal experience that I'm sharing with you.  I am not a doctor, and this is not meant to replace a doctor's advice.  Always check with your doctor before usi