High-quality, handmade toiletries and
soaps make great gifts. We made these old Shaker style soaps
balls and the yellow (mango scent) smelled wonderful! Once you make your own bath products you
will notice a
remarkable increase in quality along with truly great
savings. Then you’ll know why people across America are
make their own toiletries.
such as this classic 1888 milk jug, below, embossed with a cow and the year is perfect for storing
your own bubble bath, great for gift giving and can be purchased at Mabel Supply Company.
Making your own bath
instance, is so easy and
is basically made up of one part baking soda to one part citric
acid, a little cornstarch and fragrance oil. Mabel also sells the hard to find citric acid, any scent you can imagine and
pretty bottles in which to package your toiletries. Click here for
bath bomb recipe in PDF
Rosemary Foot Bath is another simple decadence to
create and is a perfect gift for those who must be on their feet all day
Petals for the Guest Bathroom:
Another ingenious idea we have just discovered
recently is how to make soap petals for use in your guest bathroom.
It is so easy, in fact, we can lay it out right here
basically take apart a silk rose or flower and dip the petals in clear
glycerin melt and pour soap. Using tweezers, dip the petal in the
melted soap and lay out to dry! Guest would use this petals to wash
their hands and discard each one as used.
our new Bathroom
is not in print yet. Many people ask
"what is the difference between this book and Apothecary?"
Well, year published is one difference and
the second main difference is Apothecary recipes are based upon many
ingredients commonly found in the home while The Bathroom Chemist is
progressive book that includes all the new concepts, such as "Shampoo
Bars" and "Lotion" bars although most formulas do require
outside the home purchases such as soap molds. Both books contain
the best ideas to create items for gift baskets!
Soap that look like Marble or Gems are the newest rage in the melt and pour family and
for good reason...they are easy to make and absolutely
beautiful! Our Melt and Pour Soaps
explains the technique to making soaps that look like gems.
For molds shaped like gems, the Mabel White Supply Company now carries a sheet of
these molds offering three different gem shaped cavities for only
here to see our new one hour DVD video on how to make
bath products that is guaranteed fun for the whole family.
This DVD video is the best work we have ever
Briefly, the basic technique behind the melt and pour
soap gems is to start with a great mold and then use clear glycerin for the most
part. A coconut oil melt & pour soap base is what offers the
coagulation and "marbleized" look. Gold mica powder is
used for the "veins" but can be fairly cost prohibitive.
We recommend to just use crushed gold eye shadow if your desperate!
This month we have been very into the cold process soap
making method and continue to stay fascinated with it. As a tribute
to the cold process method we have added a recipe section in our
site. Please click here for some of the recipes offered in our great
books on Amazon.
Shampoo Bars and Lotion Bars
are another do-it-yourself break through. They are quickly becoming
popular because they are also great for travel and camping, require
no bulky bottles. We feature shampoo and lotion bars in our new but
not yet published Bathroom Chemist.
Based on my book The
that can be purchased on Amazon, we have been busy making our own shampoo, conditioner,
and many other bath products from our test kitchen. We found making your own
bath items does produce a much higher quality product than most stores offer and
with great savings. When our staff mentioned what we were doing over one
weekend, people who barely knew us wanted to come over and play, some even a few thousand miles away! We did have fun and proved most of
our points. The primary result was that we CAN make the same great
things on our own, if not better than, the nice products we see in the stores.
We did have fun and among many things we answered this long
standing question: Why do some bath bombs fizz like a dream and some just
sit there and appear to do nothing? We found the fizz to be directly related
to the amount of citric acid used, and more importantly, what grade! A
company up in Montana sent us several grades gratis so we could figure out if cost
of a higher grade even mattered. It did. See the photo of our final
product to the right.
We voted to make Lavender and Mango bath bombs!
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absolute claim to fame was the preparation of our own shampoo, conditioner
and body lotion poured into old fashioned bottles as shown on the left
of this page. The ingredients were by far more superior than store
bought and much more economical to make! We did agree apothecary
buffs with small children would want to use the plastic versions of the
old bottle reproductions for safety reasons. So half of us selected
glass to take home and half of us plastic. Shampoo was fragranced
with basil and rosemary, conditioner, lavender, and lotion almond oil. Some of the recipes we were
testing were actually from our customers. We did note one e-mail describing
how to make a relaxing body spray. The recipe did include one cup of vodka!
We assumed if the lavender in the spray did not relax you then you just have to
Another favorite of the
day was the Peppermint
Antibacterial Farmhouse Soap we made for our kitchens. See photo of our final product
on right and our French
Milled Soap Balls (photo on upper left) just like the Shakers and the
Quakers did in the 1800's. Another recipe we used from The Self Apothecary and hands down winner for
simplicity was our Vanilla-Buttermilk
Bath Salts shown on left an put in a farm house glass
jar. Everyone just LOVED
their smell and effect.
Then we turn to simple soap making. Talk about beautiful, affordable and simple to create!
Soap on a rope is the answer! These gems cost under a $1 to make,
take only a few minutes to create and sell for $10 in the stores if you
can even find them.
Melt and pour designer soaps came next.
They were very easy to create. Please see photo on right. At
our next session we plan to learn the technique to make the new beautiful
soap gems that just became popular, Please click thumbnail for a better
visual of soap
Mabel's 101 Beauty Recipes and Make Your Own
Bath Recipes are also useful guides to creating your own health
and beauty products. It offers instructions on how to create over 100
products including hair products, (shampoos, conditioners) facial
masks and exfoliating creams, massage oils and lotions, bath salts, bubble
bath, bath oils, natural dyes for all colors of hair, soaps, and much
more! Bath Oil shown on top right.
Bath & Body Recipes is one of our first
collections of bath recipes. Its sister, 101 Beauty Recipes was introduced by Mabel White in 2001. To make your own perfume and
please go to our Home Fragrance Department. Candles also go well in the bathing area and we have
many great ideas in our Illuminations Section
Packaging Your Creations!
Here are a few ideas!
Including bottles with charms!
See our new
Chinese Take Out Containers for Salts!