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DIY : Herbal Anti Dandruff Shampoo - Sulfate & Paraben Free - YouTube
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DIY Aloe Vera Sulfate Free Shampoo using Soapy Twist Sulfate Free Shampoo Base - YouTube
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DIY : Sulfate & Paraben Free Papaya Body Wash



DIY : Sulfate & Paraben Free Papaya Body Wash - YouTube

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Learn how to make cubes melt and pour soap - YouTube

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Learn how to make layered melt and pour soap - YouTube

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What's hiding in your soaps?

Bath and body products have come a long way over the ages. From soaps to body washes to shower gels and to bath salts, they have all changed the overall bathing experience. Soaps have been the most primitive and most popular of all bath and body products. The reason we are discussing this topic today is that commercial soaps are made up of many chemicals, and since we use soap on most parts of our body it is imperative to discuss what goes into the soap and its effects on our skin.


Our skin is the largest organ of the body which easily absorbs whatever we lather upon it. Lately many people around the world have been conscious about what goes into their skincare products. Many brands are coming up with chemical free skincare products and/or are minimizing chemicals in their skincare products. And soaps being popular even they have undergone changes in terms of variety and methods of customization. 


The soap industry has a new way of customising soaps according to personal needs through melt and pour soap making process. The process involves taking melt and pour soap bases, melting them in a pan/container on a stove or in the  microwave and adding colours, flavours..etc. They are easily available in market for small scale, large scale, commercial and personal use. Many people nowadays like to customise soaps according to their needs that is desired shapes, ingredients, colours, flavours etc. The soap bases are easy to melt unlike commercial soaps and can be moulded in any shape and can be easily mixed with colourants. Due to the ease and hassle free procedures, melt and pour soap bases are becoming increasingly popular. 


These melt and pour soap bases are also known as glycerin soap bases. These glycerin soap bases are mostly transparent in nature. We find a lot of transparent soaps in the market today but most of them are not good for the skin. Always read the ingredients' list before buying as most of them contain alcohol.


Why is alcohol added to soaps and why is it harmful for the skin?

Alcohol is mostly added to the soap to increase the transparency. Being a cheaper option it is widely used. Alcohol is also used as a penetration enhancer. Skincare experts alcohol dries the skin because it is easily evaporable. It strips the oil from skin, which in turn makes the skin secrete more sebum thus worsening the condition. Alcohol also gives a stretchy feeling to the skin and tightens the pores. When skin is dried out, the skin barrier is weakened which further aggravates the skin problems and may cause irritation.


Another option for soaps these days have been bodywashes, which in turn lately, are being customised according to personal needs. To make body washes and facewashes liquid bases are used.

What are parabens and why are they harmful for the skin?

Parabens are used as preservatives in liquid bases and skincare products, as they prevent the growth of bacteria, fungus over a period of time. Parabens are widely used because they are cheap and effective. Parabens have been under the lens of medical experts for a possible link with cancer. Parabens are also one of the harmful estrogen mimicking ingredients found in beauty products. So it is better to avoid them whenever possible. 


To avoid any unwanted harm to the skin one should always go for alcohol-free and paraben free bases. You can shop alcohol free bases here and paraben free liquid bases here.

Since most of the people don't know what goes into their skin through their favourite skincare products and the harmful effects over the years. As they say 'Prevention is better than cure', it's better to be aware of what's harmful for the skin and what's not by knowing the ingredients' list.










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DIY : Rosemary Shampoo

Rosemary Essential Oil is well known for its numerous benefits for hair. It benefits hair growth and helps in treating grey hair and flaky scalp. Today we are going to show you how to make Rosemary shampoo at home.

You will need : 

1. Soapy Twist Pearly Shampoo Base

2. Rosemary Essential Oil

3. Rose Fragrance Oil (Optional)

4. Red Colour (Optional)

 

Step 1

Pour 500 gm of soapy twist pearly shampoo base in a bowl.

 

Step 2

Add 2-3 drops of red colour, 5gm of Rose Fragrance Oil and 2gm of Rosemary Essential oil to the bowl.


 

Step 3

Stir slowly so as to mix all the ingredients together thoroughly.

 

Step 4

Pour it into a bottle and your shampoo is ready to use.


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Do-It-Yourself : Apple Facemasks


An apple a day keeps the doctor away but if the doctor is handsome keep the apple away. Sounds familiar?! 

Even if the doctor is handsome don't keep the apple away because apple has many vitamins, antioxidants plus fibres which are all good for healthy skin as well as our body. 

Apple contains vitamins A, B, C and anti-oxidants which are all good for skin. Apples are a rich source of various phytochemicals including flavonoids. We all know the wide use of apple cider vinegar for skin and hair problems. Let's see some DIYs of apple powder for beauty addicts.

 Why use apple powder instead of apple pulp or juice?

 Powder is easier to mix and gives maximum effect. Pulp or apple sauce becomes runny and makes application tacky.

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Before trying these DIYs grab an apple and eat it because we are (as well as our skin) what we eat.

 I) DIY apple facial cleanser

 1 spoon of apple powder, 1/2 spoons of milk and 1/2 spoon of honey. 

 If the mixture is too watery or dry you may reduce or increase the milk quantity. Mix and apply till semi dry. While removing massage a little bit and rinse off with cold water.

 II) Clarifying mask

 1 spoon of apple powder, half a spoon of honey, one spoon of gram flour. Apply to face and wait till semi dry. Wash with cold water.

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III) Mositurizer

 Take 2 tbsp apple powder, add one spoon of lemon juice, 1/4 spoon of honey. Apply to the skin for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. You can also use just lemon juice and honey.

IV) Anti-tan face mask

 Take 1 spoon apple powder, to it add one or half spoon of glycerin and apply a thin layer. Wait till it is semi dry and wash off with lukewarm water.

 NB - A little tingling sensation maybe felt for the masks. If you have sensitive skin please proceed with caution and test the facemasks on small area of skin first.

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Do try and let us know your experiences! Have an Appley day :)


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Do-It-Yourself : Cocoa Butter and Aloe Vera Cream



Today we’ll show you how to make body butter cream at home using Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, Saffron, Apricot Kernel Oil and Geranium Essential Oil.

 Cocoa Butter is known for its skin smoothening properties. When used daily, it gives you a glowing, softer and smoother skin.  Aloe Vera gel prevents signs of ageing, reduces tan and moisturizes skin. Saffron makes the skin radiant and has natural skin lightening qualities. Apricot Kernel Oil has anti bacterial and antioxidant properties and provides nutrition and support to the skin so that ageing is reduced. Geranium Essential Oil is good for skin tightening.

 

You will need : 

  1. Cocoa Butter (15gm)
  2. Aloe Vera Gel (70gm)
  3. Apricot Kernel Oil (15gm)
  4. Saffron (Few Strands) (Optional)
  5. Geranium Essential Oil (2 drops) (Optional)
  6. Stirrer
  7. Bowl
 
 
 
Step 1 : Melt the cocoa butter using hot water bath or double boiler.
 
Step 2 : Mix melted cocoa butter, aloe vera gel, apricot kernel oil in a bowl and whip until it becomes fluffy.
 
 
 
Step 3:  Add few strands of saffron and 2 drops of geranium essential oil. Stir again till saffron is mixed properly.





  Your body butter cream is ready to use.



Note : If you feel that the cream is less oily, you can add 5% to 10% glycerin to it.

 We would like to see the variations you try. Feel free to email us your creations at info@soapytwist.com. We would love to feature your creations on our facebok page and tag your business :)
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