Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Apricot and Buttermilk Trifle

At the moment, layering makes my heart sing.  I am enjoying working with four balanced colours, layering them in random order for a delicious and decadent look.  
Apricot & Buttermilk, being one of The Body Bar's favourite, enchants everyone and I am constantly making more of it.  This sweet, fruity and tangy fragrance is wholesome and soooooooooo decadent.  
I wanted to redesign it and layer it as a "trifle." Here it is:

With Cocoa Powder & Rhassoul Clay, it cleanses, purifies and nourishes the skin, keeping it soft and moisturised for the perfect summer peachy glow... YUM!

ox Sarah xo

Monday, 3 October 2011

Soap Dance

The last 3 weeks of my life have been "out of the box," exhilarating and terrifying.  Within the chaos, I experienced a creativity expansion and a desire to explore some new soap making techniques.  
Somehow, when I grow as a person, I tend to celebrate that growth by physically doing things to anchor that expansion.
A delicious blend of punchy Orange and decadent Vanilla in a dancing pattern.  It smells gorgeous and looks inviting.  It is my first time experimenting with this technique and I am so pleased with the results.  Here are some pictures:

The colours are so clean and sharp, whilst the pattern remains loose and free.  A wholesome expression of my state of mind!!!

Have a super day
ox Sarah xo

Monday, 19 September 2011

Sensual Melting Moments

Who doesn't love a massage?  I just love them.  It is so relaxing and pampering.  Whether it be a back, shoulder and neck massage, a foot massage or a full body massage, I love it all.  
To enhance this experience, The Body Bar presents a range of "Melting Moments Massage Candles."  A candle made using Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Beeswax and some lavish vegetable oils.  So delicious!!!
They come in 4 enticing fragrances:

1. The Body Bar's Favourite- Apricot Biscotti: 
An irresistible touch of delicious, tangy, ripe Apricot and creamy Buttermilk immersed in sweet and decadent vanilla pod.

2. Mandarine & Yuzu: 
This fragrance opens with a refreshing burst of sweet mandarin and exotic yuzu, intermingled with touches of unripened grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. All this is enhanced by a light floral blend of lily, rose, orange flower and gardenia, while in the background, notes of woody amber, sandal and blackberry leaf emerge.

3. Ginger & Lime: 
A refreshing blend of dynamic and punchy Lime harmonised by a slither of comforting warm Ginger.

4. Soft Petal Kisses:
This hypnotic scent has a sweet and dynamic "Bergamot" top note.  Then, this develops into a fresher middle note of "Neroli", citrussy and sweet yet rounded and "Jasmine" like.  Finally, the base note is deep and rich "Vanilla" with a hint of musky and spicy "Sandalwood".

All packaged in a cute little tin that has a little window on the lid.

How it works?
Light the candle for about 20 minutes, blow it out and pour the melted oils on your body (it won't burn) and start you sensual massage.  Leave the oils on your body overnight for the ultimate skin pamper.  It will soften, nourish and moisturise your skin deeply.  So delicious!!!

ox Sarah xo

Thursday, 8 September 2011

@ MOOI-Restore Revive Recycle

"Once upon a time..." This is the homely feel I get when I walk into this beautiful, quirky, vintage lifestyle shop.  Full of gems from all over, Mooi brings to us unique, handpicked treasures.  Supporting South African designers and products, Fiona & Lauren tastefully bring together the best.  Every corner of the shop tell a story and seduce the senses; triggering cherished memories of times when things where handmade with love, care and patience.  Well let me tell you, these times are back in full force.  This time around including the "re" culture.  Restore, Revive, Recycle.  Why not care for our environment whilst we at it?  
You will see the most amazing handpicked jewelry, clothes and home decor items in cute, unique displays.  There is something there for everyone and the good news is:  The Body Bar range of gourmet body care is now AVAILABLE at MOOI (100 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban).  Check out mooi-mooiboutique blog for more information.  
Here is The Body Bar's Display:

See you there 
ox Sarah xo

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Pop Art

There are some timeless colour combinations that are so harmonious and well balanced.  Black and White is one of them.  I just love the sophisticated look... 
I wanted to make a unisex soap last week.  Most of my range is designed for women but I like to have a couple of soaps that are unisex.  It is surprising how many men secretly care about their skin.  They deserve beautiful soap to.  This one is scented with "Mandarine & Yuzu."  Two wonderful citrus scents to lighten up, freshen up and add some punch to the morning routine.  Perfect to translate into this glorious Spring.  

As a soap maker, there is one thing that I absolutely love.  It is cutting each and every bar the day after I made the soap.  As you can see, each bar of soap ends up looking different even though they come from the same soap log.  There is something magical about seeing each and every bar revealed as a piece of art.  The beauty in these soaps is that as you use them, they keep on changing and revealing new patterns.  How awesome is that?

ox Sarah xo

Dolce Vita

This has to be one of my favourite soaps.  I've been wanting to top one of my soaps with curls for ages and just didn't have the right tool to make them.  
I just LOOOOOOOOOVE the way the curls finish off the look and give the most exciting texture to the soap.
This soap is scented with a sweet and decadent "Chocolate and Vanilla."  To add a hint of luxury, I introduced a drop of "Orange" to it. Who doesn't like Orange Chocolate?  It is clean, flavoursome and more-ish!!! Mmmmmmmmm... 

If you have a sweet tooth, this is the ultimate decadent one for you.  So delicious.  It looks delicious and smells delicious.  It lathers so well and moisturises, making your skin delicious!!!  Who said you can't have it all again?

ox Sarah xo

Monday, 5 September 2011

Let's put our Paws together

I think it is about time I introduce you to the LITTLE love in my life.  My loyal “dog being”.  I know this blog focuses on my natural gourmet cosmetics journey but it seems absolutely absurd that she hasn’t featured here yet since she is the little one that keeps me growing.

Last year, after 5 looooooooooooong years of waiting, I got “Missy.”  A black and tan Miniature Dachshund.  I just wanted a little dog to share loads of love with.  One that would cuddle on my lap and be cute.  Little did I know that this little puppy was so brilliant.  It is my first dog and I didn’t even know how to teach her to sit.  So curious and excited, “Google” became my best friend on the journey to train my little snoopy the manners I deemed necessary.  It started as a fun in the sun process and I spent hours in the garden taking pictures, running, chasing and training.  I understood the principle of reward (It works!!!) and armed with food, I began to teach my little black dog some obedience. 

8 weeks down the line, Missy sits, lies down, high fives and gives the paw.  Faced with so much potential, I look to take it further and I am introduced to the “Canine Academy:” A dog training school in my area.  So, off I go and I register at the academy.  Training at home had got us up on the right foot/paw, but something was missing.  She needed to be socialized and make friends.  I can’t believe the complexity of “dog culture.”  I thought I was taking my dog to training.  Turned out, I was the one who needed to learn… 

The Academy is so much fun.  With various breeds of dogs, socializing there is a full and wholesome experience for the pups but also for the owners.  I have learned so much about other breeds and their personalities.  From German shepherds to Jack Russells and everything in between, the training is rich and diverse.  Lots of children accompany their parents as well, making the training interesting and versatile.  They teach children how to approach dogs safely; encourage interactions between dogs and children and show how to do it all safely.  They make a point of teaching all the “rules” that make great dog owners and pack leaders.  With a team of exceptional trainers, each session is unique, fun and successful.  Some make small steps whilst others make big ones and at the end of the session everyone is a step closer to success.  What I love about the “Canine Academy” is that it is driven with passion and that everyone is part of one big family.    

Week after week, progress after progress, I am ecstatic to see that Missy and I make a fantastic pair…  6 months in Puppy Obedience training and my “Child” earns her very first ribbon for being the most improved dog of the year in the puppy section (Mommy’s so proud!!!)  She then moves into the next level and let me tell you, she absolutely adores going there.  I can’t believe how much she understands.  She knows when it is Saturday and when we are going to school. 

The meaning of “dog” has been redefined in my life.  Missy is not just the cuddly, cute little dog I got her for in the first place.  There is a “dog culture" that is different to ours and bridging the gap between our languages harmonises our relationship.  It’s like men and women, we speak the same language but we somehow manage to communicate differently.  It is all about bridging the gap.  If you have a little “devil” at home perhaps you just don’t speak the same language, and if you can’t communicate, how can you enrich your relationship?  Some say, the breed is the problem, some say, the owner is the problem.  I think that it all boils down to a communication issue and we as human beings are equipped with the ability to understand and act in accordance in order to create the result we want.  It is therefore our responsibility to bridge the gap if we decide to own a dog.  And why not have fun whilst we’re at it?  I say, come and join us at the Canine Academy every Saturday from 1:30pm-2:30pm at the Pinetown Junior Primary School.  For more information about the “Canine Academy,” visit the website. 

Here are some pictures:

Where all the dogs and handlers socialize and get to know each other.  This is also the time that trainers use to identify any dysfunctional behaviour related to socializing and address it with the owners.  The precious one on one time with the experts to learn how you can best lead your pack in a healthy and wholesome way. 

Dogs and Owners Socialising
Lesson time:
This is a very important part of the session as the experts give a short lesson on the topics of the day.  Dog owners have the opportunity to learn and ask questions.  I cherish this part of the process as I learnt some important lessons there.

Full attention on the action
One of the important lesson this week was focussed on  showing dog
owners a clean and responsible way to clean up after their dogs.
This is crucial if you want to be a responsible dog owner.

Training time:
Dogs socially satisfied and owners confident, it is now time to put it all into practice.  This is the time where things happen.  Again here, one on one attention is given and with positive attitude, we see the most amazing things happen.  It is the time where you learn as much as your dog does.  You learn to communicate effectively with your pet.

Trainer Anne training about the walk
A little more advanced:
This is about deepening in obedience and learning some more…

Some heeling work with our dogs.  
Deepening our "Stay" 
Last but not least, here is Missy "The Little Black Dog:"

Sitting for mommy
Lying Down
This is our "Focus" moment
Giving the Paw
A little BOW...
Learning to wait for the command to eat her treat.
Finally, when all is done HIGH FIVE!!!

All I can say is: 
"How wonderful life is while you're in the world"
Your Song-Elton John

ox Sarah xo