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Friday, October 28, 2022

Lora's Beauty Holiday Bazaar 2022 Schedule

It's hard to believe but I already feel in the thick of the holiday season! I've probably overextended myself this year but I'm just so excited about this year and this season!! 

So, if you're local to the Portland Oregon area, I'd love to see you at one of these 5 (FIVE!!) bazaars I'll be doing.

  • November 4&5 Hinson Holiday Bazaar 9:30 am - 4pm. 1137 SE 20th Portland
  • November 25 11am-4pm. Moon Market 914 NW Everett Portland.
  • December 3 11am-6pm German American Society Christmas Bazaar. 5626 NE Alameda St Portland.
  • December 8 2pm -8pm Madeleine Marketplace 3123 NE 24th St Porland.
  • December 10&11 10am-6pm Modo Yoga Winter Bazaar 400 NE Grand Ave Portland.

Each market offers a different feel to the season.

Kicking off the season in only a few days will be the Hinson Holiday Bazaar. This one is a wonderful market. Coffee, pastries, and lunch are for sale and you can take your time checking out the handmade goods.

The Moon Market and the Modo Yoga Winter Bazaar are new venues for me and I'm delighted to be participating in them.

The German American Society Christmas Bazaar is a blast and last year was poppin'! There were food carts out front, Santa made an appearance, as did the Army Band. I expect this year to be just as fun.

The Madeleine Marketplace is a nice neighborhood market. Santa is there and the tree out front gets lit at 6pm. Last year there were food carts as well.

If you can't make it to these events, get 10% off my Etsy shop and website November 17-30th. On Etsy, the discount will be taken automatically. On my website, use the discount code Holiday2022.

Enjoy the season!

Monday, October 10, 2022

What's The Best Soap To Use For....?

What's the best soap for ~fill in the blank~?

I'm often asked this question and I love it! I love it because it's an opportunity to talk about my soaps and explain why I choose the ingredients I do. Being able to pick and choose which ingredients I put in my soaps and therefore on my body is one of the main reasons I became a soap maker.

For almost all my body and face bars I start with olive oil, coconut oil, rice bran oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, goats milk and tussah silk fibers. These luscious ingredients form the base of most my soaps and on their own create a very moisturizing bar. I then get creative and depending on the soap I want to make, I'll add special ingredients that are known to benefit skin in one way or the other. These special ingredients determine what's the best soap for a particular skin type or problem.

Before I go any further, I would like to say that for most skin just changing to a good handmade bar of soap will bring noticeable benefits. Many store bought soaps and body washes contain petroleum products and other harsh chemicals and discontinuing use of them clears up many skin problems. However, if you're still having skin issues, perhaps the special ingredients I've added to some bars will help.

Dry Skin

I'll start with the most common skin problem, dry skin. I have a number of bars that work great for this ailment. 

  • Honey Beeswax Honey will deep moisturize your skin and beeswax will hydrate and lock the moisture in.
  • Oatmeal Calendula For dry itchy skin, it's hard to beat colloidal oatmeal.
  • Calamine, Oatmeal, & Honey For very dry skin added calamine is another defense.
  • Eucalyptus Peppermint Studies suggestion the eucalyptus essential oil may strengthen the skin's natural moisture barrier.
  • Indigo Peppermint Basil Indigo is great at relieving redness and irritation and soothing dry skin.
  • Coconut Oil Free Lavender Eucalyptus This bar has no coconut oil in it so extra olive oil is used making for a very moisturizing bar.

Oily Skin/Acne

The following bars work great for acne and oily skin.

  • Cinnamon The antiseptic effects of cinnamon fight bacteria that cause acne.
  • Activated Charcoal Removes impurities and deep cleans.
  • Tree Love with Activated Charcoal
  • Safflower Anise Both safflower and anise help fight acne.
  • Indigo Peppermint Basil Antiseptic and antibacterial properties of indigo powder make it great for healing acne scars.

Eczema/Rashes/Insect Bites

  • Himalayan Salt Has anti-inflammatory properties that heal and soothe skin.
  • Orange Poppyseed Oh the power of those little poppyseeds! They are full of antioxidants that reduce skin inflammation making them a good choice for eczema and rashes.
  • Calamine, Oatmeal & Honey Reduces redness and swelling of infected skin from bug bites, rashes, or eczema.
  • Oatmeal Calendula Colloidal oatmeal binds to your skin and locks in moisture and relieves itchy skin.
  • Lavender Lavender essential oil reduces redness, soothes and calms skin irritations and can help heal rashes. 
  • Patchouli Cedar Sage Patchouli and cedarwood essential oil have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties while sage relieves annoying skin coditions.
  • Pine Tar Pine tar is great at relieving itchiness. It's also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
  • Rosemary Mint Menthol The cooling properties of menthol are great at soothing and relieving the pain associated with sunburn.

Skin Allergy?
  • Coconut Oil Free Lavender Anise If you've ever had redness or itchiness after using a bar of good handmade soap, you could be having a reaction to  coconut oil. Coconut oil allergies are not common but not entirely uncommon either and most handmade soaps are made with coconut oil. Likewise, if you have a known tree nut allergy it's best to avoid coconut oil. These bars are a great alternative being made with no coconut oil.
Baby's Skin?
  • Unscented Beeswax and Shea Butter I purposely designed these bars to be gentle and soothing for the most delicate skin. No added colors or scents and only the best most natural ingredients.

I hope this list is helpful and can serve as a reference whenever a particular skin issue arises. Check out this post where I tackle the question "what's the best shampoo for....?"