Spring is in the Air!!!

And I’ve been putting off creating a face and body cream long enough. The butters I make; cocoa, shea and whipped shea are AMAZING for the winter. My skin just soaks it in and LOVES it. Soon the embers of the fire will be dying down and our furnace will be turned off, I’m thinking it really is time to get that recipe started.


It will be made of all organic nourishing oils and butters and mixed with some aloe juice to make it a looser cream than my butters. It’ll take a few weeks to try out some recipes and get my peeps to try them out. The plan is to have the cream ready for May 24th and the beginning of the many craft shows and farmers markets I’ll be attending this spring/summer.


Another exciting thing I started a few weeks ago is my seedlings for herbs that will be planted in my garden this spring. Once mature, these herbs will be made into herb infused oils that will go into my soaps, butters, creams and balms. Here’s a pic to show the sprouts that are already showing their heads. I”m so encouraged I’m going to start some more!!


Happy Spring everyone!!!    Karen


I Love Scrubs!

If you’re a bath person you’ll really love these scrubs. So easy to make and even better to enjoy in a warm relaxing bath.



Here’s my bath routine when I feel like having a wee pamper and can’t afford the spa. Oh who am I kidding, I don’t go to the spa for this, I only do this at home. It’s so easy, and when I’m done I can go sit by the fire or go to bed and have a relaxing sleep.


While the tub is filling, I light some candles, then do a dry skin brush including the bottom of my feet and then I’m ready to to indulge. 


Salt scrubs are an especially nice scrub in the tub because of their detoxifying qualities. Once you use them, they are floating around in the tub where you can get the benefits of the magnesium to help relieve sore muscles


If you’d like to make your own it’s super simple - you take epsom salts and dead sea salts, and and mix with a good quality carrier oil. Choose one that is nourishing for the skin such as olive, sweet almond or grapeseed. Just add enough to moisten the salts. If you have some essential oils you like add a few drops. That’s it!!!


You can mess around with sugar scrubs the same way, mix up the carrier oils that you have on hand or like for your skin. It doesn’t really matter. It’s your choice. You want to be able to scrub the salts or sugars into your skin and have some oil to moisturize at the same time. 


Be sure not to use soap afterwards or you’ll wash away all that skin nourishing oil. 


Enjoy!!  Karen


My last word on lip balm......well for now

Not to belabour the point BUT hey lips are important and Valentines Day IS around the corner.


I think the best solution is to use one or two different products. That way you get the best of different oils and butters. You should look for balms that moisturize, heal and protect from the elements. And of course ingredients to stay away from are; petroleum products, alcohol, fragrance, colour and some essential oils. 


Bell Soaps solution is two balms. One is a rework of my original balm and two is a cocoa butter stick that is coming soon. My original balm is a good nourishing, restorative balm, however it did have wheat germ oil in it, which is quite high in Vitamin E, sadly those with wheat allergies are sensitive to it. So I decided to remove it from my balm. I also took out the vegetable glycerin. Vegetable glycerin typically comes from coconut oil which is already in my balm so I would rather replace vegetable glycerin with another top quality organic oil. I added hemp oil because of its high Vitamin D. I also added meadowfoam oil as it has long chain fatty acids and remains on your skin so this will act as a barrier from the elements. For sure kept coconut, jojoba and castor oil. I offer two scents; orange and mint and unscented. While citrus essential oils are photosensitive, orange essential oil has lower bergaptene so its fine, as well I use minimal amounts of this essential oil so it will not cause any sunburn. 


The cocoa butter stick will be available in tubes and will be unscented although cocoa butter naturally smells like chocolate. Yum. Not to worry its not strong and won’t make you feel like heading for a box of chocolates. I also put shea butter, castor and jojoba oil. The two butters make it a super moisturizing balm. Perfect stick to have in your purse or pocket when you’re out and about.


SPF!! Yes we need to protect from the sun. There is much controversy about commercial SPFs causing damage as well. Personally I don’t use a lot of sunscreen. I wear hats, long sleeves, etc. I just read an article about oils that naturally contain SPF - how great is that!?! The best ones being;


  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil has an SPF of 28 to 50
  • Carrot Seed Oil SPF 38 to 40
  • Wheatgerm Oil SPF 20


So red raspberry seed oil it is!!! These oils have not been passed by FDA as sunscreens, but I can attest that for the last 4 years I was using only my lip balm as sunscreen and it had wheatgerm oil in it so according to the information I’ve read that is an SPF of 20. I am a blonde hair, blue eyed, fair skinned gal that burns easily. My lips did not burn in the sun. So I’m feeling pretty good about adding the red raspberry seed oil to my balms as an added protection. I haven’t been able to find a supplier in Canada so will work on that. I do have some carrot seed oil in my supplies as I put that in my Carrot Complexion Soap Bar. 


All in all, I’m pretty happy about my lip balm research and solutions. Of course I’m always reading more about natures gifts and will continue to try them out to be sure I’m offering the best products possible.


Thanks for listening, Karen


Best Balm for Lips....search continues

What a conundrum?? You’d think there would be a simple answer. But sadly noooo. There is so so much information available on this topic. So many opinions. So many cosmetic companies competing for your dollar. I even read one article titled “It costs 530 a pot - but the ingredient cost is just 25...” needs no explanation. Sort of like those products that claim they are going to cure cellulite!!!


Bell Soap has been making and selling lip balm for about 4 years. I know its good. But I want the best product possible. Nothing but the best!!  So I’m on the hunt to improve my current lip balm and maybe add a product or two for the all important LIPS.