Chisinaul de seara – homemade

These sweets need no presentation! But if you have never heard about them, know that in Moldova these are the most sold sweets, and well known in Romania too. I already made different versions of them but now I want to show this recipe which is even closer to the original one and still is…

How to make vegan cheese home using cashews

That milk is not so good for you, you already knew. It’s not new for you that, as a human being, you are not made to digest milk and all the dairy products. More than that, so many studies link lots of health problems to it. Heart disease, alzeimer, diabetes type 2, even cancer, just…

The winter soaps

It’s already end december and I haven’t posted any soaps lately. The time flew and this month the days pass incredibly quickly. Some soaps are always more close to my heart than others. Like these kids soaps. It’s always such a joy to offer a soap like this. Small, round, with calendula petals or mud…

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

I don’t post often but still I didn’t want to end this year without posting some of my favorite this year which also would make a lovely present under your Xmas tree. Magic dates box – I was in heaven when I discovered this shop with so many types of dates. Before I only new…

Vegan cheesecake with apples (compote)

There are lots of reasons why you should make this cheesake! First of all because it’s a vegan one and nowadays being vegan is no longer tabu. It’s also an apple cake in case you got lots of apples and already baked your favorite apple cake/compote. We are in lockdown again and baking is one…

Lentils hummus with hazelnut butter and sage

It is hard to think of an ingredient more used in our kitchen than olive oil. Being a big fan of green salads every day, olive oil is always the first ingredient on the list. Of course you have lots of different brands today. One thing you should pay attention to when getting your oil…

Oat macchiato frappé

Difficult to describe how happy I was when I discovered in my supermarket Nescafé Gold Oat Macchiato! Even If I try to drink less coffee nowadays, I have been waiting for a Nescafé vegan version for such a long time. Because this has always been my favourite coffee. And I used to drink it since…

What can I add to my soap?

This is the question I got asked everytime during my soap workshops! What can I add to my homemade soap to make it look nice? Anything! I would say anything but let’s define it. The moment you make soaps is a creative process. Beside the formula and the chemistry part, making soap is a lovely…

Cheesecake with blueberries jam

This blog post is sponsored by Materne. All opinions are based on my personal experience. I only recommend products that I truly love and use myself! It is difficult to think of someone coming to visit us and not having received a slice of this cake. It’s one of our family favorites. My husbands favorite….

Vegan cherry jam ice cream

No summer without ice cream. Even if this summer is quite a challenging one and nothing seems sure. But one thing is sure: we need ice cream in the summer. And an easy one to make. I love easy recipes but I also love those recipes which could be done in advance and save some…

Spinach gluten free pancakes

This blog post is sponsored by Materne. All opinions are based on my personal experience. I only recommend products that I truly love and use myself! For her birthday at school this year Ilinca wanted poffertjes. For those who doesn’t know them, these are like small but rather thick pancakes which are traditionally eaten in…

Radish greens dip/hummus

You are never going wrong with vegetables. When chickpeas or beans, so often used in dips/hummus are the easiest way to get a delicious spread, they are not always so easy to digest for everyone. Especially when mixed with different groups of food (other carbs or animal protein for instance). So better to get back…

Red beets balsamico galette using Materne jam

This blog post is sponsored by Materne. All opinions are based on my personal experience. I only recommend products that I truly love and use myself! Last weekend we made a balsamico red beet galette which was so good that I wanted to make it again. I wouldn’t have made it if I hadn’t found…

Raw spaghetti with wild garlic pesto

This spring I challenged myself to get closer to nature and use free herbs nature has to offer instead of running to the shop and buy the stuff we want. So I made several time some soups using nettle and I tried to replace spinach more and more by nettle. When you put a little…

Carrot soup with anise seeds

It’s so interesting how this isolation can lead to some kind of meditation. We start to appeciate those things which we always took for granted: going to the libraries, to the swimming pool or even to go the market. We look at small details with much more attention. Simple ingredients become precious. Like this simple…

My Veganuary Soaps

I hope it’s not too late to wish you a magical 2020, without hospital visits, but with loads of travels to new destinations and lots of encounters with your loved ones! Here are some of the soaps made lately during my soap workshops.

Leftover Dahl with lentils

During the Christmas days I made lots of salads and the frigde was kind of full of leftover vegetables. First I thought of making a soup but I don’t really like to mix too many vegetables when making soups, so a dhal was more my idea. We usually eat the dhal with rice but to…

Bûche de Noël

If you love to make cakes you have certainly already heard of Silikomart molds. These are the most beatiful interesting molds easy to use and such a help in the kitchen especially when you want to impress your guests. This cake was made while willing to make something quick for a lovely visit. Chocolate and…

Christmas gift guide 2019

Since making my own soaps I have become more aware of reducing waste and supporting worker’s rights but also teaching our children to grow in a healthy and sustainable world.  That’s why this year I want to share here some of my favorite from this year which would make a lovely present for your family…

Turmeric latte

My ritual before going to sleep. It’s really my drug and I can hardly imagine my evening without a cup of turmeric latte from https://www.millmortar.com/ Clinically proven to improve immunity, reduce inflammation, and aid the liver in eliminating toxins and blood sugars known to harm the health of our skin!⁣  So many reasons to use…

The only butter you will want to have home

You know it or not, hemp seeds are a gift of nature. The list of their benefits for our health is very long, but at least these 2 facts need some attention from your part: they contain all of the essential amino acids, which makes them a complete source of protein and they have an…

Vegan sugar free hot chocolate

The coffee, tea and hot chocolate departments have always been my favorite places in the supermarket. I was always attracted by the different choices, flavours and adds of these products. But then I (almost) stopped drinking coffee. Now I still use to stroll through these departments, only to get some inspiration for the homemade versions….

Sugar Free Granola Brownies

Sugar free granola using the roasted pumpkin and beautiful Signature granola to make a sunday even more cozy. I became addicted to https://www.naturallygranola.com/ made by Tiara. To be honest, since dicovering Tiara’s granola, which my girls love so much, I stopped making them at home. Knowing Tiara and everything she puts in her granola, you…

Road trip in Armenia, August 2019

This Summer we headed for the unknown… In 2018 we visited Georgia, the most visited of the three Caucasian countries situated between the black and the Caspian Sea. We loved the area and wanted to go back this year but at the same time felt the desire to discover something new and less known. ‘Off…

Vegan pumpkin snickers

Snickers don’t need an introduction, right? We make them so often and I have changed so many filling ingredients by now. The challenge started because my girls don’t want to eat nuts. They would say that they don’t love them even if they always add them to the granola they use to make. So I…

October soaps

Normally in october I always would start my Christmas soaps, but this year was a little bit different. I hope november will be a month of Xmas soaps, as this is always so lovely to create some green/red soaps. These soaps were made using Fermented Wheat Bran I received from a lovely friend who came…

Pumpkin hummus without chickpeas

The last few weeks were ones of the most stressful weeks since having my own family😔 Sleepless nights, tears and fear due to some medical issues in the family…At the end everything is going to be ok!The good thing about last week was this dip made in no-time and which the girls loved too. If…

Summer Soaps

I can’t have enough of these sea salt spiruline soaps! I played taking pics of them on different handdyed fabrics, still can’t decide which one suits better the soaps green. Wishing you all a cozy lovely summer, with lots of walks in the nature and time to cherish the little pleasures!

Homemade presents

The end of a school year always represents a mix of feelings: a lot of joy knowing long summer days are around the corner, but also nostalgy for the passed year, for the teachers the girls got to know during the year. It’s not easy to say goodbye to most of them. days, but also…

Raw brownies

It’s been such a long ago I made raw brownies. And they are really so easy to make. You don’t even need a recipe. A mix of nuts, dates and cacao powder and you can make the most delicious brownies. And if you add some coffee flavor or other spices (think cinnamon/maca/carob), your brownies can…

Natural Soap Making Workshop in Belgium

I am kind of obsessed about taking pics and the days I make soaps it’s all about magic home. The smell, the colors, the flowers on top, the imperfect edges, the cacao line.. everything makes the photography moment special. P.S If you live in Belgium and would love to learn how to make soaps, you…

Breakfast bars

For the hectic mornings…. Crunchy and full of nuts and healthy fats, these bars are a life safer. It’s not something we eat often, but it makes me happy to know I have something ready for the moments when the alarm clock didn’t wake us up in time 🙂 To make 12 bars: Sunflower nut…

Rose Water Protein Halva Bites

It looks like that we don’t eat something else but sweets, I know. But some of the ingredients we use in the treats we make are so good that they need a special place on this blog. Like this very vanilla protein protein. I have already written about the chocolate version in my previous post…

Vegan Tahini Brownies

I use to make brownies a lot, almost every weekend. And because I make it so often, I need to make sure I use the healthies ingredients. Every time we like to change something about the brownies and give it a different shape or flavour. And because we have just finished to watch a beautiful…

WelleCo Elixir Bounties

I got this delicious Elixir powder and I wanted to make something different than using it in shakes. We all found this bounty cake delicious and beautiful to look at that I wanted to share it here too. Ingredients for the crust: 70 gr desiccated coconut 1TbSp cacao powder (10 gr) 3 dates 1TbSp almond…

Zero waste soaps

Some #zerowaste soaps which made 2018 a cleaner and a more beautiful one.

Olive oil chocolate cookies

What would december be without chocolate cookies? Moist and so chocolatey, these are the only chocolate cookies we use to make. Every year I change a little bit the recipe, but I like to keep it always sugar free and full of chocolate. Just one or two pieces to make my chocolate pause worth it….

Collagen bonbons

These dark chocolate collagen bonbons are my favorite sweets these days. I love to have them next to my turmeric latte every evening. To make them: 160 gr cashews the juice from 1 lemon 10 gr black goji powder 30 gr collagen 80 gr coconut milk 30 gr agave 30 gr coconut butter Simpy mix…

Box Appetit

Today I want to talk here about one of the most beautiful boxes I have ever had : Box Appetit. I have always been obsessed by good quality boxes. The main reason is because I use to give to my husband to work (and for me too) every day some food prepared the evening before….

Black Goji Collagen Treats

The best thing of my freezer today is that it has these no-bake collagen black goji treats. I have been obsessed about collagen lately and so happy to find a brand like Rejuvenated that tastes so so good. In this recipe I combined it to black goji powder from Unicorn Superfoods , which was the…

Chocolate Mousse Tart

I received the most delicious chocolate bars and I wanted everyone to know about it!When we talk about Ombar chocolate, we talk about sugar-free, vegan but especially about raw delicious chocolates. They are so cute and lovely packed and so colourful that it’s difficult not to finish them once you have opened them.This chocolate cake…

Glutenfree bread

A good bread needs not only good ingredients but also some patience, time and love. As much as I love bread I realized that I don’t feel really ok after eating it. I used to make my sourdough bread which was a healthier option than the ones from the store. But this took me so…

Rose water coconut butter helva

It’s already mid september but I am still dreaming of Georgia and everything we could enjoy there during our holiday this summer. Having as neighbours Russia and Turkey, the influence of halva/helva is strong there too. I grew up with sunflower halva, then I discovered the sesame seeds halva and how good for you the…

Dried plums brownies

I have an obsession with the mix between plums and dark chocolate and this is due to the fact that I was born in Moldova. For those who don’t know, Moldova has this well-known chocolate company Bucurie (which means Joy) and one of the best sold chocolates are the plums-chocolate ones. I have already seen…

Personalized buckwheat bars

It’s been a while since I haven’t made these bars, and we all love them. When I discovered on the website Place à la nature these cute alphabet cereals, I knew quickly how to use them. They make a beautiful breakfast and especially lovely desserts when having quests. We already used them for a birthday…

Cleansing milk

During these winter days our skin needs something deeper and richer , not only when it comes to creams but also cleansers. And even if I love coconut oil as a cleanser, I love to change from time to time and make something new. When I discovered phytosterol concentrate on Aroma zone, I immediately wanted…

Pumpkin seeds bounty

This recipe was created in my search to incorporate more hemp and pumpkin seeds in my kids menu. Hemp and pumkin seeds aren’t the most delicious ones when eaten on its own, let’s face it. But combined with some coconut butter and some sweetener, these became so tasty and got a lovely colour! I covered…

It’s a healthy piece of cake

I was so happy to receive via a giveaway on Instagram a beautiful book written by a lovely woman I have been following since I made my Instagram account. Corinne is a wonderful mama of 3 children, a stewardess, a singer and foodblogger. It’s impossible to love healthy vegan treats, to have an Instagram feed…

So many soaps, so little time

Thank you for being here and for all your support, encouragement, comments this past year. Wishing you much love, good health and grace for 2017!

Matcha Lavender Buckwheat Bars

One of the things I love about natural food and spices is their colour. And when colour gets combined with a special flavour and some great nutritious qualities, all you want is to have it more often and often. This is the case of matcha powder. I used it in soap for its beautiful colours,…

My Latest Saponins

‘Childhood has no necessary connection with age.’ , Austin O’Malley. Unrefined shea butter&calendula extract&chamomile petals soap for the child in us. And the baby soap enriched with calendula oil, shea butter and mafura butter. Both unscented. ‘Stop and Smell the Roses.’ Red&Rose clay soap. Sea salt, rose australian clay. Acai Powder Soap Kombucha Soap Jasmin Flowers&Spirulina…

Avocado-Seaweed Spread

I use to make my nut/seeds butters at home. But now and then I like to buy them (it is good to change once in a while) …Especially because some of the seeds aren’t top of my preferences. Like the pumpkin seeds… I know, they are full of magnesium and zinc and omega 3, but…

Raw Buckwheat & Chocolate Bars

If someone had told me some years ago that one day I would eat raw buckwheat groats in bars, I would not have believed it… Buckwheat, or kasha as we used to call it at home, is something we grew up with. If you have never eaten it you are definitely not born in the…

2016

I will not start this post saying what my objectives for 2016 are, as I don’t really believe that setting new objectives is mandatory in January. After so many December days spent with family, January already sounds like a less happy month. That’s why I like to start this month with gratitude. 2015 was a…

Raw Chocolate Mousse Tart

If I have to pick only one cake for a special occasion it has to be ‘chocolatemousse. In this Christmas period, when we get together with our families and share the most beautiful moments, a dessert like this is perfect to end a dinner: chocolatey, sweet but not too much, melting in the mouth allthough…

‘Chisinaul de seara’ Cake

When you miss your home country, homemade food can bring it closer! There is no moldovan who hasn’t heard of this delicious chocolate bar: Chisinau de seara! The mix of plums and chocolate is such a perfect combination that you wouldn’t be able to stop eating these chocolates. Every time my mother sends me a…

Tall and Skinny Shimmy Soap Technique

After a busy week spent with the grandmother, yesterday, finally, I had this beautiful idea of trying this month technique. I usually do several tries, and I am very engaged but yesterday evening , after making my 1st batch of soap, I just couldn’t do any more. The news that broke through was terrible. Terrible was also…

Alternative Liquid Soaps

It’s been a long time since I last made a challenge soap but when I saw that Amy is organizing a challenge concerning natural colorants, I immediately thought that this would be interesting to participate. The theme was something I love: alternative liquids. So bye-bye water and think of something different to make your soap….

September Soaps

September has always been one of the busiest months of the year. Especially now that we have two schoolchildren at home, no toddlers any longer… . Discovering that your child wants to follow a new extraschool activity, thinking twice before deciding to let them participate or not, trying to get it organized,…all these things makes…

Julie Natuurlijk book review

I will try to come back and post something about our holidays, but for now this post is about a book I have been waiting for so long: ‘Julie natuurlijk’ ! I received it on the 1st of September. I couldn’t have started this month better! This book is so classy and delicate that I can…

Raw Turmeric Magnum

Telling you that turmeric is a superfood will not come as a surprise…especially in these times, when we are overwhelmed by healthy living tips. But how many of us use this spice at least once/twice a week? I don’t. Even if I see my turmeric every time when I open the cupboard with spices. I…

Ode to clays

I am not going to start this post saying that it’s been a while since I wrote something here… instead I will tell you how good it was seeing my mother and my sister again. We spent more than a week together and we enjoyed every second of it. Now, looking back at those moments,…

Maté Tea Soap

It’s been a while since I posted something here.  And a lot of things happened around me lately…things which make you stop and think about life at a different level … The good thing is that I am not anymore upset because our pc crashed and that we lost every single photo of our children,…

SoapJam

If you are one of the admirers of beautiful soaps on internet, you have certainly heard about SoapJam, soaps made by Silvia in the Philippines. When I first discovered Silvia’s soaps, I was impressed by her good looking soaps taken into account the fact that she was quite new into this hobby! Afterwards, I realized…

Julicu Soaps

I haven’t made soaps for some weeks, but I have been enjoying ones of the most delicate soaps on blogosphere: Julicu soaps. When I discovered how beautiful the soap dishes, made by Iulia and her husband are, I immediately knew that I want to have at least one of them home too! I ordered some…

Chocolate Soap

“Chocolate doesn’t make the world go round … but it certainly makes the ride worthwhile!”

Vegan Chestnut Ice Cream

No, the winter hasn’t ended. And Yes, this is an ice cream. But some recipes just can’t wait till summer. And some chocolate recipes can easily put a smile on our face like this one 😉 Before giving you the recipe (only 3 ingredients!), let me tell you how much I love chestnuts. This love…

Where there is love…

…there is life.   Mahatma Gandhi Soap made of: coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, cacao butter, shea butter, walnut shell powder, litsea cubeba essential oil, citronella essential oil.

Vegan Hot Chocolate Milk

The coffee, tea and hot chocolate departments have always been my favorite places in the supermarket. I was always attracted by the different choices, flavours and adds of these products. But then I (almost) stopped drinking coffee. Now I still use to stroll through these departments, only to get some inspiration for the homemade versions….

Kombucha Soap

If you are interested in living healthy, you have certainly already heard about kombucha tea. Kombucha is a fermented tea which can be easily brewed at home and which has a lot of health benefits, boosting your immune system and energy levels. Kombucha contains a slippery, living mat of stuff known as a “mother” or…

The Vibrant Table Book Review

It’s been a while that I want to write about the beautiful book, ’The vibrant table’ Recipes From My Always Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan & Sometimes Raw Kitchen written by Anya Kassoff. I bought it in July, before leaving on holiday and I took it with me as inspiration for my journey: it has been one of…

Magic Poppy Seeds Bites

  One of our weekend activities is making healthy bites. The girls adore these moments and they will always drop immediately other activities to come and help me. We always try to make something new, but it has always to be with chocolate. These bites are inspired by the chocolates we received for Xmas from…

Wish you a lovely 2015!

“In the New Year, let’s look for the good. We may have to search through a mass of negative media, but the good is there, all around us. I wish for you a New Year filled with good, engulfed in serenity and happiness!” By Joanna Fuchs

Giveaway

To end the year on a positive note, Julie’s Lifestyle – Raw Food Chef & Coach and Naturelle are organising a Giveaway. Read more about it here. The winner receives 3 natural soaps made by Naturelle . The giveaway is open until January 10th, 2015. The winner will be randomly picked via http://www.random.org/ on January…

Raw Christmas Stollen

We go shopping quite often in Germany. Besides visiting a new area, I also like to go to my favourite shops which cannot be found here. During our last visit, a month ago, an interesting cake-bread, called ‘Stollen’ , drew my attention. I hesitated for some minutes, thinking should I buy it or not?  At…

Christmas Tree Soaps

  “Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall” ―Larry Wilde  

Vegan & Gluten-free Christmas Cookies

This is one of the oldest cookies recipe of our family. First discovered in a healthy recipe magazine, this recipe went through a lot of changes. First, I replaced the gluten flour by its non-gluten alternatives (tapioca, rice, chickpeas) using different combinations. Then, instead of butter we used coconut oil and apple mousse. Finally, we…

Rose Hip Powder Soap

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Fig Ice Cream

This year I discovered for the first time in my life how full of fruits and colors the month of august can be. Especially in southern countries. I wasn’t even aware, even though I am a big fan of all sorts of fruit, that peaches can still be found end of august. This post is…

Hemp Turmeric Shake

I wasn’t so familiar with curcuma/turmeric powder and its properties until 2 years ago. While searching for natural colorants for soaps I discovered how good it is for our health. I started to use it once in a while in some Indian dishes. But the true love for turmeric started some months ago: when browsing…

Signaturelli

One of the positive things about blogging is getting in touch with people who have the same interests as yourself. Sini is of one of those bloggers. She has a beautiful blog, full of recipes for all kinds of products you would never think it’s possible to make them home like chlorella cleansing bars, hair…

Copa Do Mundo Soap

“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” 🙂

Plombir/Vegan tofu-coconut milk ice cream

We haven’t really enjoyed the sunny days this year, but we are still hoping to have a long summer without too much rain. Nevertheless, we use to make quite often ice cream home… to exercise and to be prepared in case the summer it would become too hot :). This ice cream was made to…

Raw Blueberry Cheesecake

I have this cake in my mind for several months now. First I was waiting for the berry season. This long wait was interrupted by a little holiday to a place so close to my heart. We came back but my heart is still there:Bucharest, the city I used to study in and which is,…

Dead Sea Mud Soap

When you make soap, you get to be more interested about remedies and ways of maintaining a healthy body and skin. One of these ways is using natural ingredients like herb/flower powders, clays and mud. If I have to choose one soap ingredient, without any doubt it would be mud. When I first tried Black…

Tarte Végétalienne Poire-Chocolat /Vegan Pear Chocolate Cake

I wish I could find the words to describe how delicious this cake is. Just imagine a mix of bananas- pears- chocolate… and this is not all! I added also some chestnut puree, which I consider the discovery of 2013 year as I have never used it before in kitchen. The recipe: The crust: 1,5…

Kvas/Kvass Soap

If you are born in one of the former Soviet states, you have certainly at least once drunk some kvas. Sweet, with a taste like a natural cola, kvas represents a major part of Russian culture. It is especially popular in Russia and Ukraine, but also well known in other countries where there is Russian…

Dragobete’s chocolate mousse

Dragobete este sarbatoarea dragostei la romani. Autentica, puternica, sarbatoarea marcheaza inceputul primaverii si reinvierea iubirii, prilej pentru care, cu siguranta, trebuie sa sarbatorim cu …ciocolata.  Acest desert e pentru cei carora le place sa si condimenteze iubirea cu putina jovialitate, rasfat si zambete ascunse…e pentru indragostitul din fiecare, pentru cei care iubesc iubirea, si o…

Chocolate Soap

“If there’s no chocolate in Heaven, I’m not going.” Jane Seabrook Soap made of: coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, cacao butter, shea butter, black Belgian chocolate, Peru balsam (Myroxylon balsamum), cinnamon essential oil, mint essential oil, cacao powder, spirulina powder.

Raw ‘Nuts’ Bars

I promised myself to make and eat less cookies and cakes this year, but God…. it’s too difficult to resist! Luckily I made these bars when we had some visitors …it made me feel less guilty 🙂 One of my favourite childhood bars are ”Nuts”. I loved them from the their advertisement which promised it contains…

Diva Soap

I started this new year with a beautiful gift from a very special person. She is very talented, always preoccupied by details, making gorgeous designs for her soaps, unique packagings for her lipsticks and not only…what one can see on her blog is only a part of her work and passion. Maja is beautiful and…

Sapun Natural Armonia

Mi e si rusine ca au trecut atatea luni decand am primit pachetul Lizei cu sapunele si inca nu am reusit sa scriu despre ele aici. Nu stiu cum s a intamplat: mai intai am vrut sa termin de testat samponul Ciresicai , dupa am hotarat sa trec la un alt tip de sampon, dupa…

Raw Apple Pie/ Tarte Crue Aux Pommes

Simpe. Delicious. Raw. Crust: 1 cup of walnuts 1/4 cup of flaxseeds(optional) 1/2 cup of sultanas 1/2 cup of dried physalis(or dried cranberries) 2 TbSp cacao butter/coconut oil (optional) 1TbSp of cinnamon 1 pinch of salt Cream: 1/2 cup of cashews 3 peeled bananas 2 apples, sliced, taken out the core 1 TbSp of lucuma…

Christmas…

… isn’t a season, it’s a feeling ~ Edna Ferber

Bûche de Noël

This bûche is inspired from this delicious speculoos cheesecake which is one of the most favourite cheesecakes of our family. The speculoos spices, the main ingredients of these Belgian biscuits called speculoos, give an exotic taste to this cake, which reminds me of gingersnaps. The crust: ½ cup of walnuts 1 pitted Medjool date 1…

Raw Chocolate & Matcha Roulade/Bûche Crue

Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home. ~Carol Nelson The crust: 2 cups almonds 1 cup dried coconut 1/2 cup oats 1/2 cup buckwheat 3 TbSp water 4 TbSp honey (agave, maple syrup for a vegan version) 3 TbSp cacao butter/coconut oil 2 Tsp matcha (green tea) powder 1 pinch…

Spoon Swirl

I have a new hobby: making bread using homemade wild yeast. It was not easy in the beginning, but once you taste this bread, you don’t want to go back to the bread bought in the shops, you just can’t! The taste, the hours you spent checking the yeast and the bread, all these emotions…

Red cabbage juice soap

This ingredient was on my ‘to do ‘list since several months, and finally, I made a soap using it 2 weeks ago. I can say that this was one of the most interesting soap experiences: I was expecting any colour but not this lovely rose. To give you some hints: the ingredient I use is…

Dairy-free Bran Cheese/Branza vegana cu bors proaspat

I can’t pretend that this vegan cheese is very similar to a classic cheese recipe, but I loved this recipe so much that for me this was the best dairy-free cheese. I have already tried twice to make a vegan cheese, but I was never really satisfied with the results. Or, maybe I was expecting…

Défi des Bulles

I have joined another challenge ! Isabelle from ‘Elle bulle’ announced some weeks ago the beginning of a new soap challenge. I love them and I hope I can make the time for all of them. The 1st challenge was ‘inclusion soap’, using spirulina as natural color and urucum and cacao powder( insclusions). There are…

Snickers crus

Did you know ? Snickers is the most sold chocolate bar from the times. Of course they have always been my favorites too, but since I started investigating the list of the ingredients of what is in it, I simply decided not to eat them anymore: they are full of sugar and ingredients I tend…

Squeeze Bottle Technique

This months challenge was Squeeze Bottle Designs,  a technique I had never heard about before. I like finding out about new techniques, especially when I have to put them in practice. As for Amy, the technique was first demonstrated on Sirona Springs blog by Ruth Esteves. So this month’s challenge is to make a design…

Raw Oreos/Biscuits Oreo

I don’t remember last time I ate oreos, so I can’t really say that these homemade cookies taste like oreos, but they taste heavenly. I made them last weekend together with my girls and we all loved them so much that we ate almost 1/3 of chocolate cookies composition( yes, we are a gourmand family!)….

Pumpkin Soap

Autumn is the pumpkin’s period. I couldn’t let this season pass by without making a pumpkin soap. Last year, I had a less nice experience using the pumpkin puree , so this year I wanted to make a different version of the pumpkin soap, and I used pumpkin juice instead of water. The colour I…

Raw Quince Pie/Placinta cruda de gutui

I love quinces. I like them raw…I find it strange that people around me don’t eat them raw or don’t know them at all, but in the country where I was born, quince is considered to be the queen of autumn fruits. So perfumed and tender like apples and pears, but a little bit spicy…

Dandelion Zebra Swirl

This month’s challenge from Amy Warden, of  Great Cakes Soapworks is the Dandelion Zebra Swirl. This dandelion zebra  swirl was originally discovered by Vinvela Ebony from Dandelion SeiFee. It’s always nice to find out new creative soapers and it’s especially nice to see what the participants joining this challenge from all the corners of the…

Raw Pumpkin Pie/ Tarte crue au potiron

This pumpkin pie is so so delicious. Not that the other one was not tasty, but this one contains chocolate and I am a really chocolate fan. I have never thought of combining chocolate and pumpkin in a cake, but when I offered my other pumpkin cake to my children, the 1st question was: ’Does…

Walnut Soap

I am fond of nuts. Cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazilians or pecans, I eat them every day. I am so obsessed by them that I have always some nuts with me. All nuts are healthy but walnut has many unique health benefits. Walnuts are high in protein, vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, trace minerals, lecithin…

Tarte fauxmage et potiron/Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake

J’aime l’automne pour sa richesse en fruits. Pleins de couleurs, de différentes formes et goûts, les fruits en automne sont si nombreux, que  l’on ne sait  pas vraiment à quel fruit se vouer. La semaine passée j’ai acheté pour la 1ère fois  cette année plusieurs potirons. Après avoir fait de la soupe au potiron et…

Black Rice Soap

“As Rosemary is to the Spirit, so Lavender is to the Soul” Soap made of: coconut oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, walnut oil, olive oil, lavender essential oi, powdered black rice.

Placinta cruda/Quiche crue

Depuis que j’ai découvert les tartes sucrées crues, j’ai toujours voulu essayer d’en faire une variante salée. Très copieuse, cette quiche aux légumes crus peut être servie comme plat principal, accompagnée ou non d’une salade. C’est très frais et c’est une façon différente de manger des crudités, tant connues pour leur apport maximum en vitamines…

Sapunurile Adal

Le am asteptat de atata vreme… incat, atunci cand au ajuns la mine, mi a fost greu sa cred ca e adevarat… Cateva luni in urma, Ciresica mi a trimis un pachet plin de bunatati, care insa, nu a ajuns la mine. A fost prima data cand un colet nu ajunge aici ( cred ca…

Gradient Soap

Amy Warden’s Soap Challenge for this month was the Multi-Colored Gradient Soap. I have done it before twice and also thanks to Amy’s challenge. Lovely technique, very easy to make as long as you choose a slowly moving trace essential oil. Last year my gradient soaps contained only 2 colors, therefore I wanted something more colored this…

Raw Mango Cheesecake

Delicious… a cake which I could eat every day … Very easy to make, full of vitamins and essential minerals, this cake does not contain eggs, flour, sugar, nor milk. It is a raw cake ! One has to admit that raw cakes have a special taste, especially when you eat them for the first…

Fermented Wheat Bran Soap/Sapun cu Bors Proaspat

It has been a while since I made simple soaps, but being so impressed by the delicacy of Kalla’s soaps, I decided to keep it also simple this time. The idea of making the borscht soap came when I made the whey soap last year. Both probiotics, borscht and whey are good sources of health and natural care. In…

Amely’s Soaps

Ador sa primesc sapunuri de la alte persoane, dar cand vine vorba de sapunurile Amaliei, parca incantarea este si mai mare. Atenta si plina de solicitudine intotdeauna, de data aceasta Amalia mi-a trimis minunatiile impachetate ( data trecuta, nu era hotarata asupra unei formule definitive a ambalajului ), lucru care parca a sporit si mai mult…

Less is More

Did you know that the ice cream was invented by the chinese? It’s strange because China is the last country I would associate with ice cream … Even if it’s almost autumn , after a day of work many people long for a fresh ice cream. For me this summer was low in ingredients when…

Holly Swirl …Again

 This is my 2nd soap made for The Holly Swirl Challenge. I was in the mood for flowers, so I added some rosebuds on top: beautiful in every way, roses are the perfect flowers. I don’t know if it is due to the new mold I use (Coprah mold from Saponine), but lately I really…

Holly Swirl

Since I received the Saponine mold, making soaps is more than a simple pleasure. I can’t wait making my mantra swirl soap using this mold, but in the meantime, I subscribed to the Amy’s monthly challenge. This month’s soap challenge at Great Cakes Soapworks was the Holly Swirl, a modified in-the-pot swirl method and so…

Homemade Shampoo

I know people who started making soaps first of all because they needed a good and healthy shampoo and I really admire them. In my case, I first started making soaps, and only some months later shampoos. I first used some solid shampoo made of Sodium Coco Sulfate of which I discovered later that it was a light…

Raw Hemp Seeds Ice Cream

Since I have discovered how healthy the hemp seeds are, I added them to many recipes:  yougurt, shakes, salads, granola, breads, biscuits… These nutricious seeds contain the most concentrated balance of protein, vitamins and essential fats. This ice cream recipe contains pretty much all of my favorite ingredients…hemp seeds, cashews, avocado, honey. Loaded with protein,…

Thank you, Saponine!

I have never waited so impatiently for the postman to bring me a packet as I did since I came back from my holiday…The lovely thing which I was waiting for came from the part of Catherine and Eric, the owners of Saponine . For those who are not familiar with their molds, please have a look…

Homemade Lipstick

I really liked the colour of the lipstick Marika showed us some weeks ago on her blog. I have already tried some lip balms before and I adore making and using them, but the colours were always too light. This time I wanted to go further and  try some stronger and darker colours in lipsticks. And I wanted…

Mantra Swirl

I decided to take part in Amy’s Great Cakes Soapworks Mantra Swirl Challenge. For those who are not familiar with this challenge club: each month Amy organizes a new challenge where we try a different soap technique. Interesting, as we get to improve our soapmaking skills. What is different from the other challenges Amy already…

Pine Tar Soap

  Pine tar is an ingredient which I was looking for so long and this because I have heard so many good things about it. Coming from Norway, pine tar has a long history in the treatment of skin diseases like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis. Its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for the cure…

Homemade Toothpaste/Pasta de dinti

It’s not easy to find the best toothpaste, especially when you have sensitive teeth…My toothpaste ‘adventure’ started one year and half ago, when I discovered on the list of the ingredients of my toothpaste (special for sensitive teeth) Sodium Laureth Sulfate. I really wish I had discovered earlier how dangerous this ingredient can be. Apart…

Goji Berries Soap

We haven’t enjoyed a lot of sun this summer, and to compensate this, I decided to make for the month of June a yellow soap. I could have used calendula or dandelion flowers, curcuma/turmeric powder, carrot juice or sea-buckthorn oil, but goji was something I wanted to test a second time. Coming from China, they…

Peacock Swirl Using Natural Colorants

Who doesn’t like challenges? Even if they take time and energy, challenges are something I do with pleasure: there is always something to learn and you can never get bored of them. When Amy announced her new idea of having each month a challenge, I was really content. The bad part was that I will…

Raw Homemade Chocolate

Homemade chocolate bars are simple to make and  they are wonderful gifts. All you need is raw and good quality ingredients and a little bit of imagination to make your own chocolate according to your taste. Recipe: 50 gr virgin cocoa butter 30 gr  virgin coconut oil 50 gr raw cocoa powder ( if you…

Black and Rose Australian Clay Soap

Perfect and natural, clays are my favorite soap ingredients. Used to hydrate, cleanse, improve skin tones, or to restore moisture imbalances for hair care, but also to heal digestion problems, their list of benefits for our health is endless. Pink clay is very gentle, helping to clean the skin by gently drawing out the impurities…

Yellow of Combodia Soap

I had almost forgotten about this challenge but then I discovered in the shop where I use to buy my lye an ingredient which drew my attention: yellow of Cambodia (Gutta gummi), a natural colorant. The color, named after the gamboge tree, which is known for its yellow resin, is a yellow pigment which comes…

Dandelion Soap

If for some people the humble dandelion is only a garden-variety weed, for me this plant represents the spring, a green delicacy marking the end of a looong winter. Called Dandelion from French ‘dent-de-lion,” or lion’s tooth, it grows in temperate climate zones all over the world. Mostly the dandelion leaves are known to treat…

Leopard Spots Soap

This fourth week was the most challenging for me: really impressed by the leopard spotted soap done by Cee and so happy when Amy announced this technique,  I didn’t expect this week to be so difficult. I tried three times: for the first soap I didn’t calculate well the quantity of the main pot soap,…

Alkanet Soap

Some months ago I discovered  a French forum where every 3-4 months we organize a challenge around a special soap technique. It’s a very nice place where we discuss about everything, not only soap. Of course, this is a good way to learn some new techniques, but what is more important: through this forum I…

Portrait Soap

Les modalités de concours: Comme vous le savez Saponine fête son tout premier anniversaire, et pour cette année d’activité nous avons déjà plus de 35 articles en boutique. Pour vous remercier de nous avoir accompagné tout au long de cette année très créative, nous vous proposons un Méga Concours !!! LE concours du savon de…

Portrait Soap

” Le grand parleur ne parle que des lèvres et le silencieux parle du cœur. ” Citation de Jacques Amyot

The 3rd Week Challenge- Swirls Tops

I was really excited about this challenge, as it gave me the opportunity to try something I have never tried before. Looking at all those beautifully made soaps by Emily was an inspiration for me. My first soap is a Russian Cambrian Clay soap which contains coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, sesame oil, avocado…

Sapun Zain

Pe Violeta am intalnit o pe Facebook, am vorbit cu ea ore in sir in care am descoperit ca  este o persoana modesta, cu un suflet mare, intelegatoare, mereu dispusa sa te ajute cu un sfat sau o idee, o persoana care nu te lasa indiferent si pe care automat o placi. Atat actiunile cat…

Elemental Swirl

Never before thought of trying this challenging swirl, but with this week 2 we had this lovely occasion to give it a try. Elemental swirl is basically two in-the-pot swirls divided by a pencil line. It sounds gorgeous, I know, but at the first sight it sounded kind of difficult to me, because of the…

Dessine moi un savon

Le samedi de Pâques j’ai eu une grande surprise: j’ai reçu 3 savons de la part de Karine ( Dessine moi un savon). La première impression sur ses savons a été que je n’ai jamais vu des savons faits main d’une telle précision et perfection. Je les ai admirés pendant 3 jours, sans oser les…

Tiger Stripe Soap Challenge

I am so happy  to be able to take part in this challenge organized by Amy.  Last year was really interesting and fun, so when Amy let us know the challenge would be organized again this year, I was really excited. For the 1st week, we had to make a Tiger Stripe soap.  Nice challenge,…

Neem Powder Soap

This is my soap made for the month of March for the 2013 Universal Soap Challenge, for which I choosed as inspiration the country of India. I have never been to India, but this country is an atraction for me not only because of its beautiful places and culture, but also for its interesting flora….

Alkanet and Lavender…

… They suit so well together. I am still experimenting with alkanet which I found fabulous because of the amazing grey, silver, blue, rose or purple. Used as a part of my recipe by replacing regular olive oil with the infused oil, I obtained a natural purplish shade, but the more oil you substitute for…

Тонкая Mатерия

Hесколько дней назад я получила пакетик от Маши с Тонкой Материи … даже не хочется верить что я могу пробовать мыло которым я так давно любовалась. Маша одна из самых хороших мыловар в мире, ее создание очень деликатное, красивое, с душой, она просто артист. Я еще помню, когда впервые я нашла на ее блоге знаменитое…

Russian Cambrian Clay Soap

For the month of February the country I choose is Russia and the ingredient I wanted to try for some time is the blue clay coming from this country ( also known as Russian Cambrian Clay). While all clays are therapeutic, Blue Cambrian Clay occupies a special place as it it supposed to be mild…

Amely’s Soaps

Despre sapunurile Amaliei am mai vorbit prin decembrie, insa ele au fost atat de bune incat Amalia mi a mai trimis cateva acum ceva zile. Ce bucurie! Mai intai de toate Amalia este o persoana deosebita, si aceasta calitate cumva se reflecta in sapunurile ei. De o onestitate cam rara in ziua de azi, Amalia…

Jasmin Soap

Many of you have for sure already heard about this challenge organized by Lucy from Simply Radiant. The purpose is to make a soap every month based on a different country, on an ingredient representing the chosen country. The challenge can be followed on Youtube because the participants have to submit 2 videos every month:one…

Lip Balm Addiction

I am addicted to lip balm. I love it so much that I keep one in every room to be sure I have one within reach every moment. It’s so easy to make them, all you need is good and unrefined ingredients to get the maximum effect. Last time I used almond oil, but this…

Bosnia and Herzegovina

In 2009 we went to Croatia and by accident we stopped in Neum, a sea-side resort in Bosnia Herzegovina. We loved it so much that we stayed more than a week instead of the initially planned 2 days. We went back last year to discover more of this beautiful country. Back to this soap and…

Teasing Soap…

Not really the perfect photo, but has anyone any idea what am I planning to make from this soap?

Mallow Soap

…inspired by Malva Sylveris Flower, which means ‘soft’ in Greek. Mallow, called also Cheeseweed has been appreciated since Roman times for its natural medicinal properties and its ability to soothe rough and dry skin.This plant has anti-inflammatory properties, calming and caring for delicate, sensitive skin. Mallow symbolizes love for one’s native land and for one’s…

Black Sesame Soap

It is a big Chinese thing that eating lots of black sesame helps with grey hair. Black sesame seeds are the most common tonic herb in Chinese cooking. Chinese have used black sesame seeds as a natural hair treatment for thousands of years. People believe it helps to restore hair color, and grow thick, strong…

Guess the Ingredient Soap

Soap made of castor oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, palm oil, almond oil, Eucalyptus Citriodora essential oil , zinc oxide. I have used an ingredient which I have never used before and which gave the soap this rustic dark grey colour. For the  upper layer I used some oxid zinc. The…

Elderberry Soap

We drink this juice regularly during the cold season, because it seems to boost the immune system. But it’s worth drinking elderberry juice often because it contains a lot of  bioflavonoids which are known to be the most effective antioxidants for the prevention of human cell damage. I have never made it at home,  but…

Red Rice Soap

Asian women are known for their delicate beauty and smooth, young skin. This is probably why I’m always attracted by traditional skin care remedies from the Orient. One of these remedies is  using rice powder, which we know more for its exceptional nutritional properties. Red rice is traditionally used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to…

Turmeric Soap

Every one making soaps has at least once tried this powder in soap. This magical spice seems to be a treasure for our health. Curious to see the variety of colours one can obtain using it,  I made 2 different layers containing different quantities of  turmeric. It’s a real pity that the nice rose colour,…

Black Sea/Ghiol Mud Soap

The Techirghiol mud is known as a therapeutic factor for over 200 years. Called also Ghiol mud or Jewel of Romania, this Sapropelic mud has extraordinary effects on human body: it clears deeply the skin minimizing wrinkles appearance, eliminates toxins , removes the fats, reduces cellulites, purifies, softens and gives colour and glamour to the…

Whey Soap

I often make cottage cheese at home. I have grown up seeing my mother making it, so buying the fresh milk and making this cheese brings back memories. If you produce your cheese at home you know that starting from milk you get on one hand cheese, and on the other hand sour whey, which…

Les Savons Voyageurs

Je viens de recevoir la boîte célèbre d’ADNS! Ce fut   un premier rêve d’avoir cette occasion d’y participier, ce fut un second rêve de la recevoir hier … j’ai été bluffée… je ne m’attendais pas la recevoir si tôt d’autant plus que sa précedente visite était également en Belgique! Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas…

Let Every Day Be Christmas

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”~Peg Bracken

Christmas Mood Soap

  Christmas!  The very word brings joy to our hearts.  No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given – when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and…

Soaps From The Black Sea

De cateva zile ma delectez cu sapunurile Amaliei, si ce delectare…Am primit atat de multe incat mi-a fost greu sa aleg doar cateva pentru a le posta si in special, mi-a fost foarte greu sa ma decid ce sapun sa aleg pentru a-l incerca, astfel ca am hotarat sa ma alint in fiecare zi cu…

Tears of Joy

Se spune ca in luna decembrie oamenii sunt cumva mai buni, mai darnici… ieri am avut ocazia sa traiesc un astfel de sentiment, chiar unul mai profund decat o simpla bucurie, mergand pana acolo, incat chiar mi-au dat lacrimile atunci cand am deschis cutia…cutia pandorei :). La inceput a fost surpriza…m-am gandit ca sigur e…

A Winter Message

“A flake of snow in flurry thro’ the air Had landed as a kiss upon my cheek: A secret message, just for me to share; To take to heart but never dare to speak” Mark R Slaughter Soap made of almond oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive…

The Winner…

I was about to post some hints this evening like: Think healthy Think exotic Think fruit Think anti-oxidants Even Think Red But Marika came with the right answer! So I got this colour using the goji berries (mixed with water). Thanks Marika for your answer and thanks everyone who participated here :)!

‘Guess The Ingredient’ Soap

Soap made of: coconut oil, castor oil, shea butter, palm oil, peanut oil, olive oil, water, frankincense essential oil, red myrrh essential oil, cocoa powder. I have used an ingredient which I’ve never used before and I really like the yellow colour which I obtained through it.The one who can guess correctly ‘the ingredient’ receives…

Soaps from Romania (Natural e mai bine)

In postul anterior am mentionat ca am primit inca un pachet cu sapunuri din Romania. Aceste sapunuri le asteptam de ceva vreme, insa abia acum au ajuns la mine. Asteptarea a meritat, pentru ca sapunurile Getei sunt pur si simplu deosebite. Este a doua oara cand primesc sapunuri marca ‘Natural e mai bine’ , si…

Soaps from Romania

Weekend-ul trecut am primit doua pachetele cu sapunuri din Romania. Voi vorbi aici despre primul pachet venit din judetul Dolj, din partea unei mamici dragute, pasionata de sapunuri , si doar de sapunuri naturale. Pe Valeria am cunoscut o prin intermediul FB, si mi am dat seama imediat ca este o persoana cu care poti…

One Day

It has been one year I have been making soaps. Exactly one year before, I took a day off to make soaps. I sent my girls to school/crèche and I decided to give it  a try and to see if I am able to make a soap 🙂 .  Since that moment, making soaps has…

Soaps from Finland

I have been waiting quite long for these soaps and finally I received them yesterday. Marika sent me 2 beautiful soaps, which smell so well that l don’t think l’m ever going to be able to use them, because l can’t bear the thought of using all these gorgeous and carefully made soaps! The soaps are very delicate, with…

Soaps from Macedonia

Macedonia is for us, since several years, our holiday destination. I love everything about this country: sun, nature, food, people. I even made a soap to honour Macedonia 🙂 which also triggered a nice friendship with Maja from Skopje. We started exchanging emails and I was so impressed to discover in Maja a person fascinated…

CP+MP = Magma Soap

I have never tried  to make a MP soap, but when Amy  from Great Cakes Soapworks wrote on her blog about the challenge of mixing CP and MP technique, I thought it would be interesting for me to give it a try. The tutorials given by Anne –Marie and  Amy  was a great help, I…

Homemade Lip Balm

The advantages of  homemade lip balm is that it has no preservatives, petrolchemical products, artificial colours, or artificial sweeteners. All this makes the product less likely to irritate sensitive skin. Here an easy recipe for a fine, scented  lip balm made of: cacao butter 0,9 gr shea butter 0,9 gr almond oil 2,8 gr beeswax 1,2 red beet extract 0,7gr…

Pumpkin Soap

I am not a big fan of Haloween, actually I have never liked this period of year . But I love pumpkin. I have always loved it. And because I wanted to use pumpkin in soap, this year I decided to like Halloween also. I spent a lot of time thinking which essential oil to use in my soaps, …

Smileys

So many languages in the world ….and a SMILE speaks them all. .

Falling For Autumn

 Autumn is by far my favourite season… It has a particular beauty: the changing colour of the leaves, the crisping sound when walking through them, the touching  emotion of the rain, the rich colourfull fruits , the  unique  smell of the air …all these make you think of a kind of resignation, of a deep silence  …When you look around outside and…

From Nature With Love

Je suis adepte de la ligne de cacao… J’aime la ligne toute droite, parce que le savon me semble parfait. Mais , ce qui me plaît aussi est la ligne ondulée, cela donne un air spécial et unique au savon. Savon fait à base de lait de chèvre et de poudres naturelles:  d’urucum( couche en-dessous) et…

Celery Soap

 Green is one of my favourite colours. The first green in soap I obtained  using netel  powder , afterwards I discovered spirulina as a natural colorant but the colour seems to fade away slightly after a while. This time I wanted to try green juice from celery, a  healthy plant which contains vitamin C, A and potassium. Celery is a hydrating…

Aloe Soap

Aloe vera soap  was on my ‘to do’ list since some months.  My will was to make a soap using the fresh aloe vera plant and not the gel/juice which can easily be found in shops. We had an aloe plant back at home which was really old and growing too big and when my mother came to visit us this year, she brought…

Green Clay Soap

The golden yellow flowers of Calendula officinalis have been used as medicine for centuries. Historically, Calendula flowers have been considered beneficial in reducing inflammation, promoting wound healing, and used as an antiseptic. Calendula has been used to treat a variety of skin diseases and has been seen effective in treatment of skin ulcerations and eczema….

Ma poudre de lessive faite maison/Homemade Washing Powder

Je considère que laver les habits est aussi important que laver sa peau. C’est pour cela que la lessive doit aussi être saine et ne pas contenir de parfum de synthèse ou de colorants et de toxines. Faire sa lessive c’est avant tout un choix pour la santé de ses enfants et de sa famille….

Alegria Mediteranea

I am proud to present the soaps received from Claudia. It is a fantastic feeling to hold in my hands the soaps I have so long admired on Claudia‘s blog :). What impressed me the most about these soaps was the wrapping: Claudia puts so much love and energy in packing her soaps: beautiful colours which…

Centaurea Cyanus Soap

I must admit: lavender and tea tree are the most frequently used combination of essential oils in my soaps. I have read some months ago that this synergy gives good results in facial skin care preventing acne. The fact that I really liked the scent produced by those 2 oils was of course a plus. Lavender…

Lotion démaquillante onctueuse à la cire d’abeille et au calendula

C’est mon 3ème essai de démaquillant et pour le moment mon favori parce qu’il ne contient que des produits spéciaux pour les yeux sensibles. Composition: huile amande 50 gr( pour un soin nourrissant et apaisant pour les peaux irritées et sèches) eau de chaux 50 gr ( antiseptique, nettoyante et fongicide ) extrait de calendula…

Alkanet

I have finally found this natural colorant which I have been looking for so long! I have read that in soap, alkanet root will yield shades of pink, blue, and purple, depending upon the amount used, types of oil used, and the alkalinity of the soap.  Really impressed  about the fact that the type of oil would influence the colour, I started…

Soaps from Japan

Who doesn’t like to exchange soaps ? Everybody does ! Exchanging soaps with others contributes not only to discover natural products from other parts of the worlds, but also to enrich your soaping experience. Trying other soaps gives the opportunity to experience soapmaking from another perspective: it tells a lot about how good you are , how much work there…

Natural e mai bine

In sfarsit am primit zilele acestea sapunurile Getei, le am asteptat ceva timp, dar trebuie sa recunosc ca au meritat asteptarea. Geta ca si mie, este absorbita de tot ce inseamna universul acesta al sapunurilor naturale, si nu inceteaza niciodata sa l exploreze in cel mai neobisnuit chip, asa cum, de altfel, se poate vedea…

Macedonia

This soap brings back nice memories of our last years trip to Macedonia. Sun, good food and the beautiful Ohrid lake. One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, sunflower oil, and cassia essential oil to scent the colourful memories about a country which could…

Lavender & Tea Tree Soap

Lavender and tea-tree soap made of goatmilk and buttermilk, palm oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, cocoa butter, castor oil, grapeseed oil. The colour is the result of the rose ochre and Indigofera Suffruticosa Extract( Indigo). I really like this purple ontained naturally.

Spirulina Soap

Faire des savons c’est découvrir des produits naturels que je ne connaissais pas jusqu’à présent. La spiruline en est un exemple. Un antioxydant très puissant,  elle est connue pour retarder le vieillissement, lutter contre la fatigue, le stress, la perte de mémoire. Elle est une source exceptionnelle en vitamine B12 et en bêta-carotène. Elle contient…

Cocos Nucifera 100%

Knowing that coconut oil has the best washing properties, I made a laundry soap consisting of 100% this oil. I was thinking of taking this on holiday and I would also like to use this soap as a base for my laundry washing lotion( replacing the Marseille flakes). For this purpose I will have to…

Shampooing Green Love

Depuis que j’ai vu ‘Sodium Lauryl Sulfate‘ (produit irritant) sur la liste des produits du shampooing  que j’ai acheté , j’ai  toujours été  à la recherche d’un shampooing fait maison.  Il y a 3 mois, j’ai déjà fait un shampooing liquide pour mes filles,  mais je voulais aussi avoir un shampooing barre pour  l’utiliser pendant les vacances et pour varier les…

Green & white clay soap

This is one of my favourite soaps as it contains besides vegetable oils ( coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, grapeseeds oil, safflower oil) green and white clay. I have already used once green clay in soap and I was really impressed by the benefits of this natural ingredient. White clay is known as the…

My First Landscape Soap

Interesting challenge, but i didn’t have so much time to think about this soap as I wanted, because I had to prepare the luggage for a mini-holiday 🙂 Soap made of coconut oil, safflower oil, shea butter, sunflower oil, palm oil. For this rustic soap I wanted to have a rustic scent also, so I…

Creating peaked tops…

I have never thought making soaps involves so much energy, passion, creativity, ideas, colours, scents, joy… This is a watermelon soap made of goatmilk and buttermilk, palm oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, frankincense essential oil and lemon essential oil, Italian rose ochre, red clay, spirulina, poppy seeds. I have tried to…

Salt Soap

I have never tried making a salt soap before, but I have recently read so much about the benefits of sea salt that I was really content that my next challenge was to create a sea bar. Internet is really a great thing when it’s about gathering info and thanks to some blogs, I gathered…

Lait visage démaquillant

Une recette simple à réaliser pour un résultat bluffant : un lait stable, doux, au parfum de rose. Ce lait démaquillant a  l’hydrolat de rose et fait à froid s’utilise pour le visage et se rince à l’aide d’un hydrolat. Ne contenant pas d’huile essentielle et enrichi en huile de pépins de raisin, ce lait démaquillant…

Graduate Colours Soaps

I believe this is my favourite challenge…because of its simplicity. I found the blue soap made by Amy so lovely that I couldn’t wait trying my own gradure colours soap. As for the previous technique I had to use colorants, this time I was content to use only natural ingredients. My first experience: red clay…

Faux funnel swirl

As I have never tried this technique before, I was really excited about it. I have watched some videos about this and according to me, the more colours you use, the nicer the result. Initially I was thinking about using carrotjuice with red clay and cacao but these would have accelerated the trace. So I…

Crème jeune fille

  D’une texture légère, ne laissant aucun film gras, cette crème est d’une senteur fleurie et est délicate pour la peau grâce à l’hydrolat jasmin. Composition: huile amande douce (apaisante et adoucissante ), hydrolat jasmin (tonique cutané), hydrolat camomille (régénérateur, apaisant et purifiant de l’épiderme), olivem 1000( émulsifiant à l’effet émollient et hydratant), conservat cosgard,…

Primer intercambio internacional de jabón

He tenido una gran alegría al recibir un paquete procedente de Espana de Olivia, mi amiga internacional en este intercambio de jabones que organizó Julia de Soap Artists Olivia me ha enviado tres jabones con una presentación joven y elegante: Suave Exfoliante de carbon, Tierra y mar, Capote torero y miel de Espana artesana y…

Frankincense and Lemon

It is the first time I try this essential oil in a soap. I discovered this scent when I received a gift soap from Alexandra . The smell was different, exotic and I started to gather info about it. Since I am busy with creating soaps, I like more and more essential oils and I…

Beer Soap

As I have never tried before to create a soap based on beer, I was very curious what this challenge would bring me. I followed the same process as with milk soap. Seeing the result at first sight I was very enthusiastic: the colour worked out really nice. While I was already thinking of the…

Cupcake Soap

When I first heard of this challenge, I was thinking that this is really NOT something for me. I couldn’t see myself using a soap cupcake in bath: maybe because in my head a cupcake was too fragile and because I consider these kinds of objects more useful for decoration. But I was pleasantly surprised…

Rosmarinus officinalis

This soap was made of butter milk and coconut milk, which I have never used before. Before I have discovered butter milk, I was addicted to goat milk. But, I love so much the texture of buttermilk that I believe I wouldn’t be able to use another type of milk than this one. The challenge…

Cranberry soap or My daily cream

Depuis quelques semaines je gâte mes mains avec un savon fait à base de jus de canneberges( cranberry) et lait battu. Au départ , lorsque j’ai coupé ce savon, je ne l’ai pas trouvé attrayant, limite moche du fait qu’il était loin de mes attentes( d’habitute les jus rouges de tomates, betteraves etc. changent lors…

From ‘Little Paris’… with love…

N am mai incercat niciodata pana acum un alt sapun natural decat cele facute de mine..si asta nu pentru ca cele facute de mine sunt bune ( he he 😉 ) ci pentru ca n am avut ocazia pana ieri cand, am avut surpiza de a incerca doua dintre sapunurile Alexandrei . Cum adica care…

Honey

Making soap has become an obsession . I see in everyting a possible ingredient for my soaps. I know it seems strange but this is the 1st time I have tried  honey and wax together in a soap. I wanted the darker part to be a black one, that’s why I used the black clay…

Domino

Ik had al lang in mijn gedachten een zeep in domino-vorm, enkel was ik niet zeker welke kleuren te kiezen, aangezien ik een natuurlijke zeep wilde hebben. Eerst dacht ik aan rode klei en wortelsap kleur, maar die 2 componenten heb ik al  zo vaak gebruikt J . Toen ik een mooie  zeep met groene…

Lavande…quoi d’autre

Quand je pense à un savon artisanal, j’ai dans la tête le savon à la lavande. On peut  faire mille combinaisons de savons, mais j’ai voulu un savon à la lavande à la fois simple et élégant. La lavande est pour moi le symbole de la zen attitude, du calme. Plante apaisante, elle est conseillée…

In The Pot Swirl

Ik heb mij geamuseerd om swirl met de lepel te maken. De wortelsap in plaats van water is mijn favourite ingredient. Die geeft een mooie gele kleur die heel lang houdt. De wortels bevatten verschillende vitaminen (A, B, C si E) en mineralen (kalium, ijzer, zink, sodium, chloor en jodium). Ze zijn rijk in anti-oxidante…

Savon doux pour bébé

J’ai fait un savon pour la peau délicate et sensible de bébé. Sa composition: l’huile de ricin, de cocos, d’olive, de colza, l’huile de palme, macérat huileux de camomille et de la camomille séche. Sans huiles essentielles. La camomille allemande est connue pour ses aptitudes anti-inflammatoires exceptionnelles. C’est un allié très efficace pour la lutte…

Verbena officinalis

Ik had al 2 weken geen zeep gemaakt en dat voelde raar. Maar ik had in gedachten een zeep zoals verbena( verveine) en ik wachtte op mijn bestelling( met EOs en Hydrolats). Deze zeep heb ik gemaakt voor een speciaal iemand, ik hoop nu dat ze de zeep ook goed vindt. In plaats van water/melk heb…

Stick à lèvres/balsam de buze

 J’ai été tellement contente de mon déodorant que je ne pouvais pas m’arrêter en si bon chemin. J’utilise beaucoup les sticks à lèvres, je ne pourrais pas vivre sans. A un moment donné, j’avais plusieurs marques à la maison: Yves Rocher, Nivea, DM, Vasiline , Neutrogena mais depuis 2 ans je n’utilise que le Caudalie…

Primul meu premiu :)

    Ce bucurie pe capul meu 😉 . Alexandra  ( http://sapundecasa.wordpress.com/ ) mi a facut o mare placere oferindu mi un premiu. Iti multumesc draga Alexandra :).  In ce consta acest premiu virtual?  Premiul  se ofera blogurilor care au mai putin de 200 de persoane inscrise la rubrica “Persoane Interesate”. Deci : “Liebster Blog Award” urmărește promovarea blogurilor cu mai putin de…

Deodorant

Sunt cea mai fericita: ieri seara mi-am facut timp, printre fugareala de pregatire pentru o noua saptamana, de un deo. De fapt am facut doua pentru ca oala mea era cam maricica si am zis ca daca fac doar unul, nu prea am ce amesteca :). Am inceput cu sotul, am zis ca merita si…

Geitenmelk en netel poeder

Deze zeep gaat zeker mijn favoriete zeep worden. Het is mijn tweede zeep met netel ,maar deze keer heb ik netelpoeder gebruikt en de zeep voelt nog zachter aan de huid.  Ik heb het watergedeelte door melk vervangen. Geitenmelk is zo mild omdat de pH van geitenmelk heel dicht bij de natuurlijke pH van onze huid ligt….

Menta si argila neagra

Am vrut sa fac un sapun de ziua barbatilor cu argila neagra, turmeric, lapte de capra si mult ulei de menta si arbore de ceai. Rezultatul:

Chocolat/Café

 Il y a deux mois j’ai commencé à faire mes savons . J’ai encore beaucoup à apprendre, mais j’expérimente chaque fois quand je fais un savon( au moins une fois par semaine). Pour fêter les 2 mois, j’avais décidé de faire du chocolat. J’avais dans ma tête l’odeur de mon dernier gel de douche acheté(…

Argile

Sunt dependenta de argile. Imi plac atat de mult incat le folosesc mai mult decat recomandat. Studenta fiind, mi-aduc aminte ca o colega folosea argila intern. Mie insa, mi au trebuit cativa ani buni ca sa descopar beneficiile argilei luate intern. Cu aceste argile am facut , putin, ocolul Europei: argila albastra si aia roz…

Groene klei

Groene klei is tot dusver mijn favoriet. Over groene klei is er heel veel te vertellen. Het schijnt dat de samenstelling van de deze klei  lijkt op die van de mens : zij  bevat verschillende mineralen( calcium,magnesium, silicium, ijzer, kalium ) en daarom is ze zo goed in het afvoeren van de toxische stoffen uit het bloed…

Swirl si urzica

Tot mi era gandul la un swirl de ceva vreme, as fi vrut sa incerc o mie de combinatii, dar am zis sa o iau slowly 🙂 . Nu e chiar ce vroiam, insa fiind prima incercare… L-am parfumat cu o combinatie de uleiuri esentiale pe care am gasit-o in cartea mea preferata , combinatie…

Paarse klei

Ik was heel blij toen ik mijn paarse klei gekocht heb, maar niet zo blij toen ik  het resultaat zag: de paarse kleur is , helaas, bruin geworden :(. Het idee was om iets moois voor Valentijn te maken, maar het is meer iets voor Nationale Feestdag van Belgie geworden. Dat is het interessante deel van het…

Red Clay Soap

Recunosc ca acest sapun trebuia sa mai astepte ceva pana sa-l tai, insa nu am avut rabdare, cum era prima data cand incercasem argila rosie, si mai ales insertiile de culori deasupra sapunului. Invat in fiecare zi, si sincer imi place ce a iesit. Imi era cumva teama sa nu fie prea multe culori insa…

Nog Hello Kitty

Ik was zo content van mijn eerste wortelzeep met toegevoegde HE ylang-ylang, kaneel, sinaasappel en vuilboom  dat ik er gisteren nog een gemaakt heb .  Ik heb niks veranderd aan mijn recept, en ik  heb er op het einde gedroogde hibiscus toegevoegd. De geur vind ik ok, het ruikt helemaal niet naar zeep maar naar een…

Hello Kitty

Tot mi -era gandul la un mozaik si am tot asteptat uleiurile esentiale , insa ieri seara mi au ajuns si am si incercat o noua combunatie: lavanda-tea tree, stiind ca aceasta combinatie este foarte buna pentru problemele pielii.  Mirosul imi place enorm,  iar la ‘trace’ l- am imbogatit cu ulei de argan.

Cu semanatu’

Si pentru ca la noi e asa obiceiul ca de anul nou se ‘umbla cu semanatu’ am zis ca trebuie neaparat sa fac ceva frumos. Cu aceasta ocazie mi-am dat seama ca am un aparat de 2 bani si anul asta, unul dintre obiectivele mele e sa mi iau alt aparat . De data asta…

Sapun de an nou :)

Pentru ca nu iesisem nicaieri in seara de anul nou si pentru ca nu era nimic interesant la tv, am hotarat in seara anului nou sa fac un sapun:). Si nu un sapun oarecare, ci ceva de genul ‘swirl’. Am fost curioasa sa vad ce iese si ziua de 1 ianuarie ampetrecut-o mai mult uitandu-ma…

Lavande 21.12.2011

Qui n’aime pas la lavande? J’ai essayé des savons à  base de lavande, je n’ai pas été très contente du mélange de la couleur. J’ai utilisé du colorant alimentaire en attandant ma commande de l’argile bleue mais je n’ai pas bien mélangé la couleur. Toutefois, l’odeur est superbe et  ça persiste même après 3 semaines….

Sinaasappel zeep 14.12.2011

Ik heb, tot nu toe, maar enkele zepen gemaakt, maar ik kan wel zeggen dat mijn favoriete zeep degene is die gemaakt is van wortelsap .In vergelijking met de allereerste zepen, heb ik de formule een beetje veranderd om een minder harde en meer hydratante zeep te bekomen. Deze keer heb ik wat hibiscus thee…