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Fire Duck

…that’s what I keep thinking when I look at this photo. :p

It’s been raining lots in the past few weeks, mostly in the evenings. It’s challenging to photograph products with my camera phone in this light, but it’ll have to do for now. Thanks for your patience as we gradually introduced products onto the site (namely essential oils) over the past week or so. Our Father’s Day promotion is still on, so remember to enter the coupon code “ilovedaddy” after clicking on “View Cart” to enjoy 20% savings on all soap (except Teselli).

Hope that all you parents out there are enjoying the school holidays with your children! I’m thinking of taking ours to the bird park within the coming week… or quite possibly, trampolining! 😀

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Relief of Itching and Skin Irritation

This evening I was a bit too enthusiastic in applying some essential oils on my kids to help them overcome their coughs and colds, and ended up with an itchy, stinging rash forming on my left index finger which is prone to dyshidrotic eczema, also known as pompholyx. I knew if I didn’t intervene soon, those dreaded itchy blisters would form and I’d be scratching them till they’d weep, just to get some relief.

So I made an oat and calendula tea bath / poultice to apply on my finger, and within 10 minutes it stopped itching completely. Here’s what I did, and you can too:

Place the following in a little drawstring pouch that can take the heat of boiling water (I used one of our cotton muslin bags which we use for packaging our soap in):

  • 4 teaspoons of ground oats (whole rolled oats probably works just as well, I reckon)
  • 4 heads of dried calendula flowers (optional, but I happened to have some handy so in they went along with the oats!)

140520 calendula and oats

Steep the bag in water that’s just off the boil for about 3-5 minutes.

Note: If you don’t have a drawstring bag to put the ingredients in, don’t fret – just follow the rest of the instructions by using just a mug, and dip a small washcloth in the resulting tea to apply on your skin instead.

Drain off the hot water, and replace it with cool water and ice cubes to cool down the bag. (If you are doing this without a drawstring bag, then just add ice to the resulting tea and wait for the mixture to cool.)

When the bag is cool enough to handle, squeeze out the excess water from it. You now have a poultice.

Apply the poultice on the affected area. It will feel slimy and slightly sticky – this is normal. The itch may or may not subside at this point.

Continue applying the poultice on the affected area for about 5-10 minutes, occasionally dipping it back in the ice water to cool it down again.

Allow the skin to air dry naturally–try not to wipe off the oat water from the surface of the skin.

When the skin finally dries, you will find that the oat water would have left behind a protective film over your skin which feels dry and perhaps very faintly powdery, but comfortable. By now the itch (in my case, at least) was completely gone.

I hope that this can help some of you with your occasional brush with severe skin irritations and itchy outbreaks. If you do try this, let me know in the comments below if it worked for you, okay? 🙂

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Father’s Day Special – 20% Off All Soap!

In conjunction with Father’s Day, we’re offering 20% off all our soap from now till 30th June 2014. Regulars will know that we don’t do sales very much at all, so you might want to take this opportunity to stock up on your favourites. 😉

Enter the coupon code “ilovedaddy” during your checkout and you’ll enjoy 20% savings on all soap purchases. Not valid with our Teselli Soap, Package Deals and Starter Gift Baskets.

Please use the share buttons below to spread the word amongst your friends and family. And if they have any questions for us, send us an email at sales@kindersoaps.com and we’ll attend to their queries right away.

Thanks for visiting our brand new website and let us know what you think of it!

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Studio Redesign V2.0

I’m just back from a 3.5 week hiatus from work – our servant went home for her annual holiday and I took over most of the household chores and caring for the children full time. It was fun, but I cannot say that I’m unhappy to be back looking at Kinder Soaps things. 😉

As usual there are so many things happening at the same time. Needing to say “No” to some business propositions for the sake of maintaining quality (not to mention my sanity), but it’s all good.

 

The photo above is the most recent studio layout which I sent over to the good folks at BPFK’s GMP division. Thank goodness it’s pretty easy to find some simple instructions on how to use Adobe Illustrator online. Now to keep my fingers crossed that it will be approved soon, so I can finally get moving on to the next phase of our studio’s renovation.

Hope you’re all having a great week so far! Hugs from me. 🙂