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Shop Closed for Raya Holidays Next Week

Just a quick note that Kinder Soaps will be ‘closed’ from 31st August till 4th September in conjunction with our upcoming public holidays to mark our Independence Day and celebrate Hari Raya. PosLaju services will be pretty much unavailable at that time as well.

To all our muslim friends, my family would like to wish you a very blessed Hari Raya. If you’re traveling outstation, do drive safely and take breaks whenever you need to rest. 🙂

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Double Duty Balm Emerges From Washing Machine

Yesterday I was out for yet another bazaar (which I’ll blog about later), and in the rush to pack up our gear I accidentally left the tester tin of Double Duty Balm in my craft market apron.

So now I can answer the question, “What happens to a tin of Kinder Soaps’ balm if it goes through an entire cycle in a Samsung washing machine?”

And my response would be,

“Not much, actually.” (How disappointing…)

Here’s what a normal tin of balm looks like:

I keep several of these about the house, one in each of our bedrooms within easy reach of the kids.

And this is what the machine-washed balm looks like:

There was some water on the surface of the balm when I popped the lid of the tin just after fishing it out of my apron. I flicked off the moisture, then tried touching the surface. It was a little stickier than normal, but otherwise fine. It wasn’t squashy or a huge mess. I tried applying it on my skin and it felt no different than my unwashed balm.

It even smelled the same! Maybe a little fainter than usual, but there wasn’t any detectable trace of detergent on it. However the tin did receive a small dent on one side:

I give credit to the beeswax for making sure that the balm stayed intact throughout its 80-minute ride in my washing machine. I think my warm water wash reached a maximum temperature of 40°C, so I’d imagine that my experience would have been a bit different if it went up to 60°C (beeswax melts at 66°C).

I’m saving this ‘special’ tin for my own use. Just to see if anything happens to my skin, you know? 🙂

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Double Duty Balm

Ah, I’ve finally perfected a balm that works wonderfully on both your lips and your skin–hence the name, “Double Duty Balm”.

My family is prone to getting dry lips, even my children. I think it’s a combination of living in an apartment where it’s very breezy most of the time, and me prompting the kids to always drink loads of water, very often (it keeps them well hydrated on the inside, but it does wash away the precious little oil that protects their lips).

(Note: I’ve recently tweaked the formulation and packaging for the balm, so it doesn’t look like this photo anymore. It’s in a fat roll-up tube which  allows you to apply the balm directly on your skin.)

Suggested uses

  • to protect and moisturize your lips
  • to smooth over patches of dry skin for instant relief from dryness
  • as a balm for diaper rash
  • to administer on minor cuts and grazes, especially for kids (since most of the time all they really need is a distraction to feel better, and I can’t think of a happier one than the scent of melting chocolate being gently rubbed into their wounds!)

I’m not quite sure if it’ll work on soothing eczema or getting rid of the irritation and itchiness stemming from insect bites, but if you do try it out and have favourable results, you MUST let me know! 🙂

How to use:

Uncap the tube and smooth the balm onto your lips, or wherever it is on your body that needs some moisture or care. You can also scrape some using a clean spoon if you like, particularly if you’re using it to treat your baby’s diaper rash. I’ve tossed this balm into my all-day handbag and it hasn’t melted on me yet. :p

Storage Instructions

Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight (a drawer in your dresser would be ideal). Use within 1 year of purchase.

Precautions

This is not a medical product. Always perform a skin patch test, and discontinue use of the product if you notice any adverse reactions.

Ingredients List

Cocoa butter, yellow beeswax, apricot kernel oil, camellia oil, macadamia nut oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oleoresin.

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New Product: Double Duty Balm

Ah, I’ve finally perfected a balm that works wonderfully on both your lips and your skin–hence the name, “Double Duty Balm”.

My family is prone to getting dry lips, even my children. I think it’s a combination of living in an apartment where it’s very breezy most of the time, and me prompting the kids to always drink loads of water, very often (it keeps them well hydrated on the inside, but it does wash away the precious little oil that protects their lips).

I went all out nuts on selecting some really fantastic ingredients to include in my formulation. In this little 10g tin you’ll find:

  • yellow beeswax that has undergone minimum refinement, and has its natural golden colour and honeyed fragrance intact. It is said to have mild antibacterial and antiviral properties, as well as the ability to form a protective barrier over the skin while at the same time allowing it to breathe;
  • cocoa butter, which we all know is fantastic for moisturizing skin;
  • apricot kernel oil, which is treasured for its anti-inflammatory properties and has been used to soothe minor skin irritations, as well as eczema;
  • sweet almond oil, a lovely moisturizer that’s great even for infants;
  • sesame seed oil, which is again, an efffective moisturizer;
  • cocoa CO2 oil;
  • rosemary oleoresin, that I added to ensure that the oils don’t go rancid too quickly.

Now I must have a special mention about the cocoa CO2 oil–it’s what makes this balm so irresistible (in my opinion, anyway). It’s the oil that has been extracted from cocoa beans using supercritical carbon dioxide, which leaves practically no trace of the solvent and preserves nearly all of the precious and delicate chemical constituents of the cocoa bean–including its unmistakable chocolatey aroma. It’s supposed to be wonderful on the skin too, because of its wide array of fatty acids that nourish and moisturize it–but personally, I’m a sucker for its scent. There may be artificial fragrances that try really hard to mimic this, but I don’t think any would come close!

It’s also one of the most expensive ingredients I have ever dared to invest in. 0_o

Anyway, so here are a few suggested uses for this balm:

  • to protect and moisturize your lips
  • to smooth over patches of dry skin for instant relief from dryness
  • as a balm for diaper rash
  • to administer on minor cuts and grazes, especially for kids (since most of the time all they really need is a distraction to feel better, and I can’t think of a happier one than the scent of melting chocolate being gently rubbed into their wounds!)

I’m not quite sure if it’ll work on soothing eczema or getting rid of the irritation and itchiness stemming from insect bites, but if you do try it out and have favourable results, you MUST let me know! 🙂

To use it, you’ll need to warm up the surface of the balm with the tip of your finger in order to pick up a little of it, then smooth it onto wherever it is on your body that needs some moisture or care. You can also scrape a tiny amount using a clean spoon if you like, especially if you need to cover a larger area of skin. I find that a little of the balm goes a very long way.

Each 10g tin retails at RM35, and will be making their debut at tomorrow’s Crafty Art Market, Jaya One. Come on over to try it out on your skin and be blown away by how good it feels–and smells! 😀

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Come and Chat With Me at the Crafty Art Market on Saturday

I’m super stoked about being able to meet up with my craft-crazy Etsy friends and spend the afternoon reveling in the warm breeze, surrounded by all things lovingly and proudly handmade.

When: 20th August 2011, 11am till 6pm
Where: Jaya One (click here to view the map)

Apart from Crafty, there will be ChicPop and Bettr Weekends markets going on at the same time, so expect to be a part of a huge crowd decending upon Jaya One on Saturday. Happily though, our Crafty Art Market section is located near the pretty water feature that’s downstairs (between Palm Square and Old Town Coffee) from the main hubbub , so if you’re looking for a more peaceful, tranquil area to escape to, you’re most welcome to join us at our little crafty haven. 🙂

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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Music Monday – The Cello Song

Hello folks! Hope you’re having a terrific start to your week.

For today’s track, I’ve actually shared it before on my Facebook page and also on Twitter, but I thought it was worth putting it up on the blog too. I’m hoping a LOT more of you get to know this talented composer/arranger, Steven Sharp Nelson, because it would be such a treat to hear more of things like this from him.

Steven rearranged J.S. Bach’s timeless number, Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude, to make it something that totally lifts you off your feet and gets your spirits up. Not only is the music enthralling, the video’s pretty entertaining too–it’s obvious that Steven and his crew had waaay too much fun putting it together. :p

Happy Monday everyone!

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Featured In Her World Magazine!

July turned out to be a pretty hectic month for Kinder Soaps for a number of reasons–one of them being my interview being published in the month’s issue of Her World magazine. My friend Murni of mimpimurni was also featured in the article (she makes natural lip balms, and solid perfumes housed in pretty lockets). I’m so grateful for the many new customers who got in touch with me because of the article, and of course the writer, Michelle Tan, who contacted me about the possibility of doing a short story in the first place. 🙂

So here it is, my first proper photo in a glossy magazine! (Strike one item off my bucket list, hehe…) What a nice way to mark my 30th birthday. 😀

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Gentle Body Polish for Oily, Blemished Skin

Here’s a nice addition to your shower routine, if you’d like to get your skin to be exceptionally cuddly-soft and smooth in just 5 minutes flat.

This very mild, yet effective all-over body polish serves both as an exfoliant, and if allowed to dry for an additional 5 minutes, as a nourishing and detoxifying mask. It works well on the face too, especially if you’re prone to acne breakouts.

I use a base combination of ground organic oats and adzuki (red) beans together with french green clay to coax away dull skin and also draw out excess sebum and impurities from oily, blemished skin. Also in the mix is a blend of carrier and essential oils that leave your skin with an undeniably silky, soft finish after you rinse off with warm water.

How to use:

May be used on your body, face, and even the soles of your feet.

Best used after a shower and while your skin is still slightly damp.

Recommended amounts: for face, 1 teaspoon; for whole body, 1.5 tablespoons

Using a clean dry spoon, take the desired amount of body polish from the jar and mix it with a few drops of water. Gradually increase the amount of water until you end up with a fairly thick but easily spreadable paste. Gently massage the paste onto clean, damp skin while in the shower (don’t tug at your skin), then rinse off with warm water. You need not shower again after using the body polish.

Optional: let your body polish act as a nourishing, clarifying mask by allowing it to work on  your skin for 5-10 more minutes, before you rinse it off. The results are great, trust me on this! 🙂

You may wish to follow up with a moisturizer if you like.

Storage Instructions

Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight (a drawer in your dresser would be ideal). Use within 1 year of purchase.

Precautions

This is not a medical product. Always perform a skin patch test, and discontinue use of the product if you notice any adverse reactions.

Ingredients List

Organic oats, adzuki (red) beans, jojoba oil, camellia oil (certified organic), french green clay, essential oils of virginian cedarwood, cypress, tea tree and eucalyptus, rosemary oleoresin.

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Gentle Body Polish for Dry Skin

Here’s a nice addition to your shower routine, if you’d like to get your skin to be exceptionally cuddly-soft and smooth in just 5 minutes flat.

This very mild, yet effective all-over body polish serves both as an exfoliant, and if allowed to dry for an additional 5 minutes, as a nourishing and cleansing mask. I use a base combination of ground organic oats and adzuki (red) beans together with ghassoul clay to soften and coax away dull skin. Also in the mix is a blend of carrier and essential oils that leave your skin with an undeniably silky, soft finish after you rinse off with warm water.

How to use:

May be used on your body, face, and even the soles of your feet.

Best used after a shower and while your skin is still slightly damp.

Recommended amounts: for face, 1 teaspoon; for whole body, 1.5 tablespoons

Using a clean dry spoon, take the desired amount of body polish from the jar and mix it with a few drops of water. Gradually increase the amount of water until you end up with a fairly thick but easily spreadable paste. Gently massage the paste onto clean, damp skin while in the shower (don’t tug at your skin), then rinse off with warm water. You need not shower again after using the body polish.

Optional: let your body polish act as a nourishing mask by allowing it to work on  your skin for 5-10 minutes, before you rinse it off. The results are great, trust me on this! 🙂

Storage Instructions

Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight (a drawer in your dresser would be ideal). Use within 1 year of purchase.

Precautions

This is not a medical product. Always perform a skin patch test, and discontinue use of the product if you notice any adverse reactions.

Ingredients List

Organic oats, adzuki (red) beans, jojoba oil, camellia oil (certified organic), ghassoul clay, essential oils of roman chamomile and lavender, rosemary oleoresin.