Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Discovering the Benefits of Neem Oil - Hair, Skin and Pet Care

I love neem oil...

Have you heard of it?

In India, parts of the neem tree have been used for so very long.

And if you would like to read about which products are good for what, then Discover Neem is an excellent website, and I am about to quote parts of it here.

Quote: "Both neem oiand neem leaf are fantastic skin care ingredients."

We add neem oil to our scent-free shampoo.
Quote: "Used as hair oil neem promotes shiny, healthy hair, combats dryness, prevents premature graying and may even help with some forms of hair loss."

Hubby even uses our shampoo to rub over his skin before stepping into the garden on mozzie days.  The neem oil in our shampoo prevents him from being bitten.  Of course, our product is not a replacement for horrid bugs in malaria affected countries, ok.

Our loaves are full of neem oil

Quote: "One of the top neem benefits is that it lets you avoid harsh chemicals and nasty insecticides when treating conditions like psoriasiseczemascabieshead lice and more.

Neem oil is the cocoa butter or shea butter of the eastan excellent moisturiser, high in Vitamin E, rich in emollients and fatty acids, soothing dry, cracked or otherwise stressed and damaged skin. Unlike petroleum based moisturisers, neem oil actually restores the skin's natural elasticity."

Quote: "Neem relieves dry skin.

It soothes itchiness, redness and irritation.

It improves general skin health and immunity, combating bacterial infections."

Our big chunks of soap

Wonderful for Nails

Quote: "Neem oil also makes a great nail oil. No more brittle nails and no more nail fungus."

As well as helping nail discolouration, it is a nail conditioner

Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium has a selection of kitty, pooch and equine pet care that contains neem oil too.

200g shampoo for pooch and equine 

These big loaves help a multi dog household or a rescue centre.

Quote: "Neem oil for dogs can help with fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites and mange mites.
It promotes a strong immune system, healthy skin, a shiny, problem free coat, strong healthy teeth, all the signs of a radiantly healthy dog.

Dog owners who tried neem oil and neem products rave about the impressive and immediate effect of neem on the health of the dogs."

1kg doggy and equine shampoo
Quote: "The regular use of a neem dog shampoo, and occasional supplementation of dog food with neem leaf, could prevent problems in the first place..."

Can your kitty use our shampoo? YES!
Tip however - it takes two of you to bathe a cat - this is from experience!

Quote: "Neem oil shampoo is safe for cats, even for super sensitive, allergic-to-pretty-much-everything cats. In fact, you will probably find that the use of neem lowers your cat's sensitivity to environmental stresses significantly, and that its immune system in general improves."

Remember, essential oils are not good for cats - we do not use any in our kitty products.

Quote: "Essential oils are often used to mask the smell of neem oil, and cats are very sensitive to essential oils."

Skin soothing balm

Cat flea balm - dogs can use this version too

Quote: "Neem oil shampoo is safe for cats..."   
Grumpy Joe's flea balms contain neem oil.
Quote: "... even for super sensitive, allergic-to-pretty-much-everything cats. In fact, you will probably find that the use of neem lowers your cat's sensitivity to environmental stresses significantly, and that its immune system in general improves.!

And please remember the following.  We do not use essential oils in out pet care and have removed from our shampoo just incase you want to give kitty a bath. 

Re-Quote: "Essential oils are often used to mask the smell of neem oil, and cats are very sensitive to essential oils."

Dog flea balm - cats won't like this balm with essential oils.

Our pooch flea balm has cedarwood essential oil and so a kitty's skin really does not like it...  so please do not use.   We recommend a cat flea balm for both.

So ... what do you think?

Our Folksy shop is full of products full of skin loving goodness, including pet care.
Our eBay shop has lots of lovely skincare too - including a SALE!

Lesley & Ray x

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sale, Reduced, Job Lot, Clearance, End of Line Beauty Skincare for Him, Her & the Kids!!

We decided to have a clearout!

Lots of nourishing and moisturising skincare to buy in bulk with a sale price of from £6.99 
(RRP £18) so a complete bargain!

Stuff for him, her and the kids.

Pop over to eBay ...

We cannot forget our horse and doggys, can we? 
An entire kilo loaf of shampoo that benefits the skin and cleanses is on offer for £10 
(RRP £11.50). Guess what?  It's ok for you to use too!

Pop over to Folksy!

Happy shopping...
Lesley and Ray x

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

We Shall Be Back ....

Fighting of the January Blues...

Are you?

Posts will be up and running again soon...


Pop over and comment on our Facebook page. Tag us ... it would be sooo welcomed.

Or support and share Grumpy Joe's Found and Lost Pet page on Facebook.  
Joey was once a missing house cat.  He has been home since 2005.
Sam, his ginger and white friend, is still missing in Peterborough.
Any shares welcome.

Love us and all the best for 2015.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Buddy the Winner with his prize!

Buddy was the winner of our pet competition and his mum sent us a special picture!


One, two, three ... ahhhh...

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

SALE: Hand Scrub for the Gardener & Sexy Soap for men.

We have a pre-Christmas Sale for both our handmade skincare.

Nip over to eBay  or Folksy  ... or both!

Sexy Man Soap

For dirty hands!

Our creamy foot scrub offers some super TLC.
We have to as a SALE product for the festive holidays but if you'd like a bar much earlier, get in touch!

All our love!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Decorating Soap with Ribbons, Flowers, Baubles ...

Weekend I thought I would play around with the contents of my craft box!

Well, you never know what you might find...

I'd been watching Jane Means DVD ... she is THE gift wrapping guru.

Soap n Things - wrapping soap for christmas

I wrapped soap in corrugated card.

After a good search in my craft box I chose:
cream rose
sparkly bauble

I secured the card with tape.
The rose 'stem' I folded back on itself and twisted it to ensure no sharp edges.
Then I wound the gold ribbon around the 'stem' and attached.

The green ribbon I threaded through the glittery bauble
Then tied a bow...

I love them!
And guess what ... took the plunge and put them on eBay.

The pretty green one is Tea Tree. 
And the delicate rose is Geranium.

And pleased to say ... I put on a kilo Tea Tree loaf and with two minutes one sold!

Love us xx

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

How to Make Your Own Christmas Pud Bath Bombs!

Making your own Christmas Pud bath bombs is fun and easy ... honestly.

150g bicarbonate of soda
60g citric acid
50g cornflour
80g shea butter
50g coconut oil
0.5g cappuccino mica colour
6g bailey and cream fragrance oil or other festive fragrance oil essential oil.
Red mica glitter
Green mica glitter

Coconut oil

Tray or baking tray
Foil or greaseproof paper
Artist paint brush

Where to buy the Ingredients?
We recommend Bath Bomb Biz, based down South. They are always there to help too!

Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the citrus acid (it’ll make a fizz when dropped in the tub!)

Mix in the cornflour.

Add a drop or two of your chosen scent.  

Add your cappuccino colour

Mix it all together.

Put your dry mixture aside.

Now, melt the shea butter with the coconut oil.  You can use the microwave. 
Please keep watching.
Remember - shea butter may contain traces of nut.  
Add the oil to your powder mix (be careful not to burn yourself) and mix!

Forming into Puds:
Now you are ready to handmake into little cappuccino puds.
So, when a little cooler, take some of the mix and form into balls – and don’t worry if uneven.  These are handmade, remember.
Lay on to your tray and leave for a minimum of 2 days.


Now you are ready to add the ‘brandy butter’.
Pour a little cold coconut oil into a yogurt pot or mug, and with your paint brush, paint the top of each pud.

Soap n Things - how to make Christmas bath bombs

Put the extra cornflour into a bowl and dip the wet part of your pud into it .

Or do as Ray does, put the cornflour into a sieve and shake over the puds - maybe to some music!

That’s the ‘brandy sauce’ finished.

Leave for a few hours.
The cornflour will stick to the oil.

Soap n Things - how to make brandy butter on bath bomb christmas puds

Keep away from heat as the shea butter and oils will melt.
Dry in a cool place or the fridge.

What about the Holly & Ivy?
When solid, dab a little more oil to the top of the 'brandy butter'.  
Sprinkle green mica glitter as festive holly.
Then red for Christmasy berries. 
Pop back in the fridge. 
Leave for a few days.

Soap n Things - how to make bath bomb christmas puds

Some may crumble, some may not.

We do recommend gifting them nestled inside a box.
Please remember that if lining with tissue, add florist cello and lay the puds on top.  
Why?  The oils and butter will absorb the colour and after all your hard work ...well...we wouldn't want them to spoil.

Just add one pud to the bath.  Remember that the oils and butter may make the bath slippery .
The colour may leave a residue around the tub but I promise, with the cheapest bath cleanser it will come off!

Don't they look so pretty and handmade?

And British!

If you prefer to buy a mould, then it is a long method unless you buy lots.
If not, simply stick with the messy way which, let's face it, is more fun in a Christmasy way!

Our popular Christmas Puds will be back at The Cats Pyjamas Emporium in Wisbech following lots of requests!

Merry Christmas!
Love Lesley & Ray x

Monday, 1 December 2014

Winner: Grumpy Joe's Furball Christmas Competition 2014

Grumpy is happy to announce the winner of his very first furball competition!

In fact, all thought all furry entrants deserved a prize.

Is it you?

First prize to Buddy for his cuteness and holding his pet balm!

Runner up prizes go to....

 Rani for pure beauty

To Cookie for helping Mum do the ironing!

A message to their Mummy's ...
please email me your address so as I can post their gift in time for Christmas.

Grumps sends them happy purrs...


Winner: Natural Skincare Christmas 2014

Our festive Winter competition closed today.

We are proud to announce the WINNER!

Is it you?

Prize of luxury lemon nail balm.  Pure heaven!

The Winner:


Please email me your address.

Well done!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

#GivingTuesday - For Charity

We've had Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now it is time for Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is about giving a little something to a charity. 
£1 will go along way.

Soap n Things and Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium thinks it a great idea.

We have given to:
Hope (vet bill) via Harveys Law
Battersea Dog and Cat Home
Support for the prosecution of Horse abusers

On Tuesday we shall be donating to:
Each charity will receive a few pounds each jointly from:
 Soap n Things
Grumpy Joe (Kitty) at Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium
Found and Lost Pets Worldwide

Sadly no one recommended any rescue centres so the rest will be used when needed for medical care.

Closed from 3rd December : Would you like to recommend an animal charity?
Please leave the link here.  I have a few more pounds in the pot.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Black Friday: 28 November 2014 at Soap n Things & Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium


Grab a 10% offer for one day only.

Friday 28th November 2014.

Select your goodies from Folksy, Etsy, or Ebay.

Get 10% off your one total purchase (excludes carriage).

I'll send you an invoice with discount applied.

Pay and we shall do the rest!

Just nip back to our Home Page.  Go to the tabs and click on the shop.

Lesley& Ray x

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Decorating Soap to Gift for Christmas, Birthday, Craft Fayre, Business Craft

Make a gift with our hand made soap.

Take a peek at Folksy, Etsy, and eBay

Making your Christmas inexpensive.... and fun!

Easy to hand cut in to chunks, squares or bars
Our loaves make a fun Christmas because you can put together you own festive gift for Christmas without it costing the earth.

Our loaf has the consistency of cheese.

You can cut in chunks, squares or bars.

There are so many embellishments available to pretty up soap: pearls, flower buds, studs, raffia with flowers, paper with gems, festive items...  then nestle inside a basket or gift bag or decorated box.  If you click on the image it will take you to the seller if you would like to buy there work.

If adding coloured tissue, we do recommend laying a sheet of florist cello on top.  Why? Well, our soaps contain lots of nourishing oils which would absorb the oils.

Just push then gently in to your soap.

Ok, these are soap tubs but the wire flowers show you how you can embellish soap to then gift them

We appreciate postage affects a purchase.
One loaf will cost you £4.80
Up to 4 loaves will cost you £5.80.

Above all, what fund to make your own Christmas gifts!

Lesley & Ray x

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Christmas Gift Set Ideas for My Wife, Girlfriend, Aunt, Sister...

Men ... are you looking for present ideas for a woman?

That quick and easy gift ?

Something lovely but which you do not have worry about anything except buying the gift bag?

Soap n Things - natural pampering skincare gift idea for wife, mother, mum, mummy, sister, aunt
Gift for her
A special Christmas price of £6.99.

Our lip balms were suggested in Style at Home Christmas 2013 as the perfect Christmas cracker gift so you see, we make good quality skincare!

Our facial cleanser is completely natural and blended with aloe vera that stimulates skin cell regeneration.

Our lip balms are: vegan, beeswax or fruity cherry for kissable lips.

Our nail care is divine and infused with zesty lemon essential oil and using twice daily last for months.

We have a lovely Facebook page so please pop over too.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Christmas Gift Idea: Rudolph Flannel by Posh Bird Creations.

Posh Bird Creations is taking part in Creative Connections annual Craftfest.

Over 40 virtual stalls for you to browse and shop.

I fell in love with Rudolph!

What a super gift idea for a child ... and to get the kids washing behind those ears!

If you'd like to visit Lyn's stall, then pop over ... and her website will be live soon.

Soap n Things. Posh Bird Creations.  Soap and Flannel Christmas Stocking gift for a child
Isn't he cute?

There are lots of superb stalls selling gifts, cards, presents for the home, clothes, food,  pets products and ... fun stuff for the kids...

Posh Bird Creations is on Facebook .... and so are we so if you have a few minutes to spare, pop over and say hello to us all.

Soap n Things and Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium has virtual stall too.
We've been busy setting it up - our stall will be live at Craftfest November 15th and 16th.
We've been busy pinning and pinning to Pinterest, and there are some great crafts pinned to the CraftFest Yellow Pinboard so pop over!

So ... let us know what you think of Rudolph ... and if you buy one!