What are your plans for April? Did you know it’s National Couple Appreciation Month? It’s time to celebrate! What better way to honor couples than with some special spa time for relaxation and rejuvenation? Your local soap store in El Cajon, CA has a few great ideas to make your month special.

Spa Day

Build a spa day for each of you. You don’t even have to leave home! With the products available on the market today, you can easily create an in-home oasis that de-stresses and romanticizes even more effectively than a trip to the spa. Gather the following supplies to create your spa day:

  • Bath bombs: Homemade bath bombs in El Cajon, CA turn your ordinary bath into an effervescent experience. Simply drop one in your tub to create some bubbling excitement for your spa day.
  • Whipped body frosting: Created with shea and cocoa butters, these frostings absorb into the skin to leave it feeling nourished (and non-greasy)!
  • Body lotions: Body lotions in El Cajon, CA are ideal for maintaining healthy skin. They’re also the perfect accent to your spa day. Your local soap store in El Cajon, CA offers body lotions made with aloe vera, glycerin, vitamin D and vitamin A, which are essential to maintain healthy skin cells.

Husband Appreciation

April 20th is Husband Appreciation Day. You know your hubby always wants a foot rub, so pick up the perfect gift pack at your soap store in El Cajon, CA to provide his dream massage. It’s the perfect way to say, “I appreciate you!”

Stress Awareness

April is full of reasons to visit your soap store in El Cajon, CA. It’s also the National Month of Stress Awareness. With so many things in our lives that add stress to our days, it’s important to take the time to de-stress on occasion. The right body lotion in El Cajon, CA can help. Whether you spend an hour in a luxurious bath with bath bombs in El Cajon, CA or light a scented soy candle, you’ll feel better in May if you take some time to relax in April.

Expert Input

Not sure how to show your special someone you care? Visit Lynette at your local soap store in El Cajon, CA to discuss how you can let them know you want to take away some of their burdens and stress. It’s easy to show your appreciation or create an in-home getaway that will make your month extra special. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

Make the Most of April

Visit Soaps & Scents to get everything you need for this month of appreciation. We’ve been making beautiful handmade soaps for over 20 years. We have bar and liquid soaps in a variety of fragrances and even some fun soaps, such as our Ducky or Cupcake soaps. We use the highest percentage of essential oil and fragrance oil possible, so the products will maintain their wonderful scent even years later. In addition to our soaps, we also offer bath bombs, body lotions, room sprays and more!

March Is National Crafting Month!

Throughout March, Soaps & Scents has been celebrating National Crafting Month, an event that throws a spotlight on all sorts of crafting, whether it’s making beautiful notecards, decoupaging a small box for mementoes or making your own soap products. Whatever types of crafting you enjoy, March is the month to set aside some time to practice them. Crafting is a fun way to boost your own creativity and relieve stress all at the same time.

Another way to celebrate National Crafting Month is to purchase handmade items from local crafters, like handmade soaps in El Cajon, CA. Soap-making is an ancient practice that has developed a lot over the years, and purchasing beautiful handmade soaps allows your body to enjoy a special treat.

History of Soap-Making

Soap is historically made from a combination of fats (usually from animals) and ashes. Humans have been making soap since ancient Babylonia, around 2800 B.C. Though Babylonians were the first group of people to master soap-making, many other cultures also followed suit with their own versions, including the ancient Egyptians, the Phoenicians and the Romans.

The Romans are in fact credited with giving soap its name, which apparently comes from stories about Mount Sapo in Rome. The story goes that when animals were sacrificed on Mount Sapo and a rain followed, the rain would push animal fat and ash down to the Tiber River. Women washing clothing in the river noticed the clothes became cleaner following one of those heavy rains.

The method of combining animal fats and ash lasted for thousands of years, until around the 1800s in France, when a man named LeBlanc found a way to chemically produce soaps that cut down on its cost. Today you can still buy soap made from that chemical process, as well as soaps made in a more traditional way.

Handmade Soaps

With so many soaps on the market, it can be tough to know what to choose. However, it’s often beneficial for your skin to purchase something gentle and natural, and lots of companies have jumped on this bandwagon and advertised “natural” products without many natural ingredients.

The best way to purchase natural soaps is to head to a business that is dedicated to the true craft of soap-making. Luckily, Soaps & Scents has offered this exact model for over 20 years! At Soaps & Scents, we handmake all of our soaps in small batches, which allows us to focus on each ingredient and ensure that our customers have the best possible health experience while using our products. We can also consult with you about your skin’s needs to find gentler or fragrance-free soaps to suit your individual needs.

Since 1994, Soaps & Scents has brought the local community a variety of handcrafted items, including body lotions, bath bombs and handmade soap in El Cajon, CA. You can even pick up a beautiful soap shaped like a cupcake or a ducky, which makes the perfect gift to celebrate the hard work of crafters during National Crafting Month. Stop by and see us today!

Even though the weather in winter tends to be a little drier than in other seasons, it’s our springtime activities and hygiene habits that are most likely to dry out our skin as the season changes. In fact, the changes of seasons are the most crucial times to condition your skin to accept moisture so it doesn’t suffer from dryness all year long.

At Soaps & Scents, we advocate product safety and being environmentally conscious as you give your skin the best products to keep it from drying out. Here are just a few tips we have for people to get the most out of their skin care routine this spring:

The start of the spring can be a great time to exfoliate, because the winter weather combined with constant access to snow, sludge and salt can do a lot of damage to the skin and result in a buildup of dead skin cells. A light micro-dermabrasion followed by a moisturizing mask can help you get rid of the dead skin cells you built up over the winter months so you can rejuvenate your skin for the spring and keep it smooth and hydrated.

Use lighter lotions:
The winter months generally require thicker creams and serums to protect the skin against harsh temperatures and wind chills. Now, however, as the weather is warming up, you can swap out those heavier products in favor of lighter lotions. This will be especially important as the weather starts to get a bit more humid.

Use sunscreen:
Really, you should be using products with SPF all year long, but it becomes especially important as you start to expose more of your body to sunlight. Spring is a very high-risk time for sunburn and skin damage caused by UV exposure. This is because the sun doesn’t feel quite as powerful because the weather is so mild. You should still be sure to apply sunscreen (or other lotions with SPF) every day and reapply before activities outdoors.

Pick up some new products:
You’re going to be spending more time in the sun once spring rolls around, so why not take the change of season as a time for you to go out and pick up some new products to add to your skin care regimen? Here are just a few of the products we suggest—all of these are available from our soap store:

  • Sugar scrubs: These all-natural exfoliating scrubs make your skin feel soft using cane sugar, vegetable glycerin, jojoba, shea butter and various essential oils.
  • Loofa soaps: A glycerin soap with loofa captured within, these soaps will naturally exfoliate your skin as you wash and expose the loofa.
  • Shea butter creams: Known as Whipped Body Frostings, these creams are seven percent shea and cocoa butter, and absorb quickly without leaving a greasy film behind.

For more information about the products we have to offer for your skin care regimen this spring, contact Soaps & Scents or visit our soap store today.

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