Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mint




Mint is a perennial herb which is native to the Mediterranean, it grows wild in Europe and the United States. Mint is cooling and crisp, it can sooth itchy skin and help with eczema. Mint essential oil has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It’s vitalizing and refreshing it energizes the mind and body. Mint also helps clean pores. It has a powerful sweet crisp scent.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Adult Painting Parties

I am now doing Adult painting and craft parties on Friday and Saturday nights. I teach how to do a painting or do a craft and you bring wine and snacks. I supply the art supplies, you bring some friends and have a great time painting and doing crafts while you nibble and sip. 

The cost is $25.00 per person for a 2 hour class.
 Email me if you are interested cupertinosoap@sbcglobal.net. 
 
It will be fun, I hope you will join me.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tick Repellent



It's that time of year to be outside. Hiking is a great way to be outdoors, but you need to protect yourself from the elements, use sunscreen and don't forget your tick repellent. Here is a simple but effective recipe to use to protect yourself. 

Repellent for your pets:
For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).
To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent. Spray onto the pet's dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.

For you and your family:
In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.
After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wrinkle remover for clothes





 Spray, smooth and shake


Sometimes I accidentally leave my clothes in the dryer too long and they get really wrinkled. I am too busy to iron so I cheat and use a spray that I made.  This spray works really well on things like T-shirts and jeans it may also work on some cotton blouses and shirts. It will remove most wrinkles and make your clothes smell  great ! See the recipe below.


1          8 oz spray bottle

2          8 ounces of water

3          1 tablespoon of fabric softener


Put all ingredients in the spray bottle and shake until mixed. Then spray your clothes , smooth the fabric out then shake your clothes out. It’s that simple! Viola all your wrinkles are gone

Friday, April 3, 2015

Chinese Black Bean Chicken




One of our favorite dishes for dinner is Chinese black bean chicken. This simple dish is easy and very satisfying. See my recipe below



Black bean chicken
4 chicken thighs or 2 large chicken breasts cut into small chunks
¼ c black beans crushed
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons of water
2 tablespoons of peanut oil
1 teaspoon of fresh ground Ginger
4 cloves of Garlic crushed
2 teaspoons of sugar
2 Green onions thinly sliced
Mix all together and pour over chicken, steam in a large bowl for about 20 minutes or till done.  Serve over steamed white rice.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We are now a certified Green Business.


We have been working really hard over the last few years to become a green business. Recently we received our certificate stating we are now a Green Business. We made a lot of changes to the way we do things here at Cupertino Soap Company. We buy green products when ever we can. We changed our sink aerators to low flow, and use reclaimed water to irrigate our landscape. Replacing regular light bulbs with the new CFL bulbs helped alot! We recycle everything and compost. There is so much you can do to be green, every little thing can make a difference. We hope you will go green too!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Tub Tea



Tub tea is a wonderful little secret for your skin. Botanicals  and herbs can sooth your skin and your soul. Tub teas generally should be put in a muslin pouch then run under warm bath water, let is "steep" for a few minutes before getting in. Most teas don't have much of a fragrance but the benefits of the herbs are good for your skin. Below is one of my recipes for tub tea.



¼ cup lavender buds
¼ cup chamomile buds
¼ cup rose petals
¼ hibiscus petals
¼ cup calendula petals
Mix all together in a large bowl. Put a scoop of tea in a muslin bag and run under warm bath water.