Teakwood & Cardamom Hot Process Soap

 

 

I added the cocoa butter at the end as the superfat. I added the cocoa powder at the same time. I like the geologic look I can get from hot process soap and mica lines.

Ingredients

550 g lard

275 g coconut oil

110 g castor oil

110 g sunflower oil

55 g cocoa butter

330 g distilled water

156 g sodium hydroxide

colorant: 100% cocoa powder, gold mica

fragrance used: Teakwood & Cardamom from Nature’s Garden

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Coconut Lime Verbena Hot Process Soap with Green Tea Butter

My biggest area of error when I make soap is remembering the fragrance oil and pre-planning what it will look like. I try to have different levels planned for how it should look. I plan an “ideal” and an “it’s too thick for that/I won’t have the time” backup plan, which is scaled back in case of acceleration. My plan for forgetting the fragrance oil is just to not forget the fragrance oil.

So I added the mica into the crockpot and mixed it in three areas with some white in between and started scooping it into the mold… but then I remembered the fragrance oil! So I decided to scoop things back into the crock pot, add the fragrance and try to get it all properly mixed in without mixing all the colors together, which I mostly failed at since this was hot process. The purple and the brown mostly became one. I should have added more color to compensate for what I had done but I had put my mica’s away already and decided to just go with things as they were. So things didn’t quite turn out to plan, I am still pleased with the end result.

This was a fairly standard plant based recipe with coconut, olive, palm, shea and castor. I am using a green tea infused butter to superfat this recipe to make it a little special.

Chicken Cashew Curry Salad

 

Ingredients:

2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed

1 tablespoon olive oil

5 celery stalks, sliced

3/4 cup peas, frozen

1/2 cup cashews, toasted

1 cup mayonnaise

2-3 tablespoons curry powder

1 tablespoon lemon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 clove garlic, diced finely

fresh cilantro

Instruction:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place chicken and olive oil in a pan and bake  until cooked through. Set aside to cool, then dice into 1/2 inch cubes.

Place cashews on a baking sheet and bake in oven for 4-6 minutes until toasted.

In a bowl mix together mayonnaise, garlic , curry powder, lemon and salt.

In a large bowl mix chicken, cashews, celery, peas and curry dressing. Serve with fresh cilantro.

 

Other Curry Recipes

Curry Powder

Acorn Squash Coconut Curry Soup

Cranberry Orchid Moisturizer

Phase I

.8 oz emulsifying wax

.3 oz stearic acid

.4 oz mango butter

.5 oz rice bran oil

.4 oz cranberry butter(shea butter, jojoba oil, cranberry fruit)

.1 oz jojoba oil

Phase II

8.5 oz distilled water (hot)

.3 oz honeyquat

2 oz clary sage distillate

2 oz isopropyl myristate

.3 oz orchid extract

1 % preservative( I used optiphen ND)

Instruction

Phase I: Melt all phase 1 ingredients in a double boiler. In a measuring cup measure out the distilled water and heat it to 140-160 degrees.

Phase II:  Once the Phase I ingredients are melted and mixed remove from heat. Add the hot water to the melted ingredients of phase I  slowly while blending with an immersion blender. Ensure complete emulsification by blending in bursts for several minutes.

Let it cool slightly before adding remaining ingredients, blending them in one at a time. Continue to blend until it becomes light and fluffy. Scoop into containers and allow to cool completely before sealing.

 

Infused Butter Lip Balms

It’s become fairly easy to order infused butters, I selected a few that were lip safe and made some samplers to try out. The cranberry and the green tea do not have any flavor or scent in the final product but the coffee and orange scents come through quite strong.

This is a lip balm micro batch recipe. It makes 3 standard lip balm tubes.

For my lips balms I did a combination of cranberry/green tea, a combination of orange/green tea and one with just coffee butter. The orange/green tea was by far the best.

Ingredients

3.5 grams candellila wax

5.5 grams lip safe infused butter

1.75 grams sweet almond oil

1.75 grams cocoa butter

.75 grams avocado oil

Instruction

Melt all ingredients in a double boiler, heat gently and thoroughly. Pour into lip balm tubes. Cap once completely cooled.

Aqua Di Gio Soap

The oil you use can effect the overall color of your finished soap. If you want a beautiful white then lard is a good choice. Another good addition was rice bran oil, it tends to make a soap look shinier.

Information

Soap Method: Cold Process

Design Method: In the Pot Swirl

Mold: Tall & Skinny

Soaping Temperature: 117 (oil) 130 (Lye)

Fragrance: Aqua Di Gio from Natures Garden

Ingredients:

440 g manteca

330 g coconut oil

110 g castor oil

110 rice bran oil

110 g shea butter

330 g H2O

15.7 g NaOH

34 g fragrance

Mica: Caribbean blue, celestial blue and black knight mica’s from Brambleberry and Natures Garden.