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.

 

 

Honey Rebatch Soap

I recently made a plain unscented cold process soap with the idea of rebatching it. I wanted a blank slate to start with instead of scraps that are already scented and colored. I let one pound of the soap sit and cure for a month before the rebatch. I grated the soap into a crock pot, added 1/4 cup of coconut milk and and 1 teaspoon of honey. One of the advantages of rebatching is to add luxury ingredients like oils, milks, herbs and sensitive essential oils.

I put the crockpot on high and covered it. I let it cook for about 20-30 minutes before I began stirring it every 5 minutes. Turn off the heat once it is melted enough to mix easily. You can choose to stick blend it but I decided against that.

I used a chai tea fragrance for this, It will cause some discoloration which should be interesting contrast. I used some pearly white mica to ensure the tan wouldn’t be too dark.

 

 

90 Second Low Carb Bread

This is a recipe for people with food allergies, for people on low carb diets, you are just trying to be healthier or you have no bread and don’t want to go to the store. Instead of an exact recipe I will give you the variety of some ingredients that can be used, they are interchangeable, and lend a different flavor depending on which ingredients you use, go out there and experiment!

For the most part I most often make this with coconut and use it as a replacement for an English muffin but it can be used in place of any bread. A little experimentation and modification with this recipe and you can make a whole loaf of bread in the oven, or a cake/muffins/pancakes.

Ingredients

2 tbsp coconut flour or almond flour or hazelnut flour (or a blend of them equaling 2 tbsp)

1 tbsp almond milk or coconut milk or heavy cream

1 egg

1 tbsp oil or butter of your choice

1/4 tsp baking powder

You can modify the favor further to your needs by adding, sugar or bacon bits or herbs.

Instruction

Mix all ingredients in a coffee mug and microwave for 90 seconds. Flip the bread out of mug and cut in two.

Let cool before use or toast it in a toaster.

 

 

 

 

 

Syndet Shampoo Bar Test (Ziziphus)

I was looking for a way to get a more solid bar of syndet shampoo and I decided to give this a try.

Ziziphus powder has been used as a hair wash/conditioner for over 1,000 years. It is a lot like henna without the dye. It was used to condition and strengthen hair as well as clean.

I decided that this was probably the best thing I have on hand to improve the solidity of my bars.

I also modified my second formulation from the original a bit more.

My press arrived a day late but I took the sampler bar I had made and pressed it anyways, despite having already cooled and set it turned out ok, it had cracks but that’s to be expected.

Ziziphus Shampoo Bar Experiment

Ingredients:

MELT

6% Stearic Acid

5% Cetyl Alcohol

10% BTMS-50

5% Cocoa Butter

ADD HOT

13% CAPB

32% SCI

22% SLSa

2.5% Ziziphus Powder

Below 120 degrees

1% Panthenol

2% Honeyquat

1% Oat Protein

.5% Fragrance

1% Liquid Germall

Notes: This bar is not over cleansing, it is hard and lasts a long time. It works well but it does not lather as well as my first bar and the ziziphus powder has a slightly rough texture. I’ve been using this for a bout a month and it has hardly worn down. my hair is happy aside from my mentioned issues. Perhaps in the place of ziziphus I will try half as much of something like rice flour, clay or activated charcoal next time and bring my CAPB up by 1.5%

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