I’ve tried a few different variations but this one seems to be my favorite. I prefer Argan oil over jojoba, avocado and hemp seed oils and I prefer nettle over cucumber, lotus and carrot. I’m just going to put my favorite things together into one conditioner. This recipe will make 70 oz and fill 4 conditioner bottles.
1758 g distilled water
121 g BTMS-50
24 g DL-Panthenol
28 g nettle extract
28 g hydrolyzed oats
24 g Argan oil
.24 g fragrance (optional)
1% Preservative, I used Optiphen-ND
In a double boiler, melt BTMS-50 and Argan oils together.
In a mixing bowl heat the distilled water to 150 degrees. Whisk the DL-Panthenol into the water and mix until dissolved.
Add the melted BTMS and Argan slowly to the distilled water while whisking constantly. Using a stick blender, blend in 5 second bursts until well combined. Add the nettle extract, Hydrolyzed oats, fragrance and preservative, blending again as you add each. The preservative should be the final ingredient added. Once all ingredients are added blend in bursts for 1 or two minutes.
Using a pH test strip, test the conditioner, you will want it in the 5-6 range, you can bring the number lower by adding a small amount of citric acid dissolved in distilled water, blend it all again and retest.
Once the pH is to your liking then continue to blend in bursts every 5- 10 minutes until the temperature drops below 120 degrees and it has started to thicken slightly. You want to pour it into bottles before it thickens too much which can make for a messy pour. To prevent condensation let the bottles sit without the lids for several hours, until they are room temperature, before caping.
This is a small simple recipe, I’ve played around with several different formulations but I keep making this one. I like to make 2 small bars out of it. For shampoo bars I like to make small 1.5-2.5 oz sizes. They last incredibly long time. A hard oil like Kokum butter really helps with the hardness of the bar.
6 g stearic acid
5 g cetyl alcohol
10 g BTMS-50
5 g Kokum butter
15 g CAPB
32 g SCI Powder
22 g SLSa
1 g Panthenol-DL
Cool down (below 120 degrees)
2 g honeyquat
1 g oat extract
1 g rosemary tree essential oil
.5 ml liquid Germall Plus
This recipe is in three phases, add the things from the melt into a double boiler, once they are melted together remove from heat and add the things in the add hot category, mix carefully at first, you do not want to get a bunch of surfacant powder in the air. You should have a mask for this part, you do not want this stuff in your lungs. It will all melt in together as you stir. Once it is all combined check the temperature and let it sit for a few minutes until it is cool enough to continue, It’s a good time to add a colorant if you plan on doing that. Once the temperature drops below 120 add the final ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. press into a mold, or use a press to mold. I use a moon cake press.
This is an incredibly easy and fast quilt to make. The fabrics are pre-selected, and pre cut you just have to be able to sew and cut roughly in a straight line. You need a 40 pack or two 20 packs. I have used two matching 20 packs. There are tons of good instructional video’s on YouTube, I watched many of them.
They have good sales on fabric around holidays, I suggest looking for jelly rolls with coupons in hand, they can be pricey otherwise. I happened to take advantage on Mothers Day Coupons for this fabric. It’s hard to see in pictures but there is a sparkle to this fabric.
My First Quilt
I started quilting about 2 years ago and I manage one or two a year. This was my first quilt. I used old jeans and scrap fabric from the thrift store to get used to sewing. I used a piece of paper and a ruler to make the square size and I cut all the pieces using the paper, don’t be afraid to cut through the pants seam and not waste that fabric. You can even sew entire pockets into this blanket for fun, though I did not do this. I added some fabric scraps that I found at a thrift store for some color variation and a thrift store sheet was used for the backing. I did not get the binding right on the underside, but I learned how to do binding right for the next time. I also used black thread and the backing was a white floral pattern so my thread stood out like a sore thumb. Aside from that it is still a functional blanket and I learned how to make basic quilts with confidence.
I have a great love of salt bars and I have been wanting to try a brine soap. Soleseife is a German soap made from salt water and coconut oil, also known as Brine Soap or Salt Water Soap the salt makes for a smooth extremely hard bar of soap. The only difference between this and a salt bar is I am dissolving the salt into the water before I add the lye, I am using 80% coconut oil, 15% olive oil and 5% Sunflower oil with a 10% superfat. I added Breton sea salt at 25% of the water weight. I will split the batch once emulsified and fragrance is added and then add Bentonite clay to half and rose clay to the other. I expect this to have much of the same behavior as salt bars and harden quickly. I will use individual molds. because trying to cut a bar of this is just asking for disaster. This type of soap is ideal for using delicate soap molds.
This recipe can be fiddled around with a bit, just make sure it is properly recalculated with a soap calculator. Coconut oil is one of the only oils that can lather is salt water. However you want to keep the coconut oil content above 50% and superfat high, at a 10-20% range so that it is not drying. Clay usually makes for small bubbles so if you want big bubbles you would want to leave out the clay. I scented this batch with ‘bite me’ from Nature’s Garden.
If you are looking for an exfoliating bar of soap you can add the salt at trace instead of dissolve it, here is a link to a salt bar recipe.
This is a thick luxurious lotion with both green tea infused and cranberry infused butters. I’ve seen the infused butter trend pick up in the last few years, I’m not sure how long it will be a trend. It’s not hard to infuse your own oils or to use extracts and oils as a replacement to the infused butters.
I like my lotions on the thick side. I made this as a plain lotion, it is unscented and smells a little bit like green tea and quite a bit like unrefined shea butter.