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Shaving Cream

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Shaving Cream 

1 oz Stearic Acid

.5 oz Sunflower Oil

.25 oz Shea Butter

.25 oz Emulsifying Wax

4 oz Distilled Water

.5 oz grated Soap

3-5 drops Essential Oils (optional)

 

In a double boiler add everything except the Distilled Water and Soap until completely melted, remove from heat. Add grated Soap (I used honey melt and pour glycerin soap) and mix gently until dissolved. Add water and wisk for several minutes until mixture becomes smooth. I used three drops of Cedarwood and two drops of Bergamot for my scent. I also use a preservative, that get’s added last then wisk for another minute or two. Pour into container and let cool to room temperature before sealing.

 

Yucca Root Hair Wash

Yucca Root Hair Wash

2 tbs Dried Yucca Root

2-3 cups Water

2 ml Nettle Extract

2 oz Aloe Vera Juice

In a sauce pan add water and yucca root and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and steep until water is luke warm then strain out the root and add the nettle and aloe vera.

This is a soapy feeling liquid due to the high content of saponins in the yucca root that will foam when shaken up but will not lather when applied to your hair. I don’t really notice any smell from it, perhaps a faint earthy desert smell, I notice the smell of aloe vera more. It might be bothersome but You can add 1-2 drops of essential oil. Lavender, Rosemary or Tea Tree are all great for hair and scalp.

 

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I used about 3/4 of a cup in my hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes then rinsed it out. I followed up with a peppermint, rosemary, tea tree ACV tea rinse. My hair is much softer and exceptionally tangle free.  Since there is no preservative to keep this from going bad I froze the remaining liquid in an ice cube tray for later.

Melt and Pour Adventure Results

I think my first venture into soap making went well. I started with seven pounds of melt and pour soap of various sorts and ended up with 31 bars of soap plus samples. At first I just wrote out a giant list of what I had on hand that could be added to soap. I narrowed down the list and made 3-6 soaps of those kinds, I found that paper disposable loaf pans in the baking aisle worked well for me as molds for my soap. After those ran out I had a handy Tupperware container that was just the right size for the individual soaps. I then I made individual soaps with the rest of my supplies, trying a large portion of the list of ideas I had made. Some of the ingredients like the Lavender and the Sage I grew/picked and dried myself. Overall I ended up with the following.

 

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3 Rosemary Calendula soap with oatmeal

3 Cranberry Oatmeal

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6 Cinnamon Coffee with Goat Milk and Honey

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5 Orange Clove Black Tea Soap with Honey

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5 Mango Soap with Honey and Shea

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2 Lavender Rosemary Soap with Honey

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1 Pikake Flower Soap with Goats Milk (center)

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1 Sage Eucalyptus Hemp Soap

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1 Cacao Oatmeal Soap with Aloe

Also I made:

1 Tea Tree Eucalyptus Hemp Soap

1 Grapefruit Bergamot Soap with Aloe

1 Pikake Flower Kaolin Clay Soap with Honey and Aloe

1 Cinnamon Clove Oatmeal Soap