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Spearmint Eucalyptus Salt Bars

I like to add a little extra to my salt bars to improve the conditioning properties of the soap but you could use 100% coconut oil as long as you keep the sf% around 10%-20%. This recipe is a 12% super fat and I am using 75% of the oil weight in sea salt. This makes soap that hardens quickly and cannot be cut easily, and can be unmolded in a few hours, because of this I am not using a water discount.

I never like the look of my round bars, but I haven’t really made any effort to find a replacement mold so I guess I cannot complain.

Ingredients

  • 127.57 grams olive oil
  • 42.57 grams cocoa butter
  • 680.39 grams coconut oil
  • 323.18 grams distilled water
  • 130 grams sodium hydroxide
  • 637 grams Breton sea salt
  • 34.1 grams fragrance oil

Combine and melt oils in a heat safe bowl. In another container measure the water and place it in the freezer until it is starting to freeze. Measure the salt in a seaparate bowl and prepare any colorants you have into separate cups and have your fragrance, mold and stickblender ready.

Put on, long sleeves, pants and shoes, safety glasses and a 3M mask before handling lye. Measure your lye in a well ventilated area, preferably out doors and in a secure area. Add your lye to the cold near freezing water and mix gently until dissolved. Wait until it cools down to about 110 degrees before adding the lye water to the oils. Add your fragrance oil and mix by hand for a moment before stick blending to thin trace.

Add salt and mix by hand. Add colorant into the bowl on opposite sides and mix well into a small area. Drag a spatula through the entire bowl in a figure 8 to mix the colorants and then poor soap batter into individual molds. This batter is very crumbly so it is not advised to use delicate molds. I gave it a try but they all crumbled. Spray with alcohol and cover. Unmold when cooled and solid. Cure for 4-6 weeks.

Rose Clay Soleseife

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.

Hot Process Honeysuckle Soap

This is my first hot process soap and it is a combination of olive oil, palm flakes, coconut, castor and Sunflower oils as well as rice bran oil as a superfat. The coconut ensures it is cleansing, the castor ensures it bubbles well, the coconut, sunflower and rice bran condition and the palm makes sure it is a nice solid bar of soap.

I adjusted all the amounts in a soap calculator until I got the qualities I wanted. Soapcalc is my go to soap calculator but there are others. They have tutorials and once you know how to get the qualities you want in a soap you will make much better soaps.

I used distilled water and nothing with sugars so this soap gave me no trouble at all. However, I got gold sparkle everywhere.

For the colorant I used a mix of yellow and orange mica’s and added more to the main batter for each layer, the bottom later is white and the top layer has the most orange and yellow. I did mica lines with gold sparkle between each layer for a subtle vein effect. I was looking for a natural stone sort of look, I think I did alright with that.

I am used to working with cold process soap and having a top to decorate. I decided a gold dusting would cover the plain, rough top I was nervous about.

I used a Honeysuckle scent which is supposed to slightly discolor, I am not sure if the titanium dioxide I added will counteract that at all, only time will tell if that enhances or detracts.

Dairy-Free Mudslide Cupcakes and Kahlua Hot Cocoa

We recently ended up with a bottle of Kahlua and Irish Cream, I’m not one for drinking so I enjoy cooking with alcohol. Since I can’t have dairy anymore I pretty much have to make my own junk food to get what I want so here are some things I made in the last week.

Mudslide Cupcakes

I adapted the recipe from the book Prohibition Bakery, its a chocolate espresso cake with chocolate Irish Cream filling and a Kahlua frosting.

In place of butter I used coconut oil, in place of sour cream I used almond yogurt and in place of heavy cream I used coconut cream. In place of regular Irish Cream, substitute for dairy-free Almond Bailey’s. All of my changes were in equal parts. For the espresso I used a local and very good craft coffee company that I love called Anchorhead.

It was a success except the frosting was more of a glaze. The alcohol thinned out the coconut cream more than I anticipated. I’ll have to figure out a good vegan frosting for next time.

 

 

 

Kahlua Hot Cocoa

Basic from scratch cocoa recipe with a shot of Kahlua. From scratch cocoa tastes better than any packet of cocoa mix I have ever had.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cup sugar

1 pinch salt

1/3 cup boiling water

3 1/2 cups soy or almond milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 oz kahlua

Instruction:

In a small saucepan add the cocoa, sugar and salt to 1/3 cup boiling water. Bring mixture to a slow boil and simmer for 2 minutes while stirring, be careful not to scorch it. Stir in milk and heat until very hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla. I generally add 1 oz of the kahlua to the individual cups after they are poured.

 

Beard Oil and Coffee Scrub Recipes

Got a few requests this week, here’s what I am up to this evening.

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Beard Oil

1 oz Jojoba Oil

1 oz Sweet Almond Oil

2 tablespoons Argan Oil

3-5 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil

3-5 Sandalwood Essential Oil

Mix all ingredients together and then pour onto dropper bottles.


Coffee Scrub with Coconut Oil

1/2 cup fine ground coffee

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Mix well, (don’t forget to add the preservative of your choice) place in wide rimmed container or 4 oz canning jars. The coffee and pumpkin pie spices takes a few days to defuse into the coconut oil. When that happens a wonderful scent develops.

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A problem I have with coffee scrub is it looks like the yummiest cake batter you have ever seen when you mix it.

Cold Process Salt Bars

 

I have my Salt Bar recipe built and I’ve taken a few days to watch all of the YouTube video’s on it I can find. I need the volume of my silicone molds calculated and I think I will have enough for my sheet of round molds and a bit of overflow to my plastic molds.

A few lessons I have learned from observing other soapers are as follows.

  • Most soapers are using a near equal amount of salt to the amount of oil used. Salt kills most bubbles and coconut oil is an exception so you need to use a high amount of it in your recipe. 60-80% seems most common.
  • That much coconut oil will be very drying so the superfat must be somewhere between 10-20%
  • Add your fragrance to your salt and add your salt at thin trace, it will thicken quickly so work fast.
  • Use silicone molds if you have them, the soap will be hard and brittle from all the salt so cut your soap as soon as 2 hours after pouring. almost everyone I observed waiting 24 hours to mold had broken loaf soaps.

 

So.. with these guidelines in mind I begin.

I am using 80% Coconut oil, then Palm, Avocado and Castor Oil’s for the rest. For the salt I am using Breton Sea Salt at 75% to the weight of the oils. I will be superfatting at 15%.

I will be splitting the batch in two and making 2 separate scents. Peppermint(2X) Essential Oil, and Apple Sage fragrance oil a sample I got from Brambleberry.

I will in the pot swirl each with one of my new micas. I selected Caribbean Blue for the Peppermint, and Kelly Green for the Apple Sage.

I added the fragrance to the salt before hand. The peppermint was pretty intense in my tiny kitchen for a while.

I let everything cool to about 100 degrees and then tried to work reasonably fast.

Here was the result. (Half of my kitchen light is burnt out so it’s a little dim)

 

After a few hours it was still pretty soft so I let it go longer. I tried to unmold the next morning, they were crumbly but firm, so I added them to the freezer before unmolding the rest.

Not perfect but it was about what I expected for my first try.

For fun I used my new Dash Cam to record the making of this soap so I may post that as soon as I figure out what software to use and get it edited.

 

 

 

 

 

Last Day of Vacation/Valencia Soap

After a walk with Drew yesterday I made a valencia orange loaf of soap with a spoon swirl design.  This soap is primarily palm, coconut and olive oil with the addition of castor oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter and nettle extract, it has a superfat of 7%. I added bentonite clay to help hold the scent since I am using a citrus essential oil, it is said that citrus oils fade in cold process but this one has good reviews from soapers. I was also careful of the flash point.

I cut them this morning. The round soaps have pieces of loofah in them. Their scent is quite strong.

I am now at 20 bars made this last week, I think I am good until those are cured at least.

 

Rose Gold Lip Balm and Flowers

 

The first flowers from my chamomile cut to be dried, my tulips are beginning to bloom and it’s nice out today.

Somehow I have run out of lip balm? Is that possible? I guess the washing machine has gotten them all. Time to test my rose gold mica.

Rose Gold Lip Balm

1/2 tablespoon Candelilla Wax

1/2  tablespoon Coconut Oil

1/2 tablespoon Mango Butter

5 drops Jojoba Oil

3 drops Vitamin E

1/8 teaspoon Rose Gold Lip Safe Mica

1 drop pink grapefruit essential oil

Instruction:

Add coconut oil, candelilla wax and mango butter to a measuring cup, microwave in 20 second bursts until completely liquid. Add remaining ingredients and stir really well.

Pour into lip balm pot, cool completely before putting lid on.

 

Maple Almond Cookies

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I made a lot of cookies this holiday season but these were the ones I liked the best, I also built the recipe from scratch because I didn’t have almond extract and I wanted to use up my maple sugar. purposefully went halves on the sugars and the oils because I wanted the flavor blend. Added almond meal to boost the almond flavor but not too much as to jeopardize the integrity of the cookie.

 

Maple Almond Cookies

Ingredients:

1/8 cup maple sugar

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

1/4 cup maple syrup

3 tablespoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup almond meal

3/4 tbs baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup almond slices

1/2 cup sugar

 

Instruction:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the sugars with the coconut oil and butter. beat in 1 egg at a time followed by the syrup and the vanilla, add remaining ingredients except for the almond slices extra sugar and mix until well incorporated.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls then roll in sugar, place on cookie sheet and press gently down in the center to make an indent, add 3-5 pieces of almond to the center indent.

bake 9-12 minutes or until golden, makes about 4 dozen crunchy little bite sized cookies.

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Peach Nectarine Streusel Cake

I wanted to do something special with my last peach and nectarine. So I adapted a recipe using a few other ingredients on hand as well. I traded out some of the butter for coconut oil in the cake for flavor and kept the streusel using butter so it would brown nicely. I exchanged some of the flour for almond flour , more so in the topping so it wouldn’t interfere with the rise of the cake and this was my result. It’s really delicious.

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Ingredients:

Streusel:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tbs. cold unsalted butter,  grated into small pieces

Cake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 Tbs. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe peach, pitted and sliced thin
  • 1 ripe nectarine, pitted and sliced thin

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Directions:

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch round springform pan or square baking pan or baking dish. Adjust to 325°F if using a glass baking dish.

For the streusel stir together the flours, sugars and cinnamon in a bowl. Grate the butter over the top and, using your fingers, rub in the butter until coarse crumbs form.

For the cake, in a bowl, stir together both flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl whisk together the egg, melted oil, milk and vanilla until creamy, about 1 minute. Add to the flour mixture and beat just until evenly moistened. There should be no lumps or dry spots but do not over mix.

Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Arrange the peach slices in rows. Gently press the slices into the batter. Sprinkle evenly with the streusel.

Bake until the topping is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Makes one 9-inch cake.