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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.

Fresh Rose Ideas and Foot Soaks

I’ve got a respiratory infection so in the interim of filling a few orders for people I’ve been mostly dead, my love bought me roses and I am using them to the best of my ability, in my condition. I put a few in each of my vases and placed one vase in each room for a few days, I took one with me each day I went to work and randomly gave it to someone. I started doing this after I got stood up for a birthday party and I gave a random stranger a bouquet of wild flowers and it made me feel fabulous seeing this girl’s face light up. Then I slept in a rose petal strewn bed, but I’m sick so it wasn’t as romantic as I hoped, I was like a dying, fever ridden, not quite princess, but it did make me feel better somehow. Then quick dried most of the rest of them for later use before they wilted too much and used the remainder in some foot soaks and baths.

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Moroccan Red Clay Foot Soak with Fresh Roses

1 teaspoon Red Moroccan Clay

1 Rose, petals removed and stem discarded

1/4 cup Epsom Salt

1 large pan of comfortably hot water

 

or for a bath…

3 teaspoons Red Moroccan Clay

2 Roses, petals removed and stem discarded

1 cup Epsom Salt

 

 

Quick Drying Rose Petals

Gently remove petals from stem and discard stem. Place a paper towel on a plate and arrange the rose petals on the paper towel so they aren’t overlapping.

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Place in microwave and microwave for 1 minute. After a minute the petals will have lost some volume due to moisture loss so they can be better arranged to not overlap at this point if needed. Microwave in 1 minute bursts, checking after each minute. Generally after three minutes the petals are mostly dried and stiff. Remove from microwave, the plate will be very warm. Transfer petals to a drying rack or layer in paper towels and set in a dark dry place with no air drafts for about 2 days. Bag up your rose petals for when they are needed.

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Also I’ve needed this one this week.

 

The ‘I┬áhave a cold’ foot soak

1/4 cup Epsom Salt

5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

3 Drops Camphor Essential Oil

1 tablespoon Dried Eucalyptus Leaf(optional)

1 large pan of comfortably hot water