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Moisturizing Shaving Cream

 

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To keep skin moisturized for the winter I have adapted my usual recipe slightly.

Tools:

Large Mixing bowl

Whisk

spoons/butter knives

spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol

digital kitchen scale

measuring cup

double boiler (makeshift with a pan of water on the stove works just fine)

microwave

pippettes

paper towels

latex gloves

containers for your final product

 

Ingredients:

2 oz Stearic Acid

1 oz Avocado Oil

.5 oz Shea Butter

.5 oz Emulsifying Wax

8 oz Distilled Water, heated

1 oz Melt & Pour Shaving Soap, grated

10 ml Aloe Vera Extract (It can be used up to roughly 15% of the total weight if you want more.)

Fragrance, optional. I only used 6 drops for this entire batch, you don’t want to over scent something that will be used on someones face. (mine is Lavender and Cedar scented this time.)

Preservative of your choice, not optional

Instructions:

Use the Isopropyl Alcohol to disinfect all of your equipment. It is important to take note that even though a measuring cup is part of the tools it will not be used for measuring anything, all measurements will be done by weight. A measuring cup is just easier to hold and pour with.

In a double boiler melt the Stearic Acid, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter and Emulsifying Wax.

Meanwhile, In a large mixing bowl add 8 oz of distilled water and microwave until steaming hot.

When the oils in the double boiler have completely melted whisk it slowly into the hot water, followed by the grated soap. Mix until creamy and smooth.

Using pippets add the Fragrance, Aloe Vera Extract and Preservative.

Spoon into container, leave without lid for a few hours to prevent condensation on the inside of the lid as it cools.

 

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.

 

Hair Conditioner Recipe

Here we go, I’ve been reading up on this for a while a few things to get familiar with before you start should be cationic quaternary compound’s and PH.

I feel like I am ready to try making a batch of hair conditioner. I researched ingredients for a while then built some basic recipes around what I have on hand. Sketched out several recipes for General Use(Argan & Nettle), Moisturizing (Coconut & Avocado) , Dandruff(Tea Tree, Avocado & Nettle), Winter Hair (Carrot & Oat), Invigorating(Jojoba, Rosemary & Peppermint).

My first attempt is as follows, this was my ‘general use’ idea.

90.5% Distilled Water

3% BTMS-50

1% Panthenol

3% Nettle Extract

1% Argan Oil

1% Fragrance (I used green apple)

1% Optiphen

 

It was a little on the thin side, and very appley! If I were remaking this recipe right now I would make the following adjustments 0.5% fragrance and 4% BTMS-50.

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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.

 

Coffee Lotion Recipe

I’ve had my coffee butter infusing for some time now and it smells delicious. I’ll have to start a new infusion soon but this one got a full 6 months of cold infusion with Starbucks Pike Place Espresso. The infused coffee really brings out a strong coffee scent while the Cocoa butter I used is unrefined and brings a chocolate scent to the coffee, the vanilla is very mild and sort of sweetens the coffee/chocolate.

The Recipe I used was..

1/8 cup Coconut Oil infused with fresh espresso grounds

1/8 cup Sunflower Oil infused with Vanilla Beans

1/8 cup  Cocoa Butter

1/8 cup Mango Butter

1/4 cup Emulsifying Wax

2/3 – 1 1/2 cups Strong Coffee (depending on how thick or thin you want the lotion to be)

1 tbs jojoba oil

10 drops Vitamin E

1% Optiphen

In a double boiler melt Coconut Oil, Sunflower oil, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Emulsifying Wax until solids are dissolved.

Meanwhile, make 1 cup of strong coffee.

Remove oils from double boiler and pour into bowl. Measure 1/2 cup coffee and add to oils while stirring.

(Enjoy the rest of the coffee you brewed while completing the final steps)

Mix well until liquid is smooth, place bowl in Fridge for a few moments until a thicker skin forms on top and around the sides of the bowl.

Remove from fridge and mix well, repeat process until lotion has thickened and cooled. Just as it cools and starts to become a solid add Jojoba, Vitamin E and Preservative. Mix well and then for several minutes more for good measure.

Earl Grey Lip Balm Recipe

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I got woken up way too early by a bored boyfriend but at least he brought me coffee with whipped cream and cinnamon, he’s good for that sort of thing. It motivated me to get up and make some Earl Grey lip balm since I’ve been in love with bergamot this past week. Here’s the recipe I used.

1 part beeswax

1 part coconut oil

1 part shea butter

a quarter part sunflower seed oil (preferably infused with black tea)

Bergamot essential oil  for scent (if 1 part is 1 oz then use roughly 20 drops)

Vitamin E (if 1 part is 1 oz then use 1-2 drops)

Lavender Grapefruit Body Butter

This is the smoothest, softest and most wonderful feeling body butter I have ever used. My skin absolutely loves mango butter. I have a few available on my etsy page if you are lacking ingredients and time.

1.5 oz shea butter

1 oz mango butter

1 oz coconut oil

.5 oz – .8 oz  jojoba oil (I eyeballed this one)

15 drops pink grapefruit essential oil

15-18 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops vitamin E

Combine first 4 ingredients in a double boiler and heat until melted, remove and cool in fridgerator for 30 minutes.
Remove from fridge, the mixture should still be liquid, add essential oils and vitamin E and return to fridge for another 20-40 minutes checking and stiring occasionally, as the mixture begins to become cloudy and solidify around the edges, remove from fridgerator and whip for 10 minutes until light and fluffy.
Place in storage container and chill for another 20-30 minutes. Remove from fridge, let it return to room temperature and enjoy.IMG_3232

Grapefruit & Lavender Lip Balm

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I made these last night.

Grapefruit & Lavender Lip Balm

.5 oz Beeswax

.75 oz Coconut Oil

.25 oz Mango Butter

10 drops Jojoba Oil

1 drop Vitamin E

10 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil

10 Drops Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil

 

Melt beeswax, mango butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, mix. Pour into lip balm containers quickly before cooling.