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Hot Process Carrot & Turmeric Soap

For this recipe I boiled some carrots in filtered water and then pureed them with a little bit of distilled water.

I am going to use 1.25 oz of carrot puree per lb.

I have decided to add my turmeric directly into the oils and heat them for several hours to infuse the oil with the turmeric before adding the lye. I will be adding 1 teaspoon per lb of turmeric.

Aside from the water I added to the carrots the rest of the water is substituted with Coconut milk.

I added an a superfat of 5% with Cocoa Butter after the cook.

No scents used here, no fancy design, just good carrot soap for sensitive skin.

Cold Process Soap with Natural Colorants

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I made this recipe with an even 9.75 oz amount of olive, palm and coconut oils. Then 2.5 oz rice bran oil, 1.25 oz cocoa butter and 2 oz castor oil. For colorant I used alkanet root infused sunflower oil and spirulina which I did not measure. For texture I added finely hand ground lavender flowers. I wasn’t really planning on adding colorant at all when I started this project so I had a thicker trace than I wanted and the design was not thought out well. Applying plastic over the top before I insulated them and a bit of soda ash make them not very good looking at this point. I certainly have some cleanup to do on these and in hind site I should have changed up the design on each row for variety.

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After 48 hours the alkanet is turning a light bluish purple color, the spirulina provides a slight green tinge and the ground lavender flowers are discoloring and becoming visible dark flecks.

 

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I’ll let them cure for a while before I try any clean up on them. And if they are destined to not look that great in the end they will still have an amazing Rosemary and Lavender scent.

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Lavender Lotion for Sensitive Skin

Everything in this recipe was measured by weight… by volume it will fill two 4 oz or one 8 oz containers and you will have a few tablespoons left over, I usually make a sampler with the leftover bit.

I like to infuse oils for recipes because I like the scents I get from them much more than using Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils. For this recipe I used a combination of Infused Oils, Brewed Tea and Essential Oils, overall the result was still a very mild scent, which is exactly what I was going for. If you do not want to trouble yourself with tea and infusion just using Essential Oils will also work.

First you want to make your tea. You will need 1 heaping tablespoon of both Lavender Flowers and Chamomile Flowers. You can get them in specialty shops that sell herbs or tea or you can all of the ingredients I am using here from places like MountainRoseHerbs or Brambleberry. If you don’t have Chamomile flowers for this recipe you could also use Calendula Flowers.

In a sauce pan with lid add the herbs and about 1 1/2 cups of Distilled Water (do not use regular tap water or bottled water). Bring this to a gentle boil and then remove from heat. Leave the pan covered and set aside to cool for a few moments. You could also use a teapot that strains out loose leaf tea that might be a better easier option.

In a double boiler melt the following:

.45 oz Shea Butter

.4 oz Emulsifying Wax

.15 oz Stearic Acid

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While those ingredients are melting strain the lavender/chamomile tea through a coffee filter or cheese cloth to remove the flowers. Measure out 6.5 oz of the liquid and add it into a mixing bowl, you will want to use this tea while it is still fairly hot  so that it is easier to mix into the oils.

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Once the contents of the double boiler is melted to a clear liquid remove from heat and wisk while adding:

.2 oz Lavender Infused Oil

.2 oz Chamomile Infused Oil

Strain the oil though a coffee filter if it still has the flowers in it like mine.

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(or substitute with a .4 oz of a light sensitive skin friendly oil I would recommend Jojoba Oil, I used Sunflower Oil because that’s what I used for my infusions.)

This will cool the oils so you want to mix it until it is completely liquid again. Once it is clear slowly pour in the tea while mixing constantly. It will turn from clear to creamy white. I guess I’ll never get a good picture if this part of the process because I am too busy whisking. Continue to mix for a moment before adding:

1 oz Aloe Vera Juice

.1 oz Honey

.2 oz Meadowfoam Oil

.2 Oz Tamanu Oil

.1 oz Oat Extract

.1 oz Vitamin E

Wisk for another minute and let sit for 3-5 minutes, then whisk for a minute and let sit again. Do this 2-4 times until all ingredients are well combined. You do not want any green foam on top from the Tamanu and to ensure the Honey doesn’t try to clump at the bottom. Then Add:

3-4 drops Lavender Essential Oil (optional)

Preservative (preferably not optional)of your choice. No, Rosemary or Vitamin E will not suffice, I used Optiphen ND for this one. Be sure to follow all instructions indicated by the manufacturer about their products. You can carefully keep track of the accuracy of the weight of this recipe or you can reweigh the recipe at the end for an exact total but be sure your numbers haven’t changed when calculating the amount of preservative to use.

Before the mixture cools enough to thicken, pour it into the container(s) you have prepared, this also prevents air pockets that you get from transferring a thickened lotion, additionally it’s just a heck of a lot easier. Leave the lids off of the containers until the lotion has cooled to room temperature. This will ensure you do not end up with a bit of condensation on top of your lotion.

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Enjoy!

Vanilla Clove Body Butter Recipe

I’ve been infusing Vanilla Beans and also cloves in sunflower oil for over 6 weeks now.

I scooped out the vanilla bean seeds and added them to the oil then chopped the beans into tiny bits and sealed the jar and put it on a bookshelf out of the way, occasionally I would shake it. For the cloves I just filled the jar three quarters full and then added sunflower oil to the top. Wait at least 6 weeks before opening, do not open unless you are using it. Spoilage can happen occasionally. I generally keep mine in a dark place.

Vanilla Bean and Clove Body Butter

1 oz coconut oil

1 oz shea butter

1 oz mango butter

1 oz vanilla infused sunflower oil

1 oz clove infused sunflower oil

 

Add all ingredients into a double boiler until melted, stir gently then pour into a mixing bowl.

Chill until liquid begins to turn opaque then alternate between mixing and chilling(2-4 minutes at a time) until it has the consistency of whipped egg whites. This part could take up to 20 minutes.

Scoop into a clean container and tap gently on the counter to settle the product and remove any large air bubbles. Seal tightly and label.

I guess the type of oil you use for infusion will change the scent slightly, as could the duration and other minor things like the type of vanilla bean you use, in this case I was using Bourbon Vanilla. Anyways to me it smells dark woodsy and mysterious… and a little bit like a french vanilla root beer float.

Oil Infusions

About a month ago I started some oil infusions. The first one was mixed hot pepper with some dried hot peppers my friend grew. It turned out to be a sort of light red color after about three weeks and I’ve made taco’s a couple of times and used it in the meat, I also hand breaded some chicken strips and I made a buffalo sauce dip with it as well as added it to the breading.

I have a jar with Vanilla bean also, and another with clove. They are  destined for lip balm and body butter.

The vanilla is amazingly strong. I haven’t opened the clove yet. I’m excited even though I want to wait at least another week before making anything. Maybe also some blueberry muffins with vanilla oil.

 

Never a lazy day… maybe tomorrow?

I’ve had two days off and I’ve been fairly busy… I did more than I expected though honestly, I even had time for a nap.

I made a matching body butter and balm for a friend. it took me a couple of days to complete it because of small details like oil infusions. The result is scented with Eucalyptus and Cedarwood.

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I’ve finally gotten around to packaging my bath bombs so I can start selling those.

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They kinda need to hang out for a few days in some paper towels before they get packaged. I’m just kind of using what I have about for the packaging. It’s not terrible. Right?

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There is a piece of cardboard supporting the bottom of the bomb with the name and ingredients list on the bottom, handwritten currently but will be printed soon.

I baked bread… And made a steak with herbed mashed potatoes from herbs I dried.

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