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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.

My Vacation Adventures with Tanqueray(aka “I Measure Nothing!”)

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Pomegranate + Garlic Press = Pomegranate Juice

 

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Ice and Gin

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1 Lime and Soda water or Club Soda. I juice half of the lime and add slices with the other half, also top with about a tablespoon of pomegranate seeds.  I believe this drink is called a Pomegin if you need to look up exact measurements. If you leave out the soda and add a little sugar you have a Pomegranate Gin Sling. I needs my drinks more watered down than that, I’m a lightweight.

 

Drink # 2 was the English Mojito

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Add 6 spearmint leaves to a glass and cover with ice about half a glass full. Cover glass with your hand and shake ice and leaves vigorously for about 10 shakes, the leaves should be bruised and/or in pieces. Half squeeze a lime into the drink and drop the rest in, or slice it, however, I was going for simple. Add Gin and soda water, I have lemon lime unsweeted seltzer water. If you use Rum then you have a proper mojito, if you leave out all alcohol you have a Nojito. Traditionally Yerba Buena is used instead of spearmint, you could use other mint varieties but it is said that spearmint is a popular alternative. Lemon can also be used instead of lime.

 

Drink #3 The Tripple Berry Smoothie with Gin

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Add to blender 1 banana broken into 4 pieces(it matters for how I “measure”) and about the same volume of ice as the banana, add about the same amount of frozen fruit as the banana also. I use the triple berry frozen fruit from the market, Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries. It’s in the freezer aisle near the pie crusts usually. Tap the blender pitcher on the counter once or twice to settle the contents then pour in Orange juice until it is almost to the top of the ice and berries and all of that, add a shot or so of gin. Blend well. if too thick add more juice if too thin add more ice. If you use fresh fruit I recommend adding more ice. You can substitute the orange juice with something like sprite or the ice with something like Raspberry Sorbet.

 

Consider my vacation well enjoyed.