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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.

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.

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)