Monthly Archives: December 2014

Geranium Rose Soap with Rose Clay, Melt & Pour Recipe

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3.2 oz white melt and pour soap (I used the shea butter variety)

1/4 tsp Rose Clay

1/8 tsp Stearic Acid

1/8 tsp Oatmeal (ground to a fine powder with a blender or coffee grinder)

2 drops geranium Rose Essential Oil

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Chop soap into rough chunks and place into a microwave safe container with the Rose Clay, Stearic Acid and Colloidal Oatmeal. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds until it is mostly all melted. Remove and mix thoroughly until all soap has melted and is smooth. Add Essential Oil and pour into mold.

 


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!


Shaving Cream

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Shaving Cream 

1 oz Stearic Acid

.5 oz Sunflower Oil

.25 oz Shea Butter

.25 oz Emulsifying Wax

4 oz Distilled Water

.5 oz grated Soap

3-5 drops Essential Oils (optional)

 

In a double boiler add everything except the Distilled Water and Soap until completely melted, remove from heat. Add grated Soap (I used honey melt and pour glycerin soap) and mix gently until dissolved. Add water and wisk for several minutes until mixture becomes smooth. I used three drops of Cedarwood and two drops of Bergamot for my scent. I also use a preservative, that get’s added last then wisk for another minute or two. Pour into container and let cool to room temperature before sealing.

 


Valencia Orange Lotion Recipe

This recipe makes 8.8 oz recipe by weight and I filled two 4 oz containers by volume and had a couple of teaspoons left over.

In a double boiler melt:

.15 oz Mango Butter

.15 oz Shea Butter

.4 oz Emulsifying Wax

.15 oz Stearic Acid

.4 oz Sunflower Oil

.15 oz Coconut Oil

 

When melted remove from heat pour into a mixing bowl and stir before adding:

6.25 oz hot Distilled Water (If you use cold water expecially without mixing first you will have the oils try to resolidify, particularly the stearic acid)

Stir gently for a moment or two until it has cooled a few degrees then add:

1.5 oz Aloe Vera Juice

.2 oz Meadowfoam Oil

.1 oz Vitamin E Oil

.1 oz Tamanu Oil

1-2 ml Valencia Orange Essential Oil

(add preservative of your choice according to it’s instructions, if it helps 1% of 8.8 oz is 2.6 ml)

Continue to let the mixture cool for a few minutes then test the lotion in liquid form on your arm to ensure you got the scent you wanted, adjust if needed. Pour lotion while still warm liquid into your chosen container, as it cools it thickens, leave the lid off for about 8-10 hours to let moisture escape while cooling, otherwise you may see condensation gathering and pooling on top of your lotion or your lotion will be too liquidy. After the cooling/resting phase place lid on container(s) and label.

I’m sorry I did not take pictures when I made this recipe.


Yucca Root Hair Wash

Yucca Root Hair Wash

2 tbs Dried Yucca Root

2-3 cups Water

2 ml Nettle Extract

2 oz Aloe Vera Juice

In a sauce pan add water and yucca root and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and steep until water is luke warm then strain out the root and add the nettle and aloe vera.

This is a soapy feeling liquid due to the high content of saponins in the yucca root that will foam when shaken up but will not lather when applied to your hair. I don’t really notice any smell from it, perhaps a faint earthy desert smell, I notice the smell of aloe vera more. It might be bothersome but You can add 1-2 drops of essential oil. Lavender, Rosemary or Tea Tree are all great for hair and scalp.

 

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I used about 3/4 of a cup in my hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes then rinsed it out. I followed up with a peppermint, rosemary, tea tree ACV tea rinse. My hair is much softer and exceptionally tangle free.  Since there is no preservative to keep this from going bad I froze the remaining liquid in an ice cube tray for later.


Alkanet Root, Beet Root Powder Lip Balm Colorant

Beet root powder is water soluble not oil soluble. Having said this I hope it will help someone not make the simple mistake I did of adding it to a water free lip balm.. it clumped and sank to the bottom even though some of it mixed in… then I reheated and mixed more… same result, thrice for the sake of science!… same result, it wasn’t blending evenly and would sink as the balm was cooling… Here is the result of that.. top and bottom.

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So to properly get a good mixture I would have to use a bit of water (or vegetable glycerin?) and emulsify it. which isn’t on my agenda until after I experiment with the Alkanet root. I need to read about this a little bit more and come up with a recipe before I try this one again because I think I like this color the best, in the mean time…

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Alkanet Root on the other hand is oil soluble. What I bought was not a powder so I put it in the blender for a few minutes until it was finer particulate and then poured roughtly 1 1/2 tablespoons in  roughly 1/2 cup of sunflower oil.

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It turned red immediately but I let it sit for a few days, shaking it up occasionally and then strain it.

After two days I mixed some into one of my already made balms and got this. It’s a beautiful rosie pink that was even and did not sink or clump.