Lavender Tea Tree Facial Soap Recipe

I don’t have 1 oz soap molds so I make a 4 oz square bar and then cut it into 1 oz slices.

 

Lavender Tea Tree Facial Soap

4 oz Shea Melt and Pour Soap Base (divided into 2 parts)

1/8 tsp Kaolin Clay and/or Rose Clay

1/8 tsp Activated Charcoal

8 drops Evening Primrose Extract

6 drops Lavender Essential Oil

4 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

10 drops Jojoba Oil

 

Layer 1

In a measuring cup place 2 oz of the Shea Melt & Pour soap base and then add Kaolin Clay or Rose Clays.

Melt in microwave in 10 second bursts and mix well for a minute. Add Lavender Essential Oil, Evening Primrose Extract and Jojoba Oil. Pour into mold and spritz with isopropyl alcohol to remove any bubbles.

If you want your layers of soap to remain completely separate place the mold with Layer 1 in the freezer while you prepare Layer 2.

Layer 2

In the same measuring cup place 2 oz of the Shea Melt & Pour soap base chopped into pieces and Activated Charcoal.

Melt in microwave in 10 second bursts and mix well for a minute. Add Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil and mix well.

Spritz the clay soap with isopropyl alcohol again before pouring the charcoal layer on top. The alcohol is essential to ensuring the layers of soap stick together. Depending on how long Layer 1 cooled when you pour Layer 2 it may sit on top as a separate layer or immediately mix in.

Let your mold cool for an hour or more before removing, if you are impatient you can put it in the freezer but take it out after about 10 minutes or it might sweat glycerin when it comes out of the mold.

 

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Henna Hair Dye

After years of using chemical dye to try and maintain red hair I started using henna. It made a world of difference because I had thin, fine hair and it strengthened it. My hair became thicker, stronger and shiny and I have used henna ever since.

Henna is something that is often over complicated. It get’s processed and unnecessary ingredients get used and you end up with something containing metallic salts and your hair turns green. I wouldn’t recommend using any of those kinds of henna with added chemicals. It doesn’t need much more than lemon juice to activate it and I generally keep it that simple. Occasionally I add paprika to slightly alter the color but most of the time I just use henna powder, lemon juice and water.

There are natural ways to slightly adjust the color of your henna. Paprika seems to make my hair a little more copper. Coffee and rosemary will darken it slightly and chamomile tea is used to make it a bit lighter. If you add amla you will get a brunette color and indigo can be used for black hair dye. Whatever the starting color of your hair is will also factor in because henna does not dye over your hair color it binds to the protein in your hair and blends with whatever hair color you are starting with.

So this is the henna I am using and I get it from HennaforHair.com

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It is a plant based green powder like this.

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If you have hair that has been dyed with chemicals a natural henna like this is safe to use but a henna with added chemicals will probably turn your hair green so make sure you know what you have got. I usually add about a half a cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, some people use apple cider vinegar. I have also tried citric acid powder but the color did not come out as nice.

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You want to mix it until it is a thick slippery sort of paste, After all of the lemon juice is added then use as much water as you need to get it to this consistency. I usually use a fork to mash it up.

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After it is all mixed cover it with plastic wrap and set it in a warm spot for 24 hours. After this point you will need to have plastic gloves on at all times when touching it or else you will dye the skin on your hands. I generally place it on the warm stove after I cook something or while I am baking something, or just near the heater overnight if it’s winter the gentle heat helps the dye release. When I lived in the desert I could get the dye to release in a matter of hours if I set the bowl on the porch when it was 100 degrees. The mild acid of the lemon, vinegar, tea or coffee is also essential for the dye to release.

After 24 hours you should see the surface of the mix has darkened in color slightly and it has lost its green for a bit of brownish red color from the dye. At this point you want to add water at about 1/8 – 1/4 of a cup at a time and mix well before adding more, henna absorbs water strangely so it takes a bit of mixing each time you add water. You want it to be the consistency of yogurt or pudding.

Apply lotion to all of the skin along your hair line, neck, shoulders and face, let it soak in and then apply another layer. Henna will not dye cotton or counter tops or bath tubs or floors but it will dye hair, skin, wool and other animal based stuff. It’s ok to get some on the floor or the counter or on the towels or a cotton t-shirt it will wipe off like it’s mud.

Ok so glove up and smoosh the henna into your hair. It is messy so I recommend keeping the mix on the thick side, you will want to keep this in your hair for at least 4 hours so you don’t want it dripping all over. Use a lot of this stuff, it’s thick so really put a lot on there.

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Then I usually take a roll of plastic wrap and just sort of… plastic wrap my head, then wrap a towel around my head, this keeps heat in and catches any escaping henna. This is where I generally watch a science fiction movie from the 1960’s or old episodes of Batman until 4 hours have gone by. If it is uncomfortable and bothersome or more drippy than I want I just take a 4 hour nap. You can leave the dye on for longer, some people do, I find that I get the color I want after roughly 4 hours and leaving it longer doesn’t seem to give me better color.

After 4 hours rinse this out of your hair kneeling at the bottom of your bathtub or in the sink( it will save you some shower cleaning time) until most of it is out of your hair and then get in the shower and wash the rest out. Whatever method you use to wash your hair you will need to repeat it about three times because mud has been drying in your hair for 4 hours. Once you have all of the mud out of your hair and off your scalp and skin don’t waste your time getting the bits of lemon out of your hair… it’s easier to remove when it’s dry.

Let your hair dry completely then brush it a lot. You will also loose a bit more hair just like when you use chemical dye, the slightly acidic mud releases hairs that are going to be falling out soon by removing the build up still holding them in place so expect a small bit of shedding. This is part of why I let it air dry completely before brushing it at all. Once it is completely dry the last of the lemon bits will slide right out. Here’s the color (with lemon bits) right out of the shower.

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And with it dried and brushed.

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This particular henna also cover’s grey hair really well. It will be very orange at first, this will darken over a three day period as oxidization happens. After roughly three days you will have the final darker color of your hair.

While you are waiting for your hair to dry it’s a good time to use some sort of exfoliant on any skin that has dye marks on it, it should come off pretty easily if you applied a good amount of lotion to your skin before hand and wiped away any spills and drips.

The red will fade much slower than a chemical dye and it wont fade to different colors like chemical dyes can.

For color comparison here is a picture I took of my hair from when I made Coconut Rye hair wash, (I had rye in my hair for this picture before the brush out) You can see my natural hair color is the first inch or so of growth from my scalp.

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Also after about 4 years of henna every 2-3 months this is what the length of my hair looks like about three months after the last time I used henna. Every time you henna your hair again the color becomes stronger and deeper.

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Green Tea Anti-Aging Face Cream

Here is my idea for an anti-aging face cream. I kinda winged it based on a sensitive skin recipe I made for some one. I also whipped this one for a while so it is light and fluffy.

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Green Tea Anti-Aging Face Cream

.5 oz Shea Butter

.2 oz Chamomile Infused Sunflower Oil

.4 oz Emulsifying Wax

.15 Stearic Acid

.2 Jojoba Oil

6 oz Distilled Water

1.5 oz Glycerin

.2 oz Sea Buckthorn Extract

.3 oz Green Tea Extract

.1 oz Ginkgo Extract

.2 oz Oat Extract

Preservative

 

In A double boiler melt Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid, Chamomile infused Sunflower Oil, and Shea Butter.

Heat Distilled Water for 1 minute in the microwave and pour into your mixing bowl, with a whisk slowly add the melted oil until it is entirely encoporated. Set aside and wait several minutes until it has cooled below 100 degrees.

While mixing add Jojoba Oil, Glycerin. When incorporated add Sea Buckthorn, Green Tea, Oat and Ginkgo Extracts.

Calculate your recipe total weight and add preservative according to it’s guidelines. Mix for several minutes until face cream is light and fluffy.

Transfer to it’s final jar or container to set, leave it with lid off for several hours before sealing.

 

 

 

Coconut Milk Rye Hair Wash Recipe

This is a great recipe for greasy, oily hair or if you have long, straight, fine hair that gets stringy with the slightest bit of oil. I use this wash or a variation of it every 7-10 days.

1/2 tsp Yucca Root

1/2 tsp Rosemary

1/8 C Distilled Water

1/8 C Coconut Milk

2 tbs Aloe Vera Juice

1 tbs Honey

1 tbs Dark Rye Flour

1 ml Nettle Extract

8 drops Lavender Essential Oil

The yucca root I am using is finely shredded; powdered yucca root should work the same. I got mine from an herbal tea shop or it can be found in shops that sell herbs in glass jars.

In a very small sauce pan or tea pot heat the distilled water until boiling. (I usually start with about a 1/4 cup to make up for evaporation and then measure an exact 1/8 cup when I’m done and adding it to the recipe.)

To the boiling water add the yucca root and rosemary. Yucca root contains natural saponins it will produce bubbles and has soap like qualities… so be careful or you will have a bubbly mess. Continue to boil gently for a few minutes then remove from heat, stir gently, then let it steep for about 20 minutes. Stir well and then strain out the yucca root and rosemary bits and discard. (I mixed mine with a whisk before straining it, if you use a spoon or something you probably wouldn’t get bubbles)

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Add the coconut milk, aloe vera and dark rye flour to the yucca root rosemary water and mix until all of the lumps have dissolved.

Then add the honey, nettle extract and essential oil. I used lavender but rosemary ,eucalyptus or tea tree would also work well. If you leave it unscented it smells like dusty(yucca root) coconut.

What you should end up with is a thin slightly lumpy batter like substance that doesn’t lather, this is exactly what you want. (It’s so uninteresting I have never actually taken a picture of it, my apologies.) Mix it really well and then slop it on your head generously and massage it through your hair and massage your scalp. Now relax for about 10 minutes before washing it out. You have to work the rye flower out of your hair, it can be stubborn. Make sure you have time to let it dry and then brush thoroughly with a boars hair brush and the rye flour bits will be gone if you didn’t get it all in the rinse. Once you’ve had to rinse flour out of your hair a few times you get the hang of how to wash it and brush it out.  Here is my hair about 24 hours later when I had a chance to take a picture of it.

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Mask and Toner Recipes

There are all sorts of things you might have around the kitchen to make a mask with.


Apple Ginkgo Toner Recipe

1 oz Apple Water

1 oz Witch Hazel

1 ml Ginkgo Extract


Green Tea Mask

1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin

1 teaspoon Sour Cream

1 teaspoon Matcha Powder

6 drops Green Tea Extract


Turmeric Mask

1/4 tsp Turmeric

1 teaspoon Honey

1 tablespoon Sour Cream


Soothing Chocolate Mask

1 teaspoon Raw Cocoa Powder

1 teaspoon powdered Oatmeal

2 teaspoon Honey

1 teaspoon Heavy Cream


Banana Face Mask

1 teaspoon Honey

1 teaspoon Banana

Blend until creamy and lump free.


Pumpkin Face Mask

1 teaspoon Pumpkin Puree

1 teaspoon Honey

1/16 teaspoon cinnamon


Rosemary Lavender Toner/ Hair Rinse

3 oz distilled water

1 tablespoon Dried Lavender Flowers

1 tablespoon Dried Rosemary

.5 oz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

2 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil

2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Heat Distilled Water to a boil and steep dried Lavender and Rosemary until water begins to darken, remove from heat and cool to room temperature, Remove dried Lavender and Rosemary and discard. Pour through a coffee filter to get clear liquid. Add remaining ingredients, pour into container, shake before use.