Strawberry Essence Lotion

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This is a mild scented Strawberry Lotion made from Distilled Strawberry Fruit. I only had a sampler size so I made this as a small single bottle recipe, It fit perfectly into a 4 oz bottle.

Strawberry Essence Lotion

.2 oz Mango Butter

.15 oz Shea Butter

.25 oz Meadowfoam Oil

.2 oz Emulsifying Wax

.08 oz Stearic Acid

1 oz Distilled Water (Heated to near boiling)

2 oz Strawberry Essence

.8 oz Vegetable Glycerin

.15 oz Oat Extract

.1 oz Sea Buckthorn Extract

.05 oz Ginkgo Extract

1 ml Alkanet Root infused Sunflower Oil

Perservative of your choice(I used 1% Optiphen ND)

In a double boiler (I use a measuring cup and a small sauce pan for this) gently melt together Mango Butter, She Butter, Meadowfoam oil, Emusifying Wax and Stearic Acid.

Heat Distilled water in the microwave until near boiling, pour into mixing bowl and add melted butters and oils to distilled water slowly, whisking constantly. If your distilled water isn’t hot enough it will cause the oil mixture to partially resolify causing lumps. Whisk vigorously for about 60 seconds then slowly mix in Strawberry Essence and Vegetable Glycerin. Continue to mix for a few minutes then mix in remaining extracts Alkanet root and preservatives.

Rest for a few minutes then whisk for a minute, rest and whisk, rest and whisk until there is no separation after resting. When completely emulsified pour into container of your choice and let it sit open for at least 4 hours before applying lid.

Alkanet Root Colorant

I get mine ground up but not in a powder, it’s more like large coffee ground size. Add a tablespoon of the root to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil(I used Sunflower Oil) Seal it up in a jar and shake daily. After a week strain Root debris out of the oil and return oil to jar, Add another tablespoon of dried Alkanet Root to jar and shake daily.  After a weeks strain root debris from the oil and place oil in a clean jar and seal until needed.

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Fresh Rose Ideas and Foot Soaks

I’ve got a respiratory infection so in the interim of filling a few orders for people I’ve been mostly dead, my love bought me roses and I am using them to the best of my ability, in my condition. I put a few in each of my vases and placed one vase in each room for a few days, I took one with me each day I went to work and randomly gave it to someone. I started doing this after I got stood up for a birthday party and I gave a random stranger a bouquet of wild flowers and it made me feel fabulous seeing this girl’s face light up. Then I slept in a rose petal strewn bed, but I’m sick so it wasn’t as romantic as I hoped, I was like a dying, fever ridden, not quite princess, but it did make me feel better somehow. Then quick dried most of the rest of them for later use before they wilted too much and used the remainder in some foot soaks and baths.

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Moroccan Red Clay Foot Soak with Fresh Roses

1 teaspoon Red Moroccan Clay

1 Rose, petals removed and stem discarded

1/4 cup Epsom Salt

1 large pan of comfortably hot water

 

or for a bath…

3 teaspoons Red Moroccan Clay

2 Roses, petals removed and stem discarded

1 cup Epsom Salt

 

 

Quick Drying Rose Petals

Gently remove petals from stem and discard stem. Place a paper towel on a plate and arrange the rose petals on the paper towel so they aren’t overlapping.

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Place in microwave and microwave for 1 minute. After a minute the petals will have lost some volume due to moisture loss so they can be better arranged to not overlap at this point if needed. Microwave in 1 minute bursts, checking after each minute. Generally after three minutes the petals are mostly dried and stiff. Remove from microwave, the plate will be very warm. Transfer petals to a drying rack or layer in paper towels and set in a dark dry place with no air drafts for about 2 days. Bag up your rose petals for when they are needed.

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Also I’ve needed this one this week.

 

The ‘I have a cold’ foot soak

1/4 cup Epsom Salt

5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

3 Drops Camphor Essential Oil

1 tablespoon Dried Eucalyptus Leaf(optional)

1 large pan of comfortably hot water

 

Basic Potato Salad with Fresh Dill

I have a year round indoor herb garden and my dill plant is growing like a weed, which it is, and potato salad is great with fresh dill so I’ve been making this at least once a week for the past few weeks, I should get tired of it soon, maybe… it’s pretty good. It’s also a go to recipe when I have potatoes that need to be used or discarded. Aside from that I have amassed quite a lot of dried dill for when I rotate my crop to something else.

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Basic Potato Salad 

4 large Yellow Potatoes

6-8 Kalamata Olives pitted and chopped or sliced ( I am using top shelf wine soaked olives for this recipe.)

3-4 tablespoons Mayonnaise(Depending on how you like it and how big the potatoes are.)

1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

3 sprigs of fresh Dill, chopped

1 Shallot, diced

1/8 tsp fresh ground Pepper

 

3 large yellow potatoes sliced into thin chunks and boiled until just soft, strain and place in bowl.

Add shallot, dill, mayonnaise, dijon mustard and pepper, mix gently until everything is coated evenly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrot Turmeric Soap

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Carrot Turmeric Soap

2 oz Honey Melt & Pour Soap base

2 oz Shea or Yogurt Melt & Pour Soap base

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

1/4 tsp Kaolin Clay

12 drops Jojoba Oil

1 ml Carrot extract

.5 ml Sea Buckthorn extract

1/8 tsp Spirulina powder

 

roughly chop Honey soap and add half of the turmeric into a measuring cup and microwave in 10 second bursts until melted, stir well and allow to cool for a moment before mixing in buckthorn extract and 6 drops jojoba oil. As the soap begins to thicken up slightly pour it into the mold and sprinkle the spirulina powder over the top.

In the measuring cup add the shea or yogurt soap, roughly chopped, the other half of the turmeric and kaolin clay and microwave in 10 second bursts until melted. Stir well and cool for a minute, mix in carrot extract,  6 drops of jojoba oil.  Spray the top of the first layer with isopropyl alcohol and pour second layer. You can leave the layers intact or you can use a fork to poke down into the soap so it swirls or mixes together.

Let cool completely before removing soap from mold.

 

 

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