Finger Knitting: My First Scarf

I’ve been in the process of changing jobs and also getting ready to move.. so not a lot of focus on crafting and more on putting things in boxes and selecting books to donate(it’s really hard!). I have a few projects that are slowly being worked on, I need a commute hobby so I gave finger knitting a try. Here’s my first scarf. Now I’ll be that strange person knitting on the bus…

 

 

Hair Conditioner Recipe

Here we go, I’ve been reading up on this for a while a few things to get familiar with before you start should be cationic quaternary compound’s and PH.

I feel like I am ready to try making a batch of hair conditioner. I researched ingredients for a while then built some basic recipes around what I have on hand. Sketched out several recipes for General Use(Argan & Nettle), Moisturizing (Coconut & Avocado) , Dandruff(Tea Tree, Avocado & Nettle), Winter Hair (Carrot & Oat), Invigorating(Jojoba, Rosemary & Peppermint).

My first attempt is as follows, this was my ‘general use’ idea.

90.5% Distilled Water

3% BTMS-50

1% Panthenol

3% Nettle Extract

1% Argan Oil

1% Fragrance (I used green apple)

1% Optiphen

 

It was a little on the thin side, and very appley! If I were remaking this recipe right now I would make the following adjustments 0.5% fragrance and 4% BTMS-50.

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Rose Gold Lip Balm and Flowers

 

The first flowers from my chamomile cut to be dried, my tulips are beginning to bloom and it’s nice out today.

Somehow I have run out of lip balm? Is that possible? I guess the washing machine has gotten them all. Time to test my rose gold mica.

Rose Gold Lip Balm

1/2 tablespoon Candelilla Wax

1/2  tablespoon Coconut Oil

1/2 tablespoon Mango Butter

5 drops Jojoba Oil

3 drops Vitamin E

1/8 teaspoon Rose Gold Lip Safe Mica

1 drop pink grapefruit essential oil

Instruction:

Add coconut oil, candelilla wax and mango butter to a measuring cup, microwave in 20 second bursts until completely liquid. Add remaining ingredients and stir really well.

Pour into lip balm pot, cool completely before putting lid on.

 

Tea Herbs And Lavender Creations

 

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Adding Lemon Balm, Lavender and Chamomile to steeping water, I am still sad my mint did not sprout with these others and I am using dried stuff. Here’s what I’ve been making as iced tea’s this week as I’ve been trimming up my garden.

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Fresh Lemon balm chamomile tea

2/4 cup fresh lemon balm leaves

1/4 cup Chamomile flowers

1/2 teaspoon coriander

1.5 cups of boiling water removed from heat.

Pour over herbs and steep for 5 minutes

 

 

Lavender Mint Tea

1 teaspoon lavender flowers

2 teaspoons dried mint

1.5 cups of boiling water removed from heat.

Pour over herbs and steep for 5 minutes

 

 

I’ve also remade a few things I ran out of so I have a fresh batch of Lavender & Cedar Shaving Cream, Lavender Lip Balm and a Lavender & Tea Tree Foot Balm. In a few more days I will be able to start picking and drying wild lavender on my walks, I can hardly wait.

 

Lavender Lip Balm + Foot Balm Recipe

.5 oz beeswax

.75 oz Coconut Oil

.25 oz Cocoa Butter

15 drops Grapeseed Oil

10 Drops Vitamin E

20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

 

Add Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter and Grapeseed Oil to a double boiler and melt gently until all ingredients are dissolved.

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Remove from heat and add Vitamin E and Lavender Essential Oil, Stir and pour into lip balm container.

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I took the second half of this lip balm recipe and I added 15 drops of Tea Tree and 10 drops of peppermint and poured the remainder into a container to cool. Now I also have a foot balm.

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Burnt Sugar Pink Grapefruit Bath Bombs

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Basic Bath Bomb Recipe

1 cup Baking Soda

1/2 cup Citric Acid

1/2 cup Salt

From there you can create everything from bath bombs to toilet cleaners depending on what you add to it.

For this recipe I added:

1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder

10 drops Jojoba Oil

10 drops Grapeseed oil

10 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil

10 drops Burnt Sugar fragrance

3 drops Vitamin E

 

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After Mixing all oils and dry ingredients thoroughly you want to use a fine misting spray bottle with water to carefully spray the powder as you mix it. When you start to feel resistance as you mix and it begins to look like damp sand it should be ready. You want enough liquid to hold the mixture together but not to start a chemical reaction between the Citric Acid and the Baking Powder.  It just needs to barely be holding a shape for it to set properly. Use a spoon to add the powder to your mold, cupcake pans work well for this, mix in you colorant and anything you want embedded in layers then apply weight and compress the powder into a solid. For my colorant here I used 1/2 of a teaspoon of Beet Root Powder but you could also use a small amount of food coloring or clay.

If I am using a cupcake pan I place the palm of my hand over the top of the bathbomb and use all of my body weight to press down on each one, add more as it compresses until you have it level with the top of the pan.

Leave the bath bombs in their mold until they are completely dry. Moisture can cause slow chemical reaction and warp the shape of the bomb. I usually leave them in the mold over night and pop them out the next morning. Keep them in an air tight container until used.

 

 

Bay Rum Espresso Soap

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This is a single bar melt & pour project.

Tools needed for this project: 2 measuring cups, spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol, 2 teaspoons, 1 measure or dropper for ml, 4 oz soap mold, scale.

4 oz goats milk melt & pour soap

1 tsp powdered espresso

1/4 tsp kaolin clay

1 ml bay rum fragrance

Chop goats milk soap into small chunks and reserve 1\3 for second layer.
Place 2\3rd’s of soap in measuring cup and microwave in 10 second intervals until melted.
While microwaving soap measure espresso and reserve a pinch, add the rest to the melted soap and mix well.
Pour into mold and spray with isopropyl alcohol to remove bubbles, sprinkle powdered espresso on top evenly as possible and place mold carefully in freezer.
In the second measuring cup place the remaining melt & pour soap and kaolin clay, microwave in 10 second intervals until melted, mix well. Stir a moment to dissipate heat then add the bay rum fragrance, mix well.
Remove mold from freezer and spray the top of the soap with isopropyl alcohol before pouring the second layer. Spray top of soap with alcohol to remove bubbles and let cool completely before unmolding.

If you forget to spray alcohol between the layers or if you add too much espresso in between, your layers will not bond together.

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Variations: If you wish to swirl your layers together don’t add the first layer to the freezer after pouring and apply second layer when the first layer has only cooled enough to have a thin skin. Use a toothpick or utensil to gently mix the layers after pouring, do it gently but quickly, it cools and hardens pretty fast.
You could also use a clear melt & pour for the espresso layer for a bigger contrast.
Add a few whole coffee beans for decoration.
A speck of vanilla bean seeds would be a great addition to the clay layer or used instead of the pinch of espresso.
If you do not have bay rum fragrance you could use pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon.

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.