Project List

My hobbies have grown so my project list needs categories now, here’s what I’ve got in the works, who knows what I will get to, I should have some free time in a few weeks.

 

Cold Process Soap Making

Idea: I made a lot of soap last year, I have  isolated my favorites and will be recreating some variation of them. All of my soap sold or was given away last year so I only have the newer two that I made in November that were curing at the time I ran out.

  1. Charcoal soap split (Lavender/Rosemary Soap, Cedar/Bergamot)
  2. Breton Sea Salt Bar
  3. Coconut Milk split scent ( hawaiian jasmine, sandalwood)
  4. Beer Soap (new soap type)

Other Soap

  1. Shaving Cream (will run out soon)
  2. Laundry and Dish Soap ( will run out soon)

Lip Balm

This is meant to be as a set for holiday presents but it didn’t happen. I will be infusing the black tea into the oils.

  1. Black Tea & Lavender
  2. Black Tea & Peppermint
  3. Black Tea & Bergamot

Lotion/Conditioner

I might make these with Black Tea Infused Oil as well.

  1. Apple/Sage Conditioner
  2. Apple/Sage Lotion

Sewing

I’m an extreme beginner, I still cant sew a straight line or understand some terms and instructions. The seam ripper is my best friend and I keep stabbing myself with pins and burning myself on the iron… but I have determination.

  1. Skirt
  2. Purse
  3. Backpack
  4. Jean Quilt
  5. Tri-Fold Wallet

Paper Projects

  1. Handmade Paper with Botanical Imbeds
  2. Hardcover hand made blank journal

Cooking

  1. El Pollo Loco Chicken ( pineapple and lime glaze)
  2. Teriyaki Tofu ( I can’t get it right!! Eventually…)
  3. Corn Tortillas

 

Fall Crafting Begins

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I have a few friends who really like Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs scents so I ordered some small samplers to experiment with. I’ve also got a sampler of Silk Amino Acids so I will be trying out some new lotions. I decided on the following combinations.

Test #1

Base lotion: Distilled Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Emusifying Wax, Argan Oil, Cocoa Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E and Oat Extract, Preservative

Scents: Antikythera Mechanism & Belladonna

Test #2

Base Lotion: Distilled Water, Emulsifying wax, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Silk Amino Acids, Preservative

Scents & Extracts:

Jack fragrance with Oat Extract

Twilight fragrance with Evening Primrose Extract

Miskatonic University with Sea Buckthorn Extract

 

Balms & Cooking

I gave flavored Lip Balm a go, let the reviews help me decide and I ended up with Passionfruit Rose. I am always too timid to add colorant to lip balm, I should have made it a more bold pink. These are for my holiday giveaways.

 

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Next up on my list was a repeat of my lavender balm.

 

I also made a big pot of Carrot Ginger Soup to bring to work and share with my coworkers… but then I ate it all… oops. Must plan to make double next time?

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Lavender Balm

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Great for rough dry skin, eczema or diaper rash. This one was a special request for a baby. This could also be used as a lip balm so grab a small container or two for a few bonus lip balms.

Lavender Balm

1.5 oz beeswax or candelilla wax

2 oz Coconut Oil

4 oz Avocado Oil

1 oz Shea Butter

20 drops Lavender

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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.

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.

 

 

 

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!

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.