Category Archives: Oil Infusion

Cold Process Soap with Natural Colorants

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I made this recipe with an even 9.75 oz amount of olive, palm and coconut oils. Then 2.5 oz rice bran oil, 1.25 oz cocoa butter and 2 oz castor oil. For colorant I used alkanet root infused sunflower oil and spirulina which I did not measure. For texture I added finely hand ground lavender flowers. I wasn’t really planning on adding colorant at all when I started this project so I had a thicker trace than I wanted and the design was not thought out well. Applying plastic over the top before I insulated them and a bit of soda ash make them not very good looking at this point. I certainly have some cleanup to do on these and in hind site I should have changed up the design on each row for variety.

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After 48 hours the alkanet is turning a light bluish purple color, the spirulina provides a slight green tinge and the ground lavender flowers are discoloring and becoming visible dark flecks.

 

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I’ll let them cure for a while before I try any clean up on them. And if they are destined to not look that great in the end they will still have an amazing Rosemary and Lavender scent.

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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!

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.

 

 

 

Coffee Lotion Recipe

I’ve had my coffee butter infusing for some time now and it smells delicious. I’ll have to start a new infusion soon but this one got a full 6 months of cold infusion with Starbucks Pike Place Espresso. The infused coffee really brings out a strong coffee scent while the Cocoa butter I used is unrefined and brings a chocolate scent to the coffee, the vanilla is very mild and sort of sweetens the coffee/chocolate.

The Recipe I used was..

1/8 cup Coconut Oil infused with fresh espresso grounds

1/8 cup Sunflower Oil infused with Vanilla Beans

1/8 cup  Cocoa Butter

1/8 cup Mango Butter

1/4 cup Emulsifying Wax

2/3 – 1 1/2 cups Strong Coffee (depending on how thick or thin you want the lotion to be)

1 tbs jojoba oil

10 drops Vitamin E

1% Optiphen

In a double boiler melt Coconut Oil, Sunflower oil, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Emulsifying Wax until solids are dissolved.

Meanwhile, make 1 cup of strong coffee.

Remove oils from double boiler and pour into bowl. Measure 1/2 cup coffee and add to oils while stirring.

(Enjoy the rest of the coffee you brewed while completing the final steps)

Mix well until liquid is smooth, place bowl in Fridge for a few moments until a thicker skin forms on top and around the sides of the bowl.

Remove from fridge and mix well, repeat process until lotion has thickened and cooled. Just as it cools and starts to become a solid add Jojoba, Vitamin E and Preservative. Mix well and then for several minutes more for good measure.

Vanilla Clove Body Butter Recipe

I’ve been infusing Vanilla Beans and also cloves in sunflower oil for over 6 weeks now.

I scooped out the vanilla bean seeds and added them to the oil then chopped the beans into tiny bits and sealed the jar and put it on a bookshelf out of the way, occasionally I would shake it. For the cloves I just filled the jar three quarters full and then added sunflower oil to the top. Wait at least 6 weeks before opening, do not open unless you are using it. Spoilage can happen occasionally. I generally keep mine in a dark place.

Vanilla Bean and Clove Body Butter

1 oz coconut oil

1 oz shea butter

1 oz mango butter

1 oz vanilla infused sunflower oil

1 oz clove infused sunflower oil

 

Add all ingredients into a double boiler until melted, stir gently then pour into a mixing bowl.

Chill until liquid begins to turn opaque then alternate between mixing and chilling(2-4 minutes at a time) until it has the consistency of whipped egg whites. This part could take up to 20 minutes.

Scoop into a clean container and tap gently on the counter to settle the product and remove any large air bubbles. Seal tightly and label.

I guess the type of oil you use for infusion will change the scent slightly, as could the duration and other minor things like the type of vanilla bean you use, in this case I was using Bourbon Vanilla. Anyways to me it smells dark woodsy and mysterious… and a little bit like a french vanilla root beer float.

Oil Infusions

About a month ago I started some oil infusions. The first one was mixed hot pepper with some dried hot peppers my friend grew. It turned out to be a sort of light red color after about three weeks and I’ve made taco’s a couple of times and used it in the meat, I also hand breaded some chicken strips and I made a buffalo sauce dip with it as well as added it to the breading.

I have a jar with Vanilla bean also, and another with clove. They are  destined for lip balm and body butter.

The vanilla is amazingly strong. I haven’t opened the clove yet. I’m excited even though I want to wait at least another week before making anything. Maybe also some blueberry muffins with vanilla oil.