500 grams Distilled Water, hot
28.5 g BTMS-50
5 g Panthenol
28 g Nettle Extract
6 g Oat Extract
6 g Hemp Seed Oil
preservative of your choice
Disolve Panthenol into a few tablespoons of distilled water and set aside. Heat the remainder of the water in the microwave.
In a double boiler, melt the BTMS-50 and Hemp Seed Oil. Once clear and completely melted, whisk slowly into the heated distilled water.
Let the mixture cool for a few minutes and then add the remaining ingredients. (I used Optiphen-ND for my preservative at 1%)
pH test, you want to have your conditioner to have a pH of 5-6.
When slightly warm still, pour into containers, allow to cool with cap off for several hours or over night before sealing.
I am changing out my Aerogarden and I needed to use up some fresh rosemary. I know it goes well with chicken and lemon but I have no lemon so I am using Coriander instead. I am also using Salish smoked salt and red pepper flakes in place of traditional salt & pepper though there is still some black pepper in there.
3-6 chicken thighs
1 cup mixed marble sized potatoes, cut in half
3/4 cup baby portabella mushrooms, whole
1/4 of a red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbs sherry
1/4 cup beef broth
1/8 tsp corriander
Salt & pepper
2 sprigs rosemary
For the dredge:
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tbs fresh Rosemary, chopped
1/2 tsp Salish smoked salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/2 Tsp Coriander
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add all dredge ingredients to a bowl and mix. Dredge chicken and add to heated skillet skin side down. Braise both sides of the chicken and set aside.
Add potatoes, mushrooms, onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally until onions are soft and beginning to brown.
Add sherry and deglaze pan. Add Beef Broth, Coriander and salt & pepper to taste.
Add chicken back into the pan skin side up, cover and place in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes.
I made Shampoo Bars with Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Palm Oil, Jojoba Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. I added Henna Powder, Citric Acid and Panthenol, Rosemary EO, Tea Tree EO and Peppermint EO.
I made the mistake of trying to cut them way, way to early so they are going to rest for a few days. I consistently make harder soaps that can be cut the next morning so I wasn’t even thinking about how soft this was going to be until the knife was already in the soap. The rest got almost a week of sitting before I cut them. I used a brand new mold with better insulation and got a bit of overheating in some of these bars, luckily these are just for family.
For shampoo bars most people forgo the use of fragrance oils and colorants. I decided to do the same. The addition of Rosemary, Tea Tree and Peppermint essential oils are more beneficial to hair than a fragrance oil could ever be.
For this recipe I made four plain ones and then for the rest I added Rosemary and Lavender to match some other stuff I’ve made recently.
.75 oz coconut oil
.5 oz candelilla wax
.25 oz cocoa butter
.25 oz sweet almond oil
.10 avocado oil
5 drops vitamin E
In a double boiler heat all ingredients except for the vitamin E. Once completely melted remove from heat, add vitamin E and mix, pour immediately because it will harden as it cools in the same manner as wax. You can place the mix back on the double boiler if necessary but try not to do this beyond topping off tubes.
I use an extremely small pan and a pyrex measuring cup, the pour spout is quite essential in doing this quick and accurately. If you are pouring into tubes fill them about 90-95% full on the first pour, let them cool slightly until nearly opaque, then pour the last 5%. If you so not do this you will have a mark in the middle from the stem in the middle causing the balm to cool at a different rate. If you over pour then just use a paper towel to carefully wipe away the extra after it’s completely cooled.
If you would like to add a flavor or essential oil be sure that is lip safe, food grade, does not contain any water and known to be used in lip balms regularly with lots of examples and some research. You can use some essential oils and others are not safe, some are safe if used carefully, things like peppermint and citrus have to be used with extreme care due to irritation. I used only 4 drops of each essential oil. for this entire recipe minus four tubes. Honey doesn’t really mix with oil and will clump into a ball.
If you want to add colorant, again you must find food grade lip safe colorants without other unnecessary ingedients. I have seen people use cool-aid and crayon, I don’t recommend using things like. You can however use a portion of a lip stick, melt that in when you start off. There is a wide range of lip safe colorants and flavors online to order.
You can substitute candelilla wax with bees wax… but I encourage trying out some plant based waxes if you have the means to.
Coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, castor oil, rice bran oil, cocoa butter, rosemary essential oil, lavender essential oil, activated charcoal, mica, titanium dioxide, tin dioxide, iron oxide, chromium oxide hydrate, boron oxide
I used a divider, dropped color in and then did a hangar swirl with 5 colors.
This is another split batch since I am using my half loaf mold, my secondary soap used up a sampler of Brambleberry’s Juicy Couture scent, no special design effort there.
For more Rosemary & Lavender ideas I have posts about Rosemary & Lavender Lip Balm and Rosemary & Lavender Hair Conditioner
Now to see how the colors change with curing.
Distilled water, BTMS-50, pantenol, argan oil, hydrolyzed oats, cucumber extract, nettle extract, rosemary essential oil, lavender essential oil, phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid.
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.
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.
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.