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21  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cold Process Soap and Bath Soaks - having fun playing around :D on: December 04, 2010 10:21:16 PM
Alice: I actually just started looking online one day for the best bits of info on Cold Process Soap I found a lot here and there but eat the calender and some of the starter recipes from Cranberry Lane .. They have a lye calculator that has been a gem.  http://www.cranberrylane.com/calculator.htm ..  I grew up the daughter of hippies and have a vast knowledge of herbs and uses for most anything that comes from the earth. I've always made all sorts of infused oils, bath soaks and such for myself and my kids. My Grandmother had her own beauty grave and she taught me to experiment my Great Grandmother lived right around the corner and was an inventive homemaker. I eat the spring after KS's cold winters and go a little crazy gardening and dry and save all sorts of bits. I have done some reading online about different herbs, spices and foods that you can add to your soaps to get different properties. And I'm going to experiment this week with using my own natural ingredients ground into powder as dyes. I've been having so much fun doing it all. I have several other bars curing can't wait to get pics of them posted. I'm gonna have a lot of fun giving these out for Christmas. I made a Cinnamon Roll Bar tonight. It smells wonderful I colored it with Coco and Cinnamon I worry I used a tad too much Cinnamon and it may be a little abrasive ... guess it will be extra exfoliating. Cheesy I made some unscented bars with some Soapwort that are great for hand washing delicates I opted for a Soy Bean Oil, Sunflower Oil and Lard yep lard ... I like that it makes a super hard bar. Do you use lard? I've often wondered how many people use Lard anymore. My Great Grandmother was a firm Lard believer. I still like my 'vegan' soaps.

Ok now that I've rambled on I had another pic to post Cheesy

Pumpkin Facial Soap Nuts

These were bits that formed on the inside of the PVC as it trickled down but didn't fill all the way up so they settled like this and are RAAR grr ugggh in the shower. I've since been considering ways to make nice bits like this in big batches

My very first PVC Pipe as a mold soap. The three types of mint I threw in there at trace kind of settled oddly and I ended up with light and dark variation but they all smell fantastic. I have Pumpkin Facial these size too and I eat the pumpkin in the soap it's been working miracles for my skin.

Triple Mint PVC


I'll post some nicer pics down the road. These were pre clean up on the edging and such.
22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Cold Process Soap and Bath Soaks - having fun playing around :D on: December 04, 2010 02:42:37 PM
 Grin I had stellar fun making my first batches of cold process soap and even went so far as to test out a rebatch in the event I ever have to I'll be prepared. I've also been making bath soaks. I made up a lovely lavender chamomile milk bath ... I fell asleep in the tub so I guess the relaxing part of it works great. Skin feeling wonderful. I've amassed quite the collection of dried herbs, spices and flowers over the last year and have a lot of things brewing. Grinding my own herbs into powders for colorant hoping it works out I'll have to post pics here in a week or two after I try a batch.

My hubby liked my first batch so much he went out and built me two more soap molds. He's a carpenter ... so has it's perks. My eldest has really gotten into it too making up recipes for me to try. Cheesy She's fun Cheesy

Pumpkin/Coffee Bar


Mini Bars



Triple Mint Bath Bar


Tahitian Vanilla Lavender Oatmeal Milk Bath w/ Chamomile (It's RAAR grr ugggh)


Spicy Orange Chai Bath Salt



More to come ...
23  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Not really a discussion just me all really stoked and excited on: November 11, 2010 10:23:31 AM
I'm already on it ... started taking them while I was making stuff and going to take some finished photos after I go pick up some muslin tea bags and such today ... I used some of the Tahitian Vanilla Milk Bath today and was in heaven my skin feels so soft and smells wonderful. My husband has been all about touching my skin today. I guess it's true what they say about men and the scent of vanilla and it made my hair all soft and light that was a nice bonus. I can't wait to get in all my new kitchen stuff to make up some soaps. Made up some Pumpkin Puree and Dried Pumpkin to grind into powder and mix with spices I can't wait to see what the house smells like then. I'll have to remember to make a pumpkin pie that night ... I'm sure that's what my kids with think I'm making. Grin
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Not really a discussion just me all really stoked and excited NOW WITH PICTURES! on: November 10, 2010 09:46:51 PM
Strange .. I had so much fun in the kitchen. Used all natural organic ingredients and made all sorts of Milk Bathes, Tea Salts, Foot Soaks, and ground up ingredients for making soaps next week. Tomorrow I will make ground spices for natural colorant and ground coconut shells, avocado skins, dried lemon peel, dry spinach/grind, dry and puree some of the pumpkins on the porch (makes orange) Cheesy and pair that with some clove, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon and you have a spiced bath bar or soak.

I've been snipping and clipping and drying herbs and flowers all year waiting to make stuff again. I'm going to try a new to me cold process recipe for soap can't wait to post pics and hoping not to fail.



I so wish I could have smell-o-vision with this stuff.


Tahitian Honey Almond Milk Bath .... I toasted almonds and rolled oats tonight smells really nice and has a nice creamy color soft to the touch. Great for Sensitive Skin and super moisturizing in the winter. Used Raw Honey Powder and Tahitian Vanilla Bean Powder ...


Spicy Chi Bath Tea - Great aroma!! Black Tea, Ginger, Clove, Black Pepper Vanilla Bean, a few other goodies ... Boosts skin emollients.


Sweet Toasted Ginger Milk Bath - Ginger toasted with a mix of spices and organic brown sugar, poppy seed and Milk


Chamomile Bath Salts - Totally relaxing


I made a bunch of other stuff ... I figure I"ll take some pictures when I get my muslin bags in. I have these fabric markers to do these cool designs Zoe thought up on the bags. Grin


Can't wait to make soap. They probably think I'm nuts or something at the hardware store as I just ordered 2lbs of lye today.


I'm making infused oils for the soaps to cut down the one large batch to smaller batches. I've got some ideas for what to mix together to do different skin types and like acne bars ... if you just get the acidity just right which if you measure proper. And I bought a really nice scale too. Told ya I'm going a little crazy. I'm even gonna make this hair mud because I so need it.


Can't ya tell I'm having fun!!! Cheesy


Ok so here's a couple pics from some of the adventure ... Pictures aren't the best I need to replace my camera ... the lens has been chipped  .... Sad

Some Milk Baths


Some Bath Soaks


Drying some Goodies


Some of my dried goodies


Some Toasted and Ground Oats
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Rose Petal and Sugared Grapefruit Bath Bombs on: November 09, 2010 10:16:09 PM
I really eat the way these look ... my eldest daughter said 'wow are those bath ice creams or something Grin ' When I make bath bombs with rose petals or tea leaves I make little organza wraps for them and tie them with a pretty cotton ribbon or string. And for when you wan the romantic bath make them just a little larger than normal and you can use rose petals still but have less mess than rose petals and bath bomb petals. When I have to clean up the dried bits from the tub I put a piece of tulle over the drain to strain it through I have to plug the drain at least once and clear it off but it helps oh so much less wiping in the long run to just rinse. Anyway just a few of my here's what I do tips.
26  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Gir (from Invader Zim) toddler costume on: November 03, 2010 05:29:53 PM
I am so bookmarking this as a reminder for me to make for next year I eat GIR!!!
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Daughter the Living zombie chicken on: November 03, 2010 05:16:05 PM
This was my daughter's costume for this Halloween. She changed her mind four days before and didn't want to be a Vampire so this is what we came up with and she LOVED it. We even made a matching zombie chicken for her to take along. Everything was handmade aside from my daughter's boots, tights and undershirt. The top hats were a last minute idea that we whipped up from scraps from the material used to make the skirts and tops. I had such a great time making this costume my mind is a whirl with new ideas. My daughter loves this skirt so much she plans to wear it again and again. I made my own patterns for the top and the skirt and the inspiration for the top hats came from craftster post Quick Lolita Top brain protector Glue Gun Style .. Only I used wool dipped in glue water bath and various soup cans for molds and hand stitched them together. Then used hot glue to secure in place on zombie chicken and bobby pins. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=91957.0

I used embroidery thread and some various stitching styles to create the spider web and stitch detailing.






28  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Pirate Fairy... on: October 28, 2010 12:01:48 PM
Just had to say I eat THIS. I had to show my 2 year old your daughter's costume and she got excited. She loves pirates and anything skulls (so does her tween sister). I eat the wings did you make those yourself? Great Work!!
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: First eye patches on: October 28, 2010 08:12:51 AM
RAAR grr ugggh!! Here I was just browsing for inspiration and you just smack me in the head with it!! I'm making a Halloween costume for a friends daughter and she's a pink glittery pirate ... a pink skull felt eye patch will go perfect with it. Thanks for the wonderful project idea!
30  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Peanut and Chocolate Biscotti on: October 28, 2010 08:06:18 AM
 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin WONDERFUL  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin This is going to be one of my add ins for Vegetarian Christmas Goodies Baskets this year Thanks!!!
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