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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Winter Heal and Protect Lip Balm Recipe on: March 08, 2016 08:07:32 PM
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2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Winter Heal and Protect Lip Balm Recipe on: February 22, 2016 04:17:29 PM


Winter Heal and Protect Lip Balm Recipe

Keep lips looking and feeling great with this heal and protect winter lip balm recipe. Natural ingredients come together to to help keep lips moisturized to protect against chapping while a tiny hint of sheer color lends lips a healthy glow.

Ingredients:

.25 oz. grape seed oil
.15 oz. sunflower oil
.1 oz. refined (76 melt point) coconut oil
.2 oz. beeswax
.05 oz. lanolin
1/4 teaspoon alkanet root powder
10 drops spearmint essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax. Place in double boiler or in a small one cup glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at 50% power until the beeswax has melted fully.

Now weigh out the lanolin and coconut oil and mix into the melted beeswax. You may need to heat the mixture again so all of the ingredients are liquified.

Measure out the alkanet powder with a measuring spoon and stir into the hot melted beeswax, lanolin and coconut oil. (This winter lip balm recipe, while it looks dark, actually goes on very sheer with just a tiny hint of red. For darker color use more alkanet root powder. Alternately you may omit it all together if you want a completely clear product.)

Next, weigh the grape seed and sunflower oils and stir into the other ingredients.



Use a dropper or transfer pipette to add the essential oils. Give one final stir then pour into empty lip balm tubes. Allow to cool completely then decorate your tubes as desired. (I used this clip art from Citrus & Mint.)

This heal and protect winter lip balm recipe yields five lip balms. To use simply apply to lips as desired.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Homemade Cold Process Egg Soap Recipe on: February 07, 2016 02:10:42 PM


Homemade Cold Process Egg Soap Recipe

This homemade cold process egg soap recipe is made with egg yolks. Eggs have long offered skin care benefits that include tightening skin, shrinking pores, and calming redness and breakouts. In cold process soap, egg yolks also help to create a rich, thick lather. If youre looking for something eggs-stra fun to create this Easter, try making this luxurious homemade cold process egg soap recipe in lieu of or in addition to traditional Easter eggs.

Ingredients:

3.92 oz. palm kernel flakes
3.6 oz. 76 melt point coconut oil
9 oz. palm oil
10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
4 oz. safflower oil
1.08 oz. castor oil
3.6 oz. rice bran oil

11.5 fluid oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

2 egg yolks
1 Tablespoon white kaolin (cosmetic) clay
2.25 oz. fragrance oil of choice, optional

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils=32%
Superfat/Discount 6%

This homemade cold process egg soap recipe will yield 10-12 bars of soap approximately 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut.

There is zero egg smell to this cold process egg soap recipe once it has cured. I noticed a slight smell when I first cut my homemade egg soap into bars, however it had completely dissipated by the next day and smelled only like the fragrance oil Id used for my own batch.

Instructions:

To make this homemade cold process egg soap recipe, youll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Youll need to begin with eggs that are room temperature so I suggest removing your eggs from the refrigerator ahead of starting the soapmaking process. Crack the eggs open and separate the whites and yolk from two eggs. Youll only be using the yolks for this egg soap recipe so feel free to scramble up the whites in an omelet! Alternately you could simply use one egg in its entirety both the white and yolk for a somewhat different result. While egg yolks serve as a fat in a cold process egg soap recipe, the protein in egg whites are believed to have an astringent effect on skin.

Once your eggs have reached room temperature, you are ready to begin the soapmaking process.

Begin the soapmaking process for this egg soap recipe by first measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. (Alternately you can use rosewater in place of the distilled water if youre after a face specific soap.) Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the palm kernel flakes, coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, safflower oil, castor oil and rice bran oil using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until all of the oils have melted, then remove from heat and set aside.

Next weigh out your fragrance oil, if youre choosing to scent your egg soap, and set aside. (You can also use essential oils in lieu of a fragrance oil, but youll want to use half the amount.)

Now measure out the kaolin clay and set aside.

Once the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90F youre ready to make this egg soap recipe.

Youll need to begin by tempering your egg yolks. To do this remove about a cup of oil from your cooled soapmaking oils into a cup or bowl. Add the egg yolks and mix well with a whisk, fork or even a stick blender. Set aside.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace, then add the clay, fragrance, and egg-oil mixture. Mix again until the soap starts to thicken again and all ingredients are fully blended into the soap, then pour the soap into your prepared mold.

Lightly cover the soap with cardboard but dont insulate the soap loaf.



After 24 hours your can unmold your homemade nut free soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow your soaps to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

Want to try eggs in your own homemade cold process soap recipe? Give it a try! Just be sure to bring your eggs to room temperature and temper your eggs in your cooled soapmaking oils to avoid an eggy smell or scrambled eggs. then add the tempered eggs at a light trace.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Request Help - Tinted lip balm comes out mottly on: February 07, 2016 02:00:29 PM
Natural plant powders like this don't dissolve. You can either make an oil infusion where you infuse the pigment powder - beet root, alkanet root powders, etc. - in your liquid at room temp base oil, then strain the plant material out of the oil before mixing your ingredients. Alternately, try pouring at a much lower temperature. Once your mixture starts to look cloudy, re-mix then pour. Hope this helps.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can you help me with my honey and beeswax face cream? on: February 07, 2016 01:57:16 PM
Beeswax is by nature a much stickier wax than other waxes and it's not a true emulsifier. You may want to experiment with a traditional emulsifying wax instead. You also do need to reach a proper emulsification.

Basically to reach a proper emulsifation you'll need to combine your butters, wax, oils in a double boiler and melt. Bring to 158F (70C) and hold for 20 minutes.

While the oils, butters and waxes etc. are melting combine your water based ingredients (colloidal silver in this case) over heat and bring the temperature up to 158F (70C) and hold for 20 minutes.

Remove both the wax, butter and oil mixture and the water based from heat. Slowly pour the waters into the oils while mixing with a stick blender. Once all the water has been added mix with a stick blender for three minutes.

Allow to cool to 113F (45C) then add the preservative. I'd probably add the honey at this point as well. Mix well for about two minutes with the stick blender or mixer then pour into the container(s) of your choice.

However, with such small ingredient amount it may be tough.

Also the wax is likely high for an all over face cream. This is probably more suited for an under eye cream. I have a practically no fail anti aging night cream recipe on my blog but I don't think I can link to the recipe here.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / DIY Gemstone Candles on: February 06, 2016 08:01:05 AM


DIY Gemstone Candles

Looking for a fun craft project to start your new year? Then try your hand at these DIY gemstone candles! These DIY gemstone candles are a fun way to decorate your space or make them as homemade gifts throughout the year for nearly any occasion. Theyre great for weddings too!

What youll need:

beeswax
soy wax
micas or candle dye in colors of choice
medium wooden wick
shallow heat proof ceramic or glass bowl (at least 5.65″-6″ in diameter)
diamond silicone mold
digital scale
large Pyrex measuring cup and microwave (or a double boiler)
fragrance oil of choice

What youll do:

Begin by making your gemstones to use as decoration around the outside of the candle. To make these, use a digital scale to weigh out 3.75 oz. of beeswax to fill all six of the diamond shaped mold cavities. (If you dont want yellow gemstones, use white cosmetic beeswax.) Combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at 50% power in the microwave until the beeswax has melted. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)



Once melted, mix in mica powder of your choice until you reach the desired color. Now pour the melted and colored beeswax into the mold. Allow the beeswax to harden completely, then carefully remove the beeswax diamonds from the mold cavities.

Now prepare the soy wax for the bowl. The amount of wax and fragrance oil used for your candle will vary based on the size of the bowl you choose.

Fill the bowl with soy wax flakes by scooping them into the bowl until its full. Weigh out the amount of soy wax in the bowl. You can do this by placing a large Pyrex measuring cup onto your digital scale and pressing tare. Once the weight equals zero, add the soy wax to the Pyrex measuring cup on the scale. Record the weight of the soy wax you have.

Now melt your soy wax either in the microwave or in a double boiler. Once it has melted, remove from heat.

Place your wooden wick in the center of your bowl while you are waiting for the soy wax to cool down. Simply place the wick into the metal base, dip into the melted wax, then place in the center of the bowl.

Once your wax starts to cloud, its ready to pour. If you are using a fragrance oil, weigh out the fragrance oil at 10% of the amount of soy wax you previously recorded. So if you have 5 oz. of melted soy wax, youll weigh out and stir .5 oz. of fragrance oil into the wax.



Now pour the scented soy wax into the bowl around your wooden wick. Allow the soy wax to solidify completely.



Now place your gemstones around the outer edge of your bowl of solidified soy wax. Youll want to leave a wide circle around the wick where the soy wax will pool once lit so that it doesnt melt your gemstones as it burns.



Now weigh out about 1/3 to 1/2 of the amount of soy wax you recorded earlier. Melt the wax, allow to cool, then add your fragrance oil at 10% of the new amount of soy wax. Now pour the soy wax around into the bowl around the wick and gems.



Allow the wax to cool and harden completely.



Wait 24 hours before lighting your candle. Then cut the wick to 1/4″ and light.



Be sure to follow all safety precautions entailed with burning your candle and keep it away from flammable objects. Also be sure to blow your candle out if you leave and never leave your candle burning unattended.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Chocolate and Rose Valentines Truffle Bath Melts Recipe on: February 06, 2016 07:53:09 AM
Those are beautiful, but, oh, how I wish they were edible candies instead of bath melts!  I agree that these would make awesome V-day gifts.

I am on a no sweets diet since the holidays. So my indulgence is now sweetly scented bath products. LOL
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Chocolate and Rose Valentines Truffle Bath Melts Recipe on: February 06, 2016 07:40:02 AM


Chocolate & Rose Valentines Truffle Bath Melts Recipe

This Valentines truffle bath melts recipe makes wonderful heart shaped DIY Valentines Day gifts for your special Valentine that smell like chocolate and roses! This truffle bath melts recipe is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.

Ingredients:

2.75 oz. unrefined cocoa butter
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened baking cocoa powder
.05 oz. Rose Cognac Sugar fragrance oil (or similar)
1 oz. white natural melt and pour soap base
pink soap colorant of choice

Tools & Supplies:

digital scale
Wilton Easy Flex Heart 24-Cavity Silicone Mold
utensils for stirring
measuring spoon
cutting board
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
microwave

Instructions:


This truffle bath melts recipe will yield four bath melts.

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the cocoa butter into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat at reduced power in the microwave until it has melted completely. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)

Now use the measuring spoon to measure out a half teaspoon of the unsweetened cocoa powder. (You can use a full teaspoon of cocoa powder if desired for darker truffle bath melts and more chocolate scent.) Whisk into the melted cocoa butter using a fork or whisk until the cocoa powder has been fully incorporated and is free of any clumps.

Allow the mixture to cool slightly then weigh out the fragrance oil and add to the mixture. Mix well.

Next, place your heart mold onto a cutting board or small cookie sheet for easy transport.

Then pour the melted bath melts mixture evenly into four of the cavities of your heart silicone mold.

Using the cutting board for stability, transfer your mold to the refrigerator. Refrigerate your Valentines truffle bath melts until theyve completely solidified.

Now prepare the icing for your truffle bath melts.

Weigh out .5 oz. of your natural white melt and pour soap base in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. (I use a natural soap base here as it cools and solidifies faster than a basic glycerin soap base with SLS.) Heat in the  microwave for 20-30 seconds, then remove and stir. Allow to cool slightly.



Now remove the bath melts from the refrigerator. Unmold and place them top up onto a cutting board or a cookie sheet. Now slowly pour the white soap base across the tops of the cold bath melts in small lines until you have reached your desired look.



Now prepare your pink icing. In the same container you used for the white icing weigh out .5 oz. of your natural white melt and pour soap base. Heat in the microwave 20-30 seconds until melted. Now add a pinch of colorant, if using a pigment powder for color, or a few drops of a liquid soap colorant to the melted soap base until you reach desired color. Stir well so the color is completely mixed into the soap base.



Now slowly pour the pink tinted soap base across the tops of the cold bath melts in small lines until you have reached your desired look. (The pigment I used for my truffle bath melts faded to more of a coral color so be sure to check with the manufacturer or company you purchase your soap colorants from to see if they fade or the colors morph in melt and pour soap.)



Now carefully remove your Valentines truffle bath melts from your working surface and package as desired.

To use, simply add one truffle bath melt to warm running bath water or massage onto skin in the shower or bath after bathing, rinse lightly and pat dry.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / DIY Valentines Day Soaps for Kids on: February 06, 2016 07:32:47 AM


DIY Valentines Day Soaps for Kids

Learn how to craft these fun DIY Valentines Day soaps for kids!  Each easy to craft Valentines Day soap has a Valentine themed eraser tucked inside that they use after the soap is gone. All you need is a package of dollar or discount store erasers, a clear melt and pour soap base, red colorant and an optional fragrance oil.

Ingredients:

21.5 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
.5 oz. fragrance oil of choice, optional
3 mL Crafters Choice Matte Americana Red Liquid Pigment, or similar

Tools & Supplies:

digital scale
Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold
spray bottle with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
package of dollar or discount store erasers
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
graduated transfer pipette
utensils for stirring
cutting board
Chefs knife

Instructions:

This DIY Valentines Day soaps for kids project yields six heart shaped soaps with erasers embedded inside.

Begin by using a digital scale to  weigh out 13.5 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Using your Chefs knife, cut into square chunks and place into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted, stirring in between heatings. Keep a close eye on your soap and be careful not to let it boil.

Using a graduated transfer pipette, measure out 3 mL of your liquid soap pigment and stir into the melted soap base entirely its thoroughly incorporated.

Weigh out .3 oz. of the fragrance oil youve chosen to use and stir into the melted soap base.

Now place your silicone mold onto the cutting board for stability and pour the red colored soap base evenly into all six of the heart shaped mold cavities, about 2/3rds of the way full.

Spritz the top of the soap you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then carefully use the cutting board to transfer the soap filled mold to the refrigerator. (Dont put your soap in the freezer as it can make your soap base cloudy.)

 Once your soaps have hardened completely through, remove the mold from the refrigerator.

Now prepare your second layer of soap.

Weigh out the remaining 8 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base. Using your Chefs knife, cut into square chunks and place into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted, stirring in between heatings. Keep a close eye on your soap and be careful not to let it boil.

Now weigh out the remaining .2 oz. of fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap base.



Spritz the tops of the red soap hearts you previously poured with alcohol, then place one eraser into the center each of the mold cavities on top of the red soap.

Spritz with alcohol again, then pour the clear soap base you just melted carefully on top of the red soap and erasers.

Spritz the top of the soap you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles. Then allow the soap to cool either in the fridge or at room temperature. (Dont put your soap in the freezer as it can make your soap base cloudy.)



Once your DIY Valentines day soaps for kids have fully hardened carefully remove them from the mold cavities and wrap in food service film.
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / DIY Joan Jett Inspired Black Heart Valentines Day Soaps on: February 06, 2016 07:23:49 AM


DIY Joan Jett Inspired Black Heart Valentines Day Soaps

Learn how to make these fun DIY Joan Jett inspired Black Heart Valentines Day Soaps featuring black heart soaps with pink icing! These make wonderful DIY Valentines Day gifts for your besties.

Ingredients:

7 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
1/4 Crafter's Choice square black glitter color bar or similar soap colorant
.1 oz. fragrance oil of choice
Crafter's Choice neon pink pleasures soap color bar or similar soap colorant
natural white melt and pour soap base

Tools and Supplies:

digital scale
Wilton Easy Flex Heart 24-Cavity Silicone Mold
spray bottle with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
utensils for stirring
measuring spoon
cutting board
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
microwave

Instructions:

This recipe for black heart Valentines Day soaps yields seven heart shaped guest soaps.

Using a digital scale weigh out 5.6 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base for your heart shaped Valentines Day soaps. Cut into chunks and place in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between heatings, until melted. Dont allow the soap to boil.

Cut off about a quarter of a square of the black glitter color bar and mix into the melted soap until it has melted fully and is evenly incorporated throughout the soap base.

Now weigh out the fragrance oil you want to use to scent this soap, and stir into the melted soap base. (I used a Rose Cognac Sugar fragrance oil.)

Place your silicone mold onto a cutting board for easy transport.

Next, pour the melted soap base for your black Valentines Day soaps evenly into seven of the heart shaped cavities of your silicone mold. Spritz the tops with alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then transport to the refrigerator until the soaps have solidified completely.

Now prepare the icing for your black heart Valentines day soaps.

Weigh out 1.4 oz. of your clear melt and pour soap base in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. (I use a natural soap base here as it cools and solidifies faster than a basic glycerin soap base with SLS.) Heat in the  microwave for 20-30 seconds, then remove and stir. Add a small amount of the Neon Pink Pleasures soap color bar to suit and mix until completely dissolved. Allow to cool slightly.

Now remove the heart shaped soaps from the refrigerator. Unmold and place them top up onto a cutting board or a cookie sheet. Now slowly pour the pink soap base across the tops of the cold soaps in small lines until you have reached your desired look.

Now cut a small chunk of white melt and pour soap base and add to the pink base. Heat again to melt and stir to fully incorporate the color. Again pour the, now somewhat lighter, pink soap base across the tops of the cold soaps in small lines until you have reached your desired look over top of the soap you previously poured.

Repeat the previous step for a third layer of even lighter colored pink icing.

Allow your black heart Valentines Day soaps to cool and harden completely, then remove from the working surface and wrap tightly in food service film. Your DIY Joan Jett inspired black heart Valentines day soaps are now ready to gift!
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