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21  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Coco-Lime Bath Tub Cookies! (With Recipe) on: January 07, 2009 09:04:39 AM
Thanks everybody! Hmm... What to make next... Cheesy
22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Coco-Lime Bath Tub Cookies! (With Recipe) on: November 13, 2008 07:00:43 AM
 Grin You're welcome! I hope you have fun making these.
23  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Coco-Lime Bath Tub Cookies! (With Recipe) on: November 03, 2008 08:17:57 AM
I love all things Mexican. Artwork, food, the whole kit and caboodle. I was drooling over Mexican Wedding Cookies when I thought up this recipe. Enjoy!

Inspired by the traditional baked good, Mexican Wedding Cookies, the following recipe will add a delightful, fizzy twist to your next bath.  This all natural recipe is full of skin loving ingredients.  Rice Bran Powder is known to help soother and balance skin.  Mango Butter and Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil add moisturizing properties to the bath, while Coconut Milk softens and conditions the skin.  

Coco-Lime Bath Cookies

3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Rice Bran Powder (coarse or fine)
1 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Coconut Milk Powder (for mixture)
1/2 cup Coconut Milk Powder (for topping)
1 tbs. Cocoa Powder
2 oz. Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil
2 oz. Mango Butter
5 tsp. Lime Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid

Warm the Mango Butter and Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil in a double boiler or a hot water bath until completely melted.  Remove the Mango Butter and Coconut Oil from the heat, allowing it to cool slightly, but not to harden.  Next, line a small baking sheet with waxed paper and set it to the side.  In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the Brown Sugar, Rice Bran Powder, Coconut Milk Powder, Cornstarch, and Cocoa Powder.  Stir the ingredients well, making sure to break up any clumps in the powders or sugars.  Since these ingredients can be a little clumpy by nature, you may want to grind the mixture in a blender or food processor to achieve a totally even consistency.  However, a few small clumps will not damage the cookies, so if that is totally optional.  In a second mixing bowl, combine the Baking Soda and Citric Acid.  Again, make sure to work out any clumps in the mixture.  Next, combine the two bowls of dry ingredients and mix well.  Add the Lime Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil to the melted Coconut Oil and Mango Butter than pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients.  Begin stirring and kneading the mixture immediately.  You must work quickly at this point to get the cookies formed and placed onto the baking sheet.  Using your hands, form tablespoon sized balls of the mixture.  Roll the balls in the Coconut Milk Powder, covering them completely.  Place the balls onto the baking sheet then press them down gently, flattening the top.  They should be similar in shape to a gingersnap or sugar cookie.  Continue shaping cookies with the remaining mixture.  Allow the cookies to harden for a full 24 hours before attempting to remove them from the baking sheet.  After 24 hours the cookies should be hard enough to be handled and packaged.

Usage & Packaging
Coco-Lime Bath Cookies should be stored in a tightly sealed bag or container.  Moisture or humidity can cause the cookies to fizz or "flower" prematurely.  These cookies look adorable in our Cello Bags or 1/2 lb. Tin Tie Bags.  To use the Cookies, simply drop one or two into a warm bath.  They will fizz and bubble, filling the bath with the delightful aroma of Lime and Coconut.  

NOTE: Lime Essential Oil is a photo-sensitizer. If you use real Essential Oil in this recipe these cookies should be used in the evening to give your skin plenty of time before being exposed to sunlight.

24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Salt Scrubs on: September 29, 2008 09:06:20 AM
 Wink Thanks!!
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bacon scent? on: September 05, 2008 09:27:00 AM
I wonder if you could blend the scent using some smoke, campfire, or hickory smoke type Fragrance Oils with a little Maple and Brown Sugar or Tomato Leaf Fragrance Oils? You could probably come close to mimicking a BBQ scent at least.
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Blissful Body Mousse (With Recipe!) on: September 05, 2008 09:19:21 AM
I'm glad you like the blog, Glduran! I have to warn you though, making your own bath goodies can quickly become an expensive habit of its own! But the bright side is that I find it about a million times more rewarding than just buying something off of the shelf. The coco-lime cookies are a great beginner recipe. Have fun and let me know if you have any questions!
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Salt Scrubs on: September 02, 2008 12:03:56 PM
I was just wondering if instead of a salt scrub it could be a sugar scrub?

Sure! I would use a really fine grain sugar, like refined white sugar, or organic fine grain sugar.
28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Blissful Body Mousse (With Recipe!) on: August 29, 2008 07:02:24 AM
Thanks everybody!  Grin You can use this mousse on your hands, feet, and all over your body. It is probably too heavy for your face, but otherwise go crazy!

Jojoba Esters are flakes or beads of hydrogenated Jojoba Oil. Jojoba Oil is actually a liquid wax, and it has a very similar composition to human sebum, your skin's natural lubricant and protective agent.  Jojoba Esters add stiffness to the mousse, but are less sticky and melt at a lower temperature than Beeswax. Plus, Jojoba Esters are vegan, making this recipe suitable for a wider range of users.

I got a lot of feedback from people who have made the mousse, and so far I've heard that several people encountered some graininess in their final product. To help avoid this, you can substitute Mango Butter for Shea Butter. Also, you may want to melt the Jojoba Esters first, before adding the Butter.

Thanks again everybody, I would love to see some pictures of finished mousses!
29  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Blissful Body Mousse (With Recipe!) on: August 11, 2008 06:31:56 AM
This mousse has been really popular on my blog, and seeing as it is also one of my personal favorites I thought it would be nice to share on Craftster. This is a variation of classic Whipped Shea Butter.

5 Ounces Shea Butter, Crushed and Refined
3 Ounces Peach Kernel Oil
3 Ounces Safflower Oil, High Linoleic
1 Ounce Jojoba Esters, 70 (MP70)
1 Teaspoon Cornstarch

Essential Oil Blend
15 drops Bourbon Vanilla Absolute
25 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
5 Drops Ylang Ylang Extra Essential Oil

In a double boiler, melt and heat the Shea Butter to approximately 175 Degrees Fahrenheit.  Hold the melted Shea Butter at this temperature for at least twenty minutes before adding the Jojoba Esters.  Holding the melted Shea Butter at this heat for twenty minutes will allow tiny crystals in the butter to fully melt, allowing a smooth, even texture to form when the butter has cooled.  As soon as the Jojoba Esters have melted remove the mixture from heat.  Depending on your double boiler you may have to transfer the mixture to a bowl.  Next, add the Peach Kernel and Safflower Oils, and the Cornstarch.  Stir the mixture well then begin to whip it.  I recommend using a hand or stand mixer for this step, as the whipping process can take a fairly long time.  Whip the mixture for 5 - 10 minutes then add the Essential Oil Blend.  Continue to whip the mixture for another 5 - 10 minutes.  As the mixture cools it will thicken, and firm up.  The finished mixture can be spooned or piped into containers.  Within a few hours, the Mousse should set and become stiff.

Packaging and Usage
The Blissful Body Mousse looks fabulous packed in Flat PET Jars.  It can also be stored in Flat or Dome Cream Jars.  This recipe will fill about 20 ounces of volume.  It should fill about five 4 Ounce Jars or ten 2 Ounce Jars.

NOTE: Shea Butter can sometimes be frustrating to work with due to its tendency to crystallize when heated and cooled. This gives the butter a gritty texture. Perfect tempering can avoid this, but if you prefer to make a more fool-proof butter try subbing Mango Butter, Illipe Butter, or Ultra Refined (deodorized) Cocoa Butter for the Shea Butter in this recipe.

Feel free to visit my blog for more recipes.  Grin

30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Sweet Dream Bed Time Sachets on: June 17, 2008 06:27:52 AM
I might have to make something like this for the bath/spa swap

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