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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Henna hair dye? on: June 03, 2011 04:26:06 PM
I like From Nature With Love http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/product.asp?product_id=HERBHENNA&searchflag=1 because they're quick, reliable, and generally local to me (same coast). This is what I use on my hair.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making EO's at home? on: July 08, 2010 04:00:58 AM
We call that infused oil. We do it with lavender and sage every year. It leaves the oil lightly scented.

You can steam distill at home using this method but it's a lot of work for very small yield: http://wildcrops.com/blog/index.php?p=284&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

Simple stovetop distillation
Parts list:
1 stainless steel pan with lid (at least 3 quart, the larger the better)
1 stainless steel colander or strainer that fits inside the pan (flat bottom or can be flattened)
1 small Pyrex container (the smaller in diameter the better, it just gets a little harder to drip into the narrower container but easier to recover the EO)
Several cups of ice
1 gallon of distilled water (more if you have a larger pan)
The plant material you wish to distill
Turkey basting syringe
Medicine dropper

Simple, do it yourself, stove top distillation unit for making your own essential oils and floral waters. POWER TO THE PLANTS
Place the biomass into pan cover with distilled water
Place the colander into the pan over the biomass
Place the catch container on top of colander in the center
Place the pan lid inverted on pan (at this point you can turn on the stove)
Turn stove on high, wait to apply ice until water starts to heat, but before it starts to boil (too soon and the ice melts, too late and you waste some EO)
As the water starts to heat and small bubbles distillation will start, bring to a medium boil then simmer.
Try not to run the pan dry.
A turkey basting syringe can remove water from the lid so more ice can be added.
Remember, your glass container is in a hot environment, EXTREAM CAUTION SHOULD BE USED!
Use medicine dropper to suck the oil off the top, youll get some water with it but just let it separate, drip the water off the bottom then drip off the oil in a smaller container. Another tool is the separatory funnel
When procuring a pan, look for one that the lid is also SS. If you can, check to see if the lid will fit tightly upside down (invert the lid on the pan). Try to get a lid with a SS handle, not plastic. The lid should be dome shaped to get best results.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about a brand of lye. on: June 19, 2010 04:17:03 PM

I've used Potassium Hydroxide from The Lye Guy. I still have a few pounds of Roebic left but once that's gone, I'm ordering from him.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Sugar Lip Scrub *with tutorial* on: May 27, 2010 04:15:42 AM
I did something similar when I saw them in the Lush catalog! It works with lip balm flavor oils. Mine was sugar (ran it through my coffee grinder to make it finer), jojoba oil, and unsweetened lip balm flavor oil.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Homemade lip balms melt way too fast on: February 20, 2010 01:09:53 PM
Soy or candelilla wax. I don't have any notes in front of me, but only a small amount makes a difference but doesn't make it feel waxy.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Zombie Makeup Tutorial.....with tasty fake blood recipe (pic heavy and blood on: November 01, 2009 03:16:15 AM
I used to do this without the tissue paper. I love this technique!!! I used it last night and scared a few of the little kids. I also heard a few "Are you OK"s from the parents.

Here's the pic. The creepy face is mine. Only the gashes were added:
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: plastic things in soap? on: June 17, 2009 03:12:14 AM
Definitely get the catalog from Oriental Trading Company!! They have good service and quick shipping and if you're a member of MyPoints, you get points for shopping there.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The "Official" Colorant Thread on: March 10, 2009 02:48:44 AM
Under natural colorants, use alkanet for anywhere from grey to purple (it's alkali sensitive). Steep the herb in olive oil and then use it in place of equal amounts of base oils (4 ounces colors a 6# batch nicely).
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: essential oils on: October 30, 2008 02:58:03 AM
Some essential oils are lip balm safe. But you should research them and their potential side effects before using them. If you're looking locally, try a health food store but bring your wallet because they can be very expensive. I've seen tea tree essential oil at WalMart for an OK price.

I love using candy flavoring in lip balms. I think those are over at the craft store.
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Liquid soap on: October 14, 2008 02:52:18 AM
Honestly, it's not as hard as it looks.

I use my crock pot to bring it to the sticky, taffy phase (liquid soap's version of trace) and then wrap it in a towel and set it in a Coleman cooler for 24 hours. When I'm done, it's a gorgeous paste.

Diluting takes a little while, but I use a slow method. I fill a large stock pot with water with a cake cooling rack in the bottom of the pan, and set mason jars on top of the wire rack so I can dilute my soap in mason jars. I'll try to take pics of that process next time. I heat 8-9 ozs of water in each mason jar first and then shred a pound of the paste into each jar. It takes 3-4 hours of simmering on low to dissolve the paste. Then I cap the jars and nestle them into the cooler. I heat them a 3rd time (after a week or so) to scent and color. But again, it's not necessary to wait. I added steps, but it fits my lifestyle.

Soap Paste:

Ready to dilute:

Try it!!
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