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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Lumberjack Soap on: August 19, 2014 10:11:38 AM
Thanks!  It seems like 1000 years since I made this batch haha!  Looking back, I stopped using coconut milk in my soap about six months ago.  It adds great lather, but at least for me, it also really accelerated trace.  These days I'm doing 50% aloe vera juice subbed for water, that adds the moisture and lather without messing with trace.  I still love that scent Smiley
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Coconut Citrus Soap on: May 01, 2013 10:08:25 AM
I while ago I made an easy "lime in the coconut" soap with coconut oil, shredded coconut, and lime EO.  Unfortunately, it didn't smell like coconut at all.  So take two, I got the Coconut Cybilla from Brambleberry and made this!  


70 oz Olive oil
30 oz coconut oil
30 oz palm oil
10 oz shea butter
13 oz coconut milk
4 oz homebrewed beer (boiled into a syrup and cooled) - my friend made it from hops she grew!
33 oz water
19.31 oz lye
tablespoon of paprika
Coconut scent
Lime EO
Grapefruit EO

This is my first attempt at a coat hanger swirl..  if I did it again, I'd swirl a little harder haha Smiley

Actually, to be truthful, this was my first attempt at the coconut scented soap..  whoops!

I made a Brazilian yellow clay embed the week before, but the batch itself thickened CRAZY fast..  like zero to cheesecake in 15 seconds!  I ended up shoving the base into the molds with my gloved hands and it came out looking like a foot :-/   I actually nicknamed it "Ugly Coconut."

thanks for looking!
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Bring it, apocalypse. With my survivor soap, I'm ready! on: May 01, 2013 10:01:10 AM
I always think this too!  Like when the apocalypse happens, I can be all "I can make soooooapppp!" and the overlords will give me a hovel to live in Cheesy

Awesome job, welcome to soap making!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Tiny Watercolor Paintings of The Walking Dead on: February 21, 2013 08:21:52 AM
Awwwww Glenn!  these are great!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: We are all four or five decisions away on: February 15, 2013 09:34:56 AM
NOOOOOOOO, I was totally cross stitching this saying too!!!  WTF is wrong with both of us?!  Why would two people want to cross stitch this?!  Because it's true haha Smiley  Yours looks amazing!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Smoked Sea Salt on: January 31, 2013 05:31:02 AM
Smoked salt crusted smoked salmon??    Shocked Shocked Shocked

I wanna smoke 5 lbs of onions this weekend, we've been smoking everything haha!
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 01/14/13 - Craftster Best of 2012 announced! on: January 15, 2013 03:54:42 PM
I'm freaking out!!!  I told everybody today "hey guess what I'm a Craftster best of 2012 soaper" even if they didn't know what I was talking abut Smiley
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Lime in the Coconut Soap (plus a bonus pie!) on: January 15, 2013 07:51:59 AM
Ahhhhh, thanks Craftster!  I've retooled this recipe recently, and now I'm adding a few ounces of Brambleberry's Coconut Cybilla as well Smiley

Momof2, sorry I didn't see your question until now..  I never add sugar to my soaps if I can help it (I heard once it can encourage skin yeast, so I try to avoid it).  Anyway, this is just regular unsweetened shredded coconut.  It obviously has some natural sugars, but none are added.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cappuccino Soap on: January 15, 2013 07:48:06 AM
HOLEYYYYYYYYYY SH********T!  Thanks to everyone, I couldn't even imagine getting one nod, let alone two.  This is crazy  Shocked
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Smoked Sea Salt on: January 10, 2013 10:50:33 AM
This is less a recipe than an idea, but I couldn't wait to try it Smiley  I got my bf an electric smoker for Christmas, and I was thinking all along that I could smoke things like salt and onions on the side while he's cooking bigger items like brisket.  So I found 3 lbs of (probably cheap a$$) sea salt at Big Lots for $1.99.  Yesterday I put a thick layer of it in a cast iron skillet and put it on direct smoke (apple and hickory) for about 4 hours, and then left it in the smoker to get even more smoke flavor overnight with the smoker off.  All I did was stir it a few times and this is the result:

Big Red:

Some of the wood chips caught a little bit of fire in the first hour, so my bf is concerned that it'll taste a little too "camp fire-y" but it smells just like anything else we've smoked so far.  Anyway, if you have a smoker, this is literally the easiest thing to make ever, I can't wait to use it (I think it would make a great gift too!).
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