Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lemongrass Basil Cold Process Soap Recipe loaded with colloidal oatmeal!

The recipe:

Distilled Water - 11.50 oz
Lye 4.40 oz

Olive Oil Pomace - 11.10 oz
Coconut Oil - 7.90 oz
Shea Butter - Refined 4.80 oz
Palm Oil - 4.80 oz
Castor Oil - 3.15 oz

Colloidal Oatmeal - 3 Tbs
Green Oxide Powder - 1 tsp or to your preference - not too much!

Ground Coffee
Cocoa Powder

Basil Essential Oil - .50 oz
Lemongrass Essential Oil - .70 oz

I followed basic soap making instructions, then at VERY light trace I mixed in the essential oils and colloidal oatmeal, mixed very well with a plastic spatula to break up the oatmeal. Pour a small amount into a separate plastic bowl and add the green pigment powder. Mix well.  You will have to work quickly as the oatmeal accelerated the trace in this recipe. Pour the yellow base into the mold and sprinkle a even layer of the ground coffee and cocoa powder mixture. Pour the green soap mixture on top and smooth or create a texture with a knife.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Two New Hot Process Soaps - Oatmeal Milk and Honey and Mocha Java

Both packed with colloidal oatmeal! Recipe to follow.

If you've never attempted hot process soap making before, this link provides excellent instructions for doing so:

Hot Process Soap Making Instructions





The basic recipe I used for each loaf (so you will need a double batch if you are making both at once) is:

Distilled Water - 11.50 oz
Lye 4.40 oz

Olive Oil Pomace - 11.10 oz
Coconut Oil - 7.90 oz
Shea Butter - Refined 4.80 oz
Palm Oil - 4.80 oz
Castor Oil - 3.15 oz

For the Oatmeal Milk and Honey recipe I mixed in 1 oz of colloidal oatmeal at the mashed potatoes stage of the hot process instructions along with Oatmeal Milk and Honey fragrance oil. Then topped with whole oats after the soap was in the mold.

For the Mocha Java recipe I mixed 1 oz of Colloidal oatmeal with 1 tbs of crushed coffee grounds and 2 tsp of cocoa powder at the mashed potatoes stage of the hot process instructions. The scent was a combination of essential oils: .10 oz cinnamon, .10 oz ginger, .10 oz patchouli, .10 oz clove and 1 oz of sweet orange.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sleepy Time Cold Process Soap Recipe

Made from Celestial Seasonings Sleepy Time Tea, the one with the sleepy bear on the box!




















Recipe:

8.4 oz Pomace Olive OIl
7 oz Coconut Oil 76 degree
4.2 oz Rice Bran Oil
4.2 oz Cocoa Butter
4.2 oz Sunflower Oil

6.4 oz brewed Sleepy Time Tea
3.9 oz lye (sodium hydroxide)

.65 oz Peppermint Essential Oil
.30 oz Lavendin Essential OIl
.20 oz Sweet Orange Essential Oil

10" Silicone Soap Mold :


Follow standard cold process soap making instructions.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Peppermint, Cinnamon and Clove Decorative Cold Process Christmas Soap Recipe - Red Green and Gold

I decided to get a jump start on Christmas soaps. I already had a request for 2 dozen Christmas soaps, my choice. Here is how they turned out:



Here is the recipe I used:

Olive Oil 10.8 oz
Coconut Oil (76 degrees) 9 oz
Cocoa Butter (Deodorized) 5.4 oz
Rice Bran Oil 5.4 oz
Sunflower Oil 5.4 oz

Yields 36 oz of oil

Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) 4.949 or 5 oz
Distilled Water 12 oz

Yields 53 oz total

.60 oz Peppermint Essential Oil
.30 oz Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
.20 oz Clove Essential Oil

(You can play around with the essential mixture to get the scent you want)

Red liquid soap color
Gold oxide powder - appx 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon
Green Oxide Powder - appx 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon

(1) Follow basic cold process soap making procedures to mix the oils with the lye water. A good tutorial is here: http://soapdelinews.com/2012/07/diy-soapmaking-how-to-make-cold-process-soap.html
(2) Add essential oils and stick blend to a LIGHT trace.
(3) Reserve 1/3 of the oil, lye water, and essential oil mixture and divide the 1/3 mixture into 3 squeeze bottles.
(4) Mix each of the colorants with a small amount of the 2/3 remaining soap mixture, each into a separate plastic container until the desired color is achieved in each
(5) Pour each colored soap mixture into the 3 squeeze bottles and shake each one to mix well.
(6) Pour the remaining 2/3 soap mixture into the soap mold. This is your bottom layer.
(7) For the top I used the swirling technique found here using the 3 colored soaps in the squeeze bottles: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/linear-swirling-cold-process/




This makes about 10 bars of soap - will fill one of the wooden soap molds found here: http://soapdelinews.com/2013/06/how-to-make-a-soap-mold-for-cold-process-soap.html




Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

My First Batch of Hot Process Soap - Beer Soap

I followed the instructions here Hot Process Soap Instructions but of course without the colorant because I wanted it to look like beer. This was so easy to do in the crock pot and available for use the next day after setting up in the mold. I will be making more hot process soap. So excited that customers do not need to wait 3-4 weeks for the soaps to cure!

I used this recipe CP Beer Soap but instead of the Stud Fragrance Oil I scented this one with grapefruit essential oil. 

I like the rustic look. Would make a great Father's Day gift placed in a gift basket or tin.







Monday, March 3, 2014

Goat Milk and Colloidal Oatmeal Soap

My latest soap is Goat Milk and Colloidal Oatmeal. I followed the recipe here Goat Milk Soap but I added whole oats, cinnamon and copper mica sparkle to the top!




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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Green and Gold Saint Patrick's Day Cold Process Soap

If you would like to purchase this soap, please visit my store at My Etsy Store SOLD OUT


















For this recipe I used the same oils, lye and water as in my Peppermint Mocha Cold Process Soap Recipe found here:  
http://thestylessay-gardening.blogspot.com/2013/11/cold-process-soap-batch-6-peppermint.html

11.88 oz distilled water
5.013 oz lye

15.75 oz pomace olive oil
11.25 oz palm oil
9 oz coconut oil (76 degree)


In one cup I pre-mixed 1/2 tsp of green oxide powder with 1/2 TBSP sunflower oil. In another cup I mixed 1/2 tsp of  yellow oxide powder with 1/2 TBSP sunflower oil. I also mixed 1/2 tsp of titanium dioxide with 2 tsp of water in a third cup.

Follow directions for Peppermint Mocha soap for oil, water and lye directions then add .70 oz of spearmint EO and .30 oz eucalyptus EO for the scent at light trace.

I then divided the soap into three parts - appx 1/2 will be mixed with the titanium dioxide mixture, 1/4 of soap mixed with green pigment and 1/4 mixed with yellow pigment. I put the yellow and green in separate squeeze bottles and followed the directions from here to create the linear swirling technique:
http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/linear-swirling-cold-process/


Looks prettier after cutting:











Monday, January 6, 2014

Cinnamon Sugar Plum Cold Process Soap Recipe

If you would like to purchase this soap, please visit my Etsy store at My Etsy Store SOLD OUT























Recipe fills TWO 50 oz molds. You will make two batches for this recipe. The batches contain the same ingredients except for the liquid in batch 1 is water where the liquid in batch 2 is brewed tea.


1st batch - 1st (bottom) layer of each mold:
2.25 oz - Castor Oil
5.50 oz - Coconut Oil
13.50 oz - Olive Oil (Pomace)
5.50 oz - Palm Kernel Flakes
5.75 oz - Rice Bran Oil
3.50 oz - Shea Butter
11.88 oz- distilled water
5.014 oz - Lye
1 Celestial Seasonings Sugar Plum Spice tea bag


2nd batch - 2nd (top) layer of each mold:
2.25 oz - Castor Oil
5.50 oz - Coconut Oil
13.50 oz - Olive Oil (Pomace)
5.50 oz - Palm Kernel Flakes
5.75 oz - Rice Bran Oil
3.50 oz - Shea Butter
11.88 oz tea - brew 2 Celestial Seasonings Sugar Plum Spice tea bags - cooled
5.014 oz - Lye

2 oz - essential oils - (I mixed cinnamon, lemongrass, grapefruit and a bit of peppermint essential oils)

Sprinkle cinnamon between the two layers.

Cover let sit for 24 hours before slicing.