Friday, February 10, 2017

In The Pot Swirl C.P Soap


You will need the following to make this soap recipe:

-Safety Equipment for making soap. Goggles or Glasses, Nitrile Gloves.
-Stick Blender for mixing soap:
-Buckets for melting oils & mixing lye: I use the 1 gallon bucket to melt my oils in the microwave (be sure to remove the medal handle). I use the 87 ounce bucket to mix my lye.
-Parchment Paper to line mold with
-3 Extra spatulas to mix colors
- Glass beakers to weigh out essential oils & sodium hydroxide:
-Thermometer for testing temps:  or
-Easy pour mixing & measuring containers x 2:
-Soap Cutter:


2   oz wt. Organic Sweet Almond Oil
4   oz wt. Organic Avocado Oil
4   oz wt. Castor Oil
2   oz wt. Organic Cocoa Butter
8   oz wt. Organic Coconut Oil
12 oz wt. Organic Sustainable Palm Oil
8   oz wt. Organic Sustainable Palm Kernel Oil
8   oz wt. Organic High Oleic Safflower Oil

6.76 oz wt. Sodium Hydroxide (aka Lye)
15    oz wt. Distilled Water

1.5 oz wt. Peppermint Essential Oil
1.5 oz wt. Tangerine Essential Oil

1 teaspoon of Fine Gold Satin Mica
1 teaspoon of Red Wine Satin Mica
1 teaspoon of Orange Saffron Mica
11/2 TBSP of Titanium Dioxide (white)

Wearing safety equipment weigh out all your ingredients (oils and butter and transfer into your 1 gallon bucket for melting).
Weigh out your distilled water in your 87 ounce bucket and set aside.
Weigh out your sodium hydroxide in a glass beaker & set aside.
Weigh out your essential oils into 1 glass beaker & set aside.
Measure 1 teaspoon of red wine satin mica into a easy pour mixing & measuring container & add a tablespoon of water. Mix the powder color until it becomes a liquid.
Repeat with the orange saffron mica & the titanium dioxide (1 1/2 tablespoons on this one).
Heat your oils for approximately 2 - 3 minutes in the microwave. 
Mix your lye solution (add the pre-weighed sodium hydroxide to the distilled water, slowly so you don't splash.

Temperature check using your thermometer. Once your melted oils and lye solution are approximately 110 degrees F. add your lye solution into the melted oils bucket and stir until you have a light trace. Transfer some of the soap batter into each of the colors leaving enough room to stir with a spatula. Add the titanium dioxide into the large bucket with the majority of the soap batter.

Once the colors are mixed with batter, you will begin to pour one color into a section of the bucket (approximately 1/4 of the colored batter), then 1/4 of another color on top of the first. Choose another section of the white batter and repeat four times. Once your colored batter is all into the bucket you will pour into your lined mold. 

I used a pencil to create the design on top of the soap. I sprinkled a little of our fine satin gold mica & our red wine satin mica on top using our powder duster.
Note: don't stir the soap with the pencil while creating the design or it will end up like mine in the final picture. Had I left it like the above picture it would have been a more detailed swirl with all the colors, instead of just the red. Oh well .... live and learn!
Be sure you test the pH of your soap the next day. Cut your bars and set them in a safe place while they cure for a few weeks.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Luxury Whipped Body Butter (no water) Recipe

Luxury Whipped Body Butter (no water)
Recipe (yields 32 oz of product)

27   grams Organic Borage Oil

5 teaspoons Arrowroot Powder

Containers (jars) for finished product.


1. In a large bowl, weigh out your mango butter. Using a hand blender or stand mixer, whip the butter on medium speed until it's light & fluffy (approx. 1 - 2 minutes).

Periodically scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

2. Add your liquid oils into the butter blend and turn your blender on low, so the oils does not splatter out of the bowl.

Periodically scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

3. Add in your fragrance or essential oil and your arrowroot powder. Use your spatula to hand stir this in until it is mostly mixed in. Then turn your hand blender on to a low - medium speed for approximately 1 - 2 minutes until your mixture is a light & fluffy butter.

4. Spatula your body butter into containers of your choice.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Whipped Pumpkin Seed Butter Recipe


1.2  grams citric acid
20   grams stearic acid
28   grams emulsifying wax
300 grams distilled water

18   grams deodorized cocoa butter
10   grams mango butter
10   grams babassu oil
21   grams organic pumpkin seed oil

14   grams liquid glycerin
5     grams germaben II 
4     grams pumpkin pie fragrance oil or fragrance/essential oil of choice. 

optional - 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch (reduces greasy feel)

Weigh out your citric acid, stearic acid, emulsifying wax and distilled water into an 87 ounce bucket or microwave safe container. Heat for approximately 2 minutes, making sure your waxes have completely melted. ( use 30 additional second increments until it has completely melted). 
Using a stick blender whip your ingredients together. 

Weigh out your oils and butters and add to the heated wax/water mixture. Whip again and continue to do so until it appears to thicken.

Last add your liquid glycerin, germaben II, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, and your fragrance oil. Continue to whip with the stick blender until your butter recipe is light and fluffy. 

Transfer into jars of your choice. Recipe yields approximately 16 oz of product.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DIY Bubble Bath


1 cup liquid castile soap
1/4 cup distilled or filtered water
2/3 cup liquid glycerin
6 drops favorite fragrance or essential oil
16 oz. plastic bell bottle
Stir together all ingredients and then pour into an 16 oz. plastic bottle.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Raspberry Ginger W/ Rose Clay C.P Soap Recipe

  • 2.26 oz wt Sodium Hydroxide
  • 6 oz Distilled Water

Follow basic soap making instructions & use your safety equipment.

  • Put on your safety goggles & neoprene gloves, combine your sodium hydroxide & your liquid, stir completely. Set the lye aside and allow it to cool between 100 – 125 degrees.
  • Combine your oils & heat. Temperature of oils needs to be between 100 – 125 degrees. 
  • When both your lye & your oils are at approximately the same temperature (100 – 125 degrees) you need to combine them. Use precautions to avoid splashing. 
  • I prefer lower temps around 110 degrees F.
  • Stir until the mixture traces. (You can use your stick blender to speed up this process).
  • Add your fragrance/essential oils and rose clay, incorporate them into soap completely. 
  • Pour your soap into your molds.

Monday, June 27, 2016

DIY Mosquito Repellent

Creating your own mosquito repellent only takes a few minutes, but using it gives you up to six hours of anti-mosquito protection! Plus, because you’re using these all-natural ingredients, there are no harsh chemicals involved.
The base of this repellent is lemon & eucalyptus oil – lovely smelling to us, not so much to the mosquitoes.
Otherwise, you’ll only need two other ingredients to make your own bug spray.
– 15 drops of lemon essential oil
– 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 4 oz. witch hazel
The reason lemon eucalyptus works best to magically banish bugs is because of a compound it contains called menthoglycol. This compound has been shown to work just as well as the compound found in most repellents, DEET, but it doesn’t have the potentially harmful side effects of DEET.
You can also use citronella oil or lemongrass oil instead, but your spray will have to be re-applied every 30 minutes. 
Vanilla extract is optional, but it has been found to help improve the effectiveness of the spray…plus it smells just so darn nice.
And, finally, witch hazel can be substituted with vodka or fractionated coconut oil.
STEP 1: Add all 4 ingredients into a container.
STEP 2: Stir well, so everything is mixed thoroughly. The color will be dark due to the vanilla extract.
STEP 3: pour the mixture into any spray bottle. Spray all over before going outdoors for up to six hours of mosquito repellent.