Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lime & Ginger Salt Glow Recipe

Lime & Ginger Salt Glow Recipe
You will need the following to make this recipe:

1/2 cup fine or medium sea salt
1/2 cup organic grapeseed oil
1/4 cup fresh pulverized ginger root (grocery store)

1/4 tsp Ginger Fragrance Oil
1/4 tsp Lime Essential Oil

PET containers

1. Mix the salt & puverized ginger root together
2. When it appears to be a consistent blend, add your grapeseed oil and mix into the salt & ginger root.
3. Add the lime essential oil & ginger fragrance oil. Mix thoroughly.
4. Transfer to your PET jars and store until use. (we don't recommend storing in glass as your hands will be slippery & you could drop the glass in the shower.)
**Use up quickly as this has not preservative. If you are giving as gifts or not planning on using it within a few days add some germaben II (preservative).

To use: scoop out a handful at a time and exfoliate your skin. Rinse with warm water.
Note: Do not use any equipment with copper, aluminum, cast iron or teflon finishes. 

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Monday, February 22, 2016

DIY- Sugar-LIp-Scrub

DIY Sugar Lip Scrub


- Measure out your sugar based off of how many you want to make. I like to fill my jar 3/4 full and transfer into a mixing container. Next I put in a little of the pink strawberry mica or lip safe mica of your choice. Mix up your sugar and mica until you achieve the color you want. Next add in your Golden Jojoba Oil and saturate the sugar. Don't add too much Golden Jojoba, see picture for desired consistency. Last add in a drop or two of your favorite flavor oil. Do a taste/ texture test and adjust to your preference. To use, rub on your lips and scrub to slough off dry skin. This is edible.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

DIY Basic Lip Balm

Basic Lip Balm Making Directions: 
  • 20% of your recipe should be cosmetic grade Beeswax
  • 25% of your recipe should be any cosmetic grade oil that is solid at room temperature (coconut oil, palm oil, lanolin, shea butter, mango butter, sal butter, kokum butter)
  • 15% of your recipe should be any cosmetic grade oil that is brittle at room temperature (cocoa butter, palm kernel oil, etc.)
  • 40% of your recipe should be any cosmetic grade oil that is liquid at room temperature (sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, hemp seed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower seed oil, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, etc.)
  • All terms of measurements are weights. Measure your recipe in ounces, grams, or pounds
  1. Weigh all of your ingredients
  2. Melt them in a double boiler until all of your recipe is melted (never melt over direct heat!)
  3. When all of your ingredients are melted you can add your flavor oil or essential oil to taste (start with small amount and add as needed)
  4. Fill your containers with lip balm (we recommend using disposable plastic pipettes)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Tiger Balm Recipe


5  grams  clove essential oil

13 grams beeswax

4  grams hemp seed oil
4  grams wheat germ oil

Combine oils & beeswax in a double boiler and melt over low heat, just until melted. 
Avoid over heating! (don't add the vitamin e oil in until later)
Weigh out your essential oils and add them to the melted mixture, as well as your vitamin e oil. stir together well & then transfer to the .5 oz ointment tins. Once they have cooled they are ready to use.
You should have enough Tiger Balm to fill five of the silver .5 oz tins. 

Tiger Balm is used for:
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Stomach ache caused by wind in the tummy
  • Stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Itching and pain caused by insect bites
Here are some of the effective ways that you can use Tiger Balm ointments;

Sprains, muscle aches, arthritic and rheumatic conditions

For sprains in your feet and hands, soak the affected areas in a basin of warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. Towel dry and immediately massage Tiger Balm medicated ointment, balm or liniment into the affected areas gently. For other parts of your body like your shoulders, knees or elbows, etc, it is best to apply the Tiger Balm after a warm bath. Alternatively, you can use a slightly moist warm towel to warm the areas before application.

Stuffy nose

Prepare a basin of hot water and place it on a table. Apply Tiger Balm under your nostrils. Use a towel large enough to drape it over your head. With your eyes closed, position your face just above the basin of hot water, making sure that the towel covers the basin. Breathe in the steam till your nasal passage clears.

Expelling wind from stomach

Prepare a basin of warm water and a towel large enough to cover your tummy. Apply a small amount of Tiger Balm onto your tummy and massage well into the area. Soak the towel into the basin. Wring the water from the towel, making sure that the towel is still slightly moist. Use the warm towel to cover your tummy. Repeat the process once the towel cools down.

Headaches and migraines

For fast relief of headaches and migraines, place a warm towel on your forehead. Apply a small amount of Tiger Balm  to both sides of your temple and massage well into the area.

Luxury All Over Cream

Luxury All over Cream

42   grams  Emulsifying Wax
30   grams  Stearic Acid
1.8  grams  Citric Acid
450 grams  Distilled Water

60   grams Mango Butter
42   grams Hemp Seed Oil or Wheat Germ Oil 

10  grams Liquid Glycerin
11  grams Sodium Lactate
9    grams Optiphen ND

4 - 6 grams of your favorite Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil

You will need:
87 ounce bucket used for melting ingredients in the microwave.
Stick Blender used for whipping your ingredients into the cream consistency.
Jar containers (this is thick & we recommend putting it in a jar) for your finished product.
Recipe yields 24 ounces of product.

1. Weigh out the ingredients in the first paragraph, remember to weigh each ingredient out and then transfer to your 87 ounce bucket. That way if you go over you are not cross contaminating ingredients when you put them back into the original container. 
2. Heat for 4 minutes in the microwave. Stir them with your stick blender & check to make sure the wax has melted & there are not any chunks. If there are chunks that have not melted continue to heat for 30 seconds until it has all melted.
3. Weigh out your second paragraph while your heating the first and have it ready to add into the 87 ounce bucket. Add your butters and oils into the bucket with your heated water & waxes. Using the stick blender stir for a minute. 
4. Weigh out your last paragraph and add it to the 87 ounce bucket ingredients, stir with the stick blender for a minute. Your cream will begin to thicken as it cools. 
5. Last add it your fragrance or essential oil and stir really well. The cream will need to cool down. I leave my stick blender upright in the bucket and start to clean up. While your cream is thickening periodically go over and turn the stick blender on to whip it. 
6. When your cream is nice and thick, transfer into your jars of choice using a spatula. 

I always wipe my jars out with a clorox wipe prior to filling.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Rebatching cold process soap

Re-batching Cold Process Soap
There are two main reasons you need to rebatch your soap: To fix a batch of soap that you've made a mistake on and it is testing too alkaline, or to use ingredients (dried herbs, exfoliants) that don't react well in an alkaline enviroment or tend to turn brown. I usually don't rebatch unless I absolutely have to. 
The first step in rebatching is to get the soap into as small of pieces as possible. If the soap has been curing for a couple of days, you’ll be able to use a cheese grater to grate the soap. If the soap is fresh out of the mold (too soft to even grate,) just cut it into small chunks.
You can use just plain water to help the soap melt. However, many people like to use milk instead of water. I like goats milk as it seems to help the soap melt into a smoother consistency.

A good starting place with a week-old batch of soap would be about 2 or 3 ounces of liquid per pound of grated soap. Start with 2…if it just doesn’t seem “wet” enough, add another.
The only problem with adding too much liquid is that the more liquid you add in the rebatching, the more that has to cure out of the soap before it’s good to use. 

Take your grated soap and put it into a crock pot or a glass oven dish that you can tightly cover.
Add the liquid and stir it up gently.
If you’re rebatching to fix (the problem) that you left out an oil in the original batch, go ahead and add that oil at this time too. If the mistake you made was not adding enough lye water solution, you can add that now too with two cautions:
  1. Don’t let the fact that this is a rebatch make you less careful with the lye – it’s just as dangerous.
  2. If you’re adding lye water to correct a mistake (again, knowing exactly what mistake you made,) go easy on water you’ll add for the purpose of rebatching. Depending on how much lye solution you’re adding, it may be enough to wet the soap and get it to melt. If it’s not, just add the water a bit at a time.
Set your crock pot on “low”. Set the timer for an hour. 
After letting the soap heat for an hour or so, open the lid and stir gently. At this point, you may just be able to mash it around a bit. You’ll see it’s probably starting to just begin to liquefy (to the consistency of thick applesauce,) and that the edges of the mass of soap are starting to get a bit translucent.
Gently stir it up and put it in for another hour or so.
After another hour, the soap will have liquefied more and will be more homogeneously translucent.
What you want is for it to be completely liquefied (or at least completely softened) and translucent. It will look like a big pot of soap going through a hot gel stage. Stir it up again, mashing out any big lumps, and let it heat some more.
In my crock pot, on low setting, this will take about 4 hours total. How much time it takes will depend on how warm your crockpot is and how much liquid you’ve put in.
When it’s to a consistency that you think it’s “pourable,” it’s time to add any additives (other than the lye solution) that you want to add. Stir it up well to make sure that the additives are well incorporated into the soap.
If you're rebatching unscented soap, add a little less fragrance than you normally would. 1/2 ounce per pound of soap is a good place to start.
Scoop or glop the soap into the lined mold you want to use, pushing the soap down with a spoon or rubber spatula, and tapping the mold on the counter to help the soap settle into the mold.
Let the soap set up for 24 hours or so. After that, you should be able to pop it out of the mold or slice it. Let it cure until it’s hardened completely. How much extra cure time you’ll need to add will depend on how much extra liquid you added.
As you can see it has a more rough, rustic look to it. You can get it to appear a little bit smoother with some practice.