Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Member, shows how you can take your cold process bar of soap and make extraordinary by giving it better color, texture or herbs. To learn more on How to Enhance Handmade Soap with Creative Additives read this article by Staci.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
3 c Windmill Pods, Orange; 2 c Kesu Flowers, Natural; 2 c Chili Peppers (dried); 2 c Spina Cristi; 1 c Tilia Flowers; 1 c Curly Pods, natural; 1 c Lotus Pods, mini 1 c; Acorns & "hats" (optional); 1 c Corn Husks, torn into narrow strips, 1 to 3" long (optional); 1 c light-colored seeds (pumpkin seeds, pistachio shells); 1/2 c Mace; whole 6 whole Nutmegs, cut in half
1/4 c Ginger Root Slices or Pieces; 12 Tonka Beans, 6 cut in half ; 1/2 Vanilla Bean or 10 drops of Vanilla or French Vanilla Fragrance Oil, Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Oil; 10 to 20 3" or 6" Cinnamon Sticks; 10 to 15 Chinese Lanterns (sometimes called Japanese Lanterns)
Slit Vanilla Bean piece and scrape out the tiny seeds. Combine with Tonka Beans and Ginger Root slices in non-metallic container. Add the oils and mix well, cover and set aside or overnight to blend the scents. Add first potpourri ingredient to a large non-metallic container, add fixative/scent mixture and mix well. Add each ingredient, mixing with hands after each one, to distribute the scent. Top with Cinnamon Sticks and Lanterns. Keep covered when not "in use". 3/96
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
(Makes Two 4-1/2 inch cakes - 4 slices each)
1-1/2 lbs. White M & P Base
1/2 lb Clear M & P Base
2-1/2 tsp. Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Fragrance
1 tsp. Blending Vanilla
1 Tbs. Cherry (not Maraschino) Fragrance
Dash of Lemon Fragrance
1-2 Tbs. Finely Ground Oatmeal
Life of the Party Mold – AO52
4-1/2 inch springform pans
Melt 1/2 lbs white base. Add sufficient coloring to make as dark red as possible, add 2 tsp of Cherry fragrance. Pour at least 30 "cherries" in the mold (it looks like it makes two halves of a 1 inch christmas ball).
Allow to cool, unmold and set aside.
Melt 4 oz of clear base. Add 2 drops of green and 2 drops of red colorant. Will turn brown. Add 3/4 tsp of Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Fragrance.
Mix in oatmeal. Pour evenly into two of the springform pans.
Melt 1 lb of white base. Add a few drops (only) of yellow colorant. Add 1-3/4 tsp of OM&H Fragrance, 1 tsp of blending vanilla (will add amber glow) and a small dash of lemon fragrance.
Mist brown base with alcohol and pour creamy base evenly into pans - be sure to leave about 1/4 to 1/2 inch head room. Allow to cool about 20 minutes until surface is fairly solid.
Spray top of "cake" and bottom of "cherries with alcohol. Arrange about 15 cherries on each cheesecake. Melt 4 oz of clear base. Add red colorant to make deep red, add 1 tsp of Cherry Fragrance.
Spoon over cherries, covering them and allowing excess to flow around them. Allow cakes to cool about 30 minutes. Pop springform pan and enjoy.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
750 g Olive oil
450 g Palm oil
300 g Palm Kernel oil
100 g Coconut oil
35 g Castor oil
35 g Shea Butter
600 g Percolated Coffee[frozen]
231 g NaOH
460 g Olive oil
270 g Palm oil
180 g Palm Kernel oil
60 g Coconut oil
20 g Castor oil
20 g Shea Butter
270 g Water
138 g NaOH
17 ml Roast Coffee essential oil (dark soap)
30 ml Roast Coffee essential oil (light soap)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The e-book on Body Scrubs covers Purpose of Sugar Scrubs, Purpose of Salt Scrubs, Types of Sea Salts, Types of Sugars, Carrier Oils, Other Ingredients, Natural Colorants, Antioxidants, Essential Oils, Essential Oil Amounts, and Essential Oil Blends. There are recipes on Sugar Scrubs (Honey Dew Melon,Pineapple Brown Sugar, Pomegranate, Ylang Ylang and Orange Cocoa Bean, Sugar and Salt Combo Whipped Berry, Whipped Coconut) ; Salt Scrubs (Mango Lime Coconut, Deluxe Pineapple, Lavender, Honey Lavender,Rosemary Dead Sea Mandarin Calendula and Light Salt) and Solid Salt Scrubs (How to Make Solid Body Scrubs, Recipes : Basic Recipe for Solid Scrubs, Fresh Lemon Solid Scrub, Berries & Cream Solid ScrubSeaweed Solid Scrub, Solid Scrub in a Jar, How to Measure, Measurement Conversion Chart, Product Making Worksheets and Resources).
If you are interested in ordering in this ebook then go to http://joanmorais.com/joansbooks/sugar_salt_scrubs_JoanMorais.html.
The other e-book Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Skin Care ebook/manual contains current information on essential oils best to use for skin care and in body care products. Also included are easy charts to refer to choose an essential oil for skin type. For a complete title of contents and how to order, please visit http://joanmorais.com/joansbooks/aromatherapy_essential_oils_for_skin_care_JoanMorais.html.
If are interested in Joan's other e-books or classes, visit her website @ http://www.joanmorais.com/.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Check out these rather easy instructions by Sharon Neth, eHow Community Member, start creating and trading immediately.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I was surprised about the author's comment about how many people enjoy using dusting powder. I do not know what the statistics are, but I am sure babies and new moms would enjoy receiving this product as a gift. So take a look at the easy step by step instructions and take it from there.
How to Make Scented Dusting Powder Gifts
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
From Majestic Mountain Sage
Yield: Makes approximately 14 fl oz.
374 grams raw sugar
19 grams aloe gel
109 grams Grapeseed Oil
20 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
Literally a couple of specs of Purple Raspberry Color
Between 2-3 grams of Cranberry seeds depending on your own personal preference
Mix all ingredients together and pour into jars.
Scrub away in the shower. You will love this recipe! Don’t give any away for gifts, you’ll be cornered everywhere for another jar!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Yellow fabric scraps
Gather an assortment of mason jars or recycled jars from mayonnaise, sauces or other foods. Wash with warm soapy water and remove any labels. Dry with a soft cloth. Provide a jar for each person, if you are making this a family activity; otherwise, work with one jar at a time.
Cover the work area with old newspapers or a disposable table covering. Provide smocks or old clothing for children as this project can be a little messy, especially for little hands.
Tear the orange fabric into 1-by-3 inch sections. Mix a solution of one part white glue to one part lukewarm water. Dip the sections of orange fabric into the solution. Run the fabric through your fingers to remove excess glue as you remove the fabric. Apply to the outside of the glass jar. Continue working until the entire jar is covered. Overlap pieces as you work in a random pattern. Smooth any rough edges or wrinkles with your fingers.
Cut facial features from the yellow fabric and apply by wetting with the glue mixture and pressing into place on the jar. Allow to dry completely; let it dry overnight if possible.
Cut a section of black felt to cover the rim of the jar. Glue into place.
Insert a lighted tea candle or a miniature flashlight and display in windows, along the pathway to your home or simply set them on the front steps.
Monday, September 14, 2009
(1) Mix Dentritic Salt and Rose Essential Oil. Set aside.
(2) In a large bowl mix remaining ingredients.
(3) Combine the dendritic salt & essential oil blend with ingredients in Step 2.
Place 3/4 - 1 C per 3.5 x 5 Muslin Drawstring Bag. This recipe makes approx 45 bags with 3/4 c each. Recipe can be scaled down or tweaked to suit your needs.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Where to get your ingredients:
Ask at the florist shop for any discarded flowers, or dry out your own flowers.
Harvesting your ingredients
Handle your herbs and flowers carefully to avoid bruising them. Once the have been bruised you will have lost any value in them for their essential oils.
The best time to collect leaves, roots, flowers and seeds is in the early morning after the dew has evaporated.
Choose plants that are clean, free of any pests or diseases. Choose flowers that are newly opened.
*Always collect 4 times the amount you will need for the final potpourri mix as flowers, leaves etc will shrink when dried.
The drying process usually takes up to 2 weeks in general. There are two processes for drying flowers and herbs. * Keep in a warm dark place that has good air circulation.
Air Drying: Using a window screen works quite well. It allows air circulation around the plant material. Place the flowers and or herbs on a single layer. Do not pack them tightly together or on top of each other or they will decompose. Takes about one week to be completely dried out.
Hanging: Fasten together several small bunches, tie the stems off with elastics or string. Hang them upside down to dry out.
Storing The Potpourri
Store your "New" potpourri in airtight containers or plastic bags. Store in a cool dark place until needed.
Making the potpourri
To make the potpourri you basically need four main ingredients. Flowers & leaves Essential oils Spices and Herbs Fixative.
Click here for Potpourri recipes from our "STILLROOM"
Saturday, September 12, 2009
When washing bedding and linens, add some lavender water to the rinse cycle. Your bedding will have a light lavender scent (lavender helps those with sleep problems).
Use when ironing, spritz a bit of the lavender water on the items being ironed. Will add a nice lavender scent to the garment.
Lavender water can also be used as a beauty aid, try it as a skin freshener on hot summer days, a hair rinse, splash in the bath or dab around temples for headache relief.
Insect repellent, try it for mosquito repellent use as well as a mosquito bite itch helper. Lavender deters flies and other insects too.
How To Make Lavender Water – Recipes
Fill the glass jar with lavender and cover completely with vodka. Seal jar.
Place the jar in a sunny location for about 18 days, rotate and shake the jar each day–morning and night.
After 18 days, strain the lavender from the vodka and seal the liquid in a clean glass jar.
Use as needed.
2 cups water (distilled)
3 TBS vodka
15 drops Lavender essential oil
Mix the essential oil and vodka together then add water. Seal in a jar or bottle, keep in a dark place for 2 weeks before using.
Also check out the recipes here for rose water.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Although not as commonly produced as its substitutes, Peach Kernel Oil is found in higher end cosmetics, fine lotions and creams and makes an excellent facial massage product. The kernel, which is expeller pressed, contains up to 42% fatty oils and can be used in the production of an essential oil which is similar to the oil of bitter almond.
Common Uses of Peach Kernel Oil
Creams and lotions
Benefits of Peach Kernel Oil
Easily absorbed by the skin
Beneficial for sensitive and dry skin
PEACH KERNEL OIL TECHNICAL DATA SHEET
TRADE NAME: OBN 326 PS/R
CHEMICAL NAME: PEACH KERNEL OIL
INCI NAME: PRUNUS PERSICA
CAS NUMBER: 8002-78-6
IF you would like the EINECS NUMBER: N/A or Fatty acids composition % (GLC) for Peach Kernal Oil, visit http://www.oilsbynature.com/products/peach-kernel-oil.htm.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
We added a dash of titanium dioxide to this recipe to help brighten whites and add greater contrast between colors, if you choose to swirl.
For more information on swirled soaps, please visit our Swriled Soap pictoral.
Recomended scent: Juicy Couture type fragrance oil. Add 2 oz. to batch at trace.
Sweet Almond oil
20 ounces Avocado oil,
5 ounces Coconut oil, 76 degree
11 ounces Palm oil
5 ounces Sunflower Oil
20 ounces Distilled water, by volume: 19 ounces
Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) by weight: 8.45 ounces (5% lye discount).
OPTIONAL: titanium dioxide. Add 1 teaspoon water dispersible titanium dioxide to the lye-water mix. We used yellow oxide and chromium hydroxide green to make swirls in the pictured soap.
Click here for instructions on making cold process soap safely at home.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata
Common Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed/ExpressedColor: Greenish OrangeConsistency: ThinPerfumery Note: TopStrength of Initial Aroma: MediumAromatic Description: Very sweet, citrusy, fruity.
Possible Uses: Acne, dull skin, insomnia, oily skin, scars, spots, stress, wrinkles. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]
Constituents: Limonene, methyl methylanthranilate, geraniol, citral, citronellal. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 121.]
Safety Information: Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand does not indicate any special precautions when using this oil. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 219.]
Sunday, September 6, 2009
If you are a melt and pour soapmaker and you are wondering what are some of the ingredients in your soap bases, you may find the following:
Propylene Glycol – A natural humectant that acts as a wetting agent for certain ingredients. It assists certain ingredients to mix with water.
Sorbitol - A natural humectant that is used to improve the clarity of the soap.
Glycerin – A natural humectant and emollient used to improve the clarity of the soap.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLeS)- A very popular ingredient based on lauric acid. Lauric acid is the main acid in coconut oil and palm kernel fatty acids and is believed to have antimicrobiral properties. SLeS allows for better distribution of soap while cleansing. It is a foaming agent (increases lather), detergent (compound intended to assist with cleansing) and surfactant (lowers surface tension thus a grease cutter). Aids in the rinsability of soap. Is not natural.
Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) - A very popular ingredient based on lauric acid. Lauric acid is the main acid in coconut oil and palm kernel fatty acids and is believed to have antimicrobiral properties. SLS allows for better distribution of soap while cleansing. It is a foaming agent (increases lather), detergent (compound intended to assist with cleansing) and surfactant (lowers surface tension thus a grease cutter). Aids in the rinsability of soap. Is not natural.
Sodium Stearate – Natural cleansing agent which is the result of saponifying palm vegetable fatty acids with caustic soda.
Sodium Myristate – Natural cleansing agent which is the result of saponifying coconut and/or palm vegetable fatty acids with caustic soda.
Sodium Cocoyl Isothianate – Man made mild surfactant that is derived from coconut oil. It produces a dense creamy foam.
Triethanolamine – A man made pH adjuster. It aids in the clarity of the soap by neutralizing the excess free fatty acids in the soap base.
Water – A natural solvent for soap making and saponification process.
Sorbitan Oleate – A natural emulsifier for vegetable oils.
Sodium Cocoate – A natural cleansing agent that is the result of the saponifying coconut oil with caustic soda.
Sodium Laurate - A natural cleansing agent that is the result of the saponifying lauric acid with caustic soda.
Lauric acid – A man made cleansing agent and surfactant. It is the main acid in coconut oil and palm kernel fatty acids. Allows for better distribution of soap while cleansing, increase lather and helps cut greasy dirt. Aids in the rinsability of soap.
Titanium Dioxide – A natural opacifier. It makes white soap white.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
8 oz. gel candle medium
Small clean mason jar
½ cup candy corn (Plastic novelty eyeballs or wiggly eyes can also be used for a fun look)
Black and Orange Spool-o-ribbon
1.Melt candle gel in a large microwaveable dish at 30 second intervals until completely melted.
2.Slowly pour melted wax into mold. Allow to set for 1 minute.
3.Push candy corn or eyeballs into candle using a chopstick or skewer.
4.Refill mold to fill in holes.
5.Tie Black and Orange ribbon around base of candle.
Friday, September 4, 2009
My suggestion if you want to use decorative wrap (i.e. cigar bands, etc.) and want to leave a portion of your soap exposed, I would wrap your soap in cellophane wrap. This will keep your soap fresh.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Basic Lotion and Cream Making Online Class
November 14, 2009, Saturday, 10 am-12 noon
Learn to make lotions and creams in the comfort of your own home with this online class. Making lotions and creams with high quality skin care oils, herbs, floral waters and essential oils nourish and moisturize the skin. You will receive an e-book with all the recipes and current information and an e-video you can watch from your computer. You will also be part of a live online class on what you need to know to make successful basic lotions and creams. This is a great class to introduce you to the process of lotion and cream making. Class size is limited, sign-up early to reserve your spot.
details or to sign-up>>> or visit Joan's blog (http://www.naturalskinandbodycare.com/) or website (http://www.joanmorais.com/) for more information
4 ounces water-based liquid such as green tea, hydrosol, rainwater or aloe juice
1 teaspoon plain vinegar or herb-infused vinegar (lavender, rose, peppermint, etc.)
28 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops grapefruit essentail oil
2 drops geranium essentail oil
Place vinegar in a spray-mister bottle. Add the essential oils and shake. Add water, cap and mist clothes and skin. Always shake well before use. Avoid eyes and sensitive areas.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
What a ghoulish treat to give out!!!