Archive for August, 2011

Tea Tuesday August 30

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Whew! Where has our summer gone? I can’t believe that we have started school already. The young kids are back and the buses have their flashing lights going in the morning. The college kids are back in town and the Saturday traffic is slow moving. The book stores, coffee houses and other hang-out places are full of chatter and warm bodies. Last night I was in bed at 9:40 and it was dark! The season is certainly waning. Later this week Andee will show you some pictures from our garden. This company garden takes up about 1/3 an acre and we all participate in planting, weeding, and harvesting. So far this year we have harvested beets, peas, lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, green beans, onions, zucchini and squash. We have bottled 375 pints of pickled beets. Yes, that is three HUNDRED and seventy five jars. We have some to stay in our company kitchen and the others have made their way home to the houses of our employees.

Along with the 375 jars of pickled beets, we have preserved 102 jars of apricot jam, 64 jars of green beans. Zucchini and squash are plentiful and we give it away daily. This is the only time of year I recommend locking the car doors no matter where you go. All church goers should be required to lock their doors or else you might find a basket of zucchini in the back seat! We have made zucchini bread, grilled the squash, made refrigerator pickles, had salads and I think I am ready for onion rings. Due to the late spring our corn is about 1 month behind typical schedule. It is coming along though! In the next while I expect corn and acorn squash to be coming on like gangbusters in our garden. Are you ready for some recipes? Stay tuned for the recipes for our delicious garden harvest meals.

Now that I have tempted you with words of our garden, I would like to invite all MMS customers to join in on Tea Tuesday. It has been a while since I have done a Tea Tuesday, the biggest reason is my wrists have been in braces for carpal tunnel. If you have been here, I am sorry. Braces are miserable! If you haven’t had your wrists in braces, then please prevent this injury in any way you can. Braces are miserable!!!! My computer is now set up with a voice recognition software so I can speak my email responses. I’m learning as it learns. I suspect that no voice recognition software knows the word saponification until it has been taught to the software. *Sigh*

So, if you remember how Tea Tuesday works, just jump to the link and send a note to me. If you can’t remember how this works, or you need a refresher, then follow these simple instructions.

First, I will only send tea to existing MMS customers. Thank you for being honest. This *free* offer gets put on relays and various scammer blogs and I get a ton of messages.

Second, today’s tea offerings are:

  1. Raw Green Bush Orange and Red Carrot Tea
  2. Raw Green Bush Mango Chili Tea
  3. Raw Green Bush Black Currant Cardamon Tea
  4. Raw Green Bush Plantain Coconut Tea

So… you are probably wondering how you can send your address to me. It is simple. Please go to our Contact Us page and choose the Community Pursuits radio button.

Remember to choose your tea AND write your address. Please tell me a little bit about what is going on in your life so I can send a note. While I can’t do a hand written note, I can speak your note and my computer will type it. Not the same as a handwritten note, but still personal. And who knows, it may even be more legible!!!

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Kid’s Play-Do Soap

Monday, August 29th, 2011
I don’t know about you but I love it when school starts. I love seeing the children scampering off of the bus heading for home with brightly color pictures in hand and ear to ear grins on their faces. I can just hear them bursting in the door, their back packs dangling crookedly from their shoulders as they tell you all about their day a mile a minute. What an image!

 

I can also imagine the mothers must enjoy the peace that occurs during the day while the children are at school. However, I think most people know at least one child who shows some anxiety to starting school each year. I remember I did! I wondered about how you could make school so exciting and friendly that kids wanted to go! I thought it would be nice to make a nice bright fun smelling soap that looked like it had been made with play-dough. I wanted something eye catching and exciting.

 

I decided to make this soap doing a column swirl. Have you seen any pictures of column swirls? I have seen some that are just geourgous! I just wanted to reach through my computer  screen and take them! That is saying something considering how many STACKS of bars of soap I have. (Please don’t ask me about the liquid soap, please don’t ask me about the liquid soap.) ;-)  I filled a small bottle with water so it would not tip and put it in the center of my mold. I sure had a great time!

 

For those who are not familiar with column swirls, let me explain them to you. A column swirl is where an object (I used a small jar) is placed in the center of the mold. Then pour the different colors of soap over the column. Change up the colors as frequently or often as it appeals to you. Once all of the soap has been poured into the mold, remove the column. Using a spoon or straw, swirl the soap into any pattern desired. Allow the soap to sit for 24 hours and cut. Allow for curing time.

 

With this being a play-do soap a bright yellow, dark purple, strong blue, forest green and a bright red. I didn’t want this soap to blend into the background. Well… unless the background is playdo. Do you think I accomplished my goal? Come join me in the kitchen for some brightly colored, child like fun!

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soy
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Water
Lye
Amethyst Pink
Lavender Fields
Mint Green
Ultramarine Blue
Yellow Lip Balm Color
Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Spoon
Soap Bucket
Pipettes
Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
6 ounces Hydrogenated Soy
5 ounces Coconut Oil
5 ounces Olive Oil
6 ounces Water
2.2 ounces Lye
.2 ounces Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Amethyst Pink6 ounces Hydrogenated Soy
5 ounces Coconut Oil
5 ounces Olive Oil
6 ounces Water
2.2 ounces Lye
.2 ounces Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Lavender Fields 

6 ounces Hydrogenated Soy
5 ounces Coconut Oil
5 ounces Olive Oil
6 ounces Water
2.2 ounces Lye
.2 ounces Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Mint Green

 

6 ounces Hydrogenated Soy
5 ounces Coconut Oil
5 ounces Olive Oil
6 ounces Water
2.2 ounces Lye
.2 ounces Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Ultramarine Blue

 

6 ounces Hydrogenated Soy
5 ounces Coconut Oil
5 ounces Olive Oil
6 ounces Water
2.2 ounces Lye
.2 ounces Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Yellow Lip Balm Color

Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated Soy
141 grams Coconut Oil
141 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62 grams Lye
6 grams Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Amethyst Pink170 grams Hydrogenated Soy
141 grams Coconut Oil
141 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62 grams Lye
6 grams Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Lavender Fields 

170 grams Hydrogenated Soy
141 grams Coconut Oil
141 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62 grams Lye
6 grams Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Mint Green

 

170 grams Hydrogenated Soy
141 grams Coconut Oil
141 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62 grams Lye
6 grams Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Ultramarine Blue

 

170 grams Hydrogenated Soy
141 grams Coconut Oil
141 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62 grams Lye
6 grams Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Yellow Lip Balm Color

Recipe in Percentages
25% Hydrogenated Soy
20% Coconut Oil
20% Olive Oil
25% Water
9% Lye
1% Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Amethyst Pink25% Hydrogenated Soy
20% Coconut Oil
20% Olive Oil
25% Water
9% Lye
1% Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Lavender Fields 

25% Hydrogenated Soy
20% Coconut Oil
20% Olive Oil
25% Water
9% Lye
1% Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Mint Green

 

25% Hydrogenated Soy
20% Coconut Oil
20% Olive Oil
25% Water
9% Lye
1% Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Ultramarine Blue

 

25% Hydrogenated Soy
20% Coconut Oil
20% Olive Oil
25% Water
9% Lye
1% Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
2 tsp Yellow Lip Balm Color

Weigh all of the oils in a single kit into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved for each soap kit. Add the Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil and color and mix well. Pour different colors over a center object into a mold, swirl and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!

Taylor

Finished Soap

Prepared Soap Kit

Mixing Blue Soap

Colored Soaps Ready to Pour

Pouring Soap into Mold

Pouring Soap into Mold

Pouring Soap into Mold

Pouring Soap into Mold

Soap in Mold

Swirling Soap

Swirled Soap

Finished Soap Ready to Cut - Top

Finished Soap Ready to Cut - Bottom

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Hurricane Irene – UPS Shipping Alert

Friday, August 26th, 2011

This morning I received an e-mail from our UPS representative about disruptions in operations along the East Coast. I’ve attached the text from the email for you to read.

Localized evacuations in preparation for Hurricane Irene are causing unavoidable service delays along the Eastern coastline of the United States. No pickups or deliveries are being made in the ZIP Codes listed below.

New Jersey North Carolina
08008. . . . . . .08050
08087. . . . . . .08092
08210. . . . . . .08202-08204
08214. . . . . . .08217-08218
08223. . . . . . .08226
08230. . . . . . .08234
08242. . . . . . .08245-08248
08260. . . . . . .08250-08252
08270. . . . . . .08401-08403
08406
27824. . . . . . .27826
27885. . . . . . .27915
27920. . . . . . .27927
27936. . . . . . .27941
27943. . . . . . .27948-27949
27966. . . . . . .27959-27960
27964. . . . . . .27953-27954
27968. . . . . . .27972
27978. . . . . . .27981-27982
28445. . . . . . .28460
Delaware Virginia
19944
19971
23336

UPS is committed to making every effort to provide service to all areas where conditions permit safe access. We are closely monitoring local areas to ensure service resumes as soon as conditions permit. Please continue to monitor ups.com and check your package tracking for the latest delivery status information.

The UPS package guarantee does not apply when transportation networks are disrupted.

If you have an order that you are expecting, please check your tracking number to determine the package location. We hope that Hurricane Irene doesn’t effect disrupt any more lives and that people are safe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us or send us an e-mail.

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Sadie Update!

Friday, August 26th, 2011
I have decided it is far time we gave you an update about Sadie. The little fur ball has gotten quite big now and her antics are the center of many discussions. Did you know that she cries and whines and yowls when people leave for work? You can hear her all the way through the door! Even though she has company of Leo and Kira, two adult cats, she can’t wait until you get home! She will wait at the door like a dog when she hears the garage door open. :-)

Do you want to know how much Sadie weighs now? She weighs 78.5 ounces! It is hard to believe she used to be smaller than a stick of butter. You can see in the pictures how big she has gotten. It is hard to believe she used to be fed every two hours! I don’t miss those sleepless nights. ;-)

I will be taking the camera home soon for more adorable Sadie updates!

Taylor

Aww! Look how cute.

Sadie next to a stick of butter. She is getting so big!

Sadie is thinks she has a new toy!

Can you believe she stuck her tongue out just for the camera? LOL!

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Making Lotion from Barbara’s Cupboard

Friday, August 19th, 2011
Today we will finish another week of answering Cupboard Challenge recipes! We will make the lotion recipe that Barbara requested to use lanolin. I formulated this fantastic lotion to meet Barbara’s requirements. Like yesterday, this recipe uses only 2% lanolin. This allows the lanolin to contribute texture without also contributing an overpowering odor.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Water
Lanolin
Sodium Lactate
Shea Butter
Aloe Butter
Emulsifying Wax
Avocado Oil
Optiphen Preservative
Lemon Sugar (type) Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container (Microwave Safe)
Spoons
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for finished product (I used the 1 oz Jar Set.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
9.6 ounces Water
0.32 ounces Lanolin
0.64 ounces Sodium Lactate
1.92 ounces Shea Butter
1.2 ounces Aloe Butter
0.8 ounces Emulsifying Wax
1.2 ounces Avocado Oil
0.16 ounces Optiphen Preservative
0.16 ounces Lemon Sugar (type) Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
272.2 grams Water
9.1 grams Lanolin
18.1 grams Sodium Lactate
54.4 grams Shea Butter
34 grams Aloe Butter
22.7 grams Emulsifying Wax
34 grams Avocado Oil
4.5 grams Optiphen Preservative
4.5 grams Lemon Sugar (type) Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages:
60% Water
2% Lanolin
4% Sodium Lactate
12% Shea Butter
7.5% Aloe Butter
5% Emulsifying Wax
7.5% Avocado Oil
1% Optiphen Preservative
1% Lemon Sugar (type) Fragrance Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the additives (Optiphen Preservative and Lemon Sugar (type) Fragrance Oil) into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add additives once the temperature drops enough that you don’t feel like you are burning your hands when moving the mixing bucket. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely. Cap the jars.

Yield: This recipe will make 16 fl ounces.

Notes: This is a light lotion that holds its shape easily, but will flow through a pump without difficulty. When first applied, the lotion feels light and soothing on the skin. After rubbing in for about 30 seconds, the skin feels like it has been rejuvenated without a oily residue. I think this lotion would be great for hand-crafters of various skills.

I hope you find someone who would enjoy this dreamy lotion. Enjoy!

Completely cooled lotion on my finger.

Weighed the ingredients.

Ingredients after melting.

Ready to start mixing with the immersion blender.

Beginning to mix together.

Mixing the lotion after adding the fragrance and preservative.

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Making Lip Balm from Barbara’s Cupboard

Thursday, August 18th, 2011
Barbara asked for lotion or lip balm recipes that used lanolin, but she wanted to mask the odor of the lanolin without using too much flavor.Today I’ll share a lip balm that I formulated to meet Barbara’s requirements. Since this was a simple request, I formulated a recipe that used only 2% lanolin. This allowed the lanolin to contribute texture without also contributing an overpowering odor.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Lanolin
Castor Oil
Beeswax
Aloe Butter
Cocoa Butter, White
Avocado Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Green Tea Extract
Sea Buckthorn Extract
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container (Microwave Safe)
Spoons
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for finished product (I used the 1 oz Jar Set.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
0.07 ounces Lanolin
0.53 ounces Castor Oil
0.88 ounces Beeswax
0.56 ounces Aloe Butter
0.56 ounces Cocoa Butter, White
0.88 ounces Avocado Oil
0.02 ounces Peppermint Essential Oil
0.02 ounces Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
0.04 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
0.02 ounces Green Tea Extract
0.02 ounces Sea Buckthorn Extract
Recipe in grams:
2 grams Lanolin
15 grams Castor Oil
25 grams Beeswax
15 grams Aloe Butter
15 grams Cocoa Butter, White
25 grams Avocado Oil
0.5 grams Peppermint Essential Oil
0.5 grams Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
1 grams Vitamin E Acetate
0.5 grams Green Tea Extract
0.5 grams Sea Buckthorn Extract
Recipe in Percentages:
2% Lanolin
15% Castor Oil
25% Beeswax
15% Aloe Butter
15% Cocoa Butter, White
25% Avocado Oil
0.5% Peppermint Essential Oil
0.5% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
0.5% Green Tea Extract
0.5% Sea Buckthorn Extract

Weigh all ingredients into your microwave safe container. Microwave using short bursts of time, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until all the ingredients have been melted. Do NOT microwave until the mixture is completely liquid as the mixture will be too hot to handle. The Beeswax and Cocoa Butter will be the last ingredients to melt and if you are patient, simply stirring will melt the remainder of the Beeswax and Cocoa Butter. Using a transfer pipette, fill your lip balm tubes and allow to cool. Try to not move the containers much until the lip balm has set to prevent accidental messes.

Enjoy!

Yield: This recipe will fill 23 of the lip balm tubes.

Notes:
This lip balm doesn’t have the lanolin odor. The lanolin gives the lip balm a creamy smooth texture that glides onto your lips and is reminiscent of the texture of a high-end lipstick. The peppermint gives the lip balm a nice flavor without being overwhelming. While I like this lip balm as the formulation is currently, I know some people will want a stronger peppermint flavor.

Enjoy!

Filled lip balm tubes.

Weighing the ingredients.

Melting the ingredients.

Completely melted lip balm.

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Making Lip Balm from Diane’s Cupboard

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
The last request of Diane’s was for a lip balm. I tackled Diane’s lip balm with vigor. She has some oils that are a treat for the lips, so this lip balm is a perfect pampering treat. As a review, here are the ingredients in her cupboard.

I used all of Diane’s oils in this recipe along with Beeswax. This lip balm has a great light flavor due to the Orange Butter so extra flavors are not necessary.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Lanolin
Green Tea Butter
Coconut Oil
Aloe Extract
Orange Butter
Wheat Germ Oil
Beeswax
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container (Microwave Safe)
Spoons
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for finished product (I used the 1 oz Jar Set.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
0.14 ounces Lanolin
0.35 ounces Green Tea Butter
0.53 ounces Coconut Oil
0.21 ounces Aloe Extract
0.71 ounces Orange Butter
0.71 ounces Wheat Germ Oil
0.88 ounces Beeswax
Recipe in grams:
4 grams Lanolin
10 grams Green Tea Butter
15 grams Coconut Oil
6 grams Aloe Extract
20 grams Orange Butter
20 grams Wheat Germ Oil
25 grams Beeswax
Recipe in Percentages:
4% Lanolin
10% Green Tea Butter
15% Coconut Oil
6% Aloe Extract
20% Orange Butter
20% Wheat Germ Oil
25% Beeswax

Weigh all ingredients into your microwave safe container. Microwave using short bursts of time, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until all the ingredients have been melted. Do NOT microwave until the mixture is completely liquid as the mixture will be too hot to handle. The Beeswax will be the last ingredient to melt and if you are patient, simply stirring will melt the Beeswax. Using a transfer pipette, fill your lip balm tubes and allow to cool. Try to not move the containers much until the lip balm has set to prevent accidental messes.

Enjoy!

Yield: This recipe will fill 22 of the lip balm tubes.

Notes:
This lip balm has a light orange flavor due to the Orange Butter but if you would like to intensify the flavor, we recommend using a sweetener like Sugar Baby. You can add different flavors to this lip balm to complement the Orange Butter. Try Chocolate Cream for chocolate covered oranges, Mango Mango for Island Smoothie, Peach for Fuzzy Navel, Champagne for Mimosa, or Vanilla Banilla for an orange creamsicle.

Enjoy!

Cooling lip balm.

Weighing the Lanolin and Green Tea Butter.

Adding the Coconut Oil.

Completely weighed ingredients.

Completely melted ingredients.

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Making Lotion from Diane’s Cupboard

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Continuing with Diane’s cupboard, I formulated a lotion that uses some of her oils along with other needed ingredients to make a moisturizing lotion. As a review, here are the ingredients in her cupboard.

As I mentioned earlier, I needed to add some necessary ingredients to make this lotion a worthwhile product. I used Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid, Hydrovance and Optiphen Preservative to make this lotion have that extra “Oomph!” This lotion is a great daily lotion with little drag and great soothing capabilities. Grab your equipment and meet me in the blog kitchen for some quick fun. :D

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Green Tea Butter
Aloe Extract
Hydrovance
Water
Fragrance of your choice (I used Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance Oil.)
Preservative of your choice (I used Optiphen Preservative.)
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container (Microwave Safe)
Spoons
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for finished product (I used the 1 oz Jar Set.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
0.48 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.32 ounces Stearic Acid
1.28 ounces Green Tea Butter
0.64 ounces Aloe Extract
0.64 ounces Hydrovance
12.4 ounces Water
0.16 ounces Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance
0.08 ounces Optiphen Preservative
Recipe in grams:
13.6 grams Emulsifying Wax
9.1 grams Stearic Acid
36.3 grams Green Tea Butter
18.1 grams Aloe Extract
18.1 grams Hydrovance
351.5 grams Water
4.5 grams Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance
2.3 grams Optiphen Preservative
Recipe in Percentages:
3% Emulsifying Wax
2% Stearic Acid
8% Green Tea Butter
4% Aloe Extract
4% Hydrovance
77.5% Water
1% Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance
0.5% Optiphen Preservative

Weigh all ingredients except the Optiphen Preservative and Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add the Optiphen Preservative and Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance once the temperature drops enough that you don’t feel like you are burning your hands when moving the mixing bucket. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely. Cap the jars.

Yield: This recipe will make 16 fl ounces.

Notes:
This light lotion has some body to it, but it would still be easy to put in a bottle with a pump. After asking several people around the warehouse for their opinions, the most repeated comment was “Light and moisturizing.” The gals in our shipping department were even excited to find that after applying the lotion, they didn’t leave oily fingerprints on the boxes.

I hope you enjoy this facial cream as much as I do. Enjoy!

Completely cooled lotion on my finger.

Begining to weigh the ingredients.

These ingredients are ready to heat.

Beginning to blend everything together

Completely mixed and hot lotion.

Cooling lotion.

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Making Soap from Diane’s Cupboard

Monday, August 15th, 2011
Today, we will start with Diane’s cupboard. She asked me for a moisturizing soap recipe as well as a lotion and lip balm that would use her ingredients in her cupboard. Here are the ingredients in her cupboard.

To begin, I decided that I would tackle the first request for a moisturizing soap. Since most of the oils in Diane’s cupboard are great oils with moisturizing properties, it was easy to formulate a soap to meet Diane’s request. Let’s head off to the blog kitchen and have fun!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Wheat Germ Oil
Aloe Extract
Lanolin
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Sodium Hydroxide
Water
Equipment
Scale
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Mold of your choice (I will be using a Rubbermaid Drawer Organizer #2915.)
Immersion Blender
Time spent:
Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water for each batch: 20 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time for each batch: 2 minutes
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture for each batch: 15 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution for each batch: 3 minutes
Pour into mold (total time): 90 seconds approximately 30 seconds for each batch
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
2 ounces Wheat Germ Oil
2 ounces Aloe Extract
1 ounce Lanolin
6 ounces Coconut Oil
5 ounces Olive Oil
2.25 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
6 ounces Water
Recipe in grams:
56.7 grams Wheat Germ Oil
56.7 grams Aloe Extract
28.35 grams Lanolin
170.1 grams Coconut Oil
141.75 grams Olive Oil
63.8 grams Sodium Hydroxide
170 milliliters Water
Recipe in Percentages:
12.5% Wheat Germ Oil
12.5% Aloe Extract
6.25% Lanolin
37.5% Coconut Oil
31.25% Olive Oil
q.s. Sodium Hydroxide
q.s. Water

*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.

Weigh fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Combine the scent blend in a beaker and set aside.

Combine the fixed oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. For me, this took almost 90 seconds to reach the thin trace. At this point, you can add any desired fragrances or botanicals to the soap. I poured the soap into the Rubbermaid Drawer Organizer #2915. I allowed the soap to sit until was firm.

The next morning the soap was cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.

Notes:
This soap has a dense silky lather and a barely there lanolin scent when being used. After drying my hands, they felt smooth as if I had applied a lotion. The soap is quite firm, but not rock hard either.

I like this soap and I think if you added a clay to the recipe, this would make a fantastic shaving soap. I would recommend using herbal or earthy type scents to work with lanolin scent as I doubt floral, ozone, or food type scents would work as well.

Enjoy!

Cut bars of soap.

Weighing the oils.

Adding the lye solution.

Begining to mix the oils and lye solution together.

Mixing the raw soap.

Filling the mold with raw soap.

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Mountain Man Cream

Friday, August 12th, 2011
Since I made that Mountain Man Bar several weeks ago, I decided I wanted to make a cream to match. I wanted to make a similar recipe to what would have been around at the time with a few modern modifications. (I will be using a preservative and an emulsifier.) This is a little different to my heirloom recipes as I will not be starting off of a historic recipe. I will be using materials (or similar materials) that were used in creams during that time. Come join me for this mountain man cream!

Spermaceti is an oil that was used in a majority of creams during the time period. I will be using Palm Oil as Spermaceti is no longer accessible today. Isn’t it wonderful that we have such a variety of oils available to us today?

Paraffin was also commonly used in creams. I don’t have any paraffin so I will be using Stearic Acid. Stearic Acid will help this cream become firmer without feeling waxy.

I also used honey in this cream. Honey is a humectant which means it helps the skin retain its moisture. Honey is also hygroscopic, which means it pulls moisture from the surrounding air. This is why honey needs to be stored in a sealed container otherwise it will collect enough water to the point the honey will begin to ferment. Great if you want a mead, not so great if you want the honey for creams, lotions or food.

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Beeswax
Palm Oil
Honey
Water
Optiphen
Siberian Fir Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Containers for finished cream

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
10 grams Emulsifying Wax
10 grams Stearic Acid
10 grams Beeswax
10 grams Palm Oil
4 grams Honey
154 grams Water
2 grams Optiphen
1 grams Siberian Fir Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
.35 ounces Emulsifying Wax
.35 ounces Stearic Acid
.35 ounces Beeswax
.35 ounces Palm Oil
.14 ounces Honey
4.69 ounces Water
.07 ounces Optiphen
.030 ounces Siberian Fir Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
5% Emulsifying Wax
5% Stearic Acid
5% Beeswax
5% Palm Oil
2% Honey
67% Water
1% Optiphen
.5% Siberian Fir Essential Oil

Weigh everything except the Optiphen and the Siberian Fir Essential Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Mix well. Allow the solution to cool below 120 degrees Fahrenheit before adding the preservative and the essential oil. Mix well. Pour into jars. Enjoy!

Note: This cream is very thick. I suggest that you avoid putting it in bottles as you will never get it out. Jars will work best. Ask me how I know. ;-)

Taylor

Finished Cream

Weighing Emulsifying Wax and Beeswax

Weighing Stearic Acid and Palm Oil

Weighing Water

Heated Cream

Mixing Cream

Adding Optiphen and Siberian Fir Essential Oil

Finished Cream

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