|I have a notebook of recipes and thoughts so I am never without inspiration for a blog. So when I hit a recipe block, I turned to my trusty notebook. I find looking though that book with a pair of fresh eyes can really help. As I was browsing my pages of notes, I ran across a recipe Andee had wanted me to test. It was perfect and just what I needed. Come join me in the kitchen for some good old moisturizing fun!This recipe has several ingredients that will keep it from feeling heavy and greasy and will keep the skin hydrated. Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients and how they affect the finished product.
First on our list is Hydrovance. Hydrovance helps the skin retain moisture. The results in the skin feeling softer and smoother. An awesome way to tell how much of a difference Hydrovance makes to your lotion is to make a small batch with the Hydrovance and a small batch of one without. You will love how great your skin feels when you use the one with Hydrovance!
The next ingredient I wanted to look at today is the Isopropyl Myristate. Isopropyl Myristate is an interesting product because it reduces the greasy feeling in lotions, massage oils, lip balms and even creams! Since this lotion is intended for the hands, it is helpful to reduce the oily feeling of a lotion. I have found that while some people are more tolerant of heavier lotions on their arms and legs, they are not so tolerant of heavy product on their hands. I have found this especially true with men. If you are formulating for men in mind, Isopropyl Myristate is a must in your cupboard!
Weigh everything into a microwave safe container except for the extracts, Liquid Germall Plus, Vitamin E Acetate and fragrance oil. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Stir well. Allow the solution to cool. Add the extracts, Liquid Germall Plus, Vitamin E Acetate and fragrance oil. Mix well. Pour into containers. Enjoy!
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|Today I wanted to make the castor oil soap with no volcano. How does that sound? I am pretty excited to see how it turns out. Let’s head to the test kitchen and make sure our thermometer is handy!
To be on the safe side, I decided to not heat the castor oil and just leave it a room temperature. When I tested the temperature, it showed to be 69° F. I mixed my lye solution and gave it time to cool. When I went to mix my soap, the lye was 96° F. I didn’t have any volcanos or temperature problems. Yay! I love it when things work the way they are should!
I learned that castor oil is a temperature sensitive oil when making soap. Even with the much cooler temperatures, when I reached trace, it was like a thick pudding after having been chilled. I poured the soap into the mold. Later when I washed with the finished soap, I liked how creamy and smooth it felt but there weren’t any suds. One thing I have noticed is many people relate the amount of suds with how clean something is.
Weigh the Castor Oil into a container. Heat until warm. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Allow the lye solution to cool. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Enjoy!
|Yesterday I talked a little about Castor Oil. As I haven’t yet featured Castor Oil as a single oil soap, I thought we could fix that today. Are you ready to learn what castor oil contributes to you soap? Let’s head to the kitchen and find out!I had a little whoops when making the Single Castor Oil soap. I heated the castor oil in the microwave for two minutes. I stirred my lye into my water and without letting either cool, I mixed them together. A separate test told me my castor oil would have been about 200° F and my lye solution about 170° F. I had a volcano in my mixing beaker! I was to busy jump back to get any decent photos of the action but it sure made a mess!What was really amazing to me is that the soap was so hot it started to gel on the counter! I have never seen a soap do that. I certainly relearned the importance of checking your temperatures! I also learned that 5 minutes of letting things cool is much better than 15 minutes of cleaning up hot soap! Egads! I think I forgot my brain today!
Weigh the Castor Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat until warm. This took about 2 minutes for me. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Step back watch volcano. Scrape into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Enjoy!
|Have you ever received a jug of oil and noticed a haze at the bottom? Don’t be alarmed. This can be common. It just means that stearines that are solid at room temperature have settled to the bottom. This is normal!
Some oils can also have material left over from the filtration process. This jug of Castor Oil has both stearines that have settled to the bottom as well as some charcoal from the filtration process. While I probably wouldn’t use what is on the bottom of the jug for lip balm or other similar products, it won’t hurt if used in soap. The charcoal will only make the soap a little darker in color. Say… that reminds me! I don’t think we have made a single oil soap made with Castor Oil. Let’s try that tomorrow!
It is rapidly approaching that time of year for the HSMG Annual Conference. I’m excited to announce that Taylor and I will be attending the conference this year! We have had a few changes and we have discovered that we have two extra tickets to the conference. So… we have decided to give these tickets away to two lucky MMS customers. These tickets cover the conference attendance and meals.
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We have a lot of recipes on the blog for lip balms, lip glosses and lip butters. All of those are great but today I wanted to focus on flavor oil blends. I think it is the flavor oils that are the selling point for most lip balms. I’ll admit, sometimes I buy a lip product for the color but it isn’t often. I am more likely to buy if I want to try the flavor. Here is the opportunity to pick my brain for some fun or funky flavor oil blends!
Cherry Cheesecake. Doesn’t that sound just sinful? I think so. I love cheesecake and there is nothing better than cheesecake topped with warm cooked cherries in a sweet glaze. Yikes! I am salivating just thinking about it! I would probably do a blend of 25% Black Cherry Flavor Oil and 75% Buttercream Flavor Oil.
Another flavor blend I would love to do is Lime Rickey. I think Lime Rickeys are probably one of my favorite summer time drinks. I love the sweetness of the grape syrup and the zesty lime. Yummy! For a Lime Rickey Lip Balm, I would use 50% Grape Flavor Oil and 20% Lime Essential Oil and 30% of Sugar Baby. Without the sweetener, the flavor wouldn’t be well rounded or as enjoyable.
Have you ever made lemonade using honey? I have, and I love it! It is fun and unusual. I think it would be fun to make a Honey Lemonade. For a Honey Lemonade, I would use 75 % Honey Flavor Oil and 25% Lemon, USA Essential Oil. I think that sounds wonderful in a lip balm.
I love how winter makes flavored coffees spike in popularity. In the winter it is common to find me at a cafe nursing a flavored coffee and deeply immersed in a book. This winter I have found Butterscotch flavored coffees to be a favorite. I think a Butterscotch Coffee Lip Balm sounds sensational! Where do I sign up? For this type of lip balm, I would include some Coffee Butter in my formulation. I would also use 50% Coffee Flavor Oil and 50% Butterscotch Flavor Oil. This blend would also do well with a sweetener added and even some Natural Vanilla Oil.
If you are looking for something bright, fresh, herbaceous and a little earthy, I would make a Wild Spearmint Lip Balm. I would blend 90% Spearmint Essential Oil with 10% Basil Essential Oil. The Basil Essential Oil will add some spicy and earthy notes to the spearmint. It will make it seem like the spearmint is freshly picked from the woods without having been sorted or rinsed. This would be a perfect blend for any gardener or outdoors lover.
If you are looking for something a little more traditional, try a Creamsicle Lip Balm. Blend any Orange Essential Oil with Vanilla-Banilla Flavor Oil or the Natural Vanilla Oil for this wonderful treat. The best part is you won’t get any brain freeze! You could even add a little Buttercream Flavor Oil for that ice cream taste! I would try 25% Orange Essential Oil, 75% Natural Vanilla Oil.
What are some flavors blends you would like to try? Did any of these inspire you? What are your thoughts?
|Yesterday we made the Viscous Lip Gloss. It didn’t really set up and it was really clear, even after 30 minutes! Well when I came into work this morning I discovered that it had become more viscous and opaque! I guess I forgot to account for how much heat can build up in the kitchen during the day. I do have some important information that I have learned from this event. Well… make that two.
The first thing I learned is when making a lip gloss, if the kitchen is warm, it will take longer to set up. The second thing I learned is that this lip gloss will not pass the pocket test. This means that if put in a pants pocket, the lip gloss will melt and loose its viscosity. That means the best container for this lip gloss is a lip brush pen or a doe foot applicator. If I were making this for myself, I might leave it in a jar only if it was meant to stay on my vanity and be applied with a lip brush.
I also learned that observing a product/formulation over hours or days is just as important as the first initial minutes. What do you think?
|Today I wanted to make a thick lip gloss. I wanted something that could be put in a pot and applied with a lip brush or finger. I am a big fan of thick and shiny glosses. Come join me in the kitchen as we make a thick lip gloss!
The final lip gloss wasn’t as thick as I wanted but it was still very nice. This lip gloss was still a little too fluid for my preference. As you can see, the lip gloss was still very clear when set up. The lip gloss was smooth, and creamy and just a little tacky from all of the castor oil. If I were to make a thick lip gloss I would add some more solid oils. I just might dump these back and add 2%-4% of beeswax just to make things a little more viscous. I did not flavor this lip gloss, but you can if you are interested.
Weigh everything into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Stir well. Allow the solution to cool. Enjoy!
|The other day, I made the Summer Peach Lip Balm but I wondered if I could make the feel of the lip balm stand out and get noticed. I wanted a great lip balm. Come join me in the kitchen as we work to achieve greatness.
I wanted to have a peach flavored lip balm again but I wanted to change things up a little. I decided to add some of our Champagne Flavor Oil to give the Peach Flavor a little sparkle. I think it did so quite nicely. I know I will be making this flavor combination again!
I wanted a smoother, more creamy lip balm. To achieve this, I decided to increase the amount of Hydrogenated Soybean Oil. I think this lip balm turned out nicely. It was smooth and very creamy with a light feel on the lips. There was also a minimal amount of gloss.
Weigh everything except the flavor oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Stir well. Add the Peach Flavor Oil and Champagne Flavor Oil. Pour into container. Allow the lip balm to cool. Label and enjoy!
|I love peaches. As a kid my mom always had peaches in the house. Whether we had bottled them ourselves or they were fresh sitting on the counter in their fuzzy glory, we always had peaches. I remember making smoothies with peaches, yogurt, ice and maybe an orange or apple. I can’t tell you how many times I was caught answering the door with a peach smoothie mustache! My poor mother! How about we make a peach lip balm so we get that yummy taste without embarrassing our mothers? I think that sounds like a great idea! Let’s head to the test kitchen.
I wanted to play around with our new Peach Kernel Oil in this formulation. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how light the oil was in texture, think Coconut Oil Fractions or Squalane. It really is that light! I thought it was just dreamy. It also left a soft velvety feel to my skin. No complaints here!
I also used Hydrogenated Soybean Oil in this formulation. I wanted the creamy feel that Hydrogenated Soybean Oil gives. If you want a creamy feel but a firmer lip balm, I would try using the High Melt Point Shea Butter. That will firm this formulation up considerably while keeping the texture creamy.
I enjoyed the finished lip balm. It was really light in color, something that was unintentional on my part but I really liked that. Most of my lip balms are yellow or darker in color. I think I choose a lot of oils that are darker in color. I liked the different and lighter color that was a result. This lip balm had some smooth glide while feeling light on the lips. Perfect for those who are looking for a light lip balm. There was also a light, natural looking, dare I say shine, to the lips.
Weigh everything except the Peach Flavor Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Stir well. Add the Peach Flavor Oil. Pour into container. Allow the lip balm to cool. Label and enjoy!
Welcome back! Yesterday Andee featured our Argan Oil and I learned some things about Argan Oil. Did you? I loved the picture of the goats in the trees. That really made me laugh! Let’s head to the kitchen to make a foot cream with this wonderful oil!I had wanted to make a foot cream because our feet see a lot of wear and tear. Don’t try to deny it. Our feet put up with a lot every single day. I wanted a cream that would pamper the tootsies we make work so hard everyday. I loosely based this recipe off of the Book Worm Tootsie Cream that Andee made a while ago. Let go see why I chose the oils I did and then we can dive into the kitchen. Race you!I used the High Melt Point Shea as I wanted a thicker cream with a lot of intensity. With the High Melt Point Shea Butter, you get the same creamy feeling but with a thicker texture. A lotion bar or lip balm has a lot of drag where this has intense moisturizer without feeling greasy. This would also be a perfect cream for a man who has really dry skin.
I also decided to use Hydrovance instead of glycerin in this cream. Don’t get me wrong. Glycerin is a wonderful additive but it can sometimes be a little sticky. I was looking for a cream that was thick and moisturizing but not have a sticky after feel. Hydrovance is also a humectant that helps keep the skin moisturized which means the skin stays soft.
Another ingredient I used was Dimethicone. Dimethicone adds slip and glide while reducing any sticky feeling there might be. Dimethicone also imparts a velvety feel. I think adding a little Dimethicone to a lotion recipe gives the skin a new and regenerated feeling.
I also added a small percentage of Castor Oil to this recipe. The Castor Oil was intended to help build viscosity while giving the cream a very smooth glide. In smaller percentages, I find Castor adds a very creamy feel to formulations. This is part of why it is a favorite of mine when making lip balms and lip glosses.
I also added a variety of extracts. I love how the extracts can add some extra oomph to a lip balm, cream, lotion, body butter or massage oil. They really seem to go the extra mile. I added Sea Buckthorn Extract, Horsetail Extract and Chamomile Extract.
Shea Butter, High Melt Point
Horsetail Grass Extract
Sea Buckthorn Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil
Microwave Safe Container
|Recipe in Grams
350 grams Water
200 grams Mango Butter
190 grams Shea Butter, High Melt Point
50 grams Dimethicone
50 grams Argan Oil
50 grams Emulsifying Wax
40 grams Hydrovance
30 grams Castor Oil
10 grams Horsetail Grass Extract
10 grams Chamomile Extract
10 grams Sea Buckthorn Extract
5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
5 grams Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil
|Recipe in Ounces
12.35 oz Water
7.05 oz Mango Butter
6.70 oz Shea Butter, High Melt Point
1.76 oz Dimethicone
1.76 oz Argan Oil
1.76 oz Emulsifying Wax
1.41 oz Hydrovance
1.06 oz Castor Oil
0.35 oz Horsetail Grass Extract
0.35 oz Chamomile Extract
0.35 oz Sea Buckthorn Extract
0.18 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.18 oz Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil
|Recipe in Percentages
20% Mango Butter
19% Shea Butter, High Melt Point
5% Argan Oil
5% Emulsifying Wax
3% Castor Oil
1% Horsetail Grass Extract
1% Chamomile Extract
1% Sea Buckthorn Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil
Weigh everything except the Liquid Germall Plus, Oatmeal Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil and the extracts into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Stir well. Allow the solution to cool below 120 ° F and add the Liquid Germall Plus, Oatmeal Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil and the extracts. Stir well. Put the lotion into containers. Enjoy!