|Recently my husband was teaching me how to make Tomato Eggs, a Chinese dish that is common for lunch or dinner. As I learned to cook a new dish, I couldn’t help but wonder how a soap would turn out if you added an egg. Would it affect the lather? Make a bar of soap pamper the skin more? Make a better shampoo bar? To answer these questions, I decided that I should make a batch of soap with an egg.
Since I know eggs mix really well with oil due to my experience baking, I decided to remove 2 ounces of oil to mix with my egg. This mixture I will add when light trace begins. By adding the egg at this point, I prevent the burning of the egg proteins and acceleration of the soap.
Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water to form a lye solution. Remove approximately 2 ounces of oils from the melted oils. Add the egg to the removed oil and mix well. Allow the oils and the lye to cool to a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano especially since we are adding a temperature sensitive ingredient. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved. Add the egg and oil mixture and mix well. Pour into a mold 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!
Note: When you cut the egg soap it will have a stinky egg smell to it and we noticed a greenish discoloration in the center. This smell will go away after allowing the soap to cure! The color in the center of the soap will also go away.
|Many of you have been requesting Rhassoul Clay and I’m pleased to announce that we have finally added Rhassoul Clay to our catalog! This clay is a special clay because it is magnesium rich. Magnesium is not only important for our digestion and inner body, but our outer body also needs magnesium for skin that has a healthy glow.
I’ll be sharing a foot mask recipe with you to treat your feet. After just a few uses, I think you will have feet that are no longer dry and peeling, but refreshed and soft. Come join me in the test kitchen!
Recipe yields 260 grams or 9.17 ounces.
Weigh all of your ingredients into your desired mixing container. Mix ingredients together thoroughly. You may need to allow the clay to hydrate for 10 minutes to ensure everything is completely mixed together. Don’t forget to scrape the sides of your container, as you may have dry clay hiding in spots. Once everything is mixed together, fill your containers and then enjoy a relaxing time!
Whew! We made it to Friday. I don’t know about you but my week has been chaotic. I have been so crazy if you asked me when my father’s birthday is, I couldn’t tell you! Yikes! Let’s sweeten this week with a little giveaway! Are you ready?
This week the prizes are Pomegranate Flavor Oil, Coconut Lemongrass Fragrance Oil and our new Coffee Oil! I am giving away another sample of our Coffee Oil because it is absolutely scrumptious and inspiring! The winner of these goodies is Tammy. Congratulations!
Remember, if you comment any time during the week, you are automatically entered into the Freebie Friday Drawing.
|There is an early morning market that happens daily in my new neighborhood. Everyone gets up and goes to the market to get fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, grains, tofu, meats and even spices. The Chinese want the freshest products they can get, so it is easy to find produce that was picked just this morning. The prices are very reasonable. I got 1500 grams (3.3 lbs) of green beans for only 5 RMB! This is less than $1 US! It is fun to go to the market to pick the produce I want to use to make dinner each evening.
When I saw the spice vendor, I was impressed by the HUGE pile of Star Anise that was for sale. Anyone could buy as much or as little quantity as wanted. They were having a special sale because they had just brought in a new crop of the Star Anise. Spend 3 RMB ($0.50) and get 50 grams or spend 10 RMB ($1.60) and get 200 grams. Seeing this pile of Star Anise inspired me to make a batch of soap for those hunters and fishers as it is in the middle of summer. Come join me in the kitchen to make Chinese Star Anise soap!
Measure 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 oils and lye solution. Mix until thin trace. Upon light trace, add the Chinese Star Anise Essential Oil. Stir well. Pour soap into the desired mold. Allow to sit until soap is firm. The next morning 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.
Note: We noticed that the cut soap had a beautiful white swirly color to it when we first cut it due to the stearines in the fats.
|Yesterday, we made a liquid soap paste. Today we will turn that base into a nice scrub for the face. You can even use this method to create a mask! Let’s head to the kitchen!I added water to the soap paste to make it softer and smoother but I also wanted a very thick and viscous scrub. Traditionally when making liquid soap, for 16 ounces of oils, 24 or more ounces of water are added. I only added 14 ounces of water.
I added Ground Apricot Seeds for the exfoliant. It is very fine and at a lower usage rate, it perfect for a face or even body scrub.
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Scoop the soap paste into a plastic bag. Add the Ground Apricot Seeds and two ounces of water. Close the bag and knead until the water is completely mixed in. Add the water a little bit at a time and mix it in completely. Repeat until all of the water has been incorporated. Package into containers. Enjoy!
|I wanted to make a face scrub that would be perfect for cleansing and exfoliating the face. I could have used one of our bases but I wanted to dip my toes into the world of Liquid Soap. I have seen a lot of people make their soap using the Hot Process method but I wasn’t feeling ready for a complete revamping of my soaping style. Today we will be making a liquid soap using the cold process method so we can prepare for this scrub. Come join me!
I chose some oils to create some lather. I wanted the base to have some lather when you rub it into the skin. These are some of my favorite types of face scrubs. One of the first oils I chose for this soap base was coconut oil. Coconut oil is a wonderful oil to have in your soaping cupboard and mine in the blog kitchen is no exception! It adds lather to your soaps and great tactile properties to lip balms, scrubs and lotions.
I also used Olive Oil. Olive Oil also contributes a smoother moisturizing feel to the soap. When making a product for the face, it is important to be gentle to the delicate skin of the face. It is also important to moisturize to keep the skin soft, supple and healthy.
We will make this liquid soap paste today and then tomorrow we will use this base to create a nice scrub for the face.
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Weigh the oils 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. I let the soap sit in my beaker while it saponifies as tomorrow, we will be adding to it. Cover your container with plastic wrap and allow to sit until the oils have completely saponified.
|Apparently, one face cream formulation wasn’t enough for me. I’ve happily formulated another face cream and I think you will enjoy it! This face cream is actually thicker than the previous face cream, and this would be more of a nightly face cream than a daily cream.
This time I chose Sesame Oil for the smooth and creamy feel that it contributes to lotions and creams. Sesame also is very rich in nutrients that our skin loves.
I chose Avocado Oil because it is the one oil that is loved by all skin types. This choice allows the face cream to be truly versatile and pamper all skin types.
I added just a little bit of High Melt Point Shea Butter to help give the cream body without using too much Stearic Acid that would make the cream waxy.
I also chose the Green Tea and Orchid Extracts because both extracts are well known for their skin soothing and protecting properties. As my goal was to make a night face cream, these extracts are perfect for such a use.
Recipe: 400 grams or 14.11 ounces
Weigh all ingredients except the additives (extracts, Liquid Germall Plus, Vitamin E Natural, and Esme 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 additives once the temperature drops to 120 F in the mixing bucket. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely before capping.
Yield: This recipe will make 16 ounces.
Wow! Another Friday already! We covered so much this week. What was your favorite post this week? What did you like about it? I want to know!
This week, I will be sending out samples of our Blood Orange Essential Oil, Grapefruit Essential Oil and our Cherry Oil! Have you tried our new Cherry oil yet? It is a light oil that is almost clear in color. I am thinking of roll-on-perfumes or light massage oils. Try this dreamy new oil if you haven’t yet! You are sure to fall in love.
This weeks winner of Freebie Friday is Ping. Congratulations! I will see everyone next week! Don’t forget to comment if you want into our Freebie Friday drawing!
|I wanted to create a face mask to help hydrate the skin. With the heat we have been experiencing, it has be hard to keep the skin moisturized and soft. I finally got sick of dry, flaky skin, so I am going to do something about it. Will you join me?I used Polysorbate 80 in this recipe for its ability to emulsify water and oil. It will help pull any excess oil from the skin allowing to hydrate while the mask is on. While the Polysorbate 80 did exactly what I wanted, it is very viscous. Next time I make this, I will substitute the Polysorbate 20 for Polysorbate 80.
I also used Hydrovance in this mask. Hydrovance moisturizes the skin. The moisture helps the skin stay soft and supple preventing it from cracking and splitting. Just what we are looking for!
I also added Wheat Protein to this formulation. Wheat Protein also aids in moisturizing. I really was looking for an end product that would aid the skin in any way possible. Wheat Protein also has high amounts of amino acids and glutamine levels. Both of which provide properties that make your skin and hair feel good.
Weigh all of the liquids into a container. Slow add the clay stirring well. Make sure the clay is completely incorporated and there are no lumps. Package into jars. Enjoy!
|While I was in China I visited Guangzhou, a city near Hong Kong. I had gone out for some juice at a local market and was walking back to the hotel after it had rained. It smelled very earthy and woody but as I passed a little booth selling what looked like jewelry made of little long wooden beads, it intensified and also became a little spicy. At the moment I didn’t recognize the complex blend of all of the aroma, but after returning to the States, I found myself searching for a scent I couldn’t quite name. It was only after smelling a similar bracelet that was given to me that I recognized it. Come join me as I attempt to recreate that small booth with an American flair.
I saw and smelled a variety of aromatic woods while I was in China. I was given a bracelet made of aromatic seeds that is spicy, smoky and sharp. The sharp note reminds me of cedar. The streets smelled of these seeds, which were formed into jewelry and decorations, and cooking, and all other types of things I can’t describe. With so many of the streets having the odor of these aromatic seeds, it formed in my head that this is what China smells like.
After rummaging through the essential oil drawer in the blog kitchen I ran across several bottles that promised hope. Those bottles included Balsam Peru, Wild Spanish Marjoram, Helichrysum, Cedarwood Virginia, Black Pepper, Cinnamon Leaf, Coriander Seed and Clove Leaf. Now keep in mind not all of these ended up in my blend. These bottles only offered hope. In the end, I only used four of the bottles that I pulled out. They were; Cedarwood Virginia, Black Pepper, Cinnamon Leaf and Coriander Seed.
After deciding on a blend, I mixed a small amount. I didn’t want to have a large bottle waiting for me to use up. I find it is best to take a scent for a month trial run then go back for more. I think this is the best way then you can determine if the blend needs a little tweaking or is just perfect.
Here is my blend.
8 parts Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
9 parts Black Pepper Essential Oil
1 part Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
2 parts Coriander Seed Essential Oil
Mix up the blend. I made a total of 20 mL for my use. I didn’t want very much and a little goes a long way. The silver atomizer I was going to put this perfume into only holds 7.5 mL. For a usage rate of 2% I only needed .15 mL of this essential oil blend. I used 7.35 mL of Cyclomethicone for my base. I choose Cyclomethicone as my base because it dries quickly and it is light in feel.
I will be sending samples of this perfume to shipping. Are you excited to try it? Tell me what you think!