Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I had a great time. I got to make rolls and pickled beets. It was a blast! There is only one down side. Beet stains. I had beet juice stain my fingers, cuticles and spots up my arms. Yikes! Today I wanted to make a sugar scrub that would help me conquer those stains once and for all.
I wanted today’s body polish to be a little stiff in the jar but apply smoothly to the skin. To accomplish that, I used a mixture of Olive Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil as my fixed oils.
I also added some Polysorbate 20 to this mixture. Polysorbate 20 makes the scrub a little easier to wash off rather than leaving a film of oil on the skin.
Lastly, I decided to scent this scrub with out Starfruit Fragrance Oil. Starfruit is a sweet, exotic tropical scent that is refreshing and fun. I consider it to be a must try!
Weigh the Olive Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Allow the mixture to cool below 120 F. Add the Polysorbated 20, LiquaPar and Starfruit Fragrance Oil. Stir well. Add sugar and salt. Spoon the scrub into jars. Label and enjoy!
I am not a morning creature. It is with great reluctance I emerge from the refuge of my covers. I think even my poor alarm has gotten weary of the great lengths it must go to in order to rouse me each day. The poor thing. I have the greatest sympathy for anyone or anything that must cope with me in the early morning. For as much as early mornings are a daily torture to me, I actually enjoy my morning ritual. (Once I am awake enough to enjoy it, of course.)
Every morning includes a cup of hot coffee, choosing an outfit, packing lunch and a hot shower. I adore my hot shower. I can forgo the coffee if I must but the shower is a requirement. It transforms me from a walking zombie to a cheerful, bubbly individual. (I am quite certain there is something magical about the water heater.)
While I normally apply a body lotion after my shower, there is something substantially soothing about using a massage oil instead. It become this good smelling barrier of calm that acts as armor throughout the chaos of the day. (It helps if you choose a scent you like.)
I decided on using the Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil. I find it to be a fresh, clean scent that is both soothing and energizing. I love it because I start my day smelling like I spent my morning rejuvenating at a spa. Too wonderful for words!
Weigh your fixed oils into a microwave safe container. I heated my oils for 30 seconds so I could make sure everything was fully mixed. Add Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil. Stir well. Pour into bottles and label. How easy was that? Now you have a phenomenal massage oil!
Making my own personal care products brings about an immense feeling of satisfaction. I take great pride in gifting friends and family with products I can say I made. There is just something amazing and incredible about the entire experience. It is like finishing your first knitted scarf, your first sewn pillowcase or even getting dinner on the table all by yourself. You just can’t wait to share!
Today is one of those days. While we are taking the week to feature a spectacular fixed oil, today is a great recipe where simple and magnificent blend to make a unforgettable lip balm. Due to how easy this lip balm is to make, this makes a perfect activity to kids and teenagers. As schools start up around the country, consider activities that allow kids to bond and express their creativity. Lip balms certainly are simple!
Besides featuring the Semi-Solid Shea Oil, I also wanted to showcase Olive Butter. It is a smooth, creamy product that I find absolutely sublime in lip balms. Trust me. This is one item you will want to try for yourself. You will find yourself wanting to use it everywhere!
Additionally I used our Root Beer Flavor Oil. It makes me feel like a kid again without requiring sticky fingers. Talk about totally awesome! Can anyone else hear what we have all said at one point or another? “Mooommm! You are so weird.” Who would have thought that phrase would come back to haunt me.
Weigh everything except the Root Beer Flavor Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. If you still have a few stubborn beads of beeswax, don’t be alarmed. Simply remove the container from the microwave and stir. The heat from the liquid oils should melt the beeswax.
Add the Root Beer Flavor Oil to the liquid lip balm mixture. Stir well. For here you can either use a pipette to fill your lip balm tubes or use a filling tray. Use whichever is most convenient for you.
I like using a filling tray when making 50 or more tubes of lip balm because they are simple to use and fast. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.
If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your lip balm during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool then cap.
Now label your tubes of lip balm. Allow your creativity to flow! You imagination is your limit. Enjoy your Root Beer flavored lip balm!
Today I wanted to make a medium weight body lotion featuring the Semi-Solid Shea Oil. I wanted it to be a little thick in the jar without being overly heavy or making the skin excessively slick. I was looking for something that would make the skin feel soft and smooth without leaving spots of oil on clothes.
Semi-Solid Shea Oil is truly spectacular at keeping the skin soft and hydrated. In this formulation, the Semi-Solid Shea Oil keeps the lotion feeling light while keeping the skin moisturized. This lotion is perfect for applying after a shower.
I also used Coconut Oil in this lotion. Coconut Oil gives this cream an easy spread-ability. When making a body lotion, I like to make sure that it helps with the application process, rather than slowing it down. Coconut does that due to its melt temperature.
Finally I had to choose my fragrance. I decided on White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil. This is one fragrance that I think doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. The vanilla makes it sweet and cozy while the amber makes it sensual and sexy. Ginger adds a hint of exotic while soft floral notes make it exquisite yet familiar. I think I might make this my autumn scent. What is on your list of potential fragrances?
Recipe in Grams
20 g Emulsifying Wax
20 g Stearic Acid
20 g Coconut Oil
40 g Semi-Solid Shea Oil
12 g Glycerin
2 g Liquid Germall Plus
2 g White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil
284 g Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.71 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.71 oz Stearic Acid
0.71 oz Coconut Oil
1.41 oz Semi-Solid Shea Oil
0.42 oz Glycerin
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.07 oz White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil
10.02 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
5% Emulsifying Wax
5% Stearic Acid
5% Coconut Oil
10% Semi-Solid Shea Oil
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil
Weigh everything except the Liquid Germall Plus and White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat in short spurts until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender, mix the lotion well. You don’t want to see any oil rising to the surface. If you do, continue to mix until there is no separation.
Once the lotion is mixed, allow it to cool. I like to come back every few minutes and stir it with a spatula. Once the lotion is under 120° F, add the Liquid Germall Plus and White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil. Stir well.
Once I have stirred in my preservative and fragrance oil, I like to scoop the lotion into a plastic bag so I can pipe in into jars. Think of piping frosting onto a cake. This makes it much faster to fill my containers and it minimizes the amount of clean up I need to do. I am all about quick and easy!
This recipe is loosely based off of the Bookworm Tootsie Cream. The original recipe is a wonderfully thick cream laden with loads of goodies. While I did want to keep the goodie laden aspect of this cream, I really wanted the Semi-Solid Shea Oil and Aloe Butter to share the spotlight.
The Semi-Solid Shea Oil is a spectacular product. It gives you the moisturizing properties of Shea Butter while being lighter on the skin. In this recipe, the Semi-Solid Shea Oil helps keep the cream from feeling too heavy while still pampering the skin. Talk about pure heaven!
Aloe Butter is a product I think everyone should try at least once. It is a thick, creamy butter that is just dreamy on the skin. While using it just as is, Aloe Butter can be a little heavy. That being said, it is a beautiful addition to lotions, creams and salves. In this recipe, the Aloe Butter makes the cream a little stiffer and ultra smooth. It give the cream a smooth glide that almost makes it feel like it is melting into your skin. Just dreamy.
I also added a little bit of Stearic Acid to this formulation. While this isn’t a product I use all the time, it is an item I like to have on hand. Why? Because it is a fabulous thickener/stiffener without making the finished product feel waxy. I use it anywhere from whipped butters to salves to lotions and creams. You can even use it in lip balms! I love it because it is an inexpensive product with amazing results. I love that a little goes a long way. If you are looking for vegan friendly ingredients, stearic acid fits the bill.
This formula also features a tiny amount of Tamanu Oil. While it may seem like such a tiny amount of material, Tamanu Oil is great at soothing dry skin. As we are making a foot cream, I wanted to add something that would help keep the skin from cracking, splitting and drying out.
Every time I make something in the blog kitchen, I find people stopping through to see what I am concocting. (It also means they have seen a number of misadventures.) As this cream was cooling, one gal stopped by. I offered to let her try some cream and she did. Do you know what that clever imp said? She said, ” I think you need to rub that into my feet so I can give you an opinion.” I thought she was serious! Sheesh! Now everyone is teasing me about how they could really use a pedicure.
Teasing aside, the staff loved this foot cream. While it does make the skin feel ultra slickery, it does keep the skin soft and hydrated. I would recommend wearing socks after applying this lotion. Don’t let this alarm you, this cream does its job very well. I would even use it on my legs and arms. Baby soft skin is just a jar away!
Recipe in Grams
30 g Aloe Butter
38 g Semi-Solid Shea Oil
4 g Stearic Acid
12 g Dimethicone
16 g Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
8 g Hydrovance
6 g Castor Oil
4 g Tamanu Oil
1 g Liquid Germall Plus
0.5 g Intense Almond Fragrance Oil
80.5 g Water
Recipe in Ounces
1.06 oz Aloe Butter
1.34 oz Semi-Solid Shea Oil
0.14 oz Stearic Acid
0.42 oz Dimethicone
0.56 oz Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
0.28 oz Hydrovance
0.21 oz Castor Oil
0.14 oz Tamanu Oil
0.04 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.02 oz Intense Almond Fragrance Oil
2.84 oz Water
Weigh everything except the Liquid Germall Plus and Intense Almond Fragrance Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat in short spurts until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender, mix the lotion well. You don’t want to see any oil rising to the surface. If you do, continue to mix until there is no separation.
Once the lotion is mixed, allow it to cool. I like to come back every few minutes and stir it with a spatula. Once the lotion is under 120° F, add the Liquid Germall Plus and Intense Almond Fragrance Oil. Stir well.
At this point I like to scoop the lotion into a plastic bag so I can pipe in into jars. This makes it much faster to fill my containers and it minimizes the amount of clean up I need to do. I am all about simple and easy!
I have some awesome news that I am super excited to share. I have over forty 6 oz size jars of Semi-Solid Shea Oil that are being sent to our shipping department. If you have never tried this incredible fixed oil before, you should really get in on this opportunity. That is right. You get 6 oz all to your self to try! This next week I will share a variety of recipes that highlight the wonderful uses of this oil.
If you want to get a jar of Semi-Solid Shea Oil, just leave us a comment in your next order. Our shipping department has a limited number of these jars so get one while you can. When they are gone, they are gone!
As the week draws to a close, I am ready for some time at home in my kitchen. While I don’t have plans for making soap or lotion, I was going to whip up a quick batch of lip balm before moving on to preserving and drying some of this yea’s harvest. I was planning on making the Strawberries and Champagne Lip Soother.
Here at the office, I am known as the lip balm addict. I always have a minimum of 3 lip products in my purse. As I type, I count 4 (make that 5) tubes of lip balm, 2 bottles of roll on perfume and one jar of lotion. That being said, I am not immune from over flavoring a batch of lip balm. One way you can avoid an over flavored batch of lip balm is to use the plate test.
We have featured the plate test on the blog before but it is such a useful technique, it is worth sharing again. You can use the plate test to determine color, flavor, texture and even firmness!
To do the plate test, grab a ceramic, glass, china or even metal plate. You want something that is cool to the touch. Place a few drops of your product on the plate. Wait for it to cool and solidify. Once it is completely cool, you can evaluate color, texture, and flavor.
If you want to make any changes to your batch of lip balm, you can do this prior to pouring them into their containers. If you make any changes, be sure to place a few more drops on your plate to make sure your finished product is exactly what you want.
It is a quick and easy method to test without wasting great gobs of materials. Isn’t that awesome? I think so!
I love perfumes. I have since I was a little girl. I remember the beautiful bottles that lined up like little dancers that both of my grandmothers had. One had her bottles lined up in the bathroom, where their crystalline bodies reflected in the mirror. My other grandmother had hers on her dresser, clustered atop a lacy doily.
I remember sniffing at each bottle and wishing I were old enough to have just one beautiful bottle of my own. Fast forward to today. I have several bottles of perfume on my vanity. While they do not sit on a lace doily, their classic beauty charms me.
So what do you do when you have purchased, made or been gifted a perfume that you absolutely adore but it is too powerful for an elevator compartment? If it is in a bottle that has a stopper or applicator wand, it is much easier to control how much you apply. What if it is in an atomizer or spray bottle? How do you apply a 1/4 (or less) of a spray?
One thing you can do is hang your clothes up and spray them from a distance of 12 inches or greater. It is hard to do when wearing your clothes but it is great because your clothes will release their subtle scent throughout the day. Your clothes will release more scent the more you move and the warmer your body is. This method is great if you are looking for your perfume to last all day.
You can also spritz a cotton ball with your favorite perfume and then apply it to skin. This method is great because it keeps the fragrance close to the skin. This is my favorite method for applying perfume when attending weddings, dinners and other social events. It keeps me smelling nice without a cloud of my perfume announcing my arrival.
Try spraying your legs rather than your decolletage. It gives your nose, and the nose of others, a little bit of space from the fragrance. (This is a great way to keep your perfume from being overwhelming when hugs are going ’round.) With this method the fragrance softly and slowly wafts up throughout the day. I prefer this method when I am in a dress or skirt and will be spending most of my time outside. Family picnics are a great time to try this method.
Another option is to spray your hair brush then run it through your hair. Hair holds on the fragrances very well. (Have you ever noticed you can smell your hair detangler long after your perfume has faded?) By spraying your hair brush, you avoid an overwhelming amount of perfume while still smelling great! This is my favorite method on date nights.
The last method is to take a cotton ball or even a sachet card and spritz the card. Extend your packet of sachet cards by cutting them into small pieces. You can now tuck a few pieces into your pants pocket or even into your bra. This provides subtle yet constant scent all day long, perfect for on the go or rushed mornings!
What other methods do you use for intensely scented perfumes? I want to hear!
Okay, so we have covered how to rescue an overly scented soap. What else can you save when things go wrong? Today I will talk about how to save a lotion from being overly colored. Let’s get started!
One thing I tend to rely on when working with a large group of kids are easy and interactive activities. They may range from making Peanut Butter Playdough to using one of our lotion bases. They keep the kids entertained and constantly learning.
A few weeks ago, I was showing a group of kids how to make lotion using a base. They helped choose our fragrance. (I found them clamoring for the Punch Party Fragrance Oil.) After we measure the fragrance into the lotion and started to mix, we decided to add some color. The options were yellow, pink and blue. They decided on blue.
Let’s just say one drop of color would have been sufficient for the 10 oz of lotion we were working with. I regret to say I don’t know how much color was added. It certainly enough to color the skin blue. Heavens above! What would the parents say if I sent their children home with blue skin. It would be a disaster to say the least.
So we scented another 10 oz of Head to Toe Cream and added maybe a 0.25 oz of our brightly blue cream. The bag was distributed and everyone took turns mixing. While I still felt the color was a little strong, the kids loved it and it wasn’t ready to turn their skin to smurf blue. (I tend to like ultra-soft colors. Colors so light they might be considered an off white.)
That was a relatively easy fix. As my chemistry teacher used to say “The solution to pollution is dilution!”
Okay, so I have made some doozy mistakes when making lotions, scrubs and soaps. While mistakes can be rather disheartening, the good news it that many are fixable. This week we will be covering a number of mistakes that can happen and how you can fix them! Come join us. This is one week you don’t want to miss!
So let me start at the beginning. When I make a mistake in my math, it tends to leave spectacular results. Anyone remember my conversion catastrophe? That was a mathematical disaster!
Anyway, as we have has a few days of cooler weather recently I started thinking about making soaps for fall. After all, one does need to make sure the bathrooms and showers are fully stocked with good soap. As I perused the fragrance collection, I decided on using Honey Almond.
I love the smell of Honey Almond. It reminds me of a fresh baked Almond Loaf or of a decadent Bee Sting. Both pasties are absolutely divine. These items always remind me of the days where the nights suggest impending fall yet the days still feel like summer.
I sat down and planned out my soap. I planned on making a 3 lb batch. I calculated my lye and my fragrance. I decided on a strong scent. For a 3 lb batch, our fragrance calculator recommends 2.25% fragrance. Or 1.08 oz of fragrance. I neglected to ensure I had enough Shea Butter to make my soap. (Some of you may be able to see what it coming.)
So I went to the kitchen and started to weigh my materials. I actually weighed my fragrance out first. Then I moved onto my fixed oils. I started with my Shea Butter and discovered I only had enough to make a 1 lb batch of soap. Just as I was finished redoing my calculations, the doorbell rang.
After coming back from answering the door, I got back to my soapmaking. Except I forgot to adjust my amount of fragrance oil! After all, it was already measured out.
I proceeded to make my soap. I remember picking up my container of fragrance and thinking “Gosh, that seems like a lot.” After I added my fragrance to my soap I was assaulted with an eye-watering cloud of Honey Almond Fragrance Oil. As I stirred my soap, I thought “I wonder why this is so intense. I don’t remember it being this strong.” I poured my soap into my mold and left it for the next day.
Fast forward to when I unmold my soap. The fragrance was still overpowering! So I went to check my notes and found I had not adjusted my amount of fragrance oil. (Notes are so critical!) Whoops! Now what do I do with this overly scented soap? This is way too strong to be elevator friendly, let alone bathroom friendly. So how do we fix this?!
Well, we can either shred the soap and make a confetti soap or we can cut it into chunks and make a mosaic style soap. I personally tend to prefer the confetti style soaps because I can quickly shred my soap and move onto my other projects. Choose whichever you prefer. Because I used almost 7% fragrance, I will need to make 2 lbs of unscented soap. (It is what I had planned originally. Sort of.)
I shredded my soap and place my shreds into my mold. I then poured my unscented soap over those shreds. Whew! A near disaster averted. Now just to wait to cut the soap. What do you think? Pretty cool for a soap.
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