There was a little experimental soap making on my mind ever since I thought a few weeks ago about adding Rooibos tea to a soap recipe. This weekend I took on the challenge! Continue reading “Experimental Rooibos Tea Soap with Diatomaceous Earth”
This soap was the shining achievement of my weekend! I am so happy with it.
I have made this soap before, and it is my new favorite, but I just started on my last bar of it in the shower, so it was time to make another batch. It should cure out just in time for my last bar to be used up. Continue reading “Rhassoul Clay Palm Free Soap Refill”
I occasionally make a goat-milk soap that is just “plain jane” (no colorants, fragrance, etc). It was because of the plain nature of it that I decided to call the soap “Jane“.
I have begun making my soaps palm free, however, so my old recipe had to be re-done. This one is palm free and I call her “Ethical Jane”.
I am short on words this week. I just can’t think of anything much to say other than what a lovely weekend it was! So I guess I will just dive in to the details this time, rather than waxing philosophic.
I have been tempted for the longest time to purchase some wheatgerm oil for soaping and lotion. I remember back in the 1970’s using Faberge’ Organics Wheat Germ Oil and Honey products and always loved how it made my hair feel. Finally I did buy some wheatgerm oil a few weeks ago! So this weekend, I made a couple batches of soap and a conditioner (more on that later). Continue reading “Wheatgerm Oil – Soapy Experiments – Daphne and Velma”
I got a chance to make a soap this weekend, and it was another palm-free one! This is my 3rd batch of palm-free soap and, although all of them are still curing (so I don’t know how they feel on the skin yet), I am really loving how nicely they are coming out of the mold after just 1 day! No sticking at all, nice, crisp corners, and good texture!
I also made 3 new lotions, all of them successes! I feel so accomplished!
Butterfly Dance Palm Free Soap
There is nothing “too fancy” in this recipe — just the usual suspects (Coconut, Babassu, Olive, Shea Butter, Castor, Rice Bran, and Avocado oils). Those are nice oils though, and should make a lovely soap.
I managed to get the INS values to a decent rate, which I am finding quite a challenge with palm-free soaps. In order to get them to be hard enough, you have to use harder oils and butters, but those tend to be less conditioning and more cleansing, so it is a tough balancing act to get decent numbers all-around.
- Hardness – 36
- Cleansing – 15
- Bubbly – 26
- Creamy – 32
- Conditioning – 60
- INS – 133
I used Hydrated Chrome Green Oxide, Yellow Vibrance Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Sunset Orange mica and Luster Black mica. I first did an in the mold swirl and then a little hanger swirl. I just plopped some dots of color on the top and added a little puddle of gold mica oil, then swirled the top layer with a skewer. I scented it with Nurture Soaps “Rock Star” fragrance oil. It smells like cotton candy to me — light and sweet.
It didn’t turn out exactly the way I envisioned, but I think it is still lovely. It kind of looks like butterfly colors, thus the name — butterfly dance.
Summer Shimmer – After Sun Hydration Lotion
I am not a sun-tanner, but my sister is. I turn twelve shades of “tomato” the minute I step into the sun, but my sister and her girls don’t have this problem. So I decided to make them a lotion for replacing moisture after sun exposure. I added just a little bit of gold sparkle mica so that it leaves a subtle shimmer on the skin (but without adding any color — just a few sparkles).
I used anti-inflammatory oils (Avocado, Borage and Shea Butter) and a ton of humectants (Glycerin, Sodium Lactate and Honeyquat) in this. I also threw in some Hydrolyzed Oats, Aloe Extract, Aloe Liquid, and Allantoin to calm the skin. I scented it with Brambleberry’s “Mango Mango” fragrance oil.
Frankin-Lav-On Foot Cream with Lanolin
I am a foot cream fanatic and now I am really in love with the scent of frankincense, lemon, and lavender. I recently made a similar facial cream with this scent and I just love it. So I decided to make thick, heavy, foot cream with this scent.
It has two butters – Shea and Cupuacu. I added Jojoba, and Argan oils as well as Lanolin (to really seal in the moisture). I also threw in some rice protein to help with moisture retention, three humectants, Allantoin, and aloe liquid. I put in just a touch of Dimethicone to help it feel less greasy and eliminate any “soaping effect”.
Since I used Cetyl Alcohol and Cetyl Esters, this lotion feels smooth, creamy, and velvety. There are no colorants, but it is a light lemon-yellow thanks to the golden jojoba oil and lemon essential oil.
I used it last night and it was wonderful.
Rock Star Lotion
I loved the scent of the soap I made this weekend, so I made a lotion to match. 🙂 It smells so soft and pretty!
This one has Avocado, Rice Bran and Sesame oils and Cocoa Butter. I used all three humectants again (I love moisture), and some hydrolyzed oats. This one was made with Polawax and Cetearyl Alcohol, so it is a little less “wet” feeling than the other lotion (Summer Shimmer), but it sinks in very quickly and feels protecting on the skin.
I added just a smidge of Kermit green Mica and Yellow Vibrance mica to give it a lime green color. It looks darker in the picture than it really is. It is more of a yellow-green – light lime green color.
Some time this week I am going to have to force myself to make some labels for all the lotions I have been making lately. They are piling up and before I forget what they are, I need to get the labels done and affixed. Labelling is my least favorite thing about making lotions — you have to really fit a LOT of ingredients on a tiny label. Not easy! Although it has taught me to appreciate making soap labels though — they are so much simpler!
I had a lot of fun this weekend making these little projects, and I really hope your weekend was just as great!
It was a fantastic long weekend for me, and I got 3 soaps made in total. I wasn’t expecting to be able to un-mold them for a few days, but for some reason, the stars all aligned and they were all ready to cut today. Continue reading “Triple the Pleasure – Cutting Euphoria, American Cream and Dragon’s Blood (2) Soaps”