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I’ve been at it again, messing up my kitchen, filling my house with fragrances, and overflowing my dining room table with finished products! I wouldn’t change a thing about it though — I am having so much fun!
This weekend I managed to make 5 things: Telangyn Peptide Lotion, Gladback Collagen Facial Serum Spray, Oatmeal Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, Facial Clay Masks, and Body Balms.
I think I am done now with making everything for my sister’s birthday visit, but I keep thinking of more things to make. Good thing there is only one more weekend left before I see her because I am running out of room!
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!
Time again for my weekly wrap-up! It was quite a weekend.
Friday night I made two soaps: Spearmint Patchouli and Carrot Ginger Orange.
Saturday I made 4 lotions – Dry feeling lotion, luxury facial cream, luxury facial lotion, luxury conditioner.
Today I made one more soap (Dragons’ Fire) and got my pictures taken and measured the pH of my lotions.
I’d say I had a great time! I love my weekends! And next week is a long weekend because I am taking July 3rd off work (the day before the US Independence day Holiday). So I will have a 4 day weekend! Can’t wait! Continue reading “What a weekend it was!”
It’s Saturday and I am at it again — making a mess in my kitchen.
Today, I made 4 different batches of lotions and every one of them (knock on wood) has turned out perfectly — exactly as I envisioned them. I love when that happens.
I won’t get a chance to get good pictures of the final products until tomorrow, but I took plenty of “making” pictures today! Continue reading “4 Attempts – 4 Successes – Perfect Saturday!”
Only one more day left of my vacation from work, so I am really working to get my “to do list” done. I had a list of lotions that I wanted to get done on vacation, but “complications arose, ensued, were overcome”. Due to my hot water heater being out for 3 days of this vacation, I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, but I did get most of my recreation accomplished. I feel refreshed (but not necessarily ready to go back to work). Oh well, one more day and it’s back to the grind again until the next one.
Today I made 3 lotions and I am very pleased with how all of them turned out.
- Anti-Aging Facial Lotion (I haven’t thought of a good name for it yet)
- “My Precious” Baby Lotion
- Molokai Cocktail Lotion
When I visited my niece last weekend, she made a special request for some more french green clay soap. She said she really enjoyed the scent and liked using it to wash her face. She was almost out and wanted more.
I am on vacation from work this week, so I have plenty of free time to fill, doing what I love. So today, I made a refill batch of french green clay soap for her.