I’ve Lost my MoJo!

This last weekend I made another lard soap.  I am getting the hang of the recipe formulation, I think, but am finding that it does take MUCH longer to be able to unmold the soap than my normal palm-free, butter-based recipes do.  Still, I can’t wait for the cure to complete so I can try out these new soaps and see if I prefer them over the butter-based ones.

Apparently, I have lost my swirl mojo.   The last few batches I have made haven’t produced the lovely, fluid, gorgeous swirls that some of my previous soaps have achieved.   I find this lard batter a little thicker and faster to “gunk up” than my other recipe, so this might be part of issue I am having.  I guess I have a little more tweaking to do with my recipe to get it “just right” yet. Continue reading “I’ve Lost my MoJo!”

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Glorious Lard!

Finally, I found LARD!   The much beloved, blogged, and admired soap making fatty acid!

For the longest time I have been looking for it, but have not been able to find lard or tallow locally.  HOWEVER, I was looking by the meats and in the refrigerated section of the store.  Turns out, it is not stored there.  They store it by the Mexican food on one of the international food aisles.

Regardless, I was able to score a couple of containers of it, so right away, I wanted to try to make some soap with it to see what all the fuss was about! Continue reading “Glorious Lard!”

Experimental Rooibos Tea Soap with Diatomaceous Earth

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”

Wheatgerm Oil – Soapy Experiments – Daphne and Velma

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”

What a weekend it was!

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!”

Thinking Geeky Thoughts

Just thinking out loud on a Monday night… you know — about fatty acid profiles of oils and butters.

Those of you who make cold process soaps are probably somewhat familiar with this concept, although it can be applied to lotion making and bath and body products as well.

Fatty acids are essential fats contained in our carrier oils and cosmetic butters.   They are called “essential” fats because our body needs them.  You may have heard of “Omega-3” and “Omega-6” – these are two types of fatty acids.  (You may have also heard of the Omega-13 if you have seen the movie “Galaxy Quest”, but that is off topic). Continue reading “Thinking Geeky Thoughts”

Brambleberry Fragrance Impressions

About a week ago, I placed an order with Brambleberry so that I could refill my stock of cocoa, shea, and mango butters.   Of course, when shopping at Brambleberry, I can never just stick to my list of items.  A few fragrances and other goodies usually “accidentally” fall into my shopping basket as well. Continue reading “Brambleberry Fragrance Impressions”