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Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« on: May 11, 2008, 01:24:32 PM »
Creamy Lavender Soap
 4 oz. olive oil
2.5 oz. coconut oil
1.5 oz. palm oil
1.12 oz. lye
2.5 oz. lavender infused water
1 oz. half-n-half
1/4 fl. oz. lavender essential oil
1/4 tsp. freesia fragrance oil

Add the half-n-half to the lye water after it has disolved. Make as normal. The lavender water should have the flowers removed before using. All ingredients are by weight unless otherwise noted.

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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2008, 01:26:06 PM »
Easy Crisco Soap
3 lbs. Crisco (1 can)
6 oz. lye
12 oz. water

Melt/heat the Crisco in a enamel pan and place on stove to melt and heat.

Place cold water in a glass bowl and slowly add lye while stirring with a wooden. Stir until water is clear if you can.

When the Crisco and lye are warm to the touch, pour lye into Crisco while stirring. Keep stirring until you get trace.

Trace is when it thickens to the point where you can drop some of the mix back in to itself and it leaves a trail. At this point use any herbs, scent, or coloring and stir and pour mold(s). This recipe fits nicely in an 8x8 inch container, but other containers, such as pringles cans or specialty soap molds work just fine, too.

Put molds in a warm, insulated place, let set 24 hours and then cut. Place on to rack and let cure for 2-3 weeks.

makes a nice hard soap that is great for your skin and it isn't oily either

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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2008, 05:16:46 PM »
Creamy Lavender Soap
 4 oz. olive oil
2.5 oz. coconut oil
1.5 oz. palm oil
1.12 oz. lye
2.5 oz. lavender infused water
1 oz. half-n-half
1/4 fl. oz. lavender essential oil
1/4 tsp. freesia fragrance oil

Add the half-n-half to the lye water after it has disolved. Make as normal. The lavender water should have the flowers removed before using. All ingredients are by weight unless otherwise noted.


for those of us who don't know how to make soap, what is the process that these ingredients have to go through to make soap?  the lavender soap sounds like something that would make a great gift.

I've done reading in the past about making soap, but I don't think that boiling animal fats really apply here.

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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2008, 07:35:49 PM »

Creamy Lavender Soap
 4 oz. olive oil
2.5 oz. coconut oil
1.5 oz. palm oil
1.12 oz. lye
2.5 oz. lavender infused water
1 oz. half-n-half
1/4 fl. oz. lavender essential oil
1/4 tsp. freesia fragrance oil

Add the half-n-half to the lye water after it has disolved. Make as normal. The lavender water should have the flowers removed before using. All ingredients are by weight unless otherwise noted.
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for those of us who don't know how to make soap, what is the process that these ingredients have to go through to make soap?  the lavender soap sounds like something that would make a great gift.

I've done reading in the past about making soap, but I don't think that boiling animal fats really apply here.


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There are many recipes on the web
Most soap sellers have changed the recipe to suits them best, by adding other oils for different types of skin.

Most dont tell their secrets once they mastered something great LOL

Heres a basic one for you..


Basic Oil Components


      40 ounces of olive oil
 

      31 ounces of coconut oil
   

      29 ounces of palm oil
   

      100 ounces - total oil

Plus:

30 ounces of distilled (or rain) water  if you want a creamy soap you can later add some cream to the batch before it starts to thicken.

14.00  to 14.78 ounces of  Sodium Hydroxide (Lye).  14.0  ounces of Lye is the minimum you should use. 14.0 ounces of Lye results in a 5% "superfatted" soap and would be a "dry skin" formula.  14.78 ounces of Lye is the maximum amount you should use. Using 14.78 ounces of Lye would be a "Normal/Oily Skin" formula.


Fragrance:  4 & 1/4 tablespoons
 of Lavender Essential Oil


Put on your rubber gloves and eye protection. Have rinse water handy for Lye that may come in contact with you. Better yet - keep a mild vinegar solution handy to counteract any spilled Lye. Work in a well ventilated area.

   1.

      Get your molds ready. Lay them all out. Professional molds are nice. Small dixie cups work OK and make nice little round soaps that look like cupcakes.. Any other kind of plastic tray molds (Tupperware) work fine also. A casserole dish lined with plastic wrap is also nice. Figure that a full batch (100 ounces of oil, 14 ounces of Lye and 30 ounces of Water) is about 150 fluid ounces. Read the containers you plan to pour the soap into. If they say "6 fluid ounces" - you're going to need at least 25 of them to hold all of your soap. Have extras handy. Get them ready.
   2.

      Pre-measure your Essential Oils and set aside. Some essential oils melt plastic. You might want to use a steel measuring cup for the essential oils.
   3.

      Stir the Lye into the (cold) Water. Set aside. Stir occasionally. Use distilled (or rain) water. Don't breath the fumes from the lye mixture.
   4.

      Warm olive, coconut and palm oils in a large pot. Keep the temperature at about 120 degrees.

When Lye has cooled to 130 degrees:

   5.

      Combine oils and Lye/Water mixtures when both are between 125 to 130 degrees. Stir with whisk for 1 minute. Add the dried herb now if you want them added.. Stir for another minute.
   6.

      Continue stirring occasionally until mixture starts to thicken - about 30 minutes. You can use a stick blender - for a couple of bursts. However, this oil mixture thickens fairly well without a lot of excess agitation. Add essential oils (warm essential oils if possible). Stir well one last time.
   7.

      Pour thickened mixture into molds. Use a ladle if necessary. Don't touch the soap with your hands. Use spatula to clean out pot. (note: If you are pouring into small molds, you'll want to start pouring before the mixture is so thick it's not pourable. For a single, larger mold, you can let the emulsion thicken somewhat further.)

That's it!

Leave  soap in the molds for 3 days undisturbed in a warm place covered with cardboard and a towel. Then, for soap in small molds, place soap  overnight in freezer. Pop frozen soap from molds onto white paper towels. Let dry in warm, dry place for 30 days before using. If you have used a larger mold lined with plastic wrap - you won't need to freeze the soap to get it out of the mold. Just turn it upside down over a cutting board, peel off plastic wrap and cut into usable sized pieces. Place the pieces on white paper towels and let dry for 30 days.

Curing the soaps for 30 days makes all the extra lye that is still there dry out and evaporate

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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2008, 07:37:31 PM »
(Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Scrub

Exfoliates and is very moisturizing but doesn't leave a greasy feeling. Before you turn off your shower scoop a small handful of scrub into your hand. Rub gently onto your skin. Rinse.

3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup ground oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 cup pure honey
3/4 to 1 cup (or to total saturation)
Oil of choice - I use Jojoba, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond
1/4 tsp Essential or Fragrance oil of choice (optional) Vanilla works nicely. Though this smells great on it's own.

Mix the brown sugar & oatmeal together in a large bowl. Now add the honey. Drizzle the oil over the mix. Mix well. When all your mix is saturated and sinks to the bottom of the bowl and you have oil on top you're done. Add your essential oil or fragrance oil. A six or eight ounce wide-mouthed jar works nicely. Spoon mixture in.

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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2008, 07:39:40 PM »
Easy Lip Balm Recipe - using Lanolin

1oz. Olive Oil
.3oz of Lanolin
.4oz of Shea Butter
.4oz of Beeswax
Flavor oil and Stevia for taste.


Melt beeswax gently over a double boiler (or in the microwave if no double boiler is available). In a separate container, heat the Lanolin oil and Shea Butter up until it is fully liquid. Add the olive oil to the melted Lanolin oil and Shea Butter. Combine the beeswax and all the oil, stir well. Add flavoring (if desired) and pour into containers.

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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2008, 07:41:36 PM »
Luscious Lip Luster

4.4 oz. Calendula-infused olive oil
1.7 oz. Shea butter
4.9 oz. Emu oil
1.3 oz. Beeswax

Melt beeswax gently over a double boiler (or in the microwave if no double boiler is available). In a separate container, heat the emu oil up until it is fully liquid. Combine the wax and all the oil, stir well. Add flavoring (if desired) and pour into containers.

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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2008, 07:44:16 PM »
Solid perfume is fun and easy to make and is a wonderful idea for a personal, hand-crafted gift!

For a 9 oz. batch (which will fill about 36 pots), you would use, by weight:

2 oz. Beeswax
3 oz. Shea Butter
4 oz. Olive Oil
.5 to 1 oz Fragrance Oil of choice

Melt all fixed oils together, and add fragrance oil to melted oils. Pour mixture into small jars or twist-up tubes and sell as a solid perfume!


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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2008, 07:46:25 PM »
 Lavender/Rose scrubs 

 1 cup sugar or brown sugar
    1/4 cup almond oil (or other oil of choice)
    1/2 tsp. vitamin E
    6-8 drops rose fo
    4-6 drops lavender e.o.

Instructions:

    Combine brown sugar and oil until it reaches a paste like consistency. Than add vitamin e and fragrance, package as desired.

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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2008, 07:47:30 PM »
that doesn't sound all too bad, so I might be able to give that a try.

But where exactly do you go to buy Lye?  It doesn't exactly sound like something you pick up at the grocery store.  I'm guessing the palm and coconut oils I can find there though.


Thanks for explaining the process to me.

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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2008, 07:48:28 PM »
     


Lilac Solid Perfume Recipe



Ingredients:

    1 part fractionated coconut oil
    1 part bees wax or hydrogenated jojoba MP 56
    Lilac fragrance oil (it is a good idea to have .5 oz for each ounce of fractionated coconut oil
    Individual lilac flowers cut from the bunch--if possible go for organic, you don't want pesticides! (optional)

Instructions:

    Put bees wax or hydrogenated jojoba and coconut oil into a non-reactive pan and heat on low until wax melts into the oil. Test the consistency by sticking a cold spoon into the mix. If it is too hard or soft when it cools on the spoon, add wax or oil. Stir and let cool until you can touch the mixture, but before it starts to harden. Stir in fragrance oil to desired strength. Stir again and pour into containers. If desired take lilac flowers and place them into the mix before it hardens over, they look the best when they are barely covered. I recommend using a toothpick or tweezers to place them. Another good way is to make a batch and fill the containers 2/3 full, let it harden, put the flowers on top and spoon another batch on top of them. This recipe can be used with other scents also.

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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2008, 07:51:40 PM »
You can make beautiful soaps another way as well
Thats called melt and pour

You get soap base from any craft store, you simply remelt it in the mirco or stove top, add herbs or oils and colour , pour into molds and let set, no waiting  for lye to evaporate out, soap is ready to use the very next day..

You can check out my site on glycerin soaps
amagicforest.com
 that way you get some ideas

This is very easy to use and great for gift giving as well.

There is creamy and clear, you can even add a picture to the center of clear soap or add toys to them as well


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Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2008, 07:54:58 PM »
My kids soap

remember the fish you used to win at faires?
now you can give that gift to any child.

Use a clear plastic bag, you can get a few from any fish store as well

add 4 oz of clear glycerin soap base melted, add some yummy scent and drop in a rubber or plastic gold fish,  leave bag open till harden then twist tie it close



 

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