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Title: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod 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.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod 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
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: willin on May 11, 2008, 04:36:07 PM

    more fun with lye. . .

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-lye9-2008may09,0,3103404.story

    http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080406/FRONTPAGE/804060413/1043/NEWS01
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: jcbanner 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.

Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 11, 2008, 07:16:17 PM

    more fun with lye. . .

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-lye9-2008may09,0,3103404.story

    http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080406/FRONTPAGE/804060413/1043/NEWS01

Is is no lye in the soap to hurt your skin, cause it all gets heated out Willin

Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod 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
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod 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.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod 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.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod 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.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod 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!

Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod 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.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: jcbanner 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.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod 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.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod 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

Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod 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


Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: willin on May 11, 2008, 09:23:10 PM
Is is no lye in the soap to hurt your skin, cause it all gets heated out Willin

ok, if you say so.

 * safety precautions for those not familiar with the properties of Lye.  .  .  
 do Not to use Aluminium vessels or utensils with Lye (aka Sodium Hydroxide, NaOH, Caustic Soda) as a strong reaction is possible.
 use gloves & protective eye-wear, sodium hydroxide can cause chemical burns & blindness.
 avoid breathing vapors or inhalation of lye in any form.

"better living through chemistry"
~DuPont


http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/s4040.htm
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 11, 2008, 09:53:20 PM
Thank you willin for the info
there is more lye in store bought soaps then in homemade soaps.
Its a fact that all soaps must be made from lye. In the olden days they used wood ashes, which is also lye as well.
But by the time you use the soap, the lye is gone in home made soaps.
thanks again willin
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 11, 2008, 10:05:55 PM
    DREAM PILLOWS

Combine together in a bowl:

1 cup mugwort
1/2 cup rose petals
1/2 cup german chamomile
1/2 cup of sweet hops
1/3 cup lavender buds
1/3 cup catnip crushed
1/4 cup peppermint

Mix the ingredients together
make cloth bags from a 5x12 inch piece of material
fill cloth bags with your mixture
sew the top of the bag shut and sweet dreams!
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 11, 2008, 10:07:02 PM
    Sinus Headache Pillows

Cut two pieces of material 10"x4" Making a bag , leaving one end open stuff your bag with the ingredients given after mixing well in a bowl

1/2 of flax seeds
1 part crushed spearmint leaf
1 part crushed peppermint leaf
1 part lavender buds whole
1 part eucalyptus leaf
1 part rosemary leaf

Stuff your bag with the mixture and then sew up the end.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 11, 2008, 10:08:49 PM

Make Your Own Natural Herbal  Toothpaste/powder

 

   1/2 cup Baking Soda
   1/2 cup bentonite clay powder
   11/2 teaspoon Myrrh powder
   1 teaspoon dried Raspberry leaf
   1 teaspoon dried white oak bark powder
   1 teaspoon flavoring herbs of your choice (Fennel
Peppermint, Spearmint, in powder form)
   5 drops Essential Oil of Tea Tree

   Yield: about 1 cup

    Pour the Baking Soda (soda reduces the acid level in the mouth. High acid creates tooth decay) and Bentonite clay  powder into a medium-size mixing bowl.  Add all the dry ingredients, including the Myrrh powder,( which helps to prevent periodontal disease)  to the Baking Soda/Clay mixture. Mix well with a wire whisk. Add the Tea Tree oil, again mixing well. Place a clean cover over the bowl, covering it completely. Let sit overnight. The next morning, mix well again . Package in an  wide-mouthed jar. It will last indefinitely if you keep moisture out of the package.

To use: Wet your toothbrush, then sprinkle a small quantity of toothpaste powder onto your brush. Brush thoroughly and gently in an up and down motion.  Rinse, Feel the natural clean!
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 11, 2008, 10:09:59 PM
    Lavender Body Powder

Combine together in a bowl:

1 cup of finely ground dried lavender buds (or lavender buds powdered)
1 cup of bentonite clay
1 1/2 cup of cornstarch
Lavender essential oil

whisk the clay and the cornstarch together,
add your powdered lavender buds, and then 3-5 drops of essential oil.
allow to sit covered in the bowl and then transfer to shaker jar. Enjoy your all-natural body powder
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 11, 2008, 10:13:05 PM
Bath Bombs

Making bath bombs is a blast!

You should have the fine or cosmetic grind of citric acid otherwise your bath bombs will not mold together well.

Place in a large bowl
2 cups of baking soda
1 cup of cornstarch
1 cup of citric acid
30 to 40 drops of fragrance oil
and a few drops of food coloring
(use pigments if you have them)

Mix together well and then scoop out 1 cup into a small bowl and add the coloring and the fragrance oil ,,, mix well.

Add this back to the large bowl and mix well.

Remove enough mixture to the small bowl for one bomb and mist lightly with a spritz bottle, just enough to hold ingredients together.
DON"T over mist , this is where technique comes in .
Press the moisten mixture into a mold,pack down hard.
Continue on in the same way.
If your molded bombs break , just moisten and remold.
If you have added to much water just add more dry ingredients to stop the fizzing.

Carefully remove the bomb from the mold and let dry out overnight. You can use candy molds, old containers, Glad throw plastic containers, anything that will hold a shape.

Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 11, 2008, 10:19:36 PM
Essential oil :

For dry skin:
Sandalwood
Lavender
Rose
Geranium
Patchouli
Chamomile
Rosewood
Orange
Palma Rosa
Tea Tree

For oily skin:
Lemon
Lavender
Ylang-ylang
Tea Tree
Cypress
Bergamot
Cedarwood
Juniper
Rosemary
Orange

General skin toning:
Carrot
Cypress
Juniper
Lavender
Marjoram
Mandarin
Tangerine

For relaxation/Anti-stress formulas:
Clary Sage
Lavender
Chamomile
Geranium
Rosewood
Cedarwood
Ylang-ylang
Bergamot
Rose
Rosemary
Juniper
Tangerine
Sandalwood
Frankincense
Petitgrain
Neroli
Vetiver

Uplifting/anti-depressant:
Bergamot
Clary Sage
Melissa
Geranium
Eucalyptus
Orange (or other citrus)
Peppermint
Rosemary
Basil
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: willin on May 11, 2008, 11:56:30 PM
Thank you willin for the info
there is more lye in store bought soaps then in homemade soaps.
Its a fact that all soaps must be made from lye. In the olden days they used wood ashes, which is also lye as well.
But by the time you use the soap, the lye is gone in home made soaps.
thanks again willin


far be it from me to discourage the use of soap,  i'd like to go on record as all in favor of hygiene!   
my personal preference is liquid castile soap(peppermint)  add a loofah,
 a hot shower & lovely Ms someone to wash my back and i'm in heaven.

 "cleanliness is close to godliness"

~


just thought anyone considering the use of toxic chemicals should be made-aware of the hazards and take proper precautions.

~
i once accidentally caused a commercial building to be evacuated when Muriatic Acid fumes mixed with solvents and created mustard gas (estimated to have been some variation of chloroethyl-sulfide).
but that's another story.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: renren on May 11, 2008, 11:59:53 PM
*pops head in*
Oh, it smells good in here!
Hi,Moira!
*reading*
Thanks, for all the info!!
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Magister on May 12, 2008, 08:33:22 AM
Should be the first post, but you guys are just too fast for me. :)

Welcome to the RF.com Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making Thread


This thread is for everyone to post their favorite recipes. It doesn't matter if it is for soap, lotion, bath salts, or other personal care products. As usual, just a few rules to help keep everything straight.

Rules for Posting


1. This thread is for recipes and related questions ONLY. Please do not post random comments not about the recipes, or chat in this thread. Your post will be deleted.

2. Please be respectful of those that take the time to post their recipes, and experience.

3. Have Fun!

Mag
Crafting Forum Moderator
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Lavender on May 12, 2008, 04:57:43 PM
Home crafted bath salts are really easy to make. 

1/2 cup Epsom's salt
1/2 cup fine sea salt
1 oz almond oil
and about 20 drops of essential oil
food coloring , if used, should be used sparingly

mix all the ingredients together in a Ziploc bag and let cure for a couple weeks.


Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 12, 2008, 05:52:29 PM
I agree, very easy to make, but use soap dye or coloring, cause at times the food coloring will stain your skin, so yes your right about using it sparingly for sure...
I had a friend who used red food coloring, and she used like 10 drops, well her skin was red for days lol

try adding vit. E to that as well, it smooths your skin

and always make sure that they are not allergenic to nuts before using almond oils..

Always check before using eo's,  cause many of them you cant use if your preggos, or on kids, and so on. Some are very harmful to your skin.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Magister on May 12, 2008, 06:35:00 PM
Moderator Update

I've had a few people express concerns that this thread may potentially out grow it's ability to handle all the different types of products that can be made - Lotions, Soaps, Bath Salts, you name it. 

As fast as you all are filling this thread up, I do see that as a real possibility.  However, for right now, let's try to keep it all here.  If it really starts to look like it needs to be broken out we'll do it.  Let's give it a few weeks and see how it goes.

I'll start a new thread for Candlemaking tonight.  That way it will at least not be tempted to get in here too.

- Mag
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 12, 2008, 07:27:33 PM
Fizzy Lavender Bath Salts

    * bathsponge (1K) 2 cups epsom salts
    * 1 cup baking soda
    * ½ cup citric acid
    * optional: equal parts red and blue food coloring
    * 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil

Combine epsom salts with baking soda, then stir in enough food coloring and drops of essential oil to achieve the desired color and scent. Mix very well, then add citric acid and stir again, very thoroughly. Bottle and store in a dry location.

Fizzy Patchouli Bath Salts

    * bathsponge (1K)1 cup cornstarch
    * 1 cup citric acid
    * 2 cups baking soda
    * patchouli essential oil or patchouli fragrance oil

Patchouli is a strong, earthy fragrance, derived from the leaves of the patchouli plant, that is used as a sensual base note in many expensive commercial perfumes. It's also a fragrance associated with hippy boutiques in the seventies. Use sparingly - a little patchouli goes a long way!

Thoroughly mix constarch and citric acid, then add patchouli essential oil or fragrance oil, as desired. Stir in baking soda and mix thoroughly. Use a quarter to one half a cup per bath.

Easy Fizzy Bath Salts

    * bathsponge (1K)2 cups baking soda
    * 1 cup citric acid
    * 1 cup cornstarch
    * optional: food color and essential oil

If you are using food coloring and essential oil, mix the two together, then add to baking soda and stir until color is distributed evenly. Mix together citric acid and cornstarch, then stir in baking soda and mix together thoroughly.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 12, 2008, 07:29:41 PM
SALT GLOW
1/2 C Dead Sea Salt - Fine
1/2 C EuroSpa Sea Salt - Fine
4oz Grapeseed Oil (1/2 cup)
2oz Avocado Oil (1/4 cup)
1 T d-alpha Tocopheral Vitamin E
20-30 drops Essentil Oil Blend

Mix Salts together, set aside. Mix all oils together. Pour oils mixture into storage jar. Jar should be glass or PET and have an airtight seal. Slowly add salt and mix well.

Salt Glow should be stored in cool dark place to maximize shelf life. Adding a drop or two of Rosemary Essential Oil will help to preserve your scrubs.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 12, 2008, 07:31:00 PM
BATH TEAS
1/2 C Breton Brut
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Dried Lavender Buds
Dried Chamomile Flowers
Large 3x5 inch tea bags
(can substitute tea bags with Organza Bags or Muslin Bags)

Add essential oil to salt and mix well. Add dried herbs and stir to combine. Fill each tea bag with approx 4oz of mixture, Package individually in plastic to seal in the scent.

To Use: Simply toss one bag into warm bath water. As the tea bag seeps the salts will melt and the fragrance from the essential oils and herbs will disperse. When done, throw the tea bag away!
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 12, 2008, 07:34:18 PM
Homemade Baby Wipes

1/2 roll of paper towels (cut in half to make short rolls)
1/8-1/4 c. baby shampoo
1/8-1/4 c. baby oil
2 cups lukewarm water
1 plastic container that the rolls fit in

Cut roll in half and remove center cardboard. In Baby Wipe Container, mix liquid ingred. and place half of roll in container. Place on lid and tip upside down. To use, pull out from center.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 12, 2008, 07:35:20 PM
Aches & Itches Bath Salt Recipe



  1/2 cup baking soda
  1/2 cup dry milk
  1 cup epsom salt
  1 cup sea salt

Mix all ingredients together in a large ziploc bag.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 12, 2008, 07:39:09 PM
 SoapCrayons

1 c Soap flakes
soap dye or colour
2 tb Hot water

Have one large bowl and several small bowls, one for each color. You will also need an ice cube tray with different sections, or containers to act as small molds.

Put soap flakes in a large bowl and drop the hot water into the soap flakes, stirring constantly. The mixture will be extremely thick and hard to stir.

Spoon some of the soap into each of the small bowls and color each separately, adding the color by drops until the soap has the consistency of a very thick paste.

Press spoonfuls of the soap into your molds and set the crayons in a dry place to harden. They should take a few days to a week to dry completely.

When dry, remove from the molds and allow to dry for a few more days before using.

makes 20 crayons
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 12, 2008, 07:40:22 PM
 Grapefruit Mask

1 teaspoon grapefruit juice
 1 teaspoon sour cream
 1 egg white

PREPARATION:
Beat egg white until it is fluffy, add sour cream and grapfruit juice and blend well. Apply to face for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: knarlyknot on May 13, 2008, 10:56:29 AM
Moiramcleod,
      Thank you so much for all these recipes, I've really enjoyed them, now I just need to try my hand at making a few of them! ;D

Knarlyknot
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Lady Rae on May 13, 2008, 11:21:40 AM
Quote
BATH TEAS
1/2 C Breton Brut
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Dried Lavender Buds
Dried Chamomile Flowers
Large 3x5 inch tea bags
(can substitute tea bags with Organza Bags or Muslin Bags)

Add essential oil to salt and mix well. Add dried herbs and stir to combine. Fill each tea bag with approx 4oz of mixture, Package individually in plastic to seal in the scent.

To Use: Simply toss one bag into warm bath water. As the tea bag seeps the salts will melt and the fragrance from the essential oils and herbs will disperse. When done, throw the tea bag away!

I love the sound of this...but...how much salt?  Or is that what 'breton brut' is?
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 13, 2008, 03:09:44 PM
Oh i am so sorry... its a type of sea salt..

You can use any sea salt that is cheap and handi

Yes 1/2 cup sea salt

you can use the sea salt table kind too if you want..

I sell lots of herbal tea bags.. Mine look just like over sized tea bags lol

But any muslin bags work great too..

Use as much as you want of the herbs,  but only a few drops of orange EO

always look up the EO your going to use..There are some you cant use if your with child.

If you dont want to use EO's you can always pick up soap scents, from michaels or any craft store. But please dont use candle scents for body and bath.

EO= Essential oils
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 16, 2008, 01:21:12 AM
perfume creme

you will need

 5ml Jojoba oil - 30 ml Almond oil - 7.5 gr Beeswax - 7.5 ml Essential oils or fragrance of your choice



        Put a small bowl, preferably glass or stainless steel, into a saucepan filled with hot water

        Pour jojoba oil and almond oil in to the bowl and mix well. Add beeswax and stir until beeswax has dissolved. Remove bowl from saucepan and add essential oils or fragrance while stirring continously.

        Continue to stir while the mixture cools down. Pour in to suitable small jars as soon as it starts to thicken. Put lids tightly on jars once your perfume creme has cooled down completely and label. Now let the jars rest in a cool, dark place for 2-3 weeks.

 Try to experiment with different essential oils and fragrances. A nice one to start with using essential oils would be: 10 drops Petitgrain Paraguay, 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Bergamot, 5 drops Olibanum (Frankincense).
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 16, 2008, 01:25:59 AM
baby massage oil

Mild, delightfully scented massage oil for babies and children. It is - of course - also suitable for adults.

Ingredients: - 50 ml Almond oil - 4 drops Lemon essential oil - 10 drops Mandarine essential oil - 10 drops Orange essential oil

Preparation:

Put all ingredients in to a small bottle and shake well.
Do not use essential oils in higher concentration than suggested above

Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 16, 2008, 01:28:44 AM
Jasmine Hand & Body Lotion

        ¼ cup apricot kernel oil
        1 tsp. Beeswax
        1 tsp. Cocoa butter
        1 tsp. Coconut oil
        ¼ cup distilled water
        1 tsp. Aloe vera gel
        ½ tsp. Glycerin
        5 drops jasmine fragrance oil

Melt the butter blend in the oil over low heat then allow to cool. Measure the water, aloe vera gel and glycerin into a deep bowl. Slowly drizzle in a small amount of the oil mixture and beat vigorously with a wire whisk. Continue to drizzle and beat until all the oil is blended into the water. Stir in five drops of jasmine fragrance. Pour into a container, label and enjoy.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 16, 2008, 01:31:09 AM
Peaches & Cream Moisturizing Lotion

Peel and mash one very ripe peach. Strain through a sieve to extract all the juice. Mix peach juice with an equal quantity of fresh cream. Keep refrigerated.

High Protein Moisturizer

Beat 1 egg yolk into 1 cup whole milk. Apply to face with fingertips. Bottle and store remainder in refrigerator.

Vegetable Oils

Apply any of the following vegetable, seed or nut oils to the skin
a) Virgin olive oil, b) Sesame oil, c) Peanut oil, d) Avocado oil

Rose Lotion

Use 2 parts rose water and 1 part glycerin to make a lotion. Apply nightly and work into skin.

Lavender Toilet Water

Lavender has a lovely soft fragrance and is used in many beauty care products, soaps and talcum powders.Lavender toilet water is refreshing, cooling and slightly antiseptic.

Bathing the forehead and temples with Lavender water will help to overcome fatigue and exhaustion.Lavender water can be obtained from the pharmacy or it can be made at home.

To make Lavender water, put 3 handfuls of dried Lavender flowers into a wide necked screw top jar and add 1 cup of white wine vinegar and 1/2 cup Rose water. Leave the mixture in the dark for 2-3 weeks and shake the bottle frequently.

Hand Lotion

You can make an effective sweet smelling hand lotion that keep the hands soft and fragrant.

To make a hand lotion, add sufficient Lavender oil to scent 1/2 cup of glycerine in a bottle. Shake the bottle vigorously each time before using.

Lavender Bath

For a refreshing bath, add a strong infusion of lavender flowers to the bath water.

To make a lavender bath, pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2 handfuls of dried Lavender and leave until lukewarm. Strain and add to the bath water.


Lavender Oil

400 ml (2/3 pt) almond oil or green olive oil
Large handful of crushed Lavender flowers
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Put all the ingredients in a screw topped 0.5 liter (1 pt) bottle and shake vigorously. Leave the bottle on a sunny window sill for about 2 weeks, shaking well every day.

Test that it is ready for use by rubbing a little on the skin and seeing if the perfume lasts for a few minutes; if not, keep up the process for another few days.

Basic Cold Cream

This recipe gives you a basic cold cream/moisturizer, which you can add to as you like with scented oils.

        1 egg yolk, beaten
        2 tbsp lemon juice
        1/2 cup olive oil
        1/2 cup vegetable oil

Combine egg yolk and lemon juice and stir with a wire whisk, gradually adding oils until mixture thickens. If it's too thick, add more lemon juice.

All Purpose Hand Cream

        3 tbsp mashed almonds
        2 tbsp comfrey root (dried)
        1 tbsp chopped parsley
        1 egg
        1 tbsp honey
        1 tbsp glycerin

Mix almond meal, comfrey root and parsley in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix egg, honey and glycerin. Stir in 3 tbsp of the almond mixture. Rub the mixture gently into your hands, letting it penetrate for 20-30 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Refrigerate mixture between uses.

Cuticle Cream

        3 tbsp paraffin
        1/2 cup mineral oil
        1 tbsp coconut oil
        1 tbsp glycerin

Slowly heat paraffin with the oils in a double boiler. Stir until blended. Add in the glycerin and remove from heat. Let cool before using

Cucumber Facial Mask

        1 tbsp instant nonfat dry milk
        1/2 peeled cucumber
        1 tsp plain yogurt

Put all ingredients into a blender and mix well until smooth. Apply to your face (avoid your eyes). Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off. Mix a fresh batch for each use.

Egg Facial Mask (Smooths and Moisturizes)

        1 egg
        1/2 cup coconut oil
        1 tbsp honey

Beat the egg in a small bowl. Add the coconut oil and honey slowly, beating until it's the consistency of mayonnaise. Spoon mixture into a toilet paper roll, sitting upright in a small bowl. Set in the freezer overnight. To use, peel away the top of the cardboard roll and smooth the frozen stick over your face. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Keep the stick covered with plastic wrap and freeze between uses.

Herbal Facial Mask (Cleans and Tightens Pores)

        1 tbsp honey
        1 egg
        1 tsp crumbled dried chamomile flowers
        1 tsp finely chopped fresh mint

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to your face and neck. Let dry (10-15 minutes) and rinse off with warm water.

Lavender Flower Infusion

An infusion of fresh flowers can be used to tone the skin once a day.

To make Lavender flower infusion, pour 2 cups boiling water over 4 teaspoons of Lavender.Cover and leave until cold. Strain into a screw top bottle and use within a few days.Dip cotton wool pads or balls in the lotion and press lightly over the face. This infusion makes a pleasantly fragrant hair rinse.

Shampoo the hair and rinse well with plain water. Finally rinse the hair several times with the warm infusion. It stimulates growth and leaves the hair shiny and soft.

Lemon Moisturizer

        1 beaten egg yolk
        1/2 cup olive oil
        1/2 cup vegetable oil
        2 tbsp lemon juice

Combine egg yolk and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir with a wire whisk while adding both oils until the mixture thickens. If it's too thick, add more lemon juice.

Makeup Remover and Moisturizer

        1/2 cup paraffin
        1 cup mineral oil
        1/2 cup water
        2 tbsp alum

Slowly heat paraffin with the oil in a double boiler. In a separate saucepan, heat the water until it simmers, then dissolve the alum in it. Let cool, then add to the warm mineral oil and paraffin mixture. As everything cools, the paraffin will rise to the top. Drain off the water. The residue is your makeup remover.

Peppermint Lotion

        1/2 cup water
        1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
        3-4 drops peppermint oil

Oil of eucalyputs or cade can be used in place of peppermint, if you prefer. Pour the water and alcohol into a bottle, then add the oil. Cap and shake well. Apply to your skin with a clean cloth.

Lavender Facial Steam

Lavender flowers can be mixed with other herbs for a facial steam to improve a dull-looking complexion and tone the skin.

To make a facial steam, mix Lavender with Lime flowers, Chamomile and Sage and place 2 handfuls of this mixture in a bowl. Pour on about 4 cups of boiling water.

Cover the head and bowl with a towel and steam the face for up to 10 minutes. Wipe the face thoroughly with cotton wool pads or balls and splash with cold water.

Lavender Soap

To make Lavender scented soap take 12 tablespoons grated pure, unscented soap and place in a bowl fitted over a pan of simmering water, stir it until melted.

Mix in 2 tablespoons Lavender oil, 1 tablespoon clear honey and a few drops of blue or violet coloring.
Pour into shaped, oiled molds and leave until set.

 

Rosewater Skin Lotion
Rejuvinates and smooths your skin.

        1 tbsp Rose water

                3 tbsp rose soluble oil,
                2 cups water,
                2 tbsp glycerin

        2 capsules vitamin E (800 IU's)

        1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp coconut oil,1 tbsp olive oil

Break open capsules to remove vitamin E and combine with other ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well. To use, apply to your skin with cotton balls. Refrigerate between uses.

Strawberry Skin Moisturizer

        1 tbsp each: olive, coconut and vegetable oils

        2 tbsp mashed strawberries

        (Optional) 1-2 drops Vitamin E oil

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in the refrigerator in a covered jar between uses.

Almond Oil Wrinkle Cream

        1 tbsp of an infusion of comfrey leaves OR1 tbsp of a decoction of comfrey roots
        1 tbsp lanolin
        2 tsp sweet almond oil
        2 tsp water
        2 tsp cod liver oil

Melt lanolin and almond oil in a double boiler. Add water and allow to cool. Mix in cod liver oil and comfrey. Apply gently to face and rinse off after 5-10 minutes.

Bran and Oatmeal

Bran and oatmeal both make great hand smoothers. To make bran water, add 1 cup of boiling water to 1/2 cup of natural bran and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain out the bran and leave small amount of bran water in a bowl by the kitchen sink (refrigerate the rest until you're ready to use it). Dip your hands into the water and dab them dry 3-4 times a day, especially after washing dishes.

For an oatmeal wash, simmer one part of old-fashioned (non-instant) oatmeal in 2-3 parts water until the meal swells and is soft. Strain into a container and use like the bran water.

Soothing Bath Oil

        1 cup honey
        2 cups milk
        1 cup salt
        1/4 cup baking soda
        1/2 cup baby oil
        Fragrance oil of desired scent

Combine honey, milk, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Fill your tub and pour the mixture in. Add the baby oil and a few drops of the fragrance.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Spinster on May 16, 2008, 11:57:34 AM
Good recipes, Moira!

A side note, though... Make sure whoever you're making them for or using them on is not allergic to the ingredients. I personally tend to shy away from anything with nut oils in them because of the prevalence of nut allergies.

ETA: Also, there are very, VERY few essential oils that are safe for a pregnant woman. The most prevalent is lavender. The other that I'm sure of is a citrus oil, but I can't remember which one off the top of my head. Something to keep in mind.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 16, 2008, 09:59:36 PM
There is a huge different between EO and FO.. as i already stated in topic 27 about the nuts and care with oils.
I also use Fo's in my lotions and soaps to make them safe for even children as well.
All of my soaps that are EO's are stated warnings on labels for all to read
Having my business, i have to  know everything there is about oils, and know the rules/laws and facts since i have to work closely with the FDA
thank you for pointing that out again, it needs to stress with EO's. And also any EO that has a nut name in it, mostly will come from nuts, and will react to a person if they are allergic to nuts as well  like you said.
Women who are preggos wear perfume, that is Fragrance oils.

EO=ESSENTIAL OILS
FO= FRAGRANCE OILS
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Magister on May 17, 2008, 01:44:22 AM
Moira:

  Thank you for pointing out the difference between Essential Oils, and Fragrance Oils.  To head off any debate let me make this much clear:

  I would like to make a point that not everyone, "knows everything there is to know"... since this is a very difficult thing to do.  Prevalent allergies change, chemicals and interactions vary.. better to be safe than sorry.  The FDA is hardly the end stop for anything - they have made many high profile "mistakes" lately.  Do not take anyone on this boards opinion - including my own - as gospel. So do your own research, talk to medical professionals if you are unsure.

  So when dealing with things that may induce negative reactions such as oils, nut byproducts, or even fragrances (as someone allergic to most perfumes and colognes it's something I think of when trying new personal care products) it is important to take caution when working with, using, or distributing items made with them.   The more information and warning the better.  That is one reason why we have threads like this.

  If you have questions, I encourage everyone to do further research online, and contact your physician if you have any specific questions or experience any adverse reactions in the manufacture or use of any of the recipes presented in this or any of our crafting threads. 

  The person posting the recipe, nor RenaissanceFestival.com, its owners, operators, or moderators are NOT responsible for your results - try at your own risk.

  - Mag
   Crafting Corner Moderator



 
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Beautiful Dreamer on May 17, 2008, 01:49:46 PM
Where to find some of the ingredients online.  :D  I had fun trying to find them a few years ago.   :-\

www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com (http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com)
www.brambleberry.com (http://www.brambleberry.com)
www.chemistrystore.com (http://www.chemistrystore.com)
www.mountainroseherbs.com (http://www.mountainroseherbs.com)
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 17, 2008, 05:03:55 PM
Yes i love Brambleberry and also naturesgaedencandles.com
i love them even more.. and somewhat cheaper as well..


thank you so much , i forgot all about links to suppliers..

I also have kits, i have for sale, if you don't want to spend a lot on things, many like to do that to see if they like it or not before they spend a few hundred bucks.. kits are the way to go.. and there are lots of soap places selling kits..

thanks
Moira

Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 20, 2008, 01:41:34 PM
Yule bath salts

3 cups Epsom salts
1 1/2 cup kosher salt
6 drops peppermint oil
2-3 drops red and green food coloring

Divide the epson salts into three 1 cup amounts and place in plastic bags. Add peppermint oil to two bags, leaving one unscented. Add green soap coloring to one bag and stir until well distributed. Add red soap coloring to second bag and mix well. By now you should have three bags of salts in green, red and white. With a spoon, start with the red salts and fill your decorative bottle until a nice layer is visible... an inch or two depending on size of bottle. Add second layer of white salts this time and finish off with a third layer of green.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 20, 2008, 01:43:01 PM
Dream Time bath salts

2 cup kosher salt
2 cup baking soda
5 drops lavender scented oil
handful of lavender buds
*4 tablespoons of liquid glycerin

Combine all of the above ingredients and stir well. The liquid in this recipe might contribute to clumps forming, so simply break apart with the help of a fork.

*The glycerin acts as a moisturizer and is an optional ingredient if you have none handy.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 20, 2008, 01:45:07 PM
Sea Tide Bath Salts

1 ½ c. Table Salt
1 c. Kosher Salt
1 c. powdered milk
a few drops of blue soap coloring
a few drops of vetiver essential oil (or any scent that reminds you of the seaside).
I just bought a FO called seaspray, and it wonderful..so i used that instead of the vetiver oil

Combine all of the above in a large bowl and stir well to mix all of the ingredients and distribute the soap coloring evenly. If any clumping occurs, use a fork or large spoon to crush.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 20, 2008, 01:46:54 PM
Milky Herbal Baths

 cups rock salt
1 cup of table salt
2 cups baking soda
1 cup finely ground oatmeal
2 T of your favorite dried mint
4 T of crumbled dulse (sea weed)

Crumble the mint and dulse and then add to the remaining ingredients.

Fill a muslin bag with this recipe so that cleaning the tub is less of a chore.

Package in decorative glass jars. I recently found some (jars) that offer an opening to insert a wooden spoon. If you spot them, snap them up.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 20, 2008, 01:48:13 PM
Bubbling bath salts

2 cups of kosher salt
1 cup table salt
2 T cosmetic grade glitter
a few drops of sandalwood scented oil

1/4 cup of baby shampoo

Combine the top four ingredients and stir until the texture is smooth. Drizzle with the baby shampoo and then spread onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet until you have an even layer. Allow to dry. This could take up to 24 hours depending on the humidity.

Package in a decorative jar... mason jars will do fine and include instructions for use if these salts are to be used as a gift. (About 1/3 cup should do the average bath).
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 20, 2008, 01:51:00 PM
How to Make Bath Salts with Tips too

Ingredients:

    * 3 cups Dead Sea salt, regular sea salt or Epsom salt, or a blend of two or three of these salts. Sea salts typically come in several grain sizes. Combining multiple grain sizes can make your salts more appealing. Keep in mind, however, that more course grains do take longer to dissolve in the tub.
    * 15-24 drops of your selected essential oil or essential oil blend. Be sure and take heed in the safety data for the oil(s) you choose to use.
    * 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil or other carrier oil for moisturization (optional)

Directions:

Place the salt mixture into a bowl. If you have chosen to include the optional vegetable oil to your salt recipe, add it to the plain salts and mix well with a spoon or fork. Then, add the drops of your chosen essential oils. Again, mix very well. Add the mixture to a pretty jar, salt tube, or container that has a tight fitting lid. Salts that are kept in a container that is not air tight will lose their aroma more quickly.

After a day, you may wish to mix well again to ensure that the oils are well incorporated.

To Color to Your Salts:

For the most natural bath salt recipe, leave your bath salts uncolored. Certain exotic salts including Hawaiian Red Sea salt and Black Sea Pink salt are naturally colorful. Try mixing these salts with with Dead Sea or plain sea salt for a speckled effect.

If you would like to add color to your salts, FD&C liquid dye or mica powder can be added before you add the essential oils. When adding FD&C grade liquid dye, be sure to add only a drop at a time and stir well. When adding mica powder, only add a tiny amount (1/16-1/8 a teaspoon is usually sufficient) and stir very well. Using too much dye or mica powder can discolor the water and discolor skin, so be very careful. Leave bath salts at a soft pastel color. It is also important that you make sure that you are using skin-safe colorants and that the user of your bath salt blend does not have any allergies or sensitizations with the colorant that you have chosen.

To Use:

Add 1/2-1 cup of the salts to running bath water. Mix well to ensure that the salt has dispersed well in the tub before entering. To keep the essential oils from evaporating too quickly, you can add the bath salts just before getting in the tub instead of while the water is running. Sitting on undissolved chunky bath salts, however, can be uncomfortable, so make sure the salts have dissolved well before entering.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 20, 2008, 01:59:30 PM
Sunburn Healing Bath

Ingredients
1/4 cup rolled oat
1/8 cup whole powdered milk
1 teaspoon loose tea leaves (green or black )
3 drops lavender oil
2 drops peppermint oil

Combine all these ingredients in a handkerchief tied with string or a muslin teabag.

Run a tepid to cool bath and soak along with this bath bag.

 Use it as a compress to spread healing, cooling relief all over.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Magister on May 20, 2008, 02:20:32 PM
Moira:

  Would the sunburn healing one benefit from an addition of aloe plant in some form or fashion?  I know being a pasty Irishman in Florida I live and die by my bottle of aloe gel during the summer here.

  I'm not sure how it could be added... but just a thought?

 
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 21, 2008, 01:48:00 AM
Mags
some info on others

Aloe Take as many leaves as necessary from an aloe plant; refrigerate; peel off top layer of leaves; apply the side of the leaf with flesh exposed directly to the sunburn. Other remedies use aloe vera juice: for mild to medium sunburn, keep the affected area moist with aloe vera juice. Repeat frequently. This will reduce the pain and the amount of peeling. Aloe vera ointment works well, too, as it contains oil and will not evaporate. For a severe sunburn, keep the area moist at all times with aloe vera juice. Since aloe vera is an astringent, you may want to use aloe vera ointment or some sort of oil, such as olive or baby. Aloe is very effective in relieving pain and inflammation.

    * Combine aloe juice with ½ the amount of vitamin E. Dab on the sunburn. Vitamin E is a good moisturizer.

Apple cider vinegar Apply apple cider vinegar to the burn with a cottonball, or make a cooling compress for a large area to relieve the pain. Keep the skin moistened. This remedy will prevent blistering and peeling.

Aspirin Aspirin kills the pain and reduces inflammation and redness of a sunburn. It short-circuits the whole sunburn process. It must be taken within 24 hours of getting sunburned. Aspirin is preferable to ibuprofen or acetaminophen because it is less stressful on the liver and kidneys.

Baking soda Dissolve some baking soda in water and make a compress using a clean cloth. Another remedy is to add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a tepid bath and soak. Instead of drying the affected area with a towel, let it air dry. Baking soda is cooling and will help the skin retain moisture.

Baths Add 20 drops of each of lavender and chamomile essential oils to a tubful of cool water and soak for 10 minutes.

Bergamot Add bergamot oil to cool bathwater.

Calendula Put 20 drops of calendula tincture in four ounces of water and bathe the skin until the pain goes away. Calendula is also available in gels and salves. Calendula will help soften and heal burned skin. It is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, and can be used long after the burn to heal the skin.

Cucumber Rub sunburned area with fresh cucumber slices. They are very cool and will soothe the area.

Epsom salts Dissolve Epsom salts in water and make a compress using a clean cloth.

Ice Apply ice or cold water to the burned area. This will stop the burning process and cool the skin.

Lavender Mix 20-25 drops of lavender oil in one cup of water and bathe the sunburned area.

Lemon water Mix the juice of three lemons into two cups of cold water and sponge on the sunburn. The lemon will cool the burn, act as a disinfectant, and will promote healing of the skin.

Milk Make a compress of whole milk (or buttermilk) and apply to the burned area for 20 minutes; repeat every two to four hours. Wash the milk off so you won't smell sour! The fat content of the milk is soothing for burns.

A similar remedy  using a cup of skim milk and four cups of water, adding a few ice cubes, and applying as a compress as recommended above.

Oatmeal Put some oatmeal in tepid bath water, soak for a few minutes, then air dry yourself.

Peppermint Apply peppermint oil to the sunburned skin. You can also make a mild peppermint infusion and use it as a wash to cool the sunburn.

Potato Grate a potato and apply it to the burned area. The starch will cool and soothe the burn.

St. Johns Wort Make an ointment or salve with the essential oil of St. Johns wort for burns that have not broken the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial. Caution: St. John's wort makes the skin more photosensitive, so stay out of the sun if you have used this remedy or if you are taking another form as an antidepressant. The cauton is courtesy of a reader named Wendi.

Shower Take a warm shower to draw out the heat of your sunburn. The warm water will increase circulation to the area while hydrating it, thereby speeding the healing process.

Tea Make some tea, cool, and apply to the burn. While any tea may be beneficial, mint tea, such as peppermint or spearmint are especially good. The teas have tannins that help the healing process.

Urtica urens Put 20 drops of urtica urens tincture in four ounces of water and bathe the skin. This remedy is good for itchy, prickly skin.

Witch hazel  a decoction of witch hazel and apply with a compress.

Yarrow Native Americans used an infusion of ground yarrow as a wash.

Yogurt Apply plain yogurt with live cultures, let it stand for a few minutes, then rinse off under cool water.


As for my soaps, yes i make aloe soap.. It is one of my best seller, and alot of men buy it for their shaving soaps. Great for the skin too and softens the hairs before shaving. There are other things as well to soften the hairs before shaving as well.

I use real aloe plant that i peel and blend and add into my soap base.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 21, 2008, 01:49:20 AM
Caution! You may have sun poisoning if you experience chills, fever, or get blisters or a rash. See your physician!
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: knarlyknot on May 21, 2008, 10:50:28 AM
How timely, my son just came home yesterday with a sunburn, will have to try some of these.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 29, 2008, 03:33:21 PM
Rubbed regularly into the heels and feet, this eucalyptus foot lotion will soften neglected, cracked skin.

Eucalyptus Foot Lotion
1 tablespoon almond oil
1 teaspoon avocado oil
1 teaspoon wheat-germ oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Put all of the ingredients in a small, sterilized glass bottle with a tight- fitting stopper. Shake the liquid vigorously until it is completely combined. Store the bottle in a cool, dark place. Shake well before using.

cooling for tired feet.... a must have
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on May 29, 2008, 03:34:36 PM
Beer Shampoo
Beer has been famed for generations for its ability to leave hair bouncy, shiny and full of body, so this beer shampoo recipe is loaded with it. The proteins from the malt and hops in the beer coat the hair and build it up and help repair damage. It leaves the hair with wonderful body.

   

3/4 cup beer (any cheap brand)
1 cup inexpensive shampoo

Boil the beer until it reduces to 1/4 cup. Cool the beer and add it to the 1 cup of inexpensive shampoo.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:24:41 PM
Water Softening Fizzy

    * 1 cup Baking soda
    * 1/2 cup Citric acid
    * 1/2 cup corn starch
    * 2-1/2 tablespoons oil ( I use a combo of grapeseed and almond, but you can use any liquid oils)
    * 3/4 tablespoon Water
    * 2 teaspoons essential or fragrance oils
    * 1/2 teaspoon Borax
    * Spray bottle filled with Witch hazel

Mix the baking soda, citric acid and corn starch until well blended.

In a separate bowl combine cooking oil, water, essential oil, and borax. Mix well. Drizzle wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, pouring with one hand and squishing it together with the other.

Pack into candy or soap molds. I use a circular 2 oz. soap mold with a flower pattern on the top (it's tooooo hard to unmold anything with squared corners). Pack it in really hard, then immediately flip it over and tap it out onto a lined cookie sheet. When all are done, lightly mist with witch hazel and let dry overnight.

Next day, turn over and mist the bottoms with witch hazel. Let dry another day. The witch hazel forms a crust on the outside that keeps them from cracking and falling apart, although they're still a little fragile. Don't make them when it's damp outside, high humidity makes it much harder to do.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:25:13 PM
Moisture Rich Fizzy

Dry ingredients:

    * 1 cup Baking soda
    * 1/2 cup Corn Starch
    * 1/4 cup Epsom Salt
    * 1/2 cup Citric Acid

Wet ingredients:

    * 2-3/4 tablespoons Almond oil
    * 3/4 tablespoon Water
    * 1/4 teaspoon Borax (optional)
    * 1-1/2 teaspoon fragrance oil or essential oil
    * Colorant

Mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and then in a separate dish or cup mix wet ingredients and then combine the two.I uuse a wire wisk....the mix doesnt really even look wet but it compacts nicely into molds and after drying through the night they are rock hard and fizz for almost 2 minutes.

Make sure to wisk fast when adding wet ingredients to prevent fizzing whisk for a good minute and then press mix into your mold.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:25:38 PM
Fizzy Milk Bath Bombs

    * 1 c. baking soda
    * 1/2 c. citric acid
    * 1/2 c. corn starch
    * 1/3 c. epsom salts (finely ground)
    * 1/4 c. powdered milk (buttermilk will clump so don't use it)
    * 2T olive oil (tip: infuse calendula petals for an extra therapeutic bath)
    * 2tsp melted cocoa butter
    * 1tsp fragrance or essential oil
    * 3-7tsp water/witch hazel blend (1:1). TIP: put in a spray bottle for even dispersion

Mix all dry ingredients together well, drizzle the olive oil and melted cocoa butter and fragrance/essential oil over the dry mix, mix together with hands, and then use witch hazel/water blend to get the product to the right consistency to shove into your favorite molds. Enjoy with your bath!
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:26:10 PM
Super Moisturizing Bath Fizzy

    * 1 cup citric acid
    * 2 cups baking soda
    * 1 tsp. fragrance oil
    * 1 tsp. olive oil (or shea butter or cocoa butter)

step one
   

Follow the basic bath bomb directions above and drizzle the olive oil in with the fragrance oil.

step two
   

If you want to substitute some of the baking soda, you can substitute up to 1 full cup with dehydrated milk (goat's milk or regular milk).

step three
   

If you want a colored bath, add powdered food coloring or liquid food coloring. If you add 1/2 tsp. of liquid food coloring to the basic recipe, this should give you a colored bath. If you add 1/8 tsp. powdered food coloring to the basic recipe, you will get a wonderfully vibrant tub. If your tub is dirty, or has excess oil in it, this recipe will leave a ring around your tub. Happy Soaping!
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:26:34 PM
Tub Tints

Tub Tints are a really fun way to add some pizzazz to your bath!

3 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups citric acid
2 cups cornstarch
3 cc fragrance oil
.15cc powdered water-soluble dye (pigments or micas will NOT work. FD&C Blue and FD&C Yellow from Bramble Berry WILL work. If you use a pigment or mica, it may not disperse evenly in the water, and may stain your tub!)

Mix all ingredients completely. The mixture will appear white.

Package into decorative bags and tie closed.

To use, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup per full tub of water. Mix crystals in completely before getting into the water. Taa-daaaa! Colored bath water!
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:28:21 PM
How to Make Your Own Luscious Lip Balms

step one    

You'll need a microwave safe dish with a handle and spout, lip balm ingredients (pre-made or ingredients to make it from scratch), lip butter pots or tubes, and a spoon. Optional ingredients are lip safe color and flavor.

step two    

Spoon your pre-made lip balm into your container. Approximately 16oz. of loosely packed lip balm base melts down to 7 oz. (volume). Melt in the microwave for 2 minutes. If the base is not fully melted, melt for 1 minute intervals, stirring in between each interval.

step three    

Remember that Pyrex dish handles can get hot; keep a pot holder close. When the base is melted, this is the time to add your color and flavor. Usage rate for flavor is 3 to 5% of the total weight of your ingredient. This equals out, roughly, in volume to 1 tsp. for 8 oz. of base. In weight, this is .0025oz. weight of the lip balm flavoring per ounce of lip butter. You might consider making 10 oz. batches at a time - then, you can use a .25oz. of lip balm flavoring which might be easier to weigh out. In drops, you can convert this to: 1 tsp = 5 ml = 100 drops. Drops are the least precise method you can use, however, and it is recommended you weigh all your ingredients.

step four    

Adding color is an imprecise science and usage rates really depend on how little or how much color you want in your balm. Remember to only use lip safe colorants. Water soluble colorants, such as food coloring, are safe to use but will not work (water and oil do not mix). Add the color after your flavor, to the melted oils. Try to use 1/2 tsp. per 16oz. of oil. Make sure you stir well and that your color is fully incorporated.

step five    

Fill your containers with either a disposable pipette/dropper or by pouring directly into the pots.
step six    

The hotter you pour your balm, the more chances there are for cracks to form in the lip balm as it cools off. If you start getting cracks, pour at a lower temperature. Wait for one hour before moving. Then cap, label and use!
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:29:03 PM
Body Bronzing Lotion

Ingredients:

4.5 oz. Jojoba
1.0 oz. Evening Primrose Oil
0.3 oz. Emulsifying wax
0.2 oz. Beeswax
8.0 oz. Distilled water
0.14 oz. Phenonip preservative or GermabenII
Micas: Cappuccino, Gold, Light Gold and Copper mica

Makes 14 oz. of bronzing lotion.
Instructions:

1. Add the Emulsifying Wax, Beeswax, Jojoba and Evening Primrose Oil to either a double boiler or microwave safe cup.
2. Melt all the waxes and oils together. Attempt not to boil the product.
3. Add the Distilled Water to the heated oils and waxes. Stir all ingredients well and combine the two bowls/mixing glasses.
4. Stir all ingredients well and combine the two bowls/mixing glasses.
5. Add the Phenonip.
6. Use a stick blender to emulsify and mix the oils and waxes.

Note: This product will not set up until it is fully cooled. Do not pour into containers (containers with a pump are recommended) until you are certain that the lotion is fully blended and will not separate.

7. Once you are certain the product is fully blended and will not separate, add the micas. Always add less than you think you will want to use - you can always add more but can't take the color out. I used 1 full tablespoon of Light Gold Mica, 1/2 tablespoon Cappuccino Mica and 1 teaspoon of Copper Mica.
8. Hand blend this mixture with a spoon or small whisk. You can use the stick blender if the mixture hasn't set up too much.

The ratio of micas that you use will depend on your skin tone. My best friend who made the recipe with me used three times as much Cappuccino mica and almost no copper in her recipe since she is much darker than I am in skin tone. Remember, this is a make up product (in addition to acting as a lotion) and will get on your clothes like any other bronzer will. It washes out fairly well. If you have very dark skin, get some Black Oxide as well and add it sparingly to the Cappuccino mica to darken the mixture up.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:30:12 PM
Ginger Cinnammon-Salt Body Scrub

This body scrub has the fresh, invigorating scents of both ginger and cinnamon!

1 cup sea salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup almond oil or olive oil


Mix all ingredients together, then gently rub over your damp skin (except your face) to slough off dry skin. Rinse with warm water.

Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:30:53 PM
Breakfast for your Skin - (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.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:33:33 PM
Brown Sugar and Lemon Scrub

A touch of lemon makes this scrub so refreshing! - Recipe submitted by Josephine Santos.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon of kalamansi or lemon
1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil(vco)
1 tablespoon of honey

Mix brown sugar and salt, then add kalamansi or lemon juice, virgin coconut oil and honey, mix well.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:33:59 PM
Aunt Katie's Body Scrub

Honey 3/4 cup
Caster sugar 1 cup
Sea salt 1 cup
Jojoba oil 3ml
Fragrance oil 3ml (orange & ylang ylang are beautiful combined with the honey)

Pour honey into medium sized bowl, then add sugar and stir to combine. Add the salt in increments, to adjust the consistency to your liking. (I prefer a consistency not unlike crytallized honey). When all ingredients combine, add oils and stir well. This recipe is particularly long keeping as the lack of water discourages bacteria.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:34:22 PM
Honey Bee CP Soap

Olive Oil 32 oz.
Palm Oil 16 oz.
Tallow 24 oz.
Totals 72 oz.
5% Superfatted Lye Amount 9.477 oz.
Ounces of water recommended 23.760 oz.

At trace, add fragrance and 1 Tablespoon of Honey. Do not insulate your soap as the Honey may cause your soap to superheat.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:34:43 PM
Easy Shea Butter CP Soap

Coconut Oil 16 oz.
Olive Oil 18 oz.
Palm Oil 16 oz.
Shea Butter 4 oz.
Tallow 16 oz.
Totals 70 oz.
5% Superfatted Lye Amount 9.815 oz.
Ounces of water recommended 23.100 oz.
Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:35:09 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.

Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:37:53 PM
Skin Firming Gel - using CroThix

CroThix has a secondary use as a skin firming agent. (Its primary use is as a thickening agent in liquid soaps, and shampoos.) Here is an easy gel that you can make that is good for all skin types, using jojoba makes a non-comedogenic cream that won't clog your pores. (CroThix may be purchased at Bramble Berry)  can i say that? i mean its a place to buy it at.. not sure on the rules for that..

This makes (4) four ounce containers of gel-crème.

Water 13 oz.
Glycerin .5 oz.
Emulsifying Wax or Ceteryl Alcohol 1 oz.
CroThix .7 oz.
Jojoba Oil .6 oz.
Germaben II or Phenonip .16 oz.
Fragrance or Essential Oil .16 - .50 oz.

Heat the Water and Glycerin to 170 degrees and set aside. Heat the Emulsifying Wax until melted and add to the CroThix and Jojoba. Stir. Add the water and glycerin to the Emulsifying Wax, CroThix and Jojoba. Mix until the creme is 105 degrees (or less). Add your fragrance and preservative and package in jars or an easily squeezable package. Apply under make up for a more smooth application or as a night creme.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:48:43 PM
Easy Lotion Bars

4 ounces mango or shea butter
4 ounces beesweax, yellow or white
5 ounces liquid oil (jojoba or grapeseed are both excellent)
2 teaspoons of essential oil or fragrance oil

This lotion bar does not use cocoa butter so you can use any fragrance or essential oil that your heart desires and not have a chocolate over-smell.

Melt the beeswax in a separate container and the butter/oil in another container. Add together, mix well, stir in FO/EO and pour into containers. Mixture will harden in approximately 1-2 hours. The cooler the mixture is upon pouring it, the less 'divets' you'll get in the bar (that sunken spot at the top of the bar).
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:49:18 PM
Easy Clay Mask - made with Rhassoul & Bentonite Clays

1 part bentonite clay
1 part rhassoul clay
optional: skin loving essential oil, such as Lavender, Lemongrass or German Chamomile

Mix with water until the mask has a consistency that you like. Apply to body or face and wait for clay to dry fully. Take off with a warm water washcloth. If all over body, jump in the shower to get off more quickly than a washcloth.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:49:44 PM
Chocolate Lipgloss Recipe by Rachel and Jennifer

2 tsp. Petroleum Jelly
1/8 tsp. Honey
10 mini Hershey's Milk Chocolate Chips (any brand will do though)
1/8 tsp. Shortening (Crisco)

Carefully Mix all ingredients into a microwave safe container. Make sure they are all clumped together. (Do not put lid on) Heat at high power for 20 seconds, stir, then repeat until fully melted. Then pour into a small bottle, and freeze for 15 min, or until solid. Then you can apply it on your lips!
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:50:13 PM
Sheer Lipstick Recipe

2 oz. beeswax
2 oz. jojoba oil
0.2 oz. aloe butter
2 tsp. zinc oxide
2 tiny scoopers of lip-safe mica.
lip balm flavoring
   
daisy pots
Hint: This is a very waxy recipe and might do better in a tube than the pots
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:50:47 PM
Colored Lipstick

This lipstick is a more waxy lipstick than the Sheer lipstick.

Phase 1
4 oz. Castor Oil
4 oz. Jojoba oil
.5 oz. Beeswax
1 oz. Candelilla wax
1/4 oz. wheatgerm oil

Colorant phase
8 full teaspoons of lip safe mica
1 oz. Castor, Olive or Wheatgerm oil Hint: Castor provides more shine than Olive or Wheatgerm

Melt the waxes in a double boiler. Once they are fully melted, add the Castor Oil and Jojoba oil. In a separate bowl, add your mica to the liquid oil of your choice. Mix in well and make sure there are no clumps. Add the colorant mixture into your double boiler and mix well. Remove this mixture from the double boiler and let sit until mixture begins to cool and thicken (thus suspending the colorant through out the lipstick). Once cooled to an appropriate thickness, pour into jars or tubes.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:51:11 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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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:51:42 PM
Fragrance Stones

1-1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup salt
1/4 tsp. cornstarch
2/3 cup boiling water
1 tbls. fragrance oil
Colorant of your choice

Mix all dry ingredients. Heat water in a Pyrex cup in the microwave or on the stove. Add the f/o and the color to the water. Stir water mixture into flour mixture. Mix as best you can and then knead the dough with your hands. At this point you just want it to look like pie or cookie dough. Roll it out about a quarter of an inch thick. Cut into shapes or use cookie cutters. Another option is to stamp the flat shapes. Let the dough stones dry. They get hard as rocks and will last for months.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:52:03 PM
 Honey Dust

1 cup arrowroot powder (sometimes called "flour")
3 tablespoons honey powder

Mix well together and store in an airtight container. This mixture will get hard if moisture is allowed to get to it. I also package a small feather duster for this. You may substitute up to 2 tablespoons of the honey with any flavored powder you have access to. I like to use either vanilla or mango.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 01, 2008, 10:52:25 PM
 Crushed grape seeds and almond oil combine to form a soothing, refreshing facial scrub.

2/3 cup crushed grape seeds, packed
1/3 to 1/2 cup Almond Oil
1/2 tsp. vitamin E
45-60 drops of fragrance oil

Mix almond oil, Vitamin E and fragrance together in a glass bowl. Add the crushed grape seeds and mix well. Divvy up into jars. The crushed grape seeds will sink to the bottom - this is normal for scrubs of this type.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on July 03, 2008, 08:19:30 PM
A Quick room spray

In a 10oz spray bottle, put in about 20 drops of scented oil, fill bottle to ¾ full with water and top with rubbing alcohol. Shake well before using. It works well for spraying on potpourri as well.

you can use witch hazel as well.

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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:11:54 PM
Hydrating Belly Balm
   
Ingredients:
8 oz Cocobutter (Refined)
8 oz Clear Jojoba Oil
8 oz Meadow Foam Seed Oil
1 oz Vitamin E
4 oz Shea Butter
2 oz White Beeswax
1 oz Hydrovance
16 oz Distilled Water
2 1/2 oz Crafter's Choice Lotion & Cream Creator
1 oz Germaben II E (preservative)
1 oz Fragrance of Choice (optional)

Directions: In a 64 oz microwave glass container, heat cocobutter, shea butter and beeswax until melted. Add oils & preservative. Add Crafter's Choice Cream & Lotion Creator and mix with stick blender. Notes: Use more Lotion & Cream creator to make product thicker. Add water to make product thinner. Recipes: 8 oz Cocobutter (Refined) 8 oz Clear Jojoba Oil 8 oz Meadow Foam Seed Oil 1 oz Vitamin E 4 oz Shea Butter 2 oz White Beeswax 1 oz Hydrovance 16 oz Distilled Water 2 1/2 oz Crafter's Choice Lotion & Cream Creator 1 oz Germaben II E (preservative) 1 oz Fragrance of Choice (optional).
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:14:23 PM
Mask for oily and blemished skin

Mix one egg white, 1/2 cup cooked instant oatmeal, a teaspoon olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice until smooth. Spread on your face and neck, leave on for 15 – 30 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:14:55 PM
Dry skin mask

Mix one egg yolk, one teaspoon honey and a teaspoon olive oil and some vitamin E oil. Spread over your face and neck, leave on for 15 – 30 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:15:23 PM
Dry and spotted skin Mask

Mix dry oatmeal (you may grind it in a blender), honey and plain yogurt to make a paste. Spread it over your face and neck, leave on 15 – 30 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:20:04 PM


Turmeric Facial Mask
Take in a cup half a cup of besan (gram flour), 2 tsp of turmeric powder, 2 tsp of sandal wood powder, 2 tsp of ghee or almond oil, add some water to make a paste. Apply to face and whole body and leave for 5-10 minutes. Rub with pressure with both palms and fingers to remove all the paste.

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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:20:33 PM



Honey Facial Mask
Rinse your face with warm water to open up the pores. Apply honey and leave for half an hour. Rinse with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores. Rinse with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.


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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:21:02 PM
Oily Skin Mask
Mix 1 tsp. brewer’s yeast with plain yogurt to make a thin mixture. Apply it thoroughly into all the oily areas and leave for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.
   

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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:21:29 PM

   

Banana Mask for wrinkles
Mash 1/4 banana until very creamy and apply on face and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.
   

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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:21:51 PM
Avocado Facial Mask
Mash the meat of the avocado into a creamy texture. Apply it thoroughly on face and leave for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.
   

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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:22:26 PM
Oatmeal Facial Mask
Take 2 tsp oatmeal and 1 tsp baking soda and add water to make paste. Apply to face and all over the skin and rub gently.
   

Title: Re: Soap, Lotion, Bath Salt Making
Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:23:00 PM
Facial Mask
Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice with one beaten egg white. Apply on your face and leave for overnight. Wash your face with warm water.
   
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:23:25 PM

Clay Facial
Choose the right clay for your skin type. Add plain water or floral waters or try wetting agents such as fruit purees . Make a thick paste of the clay. Apply the mask to your skin and let it dry for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Repeat weekly.
   

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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:23:53 PM
Multani (Gypsum) Mitti Body Mask
Make a paste of multani mitti adding water to the mitti powder. Apply to whole body and hair. Take bath after half an hour.
   
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:24:17 PM

Grape Cleanser
Split 2-3 grapes and rub the flesh over face and neck. Rinse with cool water.



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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:24:35 PM
Banana Face Pack for Dry Skin
Mash half cup of natural yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1/4 ripe banana. Apply this pack on face and neck and leave for 10 minutes and then rinse off.
   

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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:24:48 PM
Cucumber Face Pack to get Smooth Skin
Mash 1 whole cucumber, strain water, add 1 tablespoon of sugar and mix well. Put in a container,l keep refrigerated and take out whenever you want to use it. Apply on your face and leave for 10 minutes, then wash with cold water and enjoy the smoothness of your skin.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:28:00 PM

    Honey Facial (warning - do not use this if you are allergic to eggs!)
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 egg yoke
    1 teaspoon olive oil

    Beat the egg yoke with a fork, add the oil and blend well. Add the honey using a spoon that you have rinsed with hot water and blend well again. Smear it all over your face with your fingers, except do not cover your eyes. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes, then rinse it off.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:28:32 PM
    Cucumber Facial
    1 cucumber
    1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
    1 teaspoon witch hazel (you can buy this in any drug store)
    1 egg white, beaten with an electric beater until fluffy.

cucumberPeel the cucumber and run it through a blender or a food processor. Pour the cucumber pulp into a colander or strainer and force it through, catching the liquid that comes out in a bowl underneath. Combine the cucumber liquid with the lemon juice and the witch hazel. Stir it and add the beaten egg white gently. Put it on your face and leave it on for 15 to 25 minutes, then rinse off.

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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:28:56 PM
PEACH TIGHTENING MASK
1 Peach, ripe, peeled, pitted
1 Egg white
Whip the peach and egg white together in a blender until smooth. Gently pat the mixture all over your face. Relax for 30 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:29:15 PM
APPLE MASK FOR NORMAL SKIN
1 Apple, cored & quartered
2 T Honey
Drop the apple pieces into a food processor and chop. Add honey and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Pat the mixture onto your face with a light tapping motion, tapping until the honey feels tacky. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:29:41 PM
CUCUMBER MASK FOR OILY SKIN
1/2 Cucumber
1 Egg white
1 T Lemon juice
1 tsp mint
Puree everything and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm, then cool water.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:30:00 PM
STRAWBERRY DRAWING MASK
1/2 c Strawberries, very ripe
1/4 c Cornstarch
Mix strawberries and cornstarch together to make a paste and apply it to your face, avoiding the delicate area around your eyes. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:30:20 PM
CITRUS FRESHENER
2 cups boiling water
1 vitamin C (a preservative)
Lemon peel (zest) from 2 lemons
Dissolve the vitamin in water. In a glass bowl put the lemon zest and pour the water over them. Let it sit over night. Remove the zest and put in a spray bottle. You can use any type of citrus peel.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:30:42 PM
BLEMISHED SKIN MASK
1 Tomato, ripe, chopped
1 tsp Lemon juice
1 T Instant style oatmeal or old-fashioned rolled oats
Blend everything until just combined. Apply to skin, making sure the mixture is thick enough to stay on blemished areas: cheeks, forehead, or chin. If necessary, add a bit more oatmeal to thicken the mask. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then scrub it off with a clean washcloth dipped in warm water.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 14, 2008, 04:32:23 PM
Mask
1/4 cup (50ml) of fruit juice.
1/4 cup (50ml) of herbal infusion tea.
1 packet of unflavored gelatin.

To Make
1: Pour the liquids into an oven proof glass container.
2: Add the gelatin, and stir to dissolve completely.
3: Gently heat the mixture in a double boiler for 1 minute, while stirring constantly.

To Use
1: Spread a small layer over your face and let dry.
2: Peel it off and rinse with cool water.
3: Pat until dry.

This makes 1 treatment.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 16, 2008, 03:58:47 PM
 Here's a recipie for a eco-alternative laundry soap,
It cleans just as good, if not better, than commercial laundry and dish soap. There is no fosphorus, surfactants, alcohols or bleaches, than normally pollute the water, and air, and irritate the skin. It has natural whiteners, disinfectants and fabric softeners, and is bio degradeable. Plus, it is cheap, cheap, cheap, to make.

Eco-alternative Laundry Soap:

2 Bars pure glycerine soap
1 1/2 gallons water
1 Box generic baking soda
1 bottle hydrogen peroxide (cuts and scraps kind)
1 TBSP Favorite essential oil

Tools
Cheese grater
Soup stock pot
2 empty liquid laundry soap containers
Funnel
Wisk

Grate your soap bars finely. Fill your pot with water, then grated soap. Cook on medium until dissolved (about 20 min.), stiring occassionally. Take off of the burner heat, add baking soda, and peroxide. Wisk well. Let cool enough to put into your jugs, and add essential oil, wisk, and pour into your containers.

Use- 1 regular laundry cap fulls per load.
2 ultra laundry cap fulls per load.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 16, 2008, 03:59:11 PM
Dish soap

1 bar pure glycerin soap
1/2 Gallon water
1/2 box generic baking soda
1/2 bottle hydrogen peroxide
1tsp favorite essential oil

Follow laundry soap making directions.

Use- 1 tbsp per load of dishes
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 16, 2008, 04:01:18 PM
This balm works wonderfully on callouses for feet or hands and makes a great softner for heels, ankles and elbows, as well.

Fills a 4oz container.
50 ml olive oil (not pomace)
25 ml avocado oil
12.5 ml jojoba oil
2.5 ml vitamin e oil
5 ml emu oil
1/4 oz beeswax (a bit more if you want a harder consistency)
4 drops lavender eo
4 drops rosemary eo

This balm is very oily. But it's the oils that moisturize. It's best used when going to bed, applied semi liberally. But applied in minute amounts, it will soak in completely after about 5 min or so.
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Post by: Tami MacLeod on August 16, 2008, 04:03:45 PM
Moon Soap
Ingredients:
3 parts sandalwood
2 parts camphor
1 part lemon
1 part eucalyptus

Chop a 4 oz. bar of Castile soap and melt with 1/4 cup boiling water in a saucepan. Let cool slightly and add 30-40 drops of the above blend, and roll into balls or pour into molds.

Procedure:
Use before rituals on the Full Moon to attune with it's energies.