S: The Tropical Moose - Hand Crafted Soap
BC: Don't ever give up on your dream & doing what God has called you to do. Even if what you want to do looks like it has already been done by someone else. God created you as a unique creature. So always remember, while the wheel has already been invented..... You've got to put your own spin on it! | "To Retirement"
FC: The Tropical Moose Handcrafted Soap by: Holly Neumeyer
1: Even if you just give away your soaps, it's not a bad idea to list the ingredients...you never know what people are allergic to. | Our artisan soap is carefully handcrafted in small batches. It is made with a blend of Olive, Coconut, Palm, Canola, and Castor oil. Unrefined Shea butter is added at the end of the process to provide extra moisturizers and rich lather. I have chosen this combination of oils and butters in all of my cold processed soap to produce a gentle cleansing bar of soap, rich in lather and bubbles. Due to the handcrafted nature, every cured bar of soap will have its own unique appearance, which may vary slightly in color, design and shape. | Individual bars are wrapped with a decorative label | My husband and I moved to Alaska in the winter of 1990. Where Dean enjoys the wilds of Alaska, I decided I needed to lean more of the indoor activities to get through the long winters. Thinking handmade soaps would be fun to sell and give as gifts, the "Tropical Moose" was born. This was a fun combination of my husbands love for hunting and my love of anything warm and tropical. My husband makes all my soap molds, and I do all the soap making. He is my best friend, providing encouragement and "human testing" for all of my products. | Holly Neumeyer | Live well, Laugh Often, Love Much | 2011
2: Handmade Soap I hadn't given much thought to using, much less making natural soap. I had read (ok, skimmed) a couple of books about how to make soap but found the thought rather frightening. However a friend was excited so I figured it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. Thank goodness I did! We spent the rest of that year looking for soap making classes. My journey started later that year when I found someone at the local craft market who would give us a class on soap making. We were on our way! By the end of Summer we were eager to start making our first batch of soap. The creative juices were flowing. The necessary soap making supplies had been purchased. All we need now was to decide what type of soap to make. It didn't take long to decide. With a limited selection of ingredients to choose from, we finally settled on using olive oil, coconut oil and vegetable shortening for the base ingredients. We scented the batch with lavender and used paprika for color. Some what of an odd combination but what the heck..we were excited and didn't really care. So we measured, we melted, we mixed. After 30 minutes of vigorous stirring (we later learned to use a stick blender) we witnessed our first trace. Into the plastic molds the soap went. We then wrapped up our newly created homemade soap in wool blankets to set for the next 18 to 24 hours. Now what, we thought? We couldn't even look at the soap until the next day (at least that's what we thought at the time). Well...we'll plan the next batch! Great idea! This of course kept us busy and not too tempted to sneak a peak before it was time. It was finally time to open up the soap. One look inside the blankets and we were definitely hooked. Hurray!
3: Our first attempt at making homemade soap was a success. It was a beautiful peach color and smelled delicately of lavender. Alright, perhaps we used a little too much paprika and not nearly enough essential oil but overall it was a wonderful batch of soap. By the end of fall we had made over 30 batches of homemade soap. Each batch is 20 bars. That's over 600 bars of soap! Now you tell me, how many bars of soap can 2 families possibly use up? Not that many, that's for sure! So our friends and family all got homemade soap packages for Christmas that year. It was so easy to get carried away. Each batch of soap we made gave us ideas for the next batch, and so on. It's now quite a few years later and I'm still making soap. Not quite like I was mind you!!! I might have gotten a little carried away there for awhile but I've finally found my balance and am loving every minute of it. The soaps I now make are mainly for family and friends However sometime in the future I would like to start going to the local farmer's markets and perhaps go to some of the local Christmas craft shows. | Resources: www.soap-making-essentials.com www.sweetcakes.com www.millersoap.com www.veggiesoap.com www.brambleberry.com www.soaptopia.com www.indigowild.com www.saponifier.com (A digital magazine)
4: Equipment A heat proof container for your lye mixture Stainless steel slotted spoon, Do not use wood/aluminum Thermometer, a quick read thermometer A good pair of kitchen latex or other thick gloves A pair of eye protectors Keep vinegar and water handy if you get any lye on your skin A digital Scale to weigh the fats and lye Soap molds, anything will work, milk cartons/rubber cat litter box A stick blender Heat resistant rubber spatula Measuring spoons for measuring your scents A stainless steel pot (for soap making only)
5: Why should I make my own soap? Making your own soap has many benefits. The most important one is that you have total control over what you put in it. Many commercial soaps contain animal fats, petroleum products, preservatives, and other things you may want to avoid. Also when you make your own soap, you can infuse it from the start with your own special ingredients.
6: General Instructions for Soap Making Get your heat-proof container ready and measure out your distilled water that is needed for your recipe. Remember to use COLD water. The lye will heat up the water. Add your lye to your water, stirring slowly and constantly to dissolve lye. The water will become hot and cloudy, this is normal. Remember DO NOT breath the fumes, they are very choking and can cause irritation. Wear your gloves and glasses for this process because the steam/fumes from the lye water can cause your skin to itch. Cool lye mixture to 97-100 degrees. While the lye water is cooling, measure your fats into your pot and heat gently, you do not want to over heat the fats, so as not to destroy any of the good properties of the oils. After oils are melted, set aside and cool to 110-120 degrees. When the fats and lye have reached the temperature that you need, move the pan to the sink and slowly pour the lye mixture into the fats while stirring constantly. When the soap comes to light trace you can add your scents and botanical herbs. A light trace is when you can see the trail of your spatula in the soap and then the indentation in the mixture disappears. Use 1/2 tsp. to 1 Tbsp of essential oils per 1 pound of soap. Remember to ONLY use essential oils tested for cold process soap making.
7: Stir the soap until it "traces". Remember to scrape the sides and bottom of the pan, this will incorporate everything. When the lye, water and fat are first combined the mixture is thin and watery. As the chemical reactions start to form soap, the mixture thickens and turns opaque and then will become a solid white or cream color. "Tracing" is a term to describe the thickness of soap when it's ready to pour into molds. When it comes to trace, it is has the texture of pudding, you don't want it to thick. Use your spatula to pick up a bit of the mixture, drop it on the surface of the soap, it will leave a mound or indentation on the surface. It is now ready to pour into your mold, once you have poured the soap into your mold you will have to wait for it to harden and cool. This is the insulation period and it takes up to 24 hours. Spray the top of your soap with 91% alcohol, this will prevent soda ash from forming. Then cover with a sheet of card board before you cover with a light blanket, this will help insulate your soap and keep the blanket from touching the top of your soap. Unmold the soap and remember that the soap can be harsh so just to be safe, wear your gloves. If using a wooden mold just grab the plastic liner and lift out the soap slowly. After the insulation period, cut the soap into bars. Wait for the soap to cure, usually 3 to 6 weeks, this is according to if you are in a dry area or humid area. During the curing time the PH of the soap will decrease, the bars become milder and harden. The longer you let your soap cure the harder the bars will become and the longer your soap will last.
8: Salt Water Soap 48 oz freshly collected sea water 16.89 oz lye 96 oz olive oil 24 oz coconut oil 8 oz palm oil 3.17 oz seaweed (freshly gathered, dried then ground) 1.58 oz castor oil | Dissolve lye in seawater, (water remained cloudy after 15-20 mins.-didn't clear up). Cool to 97 degrees | Seaweed Soap 40 oz palm oil 32 oz vegetable shortening 11 oz coconut oil 3.5 oz olive oil 4 oz castor oil-after trace Lye and oils both should be 110 degrees. | Once mixture has reached trace add the castor oil, 4 sheets chopped green Nori and essential oils | Take Nori sheets, cut them up into little pieces and soak them in a tablespoon of hot water, at thin trace stir in Nori slush. | Essential oils: Sea Moss, Key Lime, combined with Ocean Shoreline Fragrance, a hint of Sea Salt Air, a kiss of kelp, and the clean scent of rain. Winning maritime combination, rugged and masculine smelling. Like a perfect storm! | 2 great recipes | harvest and dry your own seaweed or buy Nori for sushi from your local store
9: This Suds For You! 24 oz coconut oil 24 oz olive oil 38 oz crisco 32 oz very flat beer 12 oz lye IPA, scented with essential oils of spruce, clove, orange & anise. Pumpkin Lager, 1/2 oz, Magical warm blend of pumpkin puree, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla sugar and Sparkling Rum. Raspberry Porter, Fruity beer fragrance. Oatmeal Stout, Smells positively edible! Full bodied and smooth. Honey Ale, fruity and sweet mixture of strawberries, apples, sparkling citrus, honey and spiced vanilla | guaranteed no hangover! | When you mix your lye into the cold flat beer it will go through two stages. 1. it will want to clump. 2. It will want to boil over, bubble up to the rim and it will then settle down, so put your lye container in a pan. Soap will trace quickly and look like apple sauce. Cover only with plastic. Do not insulate with a blanket. | Dean, Now you can immerse yourself in your favorite beverage....Beer | 99 bottles of beer on the wall! | Go for the gusto with this handcrafted soap that is brewed and aged to perfection using real beer.
10: Pamper your pooch with our all-natural solid shampoo bar, scented with a special blend of five essential oils. Our environmentally friendly shampoo will leave your favorite pet's coat silky, and soft. While the woodsy, slightly peppermint, cedarwood scent will safely repel bugs. | Tea Tree-antiseptic & anti-fungal Citronella-mosquitos hate it Peppermint-fleas don't like it Cedarwood, repels fleas and mosquitoes Eucalyptus-a germicide and it repels fleas and mosquitos | Kenai and Homer | Who let the boyz out!!! | "Two Dog Night" | 8 oz coconut oil 6 oz olive oil 1.5 oz palm oil 3 oz canola oil 8.5 oz water 3.54 oz lye | Woof!
11: 36 oz canola oil 36 oz olive oil 16 oz coconut oil 24 oz cold water 12 oz lye | Think of me when dark clouds hang in curtains of designs along the far horizon...when dove gray shadows dance and weave in harmony with the sky and a fleeting sun. When sea gulls dive and play over the dancing waves...Think of me! | Ocean's 12 | Love Letters In The Sand | Beau Brummel: Fragrance: The scent of a gentleman's club during the 18th century. Tobacco and black tea are the dominate notes with hints of fruit and spice. Heady, masculine and evokes images of the classic well dressed gentleman. | "Don't count the years.....count the memories." | A masculine ocean scent, rugged and smelling of salt air, cognac and sea kelp
12: Purple Haze 44 oz soybean oil 25 oz coconut oil 16 oz olive oil 24 oz cold water 12 oz lye The higher the coconut percentage, the more suds you get. Nice stick blending recipe! Lavender and Rosemary essential oils | 48 oz shortening (crisco 3 lb can) 22 oz coconut oil 16 oz olive oil 24 oz cold water 12 oz lye At trace add chocolate essential oil and a little cocoa powder for color. | Chocolate Moose
13: Mosquito Coast 24 oz soybean oil 10 oz olive oil 10 oz coconut oil 13.5 oz water 6.2 oz lye Essential Oils: 1 oz citronella 1 oz lemon eucalyptus 1/2 oz pepermint 1/2 oz cedar wood or you can use Bramble berries, Bug Be Gone, aromatherapy oil blend. | there are many essential oils that fight off mosquitoes and ticks. Citronella is the most widely known and the most recognizable when it comes to the scent. Mixing citronella with other oils that have similar properties create an effective bug fighting soap with a more appealing fragrance. Harrison Ford could have used this! | Fall & Oats 24 oz olive oil 24 oz coconut oil 38 oz vegetable shortening 12 oz lye 32 oz water 1/2 cup organic oatmeal, chopped a bit. 2 oz oatmeal and honey essential oil | There is a group in Salcha, Alaska who melt snow to make their soap!
14: 32 oz palm oil 27 oz coconut oil 16 oz hemp oil 15 oz olive oil 10 drops of vitamin E oil 13 oz lye 28 oz water | Christmas Spice, Potpourri in the fall. Notes of Orange, cinnamon, mocha, thyme and nutmeg. Tropical Vacation, A mix of mango, coconut and pineapple. | Hemp seed oil, naturally rich in omega 3,6, & 9, also contains important minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, it is high in vitamins A & E and is very effective ingredient in anti-inflammatory skin care products. | Belize, A tropical paradise | I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas! | That's in white sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets. | Rum Punches
15: There and Back Again! | A deep, rich wood scent of Italian Bergamont, and Applewood. With dark sensuous Patchouli, Cedarwood, Oakmoss and Vanilla Bourbon. Natural olibanum and Madagasca Vanilla. Far from pretty or perky or sweet, if J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle Earth had an official fragrance, it would be this. Beautifully captures the feeling of the end of summer and the beginning of fall. | add 4 oz ea of the essential oils, Spiced Mahogany, Sapmoss, and Woodland Elves, with a drop of Dragon's Blood a rich, spicy pairing. | 32 oz vegetable shortening 11 oz cold coffee 4.1 oz lye 3 oz coffee grounds add after trace. | Set in a time "between the dawn of Faerie and the Dominion of Men"! | 40 oz canola oil 36 oz olive oil 12 oz coconut oil 24 oz cold water | Woodstock Revival | The greatest music festival ever. Revived right there in your shower. Feel free to sing along with this rich wake up combination! | 2 oz Turkish Mocha E/O sprinkle with Black Hawaiian Sea Salt | Layer your mold with brown and white mica colored soap
16: December Winter Solstice Recognized since ancient times, winter solstice marks the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. | 24 oz coconut oil 24 oz canola oil 36 oz soybean oil 24 oz cold water 12 oz lye crystals 2 oz icecap | 41 oz olive oil 24 oz coconut oil 18 oz palm oil 26 oz cold water 12 oz lye 2 oz each of essential oils, patchouli, lavender and oak moss Oakmoss is a perfumery classic of earthy, foresty notes. When added to florals it creates a great men's blend with just the right touch of woodsy mystery. The summer solstice is recognized and celebrated around the world. The longest day and the shortest night of the year occur on this date, marking the beginning of summer. | A Very Curious Tradition | June Summer Solstice | Chena Hot Springs, Alaska | Autumn Equinox: September When the hours of darkness and light are equal
17: 32 oz soybean oil 32 oz crisco 14 oz olive oil 10 oz coconut oil 28 oz cold water 12 oz lye | 1/2 tsp. copper mica color 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder 5 tsp. Bay Rum E/O 3 tsp. Sweet Orange E/O 1/2 tsp Clove E/O 1/2 tsp. Patchouli E/O | Belizean Rum Runner Soap wonderfully masculine | Beauty and the Beach | 40 oz soybean oil 16 oz olive oil 16 oz coconut oil 8 oz palm oil 8 oz cocoa butter (food grade) 28-32 oz water 12 oz lye For that oh so soft feeling after to much sun and salt water! | Color: 1 tsp white mica 1/4 tsp crimson mica Aquaflore Fragrance, Fantastic, sea fragrance | Making Memories!
18: The Twilight Series | "Jacob", this werewolf scent is a sexy, animalistic fragrance. Scented with notes of Mandarin, Pepper, Cypress, Leather, and Amber, with an earthy turn of Earth Musk and Spiced Mahogany. Add loofa for a real bite. | Introducing "Twilight Spa Bar", created with rose clay and Himalayan rose sea salt. This will remind you of Edward's skin in the sunlight. Strongly scented with blood orange, and Rose Geranium. | WOLFSBANE: Protection from lycanthropic beasts! | "Vampire's Kiss", a deep, earthy "Dragon's Blood" scent with a touch of spice! | Twilight Woods fragrance by "Sweet Cakes". | Sam | Seth | Embry | Leah | Brady | La Push Beach | Sparkles!! | Quil | Paul | Collin | Jared
19: "Bella", This Twilight inspired scent is a soft and innocent blend of Violet, Gardenia, Jasmine, Grapefruit, Vanilla and White Woods. | Glampire-Lurking in the shadows doesn't mean one has to be subtle. A dramatic single-note of Smoky Patchouli. A creamy castille base is topped with sparkly red oxide 'blood' for an extra touch of spooky vampire glamour. (Edward who?) | *To create these fun bars of soap, use any of the soap recipes in this book. Mix up your own delicious scents. | Alice | Jasper | Emmett | Carlisle | Esme | Did someone say bite me? Jasper (since he can't bite Bella) would fall in love with these. Scented with Blood Orange, citrus, berries, cherries and vanilla, makes for a yummy taste! These little fangs are for all the Twilight fans out there. | Rosalie | The Volturi
20: I have scented this Soap with Dragon's Blood, Fragrance Oil. I Love this scent! It is an incense-y, sweet & spicey scent. Infused with Cedarwood, Orange and Patchouli Essential Oils, it is earthy and sensual. | Dragon's Blood Soap with Cocoa and Shea Butters, Coconut Milk and Jojoba Oil: | 8.5 oz. coconut oil 10 oz. olive oil 16 oz. shortening 1.5 oz. castor oil 8 oz. water 4.93 oz. lye 6 oz. canned coconut milk 3 oz. chocolate soap, cut into chunks 2 1/2 Tbs. Dragon's Blood 2 1/2 Tbs. Spiced Mahogany Red mica | Mix lye into water. Melt oils. I usually start my soaps at approx. 110 degrees. or so. At thin trace add warmed castor oil. When blended add coconut E/O blend, then coconut milk. At thick trace, add soap chunks so that they will stay suspended well and not sink to the bottom of your mold. | Let there be dragons!
21: Sir Follicle Whisker III Shaving Soap 13 oz. Olive oil 10 oz. Coconut oil 7 oz. Palm oil 2.5 oz. Castor oil 4.7 oz. Lye (about a 5% discount) 9.4 oz. water 2 Tbs. of Bentonite Clay 1 to 2 oz. of fragrance or essential oil Make the soap like you would any other Cold Process Soap recipe. You can add the clay pretty much any time you want in the recipe. Some people add it to their lye water. Others just mix it into the oils as they are melting. You can also take a half cup or so of your melted oils, put them in a measuring cup, a mix your clay into the oils. Then add this pre-mixed clay/oil mixture to the soap once you've reached trace. Any method works fine. I like to pour the soap directly into coffee mugs or tins. This will make a 3 lb. batch of soap. The Bentonite Clay is used to provide 'slip' for easy razor gliding in shaving soaps. | Grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days.
22: Sambuca Rose For those who adore the scent of black licorice: 48 oz crisco (3 lb can) 21 oz soybean oil 18 oz coconut oil 28 oz cold water 12 oz lye 1 tsp ea. Anise, sweet fennel, sweet orange, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & Rose Color: 1 tsp white mica 1/2 tsp. black oxide | Black Orchid A deep, dark take on orchid, white ginger, black pepper, pepperberry, spicy gardenia, jasmine and patchouli. | 28 oz canola oil 22 oz coconut oil 7 oz cocoa butter 7 oz castor oil 20 oz olive oil 12 oz lye 26-28 oz cold water | Soap curls | Color: 1 tsp white mica 1/4 tsp crimson mica
23: Soap Curls | Start by using a wire cheese slicer to cut thin strips of soap, the fresher the soap the more pliable the strip. Then using a pencil, carefully roll the soap strip into loose curls, create enough curls to fill the mold. Warm the mold and curls in the oven, just to avoid a temperature shock when pouring your soap. Remember your mold will fill much higher than normal. You will want to have another mold on hand to hold extra soap. Be sure to pour your soap very carefully so as to not mess up your curls. Insulate your soap as normal. | When cutting your soap, remember to cut your bar 2 1/8", you should get about 8 bars of soap. Then lay soap on side and cut horizontally in half, this will give you two bars of beautiful soap with curls.
24: DRYING HERBS: On a sunny day after the dew has dried, I cut herbs with a stout pair of kitchen scissors or clippers to the lowest set of clean leaves. I grasp a small bunch in one hand and cut the stems with the other, quickly checking each handful for weeds, discolored leaves, debris and insects - all of which are easiest to discard at this point. Then I lay down the stems in my gathering basket so that they all point in the same direction for easy bunching. I secure bunches with a thick rubber band wrapped tightly about 1 1/2 inches from the end of the stems. Rubber bands are far more efficient than string, because the bands contract as the herbs dry so bunches remain intact. You probably want between 12 and 15 stems to a bundle, depending on the type of herb, the amount of foliage and the thickness of the stems. I hang these bunches from hooks on beams in our kitchen. I prefer them in the kitchen not only for their looks, but because I can keep a close watch on them. You can hang herbs in any room as long as it is cool, airy and doesn't get direct sunlight. (Light destroys an herb's essential oils and color. Wherever the herbs are hung, they should have plenty of room so air circulates around the bunches to speed up the drying process. Some people tie a brown paper bag around each bunch to prevent dust from accumulating on the herbs. I've tried this and find it cumbersome, and with dubious benefits. Besides, I like the panache that herbs and drying flowers add to kitchen decor. Decorating with dried bunches is a legitimate way to enjoy herbs, so let them hang and don't feel guilty. Once the leaves are crispy dry and the stems are brittle, it's time to strip the leaves. Once this is done, Store herbs in labeled jars in a cupboard away from light, where they keep in prime condition for a year or more.
25: Final note: when all else fails, rebatch Rebatching..cut the soap into small chunks, put into a pot pour in selected liquid, about 1/2 cup to 2 1/2 pounds of soap. Cover pot and place in oven at 250 degrees. This will take awhile, if soap starts to dry out sprinkle with a little more liquid, stir often so soap won't burn. When most of the soap has geled, take out of oven and run stick blender through it. Return to oven for another 30 minutes. Soap should now be completely liquid and smooth. Mix well with stick blender again. At this time you can add any essential oils or herbs. Pour into molds and let set (24 hours), cut and store until nice and hard. | "Winds begin to blow, colored leaves fall all around. Twirling and whirling all around, till at last they touch the ground". Soaping with friends in the fall make the most magickal blends. The fall fills your spirit, with clean crisp smells of earthy air, the warm moist soil moving into place for winter..smells of drying herbs fill your house......Friendship isn't a big thing, it's a million little things.
26: Fun Gifts to Make | Mocha Spice Sugar Scrub 1 cup Sugar 1 T Coffee grounds 1 T Coco powder 1 tsp Cinnamon Generous pinch Nutmeg Generous pinch Ginger 1/4 to 1/2 C Grapeseed oil In medium bowl whisk together sugar, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, & ginger. Add 1/4 C oil until completely combined with sugar mixture. Sir in remaining oil 1 T at a time until desired consistency is achieved. Store in airtight container. To Use: Scoop out a generous handful, apply to wet skin in a circular motion, Rinse well | Orange-Eucalyptus Bath Salts 1 C fine Sea salt 1/2 tsp liquid Glycerin 1/2 C Epsom salts 8 drops Eucalyptus essential oil 8 drops Sweet orange essential oil Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. To use, simply add 4 to 6 T of salts to a hot tub. Keep unused salts sealed in an airtight container.
27: Calming Bath Tea When you are relaxing in the comfort of a warm tub of water your skin can soak in the nutrients it needs from natural herbs and oatmeal in this bath tea. This mixture also provides skin moisturizing benefits and general emotional renewal and stress relief. In a large bowl combine all ingredients, ( plant a small garden where you can grow and dry your own herbs and flowers) take about 1/3 to 1/4 cup of mixture and add to a small muslin bag that you can stamp or decorate with felt flowers or buttons. Drop into your bath, after use, contents can be emptied, and bags rinsed out then washed to be refilled and reused. Indgredients: Oatmeal-helps smooth and comfort itchy, scratchy, dry skin..will give your skin a silky feel. Lavender Buds-Brings calm to the senses, reliefs stress, tension & headaches. Chamomile Flowers-relaxes tired, achy muscles and feet, and softens skin. Rose Petals-offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional state of mind. Keep this mixture in a large clear container, very pretty, until you use it. You can also add to homemade soaps.
28: Fizzy Bath Bomb It takes only three ingredients to make a bath bomb: However my recipe is for a moisturizing, soothing bath bomb. Bath Bomb Ingredients: 1/2 C Citric Acid 1 C Baking Soda 1/2 C Corn Starch 1/4 C Epson Salts Instructions: 1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl for about 1 minute. 2. Mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl. Quickly stir the mixture into the large bowl of dry ingredients. Mix well. 3. Your mix should hold together when you compress it in your hand. It should not stick to your fingers, be doughy or overly wet. Important: If your mix is too wet mix up 2 parts baking soda to one part citric acid and add to mix. 4. Add in any powdered color. Molding-you can use anything, try using a melon ball scoop. Remove from mold and let dry overnight. | Wet Ingredients: 2 3/4 T Grape seed oil 3/4 T of water 1/4 tsp of Borax 1 1/2 tsp Lavender E/O | check out the Bath Bomb Cupcake Kit from brambleberry.
29: Bath Bombs with Sea Salt Cup Citric Acid 1 Cup Baking Soda Cup Fine Brazilian Sea Salt 3-6 ml Orange Grove Fragrance Oil 4-6 Sprays Witch Hazel Coarse Pink Salt for Garnish | To make the Mondo Lavender Bombs: 1 cup Citric Acid 2 cups Baking Soda 3 Tablespoons Kaolin Clay 18 ml Lavender Essential oil Lilac LaBomb Color Stainless Steel 2 piece Sphere mold | Hart Fizzies w/ rose petals 1 cup Citric Acid 2 cups Baking Soda 18 ml Coconut Citrus Sorbet Gurlie Pink LaBomb Color Adobe Brick LaBomb Color Cornflower Blue LaBomb Color Witch Hazel silicone heart Mold | for a video on how to make bath fizzies go to the Soap Queen, on the Bramble Berry web site. | Bath Bombs
30: Potpourris, Sachets & Tussie Mussies Long before modern air fresheners came in cans, the leaves, flowers, seeds, roots and barks of herbs and spices were carried in hand bouquets, and preserved in special blends to freshen the air and help you sleep. Collecting and drying your herbs and flowers at the end of summer fills your home with warmth and fragrance. To make your potpourri, place petals, blooms and leaves in a large container, packing loosely so there's plenty of room to shake the mixture. Sprinkle with orrisroot, add citrus peel and spices, mix together gently. Sprinkle with fragrant oils and close tightly. Shake the container every few days for about six weeks or until the mixture is well mellowed. Sew little muslin bags and fill with dried potpourri, you can add to clothes drawers, linen closets, or anywhere you want a fresh clean scent. Or just fill small containers and set out in your room for a nice scent. | The European craft of making comfort pillows goes back several centuries. Comfort pillows recall a time in our history when people assigned magical powers to herbs. Certain herbs under the pillow were believed to protect against evil, foretell the future, or conjure up lovers. Ancient stories tell of herbs that were used to calm, relax, and relieve stress.
31: Five Stress reducing blends for your comfort pillows. Stress from work, family activities, traveling, and everyday worries. These herbs and flowers placed in little decorative bags and placed inside your pillow case will help you relax and drift off to sleep. | Restful Sleep 1/4 C Lavender flowers 1/4 C Mugwort 1/4 C Sweet hops | Stress Reducing 1/2 C Sweet Hops 1/2 C Mugwort 1/2 C Marjoram | Peaceful Slumber 1/4 C Rose petals 1/4 C Rosemary 1/4 C Lavender flowers 1/4 C Sweet hops | Convalescent Rest 2 T Lavender flowers 2 T Catnip 2 T Lilac blossoms 2 T Mugwort 2 T Marjoram 1 tsp Mint 2 T Heliotrope blossoms | Comfort blends are different from potpourri, they do not contain fragrance oils or essential oils. | Relaxing Pillows 1/2 C Mugwort 1/2 C Lavender flowers
32: For the Traveler 1/2 C Mugwort 1/2 C Rose petals 1/4 C Lavender Flowers 1/4 C Marjoram 1 T Passion Flower, leaves or petals | Vacation Bliss 1 C Rose petals 1 C Mugwort 1/2 C Hops flowers 1/2 C Lemon Verbena leaves 1 T Lemongrass 1 T Jasmine flowers 1 T chopped Mimosa flowers 1 T Mint leaves 2 whole cloves 1 small piece dried Orange peel 2 T Marjoram | These little sachets give a quiet rest, a familiar scent and peacefulness to the traveler, whether on a plane a night in a hotel room or camping out under the stars. Put one of these in your husbands' pillow while at moose camp to dream of getting the big one! | For the Hunter/Camper Great Outdoors 1/2 C Mugwort 1/2 C Rose petals 1/2 C Catnip 1/4 C Rosemary 1/4 C Pine needles 1/4 C Cedar/juniper needles 1/8 C Balsam fir needles 2 Pieces Sassafras wood 3 T Lemon balm 2 tsp Lemongrass 2 Whole Cloves 1/2 T Lemon Verbena leaves
33: Holiday Dreams 3/4 C Mugwort 1/2 C Rose petals 1/4 C Catnip 1/8 C Pine needles 1/8 C Cedar needles 2 T Sassafras wood 2 small pieces dried orange peel 2 small pieces dried lemon peel 1 T Lemon grass 1 T Rosemary 1/8 tsp Frankincense 1/8 tsp Myrrh 8 Whole Cloves 1 piece stick Cinnamon, crushed | This wonderful little sachet evokes childhood memories of the Christmas tree and trips to see family and friends. | Resources for herbs and flowers | www.sfherb.com www.sweetanniesrose.com www.save-on-crafts.com www.flowerpower.net www.therosemaryhouse.com www.drycreekherbfarm.com www.longcreekherbs.com www.mountainroseherbs.com www.sfbsc.com (San Francisco Sea Salt Company)
34: Infusing an herb in oil allows the active fat soluble constituents to be passed into the oil. Hot infused oils are slowly, simmered for a couple of hours, whilst cold infused oils are heated by the sun over several weeks. Both types of oil infusion can be added to homemade soaps. Infusing Fresh Herbs in Oil - Hot Infusion: Herbs are best picked early in the day, before the sun has a chance to deplete some of those wonderful oils from the leaves. Ensure they are sand and grub free, and then place them somewhere inside on a clean cloth until slightly wilted. This ensures that there is no surface water on the herbs when you infuse them. Place the herbs into a crock pot or saucepan. Pour in enough olive oil to cover the herbs plus approximately 2cm more. For Crockpot: Turn Crockpot to low and leave to infuse for 2 - 3 hours, checking periodically as you may need to turn it off and then back on again to avoid overheating. If you wish to strengthen the infusion, strain the oil from the herbs, and replace with fresh herbs and pour back the same oil and repeat the heating process to strengthen the infusion. For Cook Top: Turn burner to low or use a double boiler, Check periodically to ensure the oil is not overheating and infuse for approximately 2 - 3 hours. If you wish to strengthen the infusion, strain the oil from the herbs, and replace with fresh herbs and pour back the same oil and repeat the heating process. | Making Herbal Infused Oil for Homemade Soaps
35: I like to strain my infusions through cheesecloth. Place strainer over a clean bowl and line this with the cloth. Empty the herbs and oil and let it drain through. Then draw together the edges and twist to squeeze out as much oil as possible. Pour into a clean jar until ready for use (don't place the lid on until completely cool) For A Sunny window sill: If you don't want to have to watch the infusion for a couple of hours you can prepare an infusion by packing glass jar with herbs and oil and using the sun for heat. Jars should be VERY clean, it's easy to send them through the dishwasher, if you have one. If not, simply scald them with hot water. Air dry or use a warm oven to ensure they are completely dry before adding herbs and oil It is best to USE DRIED HERBS for infusing this method - you can get some nasty mixtures if there is water in the infusion. However, if you really want to use your fresh herbs, wilt using the method above to ensure they are completely dry before packing into the jar I like to use good quality olive oil for most of my infused oils Pack the jar with the dried herbs and then fill with oil, allowing it to run right through the herbs Seal with a clean lid.
36: After adding your herbs to the oil, place your jar in a sunny window. Gently shake the jar each day for several weeks. To strengthen the brew, you may remove the old herbs and replace with new herbs. Herb infused oils are wonderful in your homemade soap making process. They contain the best qualities of the herbs into a form that is easily absorbed. You need to start in advance with them because they do take a while to make. But trust me, the end result is well worth the effort. Some good herb choices are: Rosemary Calendula flowers Comfrey Chamomile Lavender Mint peppermint Sage Oregano Thyme Oregano and Thyme have natural antibiotic and antiseptic properties. | Select the containers you like best to store your oils.
37: Recipe 1. Put the herbs (1/4 - 1 cup) and oil (16 oz.) into the crock pot or double boiler. Stir gently. 2. Heat the herbs very slowly, stirring gently every once in a while. 3. Bring the temperature to about 120-130 F (50-55 C). Any higher and you risk "cooking" the herbs (and the oil) rather than helping them to infuse your oil. 4. Let the oils simmer for an hour or so. Let them cool. Bring back to temperature and simmer again for another hour or so. If you're using a reliable crock pot, you can just set it to heat for a few hours. 5. Let the herbs cool a bit, but not completely. 6. Strain the oil through three or four layers of cheesecloth into your mason jar. Be sure to squeeze the last bits of oil from the herbs - like a tea bag. Tips: Herb suggestions: Lavender, Calendula, Peppermint, Patchouli, Sage, Chamomile, Catnip (great to keep mosquitoes away!, Annatto (for color). The herbs should be crushed or lightly ground but not powdered! You can simmer the oils for several hours, but it's important to not cook/fry them. You can re-infuse the oils several times to make double or triple strength oils. Some people skip the crock pot altogether and just place the oils in a warm window to steep for 24-48 hours. This would be akin to making "sun tea". I personally prefer the crock pot method, but the window method does work.