Friday, August 2, 2013

Hard Lotion Bars and a New Batch Of Soap

A quick post on making your own lotion bars.
Especially great for feet.
Gather supplies
  1/2 cup bees wax
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 cup shea butter

Heat beeswax, cocoa butter and grape seed oil in microwave until completely melted.  Remove from microwave and add shea butter.   Stir until completely melted.  At this point you can add essential oils or fragrance oils.  I usually add about 2 TBSP.

Pour into containers, molds, or anything you have on hand.  I have used cupcake liners, Ikea ice cube molds or just ice cube trays.

Let harden and enjoy soft feet, a nice massage, or just all over body moisture!  It's a pretty versatile lotion.

Another project on the go is Castile Soap.  I wanted to make a few batches for Christmas.  The longer this soap cures, the harder it becomes!  Hard is good!  It will last longer.

For complete instructions on making your own Castile Soap, 

Lye and oil  are cooled to 110 degrees

Always practice SAFE SOAP MAKING!!!

2 ounces of EO or fragrance oil per batch.  For this batch I used 1 ounce of Cucumber,  3/4 ounce of Mint and 1/4 ounce of Eucalyptus.

Soap reaching trace stage.

An addition of poppy seeds for scrubbing bars.

A long curing time makes for good soap!  This will cure for about four months.

Happy lathering.

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