Sunday, November 17, 2019

MORE HOLIDAY SOAPS!

Made another batch of soap for the holidays. This one is scented with sugar plum fairy fragrance from Brambleberry. Smells so good. I’ve used this FO many times in whipped bath butter and everyone likes it so I decided to use it this time around in soap.

My daughter picked out the colors for this batch, she also created the photo set up and the watermark.



Friday, November 15, 2019

TIME FOR CHRISTMAS SOAPS

After a bit of a rough 2019 with health issues and then surgery things are finally starting to look better. I guess my astrology chart was right! I had a reading back in late August and the astrologer said that things would start to improve in November. Thought I'd never get here but here I am :-) Much better and finally able to make some soap again just in time for Christmas.

I originally thought I'd make this batch with a whipped white top but decided at the last minute just to add the gold eco glitter.  I love the way it turned out! I finally found the perfect red mica for my soap. Yay!

I was thinking candy cane when I made this so I scented it with peppermint essential oil and then decided just red and white wasn't enough so I added a little green. It turned out better than I had imagined.


Saturday, June 15, 2019

NEW SOAPS, DISAPPOINTING MOLD

A few months back I purchased a new mold from Brambleberry. I was super excited not to have to line my wooden molds anymore. I decided to start with their tiny 2 lb silicone lined wooden mold to make sure I absolutely loved it first before buying the larger size and I am so glad I did because I was not happy. I ordered two silicone liners and they both fit exactly like this 🙁 Not a good fit. I didn’t bother calling BB to complain because I had waited so long to try the mold after purchasing I figured it would be a lost cause and if two liners fit exactly the same what are the chances I’d get a good replacement? So anyway, see the corners. I thought once I poured in the soap it would correct itself but it didn't. I tried using tape to stick the corners but it doesn’t work, the liner is misshapen. I got one use out of it and won’t use it again. If I want to make a 2 lb batch I will have to revert back to lining the mold with freezer paper. 



Back to my old soap molds. They produced these two beautifully shaped batches of soap 😁



Monday, February 25, 2019

ETSY... DANGEROUS PLACE TO VISIT

I need to stay away from Etsy.  Just a few seconds on there and the next thing I know I have a dozen new knitting patterns, a few sewing patterns, some incense, a new shirt... Oh my.  I am NEVER going on there again.

But, in the meantime I bought and made THIS cute little penguin rice heating pad pattern.  It is super easy and the instructions are very clear.  I'm just not great at sewing so I'll need to make a few more to perfect it.  I came close though, right? 



Sunday, March 4, 2018

COFFEE SOAP

I made a batch of coffee soap today scented with Bramble Berry espresso fragrance oil.  Smells just like a cup of fresh brewed coffee in the morning. Yum!!


Sunday, July 3, 2016

SUNSCREEN: I PREFER TO MAKE MY OWN


I've been making my own natural sunscreen for a few years now with various degrees of success. I originally started with just oils known to protect skin from the damage of uv rays but oils alone are not very effective.  I then formulated a product that I considered sending to an spf testing lab but I didn't like that what I had created required a preservative.  So now I am using a simple recipe I came up with based on the research I've read on using sencha green tea topically.  This sunscreen is very heavy, perfect for swimming and if sweating a lot.  I'm really happy with what I've created because it's as natural as it can be and it keeps my fair skin from burning.

For my sunscreen I use sencha green tea infused olive oil, coconut and almond oil, shea butter, beeswax and zinc oxide (uncoated, non-nano - mesh size 325 nm).

Sencha green tea has been well researched and found to be effective in sunscreen formulations.  READ HERE
Green tea has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in both human and animal skin.[] Animal studies provide evidence that tea polyphenols, when applied orally or topically, ameliorate adverse skin reactions following UV exposure, including skin damage, erythema, and lipid peroxidation.[] Since inflammation and oxidative stress appear to play a significant role in the aging process, green tea may also have antiaging effects by decreasing inflammation and scavenging free radicals. Researchers have found that the main active ingredient in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), works well as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and sunscreen.

Infusing sencha green tea in olive oil


Great consistency for bottling

Smooth cream

Goes on white but can be rubbed in, skin feels silky smooth

Perfect!









Friday, June 17, 2016

2016 EARLY SUMMER PLANT WALK

This past weekend my oldest daughter and I attended another herbal workshop.  This time the location was a beautiful farm in North Central, MN and it was the perfect spot since there was a great variety of wild edibles and medicinals spread over the property, even this beauty… truly growing wild, there were just two plants on the 38 acres.


I think my daughter had the most fun hanging out with the chickens 


While I was busy eating wild foods


We talked about many plants including the a variety of uses for Solomon's Seal


and Black Medick


There wasn't a boring minute while Lise Wolff talked


I really can never get enough of these plant walks.  Lise Wolff is like an herbal encyclopedia that I wish I could just put on a shelf and open when needed.  How she mentally files away so much detail about medicinal and edible plants I will never know.

It truly was a great day!

For anyone who lives in MN and may be interested in these workshops, here is a link to Lise Wolff's website .  Her classes are not always posted on her site but if you sign up for emails she'll definitely send you one when a workshop or class is scheduled.