Jul 16, '12 10:41 AM for Kathy's friends and Kathy's online buddies
I am so happy that my idea for this worked out. I was browsing on the soap forum to read how other soapers are highlighting their soaps from these pretty molds; and was surprised that most were air brushing with soap colors, or painting on the soap colors and then they put layers of hair spray over them to seal-no I don't want hairspray on my soaps. So I woke up the other morning-why can't I just use soap and pour that into the design and then make the second layer-a little more practice and I can get them prettier. I was having alot of problems with the red, always an 1/8" layer of white soap on the bottom-so I decided to make a thin layer of red and then a pastel for the bottom--but the next time I will treat the red same as I did those other two bars--problem solved-yeah
Use this recipe for making a lavender vinegar suitable to use as a laundry rinse and fabric softener (as listed here on Tipnut: Lavender Vinegar Recipes):
■Handful of Lavender Flowers and 1 Pint White Vinegar ■Directions: Combine lavender and vinegar, seal and let sit for 6 weeks before using. Strain. Use about 1/4 cup in the rinse cycle, increase up to 1 cup per load if stronger scent is desired. Scented Vinegar Rinse (Essential Oils)
Use this recipe (as listed here on Tipnut: Frugral Fabric Softener Recipes & Dryer Sheet Tips):
■Using 1/4 cup vinegar in your laundry’s rinse cycle keeps clothes soft. You can set aside a vinegar jug just for laundry and add about 2 dozen drops of your favorite essential oil to the vinegar if you’d like (or as much EO as you feel necessary). Scented Laundry Booster
■Fill a plastic container with baking soda then add a few drops of essential oil to preference (start with about 2 drops per cup). Stir well with a wooden stick or spoon (not one used for cooking). Seal the container and set aside for two weeks. ■After two weeks use it as a laundry booster (1/2 cup per load in the wash or rinse cycle–your choice). Do not add any commercial fabric softener.
I liked this one too:
1/2 cup baking soda 1/2 cup cornstarch 1 1/2 tsp ground orange zest (dried) 10 drops of your favorite essential oil
■Blend all ingredients together in a blender then pour into a large shaker. Sprinkle on bed linens as needed.
This bar will have you day dreaming in your bath. I made this bar with all natural shea butter and goat milk soap bases, kaolin clay for its properties and to firm up the bar, also ground gluten free oatmeal was added. No colors or perfumes added to this bar, just a luxurious bar of creamy soothing soap.
The oatmeal is on one side of the bar for a little scrubbing power, and the other side of the bar is all soap. A soap for all members of the family; especially babies, children, and those of us with sensitive skin.
This is such a creamy bar of soap you will feel so special after a long day.
Each bar is a large 4.25 ounces. All my soaps are wrapped into one of my handmade cotton bags and tied-excellent for gift giving as well
Just a note-a couple bars of soap or soap and a sachet will fit nicelya into small flat rate priority box I prefer payment with paypal, or contact me for postal money order. May order here, or thru my etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/Kathyinozarks
From Farmers Almanac, someone left a comment on my page yesterday about making soap from slivers-this recipe popped into my mail box today. Turn your leftover soap slivers into oatmeal soap! Gather ingredients: 1/2 cup regular oatmeal, 1/2 cup small soap pieces, 1-1/2 tablespoons cooking oil, and 1 tablespoon water. Put the soap slivers into a plastic bag and pound them into small chunks. Put the chunks into a blender, add the oatmeal, and pulse until grainy. Pour into a bowl and add the oil and water. Mix with your hands, removing any remaining bigger chunks of soap. Shape the mixture into a ball and let sit until hard, about 2 hours. Be sure to wash the blender thoroughly to remove the soap residue. more homemade soap and toiletries here
Several nice looking recipes to make--here is one of them:
Hair Shine Makes 1 treatment
1 teaspoon honey 4 cups warm water Lemon (for blondes)
Stir honey into warm water. Blondes may wish to add a squeeze of lemon. After shampooing pour mixture through hair. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal. For a quick hair shine tip: add 1 teaspoon of honey to your bottle of shampoo or conditioner.
Benefits: replenishes and adds shine to dry or damaged hair.
The recipe is here-I really like the looks of this recipe, alot less geasy than the sugar scrubs
Lavender is known for its soothing, calming, and relaxing properties; perfect for a nighttime bath scrub. For this easy gift idea, you will need the following ingredients:
4 oz Dead Sea Salt 1 oz Liquid Glycerin 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil 1/4 teaspoon Opalescent Mica Lavender Buds (to your liking)
Begin by portioning your salt into a bowl and separately mix the glycerin, Lavender Essential Oil, and mica together. Add the the colored and scented glycerin to the salt and mix thoroughly. Finally, stir in the lavender buds and package your scrub in a 4 oz metal tin with a clear lid. It's so simple and one of the cleanest projects because there are such few ingredients and steps. Also, you can try this with different types of salt, sugar, carrier oils such as sweet almond or jojoba oil, or experiment with different colors and scents. Have fun and enjoy! Posted by Otion - The Soap Bar at 3:54 PM