Friday, November 9, 2012

Crafts: Specialty and Medicine Chest Soaps

Orange Julius Soap

This homemade bath soap that will leave your skin gently scented and feeling like silk.

2 cup Transparent melt & pour soap base, melted
2 tsp. Honey
1 tsp. Almond oil
1 tsp. French white clay powder
1/4-1/2 tsp. Orange fragrance oil
1/4-1/2 tsp. Vanilla fragrance oil

To Make This Homemade Bath Soap: While soap base is melting, mix the French clay, the almond oil and the honey together in a small bowl. When the soap base has fully melted, mix in the clay/honey/oil mixture and the fragrance oil. You can add coloring also, if desired. Pour into molds.
Glycerin makes homemade bath soap making less intimidating because glycerin soap recipes don't require lye and fats. Glycerin can be found at health food stores, some drug stores, craft stores or major department stores. Glycerin is a gentle skin moisturizer soap that is available in clear and opaque. The key to great glycerin soaps is to keep the heat as low as possible. High heating temperatures heat will produce a mushy or beaded appearance. To keep the glycerin from attracting moisture from the air, tightly wrap the glycerin soaps in plastic after making.


Anti-nausia Soap

2 tsps of Powdered ginger
12 ounces of Grated Soap or soap flakes

This soap is deliciously refreshing that warms your blood and stimulates your body.

Lovely to use when suffering from morning sickness the ginger is gently absorbed into your skin and the aroma fills the bathroom with a very calming scent.

This soap recipes uses the Melt & Pour Method of soap making.

Melt the water 9 ounces together with the soap flakes. Add the ginger and dye and mix well. Pour into molds.

Note: There are very different beliefs to the aid of ginger during pregnancy. Remember to discuss any products with your doctor (even natural remedies).


Burn relief soap

Aloe Vera soothes the skin and replenishes the vital nutrients in the skin.

1 cup of Soap flakes
1/8 cup of Aloe Vera gel

This recipe is for Melt and pour Soap, simply melt the soap in the microwave and mix with aloe and pour into a mold

Superman soap

Herbal products don't have to smell foo-foo and feminine. Make these great-smelling gifts for your favorite man and give your own sweet self a second-hand gift.

8 oz. unscented glycerin soap
• 1 tsp. “masculine mix” essential oils (for a boy use Superman fragrance oil)

double boiler to melt the glycerin soap. Set the soap inside a clean, empty bimetal can that’s 16 ounces or larger, such as a coffee can. Set the can adrift in a 2-quart saucepan filled with three inches of boiling water. Turn the water to a simmer and let the soap melt. Add scent and take off heat. pour into soap molds when cool enough. Makes 4 - 2oz soaps or 2 - 4 oz soaps.

Maculine mix = a combo of sandlewood and  balsam or pine


Moisturizing soap

This makes a small 2 pound batch of soap.

Castor oil 2 ounces
Cocoa butter 4 ounces
Coconut Oil 4 ounces
Olive oil 12 ounces
Palm oil 10 ounces
lye 4.3 ounces
water 12 ounces         

Carefully measure out the water in a heatproof container. Set it aside. In a separate container measure 4.3 ounces of lye. Put on rubber gloves and safety glasses. (The next step is best done in a well ventilated area.. outside is best).
Add the lye to the water very very slowly and stir at the same time. Stir slowly until the lye is dissolved. PLEASE be very careful with this mixture because it gets very hot. Set it aside. Weigh out all of the oils and empty them into a stainless steal or enameled pan. Put the pan on low heat until all of the oils melt. Let the oils and lye/water mixture cool until they are around 98-100 degrees. Safety glasses and gloves need to be on for this next step. When they are the same temp (between 98-100) slowly start adding while stirring with a wooden spoon) the lye/water to the oils. Stir…Stir… Stir. Keep stirring for about 10 minutes (vigorously) until you get it
thick enough that it traces. A trace is when the soap mixture becomes thick enough that you can design on the surface. At this point you can add any scent, color, grains or dried herbs. Mix well and pour into a plastic mold. Wrap the mold in a blanket and unmold after 24 hours. You soap will be ready to use after 3-4 weeks of curing.


Apple tart soap

Th fresh scent of apples makes you think of a nice summers day

4oz.  Clear Glycerin Soap base
1 Tbs Liquid Soap
1 Tsp Liquid Glycerin
1/2 tsp Apple Pie Fragrance Oil
1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
3 Drops Red Food Color

This recipe is for Melt and pour Soap
If you are not familiar with this process then read our step by step guide.

This soap looks wonderful packaged up with dried apple rounds tied onto the top.

For a whipped cream topping melt white soap base and whip it up with a whisk for a fluffy

Then dollop it onto the hardened soap for cream topping.


Summery Cucumber Soap

15 ounces Canola Oil
30 ounces Coconut Oil
27 ounces Olive Oil
21 ounces Palm Oil
5 ounces Shea Butter
13.75 ounces of lye
20 ounces of rain water
16 ounces of pureed cucumber (peels 'n all!)

Mix lye and water. Cool to 90°.
Pureed cukes (this will be approx. 2-3 large cukes).
Heat oils to 90°.

Mix lye solution and oils, blend well, add pureed cukes.
Bring to light trace, add fragrance of your choice (I used Sweetcakes
Econocuke - at a 1% usage rate).
Bring to heavy trace.
Pour in mold.
Leave it alone. :)

Notes: Even in very hard water it has lots of lather, very creamy and is very
soothing to skin. Uncolored, it is a very lovely pale ivory, slightly
translucent. No GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) needed. If you chose to modify
this recipe by subbing other oils or butters, it will not be remotely the same
unbelievably wonderful soap.


Herbal glycerin soap

1 pound Glycerin
1/2 ounce fragrance oil or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon essential oil, amount depends
on oil used.
1 T. Herbal powder of your choice and/or 1 T. Dried flower of you choice

Melt the glycerin in the microwave until completely dissolved. This usually
takes one to two minutes. Avoid stirring as much as possible because
stirring causes bubbles. Pour in herbal powder, dried flowers, and fragrance
oil while still in liquid state. Stir lightly to evenly distribute the

Pour in the mold of your choice and let set for 1 to 2 hours or longer if
desired. If you have trouble with the bar releasing from the mold, place in
the freezer for a few minutes and the bar should release easily. I have
found that the bar of soap lathers better when it is allowed to cure for 3
to 7 days before use.

This recipe yields 4 - 4 ounce bars of Glycerin Soap.


Cinnamon Soap

This soap will improve circulation and wonderful for diabetics for that reason.
Magical intent; Cinnamon attracts things "quickly" (money to you etc.) Herb of Aries.

Unscented glycerin soap (1 block aprox 1 lb)
10 drops cinnamon oil
1 drop red food coloring {optional}
Cinnamon bark broken into small pieces

Most glycerin soap comes in blocks/bars,
cut up in small pieces & place soap into
a microwave safe bowl.

Heat soap for about 40 sec. in the micro until liquefied.

Stir in the cinnamon oil, coloring until well mixed, add
cinnamon bark pieces, not to many.

(You can chant while you stir, if soap is for magical purposes)

Pour the soap into a mold that you have added cinnamon oil to.
Let set for three hours or until hardened. Smells great !!!
(If you have a problem removing soap from mold, place
mold in freezer for 10 mins, it will pop right out.


Chocolate soap

12 oz grated soap==I use plain glycerine soap bars.
5 oz water
1/4 cup instant cocoa powder
1/8 oz Chocolate Fragrance oil

Combine the grated soap and water in a saucepan, and set on medium heat. When the soap has melted, add the cocoa powder, and chocolate fragrance. Stir well, then pack into molds and let sit until hardened.


Sage soap for Oily skin

This recipe makes a small batch of soaps and uses no fragrance or
essential oils. You can add them to this recipe after saponification
stage is reached. Sage is used for oily skin. This soap is of medium
hardness. It also washes away completely, and doesn't leave the skin
feeling dirty/scummed like commercial soaps.

Measurements in weight:
2.45 ounces lye
7 fluid ounces sage tea
3 ounces apricot kernel oil
16 ounces lard
1/8 teaspoon finely crushed sage

1. Make a strong sage tea, strain. Let cool.
2. In a glass, enamel, or thick plastic container, add lye to cooled
tea. Never use metal when working with lye. Where goggles or some
sort of eye protective wear. 3. Melt oils and fat together in enamel
or glass pot. Take off heat.
4. When both the lye and fats are warm to the touch (touch the
outside of the containers, if you can hold your hand there without
burning it, it's ready), pour the lye slowly into the fats.
5. Stir for 15 minutes. If it does not thicken during this time,
stop stirring for 15 minutes and then stir again for 5 minutes. Keep
doing this until it saponifies/thickens . 6. Pour into molds. Keep in
molds until hardened (up to 3 weeks). Turn out of molds, cut if
desired and cure.


A hundred year old Witches soap recipe

A truely unique soap made like it was a hundred years back. Very nice smelling and a great gift. My all time favorite.

4 pounds lard
13 oz lye
5 cups cold water
1 tablespoon lavender oil
1 tablespoon patchouli oil
1 cup fresh strawberry juice
1/4 cup dried soap bark herb (optional)

In a large iron kettle or enamel pot, melt the lard over very low heat. In as separate pot, stir together the lye and the water. Heat lard until small bubbles begin to appear, but do not boil. Remove from heat and slowly pour the lye solution into the lard.

With a large wooden spoon, stir in the lavender and patchouli oils, the strawberry juice and soap bark herb.

Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour into 2-inch greased pan and allow to cool 24 hours.

Cut the soap into squares and leave in the pan for at least 72 hours before removing.

Place the soap bars on waxed paper and allow them to cure in a draft free area for at least 4 weeks before using.

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