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Recipes

Looking through our products, it's easy to get excited about making your own lotions, soaps, and bath teas. We should know; it happens to us all the time! But if you've never made lip balm before, you might not really know where to start. It's one thing to gather the ingredients, but quite another altogether to actually combine them. Some things, like lotion, contain bases and preservatives that you may not have handled before. It's important to use them in the right amounts, so that you end up with a lovely body product and not a useless mess!

On this page, we've gathered a few basic recipes to help get you started. They provide a rough guideline for things like lip balm, lotion, tub tea, and potpourri. Once you know the required proportions, you can let your creative side run wild with fragrance oils, colorants, and herbs. Try a few of our recipes, and then make them your own. We also have a selection of helpful how-to books for sale; they contain very detailed instructions and educational, inspirational recipes. Once you know the basics, you'll be well on your way to perfecting your craft!

BASIC COLD PROCESS RECIPE


5 oz Coconut Oil
3 oz Safflower or Olive Oil
6 oz Palm Oil
2 oz Cocoa butter or Shea
Fragrance - .7 – 1 oz per lb = 4 -6%
6 oz water 2.3 oz lye

Supply List:
Goggles
Face shield
Gloves
Stovetop
Thermometer
Stainless steel spoons
Plastic spatulas
1 pitcher for lye
1 pitcher for water
1 stainless steel pot
Scale for batch up to 30 lb
Mix lye solution.
Measure COLD water into plastic container. (hot water will volcano)
Measure lye into separate container. Then, carefully pour lye into water.
Stir with rubber (nylon, silicone) or stainless steel spatula until lye is dissolved. Make sure to stir well. Okay to do multiple batches of lye @ once & stir all @ same time. Let lye solution cool until it is below 120 degrees. (cooled lye solution with “scum” on top is normal & no problem). To cool quickly, place outside, in cool bath or frig or freezer. Make a day or 2 ahead if possible.

Weigh the oils and fats into stainless steel pot (no enamel b/c there will be problems if it chips). Heat between 120 and 140 degrees F.
Add cooled lye solution slowly into oils and stir with a stainless steel, slotted spoon for 2 minutes.
Blend with a stick blender for about 1 minute.
Alternate the spoon stirring with the stick blender, until the mix is “trace” (like runny pudding).
Pour soap into prepared molds & leave open for 24 hours or until saponified. (if cold, it can take days to saponify). Saponify 60-80 F and wait until soap is cold.
~ Overbeated soap has tiny pinholes in it. No big deal.

~ Under-beating causes the soap to go cold in the mold & it won’t saponify. The beating of the raw soap forces the lye water and oils to deal with each other. If you don’t beat it enough, there isn’t enough contact to keep the chemical reaction going and you get some soap with a lot of oils and water. (mush). The soap will have super high ph, huge holes in it that look like spider webs and be full of caustic liquid (or just be brittle on the bottom & mush on top).

LIP BALM/LIP BUTTERS RECIPE GUIDELINE
20% Beeswax
25% Soft Butter (Example: Shea butter)
15% Brittle Butter (Example: Cocoa butter, Mango butter)
40% Fixed Oil (Example: castor, grapeseed, sunflower)
Add Vitamin E if desired for its antioxidant properties & to prevent rancidity.


BASIC LIP BALM
This is a recipe to get you started. Remember that you can be creative & alternate oils & butters to formulate your favorite recipe.
1 oz Beeswax
1.1 oz Shea Butter, refined
1.1 oz Cocoa Butter, deodorized
3.3 oz Castor or Grapeseed Oil
MELT: Add all ingredients in a microwave-safe container or double boiler (preferably something that has an angled pour tip). Do no overheat. If using a microwave, stir every 30 seconds.
When above ingredients are melted, add the following optional ingredients:
Flavor Oil.
.1 oz Vitamin E
If you prefer a sweetened lip balm, try our Lip-Smacking Sweetener Oil.

POUR into Lip Balm Tubes . As the batch cools, it will coagulate & become difficult to pour. Simply place in the microwave for 10-15 seconds & then continue filling tubes. Fills approx 30 .15 oz lip balms.
Variations: 2-4ml Sweet Orange EO is nice & simple w/this recipe. 2 ml Peppermint EO also makes a nice addition & you can easily get Chocolate-Peppermint when you change from Deodorized Cocoa Butter to Natural Cocoa Butter.

Don't want to measure or in a time pinch? Our LIP BALM BASE is perfect for anyone that wants perfect, creamy lip balm w/out the hassle!


EASY LOTION RECIPE
3lb 2oz distilled water
2 oz aloe vera gel
pinch of citric acid
Heat to approx 110 F (but not greater than 140 F)

In a separate pot, heat the following until melted:
.50 oz Shea Butter
2.8 oz Emulsifying Wax
1.4 oz Stearic Acid
.35 oz Cocoa Butter
5.6 oz Grapeseed Oil
4.9 oz Sunflower
1.4 oz Glycerin

Allow oils/butters to cool to low 100's or about room temp & then add:
.16 oz Germaben

Mixing/Blending: Slowly pour water mixture into the oils/butters mixture & stir with a stick blender. This fills approx 8.5 8oz bottles.



RECIPE FOR 3 LB BATCH AFRICAN BLACK SOAP
Coconut Carbon is the key ingredient to African Black Soap (Ose Dudu), which has been prized for centuries for its natural healing properties. This gentle soap is highly sought after because of the lore surrounding its healing properties of skin conditions. Used for cleaning skin, hair, and even the dishes! Our recipe for African Black Soap lathers beautifully, helps detoxify the skin and is so gentle on the body. (this recipe can be doubled, tripled, etc for larger batches. We recommend testing smaller batches to determine how you like it).

Ingredients:
Coconut Oil - 9 oz
Palm Oil - 20 oz
Shea Butter - 3.5 oz
.6 oz Coconut Carbon (choose smooth or exfoliating)
.5 - 1.5 oz Fragrance or Essential oil
Water - 14 oz
Lye - 4.5 oz
Preparing Lye Solution
Measure COLD water into plastic container (hot water will volcano).
Measure lye into separate container. Then, carefully pour lye into water.
Stir with either rubber, nylon, silicone or stainless steel spatula until lye is dissolved. Make sure to stir well. It is best to do this in well-ventilated room because of smelly fumes.
Place lid on container, mark "LYE - DANGEROUS" & place in an area where it cannot be spilled.
Let lye solution cool until it is below 120 F. (Cooled lye solution with "scum" on top is normal). It is okay to prepare lye solution 1-2 days in advance.
Preparing Oils & Butters
Weigh the oils and fats into stainless steel pot (no enamel because there will be problems if it chips).
Heat between 120 -140 F.
Add cooled lye solution slowly into oils and stir with your spoon for 2 minutes.
You can either add the coconut carbon directly to batch or remove a few ounces of your soap base, add it to a a smaller container & mix in the coconut carbon separately.
Incorporate coconut carbon mixture into to pot.
Blend with a stick blender for about 1 minute.
Occasionally use the spoon to ensure that all solution is incorporated from sides of pot.
Mix until "trace" (like runny pudding).
Pour soap into prepared molds & leave open for 24 hours or until saponified. (If left in a cold room, it can take days to saponify).
Remove from molds & allow to cure for 4-6 weeks.�


LAVENDER TUB TEA RECIPE
Imagine everything that you'd like to have in your "perfect bath". Flowers/herbs, oats, salts... Tub teas can incorporate all of these wonderful ingredients, and more, in an easy to use, mess-free, Muslin Drawstring Bag or Heat Seal Bag .

1/2 C Dendritic Salt
2 tsp Lavender EO
Mix & set aside

1/8 C Honey Powder
1 C Powdered Goatsmilk or Powdered Buttermilk
2 C Whole Oats
1/2 C Epsom Salts
3/4 C Baking Soda
3 C Lavender Buds
3 C Sea Salt
Mix all in large bowl.
Combine the dendritic salt & essential oil blend & complete mixing.

Place 3/4 - 1 C per 3.5 x 5 Muslin Drawstring Bag .


ROSE-MILK TUB TEA RECIPE
13 oz Dendritic Salt
1.3 oz Rose FO
Mix & set aside

6 oz Powdered Milk
2 oz Powdered Goatsmilk or Powdered Buttermilk
10.5 oz Baking Soda
1.8 oz Honey Powder
9.6 oz Whole Oats
17 oz Epsom Salts
128 oz Sea Salt
16 oz Rose Buds & Petals
Mix all in large bowl.
Combine the dendritic salt & essential oil blend & complete mixing.

Place 3/4 - 1 C per 3.5 x 5 Muslin Drawstring Bag . This recipe makes approx 45 bags with 3/4 c each. Recipe can be scaled down or tweaked to suit your needs.


"Cupcake Bath Poufs" (or Soap-Pouf-on-a-Rope):
Bath Poufs
1 cupcake tin (or soap mold of your choice)
Melt & Pour Soap base (your choice)
Fragrance Oil
Liquid Colorant
(if desired)
Rubbing Alcohol in spray bottle
Measuring cup
Easy instructions:
Melt soap according to instructions
Add 1-3% Fragrance oil (for 1 lb soap base, you could add up to 1/2 oz or 1 Tablespoon fragrance)
Add a few drops of colorant (if desired)
Fill cupcake cups 1/2 - 3/4 full with soap base
Spray poufs with rubbing alcohol
Place the bath pouf in the melted soap & gently "squish" down. (There's no need to apply too much pressure as you will want the top of the pouf to stay expanded).
Choose to pour a little or a lot of soap base onto pouf once it is in place in the mold or save unused soap base for future use.
Allow to cool 1-3 hours, then remove. (If pouf doesn't easily remove from mold, place in freezer for a few minutes or use a spatula to scrape edges)
Package in cute cellophane bags & give to friends & family or add to your product line.
These are so much fun to make, so get creative! So simple and this gift can be enjoyed in the bath or shower.


Potpourri & Sachets
Our Potpourri & Sachet Unscented Fixative Base absorbs and holds the scent of the fragrance oil and will retain scent better than potpourri alone. 100% natural, non toxic & biodegradable.
Add to:
New or old potpourri.:
Sachets: Place in cars, drawers or gym bags. Place them in a sunny window or near vents for an even stronger scent release.:
Vacuum Cleaner sachets: just make up a bag w/below instructions, toss in your vacuum & this will make your house smell divine in moments!:
Simple to use & create!
1. Start by adding approx .5 oz Fragrance oil or Essential oil per 1 lb Potpourri & Sachet Fixative Base (or 1 Tbs fragrance per 3.5 cup Potpourri Fresh). You can easily increase this amount if desired. 2. Place in glass jar (ziplock bag can be used, but note fragrances or essential oils can “eat” through plastic) 3. Allow fragrance to absorb for 2-7 days, shaking occasionally 4. Package in organzas, muslin bags, heat seal bags, or add to potpourri To refresh, simply add a few drops of fragrance of you choice.


JoanMorais.com
Interested in making your own soap, candles, lotions, creams, lip balm, scrubs, & more? Joan Morais offers ebooks for all of these topics + natural baby care & the benefits of essential oils.

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