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Prepping Beer for Soapmaking

Hello! I have finally decided to make my very 1st beer soap! Today i'll walk you through the prepping process. In order to safely mix lye into your beer of choice, you must boil your beer. If not boiled, lye creates a volcanic effect when mixed into the beer. You can blame the alcohol and carbonates for that. Boiling the beer gets rid of them, making it safe to use.
Why use beer for soap? Why not!? Beer makes a stable lathery luxurious bar! 
Lets begin!
Prepping Beer for soap making 
Supplies PotElectric stove (Alcohol is flammable and should not be boiled over a gas stove. If you decide to use a gas stove, use a huge pot to prevent any spills or splashes)BeerSpoon
Pour beer in pot. I used two 7 oz beers. A lot of the beer will evaporate during the process.Bring beer to a boil on high heat stirring constantlyLet beer boil on medium heat for 30 minutes stirring every 5 minutes. After 30 minutes you should not see foam. Boil a bit longer if needed.Refrigerate over night and use wh…
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Guide to Essential Oil conversions and dilutions

Essential Oil Conversions 
Ounces to Milliliters
1/8th oz = 3.75 ml 1/4th oz = 7.5 ml 1/2 oz = 15 ml 1 oz = 30 ml 4 oz = 120 ml 8 oz = 237 ml 16 oz = 473 ml

Ounces to Drops
1/8th oz = 75 drops 1/4th oz = 150 drops 1/2 oz = 300 drops 1 oz = 600 drops
Pure undiluted essential oils are very strong. Some essential oils can burn the skin if not diluted. All essential oils are diluted in either carrier oils, diffuser, soap, lotion, massage oil, or an aroma spray. Most people use 1 - 2% dilution meaning that only 1 - 2% of essential oils should go in a finished product. I like to use the 1% dilution for infants, kids, elderly or sensitive skin. 2% dilution for adults or for people with normal skin. 
1% dilution = 6 drops of essential oil per 1 oz of carrier oil
2% dilution = 12 drops of essential oil per 1 oz of carrier oil

How to dissolve soap colorants and how much to use

Types of colorants
Oxides & Ultramarine Mica Cosmetic Clay

These pigments are naturally occurring on earth. They are powdered pigments made from oxidized metals like iron and titanium. These pigments are mostly used for cosmetics. They can be dissolved in either water or oil. The red , chromium green, and yellow pigments dissolve better in oil. I like to use 2-4 tsp per block of cold process soap (30 oz of oils). 

Mica is a type of rock that has glittery and flaky layers. Mica powdered pigments contain oxide components and powdered mica minerals. Micas can be a bit tricky when used in cold process soaps. Some micas mix well, some wont mix at all and some will fade. The best most stable micas are copper, gold, mocha, yellow and tan. Micas that wont fade but that will morph into a different color are coral, mauve, sea foam and sparkle pink. The micas that will fade are electric blue, emerald green and lavender. Micas dissolve into oil. You can add your mic…

Castille Soap history and how to make it

Castille soap dates back to the 1300's. When it was 1st made, it was made of Olive and laruel oil. In the 1500's laruel oil was not easy to come across so the Europeans dropped it and made soap with just Olive oil.
You can use olive oil pomace, extra virgin olive oil or olive oil to make Castille soap. Any kind of olive oil will work just fine. 
When making a cold process Castille soap it is best to let soap set for at least 48 hours. I have tried un molding Castille soap within 24 hours and it wasn't quite ready. 
Castille soap needs extra time to cure than other soaps. I have learned that when you let it cure for 6-8 months, the soap makes a better lather and it will last longer. 

Castille Soap Cold Process Recipe
30 oz Olive Oil 4.02 oz Lye 9.90 oz Water 

This recipe is for a brick that yields 12 bars of soap

Castille Soap makes little to no lather. Very mild soap used for infants, toddlers, kids, elderly and on anyone with skin conditions like eczema. 

Essential Oil Blend recipes and dilution calculator

My favorite part of having Essential oils is experimenting with blending them! Oh my God its so much fun. It does take a lot of time and patience to get the desired scent. As you experiment you will learn that some Essential oils just don't go well together. I use my blends in my bathwater, diffuser and/or diluted in fractionated coconut oil. Blends diluted in fractionated coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin. 
When using fractionated coconut oil, I like to use 6 drops of Essential oils to 1 oz of fractionated coconut oil for infants, babies, toddlers and the elderly. 12 drops of Essential oil to 1 oz of fractionated coconut oil for adults. 3-6 drops in a small Essential oil diffuser and 6-12 drops in a medium to large size diffuser. If using in bath water, 3-6 drops for infants, babies, toddlers, and the elderly will do and  6-12 drops for adults. 
Here are a few of simple blends that you can try at home

`Baby Vapor (for sniffles and colds)`
2 drops Eucalyptus Oil 2 dr…

Adult and Baby Vapor Rub

Hello friends! Thanks for visiting again. Here I have my homemade Adult and Baby Vapor rub. I use the baby vapor on my 3 year old son all the time. His skin instantly absorbs it, unlike store bought vapor rub that just sits on the skin. This homemade product is safe to use on infants - the elderly. 
Store bought vapor rub is made of petroleum jelly. Your skin cannot and will not absorb that garbage. Petroleum creates a barrier that literally suffocates your pores. If you have some petroleum jelly at home, I want you to put some on your hand and splash some water on it. Notice how the water will just sit on the top of the jelly. Although beeswax is also non absorbent by the skin, it can be absorbent when used in small quantities. I used a lot more coconut oil in my recipe to allow your skin to absorb the essential oils. A lot of the store bought vapor rubs do not specify if they are using essential oils. For all we know it is just a lab made scent to replicate an essential oil. 

If yo…

Beer Soap

Yay my very 1st Beer Soap! I just love how this soap turned out. I was expecting the color to be a bit more darker and green but it still looks good. I am very proud of this soap :)
Ingredients for this soap are; Olive oil Coconut oil Canola oil Sunflower oil Lye Corona Beer Chrome Green Oxide  Patchouli Essential oil

Essential Oils for Headaches

Here is a list of some Essential Oils used for headaches 
LavenderPeppermintRosemaryEucalyptus ChamomileJasmineClary SageRoseMelissaMarjoramHelichrysumSpearmintBergamontGingerSweet BasilBirch

Try some of these Essential Oil headache blends either in your Essential Oil diffuser, in bath water or diluted in fractionated coconut oil to be applied directly to your skin. 

1. Peppermint, Lavender and Birch 2. Peppermint, Lavender and Eucalyptus 3. Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Rosemary 4. Peppermint, Lavender and Basil 5. Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary and Marjoram 6. Chamomile, Marjoram and Lavender

Those are a few blends I have used. Have fun creating your own. 

What Is Curing in Soapmaking?

Saponification is the chemical reaction that occurs once the lye solution and oil have been mixed. Saponification happens as soon the soap comes to trace. Once you have unmolded your soap the saponification process will last 2 weeks. Soap is not safe to use before the 2 weeks because the lye solution is still active. Soap used before the 2 weeks can emit fumes that will burn your eyes. I speak from experience after using a bar of soap just a week after unmolding. 
Curing refers to how long the soap must sit before you can use it. Saponification and cure is different. Saponification ensures that the lye has successfully mixed with the oil to make soap where curing means letting the soap sit long enough to allow as much water as possible to evaporate. Depending on the soap, it may have to cure for 2-8 months. The longer the soap cures the better bar it will produce. The bar becomes milder and has a richer lather Lets take Castille soap for example. Castille soap is made of 100% Olive O…

Goat Milk Soap Unscented

Goat Milk soap is probably my favorite soap. I just love the way my skin feels after bathing in it. 
When preparing any soap that contains milk it is important to ice the milk 1st. If you add lye to room temperature or refrigerated milk, the lye will heat the milk up too much causing it to scorch and smell bad. If the milk scorches the solution will have a dark yellow color. The smell will stay in your soap for up to 10 days. The smell is not pleasant at all. It has an ammonia mixed with rotten milk smell. 
To prepare this soap I used 
Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
Canola Oil
Sunflower Oil
Goat Milk

Coffee Cinnamon Soap with Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

I made this soap yesterday. This soap will lighten up once the curing process is over. If you notice, the tops and bottoms of the soap are light. The entire bar will eventually look this way in a few months. I will keep you guys posted on the color change sometime next month. 
For this soap I used the following;
Olive Oil Coconut Oil Canola Oil Sunflower Oil Organic unrefined Cocoa Butter  Lye Water Coffee Grounds Cinnamon  Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Coffee grounds in soap are a great natural exfoliate. I added the cocoa butter to give the skin some moisture while you gently exfoliate your skin.  Cinnamon gives it that nice brown color. Sandalwood gives it that nice manly scent. 

I used my big block mold that yields 12 standard sizes soaps. I used my crinkle cutter to cut the soap. I have a straight blade cutter but the crinkle cut is my absolute favorite and cut 99.9% of my soaps with it :) 

Ocean Breeze Soap

Follow Up: Prepping Beer for Soapmaking

I have used my prepped beer to make my first beer soap just a few hours ago. I added ice to the beer and let it sit on top of the counter for about 30 minutes while I prepared all my supplies. Here is a picture of how the beer lye solution looks once it is mixed. 

If you want a darker color then you can skip adding the ice to the beer. The colder the beer, the lighter the color will be. 

For this soap project I used Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Canola Oil and Sunflower Oil. I used green oxide pigment and Patchouli Essential Oil. Tomorrow I will un-mold this bad boy and cut it up and post some pictures!

Oils, Butters and Fat Used In Soapmaking

Here you will find a list of oils, butters and fats. I will tell you if Oil, Butter or Fat is soft, brittle or hard, how much to use of them and properties once they become soap.

Coconut Oil - Produces a hard bar with lots of large fluffy bubbles. You can use 15 - 50%

Palm Oil - Produces a hard bar with medium bubbles. Soap containing palm oil last longer and can be used from 25 - 50% in your soap recipe.

Olive Oil - Produces a soft bar with low slippery lather to no bubble. Use 25 - 100%

Lard - Hard bar. Medium creamy lather. Great to use for laundry soap. Use 25 - 50%

Tallow (Beef) - Exact same properties as Lard

Babassu Oil - Brittle Bar. Large fluffy bubbles. Use 15 - 30%

Palm Kernel Oil - Brittle Bar. Large fluffy bubbles. Use 15 - 30%

Cocoa Butter - Brittle Bar. Medium lotion-like lather. Long lasting bar. Use 5-15%

Shea Butter - Hard Bar. Medium lotion-like lather. Long lasting bar. Use 5-20%

Mango Butter - Hard Bar. Adds luxurious conditioning and moisturizing to the soap. Use 5-20%


Natural Soap Colorants

Cinnamon Powder - Add to oil or at trace  Cocoa - Add to oil or at trace Beet Root - Add to oil  Black Walnut Hull Powder - Add at trace Chamomile - Add to oil or at trace  Ground Cloves - Add to oil or at trace  Liquid Coffee - Add as lye solution  Green Tea - Add as lye solution  Henna Powder - Add at trace Honey - Use in lye solution Milk - Use as lye solution Molasses - Add at trace or as lye solution Rhassoul Clay - Add at trace 

Activated Charcoal - Add to oil or at trace  Alkanet Root powder - Add to oil
French Green Clay - Add to oil or at trace  Nettle Leaf - Add at trace  Puree Avocado - Add at trace Kelp Powder - Add to oil or at trace  Parsley Powder - Add to oil or at trace  Sage Powder - Add to oil or at trace  Pure Spinach - Add at trace
Annatto Seed - Add at trace Paprika Powder - Add to oil or at trace  Pumpkin Puree - Add at trace Tomato Paste - Add at trace

Red Palm Oil - Add to oil Rose Pink Clay - Add to oil 

Red Moroccan Clay - Add to…

Why I Cloth Diaper my baby. pros and cons on cloth diapers

When i had my son Seth in 2014 i was using disposable diapers. When they are so little the pack of diapers brings A LOT! After the 1st year he started using size 5 and every month i was spending $40+ on disposable diapers and another $20+ on over night diapers. This was really breaking my pockets. After a couple of months I researched on saving money on diapers. I stumbled across a cloth diaper blog and I absolutely loved the idea about them!
My son has now been cloth diapered for a year and I can't complain. I've had a year experience so I can tell you my pros and cons about them. 
1. You need to most likely touch baby poo but you can always wear gloves :) 2. Extra laundry 3. Laundry service can be quite expensive starting at $20 a week 4. Extra water, electricity a detergent to wash them 5. Very expensive upfront 
Now these 5 cons are enough to scare anybody away but there is a solution for them all except the extra laundry con.  If you wear gloves then your bare hands …

Cheap Essential Oil Diffuser that WORKS! Detailed Pictures added with links

Hello all! Today I want to share with you all my experience with this great Essential Oil Diffuser i have purchased. I was looking around and saw so many Diffusers but at a super high price. I was getting discouraged and overwhelmed by it all!

If you are looking for something small that will run for a few hours at night then this Essential Oil Diffuser is right for you. Not only is it cheap but it works great. I paid $14.99 and got free shipping because i purchased other non related items to qualify for the free shipping.

Lets un-box this little guy so you can see it for yourself!

1st let take a look at the box


Everything out of the box

So here is everything that you get
1. Diffuser
2. Adapter
3. Measuring Cup
4. Instruction manual

These pictures are of the top of the diffuser. To open it you just twist the cap off

The inner cap comes off for easy cleaning

This is the inner cap

This is how the top of the cap looks once the smaller part is inside

Setting up your new diffuser