Friday, May 8, 2009

Soaps and body butters

Between quilting and getting class material together, I started some body butter and soap.  This is body butter.I start by melting shea butter and mango butter.  To that I gradually add while whipping...  apricot kernel seed oil; avocado oil, and rice bran oil.  A little crushed and macerated lemongrass. And at the end a little lemongrass essential oil that I make, for fragrance.

All of this in my kitchenaid mix master (used only for this)  and I whip for 15 minutes then cool for 15 minutes and repeat that cycle for 3 hours.  Then I spoon the light airy whip into jars.  It's a really light and emollient whipped butter...decadent, but my skin loves it.  No water or keeps about 3 months.... if it would last that long....I use it up in about 8 weeks.

And this is my new batch of soap.  Same ingredients, with the addition of lye.  It'll be ready in about 3-4 weeks.  The floaters you see is lemongrass...not crushed up...a good exfoliate...smells refreshing too.

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  1. Do you treat your soap molds with anything to help the soap release from the mold? A friend gave me some mold for Christmas but I have trouble getting the soap to come out clean from the mold.

  2. I'll bet it all smells wonderful.


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