Launching out

I thought making a cream would be super hard – require complicated ingredients and some time and trickery.  I was wrong!!

Inspired by recipes in the “101 Easy Homemade Products” book (mentioned a couple of posts ago), I have been following themes.

The first theme led me from “Thyme and Witch-hazel Clear Skin Facial bar” (soap) to “Dandelion Thyme Vinegar Toner and Tonic” and then to “Sunflower (was Grapeseed) and Thyme Lotion” to create a complete clear skin package.

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Some of our straggly garden thyme was infused in sunflower oil for the lotion.   Sunflower oil is a “non-comedogenic” oil – which basically means it doesn’t block pores and cause pimples.

I then put off making the “lotion” for weeks, because I thought it would be complicated – so the thyme-infused oil was well infused!!

Making new things means lots of new, exciting things to buy – well, if you’re like me and get excited by things like “emulsifying wax” and pump containers…

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In the end, the lotion was the easiest thing ever to make!!  Warm up the oil and wax, and the water and witch-hazel, and stir them together!! Ta-dah… cream!!  So rewarding – and I’m instantly hooked!

My next cream will be incorporating the colloidal oats, because a commercial cream with colloidal oats that I bought has made all the difference with my hands and skin healing.

The “Toner” is made from infusing herbs in vinegar, so it’s a bit ‘on the nose’ vinegar-wise, although I  imagine it’ll be a good bacteria controller for dodgy skin.  And I got to use one of my new pump bottles.

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Really the pump bottles are waiting for the upcoming liquid soap.  I now have ingredients, and recipe – but need to find time.  Apparently the liquid soap needs to be cooked for hours!

Today’s thread from my new favourite book is laundry soap.  I have made a batch of “Coconut Laundry Soap and Stain Stick” – made from 100% coconut oil. Despite all the guff about coconut oil on various social media sites, there is no way I let any get on my skin – it’s SO drying because it’s so good at cleaning!   Once in the mould, the soap becomes solid very quickly, despite using the “cold process”.  After only 2 hours, I have turned it out of the mould and cut into bars, now curing for the next 2 weeks.  Then I plan to use this soap to make “Liquid Lavender Laundry Detergent”.   Super excited to be making our own laundry liquid!!

Unfortunately, now, a halt has been called to the Shed Soap-making.   Because it is, after all, a shed(!) the sink does not have all mod cons – like a built in strainer thing.

So, umm – after doing the laundry soap “dishes”, when I took the plug out, I didn’t get the strainer in quick enough, and the sink swallowed an entire yellow fluffy dish cloth!!  Proceedings have been called to a halt while we investigate the whereabouts of the dishcloth.

OOPS!!

Happy days to you!

Sarah : )

 

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2 thoughts on “Launching out

  1. Just when I have been looking for a new face cream! May I try some? Also, we have heaps of thyme, marjoram and oregano if you need any. I’d be interested in trying your laundry soaps too! Good luck finding the dishcloth!

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