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August 8th, 2009


06:47 pm - Happy Birthday To Two ..
No soap-making this week as I've been busy doing a combination of spring cleaning and birthday party preparation ..

My boy turned eight and my daughter seventeen, so I made an epic multi-layered dual cake, somewhat inspired by Dr Zeus, but also by my girls current hair colour/s! ..



Top layer is a Banana Madeira, the middle Vanilla Sultana, and the bottom is Manuka Honey & Almond Chocolate ..

They're all really REALLY yummy!


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August 3rd, 2009


08:20 pm - Green Tea & Honey Lotion
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The Equipment:

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The Mess:

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The Work:

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The Result:

Green Tea & Honey Lotion


~ Organic Green Tea ~ Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil ~ Manuka Honey ~ Emulsifier O ~ Stearic Acid ~ Naturally Fermented Apple Cider Vinegar ~ Green Tea & Honey Fragrance ~ Liquid Germall + ~

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July 29th, 2009


09:15 pm - Gingerbread (sharing my super secret recipe)

Believe it or not, I sometimes cook actual FOOD in my kitchen ..
These are reasonably spiced for both adults and children alike, but feel free to experiment and adapt to taste ..


250g Butter ~ 1 cup Sugar ~ 2/3 cup Golden Syrup

food & cooking

6 cups Flour (plain) ~ 2 Tbspn Ginger ~ 2 tspn Cinnamon ~ 1/2 tspn Clove (powdered)

ginger, cinnamon & clove

2 Eggs ~ 4 tspn Vanilla Essence

eggs & vanilla essence

Blend Egg & Vanilla

blend

Melt Butter, Sugar & Golden Syrup

melt

Add 4 tspn Bi-Carb Soda (preferably crush lumps first, I'm just lazy)

bicarb soda

Whisk until thoroughly incorporated & smooth

whisk

Add Egg, Butter & Flour all together

add

And mix

mix

Don't be afraid to use your hands!

use your hands

Roll out (approx 1.5cm thick) on a floured surface

roll out flat

Cut into whatever shapes you want

cut

Set on a prepared tray

tray

Brush tops lightly with milk

brush with milk

And decorate - we used a spoon & chopstick here

decorate & bake

Bake at 160deg °C, for 12-15 min

we're done = YUM!

And we're done = YUM!


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July 23rd, 2009


03:12 pm - Aloe Vera & Olive, and Oatmilk & Honey - Health Food Bars For Your Skin!
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I'm trying to create a Pure & Natural Range - that is, soaps free of artificial colours & fragrance, and mild enough to use daily on sensitive, facial, or children's skin .. Two that I am very happy with are my


Vegan Friendly Aloe & Olive Castile:

*excuse the messy cuts, I went away on holiday and it was rock hard when I returned - awesome soap though!


Aloe Vera & Olive Castile

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~ Olive Oil ~ Organic Aloe Vera Juice ~ NaHO ~


And my Oatmilk & Honey Castile - with Ground Oats & Natural Bee Pollen:

Oatmilk & Honey Castile

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~ Olive Oil ~ Oatmilk ~ NaHO ~ Ground Oats ~ Bee Pollen ~

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July 16th, 2009


04:33 pm - Autumn Spice & Spicy Stars
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~ Sapponified Oils of Tallow, Olive, Coconut, Castor ~ Premium Quality Cosmetic Grade Fragrance Oil ~

It's lather is creamy, non drying, and smells sooo good - made for my own personal use ♥

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July 14th, 2009


02:57 pm - Earth Goddess With Balls!
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I had quite a failure when trying a new recipe the other week - it just wouldn't set! And I needed my moulds back to make more, so ended up scooping them out with a spoon and rolling into balls, then in various micas/herbs:

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Next I made a Rice Bran Oil base, and randomly threw them in:

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Cutting was the fun part because I had no idea what it would look like

Earth Goddess With Balls

And I'm very pleased with the results!

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Just a little tidying up to do (after taking snaps)

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And that's what I call a lucky save :D

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July 7th, 2009


05:06 pm - Organic Rosehip & Aloe Cream
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~ Organic Rosehip Oil ~ Emulsifier O ~ Shea Butter ~ Aloe Vera Juice ~ Fresh Cut Roses FO ~ Liquid Germal + ~

Organic Rosehip & Aloe Cream

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Whipped by Hand with Love, for my daughter

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July 4th, 2009


12:16 pm - Organic Hemp Cream
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~ Aloe Vera Juice ~ Hemp Oil ~ Emulsifying Wax ~ Unrefined Shea Butter ~ Essential Oils ~

Bergamot & Hemp Lotion

This is light enough to use as a facial moisturiser, and creamy enough to use as hand cream ..

It's a new recipe that I've tweaked, and I LOVE it!

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July 3rd, 2009


08:11 pm - Willendorf Earth Goddess
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~ Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil & Crushed Sage ~
Scented with Premium Quality Fragrance Oil 'Earth Goddess' (wild mint, berries, herbs)

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July 2nd, 2009


03:21 pm - Salt Bars By The Sea ..
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I'm extremely happy with the colour, and it matches the scent (candy musk stick) perfectly (imho) ..

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~ Coconut Oil ~ Shea Butter ~ Castor Oil ~ Sea Salt ~

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