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sweet little thang

Forgive me, It’s been seven days since my last confession.
I’ve been sort of obsessed with sugar scrubs lately. Well, ok, completely obsessed.
I’ve been meaning to try a lip scrub, but have not had time to sit and formulate, so I started looking for a recipe online, just to get a quick fix.
Not surprisingly, I found a great one from The Soap Queen.
The recipe was simple, although I would not recommend mixing in your sugar while the butter and oils are hot enough to be liquid; I melted sugar that way. Also, when I tried to pour it into my pots, the sugar fell to the bottom of the mixture. I should have known better, emulsified sugar body scrubs are made in a similar way, with the addition of a few more ingredients.
No worries, though. I scooped the scrub out of my pots, all partially liquid, and waited for it to cool and solidify a bit. I added a bit more sugar, and then
glopped it back into my cute little pots.
Much better! The sugar stayed suspended, and upon standing, it all firmed up nicely. Similar to canned cake frosting. Yum.

Verdict: LOVE! My sweet & scrubby tendencies continue to grow deeper.
This is definitely something I’d make again. The scrub made my lips feel very soft and moisturized, without the application of additional lip balm.
The oils & butter used for this are extremely emollient, plus non- (or very low) comedogenic. The only exception to this is the coconut oil, which, at only a minute amount, is used to suspend the natural stevia sweetener.

Normally, I don’t use a sweetener in my lip balms, but I thought it would be nice for the lip-scrubs, since you really can’t avoid tasting them a bit,
and they taste really good!
I liked the sweetness so much, I may add the Stevia to my next batch of lip balms.
This may call for a larger variety of flavor oils.
I’d better get on that..

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my sea salty mermaid soap

I melt all my hard oils together. This is Coconut, Palm & Shea Butter. My soft oils for this recipe are Olive, Sunflower and Castor.

Loofah. Sea Clay. Sea Salt. Spirulina. Juniper Breeze. In my mind = Mermaid Soap!

Mermaids are sparkly, right? I added some soap glitter to my Sea Salt and sprinkled the top.
On the Chopping Block. This is one of the best stages of soap-making, the SLICE 🙂
All finished, ready for curing. Juniper Breeze smells fantastic: “An ozon-y balance of floral, green and fruity notes with a slight musk undertone.” Yum.
In six weeks, I’ll weigh them and make labels. Did I mention I love to make labels? It’s almost as fun as making the soap!

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