Spicy Pepper & Patchouli Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe

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This palm free cold process soap recipe is scented with spicy pepper and patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils. Learn how to make this homemade soap using the cold process soapmaking method.

This palm free cold process soap recipe is scented with a pepper fragrance oil that’s been blended with patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils. The spicy fragrance blend of this palm free cold process soap recipe makes it suitable for either sex due to it’s unisex scent. However, as both pepper fragrance oils and pepper essential oil both  accelerate trace and can quickly cause cold process soap to seize, this palm free cold process soap recipe is recommended for soapmakers with some experience under their belt. If you’re new to soapmaking but still want to give this homemade palm free cold process soap recipe a try, simply omit the pepper fragrance oil from the recipe.

In addition to the other ingredients in this palm free cold process soap recipe, I also included calendula flower powder. Calendula flowers are traditionally used in skin care products to help support healthy skin and assist with minor wounds. It is a common ingredient in many herbal oils, salves and lip balm recipes. Alternately you can also infuse the olive oil in this palm free cold process soap recipe with whole calendula flowers prior to creating this homemade soap.

This palm free cold process soap recipe is scented with a pepper fragrance oil that's also blended with patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils. The spicy fragrance blend of this palm free cold process soap recipe makes it suitable for either sex due to it's unisex scent.

Spicy Pepper & Patchouli Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7.2 oz. lard (pig tallow)
11.52 oz. pomace olive oil
5.4 oz. rice bran oil
7.2 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
1.8 oz. castor oil
2.88 oz. sunflower oil

11.8 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

.5 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)
1 oz. patchouli essential oil
.3 oz. Madagascar pepper fragrance oil (or .15 oz. black pepper essential oil)
.15 oz. cinnamon leaf essential oil
.05 oz. clove bud essential oil
.5 oz. calendula flower powder
whole black peppercorns, to suit (optional)

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils = 33%
8% superfat

This palm free cold process soap recipe yields 10-12 bars of soap that will weigh around 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

If you do not want to use tallow, palm oil is the closet alternative. You won’t need to recalculate the lye for this substitution unless you are changing the batch size or superfat for this palm free cold process soap recipe. However, by using palm, this homemade soap recipe will obviously no longer be palm free. Rice bran oil can easily be substituted with olive oil or grapeseed oil and sunflower oil with safflower oil. However you will want to run the numbers back through a lye calculator just to be safe.

If you like this palm free cold process soap recipe but prefer a different scent, simply substitute the fragrance oil and essential oils with up to 2-2.25 oz. of your fragrance oil of choice. (Or up to 1 oz. per pound of oils.) To substitute essential oils for this homemade soap recipe use 1-3% of the total oil weight in your choice of essential oil(s). However, defer to manufacturer’s usage recommendations if they vary from typical rates of usage.

Instructions:

To create this spicy pepper & patchouli palm free cold process soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the lard along with the olive, rice bran, coconut, castor and sunflower oils using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until all the ingredients have melted, then remove from heat. Prepare your fragrance and essential oils by weighing them out into a glass Pyrex measuring cup and set aside. Do the same with the sodium lactate and calendula flower powder.

When the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 85°-90°F you’re ready to make soap.

Add the sodium lactate to the cooled lye-water and stir.

Add the calendula flower powder to the soapmaking oils and mix with a stick blender until evenly distributed.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a very light trace. Add the fragrance and essential oils and continue mixing either with the stick blender on the lowest setting or by hand. The soap will will thicken very quickly. It will also very likely seize. Don’t panic. Simply pour or spoon the soap into your prepared mold. If it solidifies on you simply put on gloves and press the soap into the mold. As it begins to gel – this also happens very quickly – it will mush into place for you. Push the soap evenly down into the mold.

If desired add whole black peppercorns to the top of the soap and gently press into the top of the soap using gloved hands.

Leave the soap uncovered and set aside for 24 hours.

After 24 hours your can unmold your homemade soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow bars to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

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Warming Chili & Chocolate Natural Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

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Warming Chocolate and Chili Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

Heat things up this Valentine’s Day with this all natural, warming Chili & Chocolate Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe! It’s great for stiff muscles and aches and is formulated so it’s perfect for use in conjunction with a body massage. Just be sure to avoid getting it in your eyes or on other more, er, sensitive parts as you may find the warming effect of the chili seed essential oil a little much. Used properly you’ll find it increases circulation while adding soothing heat to sore muscles.

Warming Chocolate and Chili Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

Natural Chili & Chocolate Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. beeswax
.5 oz. macadamia nut oil
.5 oz. sesame oil
24 drops chili seed essential oil
12 drops cocoa absolute

Instructions:

This homemade sore muscle salve recipe yields one 4 oz. jar of warming sore muscle salve. If you won’t be using this salve in conjunction with a massage and prefer it to soak in better, simply substitute the macadamia nut and sesame oil for 1 oz. of jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, hemp seed oil, or other “dry” carrier oil of choice.

The final salve will take on an orange tint from the chili seed essential oil but will smell faintly and pleasantly of chocolate. Do not use if you are sensitive to or allergic to capsicum.

To make this natural homemade salve start by weighing out the butters and beeswax using a digital kitchen scale, then melt either in a double boiler or microwave. Next, weigh out the macadamia nut oil and sesame oil and stir into the melted butters and wax. Follow with the chili seed essential oil and cocoa absolute than pour into a 4 oz. container of your choice and allow to set up completely.

Finally decorate your container with a label – perhaps a heartfelt Valentine’s Day “I’m hot for you!” – or even a drawing of a chili pepper and gift to your favorite person in need of some love.

For more handmade DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas, be sure to check out my DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest. You can also find more homemade salve and skin care recipes on my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board.

Scott’s Simple Homemade Chili Recipe

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During the cold winter months there’s nothing like a huge bowl of chili to warm you up! So I thought I’d share my boyfriend, Scott’s, homemade chili recipe. It’s easy to make and tastes delicious even leftover the next day!

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2-3 16oz. cans stewed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 16oz. can tomato paste
  • 4-5 16oz. cans of dark red kidney beans (Alternately you can mix light red and dark red kidney beans or use black beans as a healthier alternative.)
  • 1-2 medium to large onions (white or yellow), diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and diced finely
  • 1 or 2 sweet bell peppers – yellow, orange, or red, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 package regular chili seasoning – Scott uses Kroger or McCormick brand but says you can use almost any brand as long as you choose one with the fewest ingredients which means less fillers and preservatives
  • 1/2 bottle of good beer – Scott chose to Star Hill Brewery’s Northern Lights Indian Pale Ale for this batch (optional, but always recommended)
Directions:
  1. Cook the ground beef until brown and cooked through. Drain.
  2. Combine cooked beef in a large pot with other ingredients, only draining two of the three cans of stewed/diced tomatoes.
  3. Cook over med-high heat uncovered until the chili reaches a semi-boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring frequently for 2-3 hours
  5. For extra heat, add more jalapenos, habanero chili peppers or ground cayenne pepper to suit.
  6. To serve, top with your choice of garnish such as chives, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, tortilla chips, or whatever you like best on your chili!

Like this recipe? Then be sure to try Scott’s recipe for Seared Sashami Tuna and Sauteed Shrimp in an Orange-Soy-Ginger Reduction Sauce with a side of Asparagus. It also includes the addition of tasty beer and a bit of wine in the recipe – though optional, of course.

Using your own produce from your vegetable garden for your homemade chili? Then save the seeds for next year’s planting! Simply keep the seeds you remove from your peppers and dry on a paper towel. Then store them in my Printable Seed Packets! You’ll find printable seeds packets for cucumber/squash, tomato, parsley/herbs, red pepper, and a radish. But you can put anything you like inside as there’s a spot on each packet to write what’s inside! Plus there are five different sticker designs – including the fun pepper stickers on Cody and Scott’s noses – and red pepper gift wrap for gardening related gifts!
What are your favorite toppings or ingredients you like to include in your homemade chili?