Homemade Soap Scented with Pink Berry Mimosa Fragrance

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A fabulous new limited edition handmade soap will be making it’s way into my shop, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen, in three short weeks. Each of these pretty pink homemade soap bars are hand stamped with shimmering mica and have the same luscious scent as my newest best selling Pink Berry Mimosa Scented Solid Sugar Scrub Cubes! This new soap is the result of a brand new cold process soap recipe that combines skin loving avocado, hemp seed, sweet almond, grape seed, coconut, soybean, and olive oils as well as shea and cocoa butters to make a bar you just can’t resist. Further, I’ll also be sharing the homemade soap recipe for this pink delight on my blog, Soap Deli News, very soon. So keep your eyes peeled and follow along via bloglovin’.

DIY Bath & Beauty Gift Ideas – Handmade DIY Gifts for Her

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If you’re a woman who loves a little pampering, then you know just how awesome it is to receive a handmade bath and body gift. So why not give a few of these great bath and beauty recipes a try? They are great as handmade birthday gifts and holiday presents. Make some as homemade gifts for friends and family, then keep the leftovers for yourself to reward yourself for the hard work. (Also, be sure to check out Mountain Rose Herbs for the ingredients for these projects!)
DIY Bath Fizzies Recipe Gift Idea
DIY Handmade Bath and Body Gifts
Handmade Gifts for Girls

DIY Natural Coffee Kitchen Soap

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Craft your own natural kitchen soap made with real coffee beans to neutralize odors!

If you suffer from allergies you know just how unbearable some fragrances can be. So I decided to craft a kitchen soap using fresh, real ingredients from my herb garden rather than fragrances. The idea was to make a soap that would not only clean great, but that would remove odors from your hands you acquire when cooking – neutralizing odors like garlic, onion and fish. It needed to have a great lather, but not be drying, and I definitely didn’t want anyone to walk away from the sink smelling like synthetic apple or a flower orchard. (Plus Scott does the majority of the cooking and he HATES flowery scents.) This is the recipe I came up with.

Natural Coffee Kitchen Soap Recipe
© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:
1 oz. unrefined cocoa butter
5 oz. unrefined shea butter
2lb. 7oz. 76‌° melt point coconut oil
1lb. 8.5oz. palm oil
2lb. 8.5oz. olive oil
6oz. rice bran oil

15.6oz. lye
36 fluid oz. distilled water

1.2oz. whole bean, certified organic coffee
.8oz. fresh herbs (lemongrass, basil, lemon verbena)

Optional: If you would like to scent your soap, use 6-8oz. of fragrance oil or 3-4oz. essential oil (Be sure to refer to manufacturer’s directions for % of usage for oils as these can vary.)


Instructions:
Before you begin, be sure to refer to my cold process soapmaking tutorial if you have never made soap before. You need to careful about safety and know how the process works to avoid mistakes. Substitutions for any oils or butters can change the amount of lye you need for your soap as does reducing the recipe.

You’ll need to start by lining your molds and preparing your ingredients. I used three basic wooden box soap molds for this recipe. The inside dimensions of my molds measure 11″L x 3.5″W x 3.25″ H.

Weigh out your whole coffee beans, then finely grind the beans in a coffee grinder. I chose to use Counter Culture Coffee No. 46 which is available from The Fresh Market. Then take your collection of fresh herbs – I used about 2/3 fresh lemon balm leaves, just under 1/3 fresh basil leaves, and freshly picked lemon verbena leaves for the rest. Combined they should weigh about .8oz. Finely chop these with a sharp knife. Set the coffee and herbs aside.

Measure out your distilled water and pour into a glass or plastic pitcher. Then weigh out your lye. Pour the lye carefully into the water and stir well. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out your butters and oils and combine into a large, stainless steel pot. (If you’re looking for organic ingredients, I recommend checking out Mountain Rose Herbs.) Place the pot on the stove and melt the ingredients over medium-low to medium until the ingredients have completely liquified. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Allow your lye-water and soapmaking oils to cool down to about 100° F. This can take anywhere from 1-2 hours.

Once your lye-water and oils have cooled, slowly pour the lye-water into the pot of oils. Mix well with a stick blender. Once your soap reaches a light trace, add your ground coffee beans and fresh, chopped herbs. (At this point you would also add fragrance if you choose to use a scent. Though this soap has a wonderful, natural scent without any added fragrance.)

Mix well, then pour the soap into your molds.

Cover your soap molds either with a lid or a piece of cardboard cut to fit. Than lay a bath towel or blanket over the soap to insulate it.

Wait 24 hours before unmolding your soap and cutting it into bars. Allow bars to cure 3-4 weeks before use. This batch should yield about 30-36 bars of soap depending on how thin or thick you cut your soap. The resulting handmade soaps should be good solid, scrubby bars that do what soap is supposed to do without leaving you walking away from the kitchen smelling like a perfumery. And really, why do you need perfumed soaps in the kitchen anyway? Instead, you get a nice, natural soap scent that leaves you smelling – quite simply – clean.

You can purchase the limited edition soap bars from this batch that I made at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen as soon as they have cured! Be sure to follow me on facebook or twitter or sign up for my email newsletter for updates on when new products become available. You’ll also be notified of sales, coupon codes, contests and more!

For more diy bath and body recipes, follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest or check out my website, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent for an Eco-Friendly Clean

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Learn how to make your own DIY homemade laundry detergent for an eco-friendly approach to cleaning! 

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe! Learn how to make your own DIY homemade laundry detergent for an eco-friendly approach to cleaning! Not only does making my own detergent save money over buying commercial detergent brands, but it's also rewarding to know you've made your own natural products.

One of the most time consuming things about making handmade soaps is the wait. The wait for your oils and lye water to cool down enough so you can mix your soap, the 24hr. waiting period before you are able to unmold your soaps, and the wait for your soaps to cure.

As I was making more of my unscented goat milk soap and a new White Chocolate Raspberry goat milk scented soap yesterday, I decided to utilize my time and finally get around to making some much need homemade laundry detergent. There isn’t really waiting time with this project, however, grating the soap for the detergent is time consuming, so it made for a great way to pass the time!

I decided to make an all natural DIY homemade laundry detergent using a bar of my own handmade lemon mint soap. As it’s scented with only lemongrass and peppermint essential oils it was a great choice as a base for my detergent!

Not only does making my own detergent save money over buying commercial detergent brands, but I like that’s it’s also eco-friendly! You can also use an unscented soap and add a few drops of fragrance or essential oils to your recipe before mixing.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe! Learn how to make your own DIY homemade laundry detergent for an eco-friendly approach to cleaning! Not only does making my own detergent save money over buying commercial detergent brands, but it's also rewarding to know you've made your own natural products.

DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent

1. To make my own handmade laundry detergent, first I finely grated one 4oz. bar of my handmade soap. This is the most time consuming part of making DIY homemade laundry detergent and your hands definitely feel the work by the time you’re done. However, the end result is worth the half hour or so it takes to do.

2. After grating the soap, I added one measured cup of Arm & Hammer brand All Natural Super Washing Soda and one measured cup of 20 Mule Team brand Borax All Natural Laundry Booster to the grated soap into a glass container. (Both of these products can easily be found in most major grocery stores in the laundry detergent aisle.)

3. I then mixed all of the ingredients with a spoon, then poured into a blender and and mixed on the highest setting until the detergent reached a powder consistency. I did remove the blender several times to shake the ingredients before blending again to insure everything got mixed and blended completely.

4. Once my homemade laundry detergent reached a powdered state, I poured it into a 5″x7″ resealable bag. You can also use a mason jar with a lid to store your laundry powder. Once packaged, you can label your bag or jar for future storage or use. Or give your freshly made, homemade laundry detergent as a gift by affixing a label to the bag or jar and tying off with some ribbon and a tablespoon sized scoop. My batch made approximately 1lb. 3.5oz. of homemade laundry detergent.

5. To use your DIY homemade laundry detergent, simply scoop one Tablespoon of detergent into the washer for small loads or two Tablespoons of detergent for large loads.

Looking for other uses for grated handmade soap?

Make your own homemade liquid soap! Simply grate two 4oz. sized handmade soap bars of your choice and add to a pot filled with a gallon of distilled water. Place the pot on the stove and add two Tablespoons of liquid vegetable glycerin to the finely grated soap shavings and the distilled water.

Heat over medium/high heat and stir until your soap dissolves. Once your soap mixture dissolves, remove it from the heat and let stand for 10-12 hours. After your soap has completely cooled, beat with a hand mixer to mix thoroughly.

If your soap is too thick, you can mix in a small amount of distilled water at this point until your soap is the consistency you desire. If it’s too thin – as this can happen depending on the recipe of the soap you choose to use – simply reheat the mixture and add in more grated soap.

Once your soap is complete, use a funnel to pour the soap into containers of your choice.

Looking for more affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home? Then you must check out Grove Collaborative! I recently became a member and have been super impressed with their service, natural products selections, prices and shipping times. Plus their products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products

Naturally Clean Your Home

If you’re looking for other affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home, then you must check out Grove Collaborative! As a member of Grove Collaborative I have been super impressed with their service, natural products, prices and shipping times. Plus their eco-friendly products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products.

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Doxie Love

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I am all about my miniature dachshund. His name is Jasper and he is definitely one of the big loves of my life. He’ll be a year old in August and he is just the sweetest and friendliest of dogs I know. For those of you who own a mini doxie yourselves, I’m sure you understand exactly what I mean. And that could be why there are so many handmade products out there in tribute to these adorable little fellas.
I found some wonderful products all dedicated to doxies in one shop in particular on etsy whimsically named Persnickety Pelican. I couldn’t help but fall in love with these adorable finds. What about you?

1. Secret Garden Decorative Square Dachshund Pillow, $24
2. Summer Popsicle Doxie Whimsylicious Dachshund Coin Purse, $9
3. Garden Doxie Whimsical Woolies Felted Soap, $15
4. Doxie in the Garden Maze Set of Two Supersized Dachshund Potholders, $16