Spring Skin Cleaning

While most of you think that springtime is when we want to air out our homes and do a  thorough deep clean to shake off the winter blues, let’s not forget about our face and bodies. Have you read the ingredients that you are using on your dry, irritated skin in the pursuit of a false advertisement dream fountain of youth? Take a look. You are basically taking a chemical bath with a dash of SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate) bubbles to psychologically make you think you are getting clean.

When beginning your Spring Skin Cleaning ritual you will want to keep it gentle. Avoid harsh chemical based soaps , scrubs and foaming agents. Look for products that are high on the skin food chain with ultra moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, goat’s milk, glycerin, medical-grade lanolin and hyarulonic acid. For ‘skin foodies’ that are not fans of bar soap, use a chemical free oil based liquid bath and shower wash for smooth, supple, hydrated skin. Liquid castile soap and rustic country body wash contain one or two ingredients, olive oil and/or coconut oil. Coconut oil is used to make suds for those who may be ‘bubble’ conditioned to think that if there are no bubbles, you can not be getting clean. Also using products that contain light oils will cut down on episodes of eczema and dry itchy skin patches.

After bathing or showering, moisturize to lock in hydration using natural body butters containing shea butter, mango butter and lotions containing light oils like; sweet almond oil, grape-seed oil and goat’s milk. Use radiance boosting formulas that contain gentle dead skin exfoliating AHAs.

We all know that eating a healthy diet also equates to looking good on the outside. You can supplement healthy eating with fish oil for hydration, Vitamin C for collagen loss, Vitamin D for lack of sun.

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How to Make Melt and Pour Candy Cane Peppermint Stripe Soap Bars

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My mother meticulously decorated our home like clockwork for every upcoming holiday with items passed down through generations or chotskies bought after Christmas when these items were on sale and deeply marked down. She was and is the original deal queen.

The one item she could not find to her liking was bath size Christmas themed soap. So my mother made her own.

Soap making can be intimidating to the lay-person, but it need not be. If you are afraid of using caustic chemicals or  impatient  of the 4-6 week cure wait time, there are companies  that specialize in a category known as Melt & Pour Soap base. Or M&P as it’s called by soapers. There are many  M&P bases to choose from, and I will go into those on another blog. This blog will specifically teach you how to  make candy cane M&P Soap using easily sourced natural ingredients free of harmful chemicals and detergents. Specifically SLS, using your microwave or stove top. Let’s start soaping!

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lbs of clear SFIC M&P base (buy here)
  • 2.5 lbs of white SFIC M&P base (buy here)
  • 13 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil ((buy here)
  • 1 1/2 tsps. Red or Raspberry color cosmetic grade mica (buy here)
  • Spray bottle with 70% rubbing alcohol (buy here)

Utensils:

  • 2 large glass  measuring cups(microwave) or 2 small stainless steel pots for stove top (non-aluminum) (buy here)
  • 2 small measuring cups (buy here)
  • Kitchen Scale (buy here)
  • Thermometer  (buy here)
  • Soap Mold &soap cutter or cheese slicer  (buy here)
  • Saran Wrap or Plastic film
  • rubber gloves
  • pot holders

Directions:

Chop and weigh your clear M&P base and put in large glass measuring cup. Chop and weigh your white M&P base and add to the other large measuring cup.

Microwave:

 Using short 30 second bursts melt your white soap base using a wooden spoon or spatula stir the base. if there are small pieces left remove from microwave. They will eventually melt and also cool your white soap base. Using your thermometer, once your base has cooled to 130 degrees add half of your fragrance  oil and stir or whisk to fully incorporate into your base.

Now microwave your clear melt and pour base using the same method above.

Stove Top:

In two stainless steel pots separately add your chopped white and clear M&P soap bases to your pots. Slowly heat to 130- 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Use your thermometer to check temp. Once fully melted, turn  stove heat down to it’s minimum level. Never leave your soap on the stove unattended.

The Pour:

On a level surface or tray if you will be moving mold, check your soap temperature. I pour at 120-125. On your scale place a measuring cup big enough to hold 320 grams of your white base and pour into the center of your mold avoiding the sides.  Immediately spray your soap with alcohol  to disperse and pop any air bubbles. Each layer poured should be 320 grams. if you don’t have a scale use the same measured amount for each layer.

Color Lab!

Add your red Mica and the rest of the Peppermint Essential Oil to the clear melt & pour soap base sir with a wooden spoon or whisk until all the mica is incorporated into your clear base. Spritz with alcohol to  disperse any remaining surface clumps of mica and stir until dissolved.

Layering:

Make sure your white layer is thick and hard enough to pour your red layer. If you gently wiggle your mold and your soap moves, give it a little more time to harden. Check the temp of your red layer, it should ideally be about 115 degrees. Liberally spritz your white layer with alcohol. ***This is an important step. It is what makes your layers stay together.*** Weigh and gently pour this layer over your spoon so that it does not break through your white layer. Repeat this process alternating the layers and spritzing with alcohol until you reach the top of the mold. If you need to reheat your base place in microwave being careful not to let mixture come to a boil. Checking temp. is around 115 before pouring on your hardened layer.

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Un-Molding:

Let your soap harden for at least 24 hours before removing from mold. If you are using a Silicone liner and box, remove silicone liner from wooden box. Pull the liner away from your soap log to release the soap. Turn soap over and push gently with palm of your hand till you break the suction the liner has to your soap. The soap will slip out. ***Do not use any lubricants on your mold before pouring***

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Cutting:

Turn the soap log on it’s side and cut 1″ inch bars with your cutter or slicer. Trim edges or leave the edges rustic. immediately wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Label and decorate. Enjoy.

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Disclosures:

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