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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Laundry Butter



Shred or grate the soap.

I am finally trying the laundry butter from fat farm girl soaps.  No, I am not being mean.  She calls her company that name.  This recipe starts with basic coconut butter soap which is not super-fatted.  When making soap normally, a soap maker will add extra fat or oil that does not get suponified which makes the soap less drying on the skin.  It is called super-fatting soap.  Oil, butter, or fat, water, and lye are the 3 ingredients necessary to make soap.  I just had to put some color in it my basic coconut nonsuper-fatted soap--- just a little purl pink mica, and of course some fragrance.  I had some Tresor fragrance oil and I used a very small amount.  Oh boy!  My house smells wonderful!!!  Instead of calling my soap laundry butter, my co-worker came up with the name Whipped Clean. 

Grated soap mixed with water.




Borax mixed in.






Washing soda mixed in.

Overnight Gel

Whipped.

Finished Whipped Clean Laundry Soap

Do you remember using bluing in laundry?  Actually you can still buy it, but the common use of it was before my time.  I know that I can not explain the purpose of it very well, but a blue will intensify white laundry.  A blue-white will reflect more light and make the fabric appear whiter.
Have you noticed that we have much less white laundry than we did 50 years ago.  Who still has white sheets and white underwear now?  Very few of us.  I do still love the look of crisp clean white sheets with the outdoor fresh smell from hanging on the clothesline.  


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Dawnie


















Monday, February 9, 2015

Hand Made Soap

What is a truly handmade soap and what is a melt and pour made soap?  What is the difference???

I make handmade soap, with one exception.  My soap gag gift is made from a melt and pour base.  I make lotions, creams, balms, etc. from scratch.  If you look on some of the websites such as Etsy,  (Yes, I also have an Etsy shop too.) you will find many soaps that are made with melt and pour bases, or lotion bases.  This is where the seller buys the soap or lotion pre-made.  First the soap is melted.  Next the fragrance, coloring, and other botanicals or clays are added.  Then the mixture is placed in a mold(s) and cooled.  If making lotions from bases, or pre-made, a person would add fragrance, coloring, and other additives into the formula and place it into bottles to sell.  Nothing is wrong with this method; however, it is not all natural and not from scratch.  I do feel that the seller should disclose to the purchaser if the soap is made from a purchased base or if it is made from scratch.  I know this is not something many soap makers would want to do, especially when they use the pre-made bases.  At times you will see the term hand crafted used to indicate the use of melt and pour mixes.  

As far as the difference between the two, I have not answered the question very well for you.  One of the best websites to answer the question is https://sellwoodsoap.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/what-is-melt-and-pour-soap/


 I was looking on Etsy and wondered what the ingredients were in a pretty soap displayed for sale.  Then I saw the ingredient sorbitol, which is not a normal ingredient for soap made from scratch.  I decided to look up a little more about melt and pour soap and I found the above website.  It is worth the look if you have the time or inclination. 

 Real Hand Made Soap:




Soap Ingredients: coconut oil, palm oil, water, lye, raw cow milk,  pink Himalayan bath salts, wheat grass, hand made soap shreds, peppermint infused grapeseed oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, fragrance, coloring, titanium dioxide
 

Melt and pour soap:
 




Soap Ingredients:  Glycerin, prop. glycol, sodium stearate, sodium laureth, sulfate, sorbitol, coconut oil, sodium myristate, triethanolamine, sodium laurate, sodium cocoate, purified water, juniper berries mica, fragrance, wool


I was looking on Etsy and wondered what the ingredients were in a pretty soap displayed for sale.  Then I saw the ingredient sorbitol, which is not a normal ingredient for soap made from scratch.  I decided to look up a little more about melt and pour soap and I found the above website.  It is worth the look if you have the time or inclination. 

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Thank you for viewing!  Dawnie




Saturday, February 7, 2015

Rice Krispies for Valentine's Day

Rice Krispies are fun to eat....................








The strawberry marshmallows were calling out to me when I was at the local grocery store.  So many across the country are shoveling snow and drinking hot chocolate.  I do love the snow.  I hate the ice that comes with it.  Here, it is a beautiful sunny day so the kids went for a stroll in the park. I hope you are having a good weekend!
 
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Whipped Pina Colada Body Butter

I finally took the plunge and made whipped body butter.  It only has a few ingredients, but it is heavenly.  I am planning on making a few more and testing the recipes.  This recipe calls for: cocoanut oil, shea butter, rice bran oil, vitamin E, Pina Colada fragrance oil, yellow mica, and cosmetic grade glitter.  

In the winter my skin is so dry.  I think the butter comes on a bit oily, even though my skin soaks it up.  In the next batch I want to try and tweak the oily look.

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Have a great day!  Dawn



Monday, January 26, 2015

Beard Oil

I made beard oil last week.  Beard oil is usually a blend of oils and essential oils made to moisturize the skin and keep the beard soft, styled, and healthy looking.   Many men have itchy skin under their lovely beards.   Since 2006 beard oil has become extremely popular, but mostly available in male boutique stores and on-line.

3 men are using the beard oil I made.  One is using it for his dry forearms.  One is using it for his goatee.  The third man has a full beard about 8 inches long.  All 3 of the men love the fragrance.  The man with the full beard says he uses the oil twice a day.  The beard is shiny just after putting it on, but the beard soaks it up.  He says the beard is much softer too.  

I used the recipe from Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies. http://www.brambleberry.com/Moisturizing-Mahogany-Beard-Oil-Kit-P5982.aspx


The oil Ingredients are Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Buckthorn Extract, and Mahogany Fragrance Oil


I personally do not like the Mahogney fragrance, but everyone else does.

If you are looking for a Valentine gift for a man, this may be what you are looking for.  
 

New sales pitch:   Keep those fly away hairs down and tame that mighty beast by using Beard Taming Oil from Custer Cottage.  LOL

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 Have a great week!  Dawnie




Sunday, January 18, 2015

My Jars Arrived!

My new purple ball jars arrived!!!  They are only available through mail order at this time, but they will be in stores in 2-3 months.  They look brighter purple in sunlight.  This purple should go with most purple shades.  This fabric color has more of an antique purple shade and it blends well.



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Have a great week!
Dawnie


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Easy knitted hat

At times you just want to knit and not use 4 knitting needles to make something round such as a hat.  The seam usually shows too much so most people prefer to knit in the round using 4 needles.  I made a stocking cap on 2 needles (flat knitting).





I learned to clap.

Then  I sewed the seam and gathered it.  Once that was done I added bling (netting, buttons feathers).  I used a mohair and silk yarn.

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And my Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CusterCottage 


Have a great week!  Dawnie