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Easy Goats Milk Soap Gift Baskets – Thrill Your Family & Friends

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What says I’m thinking of you more than a homemade gift?

This year make homemade goats milk soap gift baskets. Use HartNana’s Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe – so easy and so forgiving that even a novice can have terrific results. Of course HartNana will be there with you to help you out if you have problems or questions.

You can make goats milk soap gift baskets. Here is one gift basket I made a while back for the holiday and/or a baby shower gift. All you need to find is a basket, some “extra” goodies, some homemade soap, and a little creativity.

If you are wanting to give homemade soap as a Christmas gift now is the time to be making it. This recipe only needs about three weeks to cure.

We also have a super simple recipe for Goat’s Milk Lotion – Make it the same day you plan to ship it, as there is no lead time necessary (that’s a plus for last minute gifts right?)

Make Goats Milk Soap For Gifts – Putting It All Together

You can always make the lotion and put it in a cute container and don’t forget to use your imagination for wrapping your soap! Gift baskets are popular and easy to put together too.

All it takes is a basket, some cellophane wrap (you can get at the dollar store), some tissue paper, your soap, a container of lotion, and maybe a loofah sponge, a candle and a relaxing CD. Put it all in your basket after arranging the tissue paper, then wrap the whole thing in cellophane wrap and add a big bow.


Here is a video to give  you an idea about how to put it all together.



There you go super simple, super personal and quite frankly – lots of fun!!

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Goat Milk Soap Gift Baskets For Extra Holiday Cash

The gift basket featured above I made for a craft fair. In fact I made a bunch of them. You can do it too! Find interesting baskets (or dig through your stores), add your homemade soap – because truly that is the gift – then add a few odds n ends. Coffee, wine, candles, chocolate, tea, cookies all make great additions. And don’t forget the huge bow.

Here are Some From Amazon to Give You Ideas:

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Homemade Goat Milk Soap Recipe For Beginners fast & easy Get Stunning Results

Goats Milk Soap Recipe For Beginners
Get Great Results making goat milk soap

Having been a soap maker for quite a few years now, I have discovered this secret almost by accident and now make wonderfully luxurious cream colored goat’s milk soap.  Using this secret disclosed in the homemade goat milk soap recipe for beginners,  you will be making great soap for your family and friends too, with very little headache.

Easy To Find Ingredients

Most of these ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery or health food store, except for the lye (sodium hydroxide) that will need to come from an online source probably Amazon. You can get smaller quantities from them and it is shipped without hassle for a reasonable price.  It is hard to keep 50 pounds of lye around if you aren’t making soap in large quantities. 50 Pounds is the quantity sold most commonly by soap maker supply companies.

What you need to make Goats Milk Soap For Beginners

As far as utensils go; it really depends on how much soap you plan to make. This recipe will make about three pounds of soap – enough to cover the bottom of a Campbell’s soup box (you know the cardboard that holds a case of soup). If you cut it in half then you could make 8 bars in soap molds.

I like to use an enamel pot that has high sides. I melt the solid oils together first over low, then add the olive oil so cool the oils down to 100degrees. And then when I mix the lye solution in I’m less likely to splash the mixture on myself. (Vinegar is the neutralizing agent for lye – keep it out and handy if you get some lye or lye mixture on you, douse with vinegar and it will stop the burning).

Though you may be tempted to make this without safety glasses, refrain. Wear those glasses! And gloves.  Wear gloves.

Okay, enough on the safety warnings. I’m sure you have your own mother to mutter these little warnings to  you so you don’t need me.

I have a plastic pitcher, a wooden spoon and a separate little glass container that I use for all things lye related. You can get  all of the supplies you need to make soap here

Here is the list:

  • An enamel or stainless steel pot (it doesn’t have to be real big)
  • 1 plastic pitcher
  • 2 wooden spoons
  • 1 stick blender (doesn’t really need to be dedicated to making soap, but be sure to wash it well)
  • 1 kitchen scale (the balance scales work okay for this recipe,  you will need a serious scale for most soap recipes though)
  • 2 glass thermometers
  • safety glasses
  • plastic gloves
  • vinegar on hand
  • a big plastic or glass bowl to set your lye mixture pitcher in.

That is it!

This is the homemade goat milk soap recipe for beginners:

  • 18 oz slushy goat’s milk – This can be from the grocery store, from a friend, from your goat, or powered that has been reconstituted. It also needs to be partially frozen for best results.
  • 6 oz water
  • 6 oz lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 10 oz coconut oil
  • 24 oz of shortening or lard
  • 9 oz olive oil

That is it!

Learn to make goats milk soap perfectly even if you are a beginner with stuff you mostly can find at your local grocer

Here is the secret to getting cream colored goat’s milk soap

Rather than the orange/brown stuff that most beginners end up with. The reason goat’s milk soap turns brown is because the lye causes the milk solids to burn. The way around that problem is to mix the lye with water first, then mix the lye into the oils and then add the milk.

Another important point is that  you want  your lye solution and your oil to be about the same temperature and that temperature needs to be 100 degrees. It does make a difference.

I like to mix my lye solution over an ice bath. So I put the pitcher in a big bowl full of ice, mix the lye into the water s l o w l  y   so it doesn’t explode and then drop ice cubes down into the solution to get it to cool down quicker. I’m so not the patient type.

Here are the steps to the Homemade Goat Milk Soap Recipe for Beginners:

  • Heat the coconut oil and shortening/lard until it melts in the big pot. Take it off the heat and add olive oil.  Set aside to cool.
  • Put on your safety glasses and gloves
  • Put the pitcher in the ice bath add the water and then the lye to the water.
  • Once both are the same temperature, 100 degrees, mix the lye into the oils (DO NOT DO THIS THE OTHER WAY AROUND )
  • Add the milk.
  • Use the stick blender to mix and blend. Do this in pulses of 20 seconds or you will burn out your blender. Between pulses stir with the blender.
  • When the concoction traces it will look like vanilla pudding. Trace just means that it hold the shape of a swirl, like, as I said, vanilla pudding.
soap trace

Once it begins to trace add your essential oil and extra stuff. I like to use lavender oil and lavender bits, but you can add almost anything. If you are planning to add oatmeal, you need to grind it up first. Take it from me, the whole oats things doesn’t work so well, I know, I’ve tried it.

Adding Stuff To Your Soap

When it comes to adding essential oils, I only add a few drops. For honey/oatmeal soap, I add about 1/4 cup of honey and a cup of oats. Also I have found that sandalwood oil can cause your soap to seize. (turns hard really fast) so go slow when adding that.

Make sure that you have lined your cardboard molds with wax paper before you start if you are planning to use cardboard molds. Pour your mixture into the mold after it has traced and you’ve added all your stuff and made sure it traced again.

Before you Cut Your Soap

Let the soap sit in the mold for 24 hours – it will harden up. You then want to dump it out and cut it into the shapes you want. Let it cure for at least 2-3 weeks before using. Enjoy!

The whole process shouldn’t take you more than maybe an hour from start to finish.

If you have questions ask them below, I follow this blog pretty closely and love to help new soap makers get started!

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Don’t forget to grab your copy of The Soap Maker’s Journal so that you can keep your recipes in one place. Every time I make soap I always do something a little different. Recording the adjustments in this journal allows me to repeat success and avoid repeating unwanted results.

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Best DIY Mothers Day Gift Ideas-Cheap & Easy To Make

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The best DIY Mothers Day gift ideas are those designed to match your mom. Tailoring your mothers day gift to the things in life she enjoys will bring a smile to her face and joy to her heart.

While in my experience most moms love spa gift baskets, maybe your mom is different. Maybe your mom loves coffee or to cook or…CHOCOLATE. (Said with that slightly evil tone, under my breath. I LOVE chocolate, and coffee and cooking and spa gift baskets – and I’m a mom) So I feel qualified to give some advice here. Or at least some ideas to get you running.

DIY Mothers Day Gift Basket Ideas

When it comes to gift basket ideas, you don’t have to start with a traditional basket. Think outside the basket. I like to go to the thrift store and find cool containers. Sometimes I find metal boxes or trays to use as the container. Or you could start with an oversized coffee mug, picnic basket, mixing bowl, really the sky is the limit.

The goal is to find the basket/base that will match the feel of the rest of the “stuff” you are going to include. Here are some baskets already put together over on Amazon. Use them to get ideas to make yourself…


 


Easy DIY Mothers Day Gift Ideas

I like to use easy DIY mothers day gift ideas. Things like an interesting popcorn bowl with bags of microwave popcorn. Maybe a gift certificate to your local movie theater or a gift card to amazon for a movie rental or to. Perhaps you throw in some juju beans or what ever she loves in the candy department.

Wine, cheese and crackers or bread also make a great basket. Don’t forget some lovely stem ware. And maybe a couple cloth napkins and a candle? These could go in a picnic basket that you find at a local thrift store or garage sale foraging.

Homemade Soap Ideas

Homemade soap is my go to thing because I make it. Sometimes I will find interesting soap dishes and use that for the basket.

Don’t Forget Coffee

What mom doesn’t love coffee? Okay well I know a few who aren’t great fans, but I think they could be if they were allowed to indulge. This is an easy DIY mothers day gift to put together.

Find a great coffee blend. Add a funny or sentimental mug. maybe a few chocolates or biscotti – homemade is DaBomb. Voila, there you have it, a gift that will be treasured for sure! Maybe you nestle it in a new bathrobe?

 

Unique Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Here is a list of unique mothers day gift ideas that you can adjust for your own mom.

Gift certificates for:

  • movies
  • dinner at her favorite restaurant
  • pedicure
  • manicure
  • massage
  • babysitting
  • cleaning service

Garden in a Pot

Put together a beautiful potted plant. Take care in selecting the pot and plants. This year I am getting a lemon/lime tree in a beautiful container that will move in and out of the house.

If your mom likes flowers you could get her a selection for her garden or a potted flower for her house to enjoy all year. Jasmines do well inside and out. And smell divine!

Final Thoughts On DIY Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Ultimately, anything you give your mom will be appreciated. Taking the time to find something that is personal is, as American Express puts it, priceless.

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5 All Natural Homemade Soap Recipes For Holiday Gifts

Before we get into the all natural homemade soap recipes for holiday gift giving, let’s review a few basics about making all natural homemade soap recipes.
5 all natural homemade soap recipes; almond milk soap, coconut milk soap, goats milk soap, vegan soap for bergamont earl grey tea soap recipe, lavender soap recipe, coffee soap recipe and a kid friendly soap craft
Safety first! Always be sure to wear eye protection and gloves. Keep a jug of vinegar on the counter easily accessible in case of spills or splashes. (it is the neutralizing agent for lye) Make sure you mix the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. NEVER DUMP WATER ONTO THE LYE. Bad, bad things can happen that way.

Here is a list of the equipment you will need for making your all natural homemade soap recipes

 

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Almond Milk Soap Recipe

  • 18 oz slushy almond milk
  • 6 oz water
  • 6 oz lye
  • 9 oz olive oil
  • 10 oz coconut oil
  • 24 oz vegetable shortening like Crisco

Directions:

Melt the coconut oil and vegetable shortening. Once the oils are just about melted add olive oil. This will bring the temperature down. You want to have both the oil and water/lye solutions around 100 degrees when you add the water/lye to the oils. Add your lye to the water. I like to do this over ice in a pitcher sitting in a bowl with ice in it. Continue to stir your water as you add the lye S L O W L Y .

Once the oils and the water/lye mixtures are both around 100 degrees add the water/lye mixture to the oils and add  your almond milk at this point.

Now you stir/blend with your stick blender until it reaches trace. Trace looks like thick pudding. If you want to add essential oils, or additions like ground oatmeal, or honey, now is the time.

*Note about adding essential oils. Add them slowly. A few drops at  time. Sometimes essential oils can make  your soap seize. If this happens just re batch it. I talk about that here.

The next step is to pour your soap into the mold of  your choice. Wait 24 hours then dump the soap out of the mold and cut. Let this dry for at least 6 weeks before  using.

Powdered Goats Milk Soap Recipe

To make powdered goats milk soap,  you need to reconstitute powdered goats milk according to the package directions. Put it in a container that you can put in the freezer so that it becomes slushy. Keeping milk cold before adding it to your soap mixture will ensure a whiter bar of soap. If you mix it while the milk is still not super cold you stand the chance of burning the milk solids with the lye/water solution.

Use the recipe for almond milk and follow those directions.

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Coconut Milk Soap Recipe

  • Palm oil 8 oz
  • Coconut oil 8 oz
  •  Pure olive oil 8 oz
  • 1 oz castor oil
  • 3.2 oz sodium hydroxide (lye)
  • 3.59 oz distilled water
  • 3.59 oz coconut milk
  • 2 oz fragrance oil

Make sure your coconut milk is slushy before starting this process. Mix your lye into your water. While it is cooling down to 90%s heat up your oils to 90%s too. Mix your water/lye mixture into the oils and add the coconut milk. Mix to trace and then add the essential oil of your choice.

Pour into mold. Let sit for 24 hours before cutting. Let sit for 4 to 6 weeks before using.

Vegan Soap Recipe

Lye Water Ingredients
113g / 4oz Lye
200g /7oz /200ml Water – you can make Earl Grey tea for your water, or lavender tea or even coffee for a more powerful benefit from the resulting soap.

Soaping oils
256g / 9oz Coconut oil
304g / 10.7oz Olive Oil
120g / 4.23oz Sunflower oil
80g / 2.8oz Castor oil

After Trace Additions for all natural homemade soap recipes – Bergamont & Earl Grey Tea Soap Recipe

42g / 1.48oz Shea Butter
10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
4 tsp /50g /20ml Bergamot Essential oil
1/8 tsp dry Earl Grey tea

After Trace Additions – Lavender Soap

42g / 1.48oz Shea Butter
4 tsp /50g /20ml Lavender Essential oil
1/8 tsp dry Dry Lavender buds

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After Trace Additions – Coffee Soap

42g / 1.48oz Shea Butter
4 tsp /50g /20ml Coffee Essential Oil
1/8 tsp dry Coffee grounds

 

Soap Recipe For Kids

Starting with a melt and pour base is the best way to make soap with younger kids. You can find another fun jelly soap recipe here.

All you have to do is melt the base, add your favorite essential oil and/or additions like lavender buds, oatmeal ground fine, etc. Once  you have what you want added pour your soap into a mold. Wait 24 hours then cut and use!

 

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Lose the Bottle – 5 All Natural Shampoo And Conditioner Ideas

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Over the years we have become so conditioned to purchasing our shampoo and conditioner at the local grocery story that we have forgotten the time honored, all  natural shampoo and conditioner ideas that our grandmothers used to use.  There are some things we need to talk about before diving in.  Since we have been using shampoo for years our hair and scalp have become accustomed to producing a certain amount of oil to combat the stripping action the chemicals in shampoo cause.  Therefore the more frequently you apply shampoo to your hair the faster it will get oily.  Weaning off of shampoo will take some time for your hair to adjust.

Finding All Natural Shampoo


You should find that by using more natural shampoo and conditioner ideas over time your hair won’t be oily as fast. Did you ever wonder what people did in the old days? Remember all those  young gals with long, long hair? Do you remember the 100 strokes before bed? Women and girls worn their hair up to minimize the amount of dirt that accumulated in it. They also didn’t wash their hair very often. Many of these old ways had a function. Now we are just encouraged to use, use, use, with little thought to what all of the packaging is doing to the environment or what the products are doing to us.

My own hair is fairly long. I wash it once a week. The rest of the time I wear it in a braid and brush it once a day to distribute the oil to the ends where it can benefit the most.  My hair is healthy and even though I am in my fifties my hair still grows almost four inches a year.

All Natural Shampoo and Conditioner Ideas:

  • You can use regular homemade soap if you want some lather. Goats milk soap will clean the oils and dirt from your hair and nourish the skin on your scalp.
  • Baking soda rinse instead of soap or shampoo. One tablespoon in an old squirt bottle filled with water. Rinse  your hair with water, then apply the baking soda mixture at the base. Massage it into your scalp and it will rinse through the rest of your hair. Follow that with a vinegar rinse to neutralize the backing soda. One tablespoon of vinegar to a squirt bottle of water. The vinegar will also cut any dandruff issues you may be suffering from.
  • Eggs – crack the eggs into a plastic cup and mix.  Once you are done with your “washing” apply the eggs while you finish bathing. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Mayonnaise – Apply as a conditioner while you wash, rinse out.
  • Olive Oil treatment – Once  you have “washed” your hair, apply very warm olive oil to it, then wrap your hair in a towel (right out of the dryer is best) Let your hair soak for ten to twenty minutes. Wash out the olive oil with hot water, baking soda and then the vinegar rinse.

Try these alternatives when it comes to all natural shampoo and conditioner  for a couple months and you will notice how wonderful your hair is and how much more time you have now that you aren’t spending so much of it messing with your hair.

Make Your Own All Natural Shampoo

½ сuр distilled wаtеr
¼ сuр liquid саѕtіlе soap
2 tsp аvосаdо oil
1/8 tsp рерреrmіnt essential оіl
1/8 tѕр tea tree еѕѕеntіаl oil
1 tsp vеgеtаblе glусеrіn  – this is optional but will add “body” to your shampoo
10 – 15 drops of еѕѕеntіаl оіlѕ – nothing like making your hair smell nice and nourishing it right?

Put the аbоvе іngrеdіеntѕ in a squeeze or pump bottle.  Shаkе wеll bеfоrе еасh uѕе. Pоur a lіttlе over уоur hеаd. Lather gооd. Gеntlу massage in thе ѕсаlр fоr a mіnutе or twо. Rinse соmрlеtеlу.

Find What You Need To Make All Natural Shampoo and Conditioner Here:

 

 

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Goat Milk Lotion Recipe

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This Goat milk lotion recipe is so good for you because goat’s milk itself has healing properties! This is my own recipe that I love though some find it a tad bit oily until the coconut and almond oil soak into your skin.

Because as we all know, I’m not a patient or particularly detail oriented person, these ingredients go together smoothly. This is also a pretty thick lotion and could be used as a goat milk body butter recipe.

Goat Milk Lotion Recipe

  • 2 oz bees wax/emulsifying wax (I have found that emulsifying wax works better than bees wax)
    1/2 oz cocoa butter
  • 1 1/2 oz palm kernel oil
    8 oz coconut oil
    8 tbs almond oil
  • 1 cup goats milk
  • Add 1 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 tbs Germaben II

Mix the first five ingredients in a glass bowl, micro wave or heat over the stove till melted, whisk in the water and goat’s milk until the whole emulsion cools. I like to mix this together over an ice bath with a whisk. Don’t forget to add the Germaben II once it has become lotion. Store in glass jar in fridge. If the lotion is too thick you can add more water to thin it out. I’ve also had success with re heating the lotion and mixing again to get it to stay emulsified, even adding more emulsifying wax if the lotion starts to separate.

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One thing I always have to remind myself of when I first mix the oils and liquids together, is that the milk is not curdling, it is becoming lotion as it has kind of a strange look in the beginning. Keep mixing, it will turn to lotion.

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Now for some alternatives to using this Goat Milk Lotion Recipe

So there you are, standing like Indiana Jones …

In a cave full of choices – I mean the grocery aisle – as you reach out for the lotion “made with natural ingredients” on the left. Sucking in your breath, you flip the label.

Water. So far, so good.

Sweet almond oil. You exhale cautiously.

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MommyPotamus is funny and has a great video for making moisturizing lotion with just a handful of ingredients.

If these two recipes aren’t enough to satisfy your lotion making needs – here are 18 more easy homemade lotion recipes.

Easy Homemade Lotion recipes - 18 of them!!!




Let’s watch as this gal makes lotion on you tube.

 

Why The Ingredients in This Goat Milk Lotion Recipe Are Good For Your Skin

Raw goat’s milk does so many amazing things for your skin that you can discover over here on in this article about why use goats milk soap, What this article talks about in regards to goat milk in soaps is not just true for goats milk soaps, but for this goat milk lotion recipe too.

In addition to the goat milk, the almond oil is an excellent emollient and helps skin retain moisture. It makes your skin smooth and young looking and is a good oil for combating irritated skin.

Help prevent premature aging of your skin, it is a moisturizer and helps with various skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.

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What Else Helps?

Cocoa butter – long touted for it’s ability to fade stretch marks (don’t most of us moms remember lathering it on our big bellies toward the end of pregnancy?), also has properties that remove free radicals in your skin. It penetrates deep into the skin so is extra moisturizing and also contains vitamin E which fades scars.

All in all this lotion should make you feel special not only because you made it yourself, but because it is good for you.

If you don’t have the ability to accumulate all of these skin loving ingredients, you can always just order your moisturizing lotion from HartNana.com

You can find all of the ingredients you need to create your own lotion here

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Lavender Essential Oil Aromatherapy Relaxation In The Air

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Lаvеndеr Essential Oil Aromatherapy: Lurе Of A Lusty Life

Using оf lavender essential oil aromatherapy іѕ іnеvіtаblе. Vаrіоuѕ essential оіlѕ соntrіbutе their ѕіgnіfісаnсе in аrоmаthеrару. Onе аmоng ѕuсh oils іѕ lаvеndеr оіl.

Lаvеndеr essential оіl is еxtrасtеd from lаvеndеr trее аlѕо knоwn as Lаvеndulа officinalis. During extraction оf this oil, a delicate рrосеѕѕ іѕ fоllоwеd, whеrе generally wаtеr оr ѕtеаm is uѕеd. Thе оіl, dіѕtіllеd from lavender tree соntаіnѕ the pure ѕсеnt оf the trее іtѕеlf. Lаvеndеr оіl lооkѕ сlеаr wіth a bіt tоuсh оf уеllоw. This оіl іѕ nоt ѕо оіlу. Hеnсе, in аrоmаthеrару, this оіl іѕ соnѕіdеrеd аѕ one аmоng thе thinnest essential oils.

Lavender Essential oil extraordinaire! The go to solution to almost any health problem (at least around our house)

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Thе оdоr оf lavender essential oil іѕ mеdіum and соnѕіdеrеd as оnе оf mоѕt relaxing smell. Nоrmаllу, this аrоmа is neither so strong nor so lіght. Inѕtеаd the smell іѕ sweet. In аrоmаthеrару, while dіlutіng lаvеndеr оіl, mаіnlу ѕwееt almond oil, арrісоt kernel оіl or grape ѕееd оіl іѕ used аѕ саrrіеr oils.


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lavender essential oil aromatherapy is used for trеаtіng vаrіоuѕ diseases. Massaging with mіnglеd lаvеndеr оіl can brіng the еffесt of rеlаxаtіоn аnd саlmnеѕѕ. In аrоmаthеrару, mаnу ѕkіn рrоblеmѕ, like, асnе, аllеrgіеѕ, oily ѕkіn, ѕсаr ѕkіn, ѕtrеtсh marks еtс can be trеаtеd wіth lаvеndеr оіl. Hоt bаth with a fеw drорѕ оf the оіl will аѕѕurе you about relieving аnxіеtу. Whereas, a cool bаth with this oil wіll brіng a feeling оf rеfrеѕh. Lavender oil can асt аѕ facial and ѕkіn оіl ѕuреrlаtіvеlу for hеаlіng vаrіоuѕ skin problems.

Mаѕѕаgіng wіth this oil wоrkѕ еffесtіvеlу in саѕе оf hеаdасhе. On thе оthеr hаnd, іn healing оf hypertension, sunburn раіn, insects’ or mоѕԛuіtоеѕ’ bite, bruises, mіnоr-burn, blisters, athlete’s fооt, rеduсе lаbоr pain, lavender oil works well іndееd.

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Lаvеndеr оіl can bе kерt іn Fіrѕt Aіd bоx. Wіth thіѕ oil, mіnоr іnjurіеѕ, lіkе burns, сut еtс саn bе healed. Mаnу a tіmе, lаvеndеr оіl is uѕеd іn trеаtmеnt оf various nervous рrоblеmѕ, such as, іnѕоmnіа, mіgrаіnе, nеrvоuѕ tension, ѕtrеѕѕ, PMS, rеѕtlеѕѕnеѕѕ etc. In such саѕеѕ, іn aromatherapy, раtіеntѕ are rесоmmеndеd ѕіmрlу to іnhаlе the frаgrаnсе that еffесtѕ оn thе сеntrаl nеrvоuѕ ѕуѕtеm роѕіtіvеlу. Respiratory problems lіkе, asthma, brоnсhіtіѕ, halitosis, thrоаt infection, whооріng cough саn bе solved wіth lavender oil аѕ well.

Be Sure To Dilute Your Essential Oil With A Carrier Oil

But always keep in уоur mіnd tо dilute it with some саrrіеr oil before uѕіng. Alѕо make ѕurе thаt there іѕ nо allergic rеасtіоn оn the ѕkіn. At thе ѕаmе time, іt is also rесоmmеndеd tо bе careful durіng the рurсhаѕе оf lаvеndеr оіl.

Dо you wаnt to kеер yourself hеаlthу аnd bеіng wеll? Usage оf lаvеndеr essential oil aromatherapy will bе thе right орtіоn for уоu. Wіth еnоrmоuѕ advantages, thіѕ оіl has bесоmе аn important component оf aromatherapy.

lavender essential oil aromatherapy is relaxation in the air for sure, it is easy to disburse with these inexpensive aromatherapy difusers. So instead of using store bought, how knows what’s in them scents to freshen up your house, why not be adding the relaxing scent of lavender to mellow out a rambunctious area of your home?

 

 

Lavender essential oil is a great addition to goats milk soap. It blends in easily especially when  you are making a homemade soap recipe like Hartnana’s super simple goats milk soap recipe.

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Making Goats Milk Soap For The First Time

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Memories of “you’re gonna shoot your eye out” come to mind when I think about making goats milk soap for the first time. Or really making any homemade soap.  I knew almost twenty years ago now that I wanted to make homemade soap. It was while standing in “Summers Past“.  A wonderful little garden shop on the outskirts of San Diego that I made the decision that I really wanted to live a country life. Making soap, baking bread, playing in the garden and canning my produce was the life I wanted.

My last trip to San Diego,  my daughter, grand children and I went back to Summers Past for a Fairy Festival.

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Such a wonderful, magical place. Being there brought back the memories of the stirring to live a more simple life.

Making goats milk soap for the first time

That first Christmas after telling my husband that I wanted to make my own soap; he bought me a big stainless steel stock pot.   Now I would have something to make the soap in. That was all I really knew that I needed. A big pot and something about using a paint paddle to stir the ingredients. In my mind I was going to be making vats of soap. (I laugh when I think back on how the process appeared to me at the time.)

My grandmother (who was an immigrant from Czechoslovakia, and whom my mother swears was a gypsy) used to make lye soap for washing clothes.  I am pretty sure she made it by running water through ash and then adding fat she rendered from the meat she cooked. My mother tells stories about the big vat my grandmother used in the yard to make the soap. We were never to touch “grandma’s lye soap” for fear (mostly on my mom’s part) that we would get burned by the lye.

I tell you this story so that you will understand, that my fear of lye and working with lye stemmed from hearing this story as a young girl. So that pot sat for many years before I actually worked up the nerve to buy some lye to make soap.  First I fiddled around with melt and pour soap. Also melting down bars of soap that were scraps and reforming them.

Making Goats Milk Soap – Just Go For It!

Then one day several years ago I decided that I was “going for it”. Armed with safety goggles, rubber gloves and stern warnings to the children and pets that no one, and I meant no one, was to come anywhere near the kitchen while I was working.  Carefully, I laid out newspaper every where, got all of my supplies out. I was ready!

I measured every ingredient exactly. Mixed everything together the way the instructions called for. And except for the fact that I did not have a stick blender while using a recipe that was heavy on the olive oil my first adventure went alright. I did have to stir my soap for five or six HOURS to get it to trace. So, when I suggest to people to get a stick blender if they are going to make soap, it is with that experience in mind that I recommend them.  A good friend of mine uses an old plastic bucket and a paint paddle hooked to his drill to make soap.

Making Goats Milk Soap From Start To Finish

The time it takes me to make homemade goats milk soap has gone down considerably. I can usually make two batches from start to finish including clean up in an hour and a half. Though I am still respectful of lye, I have discovered that keeping vinegar on hand will neutralize any mishap.  Always mix your lye into your liquid and then the liquid/lye into the oils, so it is not necessary to be fearful of it.

Making homemade soap and cooking — just different forms of the same thing. Once you get the hang of the basics, the sky is the limit when it comes to expressing creativity.  It is my hope that you will enjoy your soap making adventures too.  Feel free to leave comments below. I love connecting with other soap makers and want to be soap makers.

 

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Homemade Natural Soap Recipes Perfect For Gifts

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Homemade natural soap recipes for making that perfect and memorable gift. Nothing says, “I love you” like a bar of homemade soap.  Some of these homemade natural soap recipes are a little more advanced then the others. If you are just dipping your toe for the first time you might want to try Hartnana’s Easy Goat Milk Soap recipe. Hartnana’s recipe is a true homemade soap recipe using lye. A few of the following recipes use a base that  you melt so you don’t have to mess with the lye/oil mixing. You don’t even have to have goats or access to fresh goat’s milk to make Hartnana’s soap.

Once you have that super simple and forgiving soap recipe down you are ready to dip your toe into these more innovative and fun homemade natural soap recipes.

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What you will need to make this Honey Oatmeal Handmade Natural Soap Recipes

    • 2 tablespoons of honey
    • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon quick oats
    • 1/2 pound of goat’s milk soap ( this is measured by using 1/4 of the container of the goat’s milk suspension soap)

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  • measuring cup
  • knife
  • plastic spoon

How to make this:

  1. Use a coffee or spice  grinder to grind up the two tablespoons of oatmeal. It will become a fine powder.
  2. In the measuring cup, cut the soap suspension into cubes, using a knife. The soap cuts easily, like cold butter. It will be just a little more then a cup.
  3. Microwave in 30 second increments, and stir after each 30 seconds. If your house is warm it should take just a little over a minute to melt fully. Over heating will cause the soap to bubble up, so watch this carefully. ( NOT speaking from any experience or anything there) ahem..
  4. Stir well with the plastic spoon and make sure all the lumps of soap are melted.
  5. Remove from microwave and add in your ingredients, the ground oatmeal and the honey.
  6. Stir the mixture well. If you bought colorants, add in 6 drops of yellow and 2 drops of red to make a deep pale yellow color. It did bubble up a bit, but I didn’t mind that, especially when I saw how pretty it actually made the soap. Perfectly imperfect.
  7. Into the mold, sprinkle the teaspoon of whole oatmeal flakes all around two soap molds. Each cup of melted soap will make about 2 bar sized soaps.
  8. Pour in about half the mixture to one soap mold. Then pour the other side, trying to make the soaps even.
  9. Do not move the soap mold once you have poured the soap. If you need to, place the molds on a tray before beginning, so that you can move them later on.
  10. Allow the soap to set for at least 20 minutes. Then place in a cool spot to dry ( really to cool) for several hours.
  11. I removed my soap the next day- they just pop right out of those silicone molds- and I let them sit on a couple sheets of paper and dry out a bit. I also use this trick for the bar soap in our bathrooms. They make the room smell  nice and  it helps them to last longer in use.  Three or four days is a good amount of drying time.

 

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Goat Milk And Coffee Homemade Natural Soap Recipes

I use about 1 lb (or half of the block) of soap base at a time which makes four large 4-ounce soaps. The block of goats milk soap base cuts easily with a kitchen knife. I slice the soap base into cubes, place them inside a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and melt in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring well after each microwave session to ensure that the soap is completely melted. For 1 lb of soap, I generally microwave for 30 seconds, stir, microwave for another 30 seconds, stir again, and microwave a final time for 20 seconds.

When the soap base is completely melted, add the coffee grounds and 15 drops of coffee essential oil. You can use as much or as little of the coffee grounds as you prefer – they are mainly for exfoliation purposes as the majority of the soap’s fragrance comes from the coffee essential oil. Pour the mixture into the soap molds and allow to sit undisturbed until cool (about 30-60 minutes depending on temperature/humidity).

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Stacy from SixDollarFamily.com share links to 33 different homemade natural soap recipes here.

Most of these can be made either on the stove in a heavy bottomed pot or in a basic crockpot. I keep an extra pot and an extra crock pot that I picked up thrift store shopping on hand for making my soaps. It keeps my soap supplies separate from my cooking supplies so that there isn’t any chance of the two being cross contaminated. If you do need to use pots and things that you cook in, be sure to rinse them extremely well and to soak them in white vinegar to help remove any residues.

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Calendula Homemade Natural Soap Recipes

This is Jan’s recipe for Calendula Soap from Natural Soap Making

LIQUID & LYE PORTION

  • 4.17 oz (118 g) lye (6% superfat)
  • 9 oz (255 g) calendula tea

OIL PORTION (30 OUNCES TOTAL)

  • 15 oz (425 g) olive oil (50%)
  • 8 oz (227 g) coconut oil (27%)
  • 2.5 oz (71 g) castor oil (8%)
  • 4.5 oz (128 g) sunflower oil (15%)

She suggests substituting sweet almond oil for the sunflower oil, so that’s just what I did.  I used lye from Essential Depot but you can find it on Amazon.  You will also need dried calendula flowers for this recipe, to make the calendula tea.

 

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 To make the calendula Tea Do this:

The first step is the make the calendula tea.  This is pretty straightforward, just steep dried calendula flowers in boiling water, then strain.

How to Make the Calendula Soap for this Homemade Natural Soap Recipes:

  1. Then cool the tea completely so that it is at room temperature.  This is very important, so don’t be in too much of a hurry!  Then weigh out the tea into the heatproof plastic container.
  2. Put that in the sink (or outside, if that’s where you’ll be soaping), then carefully weigh out the lye, making sure you are taking all the necessary precautions with gloves, long sleeves and goggles if needed.  You absolutely do not want to come in contact with the lye at all.  Make sure there are no children or pets in the area.
  3. Next you pour the lye into the liquid (in this case, the calendula tea).  You always want to pour lye into liquid to avoid a volcano!  It will become very hot very fast, so be careful.  Stir well, but don’t breathe in the fumes.  Make sure there are open windows and fans blowing if needed, if you are indoors.  Once the lye is completely dissolved in the liquid, leave it be and weigh out the oils.
  4. Pour the oils into the big pot and gently warm them to about 100°F or so.  When both the liquid and lye mixture and the oils are around 100°F (+/- 20°F is ok), slowly drizzle the lye mixture into the oils.  Rinse the lye container with cold water and set aside.  Then use the immersion blender to mix the soap batter, alternating 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off.  You may have to tilt the pot a bit in order for the blender to be completely submerged.
  5. After a couple of minutes you will notice that the mixture will start to thicken.  What you are looking for is called “trace”.  This is when it is thick enough that the soap leaves a pattern on the surface before sinking back in.
  6. When you get to this point, it’s time to pour it into your parchment lined mold.
  7. Cover with something (I used a piece of cardboard) and wrap a few towels and blankets around it to keep it warm.  Check on it every hour or so for the first few hours to make sure it isn’t cracking.  If it is, take the towels and blankets off to let it cool quicker.
  8. Put all of your soap making equipment aside in a safe place to wash the following day (isn’t that great?).  It won’t be as harsh after it sits for a while, so it’s better to wait.
  9. Let the soap sit in the mold for 24-48 hours.  Here is what mine looked like when I took it out.
  10. You have to wait to use it for 3-4 weeks so that it can cure!  It will mellow with time, become harder and more gentle, so you gotta wait.  I know, it’s tough!  Lie them out on a parchment lined rack and flip every so often.

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Rosemary and Tea Tree Oil Homemade Natural Soap Recipes

Here’s what you will need to make this homemade natural soap recipes:

*1 lb. of Organic Goats milk soap base- Where to buy
*1 oz of Beeswax- where to buy
*A few sprigs of Rosemary- Grind leaves till fine in a coffee grinder till it makes about 1tsp- we have some growing in our yard but you could get some at the grocery store or your local nursery
*2Tbs. honey- we of course use our own raw honey;)
*2Tbs. Almond oil- Where to buy
*1Tbs. Vitamin E oil-Where to buy
*15 drops of Rosemary oil- where to buy
*15 drops of Tea Tree oil- where to buy
*a few drops of lavender oil if desired
*Pyrex 2 cup measuring cup- where to buy
*Soap mold- where to buy
*Kitchen scale- optional- where to buy

Fill a pot with water and place a heat proof bowl on top that fits to make a double boiler. Keep on low. Should be simmering not boiling. Cut up soap base and place in bowl. Add beeswax. Mix until melted. Add Almond  and Vitamin E oil and Rosemary. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Transfer to Pyrex measuring cup and pour into molds. Then keep on a flat surface until it hardens or place in freezer for quicker results. I usually make it in batches and make enough to last for at least a couple of months.

Not only are these great practical gifts to give but they are so easy to make. All you need is a little time to melt the ingredients and let them harden.

So there you go a whole bunch of different easy to make homemade natural soap recipes that would be perfect gifts or for using at home with your own family.

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Marsha The Good Goat Is Coming Home Tomorrow!

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You may be saying, “who is Marsha, and why should I care”, at this point. Well, let me tell you. Marsha (the good goat) has been on lone this summer to some good friends in Paradise (a beautiful place as the name implies) who wanted to have fresh goat’s milk and make soap themselves.  They built a beautiful little shack for her but soon discovered that she was too lonely to leave in their yard alone, with only the cows next door for company. She was moved to a field near my friends home where she has been visiting with goat friends. A much happier goat, Marsha has been enjoying the summer frolicking and producing lots of good goat’s milk.

Tomorrow we, my kids and I, are going to go and pick her up to bring her back home to her own little circle of friends. This summer we farmed out many of our goats to friends as I wanted a break from milking but still wanted my girls.  When I go out back, mostly there are babies in the pen. We have six goats right now, here, two males I traded for, one male that was born at the same time as my grand daughter, two little females from the spring birthing and Betty Sue, one of the three goats I purchased last year to expand the lines in my herd. (I gave her mom and sister to a dear friend who needed fresh goats as the herd she had had gotten sick and died off).

The rest of Marsha’s buddies will be making their way home through out the fall. Her best-est buddy, Fadra, died this summer. Very sad day. She and Marsha were the two goats we started with. They will always be special to me.  Marsha’s picture is the one on the banner. She is a Saneen.

Well enough rambling for today…go make goats milk soap in celebration! Or better yet, buy some already made over at Hart Nana’s Store. (if you decide to purchase soap through the store, please email me at davenjilli (at) gmail.com and let me know, I have been having some hick ups with the store interface)

 

 

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