Busy in the kitchen with food and beauty products

It is only Wednesday and I am amazed at the number of things I have already made this week (I am not always this productive)! Here is a tour in pictures:

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Queen of Hungary Water with flowers, herbs, and apple cider vinegar-ready in 1 month

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Bacon curing in the fridge; recipe by Nourished Kitchen-ready Saturday

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Green Soap colored with Parsley. I am also making a lavender soap this morning.

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Vanilla oil- cut up vanilla beans with fractionated coconut oil

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Sauerkraut made with leek and cabbage. Recipe from the last issue of Taproot Magazine

Soap Experiment with Homebrewed Beer, Kombucha and Green Tea

This weekend I decided to experiment with different medium to both color and scent my soap. It is always fun for me to see how all the ingredients react together (often far from what I imagined).  I experimented with homebrewed beer, homebrewed Kombucha, and frozen green tea.

Someone in one of the doTERRA Facebook groups I participate in shared a link to Kombucha soap. I decided right then that I had to try it and see how it worked. I had made soap with tea before and knew that I just had to replace the amount of water with tea. However, I wasn’t ready for the drastic color change that happened.  I added the lye to the water and as I stirred it in, the liquid changed from brownish to neon orange in seconds. I thought, cool…that’ll make an awesome colored soap. But nope, as soon as I mixed the lye with the melted oils, the soap took a beige color and stayed that way.  I washed my hands with the soap to see how it felt. It feels kinda gooey but it leaves my hands hydrated.

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Then, I saw that flat beer can give soap a nice golden to brown color. It is also adds more lather to the soap. Since we still have beer that my husband made a few years ago (we don’t really drink), I grabbed one that was flat, gently boiled the amount I needed, and then let it cool. There were no drastic color changes with the lye and oil mixtures but my house smelled like beer the whole time the soap cooked.  The soap came out with a nice light brown color. I also added a couple teaspoons of honey in it to try and tone out the beer scent. The result: a soap that kinda smells like beer or saltine crackers (depending on who you ask). I think it smells pretty good.

My last experiment was yesterday. Sunday night, I was doing some more research on coloring hot processed soap and came across this great website. I found an article about soap coloring and read through it. Since I had some of the ingredients she mentions (green tea, Rooibos tea, and turmeric)  in the article, I jumped right to it. I measured out the water I needed and brewed the two separate teas. I then prepared the lye solution and added turmeric to it. I let the teas steep until the morning and then froze the strained green tea (I’ll write about the Rooibos tea and turmeric later). Freezing the green tea prevents the tannins from being released and the soap turning brown. Results? The soap did not turn brown, it has a slight green tint to it. I think my tea wasn’t concentrated enough. It was fun though to see how yet another trick works.

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Gone to experiment with Rooibos tea and Turmeric powder.