Friday, December 25, 2015

Emulsified Sugar Scrub / Γαλακτωματοποιημένο απολεπιστικό ζάχαρης



‪‎Χειροποίητο‬ Sugar Scrub με άρωμα white musk. Γαλακτωματοποιημένο απολεπιστικό ζάχαρης είναι διαφορετικό από το κανονικό scrub ζάχαρης με τον τρόπο που σχηματίζει μια λοσιόν σε επαφή με το νερό και η σύνθεση, αν και ενυδατική, δεν αφήνει το δέρμα σας υπερβολικά λιπαρό όπως κάνουν μερικά scrubs. Βασικά, αυτό είναι λοσιόν, καθαριστικό και απολεπιστικό, όλα σε ένα. Μπορείτε να το χρησιμοποιήσετε στο σώμα και στο πρόσωπό σας. Περιέχει: Καστανή ζάχαρη, λάδι καρύδας, ελαιόλαδο, αμυγδαλέλαιο, έλαιο από λιναρόσπορο, βούτυρο κακάο, κερί μέλισσας, απιονισμένο νερό, υγρό σαπούνι, γαλακτωματοποιητή, εγκεκριμένο από ECOCERT συντηρητικό και άρωμα.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Handmade Face Cream / Χειροποίητη Κρέμα Προσώπου

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Night cream with Lavandin and Juniper EO
Κρέμα νυκτός με αιθερία έλαια Λεβαντίνης και Αρκεύθου
 
Last few months, aside from making soap, I've been anxious to try something new, something else that I could use without waiting for the curing time to pass. I wanted to make a face cream for some time now, but I didn't have the necessary emulgators, thickeners and preservatives. To tell you the truth, I was a little unsure if I could handle the process, but after reading a lot and asking my friends who are face cream veterans the right questions, I ordered the supplies and gave it a shot. Here it is, my first face cream. It turned out to be somewhat heavy for my skin (combination skin), . Of course, I couldn't stop at one, so others followed. Next step was an emulsified sugar scrub, but more about some other time...


 Recipe

Phase                Ingredient                        %                   
                          
                         Olivem 1000                        7                           
A                      Shea Butter                        10
                         Grape Seed Oil                  10
 -----------------------------------------------                    
                        Glycerin                               2
B                     Xantan Gum                       0.2
                  Geranium Hydrosole           ad 100%
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                      Lavandin EO                       0.2
C                   Juniper Berry EO                 0.3
                      Geogard 221                       0.4

Friday, December 11, 2015

Το Σαπούνι ξυρίσματος


Για όσους από εμάς που είναι ερωτευμένοι με τη σαπωνοποιία, δημιουργία ενός καλού σαπουνιού ξυρίσματος είναι κάτι σαν την αναζήτηση του Άγιου Δισκοπότηρου, ή το να φιλάς ένα μάτσο βατράχους για να βρεις τον πρίγκιπα σου (καλά, δεδομένου ότι δεν είμαι λάτρης της αριστοκρατίας, ας πούμε απλά "έναν άνδρα των ονείρων σας").

Η καλή μου φίλη Δάρα από τη Σερβία με έσωσε από το φίλημα πάρα πολλών βατράχων και ήταν τόσο γενναιόδωρη που μοιράστηκε την συνταγή και την εμπειρία της μαζί μου και με καθοδήγησε βήμα βήμα, και έτσι αυτή η πρώτη προσπάθεια, αν και είχε κάποιες αναποδιές, στιγμές με άγχος και αμφισβήτηση(γιατί ποτέ δεν είχα φτιάξει σαπούνι με θερμή μέθοδο), αποδείχθηκε αρκετά καλή. Έτσι, μπορώ να σας παρουσιάσω το πρώτο μου σαπούνι ξυρίσματος!


Monday, November 23, 2015

Χειροποίητα‬ Lip Balms για τις κρύες μέρες που έρχονται



Ενυδατικό, θρεπτικό βάλσαμο για την περιποίηση των χειλιών σας από λάδι ελιάς και άλλα πολύτιμα λάδια και βούτυρα, εμπλουτισμένο με μερικές σταγόνες αιθέριο έλαιο. 

Μπορείτε να επιλέξετε ανάμεσα σε αυτά τα δύο, για τώρα. Σύντομα θα υπάρξουν περισσότερες επιλογές.

1) Cranberry & Λεβάντα με βούτυρο καριτέ, αμυγδαλέλαιο, λάδι από κουκούτσια σταφυλιού, το μελισσοκέρι, βιταμίνη Ε και αιθέριο έλαιο λεβάντας.

2) Σοκολάτα & Μέντα, με βούτυρο κακάο, αμυγδαλέλαιο, ελαιόλαδο, καστορέλαιο, μελισσοκέρι, σκόνη κακάο και αιθέριο έλαιο δυόσμου

Έκανα αυτές τις ετικέτες μόνη μου, χρησιμοποιώντας το PicMonkey. Μου αρέσει να πειραματίζομαι με αυτό, δημιουργώντας μια διαφορετική ετικέτα κάθε φορά. Αυτό μάλλον θα πρέπει να αλλάξει όταν θα έχω να κάνω μεγαλύτερες παραγγελίες, αλλά μέχρι στιγμής είναι διασκέδαση και όχι αγγαρεία.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Few words about handmade soap



I started writing a post on my Facebook page that turned out to be long-ish, so I'll just write it down here and update it whenever I feel the need to add something.

Let's be honest: Soap is meant for cleaning, polishing and skin care.

It is not a "natural" product, as some soap makers claim. It is not a medicine either. Although using quality handmade soap can benefit your skin a lot. Why is that? Because our skin was exposed to commercial soaps, which are basically detergents that have dried out our skin over the years. Using a good handmade soap will recover our skin to it's natural state and that is why we say it benefits your skin. Also, commercial soap manufacturers remove the glycerin from the soap to make it cheaper and to use the glycerin in different creams and lotions that, after using a commercial soap, you will most definitely need. So basically you have to buy a soap and a lotion separately. That is not the case with handmade soap, where glycerin is still present.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Coconut Oil Soap


Ever since I first read about properties of different oils for soap making and found information that even though large amount of coconut oil in soap can be drying for the skin, it is still possible to make a good, nondrying Coconut oil soap, I wanted to try making one myself.

Some of my soap making buddies even make 100% Coconut oil soap without lye discount and they swear that it's the best soap for the laundry. I didn't want to use so much Coconut oil for a laundry soap, because it's not a very cheap ingredient here in Greece, but I decided to make a small batch of Laundry soap with 50% Coconut oil and 50% Lard. While I was at it, I figured i could try making a small batch of 100% Coconut oil soap with the remaining 250 g of oil I had left.

Friday, April 3, 2015

How to Prepare Lard for Soap Making


Why Lard?


As you probably know, I live in Greece, in the beautiful peninsula called Halkidiki. I would say the nature has been very generous here and provided us with sea, long sand beaches, clean drinking water, mountains covered in Pine, Oak and Chestnut forests. Hills and valleys are mostly covered with olive farms, some Apricot orchards and livestock farms that supply local butcher stores with meat. Halkidiki is also known for its tradition of beekeeping, which is mentioned by Aristotle in 4th century B.C. Today Halkidiki holds 10% of Greek honey production and it is most densely populated area in regards to beehives. There are 84 beehives per square kilometer in Halkidiki, while the average density of beehives in Greece, which ranks first in Europe, is only 11 per square kilometer.

 This area has also been blessed (or cursed) with the presence of gold, silver and magnesite, and therefore we have several operating mines as well as one (at Skouries location) that still haven't started mining, because they have been strongly opposed by our local community for years, due to immense danger they pose for our lives and the nature of Halkidiki, but also because of numeral transgressions by the company that has bought the mine for dimes with the help of corrupted politicians who were in government at the time. So, we try very hard to preserve the nature here, nature's balance is not just some abstract concept for us, it's literary the foundation of our survival, because everything, from olive farms, beekeeping and livestock farms to tourism depends on that balance. Our economy is mostly based on agriculture, beekeeping, fishing and tourism. You can imagine how the pollution or lack of clean water would affect those, not to mention air pollution.

So, I can say that yes, I am interested and invested personally in environmental issues. Having said that, I am not by default a vegan, and I'm not opposed to using lard for making soap. I've read a lot about lard before trying to render some myself and I am convinced that this is an amazing, cheap ingredient for soap.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Soap Adventures of last couple of months | Photo Gallery

Here are some pics of my latest soap adventures that I still haven't had time to write about. Coloring soaps using Alkanet root is definitely something worth writing about and I intend to explore this more. I've already experimented with different alkanet oil infusions and got some interesting results that vary among light green to dark purple, but more about it in some future post.

Using Alkanet root to color soap
This particular soap was named "Lavender Crocus" by my friend Carolyne because of some interesting swirls that resulted in something resembling Crocus flower in her opinion. It was colored with Alkanet root infused in Almond oil and TiO2. More about it later.


This soap was inspired by Lemon Poppy Seed soap by Soap Queen, except instead of using Lemon fragrance for this project, I've used Silk Melon Fragrance and Spearmint EO. My friends said it reminds them of Lemon Merengue and we ended up calling it Melon Merengue. The bottom half is colored with just a few drops of Carrot infused Olive oil and I added TiO2 to the upper half. The final touch were poppy seeds which I added for exfoliation as well as esthetic reasons. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Recycling the used cooking oil



I hate to waste stuff, especially oil, so I always try to find another use for stuff that is considered waste. Here in Greece we often use Olive oil for frying and since my husband loves fried potatoes, there's a lot of frying going on in our kitchen and I always feel uneasy about discarding it after use. I mean, what do you do with it once you have fried those potatoes? Do you dump it in the sink? That doesn't seam like a good idea. Dump it in the garbage? More likely, but how? Some people pour it into plastic bottles before dumping it. I didn't feel good about any of those options, and I wanted to find a way to reuse it, but not for making body soap, because I like to use clean Olive oil for that (even though I know some companies recycle waste oil and make soaps for hands and body). There is a company here in Greece that recycles oils and trades them for laundry detergent or soaps and they pass by my house sometimes, but not regularly and I still haven't pinpointed their schedule. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Last Minute Birthday Gift

Hello Everyone! I know it's been awhile...almost four months since I last posted here, but that doesn't mean I haven't been soaping. Because, well, how can you abstain from soaping for four  months really? I've made seven batches of cold process soap since my last post and I've been reading and watching videos on how to make liquid soap. I must say that my friend Darinka from DI Prirodni Sapuni was instrumental in braking my resistance to spending four hours or so cooking soap, but more about that when I buy KOH and get to business.

For now I just thought to say hello and post some pics of this DIY box I made following this Soaping 101 video and tweaking it a bit to fit my needs.

The thing is, my kids had, not one, not two, but four (what is it with the number 4 in this post anyway...) birthdays to go to last week and while they did shop for some gifts earlier, they didn't find gifts for everyone and I had to save the day with soaps. So I took a large sheet from my daughter's aquarelle block, folded it so that one side is about half a centimeter larger than the other and cut it where it was folded.