Refusing to shower

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So last night my creative side got the better of me and at 10pm I started working on a new soap I have now dubbed the “Starburst Scrubby”. With only a half pound each of a Bramble Berry (yeah you’re gonna hear that name a LOT, lol) Melt & Pour soap base in white and Shea and a new bag of pink Himalayan Sea salts just waiting to be used, my brain filtered through tons of ideas last night while I was surfing and facebooking (is that a word officially yet, you know, like Googling? No joke, Webster added it!). Anywhoodles, as I was saying, there I was enjoying letting my mind float off into creative land with no kids knocking at the door and no phones and emails infringing on my thought process. I like scrubby soaps. But I don’t really  like the entire soap face to have scrubbies (my term for “exfolliants, lol). So last night as my new scrubby salts and my brand new free sample scent from Bramble Berry were screaming for my attention, it dawned on me! Eureka!! (a GREAT show by the way)… Why not take my little lotion bar starburst mold, put some white soap base with the scrubbies in that, let it harden, pop them out, put them (the now scrubified starbursts) into the middle of my favorite flower soap molds and pour a solid soap base around the scrubby starburst?! Viola!! A Starburst Scrubby was born! Here is the recipe I used:

 

16 oz total white melt & pour soap base from Bramble Berry

2oz (by weight) Himalayan small sea salts from Bramble Berry

1/4 tsp Tumeric for color (should have used half that)

Cherry Blossom fragrance oil from (yup you guessed it!) Bramble Berry 

I melted 4 oz of the white soap base, added the 2oz of sea salts and fragrance(about a half teaspoon) and poured that into 6 of the small starburst mold cavities. Spritz with alcohol in a spray bottle to get rid of the bubbles. Once those are solid I melted the remaining 12 oz of soap base, added more fragrance oil (about a teaspoon). Very important step next is to pop out the Starbursts and before you pour the new soap over them, spritz them very well all over with the alcohol, it gets rid of air bubbles and  makes the soaps stick together and not separate later. Then once your temp of the newly melted soap (don’t stop stirring!) is below 130 you can pour it slowly over the starburst until either the cavity is filled completely or until it is level with the back of the scrubby, your preference. Don’t forget to spritz with alcohol again and let it sit for 2 to 3 hours to harden up. 

So the title of this blog was Refusing to shower. Guess I should explain that, huh? Ok, so there I was, late at night and my new and beautiful scrubby soap was made. I could hardly wait to jump in the shower the next morning and emerge smelling like a beautiful cherry blossom. The problem was that I was so addicted to the fragrance by the time the next morning came, that I knew soap just wasn’t enough. I was going to have to make body butter with the cherry blossom scent! Its true, I tend to fall a wee bit (thanks daddy) on the OCD side of the fence, lol. I have no problem with that by the way. I am not picky. I am Persnickety! And proud of it!! So there I was, coffee in hand, desperately trying to allow my brain time to wake up before I started to dive into the search for a new body butter recipe. I like to try new recipes for this kind of stuff. I knew I should get into the shower, but I just couldn’t do it until I had made my new body butter so I could jump out of my cherry blossom shower straight into cherry blossom body butter euphoria. So I found a recipe and changed up a few things, added my fragrance and ahhhhh… I was in cherry blossom bliss. Finally, I was able to shower!! Crisis averted! And I think I might actually like this new body butter recipe better. Here it is in case you are game to try. I wanted just a small batch and this recipe filled an 8 oz wide mouth mason jar perfectly. 

Tammy’s Cherry Blossom Heavenly Body Butter:

1/4 c. Coconut oil

1/4 c. Shea butter (natural is ok with this recipe as there is such a small amount that you don’t notice the smell like I did in the other body butter recipe I made)

1/4 c. Cocoa butter (or mango etc..)

1/4 c. Almond oil (can also use olive oil)

1 1/2 tsp of Bramble Berry Cherry Blossom Fragrance Oil

Melt all ingredients except fragrance oil in double boiler (or a bowl on top of a pot of boiling water like I did). stir until all ingredients are melted and blended well. Remove from heat. Add fragrance oil. cover and put in the fridge for about an hour. stir a couple of times while you wait. When it starts to harden up again, Use either a hand held mixer or a stand up mixer to whip it for 6 to 10 minutes. it will almost double in size and be really light and fluffy and will melt on contact with your skin. I had mine at room temp but it seemed to melt faster than my older recipe so you may have to keep it in the fridge. This made the perfect moisturizer for after shaving my legs. They just soaked up the moisture and no, I wasn’t walking around with greasy legs the rest of the day. 🙂 Give it a try and good luck! Just be warned, you may refuse to shower too if you don’t have both the soap and the body butter! 

What started all of this creativity you ask? It was the thought of having to pay so much money for things that I could make myself. What is that they say? Necessity is the mother of all inventions… 

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Better than beer…

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Ok, let’s be honest. I hate beer. Yup. Can’t stand the smell and I have never gotten past the smell enough to actually taste it. Thanks but no thanks. So what’s better than beer you ask? I am so glad you asked! Soaping!!! The art and craft of making your own soap. Whether using melt & pour (super kid friendly!) or cold process/hot process where you make your soap from scratch. I am brand new to soaping. I have not yet been able to make the cold or hot process soaps. I have been too busy making memories with my 7 year old daughter creating all kinds of beautiful melt & pour soaps, trying new scents and colors and molds… oh my. The list just goes on. In fact, at the moment, I am awaiting my next Bramble Berry order. I am in love with this company. They send you a sample bottle of fragrance with every single order and if you want you can request a specific scent that you are wanting to try out. They have everything you need to get soaping now matter how you soap.

So, getting back to my original point, being able to be creative with making soap, and other bath & body products, is one of the best outlets for stress relief and changing the subject in your own head that I have ever found. And the best part, is that I am making precious memories with my baby girl. 🙂 Soaping ROCKS!  There is so much to know and learn and try and make…. the list goes on forever it seems. So as I start creating new soaps and bath products, I will post recipes, pictures, likes, dislikes etc…