The cream soap has broken enough now,I think to do something fun with it, so next week, I’ll try adding some sugar to some of it, throw a safe percentage of fragrance and see what this cutie can do. I’ll be the tester for this initially and it it goes well, it’ll be packaged and put up on the web site shortly thereafter. There’s a beautiful pearly white sheen to it stirred or unstirred. More so unstirred actually. I’ll have to try to find some time to make more again soon, with maybe a different set of oils for a bit of a colour to it, or add in some clays to give a light tint plus a good slip for shaving. This one has a pretty basic mixture with the typical large portion of stearic acid, plus castor oil, coconut oil, and a bit of sunflower. I thought about trying it with jojoba and peach kernel oil along with the coconut and see if that will be a nice combination. I’d like to try grapeseed but worry about rancidity since it isn’t known for its long shelf life. I store it in the fridge to prolong its shelf life as much as possible, but once its in a soap, well, maybe the preservative might help it out. The jojoba and peach kernel would give it a lovely golden colour like it did for the latest batch of lotion. That would be nice to try. The grapeseed oil on the other hand would give it a very pale green. Oh drat, now it really is calling my name!
Peach kernel oil is rich in vitamins including Vitamin E and antioxidants that are believed to be of great benefit to skin and hair, so it’s a wonderful addition to shampoo and body wash formulations of liquid soaps. It has a a light feel to it and sinks in quickly when used in lotions and balms. The light golden colour is very pretty on its own, but will be further enriched if you also use jojoba in addition in your shampoo or body wash recipe. It’s history is a long and well established one that goes all the way back to Persia and early Rome, where citizens used it for skin treatments during the reign of the Emperor Claudius. It’s a wonderful oil to use in manicures to give the nails a soft natural shine.
There are many places to purchase peach kernel oil on the web and depending on where in the world you live, it might be necessary to search for one closer to your home. In the states there are several sources, but I bought mine from Soapgoods. They’re shipping turnaround time is very fast and the quality is stellar.
Every year for the past 4 years, the hubby & I have sown moonflower seeds and with great results every single year – except this one. I’m not sure if they didn’t like the extra wet season we’ve had, the late cool temps, or a combination of the two, but this year stunk for them in the growing season. We finally had our first bloom about a week ago! Way later than in preveious years. We’d have bloom beginning in late May most other years, and for a while I began to wonder if they’d ever come up at all. They were sown three times as well, so it was a bit of a concern that we’ve have an overabundance of plants vining over our house, making it maybe possible we’d have to hack our way through with a machete, but nothing anywhere close to that happened. We’ve grown spoiled to their huge pale white faces shining at us in the dark, so when they didn’t seem to want to appear, it was a terrible disappointment. Just the few blooms have appeared so far, maybe three at most, and they’ll bloom up until about October or the first hard freeze. They’re very hearty plants with tightly clinging vines, much like their diurnal cousins, the Morning Glory. The blooms are numerous on every vine, often in the dozens with each bloom fading into a brown dried pod in November that can be harvested for its seeds. Each pod typically hold two or three large white seeds. After the blooms are gone and the pods begin to form, let them go brown and very dry in appearance. Once they’ve reached this phase, remove the vines, and remove the seeds from the pods and store them in a ziploc bag until the following spring. After the last killing frost has occurred, plant then about to the depth of your first knuckle of your index finger, about 7/8″ to 1″ (depending on your fingers). They don’t need to be soaked overnight or treated in any way special, Just plant them and water them every day, twice a day for the first couple of weeks or until they start popping up out of the soil. Once they’re up, water them every evening and give them a bit of plant food every couple of weeks as well if your soil isn’t rich. The soils doesn’t have to be a special rich blend of anything particular, just regular keep it weeded of the vines will start growing up on the weeds too. They’re so worth the effort!