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Lather Yourself with Joaquin, Your Spanish Querido

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When my son was an baby he had eczema patches on his wee little infant calves. It was dry and look really irritating. The doctors made some well-meaning suggestions like use Vaseline. But as a crunchy type of gal that I am, I opted for more natural methods.

All-natural shea butter (fat from the shea nut) and melaleuca (tea tree essential oil) was just the cure for his nasty little skin condition. I also started making our own soaps and found that really help keep both our skin really nice and smooth.

Throughout the years (he’ll be 3 in Autumn) I’ve continued to make these awesome all-natural products for him and have gotten requests here and there for me to make larger batches for interested parties.

So today, I decided to whip up a wonderfully exhilarating bar of soap for my Etsy shop, Like My Body.

The back story to Like My Body is quite a hilarious one, which I’ll share in a future post. But for now here’s a tutorial on how to make your own bar. Or head over to LikeMyBody‘s shop and get one from the soapmaker herself. ME 😀

Let’s begin…

First gather your supplies:

Melt and pour soap base (I used 1 pound Aloe M&P soap base for this particular project).

Gold Mica (for color)

Aura Cacia’s Sweet Orange essential oil

Rubbing alcohol in a spritz bottle

Heat safe measuring cup (I use Anchor because well.. I really like the anchor decal!)

Double boiler or microwave (I use a double boiler on a gas stove because microwaves are not all natural and Like My Body uses ALL natural ingredients and processes)

Spatula or something to stir with

Knife

1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon

Small cup for mixing mica and alcohol

Soap mold.

Lay all of your supplies in front of you and double check that you have everything. You don’t want to have to run around looking for supplies and risk ruining your soap base.
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Begin by cutting the soap base into small chunks. The smaller the quicker they melt.
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Place chunks in heat safe measuring cup.

Melt the soap chunks on the stove in a double boiler OR a microwave. If you use a microwave melt in 30 second increments. If you use a double boiler beware the process takes around 15 minutes to fully melt your soap chunks.

While the soap is melting, get your small cup for mixing the mica and rubbing alcohol together. Put 1/4 teaspoon of Gold Mica (available at Brambleberry.com) into your small cup. Then pour a dash of rubbing alcohol into the cup on top of the mica. Mix them together. Pour more alcohol into the mixture until the mica resembles a liquid instead of a powder. And you definitely don’t want it thick like a paste. If it’s pasty, add more rubbing alcohol.
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Also, grab your soap mold and spritz the entire mold with rubbing alcohol.

Once your soap chunks are COMPLETELY melted down and the soap base is clear of any chunks, take it off the flame (if you’re using a double boiler).
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Pour the mica/alcohol mixture into the melted soap. Stir with spatula.
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Then pour .25 ounces of the Aura Cacia’s Sweet Orange essential oil into the melted soap.
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Point two-five ounces of an essential oil is generally 1/2 of the bottle. Essential oils typically come in 15mL bottles, that’s .5 ounces. And for every pound of melt and pour soap base you want to use .25 ounces of fragrance.

Now it’s time to shape your soaps!

Grab your freshly spritzed soap mold. Carefully pour the melted soap into the mold. 1 pound of melt and pour base will make around 3-4 bars of soap depending on how many ounces your soap mold is.
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Lastly, spritz the tops of the melted soap with rubbing alcohol to eliminate those crazy looking bubbles.

And now you’re all done!

Easy… right?!

Just wait for them to cool (around an 2 hours) and pop the soaps out of the mold. You can even refrigerate them too if you’re in a rush.

Look at how beautiful and sparkly these soaps are! I just love ’em. And they smell AAAAAMAZING! Like you just walked onto an orange orchard. YUM!
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Take on deep luxurious inhale and this soap will instantly remind you of a that sexy Spanish man Joaquin who you met in Granada last Spring. The one who pretended to be your tour guide, but all the while he wanted to make you his ‘querido’!

Joaquin is available at LikeMyBody.etsy.com.

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Do You Etsy?

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. A break was necessary as I was finishing up the last couple weeks of school (graduated Summa Cum Laude, bitches!!) and just really wanted to take time to find direction.

And direction is exactly what I found.

Since leaving Daydream Mom last November, not only did I obtain my much-desired degree in Early Childhood Education, but I moved to a new neighborhood, had a 4 month platonic-yet-highly-sexualized fling with a virtual love interest, hired a life coach, and found my purpose in life.

I’ve also started to work on a couple Etsy shoppes I have — Like My Body (natural, handmade body care products infused with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade doTERRA essential oils) and 2020Vision Vintage (freaking awesome vintage and antique finds)!

As you can see, I have a TON of interests, which is why Daydream Mom was born in the first place. It’s a way to catalog my ADD and make it functionable.

Anyway… So yes.. To add ONE MORE THING to my ever-growing list of ventures, I am in Life Coach training as well. I have my first legitimate, registered business — which essentially ALL my business are umbrella’d under, so to speak. Your Powers Defined, LLC is my primary business where I help spiritual women identify their soul’s purpose. You’d be surprised how much clarity and direction you’ll obtain from hiring a coach.

So that’s about it! Busy busy busy! AND I’m a mom on top off allll of that.

It may sound like A LOT going on to the typical person, but I’ve always thought of myself as a mogul in training because I was born to be an entrepreneur and I’m always going to be a Jill of all trades, and I can master a few too.

I’m sure this will not be the last Daydream Mom post as I am intent on getting this blog off life support.

Stay tuned 😀