I adore Hibiscus flowers! Remembering my childhood as I sometimes played alone I'd pick these beautiful flowers from the thick and colorful shrubbery that grew in the yard of my home.
I remember inhaling the subtle sweetness, while adoring the full, luscious petals. I didn't know then they were edible and now to my surprise in my child's mind my curiosity never convinced me to take a taste. Now that I know the treasure this beauty holds and am still the more fascinated. To me Hibiscus is like a voluptuous woman. While in bloom she is a sexy edible flower!
Today, I wear her as adornment, in my hair, behind my ear and she always makes me feel as beautiful as she is. I also drink in its benefits as a fragrant and healthful tea. But, I also appreciate using Hibiscus for the properties it lends to soap making.
Here are some things to consider about the lovely Hibiscus flower. The Hibiscus been called “the Natural Botox plant.” It can be used for many products and industries including bath and body products, foods and beverages, and many medicinal and treatment purposes. In oils and lip balm recipes, Hibiscus is used to obtain a natural red pigment color...
Room Temperature soap making saved my life! Really, my personality doesn't work with taking temps. When I first made soaps I hot processed and wasn't concerned about temps, except for adding fragrance not to flash it off. I swore by HP, but I knew cold process was coming. I could see it on the horizon. I still didn't want to deal with those dang temps. Anyway, I don't have to worry about that anymore. I master batch my go-to recipe to have all the oils ready and available. I make my lye solution a few hours in advance - if I'm in a hurry, I put it in the fridge - prep other ingredients in advance, so all I need to do is measure my oils from the batch and go. Soap is made fast when the pep is done and I don't have to worry if the oils and lye solution are at the appropriate temps. I don't think I'll CP soap any other way again. Happy soaping makes for Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious soap! Eh?
Check out this post from Faerie Made. http://www.blog.faeriemadesoaps.com/?p=737
Congratulations to me! I just got permission to use this gorgeous graphic from Zach Minard, a wonderfully talented artist from Portland Oregon. He's been so kind in allowing me to use this work to advertise my New Leather-Old School ( PBR ). That's a mouth full. He knows that I'm getting started and was very generous with his help. I give thanks. Big-up, @Zach Minard!