DIY Soap: How to Make Soap (Cold Process Method)

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How To Make Soap:

Cold Process Method

Ingredients:
*Soap making pot (stainless steal pot is the best)
*Measuring beakers or cups;
*Kitchen scales;
*Thermometer (long ones used to check milk heat for coffee frothing  is perfect);
*Essential or Fragrant oils ;
*Olive Oil (use canola or rice bran as substitute);
*Coconut Oil (use palm or cocoa butter as substitute)
*Lye Solution (Sodium Hydroxide mixed with distilled water);
*Flowers, Resins, Herbs;
*Colors: henna, sandalwood, saffron, clay, juice, coffee, cornmeal, cocoa powder can produce natural colors.
*Goggles and long gloves for safety.

1. Measure out all the soft oils (olive/canola or rice bran oil) and measure all your hard oils (coconut/palm and or cocoa butter) separately. 3/3 ratio is best = 1/3 Olive, 1/3 coconut oil and 1/3 palm.

2. Place solid oils into pot and slowly melt whilst stirring continuously – reach 40-45 degrees using thermometer.

3. Place olive oil (kept at room temperature) in a soap pot and ensure heat reaches 40-45 degrees.

4. Add the lye solution to the soap pot, the solution will now become cloudy.

5. Stir and keep stirring as this is part of the saponification process (chemical reaction with water, lye and fat).

6. Once all the ingredients are blended completely (which can take up to an hour by hand) it starts to reach its trace point.  If you use a hand held blender in short bursts it can cut out the blending time dramatically, but you need to be careful not to spill the contents.

7. Add essential oils slowly to the soap pot.

8. Add other items to your soap like resins, flowers or herbs if you desire and coloring.

9. Once this is done add thickened soap pot mixture into a mold (back and forth motion whilst pouring ensures its poured evenly).  The best to use is silicone molds otherwise use any other container you like the shape of, as long as it keeps heat (like wood) and ensure its lined with baking paper.  Use a spatula to smooth the top and ensure you tap the mold to ensure any bubbles which are trapped inside the soap are moved up and out.

10. Place the mold in a warm dry area or lay a towel around or over the mold to help keep it warm as it needs this reaction for the soap to set.

11. 24 hours later the soap should be hard enough to take it out of the mold and cut it into slices.

12. Once this is done set it aside to cure for 4-6 weeks.

Note: If you would like to ensure your soap solidifies faster add a salt water solution to mix: 4 tsp of 120 mils warm water.

Varying recipes have different amounts so I suggest experimenting with recipes and seeing what works with you.  A great website I’d suggest is this one: http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/recipe

C) T. Georgitsis 2015

  

Tarot Deck Review: Tarot of Delphi

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I supported the original Kickstarter funding campaign for the Tarot of Delphi which I discovered through a friend on Facebook and I can honestly say its the best deck to have come out in recent years.  Designed by Janet D. Hildegard Hinkel, this beautiful tarot has become my favorite deck to use and I am so glad I supported this Kickstarter and purchased several copies for my collection.

The images used in the Tarot of Delphi captivated me due to their rich, lush colors and contain many famous images by well known artists from the Victorian and Edwardian eras (which the creator obtained permission to use).  These images highlight the deck’s classical myths blended with ancient mystery traditions from Ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome.

The professional yet sturdy quality of the cards is exceptional and comes packed in a hardy box complete with booklet, which protects the cards and gives clear explanation of the cards meanings respectively. Great for the master of tarot or for the complete novice (with a little education on Greek/Roman mythology) this tarot deck can be used a tool of divination, meditation, pathworking, mythology or art.

When I received this tarot deck, I was overwhelmed at the breathtaking beauty of the cards as the images practically jump out at you with their vibrancy and detail. The cards themselves are printed on high quality board and are artistically striking due to the colors and glossy look.  The main central image on each card is bordered by a gorgeous detailed frame and even the backs of the tarot cards are pleasing to the eye with some lovely patterned designs.

I personally was drawn to the incredibly powerful women represented in these cards like Kore, Medea and Circe (as well as the mythology of said women) and when I shared them with friends, acquaintances and clients, they felt the same way.

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If you would like a new deck or you would like to add it to your collection, this tarot is well worth it at $35US.  Those of you who are ordering outside the USA, keep in mind the cost of international shipping is slightly more and that it will take 2-4 weeks for the deck to arrive.

On Janet’s webpage there are other variations of the deck  to purchase, including a digital pack, several special limited edition silk bags containing the cards as well as a free reading option.

Since May the cards have been available in retail stores in the US and there is a website dedicated to the Tarot of Delphi which I urge you to check out for more information of where you can purchase your copy:  http://www.tarotofdelphi.com/

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(all images (C)  Janet D. Hildegard Hinkel 2015 and used with permission 2015)

Bast Anthology

 

My copies of the Bast anthology by NA with my contribution arrived (only half my hymn is shown here).

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You can purchase your copy here from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Queen-Rules-Over-Gods/dp/1511874333