Calendula Shaving Soap (Part II)

I posted the making of the Calendula Shaving Soap a little while ago here:


The soap has now cured (it takes 6 weeks) and it’s time to take it for a test drive, or rather test shave.
I dropped my finished soap into a small quarter pint mason jar & got a really nice lather going using Mr.’s shaving brush.
I think the brush really helps the lather, but the bubbles maintained themselves very well.
Although, I made this soap with faces in mind, I had to try first. Mr.Jesse was kind enough to model the shaving effect on his goatee.

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I tried it out on my legs (no pics). it was super smooth, the Bentonite Clay does make a huge difference. I didn’t nick myself once and my skin felt really nourished & moisturized. Overall, it’s just what I was hoping for. I can’t recommend making your own shaving soap enough. Also, I think this will now be my preferred method of shaving from now on.


Buttermilk Caramel Sauce

Buttermilk Caramel Sauce Latte

Boil/simmer for 5  minutes

  1. Step 1 Melt & bring to a boil the following ingredients:
    • 1 1/2 cups Buttermilk
    • 1 Cup Sugar
    • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
    • 1/4 Cup Butter (or 1/2 cup)
  2. Boil/simmer for 5  minutes
  3. Remove from heat, & Whisk in:
    • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
    • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

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So I envisioned gorgeous caramel apples drizzled with white & milk chocolate, however, as this was cooking (and smelling amazing), it was not thickening enough to stick on the apples and stay. I also started thinking about how much I dislike chomping on whole apples anyway (I’m a slicer). I figured out I would rather have a caramel syrup, which has way more uses, such as:

  • Apple dip
  • Caramel Lattes
  • Cheesecake topper
  • etc., delicious, etc.

It’s perfect to have in the fridge for the fall, ready to go as my desire to bake increases.

Seed Saving Envelopes


Seed saving is a bit of a revelation to me. It’s pretty amazing starting with a tiny envelope of seeds and watching them turn into something you recognize. The plants, of course, yield seeds again and you can end up with more than you started with. It’s a pretty neat trick of nature, but it was leaving me with a bit of a mess. I had tiny bowls everywhere for all of my seeds to dry, and they started taking up too much room (in the top left on the picture below you can see an old pill bottle I use for cilantro seeds; that wasn’t going to work anymore as I have been saving a lot more seeds).

I wanted something cute that could hold s multitude of seeds and be organized. I also didn’t want to spend any money on little manila envelopes. After a few searches for origami envelopes on the internet, I was in business (I tried several patterns). I also wanted something that would let the seeds breathe and dry out (i.e. not mold!).

Origami Seed Envelopes

Origami Seed Envelopes

I settled on this pattern with a few modifications for the small size (made from a half sheet of paper (8 1/2 x 11).

Here’s some instructions:


Soapmaking on Netflix: ‘Orange is the New Black’

Here’s some soap-making screen captures from the new Netflix original show ‘Orange is the New Black.’ It’s a flashback from before the main character, Piper, went to jail.

Do what you love & maybe have a more business minded partner?

Here’s how the scene went down: 

Piper: So you can put anything in there?

Orange is the New Black

Lovely soap consistency.

Polly: Just about. Peppermint, basil, grapefruits, vanilla.
Polly’s husband, Pete : She won’t do chocolate. 
Polly: It never works. 
Pete: Or popcorn. 
Polly: We’re making soap, not Jelly Bellys.


Pretty nice set-up.



Not sure what she’s sprinkling, but looks like it will turn out nice.

Polly: You know, for Amy, I think you’d want something more along the lines of sage, patchouli, maybe eucalyptus? 
Piper: Oh, she’s allergic to eucalyptus, or she hates it. I can’t remember.
Polly: Really? Who hates eucalyptus? 

Farmer's Markets

Discussing where to sell it.

Piper: Larry’s mother. She thinks they’re “dirty trees”. 
Pete: You’re still with that guy? Thought you wouldn’t make it two months.
Polly: Pete! What?
Pete: You said so, too.
Polly: They’re moving in together.
Pete: Already? Shit. You are still a lesbian. I’m out, ladies.
Piper: Okay. You could sell these, you know. At farmers markets, little boutique stores.
Polly: I just kinda like making ’em. 
Piper: I could be your partner.  This could be something. I mean, this could be a thing, Pol. Market it right and package it right, this is money. I mean, it smells so fucking good in here. I can make this money.
Polly: I make lotions, too.