Busy weekend, homemade lemongrass and ginger soap with a copper mica topping ( bit OTT but smells amazing); berry flavoured Shea butter lip balm; home- made ketchup, used the last of the Roma tomatoes, and bone broth – all before lunch!
i have milk kefir fermenting ( thanks to Aisha for the scoby) and have been converting some of the grains to water kefir over the last week or so. I now have 2 bottles of cranberry kefir brewing, and 2 bottles of grape. Will post separately on the process and the results.
I love this soap, it’s really easy to make, lathers well and really gentle on my skin. The bar sets hard so it lasts well and smells great. Ginger is so good for the skin. I have to say, my poor photography skills don’t do it justice!
I used a basic soap recipe.
olive oil 400g
palm oil 300g
coconut oil 200g
castor oil 100g
Lemon grass essential oil 15g
This recipe works well with a number of additions At thin trace I added the EO and about 30g of fresh ginger juice. It poured really well and set up after only 12 hours.
This is my first attempt at a lacto-fermented beverage, and it’s delicious.
I’d juiced a big lump of ginger root to make some Lemongrass and Ginger soap, and had a couple of ounces left over. I dissolved a couple of tablespoons of raw sugar in some hot water, added the juice of 2 lemons and the ginger juice. this was poured into a flip top bottle and filled with warm water. Next I added a couple of tablespoons of whey that had been drained off a carton of yogurt. Shook it up and left it on the counter for 2 days.
After 48 hours I tested for flavour and fizziness, it scored well on both. Another 12 hours later and it was really fizzy, so time to put it in the fridge to slow down the fermentation process – don’t want the bottle to explode!