A Little Summer Fun

25th Anniversary Cake for Susan and Paul

Over the years I’ve developed several hobbies, some I still enjoy, like baking, candy making and cake decorating. And some that have gone by the way side. There was a time that I needlepointed and embroidered, making lovely gifts (at least I hope they were thought lovely) and I crocheted. Never could get the tension right for knitting so stopped even trying that. Anything really creative like painting or drawing was well beyond my scope of ability.

I did try my hand at candles, soap, lotion and bubble bath and still do very occasionally. In fact, with my step-daughter Kelly Reno, now Wright (Kelly remarried recently) had a mail order/on-line business called Victorian  Essence ~ Purveyor of fine soap making supplies. Kelly wrote five books of recipes for homemade toiletries but people had trouble finding the ingredients so we started Victorian Essence. The website closed in 2000 when Michaels started carrying supplies so folks didn’t have to wait for the mail. Our site always included recipes and I thought I include a few here every few weeks since most of them don’t appear in her books.


Summer Floral Cream

1/4 Cup Distilled Water; 1/2 Teaspoon Borax Powder (20-mule team); 1/2 Cup Mineral Oil; 3 Tablespoons Beeswax, grated; 1 Teaspoon Liquid Lanolin; 1/8 Teaspoon each Honeysuckle, Carnation and Mimosa Fragrance Oils

Boil the water and add the borax powder, stirring until dissolved. Let this mixture simmer. In separate heavy saucepan, add mineral oil, lanolin and beeswax. Place over low heat, stir until the beeswax has melted. Pour the oil/beeswax mixture into a bowl and slowly drizzle the water/borax mixture into it, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes a thick, white cream and has cooled to room temperature (approximately 15 minutes). Stir in the fragrance oils until well blended. Spoon into a jar.


Summer Mist

4 Ounces EverClear Grain Alcohol; 2 Tablespoons Glycerine; 1 1/2 teaspoons Rain Mist Fragrance Oil; 1/2 teaspoon Woodlands Fragrance Oil

Combine ingredients in a measuring cup and mix well. Pour into a bottle and cap with a fine mist sprayer.


Cucumber Luffa Soap

3 oz. Unscented White Glycerine Soap; 3 Tablespoons Milk; 2 Teaspoons Shredded Luffa; 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel; 1/4 Teaspoon Cucumber Fragrance Oil; 1 Drop Green Food Coloring

Kelly’s books are available all over the internet. Here are the five toiletry books with links.


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