Recipe: Gluten Free aka Flourless Chocolate Cake


This cake is amazing. And it’s gluten free. I’ve made it twice so far this year and people always rave about it. I think all my soaping has really upped my baking skills. Check out the recipe over at Bon Appetit.  Try a few of my recommendations below.

  • HIGHLY RECOMMEND: replace 1 tbsp of sugar meant for sprinkling the top of the cake before baking with about 1/4-1/2 tsp really good sea salt (or fleur de sel or lavender infused) or leave it out all together.
  • add about 1-2 tbsp of bourbon to the whipped cream/mascarpone topping (you could do vanilla instead of the bourbon – 1/2 tsp).
  • add 1/2 tsp of cardamom to recipe (I love ALL things cardamom – hello Grapefruit Cardamom Lotion)

    Any other recommendations out there? What is your go-to dessert?Gluten-Free-Chocolate-Cake


Summertime Facial – Strawberry Watermelon


This facial was created with normal skin in mind but would definitely be lovely for oily, combination or even dry skin. Strawberries are filled with Vitamin C which plays a vital roll in your skins production of collagen and it helps combat free radicals that can damage and age skin. Watermelon has a high water content so its great for re-hydrating skin. It also contains A, B and C vitamins. Our skin needs Vitamin A to maintain a healthy moisture balance and repair itself. Topically Vitamin A has been shown to reduce signs of aging. While B vitamins have been shown to tone skin and give it an instant glow.

Facial Recipe: Gently mash 2 strawberries with about 1/4 cup of watermelon. Add 1 tsp. to 1 tbsp. of honey to help bind together (for dry skin you may want to add 1/4 tsp jojoba or olive oil). Apply mixture to clean damp skin and leave on for 10-15 min. Rinse with lukewarm water, follow with lavender flower water and light moisturizer.

Beverage Recipe: Follow recipe above but instead of honey add 8 oz of sparkling water or good quality ginger beer (booze optional).