Friday, May 22, 2015

TUTORIAL: RAINBOW ELEMENTAL SWIRL/DOUBLE IN-THE-POT-SWIRL SOAP

I love the idea of the In The Pot Swirl Technique for cold process soaps.  In my first attempt I did one color but this project from ModernSoapmaking is a Double In-The-Pot Swirl and it is really cool looking,  In a recent post, ModernSoapMaking shared this tutorial called Rainbow Elemental Swirl/Double In-The Pot-Swirl Soap.  I would like to try this technique but not at the moment.  I would definitely want to practice with a smaller number of colors and then graduate to this.  For the more experienced cold process soapmakers, I thought this was a really cool technique to try.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Natural Cleaning: DIY Toilet Bombs

Are you trying to cut out toxic chemicals from your cleaning regime?  There are a few areas that it can be tough to feel confident in cleanliness with homemade cleaning options.  The bathroom is a perfect example that we have been condition to think we need to use strong bacteria killing, disinfecting chemicals.

A few years ago I tried to use this commercial brand of solid toilet cleaner.  I was not impressed.  Recently, I found this recipe from The Mountain Rose Blog called Natural Cleaning:  DIY Toilet Bombs, they are supposed be packed full of strong cleaning power. Making these toilet bombs are similiar to making bath bombs but there is additional ingredients to make them cleaning your toilet bowl. Think I will give them a try.  How about you?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring Room Spray

Even though spring is almost over, would it be nice to bring in a little springtime anytime of the year?  Why not try this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Spring Room Spray.  This recipe can be sprayed on your silk or dried flowers to fresh them up.  It is a very easy recipe which starts out with a body splash spray mixture and you add some colorant and fragrance. It should take you only a half hour to make four (8) ounce bottles.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How to Avoid Burnt Melt & Pour

Making soap by the melt and pour method is great for beginners.  It is the first technique I learned before I got on bandwagon of making my own bath and body products.  What is great about this method is that you do not have to work with lye, easy to customize color and fragrances plus once it hardens you can use it immediately.  Even though it is considered an easy project, it can be finicky when it comes to temperature.  Would you believe that if the melt and pour base gets too hot, it will burn and become difficult to work with.  If you are new to melt and pour soap making and want to learn about not burning your melt and pour bases, then I suggest you read the posting from the Soap Queen called How to Avoid Burnt Melt and Pour.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Walnut Facial Scrub for Men

Men like no fuss to their bath and beauty products.  Most of them probably do not think of facial scrubs, but here is a recipe from The Soap Queen called Walnut Facial Scrub that foots the bill.