Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dead Sea Mud & Argan Oil Facial Bar Soap Recipe

Are you having trouble finding a really good facial bar to wash your face?  Have you thought of making your own?  This cold process soap recipe from Lovin' Soap called  Dead Sea Mud & Argan Oil Facial Bar Soap that has truly decadent base oils, essentials, and additives.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Star Melt & Pour Soap Tutorial

Christmas will be here in 23 days. It will go by fast.  But if you are looking to make and give a homemade gift, here is one from The Soap Queen called Christmas Star Melt and Pour Soap.  This is a perfect project for those who are beginners.  The most difficult part of this project is" painting" the soap once it is unmolded.  But I do have to admit this soap looks like a Christmas cookie.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Re-Creating Cold Process and Melt & Pour Soap Designs

Have you ever wondered if you could take a melt and pour technique and use it in cold process batch?  The answer depends entirely the design and technique of the project.  So basically, some CP techniques can be recreated with melt and pour and some cannot, and vice verse. Why?  Because the texture and behavior of CP and melt and pour are completely different.  If you want to learn more, I would recommend reading the post from The Soap Queen called Re-creating Cold Process and Melt and Pour Soap Designs.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Energizing Orange Soap

One of my favorite fragrances with soap is orange spice.  But it seems like my orange essential oil that I put seems to dissipates quickly. Think it may be the fact that it may not be 10 fold.  Besides the point, I found this cold process soap from The Soap Queen called Energizing Orange Soap.  The bars from this recupe smell great plus being bright and cheery/ This recipe uses 10X Orange Essential Oil and Orange Peel to give it a bright color plus the peel adds exfoliation. Marigolds are added on the top as a finishing top. Cold process soap can be intimidating. But what makes this recipe easy is that tit requires a nice thick trace.  The orange peel powder can be added directly to the soap oils prior to adding the lye or it can be added at trace and stick blended in.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Using Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap – Colorant Guide–Modernsoapmaking

Cosmetic Micas are one way of coloring your melt and pour or cold process soaps.  And they surely can make your soap more beautifully vivid and bold.  They can be stunning in clear products such as melt and pour soap because the light can refract off the mica particles.  I am sorry to tell you that micas lose most of their shimmer in cold process soap because it is opaque.

Never heard of Mica?  It is a natural product, cosmetic micas are coated with colorants such as pigments and FD&C colorants.  What makes the shimmer and sheen of Micas?  It is the dual sided colorants that makes that happen.

Do you want to learn more?  In a recent posting from Modern Soapmaking called Using Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap - Colorant Guide tells you all about how easy they are to use and there downfalls.   Topics in this article include:  Blending Micas to Create New Colors, Using Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap Design Techniques, Mica Veins & Oil Swirls, Mica Dusting, Mica Painting,  Mica on Soap Stamps and Examples of Using Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap.