Thursday, December 31, 2015
It is official - Winter is here. If you are having a snow day and do not know what to do, why not make snow balls? Your kids will be more than happy to wash up these look a likes after playing outside in the snow. Even if you have snow falling in your part of the country this project from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Snow Balls is an easy project that can be done in a hour. Once this project is complete you should have 8 to 12 Snowball soaps.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Birthday Cake Bath Fizzies. This recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus is easy and should take an hour to make. Once the recipe is complete you should have 14 bath fizzies.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Lavender and Rose Pink Salt Bars recipe from The Soap Queen uses Pink Himalayan Salt which is well known for its stimulating and soothing properties. Sounds like I would like to try making this some day.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Lemongrass Swirl CP Soap. Besides including coconut and olive oils this recipe includes hemp oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. IF you have never tried the swirl in the pot technique then you should try this one.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
How to Make Baby Soap: Buttermilk Bastille Baby Bar from Lovin Soap.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
strawberry lip balm recipe from Rebecca at Soap Deli News that is quick and easy to make plus it smells delicious and it even had a hint of pink to your lips. This recipe is made with natural ingredients like cocoa butter and coconut oil, strawberry oil and an optional pink colorant to give your lips a shear to bold color. Now if you want a slight chocolate flavoring use unrefined cocoa butter for a hint of chocolate flavoring if not go with the refined.
Friday, December 25, 2015
Winter Solstice essential oil blend recipe from The Mountain Herb Company is an ode to those sweet and cozy moments, hanging freshly made decorations with the crackling of wood tickling your ears from the next room. If you like Douglas Fir essential oil in this recipe, but your favorite tree scent will work just fine too! A little sweetness from benzoin resin essential oil or vanilla absolute will help bring out the spicy notes of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This is the perfect blend to make you feel like you're on vacation in a toasty lodge near a white powdered mountain!
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Galaxy Clyde Slide it reminded me of the famous Van Gogh painting The Starry Night. This tutorial from The Soap Queen is for the advanced cold process soap maker that takes about an hour to make and it is a small batch of about 3 pounds.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
In February I purchased an acrylic slab mold from The Nova Studio garage sale that has dividers that makes 18 bars of soap. Sometimes I do not pour the soap batch correctly and the soap bars in the corners do not always come out as level as the bars in the middle of the mold. But I just need to practice pouring the soap batter so that it gets into the corners. As of now I do not have a log mold that I need to slice bars of soap, but I do have a simple metal slicer that I do not have use yet. But if you do have to slice your soaps and having difficulties in achieving an accurate bar of soap, you may want to read and watch the video in the Back Porch Soap Company's recent posting called How to Achieve Accurate Bar Size in Soap Making. If you have and trick and tips, you are asked to share.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Holiday Packaging Ideas and Inspiration on her site. Look these over and it just may give you some ideas.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Natural Colorant Testing & Inspiration.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Are you new to making cold process soap making? And are you wondering which containers you should use in making your soap? I found a posting from Lovin' Soap Studio called How to Pick Containers for Soap Making (What is Safe to Soap In?). Amanda Gail discusses which type of containers you should use to mix your soap, lye solutions and fragrance/essential oils. Each section provides pictures of what the containers look like for easy reference. So it is extremely important to pick the right mixing containers and bowls for making soap. Please check out what is the appropiate container that you need to use so you avoid any problems.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Candy Cane Taiwan Swirl. It looks really interesting and would be a technique for someone who has done alot of swirling in their cold process soap batches before. If you would like to see how it is done, then check it out.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Sugared Spruce MP Soap Loaf is moderate project level that should take you an hour to make this. The results will give you (8) 1" Slices. It is perfect to add to your product line or give out as gifts.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Natural Lemon Verbena Bath Melts and Solid Sugar Cube Recipes from Soap Deli News.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Cleansing Orange Salt Scrub. This is a very simple recipe to make and it should take you only 20 minutes to make. Once you are finished you should have 4-5 four ounce jars. Great for giving out as gifts.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Color Block Usage Rates in Melt and Pour Soap.
Monday, December 14, 2015
How to Blend Essential Oils Safely that tells you exactly how to do that.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
How to Make Whipped Body Butter. Their resident blogger and author Mary Helen created this video tutorial showing the step by step process for creating a whipped butter. This technique can be used to create a butter that is as simple or complex as you like. There are four recipes available for you to make.....
Saturday, December 12, 2015
DIY Lemon Lip Gloss appears on the Soap Deli News site with the courtesy of SpaIndex.com Guide to Spas. It is a really easy recipe to make and would be great for stocking stuffers or party favors.
Friday, December 11, 2015
DIY Nutrient Rich Clay Face Mask. The recipes are very easy to make and are made with ingredients such as green tea powder, honey powder, and french green clay. These handmade masks will not only minimizing pours (I really need help with that!) but it will also help your skin looking clear and healthy.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
DIY Mango Shimmer Tinted Lip Balm Recipe. So let's get started to making great lip balmmmmmm.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Ash in Soapmaking - What it is and how do you prevent it? gives a tip of spraying rubbing alcohol on your batch. Now I tried this but either I was not doing it right or maybe I was using the incorrect type. If you read the posting you may figure it out. But for right now I like the cellophane wrap the best.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Winter Mint Homemade Moisturizing Hair Mask. I have to be honest I never tried a hair mask before but I am tempted to try something different for my hair. Rebecca created this moisturizing hair mask to help counteract the effects of winter. It is made with natural ingredients which delivers intense moisture to hair ravaged by the elements of winter.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Winter Spice Wax Tarts. These wax tarts are easy to make and great idea for sharing.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Peppermint Candy Bath Bombs were a great idea to make this time of year so I just had to share. This is a perfect project for the beginner and it should take initially one to two hours (up to overnight for the bombs to cure). You be able to get 6-7 bath bombs to give out as gifts. Remember you could always make more.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Honey and Beeswax Cold Process Soap. This is an advanced level project and should take an hour to make plus curing time. You should be able to get (8) 1" slices from this batch.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Golden Honey MP Loaf Soap from Wholesale Supplies Plus that is perfect for you. Honey is known as "liquid gold". These soaps are perfect to give as gifts for the holidays. This is a moderate level project that takes about one hour to make. When done you should have (8) 1" slice bars of soap.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Pure Honey Beeswax Candles that you may want to make. In addition to the beeswax aroma, the fragrance oil pure honey was added for an extra love aroma. To get the rustic shape of these candles, The Soap Queen used milk cartons. I have always used the small dixie cups for my candles but other recycle options are suggested.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Lori's Simple Title Floor Cleaner. It is very simple to make plus she use a combination of essential oils to create one of my favorite scents---Orange Spice. If you like to learn more about making your own housecleaning supplies, you may want to look into purchasing the handout from Lori's class. I am sure it is still available for purchase.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Snowflake Melt & Pour Soap Bars. This project has a really cool look to it by having layers of translucent pastel snowflakes that sparkle with shredded glitter, lying on a bed of shimmering snow white. It is a really neat soap to make and give out during the holidays.
Monday, November 30, 2015
How to Resize Cold Process Soap Recipe discusses this by using a Lemon Poppyseed recipe.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Do you have a stash of botched cold process bars of soap? I have some. I was wondering if there was a simple way to rebatch them new instead of throwing them away. I saw in a newsletter from The Nova Studio that Debbie of SoapyLove fame has done a video called How to Make Rebatch Soap Balls. I watched the video and it was simple enough that I am planning to start rebatching the soap as soon as I have time.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Wholesale Supplies Plus called Honey Beeswax Ornaments. These ornaments are sweet smelling and will will look beautiful hanging on any holiday tree. Wholesale Supplies Plus says you can hang them from a window latch or add as a finishing touch on a special package or gift bag. When it is time to take them down, store them in a cool and these ornaments should last for years. This is an easy project that should take one hour to make (9) snowflakes and (13) bee ornaments.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Holiday Candy Rebatch which is perfect for a beginner. And I have previously ordered and used the Holiday Ribbon Fragrance and I totally love it.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcake Soap. This is an advanced project (indicating...danger chemicals) that uses pumpkin seed butte and pumpkin flakes. I normally use Sodium Hydroxide Beads but this recipe uses flakes. So I do not know if subbing one for the other would work.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Pumpkin Gingerbread Vertical Swirl really put me in the festive mood. I am not particularly fond of pumpkin pie but I love the aroma of all of the spice in it. I really like this technique of a vertical swirl and would love to try it sometime. It was too cool not to share.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Making & Cutting Lavender CP Soap. This video does not give you a recipe, it only shows how do the technique. The look is awesome and would be a great bar of soap to sell. I would like to try to do this technique sometime, but to be honest I am somewhat afraid to try. I think I am apprehensive because I might wait too long and the soap batter would set too soon. I would consider this an advanced CP project.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Make Your Own Scented Pine Cones. Looking over the instructions, it looks very easy. The only difficult part is finding the pine cones.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Make a Peppermint Mocha by Aran Sweater Direct from a blog that I follow called Totally Tutorials that originally found the project. It is a pretty simple project all though the author as vanilla essential oil as one of the ingredients. Since vanilla EO is pretty expensive I will probably go for my favorite great quality fragrance oil instead.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Chocolate Orange Body Butter Recipe from Rebecca's Soap Deli I immediately thought of the Milk Chocolate Orange Ball candy. You know what I am talking about...it comes in a fancy blue box. So if you love the combination of chocolate and orange then this body butter recipe is for you. It would make great holiday gifts.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Soap is too Soft: Troubleshooting a Soft Batch of Cold Process Soap gives some scenarios what of could have happened and some tips.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Pine Air Fresheners that will make you feel like you are walking through a forest of pine trees. You can place these anywhere from your car to your drawer or even a holiday floral arrangement. Hey if you have a fake Christmas tree will make it seem like you have a real one in the house. According to Wholesale Supplies Plus, the scent should lake about 30 days.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Golden Honey Lip Balm that has oils and butters that will moisturize while the beeswax creates a protective coating for your lips. This is an easy project to do and it only takes a half hour to make (4) .05 size silver tins.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Lavender and Lemongrass. I would love to try it some day in the future.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Controlling Trace in Cold Process Soapmkaing (Without Letting it Control You!). I am going to read this to see if I can learn more about trace.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
The "Perfect Red" in Cold Process Soap.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
How to Get Vibrant Colors in Soap.
Friday, November 13, 2015
How To Dye Hair with Lab Colors.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
How to Make Scented Carpet Powder by Brittney Goldwyn appears on the blog Totally Tutorials. Using a carpet powder on your carpets and rugs before you vacuum is one of easiest ways to refreshen up and giving them a pick me up. The greatest thing about making your carpet powder is that you can customize the scent each time you make it.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Water Discounting Cold Process Soap: How & Why will help you understand this important subject.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Cranberry MP Soap Loaf. If you make this soap it will dress up any place in your home whether it is in your bath or kitchen with the sweet aroma of cranberries. This moderate level project takes about one hour and will bring you (8) 1" slices.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Understanding INCI Names on Cosmetic Labels.