Saturday, April 30, 2016

Heavenly Lilac Bath Truffle Tutorial + Free Printable

Do you love using bath fizzies in while you take a long bath?  If you have never tried bath fizzies then you may be a convert if you try these Heavenly Bath Truffles from The Soap Queen. Never heard of bath truffles? Bath Truffles are essentially bath bombs with extra skin-loving oils and butters.  They add more hydrating properties to the tub than typical bath bombs while still producing fizz.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bamboo Mint Impression Cold Process Soap Tutorial

Awhile back I took a class at The Nova Studio and that discussed textures on cold process soap.  I saw this Bamboo Mint Impression Cold Process Soap Tutorial from The Soap Queen that looks really interesting.  Just to let you know that this is advanced technique for those who are more experienced cold process soap makers.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sunday Night Spotlight: Glycerin

New to making your own bath and body products?  You heard the word glycerin many times but do not know what it is. In this week's Sunday Night Spotlight, The Soap Queen covers the topic of Glycerin, (Sunday Night Spotlight for 4/24).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Peppermint Soap Patties Project

During the Christmas holidays, I love the taste of Peppermint from Candy Canes to Starlites.  Since I cannot resist them I found Peppermint Soap Patties Project from Stampington's website. This is a melt and pour project for those who love to make their soap by that particular method.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Soap Box Packaging Project

I love to see all of the types of creative packaging fo soaps. I found this one on the Stampingotn website called Soap Box Packaging Project that is totally adorable. If you are selling or giving your soaps as gifts this may be a new idea to package your soaps.

Monday, April 25, 2016

DIY Citrus and Lavender Milk Bath

I really like the magazine Willow and Sage by Stampington and Company.  I found on Stampington's website that they have some free recipes.  Since Mother's Day is comping up really quickyy, I thought this Citrus and Lavender Milk Bath recipe is something cool to make for her.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Homemade All Natural Deodorant Recipe

Recently I was at Barnes and Noble and I found in their magazine section a new magazine called Willow and Sage .  Willow and Sage is a quarterly magazine from Stampington and Company dedicated to homemade bath and body products. It is a cool magazine.  I have not seen a magazine dedicated to this subject in a long time.  In the May 2016 issue I found a homemade deodorant recipe in an article called Homemade All Natural Deodorant Recipe. by Lia Griffith.  Make sure to download the labels for this deodorant  so your can decorate your container.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Help! My Soap is Seizing

Have you ever had your soap seize and you do not know what to do about it?  Ruth Esteves, co-owner of The Nova Studio, wrote a post which gives great tips if your soap seizes.  The post is called Help! My Soap is Seizing.  I have never had a batch seize before but these tips are great to know. Thank you Ruth for the great tips!

Friday, April 22, 2016

How to Use Every Last Drop of Fragrance Oil

Do have bottles of essential oils that are nearly empty?  You do not want to throw them away?  Find out from The Soap Queen How to Use Every Last Drop of Fragrance Oil.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blood Orange Confetti MP Soap Loaf

Wholesale Supplies Plus has a lot of great recipes and this one is no exception!  If you love orange then this Blood Orange Confetti MP Soap Loaf project is for you. What is also nice about this project is that the melt and pour base is detergent free which can be purchase through Wholesale Supplies Plus website.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Rainbow Ombré Soap

I love rainbows especially double rainbows.  When I saw this cold process project from Modern Soap Making I could not wait to show you the bright colors of this layered soap.  For those who love palm free recipes, this is the perfect recipe for you.  So check out Rainbow Ombre Soap to see if this is something you want to make.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rescue CP/OP Tutorial

Now there is regular traditional CP soap where the cold process soap batter is left in a soap mold to saponify. There is hot process which you have a cold process soap batter cook in a slow cooker.  And there is another option...CP/OP which is cold process /oven process where the soap batter is placed in the oven to cook or saponify. You will will need to cure the soap for two weeks in a mold but this process is highly attractive if you are on a deadline.  If you are interested in learning more about this process then check out the posting from Rustic Escentuals called Rescue CP/OP Tutorial. This tutorial gives you all the information you need to know to make soap by this process.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Whipped Pineapple Butter

Love using a body butter?  The Whipped Pineapple Butter recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus is the perfect blend of sweet pineapple and fresh cilantro scents with a rich element of hydrating oils and the moisturizing effect of horsetail butter blend.  The blend of these oils and butters will help to leave your skin look softer and moisturized. This is an easy recipe to make....only a half hour of your time.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Clover & Aloe Spin Swirl Cold Process on Soap Queen TV

Love the aroma of clover and aloe?  What about swirls in your soap?  Here is a recipe from The Soap Queen that has a combination of that and more.  The cold process recipe is called Clover & Aloe Spin Swirl .  Never heard of a spin swirl?  This is the first time I have heard of it.  The spin swirl technique refers to pour layers of soap into the mold, then spinning the soap batter to create a unique design.   The key to spin the swirl is to spin it slowly and putting the fragrance it at the right time so it does not accelerate trace. Sounds like a cool technique that I may to try in the future when I am more comfortable with doing the swirl technique.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Blueberry Jam Sugar Scrub Easy DIY

When I saw this recipe from The Soap Queen called Blueberry Jam Sugar Scrub I thought I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill. Since summer is just around the corner, this scrub will get your skin exfoliated and ready for short and tank top weather.  It is very easy to make and does not take a lot of time to complete...only 30 minutes.  If you follow this recipe, you should get four 8 ounce jars.  Have fun!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sweet Fennel Facial Steam

Do you love giving your face a steam?  Would you believe that you can make your own?   Facial steams are easy to make, a pleasure to use, and can have unbelievable visual appeal.  I found this recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Sweet Fennel Facial Steam.  This recipe has a beautiful blend of herbs, flowers and salt that can be used to prep your skin before a facial or to refresh the skin and open the pores as a stand alone treatment.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

River Rock SoapTutorial

Hey melt and pour soap makers, I found this really cool project from called River Rock Soap.  The rocks in these bars of soap look so real that I had to do a double take.  So if you want to take your soap making to the next level and have the patience...try this project.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Swirled Lip Balm Tutorial

I happened to looking for some new and interesting recipes.  I cam across this one for a swirled lip balm from Rustic Ecentuals. If you love the look of swirl in your cold process soap, then you will love the look of these lip balms.  This recipe shows you how to add a little pizzazz to a single colored lip balm.  It great to be able to customize an item to someone's favorite color or flavor.  These would be great for party favors to a little girls birthday part or a special shower.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

How to Make Aromatherapy Shower Tablets

If you love bath fizzies but you do you do not have the time to take a long drawn bath?  Well, would you believe there is a way to make bath fizzies for the shower.  They are called shower tablets.  I found a recipe from Hello Glow called How to Make Aromatherapy Shower Tablets.  These tablet work fabulously when you want to de-stress from the long day at work and take a shower.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Hot Process Soap Recipe: Marble Mint

Would you believe this marbling technique was done by the hot process method?  Yes it is!  The author of this recipe thought it could not be done but it still needs work.  This Marble Mint Hot Process Soap Recipe appears on the Soap Making Essentials website.  Make sure to check out the site for other soap making recipes.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Painted Berry Bath Bomb Tutorial

Do you love making your own bath bombs and looking for a new recipe?  I found this really interesting one from The Soap Queen called Painted Berry Bath Bomb.  This intermediate level project has an interesting painted effect for decoration and the overall project will not stain your tub. It takes 30 minutes to make plus overnight to dry. Once completed you should have 6-7 bombs to use or give out.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Creating the Perfect Soap Recipe

So you have been making cold process soap from someone else's recipe for quite some time and you and not getting a perfect bar of soap?  Lovin' Soap recently posted Creating the Perfect Soap Recipe on her site that discusses tips and tricks on make a better bar of soap and gives you some palm free recipes to play with.  So check out the information.  Lovin' Soap also has some ebooks for sale.  I am really interested in Making Salt Bars, Mastering Lye and Oils for Soap Making.  You may want to look into those books and some of the other topics that may suit your needs.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Column Swirl Soap Recipe

Have you ever wanted to try to do a different technique for a cold process soap batch?  I have heard of Column Swirl bu never have tried it.  The closest I came to doing a swirl was a swirl in the pot.  If you want to learn about this technique, you should take a look at Soap Making Essential post called Column Swirl Soap Recipe.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DIY Natural Hair Detangler

Normally I use a hair conditioner, but the last time I got my haircut it was suggested to me to use a hair detangler.  At the time I did not have the money to pay for the salon's products,  I started to look online for recipes I can make on my own.  I stumbled on this website called doTERRA which sells their own essentials oils but also shares all kinds of recipes.  And low and behold I found a recipe for DIY Natural Detangler. Now they recommend their essential oils for this recipe but if you have the same essential oils by a different supplier then go ahead and use theirs.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DIY: Fast-Fizzing Bath Bombs Made with Essential Oils

Having visitors or not?  How would you like to create a spa like experience by making bath bombs?  I found this recipe by doTERRA on doTERRA Blog called DIY:  Fast-Fizzing Bath Bombs Made with Essential Oils  that is the perfect project to make for yourself or guests.  Bath bombs are a fun way to add excitement to your senses while enjoying the benefits of essential oils.  Plus they are fun to use by both kids and adults.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Cinco de Mayo Cold Process Soap Tutorial

Cinco de Mayo is a month a way.  If you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo by having a party, why not create a special bar of soap to give out as party favors?  Recently, The Soap Queen posted a Cinco de Mayo Cold Process Soap Tutorial that I thought I would share in case you are interested in making this for your party.  This intermediate project takes 1-2 hours to make and yields about 5 pounds of soap.  Hey!  Just got a great idea...for Fourth of July you could swap out the green color and use blue to make our flag.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Taiwan Swirl Soap Recipe

On my Facebook page, I am friends with SoapMaking Essentials. They recently shared this tutorial on how to do a Taiwan Swirl Soap. I thought this to be a really cool technique but it requires quite a few dividers to get this effect.  But one day I am going to try this technique.  I think it would be a great looking bar of soap to sell.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bleeding soap colors - what to do?

By Debbie Chialtas
This is a beautifully colored melt and pour soapsicle made by Debbie Chialtas (Soapylove fame).  I bet alot of you melt and pour soap makers have experienced the dreaded bleeding soap color? We all have,,,,even Debbie.  If you are wondering what do to, then read the recent posting Bleeding Soap Colors - What to Do?

Friday, April 1, 2016

White Truffle Raspberry MP Cake Slice

This melt and pour project from Wholesale Supplies Plus called White Truffle Raspberry MP Cake Slice looks good enough to eat.  But lucky enough it is only a bar of no calories.  This moderate level project has a fragrance of White Truffle Raspberry that is a decadent blend of white chocolate and juicy raspberries.  Then it is topped off with a dollop of whipped soap frosting and topped off with a raspberry.  Making this delicious bar of soap should take you an hour and your should get (8) 5 oz bars.