Monday, September 24, 2018

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets Recipe

Do you have the habit of washing your dishes in your dishwasher?  Would you like to use something natural rather than the commercial brand dish washing detergent?  Here is a simple recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Homemade Dishwasher Tablets.  If you have ever made a bath fizzie then you certainly can make these.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Cinnamon Cocoa Cold Process Soap

It is unfortunate that any fragrance oils with vanilla in it will turn your soap brown.  But a cold process recipe The Soap Queen called Cinnamon Cocoa embraces it. This is an intermediate project that takes 1-2 hours and yields 3 pounds of soap.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chocolate Pie MP Soap

Even though this melt and pour soap recipe is called Chocolate Pie, to me it looks more like a treat from my youth called a moon pie. If you long for this treat without the calories, then you need to check out the instructions from Wholesale Supplies Plus.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Soothing Oat Bath Salts

Oatmeal is known for its healing properties. So adding to a bath salts recipe would be a great addition. So if you are interested in a bath salts recipe that has oatmeal, check out this recipe from The Soap Queen called Soothing Oat Bath Salts/

Friday, September 14, 2018

Pumpkin Bubbling Bath Truffles

Fall is just around the corner and the aroma that brings the season to mind is pumpkin.  If you love bath bombs and the scent of pumpkin spice, then this recipe called Pumpkin Bubbling Bath Truffles is just up your alley.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tips for Unmolding Soap from Silicone Loaf Molds

Are you a cold process soap maker and are interested in trying out the silicone molds that are available on the market? Unmolding cold process soap from silicone loaf molds, especially the tall and skin mold can be a real pain.   Lovin' Soap recently posted a blog titled Tips for Unmolding Soap from Silicone Loaf Molds that can help you get your beautifully created soap creation out of the mold.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Campfire S’mores CP Soap Recipe

As a young child, I remember making s'mores while camping.  If you love s'mores and want to create it in a soap form, here is a recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Campfire S'Mores CP Soap.  It takes about two to complete this recipe and it results in eight bars of soap.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Chopped Embed Cold Process Tutorial

I started out with using soap embeds for my melt and pour soap.  I found this project from The Soap Queen called Chopped Embed Cold Process Soap that is similar in concept.  This is an intermediate level project takes up to 2 hours to make and results in 5 pounds of soap.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Creamy Coffee Melt & Pour Soap

Do you drink coffee every morning and can not get enough of it?  Here is an easy melt and pour soap project from The Soap Queen called Creamy Coffee  that takes no time to make and results in six bars of soap.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Free Beginner’s Guide to Soapmaking: Melt and Pour

Are you a crafter looking looking for a new craft to learn?  Have you found one yet?  Well, I found something you may want to look at.  Melt and Pour Soap making is an easy craft to get your feet wet in the soap making realm.  That is how I started.  If you are interested in learning this craft, please take a a look at The Soap Queen's post called Free's Beginner's Guide to Soap Making:  Melt and Pour.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Palm Oil Alternatives in Cold Process Soap

According to The Soap Queen, Palm adds an unique feeling to cold process soap.  It helps hardens the bar of soap and it creates lather when paired with coconut oil.  While Brambleberry's palm oil is from a vendor that supports sustainable products, some chose not to use it.  If you want learn more about paom oil production, please read a recent post from The Soap Queen called Palm Oil Alternatives in Cold Process Soap.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Funnel Pour Soap Design with Mad Oils Mica

Have you ever heard of the technique called Funnel Pour Design?  This technique for the cold process method is a very easy method that looks great poured into a loaf mold, but it looks even better when it is poured into a round column mold or PVC pipe.  Interested in learning about this technique?  Then check out this posting from Lovin' Soap called Funnel Pour Soap Design with Mad Oils Mica.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Essential Oils vs. Fragrance Oils

There are so many options when it comes to scenting your soap that it is so hard to decide. In a recent post from The Soap Queen called Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils, you will learn about the difference between essential oils and fragrances to help you choose the best option for your project.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Hot Process and Rebatch Soap Inspiration

Do you like to make your soap by the Hot Process or Rebatch Soap Methods?  Are you running out of ideas?  In a recent posting from The Soap Queen called Hot Process and Rebatch Soap Inspiration gives you plenty of ideas that you can create and the bars will be ready to use in just a few days.  There are several ways to make hot process soap and in this post, The Soap Queen talks about how to use the oven or the slow cooker.  You can also learn how to use the hot process method to save separated soap.

Friday, August 17, 2018

White Chocolate & Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe

I have to admit, I never thought of combining chocolate and lavender as a fragrance in a soap.  In this cold process soap recipe called White Chocolate & Lavender from Wholesale Supplies Plus combines cocoa butter, shea butter, brown sugar fragrance oil,  and lavender essential oil to make this soap unique aromatic soap.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Carrot Powder Face Wash

Looking for a different face wash?  I found a recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Carrot Powder Face Wash.  This is recipe very gentle scrub that contains honeyquat which is thought to be an excellent cleansing agent.  Carrott powder contains minerals and nutrient for your skin while the apricot seeds just add the right amount of exfoliant to gently wash away dead skin cells.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Jagua Blue Extract Bath Bomb DIY

I saw this recipe for Jagua Blue Extract Bath Bombs from The Soap Queen and I found the blue color quite interesting.  The bath bombs are colored with a jagua blue extract.  According to The Soap Queen, the extract is a powder produced from Genipa American Trees. The plant-derived extract gives the recipe a beautiful light blue color.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Bed of Roses Loaf MP Soap Recipe

Do you love roses or did your grandma have roses in her garden?  Here is a melt and pour recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Bed of Roses Loaf Soap Recipe.  This a moderate level project that takes an hour to make. When sliced, you should get eight bars of soap.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Are Your Color Additives Legal?

According to Marie Gale, certain color additives are subject to certification by the FDA before they can be used.  Using one of those colors that is NOT certified causes your product to become "adulterated" (and therefore illegal to sell). So you are wondering if your color additive is legal?  I would highly recommend reading Marie Gale's post titled Are Your Color Additives Legal?  It is very informative.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Whipped Pearl Body Butter DIY

Love using body butters? Here is a beginner level recipe from the Soap Queen called Whipped Pearl Body Butter which is smooth, creamy and inspired by the ocean.  Since this an oil based recipe that does not contain water, a preservative does not need to add a preservative.

Friday, August 3, 2018

All About Exfoliants

When you have a recipe and you want to step it up by adding an exfoliant but you do not what to do?  A recent posting from The Soap Queen titled All About Exfoliants.    According to the Soap Queen, exfloliation is key to maintaining smooth skin. It removes oil and dead skin, which allows moisturizers to absorb more easily.  The exfoliant you choose will depend on your recipe.  For more information, read the posting to learn more about it.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Seascape Melt & Pour Soap Tutorial

If you are a melt and pour soap maker, you may want to check out this project from The Soap Queen called Seascape Melt and Pour Soap.
According to The Soap Queen, the key to this project is a good understanding of how melt and pour soap behaves at different temperatures. The hotter it is, the thinner it is. As it cools, it becomes thicker and more viscous. When swirling soap around 135 degrees F, the colors are more likely to completely blend and the swirl becomes more muddled. If the soap is too cool, you end up with large clumps and layers of soap.

Monday, July 30, 2018

10 Easy Ways to Texture Cold Process Soap

What is cool about cold process soap that it has a great texture. Once you have blended your recipe for a few minutes, it thickens to the point where it holds its shape. That means once pour your mixture into the mold, you can create a design with either a spoon or fork. In this posting from The Soap Queen called 10 Easy Ways to Texture Cold Process Soap has a short video on how to texture your soap.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Dill Pickle Slices MP Soap

I use to like pickles until I was about 11 years old and found out they were made from cucumbers.  How funny does are taste change.  If you still love pickles I found this melt and pour soap project from Wholesale Supplies Plus called  Dill Pickle Slices. This would definitely be a gag gift for someone who is craving prickles.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Which Clay is Right for Your Skin?

I have to honest, I did not know that there were so many colorful clays out there that can be used in making our own bath and body products.  But the items are the not the first thing that comes to mind, but clays are wonderful for their cleansing properties.  If you are interested in learning more about the different types of clays, check out the posting from The Soap Queen called Which Clays is Right for Your Skin?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Pizza Pie MP Soap

Want to hear something funny?  Until I was about 8 years old, I thought pizza was disgusting.  Now I think it should be classified as its own food group. Anyway, kids love pizza and here is a fun melt and pour soap project that just may encourage them to wash their hands....Pizza Pie MP Soap. What a great party favor for your kids next birthday party.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Shark Embed Salt Bars (Cold Process Soap + Sea Salt)

It is summer and one of the movies I think of is Jaws.  When I saw this project from Lovin's Soap called Shark Embed Salt Bars, I just had to share it.  What is a salt bar?  It is soap made with 50-100% of oil weight in salt.  So if you are a fan of the movie Jaws, then this project is perfect for you.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Siren Cold Process Soap Tutorial

Here is a really cool advanced layered cold process soap project from The Soap Queen that is inspired by the colors and textures of the ocean, mermaids and siren.  It is called Siren Cold Process Soap.  I really like the layers in the recipe because they remind me of the waves of the ocean.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pumice & Sea Salt Scrub DIY

According to The Soap Queen, "Pumice is a volcanic rock with a variety of uses. When ground into small particles, it’s perfect for scrubs like this one. It contains pumice sand and fine grained Dead Sea salt for a powerful exfoliation that’s suitable for legs, feet, and dry patches like elbows."  Here is a really cool salt scrub recipe called Pomice & Sea Salt Scrub that you may want to try.

Friday, July 13, 2018

How to Color Handmade Soap

If you are new to soap making and are wondering about the different types of colorants that you can use, you might want to check out the recent posting from The Soap Queen called How to Color Handmade Soap. Brambleberry carries quite a few colorants that are listed in this article, but you may have your favorite to purchase from.  Just know that Brambleberry is another option to consider.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sea Sponge Melt & Pour Soap DIY

If you liked the cold process version of the Sea Sponge Soap from The Soap Queen, but you you are more of a melt and pour soap maker, you are in luck!  The Soap Queen created a recipe just for you called Sea Sponge Melt and Pour Soap.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Sea Sponge Cold Process Soap Tutorial

Sea Sponges add so much texture and lather to soap.  When it becomes wet, the sponges become quite soap and acts similiar to a wash cloth. The Soap Queen created this intermediate cold process project called Sea Sponge.  In addition to the sea sponges also includes the swirl technique.  I really like the swirl technique.  The first time I tried it, I only did two colors and it turned out really well. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

How to Resize a Soap Recipe Video

Do you have a soap recipe that is either too big or too small for a mold you may have?  And you do not know how to resize it to make it fit?  I found a video from Lovin' Soap called How to Resize o Soap Recipe..  I have not viewed this video yet because I did have a recipe that I needed adjusting. But I plan to view it soon.  So I can learn how to do so.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Buttered Popcorn Lip Scrub

I love the taste of butter popcorn from the movie theatre.  If you love the taste of butter popcorn like I do and using lip scrubs, then you should try this Butter Popcorn Lip Scrub from Wholesale Supplies Plus. Once you make this lip scrub, use it once or twice a week to keep your lips soft and smooth.  The butters and oils will keep your lips feeling moisturized long after you use it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Botanical Cold Process Soap Favors

Are you looking to make favors for your event?  I found this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called  Botanical Cold Process Soap Favors.  These elegant soap favors are the perfect touch for a wedding or bridal shower! The blend of floral and green citrus from the lemongrass and lavender essential oils is complemented with Chamomile, Cornflower Petals, Calendula Flowers, Lavender, Rose Petals, Hibiscus and Orange Peel sprinkled on top. They could easily be packaged with a simple cigar band or dressed up in a drawstring. bag!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Superfatting Soap – An Explanation

Soap making is definately a science. When you add coloring and fragrance it turns into an art.  When making cold process soap has its mathematical formula and having all the correct componets will turn your ingredients into soap.  Superfatting is important and if you are new learning cold process soap making,  you can check out the recent post from The Soap Queen called Superfatting Soap - An Explanation.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Raspberry Jam Bubbling Bath Truffle

If I had to choose my favorite jam, it would be raspberry. Brambleberry has a new fragrance oil called Raspberry Jam which The Soap Queen says that would be perfect for a bath bomb recipe since it is sweet, fruity and a completely delicious scent.  So they created a Raspberry Jam Bath Truffles that are part bath bomb, part bubble bar and part bath truffle.  So this bath truffle would be a party favor.  Just to let you know that this is an intermediate level project.  In this recipe, they added more butter and oil, as well as more polysorbate 80 to help emulsify it.  This means that the dough was a little bit softer which means that the bars do not crumble when cut.  But they are a bit more tricky to shape.  They suggest that if you gently shape each bar with your hand, it will help prevent a flat truffle.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tomato Garden Soap Tutorial

Awhile back, someone I know made a batch of cold process soap that had a tomato vine fragrance.  I will tell you it smelled just like a tomato riping on the vine.  In a tutorial from The Soap Queen called Tomato Garden is truly unique bar.  What makes it special that it has melt and pour embeds, a charcoal pencil line, and a sprinkle of poppy seeds on top.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Garden Loofah Soap DIY

Loofah sponge is a natural product that scrubs away dirt and adds a unique look to soap. When they’re dry, they’re quite hard and brittle. Once they’re introduced to water, they soften and have a great scrubby texture for the skin. If you want to try putting loofah sponges in your melt and pour soap project, try this recipe from The Soap Queen called Garden Loofah Soap.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Cherry Blossom Bath Bomb DIY

When I saw this project from The Soap Queen I had to share because it looks so different.  This Cherry Bath Bomb recipe is a beginner level project, but it can be made and enjoyed by everyone. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bee Pollen Melt & Pour Soap DIY

Do you love the aroma of honey? Here is a beginner's project from The Soap Queen called Bee Pollen Melt and Pour Soap that you should try.  According to The Soap Queen, Bee Pollen is created safely by collecting excess pollen from the legs of bees.  The excess pollen creates granules, which are ground into a fine powder.  It has a natural honey scent.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Carrot Cold Process Soap Tutorial

The group from The Soap Queen has been creating a lot of food inspired soap lately.  And their recent soap project happens to be Carrot Cold Process Soap. For this particular project, they used a technique to the Horse Scuplted Layers .  The concept is to scoop out thick soap out of a mold into a particular shape and the negative shape is filled with more soap batter of a different color.  Because the carrot shape in this project is not particularly complicated, it is a great project to try the sculpted layer technique for the first time.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Recipe: Desert Lime & Cucumber Emulsified Scrub

Is it time to exfoliate?  I found a recipe from Bath Body Supply Company called Desert Lime and Cucumber Emulisfied Scrub will exfoliate your skin leaving it soft and smooth.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Springtime Tulips Soap

Spring is my favorite season of the year.  I just love all the various colors of flowers that bloom during this time of the year., If you love spring as much as I do, I found this melt and pour project from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Springtime Tulips.  This is a moderate level project that takes about one hour and results in eight bars of soap.

Friday, May 11, 2018

DIY Oatmeal Bath Bombs

According to The Soap Queen, oatmeal baths are well known for their skin-smooth properties.  This recipe for Oatmeal Bath Bombs are made with oat extract and colloidal oatmeal to create a soothing bath experience.  This is an intermediate project that results in about seven bath bombs.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Floral Sugar Lip Scrub DIY

Has the winter left your lips dry and chapped?  Well, a scrub is a great way to restore them.  According to The Soap Queen,  just like body scrubs, lip scrubs exfoliate dry skin.  Once the dry skin is removed, the lips will absorb the lip balm better.  Granulated sugar is the perfect lip exfoliant because it is gentle but scrub.  The name of the recipe from The Soap Queen is called Floral Sugar lip scrub , so check it out.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Blueberry Thyme Soap Tutorial

When I saw this  Cold Process Soap Recipe from The Soap Queen called Blueberry Thyme, I was blown away by the both the color and the layered technique that I had to immediately had to share it with you.  This is an intermediate level project that should take you about 1 to 2 hours to make and yields about three pounds of soap.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Raspberry Jam Scrub DIY

I love Raspberry Jam.  I found this Raspberry Jam Scrub recipe from The Soap Queen which is a quick and easy project that comes together in about 15 minutes and when you use it it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.  The basis of this recipe is a fine grained pink sea salt, which is known for its beautiful color.  And if you add a touch of beet root powder then the pink hue will be amplified.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Carrot Hair Conditioner Tutorial

Do you use conditioner on your hair?  I do.  But I am looking to try something new. I found this recipe from The Soap Queen called Carrot Hair Conditioner.
This conditioner is made with a combination of carrot seed oil, carrot extract and carrot essential oil.  According to The Soap Queen, carrot seed oil is known for its carotene and vitamin A content.  Both of these ingredients will leave your hair soft and moisturized.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Jumbo Watermelon Lip Balm

Watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits.  So when I found this Watermelon Lip Balm recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus, I had to share it. What is great about it is that it has a bit of sweetness, moisturizing but it also leaves a rosy tint.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Recipe: Bergamot & Dune Grass After-Shave Serum

Here is a great gift for the man in your life who shaves.  This recipe from Bath Body and Supply called  Bergamot & Dune Grass After-Shave Serum.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Grapefruit LaCroix Soap Tutorial

When I do my grocery shopping at Safeway, I often see the the LaCroix brand of carbonated soda.  I have never tried the brand before but I really like the colorful packaging and the different flavors which makes me want to try the beverage really soon.  But I did not know that you could use this carbonated soda for making soap.  I found this recipe from The Soap Queen called Grapefruit LaCroix Soap. This is an advanced cold process project that takes 1-2 hours to make and yields about 3.5 pounds of soap.