Friday, November 16, 2018

Hybrid Embed Soap – CP & MP Into CP Soap

Have you ever wondered if you can combine MP (melt and pour) and CP (cold process) soap into one bar?  The answer is yes.  You can make a hybrid bar of soap by making MP shapes and place them into a CP batch.  In a recent post on Lovin' Soap site called Hybrid Embed Soap - CP & MP Into CP Soap by Gwynne Olsen tells you how to do it. I have always wanted to try to do but I was not sure how.  It looks simple enough.  IF I can do it, you can too!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Explaining and Preventing Soda Ash

If you are a cold process soapmaker, you may have encountered soda ash.  Soda ash is an uneven, white ashy film on your soap bars.  It is harmless, but it can be frustrating when it appears.  Sometimes, I get it on my soap and other times I do not. If I get it, I just wipe it off with a damp paper towel.  But there are ways to prevent it.  Want to learn how to prevent soda ash?  Then I recommend reading a recent post from The Soap Queen called Explaining and Preventing Soda Ash.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Holly Jolly Soap Jelly Shots

Have you heard the latest craze in soap making?  It is Jelly Soaps. Would you believe that they are fun to make and even more fun to use.  The cute little containers really make the perfect packing for a shower shot.  You just pop one out of the container, lather up with a washcloth or luffa and shower away. Just a thought!  These would be a perfect gift for someone who loves Jello shots. So are you interested in making these Holly Jolly Soap Jelly Shots?  Then check out the instructions from Wholesale Supplies Plus.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Vanilla Moisturizing Lotion Bars Recipe

Is your skin dry?  Well, indulge your skin with a lotion bar.  I found this lotion bar recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Vanilla Moisturizing that would be perfect solution.  This is a very easy recipe to make and would be a great stocking stuffer to give to your friends.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sparkling Champagne Loaf Soap Recipe

Thanksgiving is in about two weeks.  Then Christmas will soon be here.  New Year's will be here faster than you know it.  So if you are having a New Year's party, why not give out party favors?  Here is a cold process soap recipe called Sparkling Champagne Loaf Soap that would be just perfect for your celebration.  Since cold process soap takes time to cure, I recommend starting your project soon so it will be ready in time.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Why is Regulatory Compliance Important?

In the realm of labeling your soap or cosmetic products, it is to forget the big picture.  Especially why are these regulations in place and why is so important to comply with them.  In a recent posting called Why is Regulatory Compliance Important? , Marie Gale explains why it is so important.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Halloween Boo MP Soap Cupcakes

Halloween has already passed and it is too late to make this adorable Halloween Boo Melt and Pour Soap Cupcakes project for this year's festivities, but you may want to consider making them for next year.  So file it away and bring up the project next year.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cayenne Caramel Bubble Cakes Recipe

If you love a bath with lots of bubbles, this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Cayenne Caramel Bubble Cakes will give you a lovely bubbles bursting with color.  This a moderate level project that takes approximately 30 minutes to make and results in seven approximately 3 to 3 1/4 ounce cakes.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Peppermint Bark Soap Recipe

Even though Christmas is two months away, the time will go by fast.  But here is a quick and easy last minute melt and pour holiday project from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Peppermint Bark Soap that would be a perfect gift to give out to friends and family.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Blended Color Additives

Color additives in cosmetics is a difficult subject matter and blending colors is every more problematic.  To simply the information, Marie Gale has written a posting called Blended Color Additives that will help you understand the subject.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Coconut Lip Balm

Love coconut?  I found this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Coconut Lip Balm that could take you away on a tropical getaway.  This recipe is very easy since it is made with a pre-made base.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Odor Neutralizing Deodorant Recipe

Are you interested in making your own deodorant? I found this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Odor Neutralizing Deodorant that is baking soda-free.  This recipe contains magnesium stearate which is a naturally occurring fatty acid originating from stearic acid.  It helps this product glide easily onto underarms and leaves a non-greasy feel to the product.  Besides, it is great for absorbing odor.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Geode Bath Melts

Love bath melts?   Impress your friends with really cool bath melts recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Geode Bath Melts.  They are really easy to make but it looks like it took hours. Once they melt, they will swirl beautiful colors in your tub.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Raspberry Lemonade Swirl CP Soap

Are you having a difficult time finding cold process soap recipes that are coconut-free?  Here is a recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Raspberry Lemonade Swirl that is coconut free which is designed to move slowly allowing the swirl technique to come out nicely. What also allows the process to slow down is the high amount of sweet almond oil, olive oil and a full amount of water and slow moving fragrance.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Amethyst Geode Bath Fizzies

If you know someone who is a geologist, they may like these Amethyst Geode Bath Fizzies to use while they bathe.  I have to say that they look like the real thing. These bath bombs would make a perfect party favors.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Pineapple MP Soap Pops

I have to be honest, I never heard of soap pops until I took a class by Debbie Chiltas at The Nova Studio who is famous for her soap pops soaps.  I really think it is a cute clever idea, especially for a birthday party or shower favor.  So if you would like to create your own melt and pour soap pops, I am sharing this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Pineapple MP Soap Pops.  If you are not a pineapple fan, there are plenty of other projects from WSP website.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Shower & Tub Tabs - Sleep Time Recipe

This year I signed up to sell bath and body products at the Mountain View Senior Center Holiday Bazaar on November 17th.  One of the products I am going to make is bath fizzies. I am also going to include shower tabs for those who take showers instead of baths.  Here is a recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Shower & Tub Tabs - Sleep Time that I am thinking of making instead of my usual.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Orchid & Pink Amber Rimmed CP Soap Recipe

I really love the look of this cold process soap recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Orchid & Pink Amber Rimmed CP Soap.  Since I love it so much that I posted it a second time. So pardon me if you have already seen this recipe before.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Turmeric Body Butter

It may seem that making your own body products is really complicated. And believe me, a lot of them are not.  If you love using body butters, I found this Tumeric Body Butter recipe from The Soap Queen that you may want to try making on your own. This recipe has a few ingredients but just to let you know that they are the right ones.  This easy recipe takes 30 minutes to complete and results in about 20 ounces in product.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pumpkin Hayride MP Soap

Fall is definitely in the air.  The weather is changing...a lot cooler. I found this really cute melt and pour soap project from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Pumpkin Hayride.  This is a moderate level project that takes an hour and results in eight bars of soap.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Candy Corn Bath Salts Recipe

Today is the first day of October and Halloween is just around the corner. If you love using bath salts and Halloween, here is a cute idea from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Candy Corn Bath Salts. This is easy project to do and it only takes an hour to make 12 bags/

Friday, September 28, 2018

Honey Hive MP Soap Bars

I saw this really cute melt and pour soap project on the Wholesale Supplies Plus called Honey Hive MP Soap Bars that any bee or honey lover would love to receive as a gift. The soap is scented with a lovely mixture of buttercream and spun sugar that is wrapped around notes of honeycomb, bergamot blossoms and caramel dipped apple.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Locker Room Foot Powder Recipe

Here is a great overall foot powder from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Locker Room Foot Powder.  This recipe has arrowroot powder which makes this recipe extremely silky while the baking soda helps with deodorizing.

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.