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.

Monday, April 23, 2018

ORANGE BATH SALTS

I would say that oranges has to be one of my favorite fruits.  Crafts by Amanda posted this recipe for Orange Bath Salts.  You can mix up a batch of this recipe really quick and give them out as gifts to teachers or for your mother for Mother's Day. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Anti-Aging, Rejuvenating, and Repairing Claims

Did you know about the FDA's Import Alert 66-38 titled "Skin Care Products Labeled as Anti-Aging Creams" of 1988?  It clearly states that exaggerated 'anti-aging' claims could cause a product to be unapproved new drug.  This alert was the basis for understanding restrictions on cosmetics claims like anti-aging, rejuvenating and repairing.  At the end of 2017, the import alert was withdrawn. What to learn more about this topic?  Marie Gale, who wrote a book on Soap and Cosmetic Labeling and currently writes news, updates about labeling, gmp, and regulations on her site on www.mariegale.com, wrote an article called Anti-Aging Rejuvenating and Repairing Claims.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Choosing Oil Substitutions for Cold Process Soap Recipes

Photo by The Soap Queen
Are you new to cold process soap making? Has it ever happened to you when you do not have a particular oil for your favorite recipe?  And you are wondering how to choose an oil to substitute for the one you do not have?  I found this video from Lovin' Soap called Choosing Oil Substitutions for Cold Process Soap Recipes

Monday, April 16, 2018

Karma Bath Bomb Tutorial

Here is a great bath bomb recipe from The Soap Queen called Karma Bath Bomb. If you love patchouli, Bramble Berry's Karma Type Fragrance Oil is for you.  It is inspired by Lush'a original scent, it features top notes of juicy orange with base notes of patchouli, sandalwood, musk, and pine.  This complex blend is perfect for bath products.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Recipe: Pistachio & Magnolia Exfoliating Wash

Here is a simple exfoliating wash recipe from Bath Body Supply called Pistachio & Magnolia. The base of the wash is made with a pre-made suspension gel liquid soap.  I never thought of combing pistachio and magnolia together as a fragrance oil but it sounds interesting.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Soap DIY

Many years ago when I took a cold process class at The Nova Studio, I feel in love with Lori's Lemon Poppy scented soap because it smelled exactly like a lemon poppy seed muffin.   If lemon poppy seed muffins are your favorite and you make soap by the melt and pour method, I found instructions from The Soap Queen for Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Soap.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Swirled Rose Soap Tutorial

Here is a really nice swirl cold process recipe from The Soap Queen called Swirled Rose.  This recipe is a blend of old and new...it has a classic design with a modern scent.  The subtle swirl is created with a technique known as an in-the-pot swirl which is very easy to do and it gives each bar of soap a different look.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Honey & Avocado Soap

For all you melt and pour soap makers I found a melt and pour recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus that uses a base that is detergent free.  This Honey & Avocado Soap that is packed with skin nourishing ingredients.  This layered soap project is a moderate level project that takes about two hours to complete and resulting in eight bars of soap.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Explaining and Preventing Glycerin Dew

Have you experienced slippery and wet to the touch with your melt and pour soap? According to The Soap Queen, "This is a common reaction referred to as “sweating” or “glycerin dew.”  If you want to learn more about this common reaction, then read the post titled Explaining and Preventing Glycerin Dew on The Soap Queen website.

Monday, April 2, 2018

LAVENDER SUGAR SCRUB

Are you looking for a possible Mother's Day gift for your mother, grandmother or aunt?  Here is a recipe from Crafts by Amanda called Lavender Sugar Scrub that special person will enjoy.  This is a very simple recipe with only three ingredients.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Wildflower Rebatch Soap Tutorial

To be honest, I  have never made a batch of rebatch soap.  I know you can reuse cold process soap and recreate a new batch.  In this Wildflower Rebatch Soap recipe from The Soap Queen, you can purchase already rebatched soap so that you do not have to work with lye.  This is an intermediate level project that takes about an hour to complete.  And it results about 3 pounds of soap.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How to Make Sushi Soap

It has been a long time since I found a melt and pour soap making project.  I am not sure why, but I think it is because I have not found an interesting one to post until now.  If you like to eat sushi or know someone do does, this melt and pour Sushi Soap project from The Soap Queen would really fits the bill. This project is for the advanced soap maker that takes about 3-4 days to make. So you would need some patience to make a batch of this soap.  But I say it is well worth the wait.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Winter Potpourri

About a week ago, Spring and somehow the weather has not gotten the memo.  Anyway, here is a potpourri recipe from
Wholesale Supplies Plus called Winter Potpourri that is very colorful addition to any home.  All one has to do is place the potpourri in a bowl to scent any room of the home.  About every month, just add a few drops of refresher oil and stir to reactivate the fragrance.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Tangerine Lip Scrub Recipe

Lip scrubs are perfect for exfoliating dry and chapped winter lips.  If you would to make your own lip scrub, I found this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Tangerine Lip Scrub. Would you believe that this recipe has only four ingredients?  Well, that is why it is so simple to make. The bright color and fresh-squeezed tastes comes from Tangerine Butter.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Safflower & Ginger Soap Tutorial

Are you a cold process soap maker looking for a different soap project to make?  I found this interesting advanced layered soap project from The Soap Queen called Safflower & Ginger Soap.  This project takes 1 to 2 hours to completed and it yields about 5 pounds of soap.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Painted Rose Bath Bomb DIY

I saw this recipe for Painted Rose Bath Bombs from The Soap Queen and I thought to myself that I wish I could paint as well. What a lovely Mother's Day gift or Bridal Shower favor.





Friday, March 16, 2018

Pink Grapefruit Soaking Salt

 It seems like everyone is busy today.  And it is hard to find time for ourselves.  If you are lucky enough to take time out of your day to soak in the tub, I have to congratulate you.  I found this recipe from Bath Body Supply called Pink Grapefruit Soaking Salt that you may want to try in your in next soak.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Wild Rose Bath Salt DIY

Love to soak in the tub?  Do you use bath salts? Here is a recipe from The Soap Queen called Wild Rose that is absolutely delightful.   If you are concerened about the flowers clogging your drain, you can place a spoonful of salt into muslin bags or sealable tea bags before each use.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Baby’s Breath Soap Tutorial

Baby's Breath flowers are often seen as an addition to most bouquet.  Basically, they play second fiddle to larger flowers but they make a beautiful topper for this cold process soap recipe.  If you want to make this soap recipe, check the Baby's Breath Soap recipe from The Soap Queen.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Whipped Lavender Body Butter DIY

Love body butters?  I found this beginner body butter recipe from The Soap Queen called Whipped Lavender that takes 20 minutes to make (6) four ounce jars.  I think this is an easy product to make and give as gifts.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Lavender Sleep Time Bath Truffle DIY

Did you have a hard day?  Would you like to find a way to relax?  I found this recipe from The Soap Queen called Lavender Sleep Time Bath Truffles.  These bath truffles are simple to make and since the recipe contains extra skin loving butters, it will make the recipe mixture with a texture similar to pie crust or cookie dough.  But the mixture can be easily rolled out into rustic balls.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pumpkin Bath Fizzies Recipe

I know it is not pumpkin season but this recipe of Pumpkin Bath Fizzies from Wholesale Supplies Plus is good to have around when the fall season finally comes.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lavender & Charcoal Soap DIY

Here is an intermediate cold process soap project from The Soap Queen called Lavender & Charcoal Soap.  Charcoal soap has become extremely popular these days and for good reason....it has amazing skin benefits.  What is so great about charcoal is that it has powerful absorption properties making it especially beneficial for oily facial skin.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DIY Baby’s Breath Bath Bombs

Baby's Breath brings back memories of my senior prom corsage.  If you love taking baths, I found this recipe from The Soap Queen called Baby's Breath Bath Bombs that will take your mind off the cold temperatures and gray skies.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Recipe: PomBerry Lip Exfoliator

If you love using lip exfoliators, I found a great recipe from Bath Body Supply called PomBerry. It is a very simple recipe that can be made in no time.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cocoa Ginger Lotion Bars

The cold weather can really dry your skin out.  Here is a recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Cocoa Ginger Lotion Bars that is great for moisturizing or massage.  According to the author, the warm and stimulating scent of ginger helps mellows out the naturally sweet aromas of vanilla and cocoa butter. If you do not like ginger, you can try replacing the essential oil with something equally unexpected like cardamom, rose or cherry.  Or you can omit the essential oils because they also smell wonderful unscented.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Lime LaCroix Soap Tutorial

I have seen LaCroix at Safeway but I have never bought it before.  I did not know that you could use it for soap making.  The Soap Queen has used it as an ingredient for her Lime LaCroiz Soap recipe.  This is a very fruity scented soap that was inspired for an In-The-Pot-Swirl.