March 8, 2014
I never really LOVED my previous shaving soap recipe. It worked, but I just didn’t love it. I finally got around to reformulated it. It’s a blend of coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, Shea butter, castor oil, and apricot oil. I also tried something a little different. Instead of making them bars, I put them in twist tubes. I’ve seen shaving soaps made both ways and I know I always drop mine in the shower. I think the tube will make it easier to apply the soap. I also think it work well for men.
Because it’s a new recipe and a new “container” I would like a few testers. I have three scent options: Bay Rum, Old Spice, and Arabian Spice. (All geared towards men.) If there are any men out there who would like to test a sample bar let me know (or women if you know of a man who’d like to try it out) let me know. I’ll send you a free bar. All I ask is that you pay for the shipping cost. I will include a questionnaire with the soap. The questions will just be a guideline for you and it will give me feedback so I can see if I need to make changes or if it’s liked as is.
Email me at: JenniferSoap [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re interested or comment here with your email address. I have a limited number available.
March 5, 2014
Fragrance: Spicy-sweet blend of French verbena and lemon, a green Florentine iris and violet leaves, and sublime notes of Mysore sandalwood and ambergris.
Technique: Beer soap, soap stamp (dusting in mica)
Every time I’ve made beer soap the soap has gotten really dark, so this time I decided to work with it and do a white stamp on top. And of course this time it didn’t get any darker than what you see in the picture …guess that’s how it works sometimes.
And despite trying to get the bottle to photograph I couldn’t get my camera to focus
February 22, 2014
I’ve seen soaps that have dusted their tops with a thin layer of mica. I’ve tried multiple times to mimic the look and I’ve never quite been able to and in the process I make a massive mess (because it always involved me blowing…and blowing on mica…not the smartest idea!)
The other day I wanted to try and dust layers of mica on a batch I was making and couldn’t find the sifter tool I typically used. So in a pinch I grabbed a bottle I had sitting around and filled it with some mica hoping it might work in a pinch.
It didn’t quite do what I wanted for the layers in the soap, but oh my word it gave me that shimmery mica top finished I’d tried and failed to do soooooo many times before!!
Find a bottle like this: (sorry picture is awful!)
I get my bottles at US Plastic (if you’re interested).
Fill it with some mica. Gently squeeze puffs out of it over your wet soap and you will get a nice coating like this! So simple! So pretty! I love it when I randomly stumble upon ways to do things!
TIP: Do this outside (if you can). I’m still cleaning up pink mica! It gets in the air and it settles all over the place!
February 15, 2014
I love my foot balms! I use them on my hands and feet (yes, despite calling it a foot balm!). It’s basically a lotion bar. I wanted to make a hand balm and put it in a small travel size/purse size container. I found some twist top tubes (that hold .5oz of product, about 4x the size of a lip balm tube). Played around and what resulted was a new product!
Hand balms are now available HERE!!