Soap Challenge #6: Faux Funnel Pour

April 28, 2012

I’ve never tried this technique before.  Mainly because I don’t really like what it looks like.  I needed to restock on my lavender soap, so I decided to make my experiment this week with that soap.  This is one of my 100% All Natural soaps.  So I used rose clay and woad powder to color it.  And then left part natural.  I’m really frustrated the white part crumbled badly in the wire cutter.  This is the second time it’s happen.  I think it might be the EO and no colorant causing it.  Either way I’m annoyed…

Here are the results:

 


Strawberries & Champagne

April 27, 2012

This post is just a lot of pictures!  I took so many and I couldn’t decide which ones were the best so I decided to post all them :D


Cherry Almond Soap

April 26, 2012

I love this fragrance.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!  And apparently a lot of other people love it too because the first week it was on sale I sold half of my stock.  So, I got to work making another batch.  This time I got the idea to try and make it look like I had embedded cherries in it.

I really like how it came out…at least the first 4 bars I cut :)

Then my spacing got off and the cherries fell in the middle of the bar and missed the cut.  It’ll be like getting a little surprise in your soap bar!  As you use it the cherries will appear!

These are the pictures of the “shifted” cherries :D  You see hints of something within!

You got a little bit of the cherries showing...

This stem got a little off center and the cherries are completely hidden in this bar!

The cherries aren't showing! The stems go all the way through so you see those in every bar.

Overall it was a fun experiment.  The bars smell amazing and I like the swirl I managed to get in the rest of the bar so you have some pink and white.  These were fun!


Mini Ice Packs & Fragrance Oils For Sale

April 23, 2012

ICE PACKS

I needed some ice packs to line a basket with for this summer.  The heat can do in my sugar scrubs on brutal summer days.  So I came up with the idea to line my basket.  With idea in mine I went on a search to find ice packs that would work.  And the cheapest (by far) ice packs I found were a bulk box…a bulk box of NINETY-SIX two inches by three inches ice packs!  I don’t think I’ll EVER use all of these and so I’m selling some of them.

50 cents per ice pack + shipping

If you’re interested comment here or send me an email.  I’d love to find some homes for these!

FRAGRANCE OILS

I also have a collection of fragrance oils that I’m not going to use.  There’s nothing wrong with them, I’ve just decided I don’t like them, learned the hard way I’m allergic to them, or used them once and decided that I wasn’t going to use them again.  If you’re interested in any of them please let me know.

Bramble Berry Fragrances
Tropical Vacation 2oz – $2.00
Lavender Chamomile ½oz – $0.50
Monkey Love ½oz – $0.50
Cream Cheese Frosting 3oz – $2.00
Summer Fling 3oz – $2.00
Beach Breezes 1oz – $1.00
Pearberry 3oz – $2.00

Sweet Cakes Fragrances
Breeze 1+oz – $1.00
Fuzzy 4oz – $3.00 (a peach type fo)
Ocean Shoreline 1+oz – $1.00
Nectarine Blossom & Honey 2oz – $2.00

Wholesale Supplies Plus
Bluebells and Baby’s Breath 4oz – $4.00
Confetti Cake 2oz – $1.00
Champagne Kisses 2oz – $1.00
Birthday Cake 1oz – $0.50
Be Delicious Blossom 1+oz – $1.00
Cupcake 2oz – $1.00
Sweet Pea (less than 1oz) Free with purchase (first come, first serve)
Bedtime Bath (less than 1oz) Free with purchase (first come, first serve)
Black Forest Cake 1+ oz – $1.00
Cake Batter Ice Cream 2oz – $1.50
Banana Cream Pie 1oz – $1.00
Berried Treasure 2oz – $2.00

Nature’s Garden
Chocolate Lovers Type (not a chocolate scent but a sweet scent) 8oz – $4.00

MOLDS

I have the following molds available too.  Each mold is $1.50.  These are great for MP soaps.

1. Heavy Duty White Mold – Rectangular with rounded edges, 4 cavities
2. Approx. 8″ x 8″ Plastic Tray Mold with groves to create bars
3. THREE oval plastic molds (round and rectangular shaped), 4 cavities
4. Circle-Square-Hexagon-Rectangual Plastic Mold – TWO available
5. Round Plastic Mold, 4 cavities
6. Rectangular rounded top Plastic Mold, 4 cavities
7. Plastic Square/Rectangular Mold with beveled edges, THREE available
8. Plastic mold with circle, star and rectangular shapes, sides beveled, 3 cavities


Soap Challenge #5: Essential Oil/Fragrance Oil Blends

April 21, 2012

I do not blend essential oils well—mainly because I have a picky nose. There are a lot of scents that I just don’t like and even more that I’m allergic too. I rarely use flower scents because most of them make me sick. And essential oils I find hard because they’re plant based and I tend to have the same problems as with flower fragrance oils. Some essentials oils all I need is a whiff of them to make me sick for the rest of the day. It makes creating essential oil blends hard. I do best with the fruit and spice scents so I tried to create a combination with those.

Awhile back I’d read the description of cassia essential oil and it intrigued me, so I bought a 3oz bottle of it.

Aromatic Scent: Cassia Essential Oil has a pungent, warm scent. Cassia contains 1% to 2% volatile oil (cassia oil), which is mainly responsible for the spicy aroma.

It didn’t smell like what I’d expect. It was much stronger than I’d expected (even though it’s said to be have a strong strength). And it didn’t have the spicy aroma I was expecting…maybe it does to others but I just don’t smell it. I started my blend of with this keeping in mind the follow characteristics cassia had:

Note: Top

Strength of Aroma: Strong

Blends well with: Benzoin, Clove Bud, Coriander, Cardamom, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme.

I came up with the following essential oil blend for a 5lb batch of soap:

Cassia – 7/8 oz
Clove Bud – 7/8 oz
Ginger – 3/8 oz
Grapefruit – 1 oz
Lemon – ¼ oz

I’ve tried a variety of methods for creating blends and found that none of them ever help me really come up with a good ratio so I just kind of blend as I go now. I added an equal amount of clove bud in hopes that some of the spiciness I was initially expecting came through. The grapefruit and lemon I added to give it some fruit undertones.

I used this blend in a garden soap with pumice. I think it’ll work well for cleaning dirty garden hands as well as leaving a scent behind on the hands. Despite my blend the soap still just smells like cassia to me. Which isn’t a bad thing, but not what I was going for.

Since I was using an essential oil blend I stuck to natural colors. A very earthy feeling soap. It matches the fragrance and I think works fine for a hand soap.


Bath Bomb Cupcakes

April 19, 2012

I’ve had all the supplies I need to make bath bomb cupcakes for a while now.  I’ve just never gotten around to it.  I finally did on Tuesday!  The bath fizzie part was easy.  I’ve made enough fizzies to know what to do and what to expect.  I was interested to see how they’d turn out being crammed into a paper cupcake holder.  I had a hard time really getting it packed.

The tops were interesting!  I made my mix and it was really thick!  I managed to pipe one cupcake before I broke my bag.   So I went back and added some water to the mixture to thin it up a bit.  It made it a little easier to pipe but because it wasn’t as stiff it kind of settled and the cupcakes aren’t as “big” as I’m used to.

The frosting makes good bubbles though!  At least it did when I cleaned up.  So I’m excited to see how it works after drying for 24 hours.

Just a few bubbles while cleaning! :D

I made the bottoms cherry-almond and the tops vanilla oak.  It’s not the sweet vanilla and I think it complements the cherry-almond pretty well.

Just after pipping. I'll be interested to see if they stick to the bottom.

Twenty-Four Hours Later

The tops are firmly attached to the bottoms :) – Yes this makes me happy.  I’ve heard so many people having problems getting the two to stick so I was worried.  The frosting did settle, but they still look cute.  I packaged them in my little clear boxes.  Just have to add labels.

I left the wrapper on most of them (except for one). I used cute wrappers and like how it looked.

Princess cupcake wrapper...if you know me you know why my mom bought me those ha!

Here they are in their boxes awaiting labels.


This is what FAILURE looks like…

April 17, 2012

I have not had the best of luck this past week with soap.  I tried two new things.  One, a soap with alcohol which seized in the pot in two seconds flat.  And the second was as I was trying to blend some fragrance oils.  The entire batch separated and went grainy on me.  NO amount of stick blending pulled it back together.  *sigh* I haven’t had a week like this in over a year.  It’s been slightly frustrating!

Disaster!

You can really see the separation here. Don't use a blend of peach-salsa, coconut, guava, and exotic fruit smoothie together. You'll get this!


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