October 31, 2012
I have to squeal a bit over this soap because it turned out too cute! And exactly how I’d hoped.
For this one I took another tutorial the Bramble Berry had done and added my own little twist to it. Here’s Bramble Berry’s tutorial: Vertical Sandalwood with a Twist.
I though it would be really cute to try and make a “pumpkin” shape in the vertical mold. First I made the embeds I’d need: the stem and the leaf (I poured it in a PVC tube and sliced it in half). Once I had those I then made my soap. I used a blend of vanilla EO, cinnamon EO, and BB’s Pumpkin Spice. Oh man does this smell good! I also used goat’s milk in the soap. I split the batch in two and added orange mica to one and left the other natural. I figured the vanilla and cinnamon would darken it up and I’d get a good contrast. I also added a little cinnamon to that half.
Poured them in he mold and then twisted the middle divider to get the circle. From there I embedded the stem and leave. It’s it just too cute!!!
HINT: So, getting the sides off the soap are a pain. And with my still injured finger I was having a hard time so I tired something new. I put my PVC molds in the oven and tried it with this and oh my word the sides practically fell off! I stuck it in the over for 7-8min at 200. Try it!
And if you missed the announcement yesterday here it is again!! Would you like a chance to win a $50 gift card from Bramble Berry? Of course you would (I know that’s a no brainer question!). Well here’s how to do it. All you have to do is enter this code: GIVEMBER50
Any order made during the month of November (that’s just 1 day away!) will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card. Go check out your inventory and see what you need restocking on!
Stay tuned for tomorrow! I’ll be experimenting with embeds!!
October 30, 2012
About a year ago Soap Queen did a tutorial on making a Loofah Soap. It has been a great seller for me. I’ve altered it a bit to make it in a 5lb loaf mold and use the combination of Moroccan Mint Fragrance and Mangosteen Fragrance. The hardest part is getting a clean layer between the two. Normally it never comes out quite perfect.
The vertical mold has a center divider that I thought would be really good for getting an even split and perfectly straight line! It worked like a charm! Look at this soap! Love!
Now here comes the part all of you have been waiting for! Would you like a chance to win a $50 gift card from Bramble Berry? Of course you would (I know that’s a no brainer question!). Well here’s how to do it. All you have to do is enter this code: GIVEMBER50
Any order made during the month of November (that’s just 2 days away!) will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card. Go check out your inventory and see what you need restocking on!
Stay tuned for tomorrow! I’m going to do some more playing around with the middle divider. And Thursday I’ll be experimenting with embeds!!
October 29, 2012
About a month ago I was asked by Bramble Berry if I’d like to try out one of their CP soap kits and then do a blog post about it and share an awesome deal with my readers. I don’t think it took me even half a second to say YES! There were a lot of different kits I thought would be fun to try, but ultimately I ended up going with the vertical mold because it was completely different from anything I’ve ever worked with before (and honestly I’d really been wanting that mold since the first tutorial BB posted on Soap Queen).
I started brain storming and came up with 4 different ideas to try out with the mold. I had lots of fun! Over the next 4 days I’ll post pictures of the experiments for you guys to enjoy!
Totally awesome packaging :D It was like Christmas had come early!
Isn’t it pretty!!!! I’m so ready to have some fun! Stay tuned! Tomorrow the fun starts!
October 25, 2012
I have too much fun sometimes :D
October 11, 2012
This design was all about Fall and it’s colors. I love the orange, red, yellow and brown in this soap. It really came out nice. I swirled the colors in a cube soap. Then I embedded them into a loaf. Simple but fun. And spiced cranberry smells so good. Totally reminds me of Fall!
Spiced Cranberry will be ready for purchase October 15th at my store!
October 8, 2012
I loved this fragrance in the bottle. It’s a little more mellow in the soap but I like it. It’s got a subtle kick to it that doesn’t hit you right away. A nice warm winter scent.
This soap is available for purchase on my webpage on October 15th.
October 5, 2012
This fragrance was much more popular than I thought it would be last year! I wanted to come up with a new design for it. That years was pretty boring (in my opinion). As I was falling asleep one night I got the inspiration to do a “starry night” and figured it would work perfectly with frankincense and myrrh!
I made my gold stars ahead of time. Then I did a gradient pour and embedded the stars in it. Can you say “that took forever!” It did take a long time but it was so worth it!
Then I tried a second batch and instead of doing a gradient I swirled it and embedded stars. They’re both neat. I like them both but I think the gradient is my favorite.
Frankincense & Myrrh can be found on my webpage for purchase on October 15th!
October 1, 2012
I am happy to (finally) present to you: Jennifer’s Handmade Soap Online Store!!! It’s finally here!
After months of prep work and hours and hours of programming work the webpage has become a reality and I am so happy with it. I HUGE thank you goes out to my Aunt who did the set up/programing for it all. I’d never have anything this nice if I’d had to figured it all out on my own! Still a few minor things we’re working on, but overall it looks great!
All of this started back in January of this year! I had this initial idea for a webpage. My aunt had me take the sketch and set it up in Photoshop with the design I wanted. So, I went to work (with the help of my best friend) creating the image I had in my head. This was what we ended up with in that initial design phase:
The Store Page:
An individual Item Page:
These were just guides. We knew they’d change. But the initial concept is what I wanted to keep The horizontal top with my logo, the wave, and the horizontal link bar. As you can see changes were made from this initial design. I LOVE how it ended up. The design elements I was going for are there in the design still. It’s clean and simple and easy to use and navigate. The images look good. The text display I think works well. Yes overall I’m really really happy!
I hope you enjoy the new store! http://www.jennifersoap.com
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