Soap Challenge #1: Zebra Swirl

March 30, 2013

It’s time for another 4 weeks of challenged from Great Cakes Soapworks!  The first week’s challenge was: Zebra Stripes!  I’ve tried this a couple times before and was never really thrilled with the results I got.  This time was by far the best of the three though I still had some issues especially with the early pouring.  I think my mix was a little too liquid.

Fragrance: Rosemary & Mint

Results:

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rosemary (12)

rosemary (14)


MP Embeds

March 28, 2013

Tried something new…it didn’t quite go as planned.  I did learn what NOT to do next time though. Was playing around with embedding famcy MP shapes into a bar and learned a few things in the process.

  1. I was trying to add just a drop of blue to make the clear MP a tad clearer and I added too much blue.  Lesson: CAREFUL with the amount you add.
  2. Added glitter.  It overtook the clear soap.  Lesson: use a finer glitter and don’t use as much.
  3. You can’t really see the embeds. Lesson: I need to embed them closer to the top.
  4. Patience :-P  You can see where my soap broke through the clear layer…I was just too impatient.

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So I might play around some more with this.  It’s nothing I plan to sell, but I do like to on occasion try and expand my MP skills :D


Now Available!

March 26, 2013

And some new soaps are now available!

Citrus Explosion

citrus-explosion (3)

Honey & Lemon

honey-lemon (4)

Black Amber & Lavender

Black Amber (5)

Bergamot & Mandarin Shaving Soap

bergamot-mandarin (11)


Nature’s Garden Interview

March 24, 2013

It’s kind (alright REALLY) cool to be asked to do an interview about your soap. Nature’s Garden has been doing a series of blog posts featuring soap and candle makers over the past couple weeks and asked if I’d be interested.  Of course, I said yes!

You can see the interview HERE.

And check out Nature’s Garden HERE.


Soap Boxes

March 20, 2013

My goal this year was to really focus on expanding my wholesale accounts.  Part of that meant revamping my packaging.  I currently use bands and shrink wrap.  I really like them, but the problem with shrink wrap is it gets loose over time.  I can easily take my heat gun to them and tighten them up, but if I’m selling wholesale I don’t have that option.  I want to put forth the most professional product I can and part of that is packaging.

After a lot of research I decided to go with custom design soap boxes.  It meant I had to limit the number of soaps I offered wholesale to just eight.  Hopefully if it continues to go well I can expand on the number of options.

I ended up going with McKenzi Crest.  I highly recommend them.  Not only was their customer service awesome–they worked with me and answered all my questions and help throughout the entire process–the quality of the product is wonderful.  It’s a beautiful glossy finish box.  The colors are crisp and clear and true to the computer file I started with.  I highly recommend them.

My soap boxes:

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New Molds

March 14, 2013

I’m a mold addict.  I am constantly collecting new molds.I’ve recently added some new finds to my (ever growing) collection.

I found these new fruit molds the other day (they’re supposed to be ice cube molds, but they’re totally going to be used for one of my summer soaps.  Already know what I want to do with them).  The citrus mold I actually got last year and now I wish I’d picked up two instead of just one!

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Then there are the flowers!  They’re were in the Easter section.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this one yet…but I’ve got some ideas.  The best part about collecting molds is I might not have a clue how to use them at the time, but somewhere down the line I always find a reason to use them.

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I love this bunt pan mold.  I haven’t figure out what I’m going to do with them…but I’m sure some idea will come to me…actually I do (kind of) have an idea for them for MP soap…

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These are going to be used for some cupcakes in the future.  I’ve been wanting some chocolate slices for a while and when I saw someone selling it I pounced.

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Citrus Explosion

March 11, 2013

This is probably my favorite of all my 100% all natural soaps.  I started with one of my favorite moisturizing and nourishing recipes then added: goat’s milk powder, essential oil blend (lemon, orange, litsea cubeba, pink grapefruit, tangerine), orange-lemon and grapefruit fruit powder extract, sea clay and rose clay to color it.

This is so strong and amazing! I’ve never had a essential oil fruit blend soap stick so well in a soap.  I attribute it to the fruit extracts.  Love this soap!

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Shaving Soap for the Ladies

March 7, 2013

I’ve been wanting a shaving soap for myself and finally got around to making one a couple weeks ago.  I used one of my favorite fresh scents: Bergamot & Mandarin.

Bergamot & Mandarin: A sophisticated and sparkling blend of bergamot and mandarin orange.

This soap is a little extra special.  I used bentonite clay to give it a little extra slip (to help with the shaving).  Then I added some arrowroot powder.  I like to add arrowroot to my soap from time to time.  It’s adds an extra gentleness and soothing (which we all need when shaving).  Here’s a little bit of info on arrowroot.

What is Arrowroot Powder?

Arrowroot Powder: A natural powdered root starch that is white in color and very light in weight from the genus of plant Maranta arundinacea. Arrowroot powder is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in food preparations, as a base for some of your body care formulations, and it is the main foundation for most body powders.

How can it be used in soap?

Arrowroot powder can be used for soap making as well as as one of the ingredients in your bath & body powders or all by itself as a soothing body & bath powder. Just add your own scent or leave unscented, and use as is.

I found this piece of information on a chat board, which lead me to using it in my own shaving soap:

I have horribly sensitive skin. Whenever I shave my legs, I get a rash. I added it to my base when I stumbled upon a soap recipe from a supplier. I never thought to add something like this to base. I have only used it in powders. Anyway, I sifted the arrowroot powder into my base. This is the same base that I have always used. No more rashes of any kind happened to me. I tried without it again to see if it was a fluke and it was not. I have used the same brand of razors too. I cannot explain why it helped me. It just did. My guess is that it is soothing, the same way that it is in a powder I guess. Perhaps it is just me, but I love the feel and the fact that for whatever reason, I have no rashes on my legs. Oatmeal never worked for me or other soothing agents for that matter. I noticed no difference in the lather or the razor glide. It is all about the apparent soothing affect that it has on my skin.

bergamot-mandarin (11)


Lemon Verbena Mint

March 4, 2013

Fun and fresh and will be ready in mid March (when hopefully the weather will start warming up).

Lemon Verbena Mint: An intoxicating blend of fresh lemon, herbal verbena and spearmint.

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In Stock!

March 1, 2013

I have a bunch of new listings for you!  Some great soaps for Easter and Spring!

Easter Eggs

eggs

Island Orchard

island-orchard (8)

Violet Bouquet

violet (8)

Honeysuckle Hollow

honeysuckle (15)

Green Tea & Cucumber

Green Tea (1)

Vanilla Verbena

vanilla-verbena (6)


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