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.
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 9, 2014
I have such dry dry skin. In the summer it’s not bad. In the winter my skin gets so flaky and so dry. I’ve been using a sugar scrub for my body for the past couple years and I’ve seen a big difference. So, I thought, why not try a facial scrub. I have a facial butter which I like and I think a scrub would really help.
I took one of my favorite recipes and altered it a bit. It’s gentler for the face and includes some skin loving oils that my face loves! What will you find in it? Shea Butter, Coccoa Butter, Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, sea clay, and tea tree and lavender essential oil!
I’m in love with it! I’m currently having it tested by others. Most are loving it (especially those who have naturally dry skin) . It definitely helps with flaky skin and is moisturizing. It’s different from typical scrubs. It leaves a thin film of oils/butters on the face after using and it does take 10-20 minutes to fully absorb in.
Packaging: Facial Sugar Scrubs
January 20, 2014
Over the next month I want to work on some new soaps. I have to restock on standards, but I want to do some new scents for February and March. I’m going to try making a beer soap again this year. I’m going to use Irish Tween Fragrance Oil for it.
Spicy-sweet blend of French verbena and lemon, a green Florentine iris and violet leaves, and sublime notes of Mysore sandalwood and ambergris.
Yeah…that description just made me go yes! I want to kind of do a tweed pattern design for the soap, but as of yet I’ve now quite figured out how to do it…I’ve still got some time to play around. It will be interesting to see what I ultimately end up with.
I’ll be making some Valentine’s Day soaps too. I’ve got a variety of fragrances to choose from. I can’t seem to narrow it down. I have some design ideas though. One of course involves a heart (just not my typical design). I’m hoping inspiration comes back once I start working on soaps again! I’m feeling a little alone without my creative side. It’s normally on overdrive, but lately has been quiet.
Possible Valentine’s Day Fragrances I might use:
- Amazon Lily & Rain Fragrance Oil
- Amber& Orange
- Relaxing (A relaxing blend of French Lavender and Fir Pine, enhanced with Egyptian Jasmine and sweetened with pure Vanilla, softened with delicate Musks.)
- Champagne Pomegranate
- Twilight in the Woods
I also want to come up with some new all natural (essential oils and natural colorant) soaps. I always have a hard time with these soaps. I don’t know why, but they never seem to be anything special. I mean they’re awesome soaps, but visually I always feel like they’re lacking. I want to add a couple new goat’s milk soaps to my line too. Any suggestions on essential oil blends? Natural colorants you really like?
Techniques I’m going to attempt this year:
- funnel pour (yes, I know, not hard to do, but I’ve avoided it mostly to date)
- Stain glass (a variation from Anne-Marie’s tutorial in her new book)
- Squirty Swirls (I’ll do this on a day when I have patience :D As it’s not a “quick” design)
- Fondue Mat Embeds
- Petrified Rock (for my sister)
- Dust Painting tops
Yup! That’s quite a list of things to do. Now it’s time to get started! Just wanted to give you guys an idea of what’s to come in the next few months. Stay tuned! You can be sure pictures will be coming!
September 5, 2013
I have also been experimenting with deodorants. I tried three different recipes. Two were solid bars and one was a cream. And the overwhelming favorite of everyone who tested it was the cream/paste. And I’m in totally agreement there.
- It’s a deodorant, not an antiperspirant. I do still sweat some, but I don’t smell. Even when I work out.
- It’s not sticky or clumpy and it doesn’t leave a residue.
- I actually found I didn’t mind the cream. I know most people cringe when they hear they have to apply it with their finger…but really I actually kind of liked it over the stick. And if you think about it, we use our hands to apply every other product to our body.
I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on it too:
Worked all day. It smells a tad strong but I like the consistency. – Shielagh
I preferred test sample #3. I didn’t mind it being in a jar. I actually preferred the jar over the tube, because I noticed I didn’t use as much. I liked the light fluffy feeling of the deodorant. It did burn, but only a mild burn more like a tingling. I did use it right after shaving. Even after sweating a lot after a workout I didn’t smell and I didn’t feel sticky. There was no residue on my clothing either. – Jessica
I’m super excited about this. I did have a mild burning sensation when I used it right after shaving. Which is probably my only complaint about the deodorant, but I also have super sensitive skin. I actually was able to kind of work around it too by shaving at night. Then by the time I used it in the morning I didn’t have that problem. All in all I’m really excited about the deodorant. I now have an all natural deodorant! Which was the last item I really needed to add to my skin care to completely switch over from store bought/chemical products.
I’m still having more people test it. I want to see what people think over a long span of time, but I’m hoping that I can add it to my product line sometimes this year.
July 10, 2013
I’ve done the mantra swirl before. I’m not a big fan of it simply because of the set up of having three dividers… I know I find three dividers more work than embeds :D …what can I say. This time I restocked on my Berrywine & Mint. I did two colors in berrywine and one color in mint…the berrywine set up fast and the mint stayed liquid as liquid can be. This is not a good combination for creating a mantra swirl!
The colors are pretty and it smells good! But it’s not really what I’d call a mantra swirl.
(Sorry for the not great pics. Had to take them at night. Life is crazy and I barely have time to keep up with blog posts these days!)