What type tutorials would you like to see?

January 14, 2016

Last year I wanted to do some tutorials…and then life got in the way.  This year I want to be better about it.  I have a few ideas for tutorials that I want to do, but what would you like to see?  Share with me!


Frankincense & Myrrh (a.k.a Starry Night)

December 2, 2015

Frankincense & Myrrh (a.k.a Starry Night) is one of my favorite winter soaps.  The design is just lots of fun (though a pain to make!)  Once again I had to change fragrances this year.  The original blend I used last year got changed.  And the new blend no were near as good.  I ended up blending two different scents to get this mix of Frankincense & Myrrh:

First:

Frankincense & Myrrh: Traditional riches of blended frankincense with myrrh.

Second:

Three Wise Men: A classic favorite of frankincense, myrrh, patchouli and warm, powdery sandalwood.

The two together really work well.  I call this my “church” soap.  It just reminds me of church time over the holidays.  If you like Frankincense and Myrrh scents I think you’ll enjoy this soap.

Those pesky annoying star embeds!

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Listed HERE!


Fresh Snow

November 9, 2015

When cool ideas don’t turn out quite how you wanted…that was my Fresh Snow.  I tried to make snowmen to embed in this soap.  I was able to make buttons on the body of the snowmen, but I couldn’t get them to go in perfectly straight.  They ended up twisting and so I have snowmen with buttons that are all over their bodies!

The initial idea:

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The result was cool, but not sure if it was worth the work.

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I decided to make more bodies and just leave out the buttons.  I’m happier with those.

Fresh Snow: is a very ozone-y fragrance, reminiscent of clean laundry or fresh cotton. The actual notes however are intriguing; this fragrance has a crisp heliotrope top with supporting notes of spring water, juniper berry, vetyver and sandalwood.


Apple Balsam Pine

October 31, 2015

I saw this light bulb mold and thought I could make a really cool soap with it. I DID NOT expect the fragrance to set up super fast.  It meant I didn’t get to embed the light bulbs at a leisurely pace.  Inside didn’t quite end up how I wanted it to, but the top is cute and I like it.

Apple Balsam Pine: A unique blend of juicy apple, cassis, jasmine and Siberian fir.

It started off with me making LOTS of light bulbs.

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I then figure out the exact order I wanted to put them in the soap in and had them lined up and ready to go (not that that helped much with the acceleration!).

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This was after I poured and pipped the light bulb strings. My goal was to make it look like a string of Christmas lights.

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And here you go: I had to add some real lights to the picture!

Apple Balsam (21)

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Find them HERE!


Masters Certification

July 2, 2015

I hate taking tests, but I love to test my knowledge, and the best way to do that is take tests.  (I know there’s something wrong with me here!).  I love learning.  I always want to know more, to expand my knowledge–even more so when it comes to soap.  It’s my business, and it’s my responsibility to be as knowledgeable as I can about it.

In 2013 and 2014 at the soap conference I took and pasted my Basic and Advanced Certification in CP/HP Soap.  I plan to do the Basic and Advanced in MP soap just to have. Even though I am not a fan of making MP soap I do teach it and I believe it’s important that I have a sound knowledge base on it.

When I passed the Advanced CP exam my first thought was: “Well, there’s still the Master Certification left.”  I knew that one day I’d do it.  I just didn’t think that one day would come quite so soon.  In May I downloaded all the requirements for the tests and read them over and made a plan of action.

There was a lot I still needed to learn before I could even contemplate taking the exam.  So, I made a three year plan. (Have I mentioned I’m a master planner ;).)  I would take this year to learn how to make/do the requirements I didn’t yet know.  I would spend my time answering all the essay questions so I knew them backward and forward and then I’d start thinking about what I wanted to do for my two research projects.  Then the next year I’d register for the exam and the next two years would be spent completing all four parts.

Granted, life has a way of messing with the best laid plans, but this is a good start.  And it’s flexible.  If I need more time before I start it, that’s ok. This isn’t a race for me.  It’s about learning and expanding my knowledge of soap making.  I think it’s going to be a fun journey!


Bubble Crumble Bubble Bath

June 22, 2015

I always loved the idea of the bubble bars. I DID NOT like the idea of making them.  Previous attempts had left me discouraged and not liking the time it took to make them or the results.  While looking for some bubble bath for my niece this past Christmas I came across someone who made a crumble instead of a bar.  I was sold on the idea before I even heard how my niece liked it!

I pulled out my old notes, did some more research, formulated a half dozen recipes.  Then tested them.  It was an interesting process to say the least.  I had lots of fun testing the bubbles in my sink.  As well as a few mishaps!  I finally settled on a recipe.  Had friends and family test it and love it.

I feel like a little kid again every time I make a batch of the bubble bath.  It’s great!  I forget how much I like to play around with new creations and formulate recipes.  Even the disasters are fun and moments I can look back on and laugh at.

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I have to give a shout out to my best friend.  I had this idea for the labels. I sketched it out and said can you do this?  We all know that final designs RARELY come out like the sketches, but she recreated my sketch exactly!!

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Emulsified Sugar Scrub

June 16, 2015

I make these solid sugar scrubs that I LOVE.  Bramble Berry first introduced me to them.  Over time I’ve made a couple alterations to the recipe to get them to be just how I love them.  The problem is they melt in the summer months.  It was frustrating having scrubs that I couldn’t sell year round.

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For the past two years I’d been trying out different emulsified scrubs.  I’d start with base recipes and play around with them.  I kept trying to alter them to resemble my solid scrub recipe.  I was never happy with any of them.  Then I tried yet another new recipe.  I liked it.  It was the first scrub that was anywhere close to what I wanted.  I set to work altering the recipe and when I was done I was in love with the final product.

These scrubs aren’t 100% like the solid scrubs, but they’re close.  They’re a bit more silky feeling and a little less “oily” feeling, but they still leave my skin feeling so nice when I get out of the shower.  And best of all they are packaged in jars and I can sell them year round!

Look at that beautiful emulsified scrub! Firm, but still soft enough to scoop out of a jar, and filled with skin loving oils and butters.

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I did a coffee and foot (pumice) emulsified scrub too.

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