Friday, January 30, 2015

Bees, Honey & Crazy Hearts

Two more new to us molds this month are the Filagree Bee, 4 cavity and the Guest Bee, 5 Cavity. I haven't added these to the website yet because I only got a few of each and they probably won't last long in the store. I'll put them on next week if I still have any.
These soaps are made with mostly Honey Glycerin soap base with a few squares of Goat Milk base added give the soap an opaque look. The are scented with Lavender, I love the combination of Lavender and Honey.

The guest bee soaps weigh 1.5 ounces each.

The Filagree Bee is 2.5 ounces.
Below is the Crazy Heart tray mold with some of the same soap. I prefer this caramel coloured soap over the pink from my last post for sure! Speaking of colour, the honey soap I used was a from a long time ago when the honey soap was darker, actually it tends to darken with age. Anyway I came across it when I was cleaning up after Christmas and I love the colour, especially when a little goat milk soap is melted with it. With our regular Honey Glycerin soap you can get this colour by adding a little bronze mica. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Tray Molds: Crazy Hearts & Guest Tree of Life

 Just in stock, the Milky Way Crazy Hearts Tray soap mold and the Guest Tree of Life Tray soap mold. As you can see from the photos the Crazy Heart Tray will give you nine soaps and the Tree of Life Tray will give sixteen. Both trays hold two pounds of soap. I tried the Heart mold out last night with some Cherry fragrance and the Tree of Life with a Spearmint & Lime blend. Sorry for the crummy pictures, its really cloudy here.
In the picture below I had to cut off the bottom row of soaps to get close enough to show some of the detail. These molds are both really great and I wish I had ordered more of this one in particular, I only have five.

The picture below is a little better, showing four of the sixteen really cute bars I got from this mold.
 The Crazy Hearts, I haven't cut yet, and I think the pink is a little bright. So I may remelt it with some other soap. We'll see:) Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mason Jar Candles

 I've been wanting to try these Mason Jar Soy Wax Candles for about a month now. Over the holidays they were all over Pinterest and I sold a lot of soy wax flakes to folks who were making them as gifts. I didn't look up any specific instructions so you could say I was just winging it. The jars I used are 250ml (on cup) sizes and I  melted 12 ounces of soy wax. I thought I would be able to fill both jars with a little left over wax but after I filled the jars there wasn't any extra wax. Luckily I didn't need to top the candles up once the wax hardened :) As you can see above I used two wicks per jar, sticking the wicks down with a little melted wax. I had planned to keep the wicks from flopping around with pencils (without rubber bands) but the pencils kept rolling away so I had to secure them with rubber bands. Really could have used an extra pair of hands for that part.
 These candles are fragranced with French Vanilla fragrance oil, I did try to look up usage online and in the end went with 2 teaspoons. Its really a personal preference thing and I think I got it right.
I've made some little tags, the one above is secured with hemp twine.

 This tag is secured with bakers twine.
And I lit one, "just for you". Thanks for looking and Happy New Year!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cotton Candy Cane Soap

Here's an easy melt & pour soap project using some Goat  Milk soap base (for the white portion) and Clear Glycerin soap base that's been coloured with pink mica. The pink soap is fragranced with Cotton Candy fragrance oil and the white soap is fragranced with Peppermint Essential oil. Smells yummy. I've made them the same way I made the After Eight Joy soaps, the link is here. Just fill the mold with Goat Milk soap leaving a little space at the top. Fill the mold the rest of the way with the coloured glycerin soap, if you top the mold up right away the glycerin soap will sink. That's how the colour ends up on the bottom. All Christmas molds are currently on sale.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Minty Fir Soap

Here's a soap I recently made with my son in mind. His favorite candle is a Minty Spruce fragrance and sadly has been discontinued. I don't have any spruce oil for fragrance so I've done a Fir plus Spearmint scented soap instead. The recipe I used is the same one as this post, only I adjusted it for a 3lb loaf mold.(divide by 4 and multiply by 3). In the picture above you can see how uneven  my layers were and you might me able to pick up that there are two different greens. Both green layers are coloured with chromium green oxide and the bottom layer also has some dark green mica thrown in. The top is a mish mash as usual.
Here's what the end piece of a soap looks like with a hanger swirl.

And here it is cut. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, originally I thought I didn't have enough white, there's not much you can about that once the soap is coloured:) Anyway, considering the crazy day I was having - I measured everything out then went to work for an hour that turned into four hours due to a power outage- I'll take it. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After Eight (Chocolate Mint) Joy

These are my first Holiday soaps of the year, made in the Milky Way Joy mold. I was going for the fragrance of After Eight chocolates, its always a happy surprise to get those in a restaurant. I used goat milk soap base with a bit of emerald green liquid colourant and honey soap base coloured with cappuccino mica. The green soap is scented with Peppermint Essential Oil and the dark brown soap is scented with Chocolate Chip Cookie fragrance oil. These bars are 5.5 ounces each and I filled the molds all the way to the top, next time I'll leave a little space cause these were hard to get out of the mold. That little space will help:)

I like the unevenness of the colours, it gives the bars a little more rustic look. That can be hard to do with melt & pour soap. Hopefully I can make these again and get the same effect, letting the goat milk soap cool or thicken a little before pouring the honey soap through helps if you are going for a more uneven look. If you like mint chocolate you will love the scent of these soaps.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mini Chocolate Covered Oreos

I've used the Milky Way Pumpkin Wax Tart mold to make these mini chocolate covered Oreo cookies. I used to make chocolate covered full sizes Oreos and they just had so much chocolate, and were so filling ( but sooo good). I think these are more of a treat sized option, and you can always have two, right? The mold has eight cavities, the picture below is of a wax tart made in the mold from the Milky Way site and below that are some Pumpkin scented wax tarts I made last year.
Back to the cookies, just place a little melted chocolate in the bottom of each mold cavity, insert a mini cookie and then cover the cookie with more chocolate. I let them harden and then put the mold in the fridge for an hour, they pop out easier that way.
These molds are 10% off for the month of October.