Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mason Jars + Chocolate

I saw a cute craft here on Pinterest  that combined two of my favorite things, mason jars and chocolate. These are really easy to do, the hardest part is finding the right sized bunnies for the size of your jar. The foil wrapped bunnies are Lindt and came in a package of three, the taller bunny was also wrapped in foil (don't know the brand)  but looked better naked.

 These would be a nice hostess gift if you are invited out for Easter dinner or a cute addition to an Easter basket with some non candy items like small toys, T shirts etc. Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Silicone Cupcake Molds + Melt & Pour

I've recently come across a stash of different shaped ice cube trays. Fruits, flowers, fish...  I've collected them all. They're great for mini bath bombs or bath melts and also for making these little soap toppers. Since I also have a stash of silicone cupcake molds I thought I should put these things to use. Above I've made  some citrus slice soaps to go on individual cupcakes.  For the lime green ones, I used some goat milk and coloured glycerin soap scented with Lime essential oil. I let the soap harden in the individual silicone molds, they were really easy to unmold. Then I just used a little melted soap to glue the little soap slice to the top.

 For the Yellow (Lemon scented ) ones, I wanted to try slightly embedding the soap slice. I left a little space at the top of the mold when I made the bases, and once the soap had a nice thick skin, I sprayed  it with some rubbing alcohol and added a little more melted soap. You can see from the photo I kind of overfilled the mold, I was going for a kind of messy look, which I thought would look more like frosting. Then I added the yellow soap slice.

After the soap hardened and I took it out of the mold, I did rub the top down with a clean, dry dish cloth, just to smooth off a few little bubbles. I prefer the soaps with the slice embedded but both ways are really fun and easy to do.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Dewberry Goat Milk & Glycerin/Goat Milk Melt & Pour

I made this soap the same day and basically the same way as the soap posted below, except that I used a  different mold and fragrance and the coloured portion is all one colour- but I'm sure you noticed that already:) OK, so here's what's different. I used my usual amounts of soap posted in the instructions here but I wanted the  glycerin portion to be more opaque, more the way coloured goat milk soap would look. So when I was melting the coloured glycerin soap, I added a few squares of goat milk soap to melt with it. Then I had to add a little bit of purple colour because the white goat milk soap had diluted the colour. Then I had to wonder if the glycerin  soap with a little bit of goat milk soap melted with it would have enough weight to sink through the goat milk soap with no glycerin added to it and it did! So the coloured portion of the soap is semi opaque and not as vibrant in colour. The Dewberry fragrance was added to the goat milk without glycerin. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Orange & Pink Satsuma Melt & Pour

 I am tired of the drabness of winter and ready for some vibrant colours. I've used two colours of glycerin Melt & Pour soap with white goat milk soap, done my usual way shown here. I poured the orange soap at one end of the mold and the pink at the other, both at the same time. I fragranced the goat milk portion of the soap with Satsuma fragrance.
I ended up with a few solid  coloured bars and a few bars with both colours. After I made the soap I remembered a card I made last week, these would totally go together, especially if I wrap the soap with green and black ribbon. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Blackberry & Shea

Here's a repeat of the soap I made in my last post, just scroll down for the recipe.
This time I used Blackberry Sage Tea fragrance and Purple Ultramarine colourant. There's a little non coloured soap in a thin layer on the top that I kinda swirled with stick. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Strawberry & Shea

So I thought I better get some soap made for Valentines, and get something posted here so I didn't go two months with nothing. I wanted/needed to make a soap without  Palm Oil, just didn't have enough on had so I went looking for a 100% Coconut Oil recipe and then decided I wanted to do a Coconut and Shea Butter soap so I made my own recipe. This filled my 3lb loaf mold almost to the top so I guess it about 2.75lbs.
725 grams Coconut Oil
30 grams Shea Butter
280 grams Distilled Water
124 grams Sodium Hydroxide
Temps around 90 degrees
I removed a small amount of the soap at trace  and added  4 tsp of Strawberry fragrance oil and some pink ultramarine colourant (mixed with a little warm water) to the soap in the pot. Once that was all well mixed I poured it into  my loaf mold and topped it off with the white (non coloured) soap. And because I can't leave well enough alone, I sprinkled a little white mica on top and swirled it around with a skewer, that's the picture below.

I unmolded and cut this soap the next day, without any liquid oils I knew it would harden quickly. It should be ready to use in 3 weeks, just in time for Valentine's day. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Goat Milk & Honey Soap with Oatmeal

I used 2lbs total of soap to make these soaps in the Milky Way Bee with Honeycomb molds. I got nine soaps, so I filled all 4 cavities of 2 trays and 1 cavity of a third tray. You can use any molds or even a 12 inch drawer organizer, which holds 2lbs exactly.
Melt 1.5 lbs of Goat Milk melt & pour. In a separate container melt .5 lbs of Honey melt & pour. You want both soaps melted at the same time. Fragrance the melted Goat Milk soap. I used 1 tsp each of Lavender and Litsea Cubeba essential oils, I'm intending this to be a Gardeners Bar. Stir a handful of oatmeal into the Goat Milk soap after you fragrance it.
Now start to fill your molds with the Goat Milk soap stirring gently as you pour, you want to get some of the oatmeal into each soap, you may even have to spoon a bit of it in. Leave a little space at the top of each mold for the honey soap. Quickly top off each bar with the melted Honey soap. It will sink to the bottom of the mold and carry some of the oatmeal with it. These soaps will all be a little different when you unmold them, or mine were anyway, but they all look really neat. Thanks for looking!