Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blackberry Sage Tea Hanger Swirl

 
I used my own recipe for this soap but all the credit for the technique goes to the Soaperstar video here on You Tube.
Recipe:
Lye/ Water Portion:
208 grams lye
539 grams water
Oils/Butters:
454 grams Coconut oil
398 grams Palm oil
100 grams Cocoa Butter
495 grams Olive oil
Also used 6 tsp Blackberry Sage Tea fragrance oil, Titanium Dioxide and Purple Ultramarine
 

I blended to a very light trace and then divided the soap into three large measuring cups, I had a little more in the container of soap I was colouring white. So to that measuring cup I added some titanium dioxide and to the other two  I added purple ultramarine colourant. I was working with powders for my colours so I mixed them with a little water first, the extra water also helped keep the soap thin. One container got a little more purple than the other so I would have two shades. This is how I layered the soap: white, light purple, dark purple, white, dark purple, light purple and then white with sort of a mix of all the colours on top. Fragrance was added to all three containers after the soap was coloured.
 Below is a picture of the end of the soap loaf before cutting and at the bottom of the post is a picture of the hanger I used.
 
So the next two pictures are of what I did with the leftover soap, my loaf mold only holds 3 lbs. I used a 6 inch drawer organizer for the remaining 1lb of soap and poured it as if pouring over a column. You just keep pouring layers in to one spot and pushing the previous layer out. I should have taken a picture of the top before I cut it, sorry.


 And lastly, my hanger, hand bent by me and thickened up with a couple of chop sticks and some tape. Am I high tech or what? Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wrapping Soap: Coffee Filters + Flowers

Above is a soap I bought because I love the wrap on it. I love the coloured tissue, turns out its a little thicker than regular tissue paper, more like a coffee filter which is what I used to wrap a couple of my own soaps (pictured below). I left one filter white and stamped randomly on the other.
 
Usually if I wrap with a coffee filter I tape the top flat and cover it with a label. The picture below shows how I tied it with string instead, then you have to flatten the excess down as much as possible.
Below is the filter I stamped. I'm sure you could stamp on a Kraft filter, they would look nice plain too. Lastly I glued all of my layers of flowers etc together and then glued the layered flowers to the soap. Mine look different, I wasn't trying to copy exactly and wanted to use what I had on hand. This would work with bath bombs too and be pretty in a gift basket.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

White Chocolate Mousse + Green Citrus

I really need to get some soaps ready for fall and haven't used any recipes from my Soapmakers Companion for a while, I don't even think I've used the book this year. I pulled it out and made one of my favorite recipes from the book, named White Chocolate Mousse by the author, because of the quantity of Coco Butter used. Its really a nice soap and I usually leave it white. This time I used some chromium green oxide and yellow lake, both powdered colourants that were mixed with a little rubbing alcohol. For a green citrus scent a blend of Lime, Litsea Cubeba and a little bit of Lemon essential oils were used. The little decoration on top is some mini limes that I sliced and then dried in my oven.
 Recipe by Susan Millar Cavitch
187 grams sodium hydroxide
538 grams distilled water
312 grams olive oil
226 grams jojoba oil
454 grams coconut oil
226 grams cocoa butter
226 grams palm oil

This recipe also calls for an optional 12 grams of grapefruit seed extract. A lot of recipes from this time used to call for this, but I don't recommend adding it. I coloured most of the soap with some chromium green oxide, a small portion is coloured with yellow lake. I recommend adding a little rubbing alcohol or water to these colourants as they are both powders. For the green citrus scent I used 3 tsp of Litsea Cubeba, 3 tsp  of Lime and 1 tsp of Lemon essential oils. Dried lime slices may not be your thing, I think this soap would be really nice without them too.

I filled a 3lb loaf mold and 8 sand dollar molds.

Email with any questions. Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Scented Wax Sachets

I've been wanting to try making these for a while. I gave some that I had purchased (from Pure Living) as Christmas gifts and they were a big hit. I used Soy Wax flakes and a little bit of leftover red wax from a soy candle and some Rose Fragrance oil. I melted 85 grams of the wax, it melts easily in the microwave, with the bit of red wax, and then added 2 tsp of the fragrance. I only wanted to fill the mold up to the scallops so I put the extra wax in to a heart in the 5 Heart Mold.

Then I tried some of these scented wax wafers. These are a blend of soy was and paraffin wax so didn't melt so easily. In the microwave, which is what I used, you have to make sure the measuring cup doesn't get hot and explode, so I did 40 seconds and let the container cool and repeated (many times). A water bath would have been the better way to go. Anyway, one of these wafer bars filled one cavity in a 5 Heart Mold.


To make a hole for ribbon or string you need a drill, using a nail will split the wax. I made the smallest hole I could to accommodate what I was putting through. I think these turned out cute and they all smell really good. I'm going to hang a couple in my closet and put the other two on towel bars in the bathroom. Thanks for looking!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Shell Tray & Starfish Sand Toys

Yikes, its been a month since my last post and as you can see I am still using and loving the Milky Way Shell Tray soap mold. This soap is done is subtler colours using Goat Milk soap base with a bit of Honey soap base, 1.5lbs of the Goat Milk & 1/4lb of Honey done like this. I like to pair these soap with some starfish bath bombs made using some sand toys as molds, just scroll down to see a picture of the sand toys.
 Starfish shaped bath bombs.
 
These starfish came in a package of sand toys, there were 4 or 5 other shapes which I may or may not use one day. It doesn't matter because they were only $1 per package.

Here's a little group of both together. There's lots of tourists around right now so these go fast.
Thanks for looking!



Monday, May 26, 2014

Milky Way Shells Tray

Here's the other new Milky Way tray mold. This mold has only been in stock for a week or so and there are only a few left. As you can see, I've filled the shell portions with soap coloured with gold mica and then poured green into the rest of the tray. The shell pairs in the middle row required a fair bit of cleanup LOL! I like the way the green turned out kind of minty, I think I used 1lb of emerald green glycerin soap and 1/2lb of goat milk soap, melted together. This mold holds 1.5lbs of soap.


 The picture below is from the Milky Way site. This mold makes really pretty soaps without the layering, love this baby blue colour. Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hibiscus Tray and Five Heart Molds

Originally this post was just going to feature one of a few new molds, the Hibiscus Tray mold. This is a newly designed Milky Way Mold and since I have quite a few of their tray molds and since most of them hold 2lbs of soap, I assumed this one did too.
I melted 1lb each of white goat milk soap and (purple) coloured glycerin soap together, I did add a little extra purple colourant to the melted soap. This soap was scented with Lilac fragrance and then poured into the tray mold. If I had checked on the Milky Way site I would have seen that this tray holds 1.5lbs of soap so I had a fair bit left over. Luckily I had another new mold on hand, the 5 Heart Guest mold, and I had planned to make something with it, so I saved myself a step and filled it with the same soap.


These Hearts are really cute and would make great Wedding favours, they have kind of a Celtic vibe to them.
I don't know why the Hibiscus soaps are both such different colours, its all the same soap and the actual colour is about what these hearts look like. There's a couple of other new molds too, I'll play with them next week. Thanks for looking!