Thursday, July 2, 2015

A New Soap Mold

I received in June a new silicone soap mold with a beautiful rose design.
This mold is about the same size as a 24 inch drawer organizer and holds just slightly less , so when I melted 2lbs of soap to make what's pictured here I had a little left over. This soap is fragranced with English Rose fragrance.

Here's another one I made in a solid colour and I had the good sense to weigh it before it was cut. The soap is 1 pound 9 ounces (25 ounces total) so I think for melt & pour 1.5 lbs would fill it almost to the top. For the second soap I was going for a peachy colour and I scented it with Rose Geranium essential oil and Fuzzy Peach fragrance oil.
Here's the mold,  the sides are nice and thick but I had to shore them up by placing books on either side of the mold. The mold sagged out ever so slightly after I poured the soap in and I was kind of disappointed. I contacted the maker of the mold and was told they had shipped a thin piece of plastic that fit inside the top of the mold after it was filled. This "lid" keeps the mold nice and square. I don't remember seeing it and if it was really thin I may have pitched it in to the recycling with the bubble wrap:( I'm going to see if I can get another one, or maybe make one.
I have another mold to try out that comes with dividers and is only suitable for cold process soap. I'll get on that soon I hope! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Loofa Soap from Steven & Chris

How cute are these loofa soaps that were featured in a DIY segment on an episode of Steven & Chris. They have a couple of other crafting ideas for loofa, you can see all of them including the soap here.
They did a loofa soap years ago when they were the Designer Guys too. I used to love that show.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Coffee Soap

 I'm trying to do a few more masculine soaps for Father's Day. This soap has a small amount of cold coffee used in the sodium hydroxide solution but most of the colour comes from the Coffee Essential Oil I used for fragrance. The soap was pretty beige before I added the Coffee Oil and then it turned a brown which was OK, I ended up adding some Titanium Dioxide to lighten it. I then split the soap in to three sections and coloured one a darker brown with a little coco powder, I threw in some coffee grounds too with the coco powder. I added Honey Beige mica to the other container of soap ( and got Orange??) Below is about  10 minutes after it was in the mold and above  after unmolding and cutting, you can see the orange has toned down a lot LOL.

 Side view in the mold was pretty scary. Once cut it wasn't so bad, and it smells really good. So the darkest brown has some coco powder and ground coffee, the lighter brown is coloured from the coffee oil and lightened with some titanium dioxide and the "orange"  is coloured with Honey Beige Mica. I've used that mica before and its usually a tan colour. We'll see if it changes after the soap is cured and cleaned up.

Friday, May 22, 2015

This Time I Remembered the Olive Oil

It took a few weeks  but I finally got to remake the Green Tea & Star Anise soap that I botched last month. I forgot the olive oil in my last batch and had to throw it all out :( I didn't hanger swirl this soap, all my soaps have been kind of busy lately) so the only swirling I did was a little on the top. Below are the bars freshly cut, I'll clean them up once they harden a little more. Here's a link to the other batch, it's (it was) a little more swirly. Thank for looking!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Magnesium Lotion from Devotional Family

 I have been wanting to make magnesium lotion for a few months now. I have heard of all the  benefits of magnesium for sleep, stress, pain and all sorts of other things and apparently lotion is more effective than supplements. This recipe from Devotional Family looked good because I had all of the ingredients except for the magnesium flakes. After searching our town for them (with no luck) , I used the Amazon link they had on their site and ordered the  flakes from the US. Pictured above are the flakes, they look like soy wax flakes but they are harder, like a salt. I had to made  a magnesium solution boiling 1/2 cup of water and them stirring in one cup of the flakes.
The next step was to melt the Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Beeswax and then slowly pour in the magnesium solution while stick blending. I also added the optional borax and some Geranium essential oil, my Shea Butter is  organic and has an odor so I used a nice strong essential oil. I mixed it all on the pot that the oils were melted in. As you can see I set the pot in a bowl of ice water to help it cool faster.

I was able to pretty much pour the lotion into these three jars, there a two 4 oz cosmetic jars and 1/2 pint mason jar. I didn't put them in the fridge and they've firmed up nicely. I've made lots of butters and massage bars but this was my first time making an actual lotion. I'll see how beneficial it is, I've got a couple of people I'm giving some too, and then I can always make more. The magnesium flakes were about $27.00 Canadian and I think there is enough for 5 or 6 batches and they have an endorsement on the back from Dr. Norm Shealy, he's a big proponent of using magnesium in lotion form. This took maybe 1/2 hour from start to finish, once I had assembled the ingredients, that's my kind of project. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Star Anise and Green Tea Soap Fail

 I've had this soap in my  head for three weeks and yesterday was the day to make it. I had pre weighed all my ingredients so this was supposed to be a fairly easy batch of soap to make.  I had planned a swirl in the pot but the phone rang just as I had finished doing the fragrance and colouring so I was pouring it in to the mold in layers as I was talking. After I hung up I did a bit of a swirl and finished the top.
Overall I was really happy, the Green Tea fragrance did not accelerate trace and smelled really great with the Star Anise. I used chromium green oxide for the green, titanium dioxide with poppy seeds for the white and activated charcoal for the touch of black.

Later that day........ I realized I had left the olive oil out. Oh no! I unmolded it last night and made a cut so I could see the swirl. So here it is, at least I have pictures because the soap is going in the garbage:( I'll try again for sure. Has this ever happened to you?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Toilet Fresheners from Pinterest

A few months ago customers started coming in to the store looking for Peppermint Oil and Citric Acid to make Toilet Fresheners. Apparently they were the latest thing on Pinterest and I have to say I was curious when I heard about them. They sounded like bath bombs for your toilet ( a little cray cray for sure) but I looked at a few recipes and bookmarked one. I  made the ones shown here last Sunday using this recipe  from a blog called Maria's Self.  I followed the recipe exactly and am really happy with how they turned out. The essential oils of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint smell really great together and the fragrance is nice and strong.
I used silicone molds and got 29 little ice cube sized Fresheners. The flowers in the mold pictured above all fit perfectly into a 500ml Ball Mason Jar, be sure to put the lid on, you want to hold the scent in until use. I gifted those to my Mother In Law, she gets a kick out of things like this.
These little fishy ones are super cute but my mold only makes 11 at a time so I'm going to make another batch to get enough to fill a jar.

And these are the flowers out of the mold. They are said to deodorize and kill bacteria in the toilet bowl. I'm definitely all about the natural cleaners and I have used mine by cleaning first and then adding a Freshener to finish. Let me know if you try them!