Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Turkey Lurky Day has arrived!

The time has finally arrived to special days in one week! Thanksgiving and Black Friday! I will definitely do some shopping and discounting my items for this day. Shipping for Black Friday and the weekend will be .75 cents! It's so hard these days to take care of yourself with little luxuries mostly because of the economy. In these harsh times, we still need to care for our bodies even if it's a small bar of wonderfully fragrant soap, sample sized lotion, or even a large one! Simple joys can always turn a horrible day into a spa day fit for one.





I love to handblend fragrances and sometimes I come up with good ones and sometimes they just smell worse! In any case I was playing around with some fragrances and came up with a new one called Bewitching. This amazing fragrance with notes of Lavender, Patchouli and a few more! Hopefully I will be able next year to make some exclusive fragrances for moonstruckmagic, but for right now I'm going to take inventory and get a jumpstart on the new year arriving really fast. Another exciting development is I've started making jewelry again! Soap is still my passion but jewelry making is right behind it. So I have this habit of trying to learn to do everything! No matter if its soapmaking or cooking. I have a passion of creating things and enjoy it tremendously. So last year I was trying to learn how to make rings and it was terrible! My wrapping was horrible and earrings looked well horrible too. So I gave it up for a little while. Recently I've started again and its been so much fun because i've been a bit more creative than normal. My mother is really the super creative and interesting type. Even when I create something its usually a bit boring! So last night I made seven rings all wire wrapped and my mother thought they were beautiful! I will post some pictures later on today. I was super proud of myself and will continue to purchase more supplies to continue the obsession! After all that is what it's like to have that love and passion for something that no one else can understand unless they create as well. So tonight instead of taking pictures I made more rings and although the technique is not like how they show on the video, I was able to make it my own style. I'm going to purchase some more wire to make more rings it's so much fun.

So Moonstruckmagic is going to have a great deal! .75 Cent shipping on all items in the shop! Happy shopping all!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

This month is getting better and better!

So earlier this week I was contacted by one of the most famous and terrific owner of Brambleberry! If you don't know what Brambleberry is I will tell you. It is a soaper's paradise. You can find everything from soap bases, colorants, lotion making tools and much more! So she wrote a small snippet about my rebatch tutorial. If you want to see it click this http://www.soap-queen.blogspot.com/. As an added bonus here is one of my recipes. Happy Soaping!

REBATCHING INSTRUCTIONS
2lbs Goat's milk soap shreds (because they melt quicker)
5tbs of distilled water
4tbs oatmeal half ground half whole
2tbs of honey
1tbs of sweet almond oil
1tsp of beeswax (optional not necessary)
pre lined wood mold or desired mold. If using plastic molds make sure to pretreat with light coating of pam spray plain.

I have three methods my favorite is oven and the other is crock pot and microwave.

I preheat my oven @200 degrees because it doesn't go any lower
When I have time I add the water to shreds and allow to soak for one day. No time for soaking no problem just add right before the cook. I use a Pyrex dish and cover with aluminum foil. Every half an hour I check the soap and stir gently. Over stirring after you add water will create bubbles. I usually allow this to cook for one hour sometimes hour and half because in the oven method, it becomes very mushy like when you add too much liquid to mash pot. Fifteen minutes before its ready to come out, I heat up my beeswax with sweet almond oil and pre-prepare my ground oatmeal. When the beeswax is melted and the soap is almost ready I add the honey to the beeswax/sweet almond oil and allow to heat slightly. Preheating your oils allows you to further stir the soap without it becoming hard too quick and therefore allowing you to add color is desired. But, I added no color in this recipe. Now, add the ground oatmeal to the oil/beeswax/honey mixture and stir well. Take out the soap and add your mixture and stir well to incorporate everything. Add your whole oatmeal inside and stir again. Alternately, you can add the whole oatmeal on top for decoration LOL. Pour into your mold I use a wood mold with a pre-prepared lining of freezer paper. Gently bang the sides of your mold to make sure to get rid of air pockets because you don't want holes in your soap LOL. I have a top so I put a sheet of wax paper for cooking on top then I place the wood piece on top and press down hard. Wait 24 hours for your soap to harden and dry enough to be removed from your mold and place on your baking rack to dry for three weeks.

Microwave method:
I microwave for 1min at a time on high and I measure out everything before I start cause once the soap is ready it won't wait no matter how much hot oil you add in my own experience of course.

Crock pot method:
Same preparation as above except, put soap in crock pot and allow to simmer on low for two hours or until translucent. Allow any additives or oils to melt for five to ten minutes. When this is done, pour into mold.

Also this recipe is for soap no more than month old. Older soap I add 1/4 cup of distilled water.

© copyright Kathy Lorenzo 2007

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

So I had the greatest experience a few days ago. A fellow etsian (poetsummer) ordered a foot balm from me at my etsy shop. About a week later she wrote to me that no only did she love the balm, but she really liked my NYC Spa Soap. She then went on to say that she continually sniffed the soap all day long and then ordered one! Wow was all I could say because I was thrilled that someone liked something I created! She also wrote this amazing blog about me http://summerpoet.blogspot.com/. I was atonished at how well this woman was able to speak so highly about the product! This is something that any handmade maker loves, and thats to hear that someone else outside family likes an item. Please check out her beautiful website and show her some love! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5184324

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Rebatch Tutorial

Here are my soaps cut up because I was too tired and hot to grate it. So I cut them up and add only 4tbs of distilled water. This soap was pretty fresh when I ordered it so it only needs a little bit. I order my soaps from www.annelees.com. She sells the best cold processed soap because her soap is water discounted meaning allowing you to add a small percentage of water. When its time for this soap to cure it will take only two weeks and will be hard and will not shrink.

Here is my soap wrapped up and ready to get into the oven at about 200 degrees. This will cook all together for two hours. Yes I know that's too long well alternately if you don't want to wait, you can put this batch in a microwavable dish with a lid and heat it for 30 second bursts.






Every 1/2 an hour I check on it stirring but not too much so that it doesn't bubble up on me.


Here it is an hour later and getting pretty mushy and stringy. Like mashed potatoes but doesn't taste as good!



After the hour is up I begin preparing my molds, oils, butters and fragrances because once this is done it won't wait for me to be ready!
At the last 15-20 minutes I pour my Sweet Almond Oil and start chopping up my cocoa and mango butter. I love those butters so I use it as often as possible.




After I do this I put the pyrex dish back into the oven and allow the butters to melt and the oils to mix and make this batch softer. Normally rebatches are not pretty nor soft. Doing it this way allows the batch to be somewhat pourable and you will not have to plop this batch into the mold. While I'm waiting for that (15mins) I prepare my molds by lining it with freezer paper. I've also prepared a small mold made from cheap materials I purchased at home depot. I bought wood glue and there you go! It's not pretty but its the size I want for my sample soaps which are very popular!


Here is my batch all ready to be poured into the molds. Yes I said poured because the oils make the batch more fluid but nothing like cold processed soap.





I'm not even using a spoon to plop it into the mold because it just slids right off the pyrex and into the mold.




I put plastic wrap over the batch so I can squish it down and leave no air pockets like you see with many rebatches and sometimes even mine! If I don't do it properly I will get some air pockets. Some say rebatching is better for those with sensitive skin and I think its true. My children and I have very sensitive skin so I cannot use just any type of soap. Especially commercial soap!


Here is the finished bar. Now please remember if you add any fragrances with vanilla it will turn the rebatches darker. So although it looks white now, in a few weeks even a month it will darken.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! If you have any questions please email me at
© copyright Kathy Lorenzo 2007











































































































Saturday, November 8, 2008

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