Yarting is an annual event hosted by The Etsy Supply Street Team. Art + Yard Sale = Yart Sale! I have created a special section in my shop just for special yarty prices. This sale is not forever and will end June 16th so go crazy and buy great B&B items for less! Spend over $30 and you will receive free shipping.
I just joined twitter! LOL I didn't want to do it but it can be a powerful resource and it's not bad! It's kewl but like any other type of advertising it has to be maintained just like blogging. I'm still getting used to that but getting the hang of it! If you care to follow here is the link
I've never made a coconut lime soap before but I'm so glad I did! This soap smells fragrant but not overpowering. This mix is warm and tart and smells amazing! This bar weighs a great five ounces. Take this bar into the shower and feel the warmth of the beach, and let your troubles just flow away. This bar is now listed for sale so grab one up
Wow this soap smells absolutely amazing! Rich banana, vanilla, apple, sandalwood and rum. Smells rich and decadent so banana lovers this soap is for you! For those of you not familiar with vanilla in any product, it discolors it quickly as you can see from the picture. Skin softening Jojoba oil and oatmeal was added to this bar and kinda makes it look like chocolate nut brownie!
This soap is by far my favorite soap to make looks just like a oatmeal cookie bar loaded with goodies but only for your skin. Made with ground up oatmeal, honey, shea butter and jojoba oil. Feels absolutely amazing on your skin, leaves no build up just washes clean. This soap is great for those alllergic to scent but not good for those allergic to honey or shea butter. Shea butter is terrific for all skin types but bad for those with nut allergies.
My favorite bath and body item to make is rebatched cold processed bars. I get to enjoy part of the process without messing with lye. In case you would like to try your hand at it or just to see what I'm talking about please check out http://www.brambleberry.com/. There you will find so many bases to choose from and experiment. Rebatch bars are nothing like melt and pour soaps because it doesn't melt the same. In the beginning of my blog I showed you how to melt these bases using your oven.
Finally I have a bunch curing on my racks but the first one up is my Purity Goat Milk Soap bars with Shea Butter and Jojoba oil. That's it no colorant or fragrance just the good stuff!
As you can see rebatched (also known as Handmilled) soaps are nothing like cp bars because they have a more rustic look than smooth. Although they are rustic looking I like them best and have been told that rebatched soaps last longer. Samples will also be available for each bar listed.
So in new york city it's just been raining like mad! I feel like I'm in seattle again. So finally got some things in order. My web store has specific items with specific fragrances. Its very easy to get caught up in so many scents that are out there but that can leave a deep whole in your pocket. So in other news, I finally ordered some goat's milk cp bars for rebatch! Someone asked me what I wanted for mother's day and big surprise I asked for a salad shooter! It will make my life sooo much easier as the machine shreds up the soap and all I do is cook it up. Sounds easy but a lot of work and I feel more comfortable not having to mess around with lye. I do not have patience for cp soap but love the results when I purchase a bar! I'm not sure which types I will make first but I purchased 30lbs and only two wood molds LOL. I imagine I will make the unscented varieties first and then off to the scented ones! Well that's all for now as soon as I start making soap I will post some pictures here. I'm also going to try to do another tutorial on rebatching but with crock pot.
So I've been very busy with tax season but thank god it's almost over. I've been working hard but at last, three more days and it's done! I like my day job, but love making soaps more. Finally I have some bath bombs listed. I've made a few in some wonderful scents! To the left is Very Sexy for men! An amazing scent that will make any woman drool smelling this soap.
This one I used some pigments, mixed up some blue with red and made this wonderful Lavender scented soap! I love lavender and it's a favorite for everyone.
Black Raspberry Vanilla is my all time favorite! So fragrant and sweet and my best selling fragrance!
Mother's Day is coming up and we all know that we owe our mother's a lot. My mom helped me raise my kids, babysit, and she also helped me be a great mom. Show your mom some love with bath & body products! Gift sets are an even better gift because she gets to pamper herself and not spend a fortune! I will be offering gift sets in select scents like Lavender, Very Sexy for women, Honey Coco Mango, Black Raspberry Vanilla, and Rice Flower & Shea. I will list these very soon so be sure to pick one up for your special mom!
Melt and Pour is the quickest and easiest way to create some terrific soaps either for yourself or give as a gift. There are many types of bases to use, though I prefer glycerin and white. Those two are my favorites because they are versatile and you can add so many things to make it even better. The first step in making great melt and pour soaps is a good base. Some places to purchase a good base is Brambleberry, Wholesale Supplies Plus, Peaks Candle, and BitterCreek. I particularly like their bases because they do not contain Detergents, Surfactants, Sugar Solutions, or Alcohol.
The next step after selecting the bases you will be working with is your equipment. You don't need to many things but some are important.
Colorant: You won't need every single colorant just the basics, Blue, Red, Yellow, and Black. Why are only these colorants important? Because you can mix two to create more colors and even have lighter colors. Less of any color will give you a lighter shade. If you are using liquid colorants and add only one drop of lets say blue, then you will achieve a sky blue color. Colorants are more vivid in glycerin than opaque so adding more colorant to opaque will not make it darker. So if you mix one drop blue and one drop red, you will get purple. Mixing one drop red and one drop yellow you will get orange. Mixing one drop blue with one drop yellow, and you get green. See that! All from three different colorants! Now if you add black to anything it will darken any color.
Equipment: I like using a pyrex measuring cup for the microwave and a pitcher for the double boiler method. Pyrex dish is great because as your melting the base you can see just how much you've added without a scale. Double Boiler method is great for melting larger quantities without burning the soap. For larger quantities I measure with my scale and melt away. You will also need stirring spoon or something to mix the base with so everything becomes incorporated. Another important equipment is molds which you can purchase at the online suppliers listed above.
Fragrance: Make sure you select Bath & Body safe fragrances for soaps. Body safe means your skin will not itch immediately upon contact with your soap. Alternately, you can also add soap safe fragrances to lotions, bath bombs, or whatever else your heart desires. Please check with your fragrance manufacturer prior to doing this.
Additives: You can add lots of different things to your melt and pour soap like oatmeal, poppyseeds, micas, tea leaves and many more. I also like to add oils and butters to my bases but not too much. Only add about 1tbs or less per pound to any base, otherwise you will severely cut down on your lather.
Melt down your base using your preferred method, I used the microwave method. Add your desired additives or colorants and pour slowly into the mold. For a spring theme I'm using a floral mold from Life of the Party. I decided to make two different types of scented soap Lavender and Pikaki.
Now very important when your trying to adhere two different bases or layers, you need to keep a spritz bottle of alcohol near by. The alcohol takes away the bubbles created by over stirring and also adheres layers together. Don't worry the alcohol will evaporate from the soap so you won't smell a thing! To the right of the picture you can see I use cups for small pours and to mix different scents or colorants seperately. It's also cleaner that way. The first picture shows my purple glycerin coating the bottom of the mold which is a flower. Then I over poured the soap with some of the same colorant, poured in the fragrance, and poured into the mold. Now I do the same thing for the pink pikaki soap except I decided to add some mica powder to give it some shimmer. Now you need to work quickly otherwise the soap will solidify. Don't worry, if this happens then simply put the base back into the microwave and remelt again. Melt and Pour is very forgivable.
Here are your finished soaps! The purple one is Lavender scented, and the pink one is scented Pikaki. After your soaps are done you need to wrap them tightly in shrink wrap and your done.
Since I had some more base left over I make some more soapies!
Another one of my soaps has been featured in a blog! It's called FaveCraftsBlog.com and they are featuring everything Texas! It's titled Etsy Picks Don't Mess with Texas. What a terrific site filled with loads of information about clay, candles, soaps, and much more! The articles are very informative and a source of great inspiration. Here is the link:
I've been meaning to do so many things but all I found time for was making more soaps! I made one of my customers fav's NYC spa soap scented with Honey Coco Mango. I've made Pink Tea Grapefruit (pictured above), Twilight, Sugar Creme and a few more! Most are quite unique because they are hand blended which some may now I love coming up with my own unique scents. Some of course do not work out well.... but others have been amazing! I've just ordered some more of my long time best selling lotion. Hopefully I will be able to list some very soon. For those of you that don't know, my daytime job is working at a Mom and Pop Accounting Agency. I really love working there mostly because all my co-workers are clowns. But of course this time of year is busiest for me but I'm not complaining.
So i'm going to hold another contest except this time it will be for a full size bar of soap and lotion! Haven't thought of what just yet but, I'll think of something!
I've been slowly getting back into soapmaking again. Money has set me back a bit so I haven't been able to replenish my stock until now! So this weekend made some vegan NYC spa soap scented with Honey Coco Mango! It smells so devine and very soothing just like a spa should smell. It has a wonderful layer of oatmeal for gentle exfoliation. My new favorite soap is Rosehip Jasmine! I'm not a fan of girly scented soaps but this one changed my mind. I also made a real man's soap. My BF loved it so much he bought two bars from me. Hopefully I will be able to put them on etsy tonight. It's scented with flowerchild, vanilla lace, and patchouli. Sounds funky right? Well it smells like a musky, heady, and mysterious man!
I've put the jewelry business on the back burner for now. I want to have specific pieces that I'd like to sell mostly metaphysical stuff. I'm going to start purchasing gemstones, sterling silver wire, and hopefully make some charm bracelets! I'm currently learning necklaces but so difficult for me as they take quite a bit of time to bead. So I'm probably going to stick to chains with add ons.
On a side note, I took the kiddies (I have a boy and girl) for a walk on Sunday because the weather was amazing! They are so lazy these days so figured they need to be a bit more active. It was great! We went to starbucks and purchased some hot cocoa, I of course got a latte! We only spent a few hours outside but they enjoyed themselves!
I'm going to do another giveaway soon for a bar of soap. Not sure which bar so I may just let the winner choose a bar! Hope everyone's weekend was great!
This week you are going to really run yourself ragged! You really need to start delegating your time and learn to include yourself. You cannot possibly satisfy everyone else and not worry about you? If you do not learn to take the time to just relax, your body is going to shut down.
During these difficult times, we are forced to really scrimp and save every penny. Here is a low cost way to give yourself a ten minute spa evening! You may already have these ingredients in your pantry, already saving you money!
Fizzing Bath Salt Recipe 1 cup baking soda 1/2 cup citric acid 1/2 cup cornstarch 2 tbs. olive oil
Mix dry ingredients in zip loc bag and shake vigorously. Add olive oil, close up the bag, and shake like crazy. Make sure everything is mixed well. Add 2 spoons to a warm bath and voila!
Your inner wisdom will be your guide this week. I know everyone has this but because our daily lives get bombarded with work, kids, hobbies, we forget to stop and just listen. You will help someone this week with something really bothering them. Lots of doors will open up for you so be ready. Don't think that you cannot do something no matter how difficult it may seem. This applies to anything in life. I want you to start doing things outdoors. Really reconnect with nature and all its glory because it will help you find some clarity.
I have a real job by day, but at night I make soaps, candles, lotions and perfume. My favorite way of making soap is rebatching. It gives me the feel of soaping without messing with lye. I would like to learn cold processed soapmaking one day, but not until I can devote the proper time it takes to learn it.