Thursday, October 31, 2013

New Candle Melts

I have spent the last couple of weeks working on my candle melts for my Etsy shop.  I love to design little boxes for my candles and's the scrapper coming out of me!
Here's a few of my new candles.  You can see them all here.

Now to get back to some serious soaping!

Monday, October 14, 2013

I Luv Room Temperature Soaping!

Now that fall is here I can get out all my animal print clothes, scarfs, and accessories!  Since  in my teens animal prints have always been my favorite wardrobe  picks so why not in my soaping!

 This is my first attempt at the Tiger Stripe but not my last!
   I used Bergamot & Mandarin from Wholesale Supplies Plus. It was a dream to work with and smells amazing! 

My next soap is also a first attempt at the Leopard Spot.  I was not as happy with this time I will make the spots a little more defined.  But I was extremely happy with the scent....Black Raspberry Vanilla also from WSP.  Nice and strong also and very easy to work with.
Both of these soaps were done with the room temperature method.  After measuring out all my oils and getting everything ready I mixed my lye last then after it was clear I pored it into the hard oils and butters to melt them.  After the oils and butters were melted I added my liquid oils and brought the mixture to a light trace then added my coconut milk and fragrance. I then separated the batch for coloring.  NO CHECKING TEMPERATURES!   This was so easy and I don't think I will ever go back to the old way. 
There is a great tutorial on this method at Soap Making Essentials with wonderful instructions and photos.
Have a Wonderful Week Soaping!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Off the Curing Rack!

After 4 weeks of curing the verdict is in!
I soaped with Cucumber Melon and White Tea & Ginger,
both scents are from Wholesale Plus.
First is Cucumber Melon.  WSP describes this as an aroma of sweet and sour cucumber and a deep oily green note with hints of violet, with a background of sweet, freshly sliced honeydew melon.  I loved this scent when I first cut it but after 4 weeks the scent has faded.  Still a lovely delicate scent of cucumber and melon, just wish it had stayed alittle bit stronger.  I soaped this at 1 ounce per pound of soap.

The next is my favorite, White Tea & Ginger.
Described as top notes of white tea, yuzu, lemon, bergamot and ginger, followed by middle notes of Earl Grey Tea, rose, nutmeg, and geranium, sitting on base notes of woods, musk and berries.  I really don't quite understand all the top, middle, and bottom notes thing but I know what I like and this smells amazing!  Still nice and strong after 4 weeks.....I soaped at 1 ounce per pound of soap on this one also.

And this is the way they are packaged on my Etsy site.