Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May Party Giveaways

I apologized for not writing as much as I had been doing.  The month of May came and all of a sudden - Life happens.  Everybody hibernating in the winter months are now very awake and out partying.  The following projects kept me busy for the month of May. 
Thank you very much for all the orders.  Greatly appreciated and I hope you guys love them.

These musical  soaps were giveaways from a music therapist to her students.

Pink cupcakes with butterflies were a little girls birthday giveaways for her classmates.

 These full size cupcakes in yellow and black are graduation party giveaways.  They travelled all the way to Missouri.
Butterflies for a 90 year old birthday party giveaways.

Graduation open house giveaways.

A nephew and a friend graduated college this year. 

These are mini cupcakes.

.Hope everybody who received these giveaways enjoy the soaps.  Again, thank you very much. 

Congratulations to all the graduates!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Yellow/Black Graduation Favor Soaps

This batch was ordered by a friend for her daughter's graduation party favor.  These are full sized cupcakes.
Melt and pour diplomas made a few days ahead.
Ingredients used were  Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Castor Oil and Mango Butter.  Colors used were titanium dioxide for white, activated charcoal for black and yellow micas.
Cupcakes done.
Attached the diplomas.
I made four batches to complete the number of cupcakes ordered.

These were the colors I was aiming for the whole project.

But like all handmade soaps, even if you used the same recipe and tried to fill the piping bag the same way,  they just don't come out of the bag the same way.  Here you see some of the cupcakes having more black, others have more yellow and some turned gray and light yellow.
Congratulations to my college friend,  a colleague on our very first job after we got our licenses.  She now have a graduate and I hope she and her friends will like these soaps.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Woodland Elves

A craft group friend hosted an event for me to do a demonstration of my soap making.  She also hosted the event at her house and a group of my crafty friends were there to watch how I make my soaps.  Thank you very much "S" for hosting and to all my crafty friends who were there.
This was a small batch using Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Rice Bran oil, Palm Oil, Castor Oil and Mango Butter.  I melted the oils and butter the night before and water bath the container for a few minutes before leaving my house on the day.  The sodium hydroxide and water mixture were mixed the night before as well.
Fragrance Oil used was "Woodland Elves"  I received from Bramble Berry as a sample described as  the perfect combination of Christmas trees and Christmas spices including Siberian Fir, White Pine, Clove Buds and Mistletoe Berries. The pine and spice is tamed down by Pink Grapefruit, Frosted Lily and ripe Pineapple.  It was my first time to use this fragrance oil and it stayed fluid.  In fact, I think this fragrance would be perfect for those design technique I was attempting but was not able to achieved because of the batter thickening too fast on me. 
Ready to be cut.
As usual, every bar is unique and different. 
Thank you very much to all.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Energizing Tilted Zebra


Second attempt for the tilted zebra swirl.  Scented with "Aromatherapy Energizing" fragrance oil described as a spearmint, peppermint, wintergreen, aroma with a faint base note of citrus.
Skin loving oils used were Olive oil, Coconut oil, Palm oil, Rice Bran oil, Castor oil, Shea Butter and Mango Butter.
Wet soap.
The soap batter thickened quicker than I had anticipated.  Some of the bars ended up not having the zebra stripes.
The yellow side is a little uneven as well.  I tried to pound the mold down hard as you will see in the video below.  But evidently, the batter was too thick to even out.
Fortunately, I did get some stripes.
Some not striped.  Third attempt in the near future....
Happy Soaping!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kentish Rain

This batch is scented with "Kentish Rain".   Bramble Berry described this fragrance oil as rainy, salty mist green notes made up of basil, green leaf and ozone notes with added notes of muguet lily, rose and jasmine bring out the touch of violet in the blend for sweetness. Our perfumer added bottom notes of Sandalwood and tonka to round out the earthy, coast like feel.
Oils used were Olive oil, Coconut oil, Palm oil, Rice Bran oil, Castor oil, Shea Butter and Mango Butter.
Poured the batter into just two colors, titanium dioxide for white and blue.
Did an "in the pot" swirl but the batter started thickening.   Some of the batter did not penetrate down the deeper layer.
I can't help myself and gave in to the temptation - had to make a design to this layer even though I know I will just be covering it up.
The above swirls were hidden by a layer of white batter.
Topped with  thickened blue batter.
Tried to swirl some designs using a chopstick.
These days, I waited for at least three or more days before unmolding.  I like how the soap is more settled and less tacky.
I love how most of the bars showed a "rain drop".  I still have a few more ounces of the fragrance oil and I am afraid I will not get the same effect next time.
Love this fragrance and how the swirls can be interpreted the way I envisioned - clouds and rain.
Hope you like what you see.  Thank you very much.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Amazing Grace

Scented with "Amazing Grace" type fragrance oil.  Described as a feminine fragrance oil by Natures Garden that will make you feel pretty...oh so pretty!  Italian bergamot and sparkling lemon are sweetened with freshly picked citron and neroli.  A white floral jasmine, orange blossom and rose are blended with sheer musk and cedarwood. 
Colors used were liquid pink, titanium dioxide for white and activated charcoal for black.  Usual recipe of  Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Shea Butter and Mango Butter.
The design plan was tilted zebra.  So I slanted the mold using a sandwich container and cut out  a cardboard box for the zebra stripes.
Poured the pink soap batter but as you see in the above picture, the batter thickened and I ended up spooning it into the mold.
Since I was so focused on making the tilted zebra design, I was not able to think of any other alternative design even when the batter got thicker and thicker with every spoonfuls of the batter that I plopped into the mold.  The black and white were supposed to be stripes but it was not meant to be.
Topped the rest of the soap batter on top of each other.
Stripes no more, just globs.  Almost giving a camouflage look instead.
Even with a lot of pounding to avoid bubbles, the batter was so thick by the time I finished spooning that some bubbles were inevitable.
These tiny holes are the bubble spaces.
This was not the plan for the batch but I think it turned out fine.
Thank you for stopping by.