Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Ho Ho Ho!!!  It's hard to believe it's already Christmas!  As usual I just got started on my shopping and cards and gift wrapping a few days ago.  So I'm late again.  Next year I'm going to get all my shopping done on black Friday weekend.  Really, I am.  Well, I figure people will be happy to get a gift even if it's after Christmas, right? 

I haven't been doing much soaping lately, but here are some pictures of the latest soaps.

This is my Gingerbread Cupcake Soap.  It has a cute little gingerbread man on top. 

I had some soap batter left over after I made the cupcakes so I threw it into a mold along with some soap chunks and made a few Gingerbread soap bars.

This is my Christmas Tree Cupcake Soap.  It's scented with vanilla bean and a hint of mint and is topped with iridescent glitter and a star bead on top. 

All my soaps will be on sale so check my Artfire!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Candy :o)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Winter Soaps

Hi everyone!

I've been working on winter and Holiday soaps and most are done curing now.  They're waiting to be wrapped and labeled and sent off to the store.  I haven't taken pictures of all of them yet, but here's a few of them.

This one I'm calling Blizzard.  It has olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, macadamia nut oil, cocoa butter, and castor oil.  It didn't come out exactly the way I wanted.  It ended up having the crackled look which happens sometimes when titanium dioxide is used to whiten the soap.  It doesn't affect the quality of the soap, just adds an interesting crackled look which some people like, some people don't like.  I like it in certain types of designs such as swirls.  I still like how the soap turned out.  The crackles add a sort of chaotic look which made it fitting to call the soap Blizzard.  It's scented with peppermint. 

Here's another one which turned out really well.  It's called Sleigh Ride.

This one has cocoa butter and shea butter in it and is scented with a top note of orange, followed by a middle note of green apple, and winding down to peppermint and cloves.  This is not an overpowering scent and I really like the lingering scent of the peppermint and cloves.  I used oxides and micas for color, and threw in some embed chunks and topped it all with iridescent glitter.

This last soap is one that I also really like.  It's called Island Christmas and is not a traditional scent for the Christmas season.

This scent is a combination of guava, mango, papaya, and strawberry with a base note of freshly picked peppermint leaf.  It's a really juicy tropical scent with hint of mint and I just love this fragrance!  When  I designed the look of the soap, I wanted to create a shoreline on the bottom, waves and surf of the ocean, and then a tropical sunset sky of warm oranges, pinks, and yellows. 

Hope you like these soaps.  I will post more later.  Take care!

Candy :o)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chocolate Cupcake Soap

Here's another cupcake soap I recently made.  These have coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, castor oil, macadamia nut oil, cocoa butter and cocoa powder.  They are scented with a yummy dark chocolate truffle fragrance oil. 

I've made more cupcakes and christmas soap, so will post pictures of them soon.

Candy =0)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Trick or Treat Cupcake Soap

Hi everyone!

I haven't posted in a long time but I've been making lots of soap.  I just finished wrapping up some cupcake soaps I made a month ago.  They are my Halloween cupcake soaps, and are scented in cheesecake for the base and strawberry for the frosting.  They're topped with a light dusting of iridescent glitter and blue jojoba beads.  I think they're pretty cute. 

I had some soap batter left over so I poured it into a mold and made just a few bar soaps.

I'm working on my Christmas soaps right now.  I've started on Christmas rubber ducky cupcakes which are really cute.  I also will do more Christmas cupcakes and bar soaps.   I'm getting some new fragrances in soon and can't wait to try them.  I'll post pictures soon.

Take care!

Candy :0)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Lilac Honeysuckle

Hello everyone!

I made a pink and violet soap scented in lilac honeysuckle and topped with some iridescent glitter.  I used a hanger swirl to create the design and I like the way it came out. 

I ordered more supplies and should be getting them in later this week.  I was finally able to get more loofah so will be making more loofah soaps soon.  I also got some rubber duckies to embed in soap.  They're so cute!  Another thing I ordered is pink Himalayan salt so I can make some salt bars.  That should be fun!  I'll post all those on here as I get them done.

Have a great week!

Candy :o)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Loofah Soap

Hi everyone!

I recently made some Passionfruit Loofah soaps.  These are great for exfoliation in the shower on heels or other dry areas.  They smell so sweet and juicy and yummy!  I use a high quality melt and pour base which has no sodium lauryl sulfate or propylene glycol which can have negative effects on the skin and in the body.  I used micas for color and a natural loofah from Bramble Berry.  Loofahs are actually a vegetable similar to a zucchini which is left on the vine to grow to oversize, then picked and dried.  I've grown them before but always eaten them, never used them in soap.  Hope to grow them again soon.  I'll show some pictures and let you know how I made them so that you can have fun and make them yourself!

Here's my soap base all cut up and weighed.  I used 30oz. to  make 6 5oz. bars.

I use one loofah to make twelve soaps.  So I cut a loofah in half, and then into six pieces to make my six bars.  After cutting them, I soak them in a bowl of cold water to soften and expand.  This is also when you want to remove any seeds that you find.  After a minute or so, I drain the water and squeeze as much water as I can out of each loofah.  Then I squeeze them again in a paper towel to make sure they are dried.  You don't want to use wet loofah because the water can cause mold to grow in the soap.  Yuck! 

After drying the loofah, I put a piece in each cavity in my silicone mold.  Mine is square but you can use pretty much any shape you want, even flower shaped.  The loofah is soft enough at this point that it will form and fit into any mold you use. 

I melted my soap base and added my micas and fragrance oil.  Before pouring the soap into the mold, I spritzed rubbing alcohol into each cavity and onto the loofah just to make sure the soap adhered really well.  You don't want soap falling off of the loofah while you're using it.  I poured my soap into each cavity and filled it to the top.  This makes each soap about 5oz.  Again, I spritzed the top of the soaps with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any air bubbles.  I let the soap harden for 4-6 hours then unmolded and wrapped. 

Here's the soap the next day, wrapped and waiting for labels.  Fun to make!

Have a great day!

Candy =0)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Patriotic Soap

Hi everyone!

A few weeks ago I made a red, white, and blue soap for Fourth of July.  It's full of coconut, palm, olive, and castor oils, and cocoa butter.  I used pigments and micas for color, and sprinkled just a little iridescent glitter on top.  It's scent is pepperminty with some hints of cranberry and fig to sweeten it up.  It was fun to make and I really like the way it came out!  Here's a couple pictures.

The soaps will be curing for about another week, and then they should be about 5 oz. bars.

Have a great day! 

Candy =0)