There is nothing more amazing or spectacular than using a bar of homemade soap. So how do we make the experience of using handmade soap all that much more fun? We put it in sheep’s clothing of course! Today I will be sharing with you how to make felted soaps.
To begin we will need some bars of soap, wool roving and a bucket of hot water. This is a great place to use bars that may be a test batch or are even cosmetically challenged. If you need a place to find roving, check at your local yarn store.
Take about 2 feet of roving and fan it out so it appears lacy. Wrap your soap firmly until
you can no longer see the bar. Dunk the bar into your bucket of hot water and agitate the roving. Use small motions so the roving stays in place. Continue to agitate until the roving is a firm dense mass around the soap. The roving should not be able to move freely. If you are having a hard time, replace your water for something hotter and just keep agitating. Also the cooler your water, the longer it will take to felt. Keep it as hot as you can stand and it will work beautifully.
Once your roving has felted around your soap, pat them dry with a paper towel then set them out to dry. I really like to put them on a cookie rack or a wire shelf where they can dry out more completely. Repeat with your remaining soaps.
This project is a lot of fun because there is so much you can do. You can use colored
roving, you can hide cosmetically challenged bars and simplify using soap because it has a built in foam builder that shrinks with your bar! This is even a great project for those who will be traveling but don’t want to carry around a wash cloth with them!
What other great reasons can you think of for using and making felted soaps? I want to hear!
Here at last, here at last, thank heavens it is here at last! What am I talking about? Why, the famous Java Juice Lip Balm recipe! I have been begging the R&D team for the ability to share this fabulous recipe and they have finally given permission. Wahoo! Come join me for a great recipe. I am very partial to this recipe. It is creamy but very firm, great tasting and it is vegan! I think this lip balm is popular with both men and women because it has a smooth after-feel but is not glossy. It is also very durable. Once applied, it isn’t moving.
It passes the pocket test with flying colors and I can’t wait to give it away! (Our graphic department even came up with a really cute label for it!) If you want one of our famous Java Juice Lip Balms, request one in your next order!
Recipe in Ounces
0.42 oz Soy Wax
0.53 oz Candelilla Wax
0.99 oz Coffee Butter
0.35 oz White Cocoa Butter
0.18 oz Castor Oil
0.35 oz Cranberry Seed Oil
0.53 oz Shea Oil
0.18 oz Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
Weigh everything into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. If you have a few stubborn pieces of wax, remove the container from the microwave and stir until melted. Pour the lip balm into your containers. If you are using tubes, you can either pipette the lip balm into the tubes, or you can use one of our fabulous filling trays! Allow the lip balm to cool. Cap and enjoy!
The lip balm recipe really showcases the Coffee Butter, but there are a few other ingredients I want to talk about.
The first one is Soy Wax. Soy Wax has a melting temperature similar to beeswax but is far more brittle. This is nice when formulating firmer products when you don’t want to raise the melting temperature.
Next is Castor Oil. In my opinion, Castor Oil is a must in any lip balm formulation. Castor Oil provides that smooth, satin glide that we all like. Check out the label of your favorite lip balm. You just may find castor on the label.
I also used Cranberry Seed Oil. Cranberry Seed Oil is one of the special luxury oils that
seems to be overlooked. I mean, we are all familiar with cranberries. It just doesn’t seem as exotic as Kukui Oil or Shea Butter. Overlook no longer! Cranberry Seed Oil is high in essential fatty acids that are great for the skin.
The last ingredient I wanted to touch on was Conditioning Emulsifying Wax. This
may seem like a really strange ingredient in a lip balm. Here is why this recipe uses Conditioning Emulsifying Wax. Conditioning Emulsifying Wax adds emolliency. It adds a nice, velvety feel to the finished lip balm.
I will be sending over 100 of these lip balms to the shipping department. Request one in your next order! You don’t want to miss out!
I love nothing more than a good life hack. What is a life hack you ask? A life hack refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency in life. Life hacks include everything from using space more efficiently to saving money or even simplified cleaning. So you can imagine my delight when one of our customers emailed us with photos of a “life hack” for a lip balm tube filling trays!
The lip balm tube filling trays are fabulous pieces of equipment, but one difficulty is that they are designed to fill 50 tubes at a time. What if you want to fill 20 or 35? Are you forced back into the dreaded filling of each tube by hand? Thanks to Caleb and his ingenuity, not anymore!
Allow me to explain how to fill only a few tubes with the filling tray. Place the number
of tubes you are going to fill into the tray. Today, I put 20 tubes into my filling tray. On the top side, place 5 tubes going across the tray. These will act as a dam. Pour your heated lip balm solution into the tubes. Allow the material to cool. Remove the lip balm tubes from the top side and wipe off any material that may have collected on the outside of the tube. Scrape the top of the filling tray and remove the filled tubes. Cap the tubes and label!
This is a great way to simplify things and make a custom batch quickly. Wasn’t that great? We filled our tubes quickly and saved ourselves from the tedious job of filling each tube, one by one, by hand. Whew!
Tomorrow, I will share the recipe I used. It is our famous Java Juice Lip Balm recipe. You don’t want to miss out!
We are halfway through the month of October and time for one of the best deals ever is running out! “What is this deal? ” you ask. For the month of October, when you buy a 100 pkg of mini lip balm tubes, you get a free filling tray!
These filling trays HAVE to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. The filling trays make it so easy to fill several hundred tubes. Yesterday, we made 1,000 tubes for our shipping department in only three hours. (This includes making the lip balm, filling the tubes and labeling!) Wow! What a time saver.
Are you loving the idea of the tray but want to see a mini tube for yourself? We have 1,000 tubes containing our Soy Lip Solutions heading to the shipping department as you read. 500 tubes are with our Peach Flavor Oil and the other 500 are with our Root Beer Flavor Oil. These fantastic flavors are so much fun, you will have a hard time deciding which is your favorite!
Here is another plus for the mini tubes. Did you know one jar of Lip Solutions will make 112 mini lip balm tubes? Talk about easy! Create your own kit with a jar of Lip Solutions, 100 of the mini tubes and a flavor of your choice, we will include the tray this month. Hurry before this fabulous offer ends!
I haven’t even sent samples of this soap down to the shipping department and I can already hear the cries of intrigue, revulsion and curiosity about today’s project. Eggs? In soap? Why would ANYONE be so crazy as to want to add an egg to the soap?!
Well, adding eggs to soap may or may not be crazy but allow me to explain the reasoning behind this. Eggs are a combination of water, fat and protein. This means egg soaps are a bit like a lanolin soap. Very luxurious and gentle feeling. One thing I hear frequently about lanolin soaps it that people feel like there is no need to add lotion to their skin afterward! I heard this about egg soaps too! Don’t believe me? Request a sample of this soap in your next order!
Recipe in Grams
170 grams Coconut Oil
142 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
142 grams Olive Oil
1 large Chicken Egg
178 mL Water
65.5 grams Lye
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Coconut Oil
5 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5 oz Olive Oil
1 large Chicken Egg
6 oz Water
2.31 oz Lye
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Coconut Oil
31.25% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
31.25% Olive Oil
Q.S. Chicken Egg(s)
Weigh all of your oils save for 1 oz of Olive Oil to be held in reserve. Heat those oil gently until liquid. Mix your lye and water together creating your lye solution. Allow both mixtures to cool. It is imperative that you soap at a lower temperature when using eggs. They are a temperature sensitive ingredient. (We don’t want partially cooked egg strands in our soap!) In the mean time, mix the egg with the 1 oz of reserved Olive Oil. Mix well until they are cohesive.
Once your lye solution and oils are to about 110º to 120ºF in temperature, mix the two together. When a light trace has been achieved, add your egg mixture. Mix well. Pour your soap into a mold and allow to sit for at least 24 hours. Cut your soap into bars and allow to cure. (Not sure if your soap is fully cured? Get these cool cure cards in your next order for free!)
Notes: I cut my egg soap two days after making. Let’s just say that as excited as I was about this soap, I got a little distracted by my job. Hmn… I wonder how that happened? Once I finally cut my soap, I was surprised at the soft green of the center of my soap. There also was faint odor. It smelled… well… slightly eggy. 15 minutes after cutting the soap, I went back to smell it so as to better describe it to you. I was surprised at how much the odor had dissipated. So if you are worried about that smell sticking around, it won’t. I will be sending 20 samples to the shipping department so if you want one, tell us in the comments field on your next order! I am reserving the two bars shown in the photos so we can talk about color changes when the soap is fully cured.
It never ceases to amaze me how I have the world of cosmetics and body care products at my finger tips. That can be both good and bad. I never have to put up with a lotion, lip balm or even fragrance that I do not like. However, it also means I am better off making small batches because I am addicted to the flavor, color, scent or product of the week.
This project is perfect for those like me who need plenty of options to keep things interesting and exciting. Today we will be making a nude lip tint. Now what do I mean by nude? I mean a lip tint that tones down the natural color of the lips making the appear more “nude”. This particular tint will work well for those who have red or even purple coloration to their lip. I do not know if this will work for those who have very dark lips. For you, it may turn white. Who knows?! We will have to try. (Anyone willing to test for us?)
I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions. If you want a more glossy product, I highly recommend using my personal favorite, the Mango Lip Solutions. We will only be using a small portion of the Soy Lip Solutions jar. This allows for plenty of color experimentation and fun!
Recipe in Ounces
1.5 oz Soy Lip Solutions
q.s. Blue Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Coral Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Yellow Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. White Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Black Lip balm Color, Oil Soluble
Q.S. means quantity sufficient. The amount of color varies from person to person until you find the amount you like. Some of the colors in this need so little that it can be difficult to weigh the amount needed! So we use Q.S. to say use as much as you need to achieve the right color, flavor, etc.
Weigh 1.5 oz of Soy Lip Solutions into a small microwave safe. Heat the material gently until it has melted. At this time, I added approximately the same amount of two large peas of White Lip Balm Color and one medium pinhead of Coral Lip Balm Color. Stir the material well. Place one drop of the mixture of the lip tint onto a cool plate. This is what we call the plate test. This helps you to make sure you have the desired color.
After my first round of the plate test, I added half a large pinheads worth of Yellow Lip Balm Color and tested the color again. Then I added about the tip of a pin of Blue Lip Balm Color and the tip of a pin of Black. Play around with adding various amounts of color until you are satisfied with the finished color. My finished color works for me, but your personal preferences may change the amounts used.
Once I was satisfied with the color, I filled my lip balm tubes. Don’t forget! You can add some silver mica for shimmer should you so desire. Allow the lip balm to cool and enjoy!
If you enjoyed today’s blog, request one of these fabulous lip balm. Only 10 are going to shipping so note on your next order that you want one of the lip tints. Hurry! These will go fast.
I did not flavor this batch of lip tint, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t. Add your favorite flavor and take pleasure from your own unique lip tint that is personalized to suit you and your fabulous tastes!
Additionally to give you an idea as to how much White Lip Balm Color but how little Black and Blue Lip Balm Colors that I used, I weighed my White color. I uses 1.1 grams of White Lip Balm Color. Wow!
I need some help from our readers! A recent event gave me a different perspective on how lip balm can be marketed. Let me give you a quick run down.
Patient is checked into the hospital. A nasal cannula in inserted into the nostrils to provide a flow of oxygen. The patient has dry lips. My purse has Vaseline. (No hand-crafted lip balm! GASP!) So the Vaseline is used to help the dry lips of the patient. The nursing staff goes crazy! It is explained to us that Vaseline is a petroleum product and it is combustible so it should not be used with the oxygen providing cannula. I asked “Combustible or Flammable?” The answer was “BOTH!” The nursing staff offered a cherry flavored Chapstick brand product instead. My brain is now on “HUH?!” mode.
So, we can understand the need for caution when oxygen is being provided but lip products don’t cause sparks, and a product is either rated flammable or combustible but it isn’t both, and Chapstick is made with petroleum products.
For those of you in the nursing or medical policy field, would you educate us? Not only do I think that being aware as a medical patient/customer is a good thing, but I also think this can give lip balm makers a chance to market their wares to a new market.
Some helpful hints for those that want to market to hospitals, doctors, pharmacies, and dentists:
1) make sure your claims can be substantiated!
2) less flavor to no flavor added is a good thing!
3) label clearly. No one has time to hunt down your ingredients or the safety of the product when the hospital stay is in the emergency room. Make your data CLEAR and easily found.
Go ahead readers! Research and teach us something!
After a recent foot surgery, I have discovered what anyone who has ever been in a cast knows to be true. After just a few weeks, the skin itches like crazy while it sheds and peels. It is maddening to have that itching sensation that just won’t go away. I now feel intensely guilty for teasing my sister so much when I was a little girl when she broke her arm. Boy, if I had only known.
Today I wanted to make a foot scrub that would be gentle and soft on my tender skin while alleviating some of that itching. Come join me for a scrub that great for tender or even ticklish skin!
Collect Needed Materials:
Grape Seed Oil
Lavandin Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
1.94 oz Sugar
0.28 oz Red Clay
0.49 oz Grape Seed Oil
0.42 oz Sunflower Oil
0.20 oz Salt, Fine
0.07 oz Comfrey Extract
0.07 oz Horsetail Extract
0.04 oz Liquipar
0.01 oz Lavandin Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
8% Red Clay
14% Grape Seed Oil
12% Sunflower Oil
5.75% Salt, Fine
2% Comfrey Extract
2% Horsetail Extract
0.25% Lavandin Essential Oil
Weigh all of the dry ingredients into a mixing container. Gently whisk everything so it is well mixed but the clay does not become airborne. Add the liquid ingredients. Stir well. Package into container and enjoy!
Notes: I used regular sugar but if you want something with a finer texture, I would recommend either grinding up the sugar you have or finding a fine bakers sugar. I also recommend packaging the finished scrub in plastic, instead of glass. Wet hands on glass make for a slippery and dangerous combination in the bathroom. Remember, safety first!
Yesterday we talked about adding fragrance oils to your wax burner. But what about essential oils? We do not recommend using essential oils in wax light burners. Using essential oils in this application is actually quite dangerous. Allow me to explain why.
Essential oils are very volatile and because they are also very potent we feel that burning in a light burner or candle is not advised. It is too easy to fill the room with irritating vapors that burn eyes, nose and throat. We would far rather you make a room freshener that is over salt, in clay or some other carrier where you can place a few drops of your favorite essential oils.
Room fresheners are a safer use of these potent oils. If you would like some inspiration for making beautiful salt potpourris or even ones where rose petals and salt have been mixed, click on the links. They are very beautiful and you don’t need to worry about a fire hazard or irritation of the eyes, nose and throat.
Please make sure that whether you are using fragrance oils in wax or essential oils in an un-heated carrier (or either in a potpourri) that you keep the finished product out of the reach of children and pets.
Light Wax Burners from companies like Scentsy® or Yankee Candle® seem to be all the rage right now. It seems almost everyone I know has one. One question our Technical Support Team gets on a regular basis is “Can I just add a pipette of my favorite fragrance oil to my wax burner?”
The safe answer is no and here is why. We don’t know how much material there is in your wax melter and we don’t want to be adding excessive amounts of fragrance willy-nilly. For a wax melter, we want our fragrance load to start at 1% or 2%. There are several benefits to starting at these usage rates.
Let’s pretend you have a wax melter that you had on and you just added a couple good squirts of your favorite fragrance oil. You get distracted on the other side of the house doing laundry, reading a book or whatever else is calling your name. Before you know it, you are starting to smell that fragrance like it is being continuously sprayed in a cloud around your head. You will reach for your drink and swear you can taste the fragrance. You rush back to your wax melter and turn it off but it won’t stop sending billowing clouds of scent into the house. Your wax melter gets banished to the patio while all of the windows are frantically thrown open so the house can be aired out and the occupants may breathe. Your whole neighborhood smells like a perfume bomb went off. People will be able to smell their way home from work! Yikes. Once the eye-watering intensity has worn off, you will complain that you can NOT smell your favorite scent. This is what we call olfactory fatigue. Olfactory fatigue is when you have been smelling something for a prolonged period of time and the scent “weakens”. This is actually your nose saying that a particular odor is ordinary and normal. When you are able to take a break from an odor, your sensitivity to the odor will return.
One second advantage is that using your wax melter becomes more economical. Because we are not scenting the neighborhood we actually get to enjoy a cost savings. We are able to enjoy the fragrance of choice and keep our pocket books plump and happy.
Q. So how do I know I am using 1% -2% of fragrance oil in my wax melter?
One good way to to measure how much wax fits into your melter. I like to use wax beads. (Beeswax is my favorite.) I fill my shallow dish with the beeswax beads all the way to the rim. Don’t create a heaping pile. Just level them out in the dish. When the wax starts to melt, it will fill in all of the spaces in-between the beads. Weigh how much material there is in the dish. For most melters, this is about an ounce. However each light burner has a different capacity. Now, this is where we will need to do a little bit of math. It will be quick and painless, I promise. Multiply the weight of what fits in your melter by .01 (1%) or .02 (2%). This is the amount of fragrance you will add to your wax melter.
Let’s pretend that I have a light burner that holds 1.3 oz of beeswax beads. I will be choosing the fragrance Dirty Mimosa and I want a more intense smell. I will be using 2% fragrance in my melter. So lets multiply 1.3 x 0.02. Answers anyone? The answer is 0.026 ounces (or 0.74 grams) of Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil.
If you need help with the math or want other questions answered, just leave a comment below. We are here to help! Tomorrow we will talk about using essential oils in a wax melter. See you then!
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