CSW 2014 Special Spotlight: Crystal of Dirty Water Soapworks

cswSometimes it is hard to describe something with words and give it justice. I’m going to attempt to do just that by telling you about one of the people who helped us while at the Central Soapers Workshop. Let me tell you all about Crystal Decker from Dirty Water Soap Works!

Tina, Taylor and I had the chance to attend the Central Soapers Workshop back in March. Although it has been some time since I’ve last attended a conference, this was the best conference I’ve attended in quite a while! The Central Soapers Workshop is also a unique event, for it has the Soap Lab where techniques are demonstrated and every attendee has the chance to try making a batch or two of soap with new ingredients or recently learned techniques.

Crystal and her fantastic tutu!

Crystal and her fantastic tutu!

This year, we sponsored the Soap Lab and Crystal was the Soap Lab coordinator. Every time we had questions about setup, equipment availability, and ingredients needed for demonstrations, Crystal found the answers. Often we found ourselves asking where she had her magic wand stored because she made the difficult and impossible happen. From the moment we met at the airport our weekend was filled with stories, crazy amounts of giggles, and lots of brainstorming for next year. Crystal was extremely instrumental in making sure the Soap Lab had everything it needed, gauging how much time was left in the pen Soap Lab and when things needed to be prepared for the next demonstration.

Crystal’s help in the Soap Lab was more than coordinating and organizing. She helped various attendees with their batches of soap and even helped with some troubleshooting! There were a few times that I overheard people asking Crystal how long she had worked with us at Majestic Mountain Sage. I’ll have to admit that we are honored to have people ask Crystal this question because she is an awesome person and very helpful to many people, not just us! If you need any proof, her products are a great start!

Baby Buttermilk Soap in a gift set.

Baby Buttermilk Soap in a gift set.

Last year we had a friend who went on a spiritual retreat to India. The goal of this retreat was to help the soul heal from the chaos and stresses in life. As our friend prepared to go on his trip, we reached out to Crystal and got some of her Baby Buttermilk soap to send with him. We told him that this soap was to help wash away the stresses of life and cleanse not only his body, but his soul. When he got back from the retreat, he had a bounce in his step that hadn’t been there before he left. He told us that the very light scent (from an unscented soap) gave him the ability to sit in the shower and let the stress wash away every day. Crystal’s soap not only gave him the ability to become physically clean, but at the same time cleansed his soul. If you ever get the chance to try any of Crystal’s products, I would recommend jumping at the chance!

Crystal has been helpful not only with the Central Soapers Workshop, but also on our Forum. She regularly participates in swaps, asks questions as well as helping us answer questions from other forum participants. I find myself challenged by Crystal to learn new things and never stop asking “Why?”

Crystal, thank you for all your help! We can’t tell you how much it has made our lives easier!

Andee

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Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Freesia, Wink, Baby Powder, Acai & Mangosteen, and Pink Grapefruit

I have more photos for our Fragrance Testing Series! This is a long series of blog posts that shows the testing of our fragrances in Cold Process Soap. We are testing ALL of the fragrances in our catalog at their maximum recommended usage rate for Cold Process Soap and showing you pictures of what the finished soaps look like in a side by side comparison with an unscented control batch. Since these fragrances are all being tested at their maximum recommended usage rate, I wouldn’t recommend using more fragrance. These soaps are strongly scented and will smell much stronger when wet.

Our first fragrance today in Cold Process Soap is Freesia. Our catalog notes that “Freesia is a super soft floral with a fresh twist not found in other floral scents. Almost powdery but ALL our non-floral staff liked this scent” Freesia smells light and fresh, an uplifting but still soft in nature.There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that yellow and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.
Freesia scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Freesia scented soap on the left and control on the right.

 


Wink scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Wink scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Wink. Under the description for Wink our catalog says “Wink is a riot! A fruity top note blend of apples, peach and pear. Middle notes of rose jasmine and gardenia. Base notes of vanilla and wild berries. This fresh and pear dominate scent is fun and will bring a smile to your face!” What a fun fruity floral fragrance that will receive many compliments.There was minimal discoloration of note a soft pale creamy tan color. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Our third fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Baby Powder. According to our catalog Baby Powder is “a classic baby powder scent including subtle cedar, rose and ylang ylang.” An outstanding powdery, floral fragrance, it’s highly recognized and requested! Clean and fresh, a light fragrance that is great to use in soaps, candles and lotion products.There was moderate discoloration of note, a medium brown color. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.25%, which is 0.36 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Baby Powder scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Baby Powder scented soap on the left and control on the right.


Acai & Mangosteen scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Acai & Mangosteen scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Acai and Mangosteen.  According to our catalog, Acai and Mangosteen is “fresh scent has a tangy top note of lemon and citrus fruits. The middle notes are complex and very fruity, with a few hints of white lily. The base note is sweet musk. This is not a sugary-sweet scent, it is fresh, tangy and somewhat like a sweet grapefruit.” This scent is super citrus fresh and uplifting scent. I keep smelling this bar I can’t get enough.There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that yellow and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Our fifth and last fragrance for today in Cold Process soap is Pink Grapefruit. Pink Grapefruit according to our catalog states that it is “a fresh tart scent that is very invigorating. A good scent for morning showers or any other time you need help to get moving.” Just like a real grapefruit! A sparkling, juicy and sweet citrus fruit. A great pick me up and energizing scent. Love, love, love anything citrus, tart and sweet!There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that purple and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Pink Grapefruit scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Pink Grapefruit scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Thank you for joining us today! We will be releasing more pictures as we continue testing soaps. If there is a fragrance you would like to see, let us know and we will put it at the top of our list!


Here are the details about our test batches before we added any fragrances!

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Immersion Blender
Soap Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
142 grams Coconut Oil
113 grams Olive Oil
29 grams Shea Butter
64 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
1 oz Shea Butter
2.26 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
6 fl oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
31.25% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
6.25% Shea Butter
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Q.S. Water

Our temperatures for lye and oils are between 125°F and 130°F to handle our currently cool weather. We make our soap with a 6% superfat. All of the batches we make are mixed to light trace and then the fragrance is added. After the fragrance is added we mix until the fragrance is incorporated and then we pour into the mold.

Tonya

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Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Sweek Musk, Oak Leaves & Acorns, Hinoki Wood, Ginger, and Black Amethyst

I have more photos for our Fragrance Testing Series! This is a long series of blog posts that shows the testing of our fragrances in Cold Process Soap. We are testing ALL of the fragrances in our catalog at their maximum recommended usage rate for Cold Process Soap and showing you pictures of what the finished soaps look like in a side by side comparison with an unscented control batch. Since these fragrances are all being tested at their maximum recommended usage rate, I wouldn’t recommend using more fragrance. These soaps are strongly scented and will smell much stronger when wet.

Our first fragrance today in Cold Process Soap is Sweet Musk. Our catalog notes that “Sweet Musk is alluring. Sweet Musk is a fruity floral with peach peel and rose notes on a rich, woody, amber bottom.” A great unisex fragrance very sensual and amazing! If you are familiar with Coty’s Tribe fragrance we think you will love this Sweet Musk fragrance oil.There was minimal discoloration of note very pale barley there hues of beige. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.
Sweet Musk scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Sweet Musk scented soap on the left and control on the right.

 


Oak Leaves & Acorns scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Oak Leaves & Acorns scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Oak Leaves & Acorns. Under the description for Oak Leaves & Acorns, our catalog says “this was a staff favorite with our test samples and being gobbled up before we could stop the mad rush! Rustic pine, wild violets and fall leaves are the center of this intriguing new scent” A nice outdoorsy fall fragrance, gets you in the mood for some relaxing time out by a campfire or enjoying a pleasant hike through the flowery mountain side.There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that spring themed swirl you have always wanted without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Our third fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Hinoki Wood. According to our catalog, Hinoki Wood is “warm essences of blonde-wood, cedar and patchouli are enhanced with vanilla musk, cinnamon, clove and uplifted with notes of fresh eucalyptus, lavender, orange blossom, jasmine and rose.” A spicy, woody, musky and very intriguing scent. A pleasant bouquet of floral and woody fragrance.There is a moderate light tan discoloration of note. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Hinoki Wood scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Hinoki Wood scented soap on the left and control on the right.


Ginger scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Ginger scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Ginger. According to our catalog, Ginger “has been the rage lately with Origins releasing their new line. We wanted to duplicate that sexy scent for our own soaps and lotions.” A warm and tranquil scent. I keep going back to this scent I can’t seem to get enough, definitely a way to enjoy your products.There is a minimal discoloration of note a soft pale barely there tan. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Our fifth and last fragrance for today in Cold Process soap is Black Amethyst type. Black Amethyst according to our catalog states that “This is our version of BBW Black Amethyst… lemon, bergamot and lavender are blended with peony, plum and pomegranate, with base notes of patchouli, sandalwood, amber, white musk and vanilla. The scent is certainly a fruity mix but is entirely dominated by deep, sensual notes.” There’s no doubt that is a favorite among the staff, this is an uplifting sweet floral sensation. Not overpowering but very pleasant and enjoyable, this is one of my top choices.There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that purple and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Black Amethyst scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Black Amethyst scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Thank you for joining us today! We will be releasing more pictures as we continue testing soaps. If there is a fragrance you would like to see, let us know and we will put it at the top of our list!


Here are the details about our test batches before we added any fragrances!

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Immersion Blender
Soap Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
142 grams Coconut Oil
113 grams Olive Oil
29 grams Shea Butter
64 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
1 oz Shea Butter
2.26 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
6 fl oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
31.25% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
6.25% Shea Butter
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Q.S. Water

Our temperatures for lye and oils are between 125°F and 130°F to handle our currently cool weather. We make our soap with a 6% superfat. All of the batches we make are mixed to light trace and then the fragrance is added. After the fragrance is added we mix until the fragrance is incorporated and then we pour into the mold.

Tonya

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Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Champagne Sugar, Mango Sorbet, Love Spell, Spicy Lime, & Sweet Temptation

I have more photos for our Fragrance Testing Series! This is a long series of blog posts that shows the testing of our fragrances in Cold Process Soap. We are testing ALL of the fragrances in our catalog at their maximum recommended usage rate for Cold Process Soap and showing you pictures of what the finished soaps look like in a side by side comparison with an unscented control batch. Since these fragrances are all being tested at their maximum recommended usage rate, I wouldn’t recommend using more fragrance. These soaps are strongly scented and will smell much stronger when wet.

Our first fragrance today in Cold Process Soap is Champagne Sugar. Our catalog notes that “This sugary fruits of lemon, bergamot, mandarin, orange, apple, banana, dew fruit and pineapple. We couldn’t stop there so we added hints of jasmine, rose plum, muget, peony, heliotrope, amber sandalwood and musk.” Wow! What a flirty and fun scent! Sounds like a tropical paradise, this scent definitely has me coming back for more!There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that yellow and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Champagne Sugar scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Champagne Sugar scented soap on the left and control on the right.


Mango Sorbet scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Mango Sorbet scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Mango Sorbet. Under the description for Mango Sorbet, our catalog says “A fun fruity fragrance that works nicely in lotions for an uplifting massage.Try Mango Sorbet when your feet are tired and hot, your feet will appreciate that attention and relief from work. A great blending fragrance.” This scent has a nice fresh creamy mango scent. A wonderful juicy fragrance option for scenting.There was minimal discoloration to this soap a pale, light tan discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.75%, which is 0.44 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Our third fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Love Spell type. According to our catalog, Love Spell type “With all the new fun fragrances available this one has been asked for to the point that we just needed to make one for ourselves” This fragrance is sure to be much requested favorite around your place too!” A fruity, floral, fresh fragrance; an uplifting girly scent. This scent would be a winner in my teenagers lives.There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make any swirl without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.75%, which is 0.44 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.
Love Spell scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Love Spell scented soap on the left and control on the right.

 


Spicy Lime scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Spicy Lime scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Spicy Lime. According to our catalog, Spicy Lime ” Lime is used in many men’s fragrance. Spicy Lime gives a tart, yet spiced scent that is very invigorating and masculine. One whiff of this and you will know what a clean man should smell like.” Spicy Lime gives a fresh scent and you really can smell the citrus lime. A very clean manly scent. Reminiscence of past manly man scents.There is a minimal discoloration of note a soft pale tan. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Our fifth and last fragrance for today in Cold Process soap is Sweet Temptation, type. Sweet Temptation according to our catalog states that “we liked it so much we thought we would create a MMS version of VS scent. The fragrance has also hit your radar because we have found you, our customers, have been requesting it too!” This fragrance oil is a floral, fruity scent with notes of grapefruit, apricot and lily of the valley. A citrus, fruity, and powdery scent that is  uplifting and not too heavy. A happy perky scent and a must try.There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that purple and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Sweet Temptation scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Sweet Temptation scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Thank you for joining us today! We will be releasing more pictures as we continue testing soaps. If there is a fragrance you would like to see, let us know and we will put it at the top of our list!


Here are the details about our test batches before we added any fragrances!

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Immersion Blender
Soap Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
142 grams Coconut Oil
113 grams Olive Oil
29 grams Shea Butter
64 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
1 oz Shea Butter
2.26 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
6 fl oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
31.25% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
6.25% Shea Butter
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Q.S. Water

Our temperatures for lye and oils are between 125°F and 130°F to handle our currently cool weather. We make our soap with a 6% superfat. All of the batches we make are mixed to light trace and then the fragrance is added. After the fragrance is added we mix until the fragrance is incorporated and then we pour into the mold.

Tonya

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A Spa Worthy Massage Oil

I love answering the phone. It doesn’t matter whether it is the phone at work, my own, my friends or even my mother’s phone. I love answering the phone. I love the magic of being able to talk to someone who is states away. I also get to learn a lot. 

Recently I have been getting calls from massage therapists who want to make their own massage oil. Many complaints I hear is that one oil is too sticky, another is too fluid or even it absorbs too quickly! What is a massage therapist to do?! Not to worry. Today we will be making the perfect massage oil.

Ingredients
Sunflower Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Coconut Oil Fractions
Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
28 grams Sunflower Oil
28 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
57 grams Coconut Oil Fractions
1.13 grams Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
1 oz Sunflower Oil
1 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
2 oz Coconut Oil Fractions
0.04 oz Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
25% Sunflower Oil
25% Macadamia Nut Oil
50% Coconut Oil Fractions
Q.S. Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Weigh all of your ingredients into a container. Stir well. Pour into any bottle you desire. You can use disc tops, pumps or just plain-Jane caps.

 

Note: I used 1% fragrance for my entire batch. Because the nature of massage oils is to apply some, rub it in, apply some more, rub it in; your customer needs to love the fragrance as much as I love talking on the phone. Otherwise, I would recommend lowering the percentage of fragrance oil. If I were a massage therapist dealing with customers all the time, I would limit my fragrance to somewhere between .25% and .5%. Since this is more of a personal style massage oil, I increased the fragrance because I LOVE Sahara Sandalwood.
Taylor

Finished Massage Oil

Finished Massage Oil

Weighing Sunflower Oil

Weighing Sunflower Oil

Weighing Macadamia Nut Oil

Weighing Macadamia Nut Oil

Weighing Coconut Oil Fractions

Weighing Coconut Oil Fractions

Adding Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Adding Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Unmixed Massage Oil

Unmixed Massage Oil

Mixed Massage Oil

Mixed Massage Oil

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Magic Foaming Bath Fizzies

Bubbles are the greatest thing in the world! I think that bubbles are 80% of why I got into and have stayed in soapmaking. There, now you know my little dirty secret as to why I love soapmaking. If you love bubbles as much as I do, come join me for today’s recipe. You won’t want to miss it!

 

As much as I love bubbles, that is not what makes these bath fizzies so magical. No, it is the color. These little gems stay white but as soon as they touch water, bam color! The magic in these bath fizzies make it great for all of those who are kids or just kids at heart. Come join me today for a simple recipe you can share with friends and family!

 

Ingredients
Baking Soda
Citric Acid
Corn Starch
Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate
Freesia Fragrance Oil
Ocean Blue Color
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
340 grams Baking Soda
170 grams Citric Acid
57 grams Corn Starch
142 grams Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate
6 grams Freesia Fragrance Oil
0.15 cc Ocean Blue Color
Recipe in Ounces
12 oz Baking Soda
6 oz Citric Acid
2 oz Corn Starch
5 oz Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate
0.25 oz Freesia Fragrance Oil
0.15 cc Ocean Blue Color
Recipe in Percentages
48% Baking Soda
24% Citric Acid
8% Corn Starch
20% Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate
Q.S. Freesia Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Ocean Blue Color

Weigh everything except the fragrance oil into a plastic bag. (Some of these ingredients are highly airborne. So much so that wearing a mask may be helpful.) Seal up the plastic bag and gently mix the dry ingredients. You don’t want to shake it because when you open the bag, you will get a cloud rising from the bag. Once the dry ingredients are fully mixed, add your fragrance oil. Don’t forget to double check with the fragrance calculator when you choose a different fragrance. Mix the fragrance oil into the dry ingredients. You can now package your bath fizzies.

 

Note of Caution: Do not package your bath fizzies in glass. If any water gets into the container then it is sealed up, the expansion can cause a dangerous explosion. Please be safe. We highly recommend “single serving” sizes packaged into plastic bags. These are much safer and give you plenty of cute options.
Taylor

Finished Foaming Bath Fizzie

Finished Foaming Bath Fizzie

A Little Foaming Action!

A Little Foaming Action!

Beaker with Plastic Bag

Beaker with Plastic Bag

Weighing Dry Ingredients

Weighing Dry Ingredients

Weighing Dry Ingredients

Weighing Dry Ingredients

Adding Dry Color

Adding Dry Color

Adding Dry Color

Adding Dry Color

Adding Fragrance Oil

Adding Fragrance Oil

Added Fragrance Oil

Added Fragrance Oil

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Carma

One of my favorite parts of spring is that fresh produce starts to become available again. One of my particular favorites is strawberries. The is nothing better than biting into a luscious, plump, bright red strawberry and feeling a burst of flavor on the tongue. Carma thinks of fruit and fruity scents too!

 

I live in Minnesota and look forward to spring all winter long. We have had a very long, very cold winter this year and I have a bad case of Spring Fever!! This soap is scented with a blend of MMS fragrances. I had 3 – 1 oz bottles with a little left in each one, so I combined them to create a spring time scent. The scent includes Cherry Blossom and Kiwi, Mulberry and Enchanted Apple. I LOVE enchanted apple!
I included some skin softening ingredients to soften up our winter frozen skin and get it ready for springtime!!! The recipe includes cocoa butter, grapeseed oil and avocado oil. So luxurious I can’t wait for Spring!

Carma

Carma’s blend sounds delightful! I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which are inspiring you?

 
Taylor

Carma's Soap

Carma’s Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Cosmetic Submission – Kathy

Easter is approaching fast. I love all of the colors that decorate homes, cards and even candy! I love color. Kathy took those wonderful spring-time colors as inspiration for her bubble bars.

My name is Kathy and I live in Arizona. We never did have a winter season, so it’s hard to get into the Spring season. I want some cold weather!!! Snow would be awesome!!

Anyway, I’d like to submit my Bubble Bars for your challenge! Bubble Bars are pretty simple to make and use if you use small cupcake molds. But I wanted something a little more impressive, so I used graduated, flower-shaped cookie cutters to make mine. I held each layer together with “frosting”. Then I added some silk flowers into the “frosting” to give it a special WOW factor! What was I thinking??!! Yes, they’re pretty, but not really functional! They’re too big for one bath, so you have to cut or break them up into smaller pieces for a single bath – oh well, I still like the way they look! These are scented with Lavender EO.

The other problem I ran into with my Bubble Bars was using candy sprinkles imbedded into the frosting. That would be fine if you gave one to an adult. But I gave one to my little grandson, Dustin. Dustin thought I gave him something to eat – oh yes he did!! He ate the little candy sprinkles first, then he bit into the bubble bar itself. Unfortunately, we weren’t paying attention! Well, he looked at me then made a really bad face – “yuk! Grandma, these taste bad”!! Bad choice for children!

I hope you like them!

Kathy

Kathy’s story of her grandson really made me chuckle. I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which ones inspire you?

Taylor

After Frosting and Decorating

After Frosting and Decorating

Before Frosting

Before Frosting

3-tiered Bubble Bar with silk flowers

3-tiered Bubble Bar with silk flowers

3-tiered Bubble Bar with purple sugar sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with purple sugar sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Plain Bubble Bar

Small Plain Bubble Bar

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An Old Football Injury Special

We all have, or have had, our own version of an old football injury. The stories of our football injuries can be highly exciting or from the more mundane part we call “daily life”. For some of us the pain is crippling, and for others, we learn to shut up and ignore it as best we can. Sometimes we need a little extra help so we can just think!

 

I recently had my own “old football injury” flare up. It hurts enough that I have been rather distracted. So, I wanted to do something a little special for everyone who has ever had an “old football injury”.

I want to help everyone create the perfect ice pack. Most ice packs work pretty well if you want to keep something cool for a short period of time. They warm up quickly which can mean you need to rotate through three or four ice packs before you are finished. Old football injuries can require so many changes of gel style ice packs, these style ice packs can be a little troublesome. The style of ice pack we will be making today is very cold and for deep muscle injuries. It must be wrapped in a towel or two before being applied. Do not apply directly to skin!

To make your own “football injury” iceman pack, you will need isopropyl alcohol ( also known as rubbing alcohol)  and water. You will need equal parts by volume. So if you only have 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol, you will need 1 cup of water. Fairly easy, all things considered.

However, if you have ever used a traditional zip lock bag for ice cubes, you know that they are not always the most durable to deal with freezing and melting over and over again. So what is a girl (or guy) to do?! Well, this is part of why I am doing this blog. There is a small special included!

If you have order any of our botanicals such as Alkanet Root Powder, Annatto Seed Powder, Kelp Powder or even Paprika Powder, you have seen some cool, silver space-style bags. These Mylar bags are great, heavy duty, durable bags. They are sealed with an impulse sealer so if you have an impluse sealer, you are all set! If you don’t have an impulse sealer yet, I highly recommend them. They are so easy to use and are a time saver as well as making you look professional. We use the impulse sealer to close shrink bags, make bags and even close tea bags!

All you have to do to get one of these bags is to request one in the comments field of your next order. It is that easy! Just write “I want a bag for my old football injury.”

However you got your football injury, sometimes a little help is all that is needed. Don’t worry. If the story is embarrassing or boring, I’ll help you cover with a more exciting story. After all, mum is the word.

 

 

Taylor

Mylar Bags

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Mary

Spring is achingly close but winter doesn’t seem to want to let go. I am ready for blue skies and greenery! I am ready for the sun to warm my car and skin and for the robins to come stay. I am ready for some warm weather. Mary is too! Come see the soap she made.

 

Nothing says warm weather to me like watermelon. I first made a watermelon scented soap (last year) to try swirling colors using a column to pour the soap over in a slab mold (I used a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag). It was such a hit with my family and friends, that I made another batch last week. This time I poured more over the column, and the colors really go all through. Happy Spring everyone!

Mary

I loved reading Mary’s write-up. I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which ones inspire you?
Taylor

Mary's Soap

Mary’s Soap

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