Joy


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Today I wanted to go over some terms that I have wondered about as part of my introduction to soapmaking. Now that I have quite a few batches under my belt I want to learn more about what I am doing. Since I am using the same recipe on all of my batches of soap [...]

Beginning Soap Lessons Day 4


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Today I made another 6 batches of soap using the same recipe as Monday. I did these batches completely on my own without assistance. I felt a little more confident in my skills and took my time. Soap making requires more patience than making a batch of lotion or lip balm. There are more variables [...]

Soapmaking On My Own


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There was such an overwhelming amount of comments and questions when I announced this week’s blog topic that I had to spend a day just answering questions. Thank you all so much for your support, thoughts, and questions! Jamie Greer asked: Is there a general rule of thumb to determine how much fragrance to use? Answer: Our [...]

Soapmaking Question and Answer




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Today is the day! I am going to figure out this troublesome formula one way or another! Today I am going to trade the amounts of White Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil used on Day 2 so that there is a larger percentage of brittle oils in the recipe. Ingredients Soy Wax White Cocoa Butter Palm Kernel Oil Coconut Oil Castor [...]

Candy Corn Lip Balm Day 3


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Today we are going to be working on changing the formula to firm up the lip balm. I am going to try to achieve this by taking out the Hemp Butter and using White Cocoa Butter instead. Part of my problem is that there are too many soft oils in this formulation. White Cocoa Butter [...]

Candy Corn Lip Balm Day 2



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Here we are with another fun Halloween recipe! This blog is inspired by some of my favorite Halloween memories as a child. I always enjoyed going out trick-or-treating and getting gobs of candy in my little bag. Then I would go home and dump out my bag and sort through what was the “good” candy [...]

Candy Corn Lip Balm Day 1


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Today I have a fantastic recipe for everyone. It is so easy that even I did it right the first time! I am not a baker by nature, I am a cook, and I tend to have issues with killing yeast in my breads. This recipe does not contain yeast. It whips up quickly and [...]

Irish Soda Bread


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This is an announcement: I am going to learn to make soap. Now that I am getting comfortable with lotion and lip balm recipes I need to focus on cold process soap. I have never done it before and it is a bit intimidating to me. I know the dangers of using lye and what [...]

Introduction to Soap Making



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This year I am so excited about Halloween! My little one is 3 years old now and is really starting to grasp the meaning of birthdays and holidays. I can’t wait to take her trick-or-treating this year!In the spirit of Halloween I decided to come up with a fun lip balm. Zombie Lip Balm is [...]

Zombie Lip Balm



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This is the last day of my Bottoms Up study. If you have been following along, I hope that you have been learning how to tweak and test your formulas (whatever they may be) to get the product that you want. I went crazy and added on some more ingredients today to see what that [...]

Bottoms Up Day 5