I love anything outdoors - gardening, landscaping, DIY outdoor weekend projects. I also have a knack for hot and cold process soap making, and organization. I'm into organic composting, recycling and getting back to the simple life. Here you will find many soap recipes and a few tips on gardening, organizing and such. Welcome to my page and I hope you enjoy your stay!
I think it turned out pretty. I didn't use quite as much fragrance oil as it called for since this was my first batch I was afraid the soap would seize after researching fragrance additions. I think I could have processed the oils and lye at a slightly higher temp - the temp on both was 105-110 degrees. I put some swirly tops on it - looks good enough to eat, kind of like fudge.
In the mold:
Ready to cut:
After the cuts:
Now the hard part is waiting the 4-6 weeks for it to cure!
So proud of my daughters idea to open a sugar scrub business. Her products are 98 - 100% natural made with natural oils, essentials oils, cane sugar, sea salt, vitamin E and in some cases a tiny amount of fragrance oils or color.
The flavors are blue coconut, margarita lime, grapefruit, wild berry, vanilla,cherry almond, sweet pea and peppermint! The sizes are 8 oz (1/2 pint canning jar) or 4 oz plastic jar.
Here are some sample photos:
All these scrubs are available for purchase at her Etsy store:
My first step was to build my own soap molds and a soap cutter. (Well actually, I asked my husband to do this step.) After about one hour we had three soap molds and a mitre box. Here is how they turned out.
I bought the lumber from Lowe's, We bought a 1/2 inch 2'x4' oak plywood sheet. This is not the cheapo plywood but the wood that looks like craft wood. It was about $15.00 and got all three molds out of it pictured. I was out of time that day but we could have made several more out of this sheet.We also bought a 1 inch thick 6" x 8' piece of lumber for the mitre box. We did not glue the corners together on the molds. We used a nail gun with small nails.I think I'm going to make lids for these as well later.
I got the instructions for both the molds and the mitre box from:
NOTE: If you are making these products for sale, good manufacturing practices recommend you wear a hairnet, gloves and a mask. We also recommend a clean apron.
Cut 1 pound of soap into 2" squares. Place in a 32 oz microwave safe container and carefully melt.
3. While the soap is melting, place 1 cup of oat scrub into a blender and quickly chop for 5-10 seconds. You do not want to turn the scrub into a powder but you do want it to be a finer texture.
4. Remove soap from microwave and add 1/2 oz (1 Tablespoon) of fragrance.
5. Place silicone mold on jelly roll pan. ( I added some oats to the bottom of each mold)
6. Add oatmeal to melted soap and gently stir to incorporate.
7. Immediately pour soap into mold. It should be fairly hot. This will allow the oatmeal to settle to the bottom of the mold.
8. When soap returns to room temperature, carefully unmold the soap.
9. Repeat above steps until all 4 pounds of soap is made.
10. Place two bars of soap in a cello bag and tie with stands of raffia.
11. If you are selling this soap, label according to FDA label guidelines.
Finished Product. Very pretty and smells really good. IF you can't tell - highly recommended:)