Monday, September 30, 2013

Java Jumpstart Cold Process Soap Recipe

I got the recipe for the Java Jumpstart soap from:

Java Jumpstart Soap Recipe Link

Smells so good! What's next?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Basic Cold Process Soap Recipe with Oatmeal Honey Scent

The first basic cold process soap recipe I made was from the soap deli website. Here is the link for that recipe:

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!

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My Cold Process Soap Making Supplies are Here!

I got all this from Wholesale Supplies Plus. Shea butter, olive oil pomace, palm oil, essential oils and a wavy soap cutter.

Now to try my first batch of cold process soap. I am starting out with a basic recipe for testing.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Scrub a Dub Natural Sugar and Sea Salt Scrub

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:

We appreciate you stopping by to check us out!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Step 1 in Making Lye Soap - Preparation

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:

I am selling 2 of the six molds I made from this batch.

I Bought an Oatmeal Scrubby MP Soap Kit From

I Love This Stuff!

I decided to sell it and the ladies in my office were my first takers. They are in love. I had one try to eat it! These would make good stocking stuffers for Christmas.

This kit includes the following items:

• (1) 1 Mold(s) - Oval - Guest - GLOSSY Silicone Mold 1608
• (2) 2 lb - Ultra White MP Soap Base - 2 lb Tray
• (1) 0.125 lb (2 fl. oz) - Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Fragrance Oil 114
• (14) 1 Piece - Premium Crystal Cello Bags (2.5" x 2" x 6")
• (1) 1 lb - Oat Scrub
• (1) 0.03 Pack (1/2 oz) - Natural Raffia
• (1) 1 Piece - Mask - Basic Procedures
• (1) 2 Piece - Gloves Vinyl (Medium) - Low Powder
• (1) 1 Each - Hairnets - 21 inch Disposable
• (1) 1 Piece - Instruction Sheet

The instructions are easy:

MP Soap: Oatmeal Scrubby
Project Level: Project Level: Beginner
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Yields: Makes (14) sets of 2 bars

This soap is a proven best seller at shows and markets!

INCI Ingredient Label: Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Water, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal , Sodium Stearate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Triethanolamine, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance

• 4 Pound(s) Crafter's Choice Ultra White Soap
• 2 Ounce(s) Crafter's Choice Oatmeal Milk Honey FO
• 1 Pound(s) Crafter's Choice Oat Scrub
• 14 Cello Bags 2.5" x 2" x 6"
• 1 Raffia - Rolled Bunch
• 1 Oval-Guest-Silicone MoldEquipment
• Blender (Optional)
• Crafters Choice Guest Oval Silicone Mold
• Jelly Roll Pan
• Measuring Spoons
• Microwave
• Spoon

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:)

Monday, September 9, 2013