So - for a few years now I have been wanting to get into soap / candle / toiletry making. I dabbled a couple of years ago with bath bombs and bath creamers but then stopped again - but always wanted to get further into it. Early December I took a trip to our local Hobbycraft (I say local - its about 40 minutes away!) and they had both candle making kits and soap making kits on offer - so I bought one of each. A few days later I bought some essential oils and scoured our cupboards for things I could put in - then I got busy!
Although I am only playing with melt and pour for now - I hope one day to get into the CP / HP side of things.
With my kits and extras I made soap and candle sets for all my aunts!
I made a Christmas soap - into which I put crushed and a couple of whole cloves, cinnamon essential oil and some orange essential oil - they look a bit like crumpets!!
The candles had exactly the same scent
and lastly I made lavender soap - I put in a LOT of dried lavender as I wanted it to work as an exfoliater - but with hind sight I think I put a bit TOO much in! (although as a complete lavender lover I'm not sure there really is such a thing as too much lavender)
After making all of those I had none of my kit stuff left - so had a good read online over Christmas - and have treated myself to lots of soap / candle making equipment with the plan of getting into it 'seriously'