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« on: July 21, 2005 09:48:37 AM »

I was searching online for some amber resin to put in this little carved diffuser I picked up on a trip for around $5.  (I wanted to duplicate this $125 product: http://www.blissworld.com/shop/detail/PG-02/)  I found the amber at Eden Botanicals (www.edenbotanicals.com), so that's taken care of.  But I was wondering if any craftsters have used amber resin to make soap or other bath & body products.  Any pointers would be much appreciated. 

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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2005 10:24:27 AM »

I haven't, because it's really freaking expensive, but congratulations on your amber find Smiley

I know you can drop some amber resin in oil (try olive) and steep it for months on end to make an infusion.  I've talked to folks who have had really good results with this - I'm thinking that oil would be nice in a balm or salve.

I would never soap it because of the price....I save the costly and delicate ingredients for the balms and creams.  You can just rub it into your skin as well - it should melt a bit and coat the skin with a little resin. 

I was eyeing the eden botanicals site yesterday...I may just have to try their sampler of crystallized essences Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2005 10:39:27 AM »

Thanks for the tips.  The amber I bought wasn't very expensive (I think $4 for 2 grams of one and $8 for 5 grams of another), although I'm not sure how much of it you'd need to make anything worthwhile.  You should totally check out the sampler; I almost got one of those just because I didn't know what all of that stuff even smells like and I'm so curious. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2005 07:58:33 AM »

I just discovered that myrrh resin is water-soluble.  I had some myrrh lying around ( was using it as incense for a time ) and decided to test it out.  I dropped a small handful of resin in a pyrex measuring cup, and added enough water to cover it.  I put that in a pan with a little water in it (double boiler) and heated it up.  I heated and stirred it for about 10 minutes, and much of the myrrh dissolved.  I strained it (the stuff I had still had bits of tree and grass in it) and bottled it with a few of the undissolved myrrh bits...most of it is dissolved now, and the resulting infusion smells wonderful! 
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2005 08:24:44 AM »

I have some amber oil that I have used in soaps and it turned out well.
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