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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Bacon Bouquet on: February 09, 2012 07:45:58 AM
This is BRILLIANT.  I'm a vegetarian, but my fellow en't.  I love it!

A practical question: does this need to be served hot?  How long do the roses stay good?  I know very little about meat....

I'm so pumped!  I think I might dip a few in dark chocolate & leave the rest plain.  Thanks for the brilliant idea!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Bare Nesta on: December 12, 2011 09:36:14 PM
Recently I started using the castile from the previous batch to brush my teeth.  I'm loving the glossy feeling.

!!  Really.  I'm intrigued.  It doesn't taste weird?
Lovely soaps, lady!  They look so luxurious.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: perfume? on: December 06, 2011 07:33:33 AM
If you're going super super easy, you can just mix and match essential oils and put them into Everclear or rubbing alcohol.  You never want to add more than a little bit of essential oils per ounce of alcohol (the site I used said no more than 20% per base of alcohol but I think that would knock you over haha).  I just made my first batch and kept it really simple..  I added about a 1/4 of an ounce of lavender essential oils to about 4 ounces of rubbing alcohol.  That was PLENTY of scent haha!  It's been about 8 hours, and I think I still smell lovely Smiley

A good mix if you're thinking essential oils might be jasmine and ylang ylang or some of the citruses (I love Lime essential oil).  Make sure to google which essential oils irritate your skin before you start! 

Wah, awesome!  I've been wanting to make my own perfume for a long time, and this sounds just simple enough that I might get off my butt and do it (like... right this second).  Mmm, ylang ylang.  Thanks, lady!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using Botanical and Bits in HP Soap on: December 06, 2011 07:27:18 AM
I would say: just dive right in and start experimenting!  That's where the fun in soaping is (for this girl, anyway).  Botanicals are super pretty and lend a great "from the garden" feel to any bar that makes hippies & Whole Foodies swoon.

The only advice I've got:
1. Be aware that the fragrance of whatever you're adding will get eaten up by the lye, so orange zest won't equal orange-scented soap.
2. Keep your particulate matter fairly fine.  Ground oatmeal or apricot kernel are nice exfoliants, for example; things like blueberry seeds or other big chunks can be unpleasantly scratchy on tender skin.
3. I'm a CPer, so not sure how true this is for HP, but: at least in CP, lye leaches the color from lavender buds.  Instead of pretty purple botanicals, you end up with little brown buds and it looks like bugs died in your mold.  Not attractive.

Have fun!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: CP/HP Soap Swap Round 2 on: December 06, 2011 07:20:36 AM
Consider my interest piqued as well!  (This is making me feel weirdly nostalgic.  Awww, the old soaping gang, back together again!)
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Official Fragrance Oil & Essential Oil Thread! on: December 02, 2011 03:08:13 AM
An update, if anyone's interested--I went ahead and got 'Beau Brummel' and it's actually great--a very mellow, cologne-type fragrance.  (I was nervous; I feel like "black tea" FOs can sometimes go horribly awry.)  Haven't soaped with it yet, but it's nice OOB....

Disappointed in "Coffee Beans" from WSP, which smells exactly like fresh coffee OOB, but fades incredibly quickly into a sort of muddy chocolate in CP.  Bummer, bummer, bummer.  I'm going to have to hunt for a new coffee FO.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cranberry Green Tea CP Soap on: December 02, 2011 02:41:47 AM
Ooh, gorgeous stuff!  I dig the colors a lot.  How are the scents?  They sound fab!

I'll admit, I got very excited by the "half and half container" (ooh, what's that? a new kind of mold? sounds expensive! ooh, I want one!), and then figured out that it's... a half and half container.  Ha ha!  I totally love your ingenuity!
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: When you gaze into the soap.... on: October 31, 2011 09:27:47 AM
Fabulous picture!  Ha ha, I love it.  I'm so glad you like him. <3
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Looks so dirty, feels (and smells!) SOOO good! on: October 26, 2011 10:34:14 AM
Wow, this sounds amazing!
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Official Fragrance Oil & Essential Oil Thread! on: October 26, 2011 08:38:34 AM
Has anyone tried Brambleberry's Beau Brummel fragrance?  I'm intrigued--it sounds either fabulous or kind of gross.

&/or--can anyone recommend a good honeyed tobacco FO?
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