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1  6Mos. Of Soapin' Around ... IMG HEAVY in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Valledaisy on: May 02, 2011 09:17:56 AM
Six months of off and on soapin' around. I was inspired to start soap crafting after reading several articles on the dangers of commercial soaps. How the chemical additives can strip skin and make you more prone to sun damage and so on. And after a lot of research and note taking I took a leap forward and dove in.

I like to keep my ingredients all natural so I don't add dyes. I am learning and pick up on what ingredients and powders can add pigment to soaps. Like the 5 1 gallon bags of dried rose hips I have can be ground into powder to make burgandyish red it is sort of itchy in high amounts though. As well as Cinnamon brown very coarse but is great to exfoliate with and you end up smelling like a cinnamon roll.


My husband has made me several box loaf molds. Mini molds as well as taller and shorter log molds. I've gone on to crayon soaps, body balms, lip balms, eye creams, bath soaks, lotions, scrubs, toners, deodorants and household supplies. I've been having a lot of fun making and sharing these products and wanted to post some pictures of my 'Kitchen Adventures'.

Garden Herb Soap
This stuff packs a heck of a punch. Smells of peppery basil, bay, clary sage, lavender, parsley, cilantro and dill. All organically grown in my own garden. Dried and aged before I grind for use.

Citrus Mint - Made with 4 types of mint from last years herb garden, ground orange peel and Orange EO.

Spinach Oatmeal Soap - Organic Spinach and Oatmeal Vegan Soap
Green Tea & Chamomile layered Vegan Soap

Vanilla Orange Pumpkin - Homegrown Pumpkin Puree adds to the color and the deep cleansing properties. Tahitian Vanilla Bean Powder layered with Orange Pumpkin

Banana Clove - Puree Banana and Pure Banana Juice blended with ground clove and ginger.

Echineacea Soapwart

Gearhead Soap
My hubby and I are grease monkeys. We love to tinker with cars and motors and often need something strong to remove grime. So I made up this natural alternative to the harsh LAVA type soap we were using.

Orange Oil, Ground Lavender, Comfrey, Lemon Balm, Poppy Seeds and Black Tea. Added Poppy Seed for 'grit' and super fatted with castor and shea.

Mini Soaps. I make these in small mini bread loaf sized boxes. They are perfect for soap samples and travel hand soaps.

Mini Shea All Over Body Bar and Garden Herb Bar

Mini Soaps all in a row ... including Barley Beer Bars, Organic Raw Honey Bars, Raw Organic Agave Bars, Lemongrass infused Shea and Vanilla Almond Oatmeal

Time Warp Body Bar
My hubby came up with this name after I told him all the properties of the ingredients in the bar. Loads of anti aging, restorative, soothing and deep penetrating ingredients. All organic and vegan friendly.

Lemon Bomb
I say Lemon BOMB because I put everything lemon in this one. Lemon Balm, Lemon Grass, Lemon Sage, Lemon Peel, Lemon Verbena and Lemon Mint were ground into a fluffy powdery form (mortar pestle as well as grinder) and swirled into an All Natural Shea Butter and Olive Soap. The shea and olive oils were also infused with all these lemony ingredients in various combos to each.

Barley Beer
I had a request from a family member for beer soaps so this was my first go.

Shea Body Bar
Again obsessed with All Natural Shea .. it makes a beautiful bar.

Lemon Grass Infused Shea

Shea Mini Bars

Assorted Lip Balms

First Fresh Spearmint of the Spring!! Had to share. Great ingredient.

And as I've posted before I got into lip scrubs and then lip balms as a promo item for a friend. I started making assorted flavors and types of balms. I've slowly graduated on to infused lip balms and shimmering lip tints. My 12 year old wants to wear make up. She is obsessed with bold colored lip sticks so as an alternative to lip stick I made these shimmer balms. Leaves a touch of color and a shimmery shine. She LOVES them.

I got the idea for making my own labels from AlishaMisha's post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365527.msg4295108#msg4295108

I made up a template using Printmaster 18 fits 20 per page.

Now that I have a house full of products I'm looking to spread my wings and fly. Cheesy Thinking Farmer's Market or a seasonal shop for the summer. Don't know. Excited still the same.

I have tons of more photos but I don't want to seem to be selling something. I'm just sharing in hopes to inspire the same way all the posts I've seen inspire me.

Happy Soapin' Everyone!
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2  Crayon Soaps a how to of sorts. in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Valledaisy on: April 17, 2011 08:49:07 AM
Ok so during my adventures in soap making I've reached the point of crayon soaps. My 2 year old LOVES these and my 12 year old likes to graffiti the shower walls with them. Beautiful bold color that washes away clean from my shower panels, porcelain tub and laminate sink (as well as my white cutting board pictured).

I made a batch of olive oil, soy and canola oil based cold process soap. About 2lbs. + lye/water
I used the jumbo (fat) crayons .. 2 super cheap 8 packs.

Use a microwave safe high heat dish for melting ... (I have a set of Pyrex measuring cups I use for soap making). 

For each color I used two crayons next batch I believe I'll use 1 1/2 crayons .. unwrap break up and microwave 1-2 mins until melted.

2 Cups of Soap to melted crayon. Whisking is best rather than just a spoon or using your mixing wand. Whisk until well blended and pour int molds.

Super Easy and as my kids say A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!

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3  Lip Balms and Scrubs :D in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Valledaisy on: February 17, 2011 07:47:44 PM
So I did some research on the ratios for making balms and I did some factoring with some trial and error and whipped up some really cool lip scrubs. It's a basic sugar scrub type mixture with a conditioning lip balm. You apply just like lip balm press your lips together give them a little rub and wipe away. I made flavors as the balm stays behind on your lips. Butterscotch and Hot Chocolate.

My daughter wanted some butterscotch lip balm so I made up some with custom little labels made with my Printmaster program. She was able to pick a label design for each kid that fit their personality and yes a couple are twilight.

I like to post my little craftlings on facebook and a friend of mine with her own company ordered 50 lip balms off me with custom labels for an expo this weekend. She's awesome so I did it at cost plus a couple bucks. She let me have free reign of the label design so I worked up a 'think pink' Breast Cancer Aware label. A cause dear to my friend as she lost the loved one who encouraged her to persue her dream of being a photographer and was very much her mentor/hero. A strawberry pink balm and a medicated natural white balm fill the tubes.

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4  Re: Cold Process Soap and Bath Soaks - having fun playing around :D in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Valledaisy on: December 04, 2010 10:21:16 PM
Alice: I actually just started looking online one day for the best bits of info on Cold Process Soap I found a lot here and there but love the calender and some of the starter recipes from Cranberry Lane .. They have a lye calculator that has been a gem.  http://www.cranberrylane.com/calculator.htm ..  I grew up the daughter of hippies and have a vast knowledge of herbs and uses for most anything that comes from the earth. I've always made all sorts of infused oils, bath soaks and such for myself and my kids. My Grandmother had her own beauty shop and she taught me to experiment my Great Grandmother lived right around the corner and was an inventive homemaker. I love the spring after KS's cold winters and go a little crazy gardening and dry and save all sorts of bits. I have done some reading online about different herbs, spices and foods that you can add to your soaps to get different properties. And I'm going to experiment this week with using my own natural ingredients ground into powder as dyes. I've been having so much fun doing it all. I have several other bars curing can't wait to get pics of them posted. I'm gonna have a lot of fun giving these out for Christmas. I made a Cinnamon Roll Bar tonight. It smells wonderful I colored it with Coco and Cinnamon I worry I used a tad too much Cinnamon and it may be a little abrasive ... guess it will be extra exfoliating. Cheesy I made some unscented bars with some Soapwort that are great for hand washing delicates I opted for a Soy Bean Oil, Sunflower Oil and Lard yep lard ... I like that it makes a super hard bar. Do you use lard? I've often wondered how many people use Lard anymore. My Great Grandmother was a firm Lard believer. I still like my 'vegan' soaps.

Ok now that I've rambled on I had another pic to post Cheesy

Pumpkin Facial Soap Nuts

These were bits that formed on the inside of the PVC as it trickled down but didn't fill all the way up so they settled like this and are awesome in the shower. I've since been considering ways to make nice bits like this in big batches

My very first PVC Pipe as a mold soap. The three types of mint I threw in there at trace kind of settled oddly and I ended up with light and dark variation but they all smell fantastic. I have Pumpkin Facial these size too and I LOVE the pumpkin in the soap it's been working miracles for my skin.

Triple Mint PVC

I'll post some nicer pics down the road. These were pre clean up on the edging and such.
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5  Cold Process Soap and Bath Soaks - having fun playing around :D in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Valledaisy on: December 04, 2010 02:42:37 PM
 Grin I had stellar fun making my first batches of cold process soap and even went so far as to test out a rebatch in the event I ever have to I'll be prepared. I've also been making bath soaks. I made up a lovely lavender chamomile milk bath ... I fell asleep in the tub so I guess the relaxing part of it works great. Skin feeling wonderful. I've amassed quite the collection of dried herbs, spices and flowers over the last year and have a lot of things brewing. Grinding my own herbs into powders for colorant hoping it works out I'll have to post pics here in a week or two after I try a batch.

My hubby liked my first batch so much he went out and built me two more soap molds. He's a carpenter ... so has it's perks. My eldest has really gotten into it too making up recipes for me to try. Cheesy She's fun Cheesy

Pumpkin/Coffee Bar

Mini Bars

Triple Mint Bath Bar

Tahitian Vanilla Lavender Oatmeal Milk Bath w/ Chamomile (It's awesome)

Spicy Orange Chai Bath Salt

More to come ...
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6  Not really a discussion just me all really stoked and excited NOW WITH PICTURES! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Valledaisy on: November 10, 2010 09:46:51 PM
Strange .. I had so much fun in the kitchen. Used all natural organic ingredients and made all sorts of Milk Bathes, Tea Salts, Foot Soaks, and ground up ingredients for making soaps next week. Tomorrow I will make ground spices for natural colorant and ground coconut shells, avocado skins, dried lemon peel, dry spinach/grind, dry and puree some of the pumpkins on the porch (makes orange) Cheesy and pair that with some clove, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon and you have a spiced bath bar or soak.

I've been snipping and clipping and drying herbs and flowers all year waiting to make stuff again. I'm going to try a new to me cold process recipe for soap can't wait to post pics and hoping not to fail.

I so wish I could have smell-o-vision with this stuff.

Tahitian Honey Almond Milk Bath .... I toasted almonds and rolled oats tonight smells really nice and has a nice creamy color soft to the touch. Great for Sensitive Skin and super moisturizing in the winter. Used Raw Honey Powder and Tahitian Vanilla Bean Powder ...

Spicy Chi Bath Tea - Great aroma!! Black Tea, Ginger, Clove, Black Pepper Vanilla Bean, a few other goodies ... Boosts skin emollients.

Sweet Toasted Ginger Milk Bath - Ginger toasted with a mix of spices and organic brown sugar, poppy seed and Milk

Chamomile Bath Salts - Totally relaxing

I made a bunch of other stuff ... I figure I"ll take some pictures when I get my muslin bags in. I have these fabric markers to do these cool designs Zoe thought up on the bags. Grin

Can't wait to make soap. They probably think I'm nuts or something at the hardware store as I just ordered 2lbs of lye today.

I'm making infused oils for the soaps to cut down the one large batch to smaller batches. I've got some ideas for what to mix together to do different skin types and like acne bars ... if you just get the acidity just right which if you measure proper. And I bought a really nice scale too. Told ya I'm going a little crazy. I'm even gonna make this hair mud because I so need it.

Can't ya tell I'm having fun!!! Cheesy

Ok so here's a couple pics from some of the adventure ... Pictures aren't the best I need to replace my camera ... the lens has been chipped  .... Sad

Some Milk Baths

Some Bath Soaks

Drying some Goodies

Some of my dried goodies

Some Toasted and Ground Oats
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7  My Daughter the Living Doll in Halloween Costumes by Valledaisy on: November 03, 2010 05:16:05 PM
This was my daughter's costume for this Halloween. She changed her mind four days before and didn't want to be a Vampire so this is what we came up with and she LOVED it. We even made a matching doll for her to take along. Everything was handmade aside from my daughter's boots, tights and undershirt. The top hats were a last minute idea that we whipped up from scraps from the material used to make the skirts and tops. I had such a great time making this costume my mind is a whirl with new ideas. My daughter loves this skirt so much she plans to wear it again and again. I made my own patterns for the top and the skirt and the inspiration for the top hats came from craftster post Quick Lolita Top Hat Glue Gun Style .. Only I used wool dipped in glue water bath and various soup cans for molds and hand stitched them together. Then used hot glue to secure in place on doll and bobby pins. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=91957.0

I used embroidery thread and some various stitching styles to create the spider web and stitch detailing.

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8  Twilight Cake for Daughter's Annual Halloween Party w/ Link to Pics in Dessert by Valledaisy on: October 28, 2010 07:44:58 AM
My daughter hosts an annual Halloween party and this year was slightly Twilight inspired. We had a Twilight Scavenger Hunt and Twilight Cake. I worked on the cake for two days. Day one was making Marshmallow Fondant which needed to be chilled overnight before using to sculpt and create the checkerboard pattern and band around the base. Three tiers of cake and filling on the inside, Red Velvet and Vanilla Cream Cake with Butter Cream Frosting and White Chocolate Ganache. I used gel food coloring and water to paint the pieces. This was my first attempt at Marshmallow Fondant and sculpting pieces. At the end of the day I am really happy with the results and have been left inspired for future cake projects and have already started planning her Birthday cake (three months away). Oh and all of this was done by hand with no use of stencils or misc. Wilton petal products as I've seen others use for the flowers and such. I do not own these but I will be buying them for future ease of use.

Marshmallow Fondant Recipe


    * 1/4 cup butter
    * 1 (16 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
    * 4 tablespoons water
    * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * 2 pounds confectioners' sugar, divided


   1. Place the butter in a shallow bowl, and set aside.
   2. Place the marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on High for 30 seconds to 1 minute to start melting the marshmallows. Carefully stir the water and vanilla extract into the hot marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Slowly beat in the confectioners' sugar, a cup at a time, until you have a sticky dough. Reserve 1 cup of powdered sugar for kneading. The dough will be very stiff.
   3. Rub your hands thoroughly with butter, and begin kneading the sticky dough. As you knead, the dough will become workable and pliable. Turn the dough out onto a working surface dusted with confectioners' sugar and continue kneading until the fondant is smooth and no longer sticky to the touch, 5 to 10 minutes.
   4. Form the fondant into a ball, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. To use, allow the fondant to come to room temperature, and roll it out onto a flat surface dusted with confectioners' sugar.

*** Note this Recipe is from Allrecipes.com by K Briscoe ***

I used my Kitchen Aid mixer and the dough attachment. I did not need to hand knead until I removed it from the fridge and let warm to room temp before rolling out. I also suggest adding slightly less water and add your food coloring to the hot marshmallow goo just make it a little darker or brighter as when you start to add the powdered sugar the color will lighten this is much easier than kneading the coloring in afterward. Spray the inside of your mixer bowl with pam to avoid sticking and clumps.

Hope everyone likes this recipe I know I did.

Sorry I can't post pictures yet ... hope that isn't too annoying. (I fixed your pictures. ~Troublet Smiley )

The Twilight Cake

New Moon 'Ruffled Tulip' *had a miserable time figuring out how to shape the petal*

Breaking Dawn Chess

The Eclipse Ribbon

The Twilight Apple

The Twilight Cake
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