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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / 6Mos. Of Soapin' Around ... IMG HEAVY 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!
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Featured Projects--Quarter 4, 2010 on: April 26, 2011 08:50:40 PM
YAY! This totally made my day Cheesy ... I've been having A LOT of FUN learning and making soaps this last six months. I've had a few bad batches experimenting with ingredients and additives but over all it's been awesome. I have not been able to duplicate that beautiful coffee swirl effect on larger bars Sad

I encourage everyone I know to step out of the box and try something different and I'm so glad I did with all this soap stuff. As I tell all my crafty friends don't fear the lye just play safe.

Thanks again for totally making my day Cheesy It was a great way to finish off my night. I spent the day making soap Cheesy I finally mastered black color without activated charcoal. Cheesy I can't wait until they finish curing and I can share more. Cheesy I'm so stoked Cheesy
13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Crayon Soaps a how to of sorts. on: April 17, 2011 08:15:27 PM
Yep I sure did mix crayons with the soap. When I used mineral colorant or liquid the color set nicely but did not write boldly. It hasn't stained anything it's been used on. I used the darkest color I made (purple) and wrote on my shower wall, porcelain tub in the second bath and the laminate sink. I left the sink over night and it washed away with no staining. I left the shower wall and tub for 24 hours and they too did not stain. Primarily crayons are made of pigment (clay powders) mixed with paraffin wax. Even better are the 'washable' crayons. I've used both and had no problems with staining. Tested a batch of red that was made with washable the same way I did the purple just not a full 24 hours.

I used ICE TUBE TRAYS that I found at a dollar tree. I saw the shape and thought hmm these would be good for crayon soap. Honestly I hadn't thought about making them until I found the trays. The planet/star/space shapes came from a couple of ice cube trays I found at a tag sale. They are touchy to get out though. I've had bits come off here and there unmolding them. The ice tubes come out easily after being put in the freezer a few minutes. I let them sit for somewhere between 12-24 hours before I unmold them then I put them on my drying rack for a week and a half before we used them.

I made a mini loaf of swirled together colors to make little bars of crayon soap. I'll post pictures of those here too after they cure. Hope I covered any questions. It was so simple and my kids love them so much I had to share how easy it was. Even if you are skeptical I hope some of you soap crafters give it a shot even in a small batch. I just think they are cool. I can't wait to find more molds. I actually ordered an alphabet mold that should be here next week.
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Crayon Soaps a how to of sorts. 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!!!

15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Lip Balms and Scrubs :D 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.

16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cold Process Soap and Bath Soaks - having fun playing around :D on: December 15, 2010 07:53:01 AM
Sorry it has taken so long for me to get back I've had some sick kiddos.

I use the soap nuts just the same as soap ... really awesome in the shower. My littlest loves to put them in her wash glove and scrub away.

The soaps cured really nice over about a week to two weeks. Honestly I was using some peppermint to wash my hands after five days and it wasn't caustic. I was super stoked with how well they turned out. I was super nervous with it being my first batches. I made sure to keep everything persise weights. I bought a new kitchen scale and wand mixer just for the project. I was a little nervous about the lye but had distilled vinegar on hand for any splashes. I thankfully haven't had any problems I have a set of all veg soap curing can't wait to take pics and post. I have noticed it does take longer to cure. I just started week three and while it's not super soft when squeezed it is still a little squishy if you can understand my meaning in there. I can't think of what to compare it to being like.

I was so excited about how the natural ingredients color and add properties to the soaps that I found a herb supplier online and ordered a bunch of powdered herbs and flora like hibiscus flower - red/purple, ground lavender flora - lt blue/lavender and Soapwort. The list goes on and on. I started researching and compiling all I know about herbs and using them as skin care additives. I'm working on getting it all on one database so I can post it all.

I made a try at making body butter and ended up adding some ingredients to make a sore muscle rub ... it ended up having almost the exact same ingredients as Chinese Tiger Balm. I'm really enjoying this skin care stuff and love that craftster gave me the inspiration to give it all a try.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: "Manly" tentacle heating pad/ice pack/bed warmer (with small text tutorial!) on: December 15, 2010 07:32:33 AM
I had a lavender herbal pillow made of buckwheat that I had six years and never had to rescent it faded over the years but always smelled softly of lavender. I use Lavender Leaves from my lavender plants in the mix they last a long time and smell wonderfully adding a few drops of lavender essential oils made it kind of over powering but it seems to be settling down.

18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: "Manly" tentacle heating pad/ice pack/bed warmer (with small text tutorial!) on: December 15, 2010 07:29:09 AM
I did some testing on what works best for hot and cold packs using the natural ingredients. The linseed oil in Flax Seed  is what helps retain the heat/cold longer. Rice will retain heat and make a great pack but over time it degrades becoming dry and flaky and develops an odor. Buckwheat also has linseed for the same properties as Flax Seed. Lentils retain cold the longest of the dried legumes with Great Northern Beans coming in close second. All dried beans seem to retain heat nicely.

I've made foot packs before where I've used 1 part rice to 2 parts mixed dried beans.
Eye Pillows with 2 parts flax seed, 1 part lentils and 1 part buckwheat berries.
Neck Pillows 2 parts flax seed, 2 parts rice, 1 part buckwheat
Hand Warmers 1 part flax, 1 part rice, 1 part dried beans/legumes

You can scent them all with herbs and oils. I like to add dried flora for a light scent.

Love the octopus tentacle.


Flax Seed can be a little expensive but I did find it in one pound bags at Dillon's for $4 and when mixed with other cost effective ingredients does go a long long way. The flax seed tends to settle to the bottom as it's small and slippery so if you make a mix stir often before filling and give your pillow a good shake a shake a ... I personally like it resting when I use my eye pack it lets the other ingredients be the insulators.

Great Tute!!

CHERRY PITS: My Childhood farm had cherry trees and as a teen I made all sorts of goodies with cherries and at one point pits. I used them for a pillow in home economics. I didn't scent them but they did develop their own unusual scent over a short period of time. As I remember it being requested to be removed from my locker. I was just thinking though I don't believe I did anything other than was the pits and let them air dry. I imagine giving them a fair soak and then a spritz rinse of bleach water would kill of anything that may cause them to start being odoriferous then let them dry. I may have to test that out here in the spring when I start pitting cherries again. Would love to know how it works out for you.
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Sugar Lip Scrub *with tutorial* on: December 09, 2010 10:41:02 AM
Awesome scrub. I added some Grapefruit Seed Extract for antimicrobial effect. I don't know how much longer it will last than when I haven't. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Cheesy
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Raspberry & Chocolate Soap on: December 04, 2010 10:26:17 PM
If you plan on making more and more soap that way and need to cut it you could always buy a Pizza Cutter the kind that is one long blade with two handles they work great for cutting large projects like that. I use one for cutting fudge and chocolate bars and such from my 16 x16 pan I paid $20 for mine online about three years ago and really it was worth it. I make homemade pizza a lot and it's great to have.

Love the soap ... it was like I could almost smell it. Cheesy
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