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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Not so edible Cupcakes on: April 23, 2008 11:42:39 AM

One quick question: since the soap gets bigger when you put it in the mixer, but does it get any smaller when it dries?
Thanks so much!  Grin

It'll stay exactly how you pipe it. The first few bubbles it creates are large and would probably pop and deflate. But if you whip it for a minute the bubbles are broken down into tiny micro bubbles that can be sustained. It's just like doing a marrangue (sp?). It's actually really cool. You can get as high a mound as you want and it'll dry perfectly.

To save the cupcake bottoms whip up a batch and practice on wax paper. You can use the cupcake tops all piled high as guest soaps. Can you tell I love it?!!! LOL
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Not so edible Cupcakes on: April 22, 2008 10:03:33 PM
So uuum.. 10 pages of requests for tutorials... we're dyin here! Grin Please please post one Kiss

So i didn't want to step on any toes since this wasn't my completed project. But whipped soap piping is great fun so here's my tutorial (gotta scroll down a couple of posts as it was a discussion)


Now gogogo and have fun!!!
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: what is the overall best carrier oil to use in body scrubs? on: April 22, 2008 09:44:10 PM
Do you have some of each or none? If you have them hanging out I'd paint a stripe of each on your forearm. See how it feels right away and maybe 5 mins later. Different people need different oils.

Personally I like, and I've found alot of people like sweet almond oil. Also take into account how viscous or thick you want your oil to be. Thin oils will slide off before you get to scrub and thicker oils can feel goopy and not glide well. If you like the properties of one of these try mixing it with the opposite viscosity.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Whipped lotion for my sister with Multiple Sclerosis on: February 25, 2008 10:59:52 PM
Very cool! Actually the scent sounds rather invigorating.

I know it's not some support board thing... but as a chronic illness patient I'd like to thank you for helping your sister in that way. I'm sure the lotion works well for her skin and her heart!

 Grin  Grin  Grin
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: starbucks frappuccino bottle Bath Salts on: February 25, 2008 10:55:48 PM
I'd probably go the route of coffee FO and mint FO and forego the powdered drinks. Unless you are planning on cleaning your tub really well after. Just a thought Undecided

The vanilla salts in the vanilla bottle is adorable! You gave me an idea... adding powdered milk for a hybrid salt soak/ milk bath. Where's my fluffy robe? Wink Hehehe good job!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Various Recipes for Lip Balm and Bath Items on: February 24, 2008 12:10:43 AM
If you have a lipstick that was not quite right or maybe too intense... Add a chunk to your lip balm recipe. It'll color your balm and doesn't cost you more than what's already in your drawer. Lip blam is very changeable too. You can substitute butters like shea or cocoa for petroleum if you don't like petrols. Play with different oils and waxes. Even the stuff you use for cooking like olive or walnut oils! It's nice to see people sharing recipes and ideas. It's a great place for people to start here!
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: pale skin on: February 21, 2008 09:25:57 PM
I can just speak of sunscreen from someone who is allergic to UV light. For UV sensitives the 3 ingredients to look for in your sunscreen (and preferably all 3 together)
-titanium dioxide

as was said before the spf refers to how long it takes before effects of sun happen. So if you take 30 minutes to burn an spf 2 will buy you aprox 60 minutes etc. [I don't burn but] I can only handle 5mins. So I wear spf 70; 5x70= 350mins. So I apply at least that often. So figure out how much protection you'd like and do some rough math. I'm alabaster...

There are skin lighteners too that you can get through your doctor. Usually to lighten spots and uneveness, allover is dramatic. But keep in mind the body makes vitamin D with light exposure. So protect your skin but don't cut out sunlight if at all possible.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you store citric acid? on: February 19, 2008 11:04:57 AM
You'll want to put it in an airtight plastic container. Nothing fancy-- hit your dollar store. But moisture is the end of citric acid, so an air tight container will keep it safe.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Is a craft business a good option for a college student? on: February 18, 2008 02:53:29 AM
As much as I love my business I have to say job. Crafting requires alot of time to make the dough. Also, it can be alot of initial investment in supplies depending on your craft of choice. I'd encourage you to craft for stress relief and fun. Sell it for pocket money. But as for income, a steady job is the best bet. Working for yourself is actually hard. being in charge of all income and expendature. Supplies, time, logistics. Let someone else do the logistsics of a business at least for now. Heck work in a craft store and get employee disounts on supplies for your side projects!!!

And I'd really look into the yoga teaching. Not just your schedlue but many people's don't fit regular yoga class schedules. If you can do private session that'd pay well and benefit everyone!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Is this to much for my packaging? on: February 14, 2008 10:49:21 PM
Aha! So iI've been thinking about your packaging predicament. I think what set most of us aback is that you are putting in so much effort and almost making a whole other product to put your product in.

Have you considered making packaging its own product? Have a base-line clean approach for sales. And then the little wrapping works of art can easily be added on for those who would like it, even for just a buck. Since alot of people buy for others they would jump at having someone else who is so crafty invent some little perk. Also then paper product isn't being used on someone who just has an eye on reclaimed jewelry.
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