Saturday, June 16, 2012

Charcoal Facial Soap

This post is about a couple soaps I have been planning for some time.  Yesterday, I made charcoal facial soap (not sure what I'm going to call it yet).  I have been wanting to make this soap for weeks, but I spent a lot of time researching ingredients that are beneficial for the face.  I have terrible skin issues with my face, so I kind of made this for myself too.  I put all kinds of moisturizing oils and butters in this soap, plus essential oils that have antiseptic properties (they smell amazing as well). In addition, it is colored using several clays and with lots of activated charcoal to draw out impurities in the skin. Oh, I also used aloe vera liquid in place of distilled water. In four weeks, I plan to try it out and share the results.  I ended up with some smaller bars as well, and a few mostly clay bars that are around 3.5 oz. each.

My other project for the week was mastering the rebatch.  French milled or rebatch soap is a technique that has alluded me thus far.  Part of the problem was that I had not invested in a double boiler, so I made a makeshift one out of a bowl and a sauce pan.  It didn't work out too well for me...  I ended up with soap that kind of resembled ground beef.  My family loved it because it smelled fantastic, but it definitely was not for public consumption.  

So armed with my double boiler (which I bought for this and making lotion), I decided I would finally master the rebatch. I used aloe vera liquid in it, so it should be nice and soothing.  This is the resulting soap.

I'm pretty happy with my work!  This soap seems really light, although each bar is 5 oz.  I will be curious to see how much the bars will weigh in a few weeks, after the water has cured out of the soap a bit.  

My soap making has slowed considerable since my kids are now home for Summer vacation.  We are trying to fill our days with fun activities and occasional outings and play dates.  I am already setting up craft shows for the Fall though!  Make sure you sign up for my new newsletter to find out when and where you can find me  (upper right hand corner)! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Fruity Friday - Apricot Freesia Cupcake Soap & Citrus Sorbet Shea Butter Soap

So technically it is Saturday, but as I made these on Friday, "fruity Friday" it is!

I'm super happy with the Apricot Freesia Cupcake Soap!  The minis are still too sticky to come out of the cupcake liners, so I'll give them another day.  No matter how many times I use a colorant that morphs overnight, I still get nervous waiting for it to turn out.

Apricot Freesia Cupcake Soap

Here is the cut Citrus Sorbet.  She's pretty, but I am trying to master the hanger swirl, and I'm still not satisfied with my results.  I need to try it with a FO/EO that I know will not thicken too quickly.  These will still be very nice after they cure and are cleaned up I think.  I am tremendously happy with the scent, as I was afraid it would disappear since it is mostly citrus.  It is still really strong and lovely. :)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Busy, busy, busy!

It has been a busy week for me.  I have been making soap, going to doctor appointments, making lotion and lotion bars, and then all the normal stuff.   I'm trying to get as much in as I can before I have three girls talking my ears off.  My two little ones have their last day of school on Tuesday.  I just have the teenager at home this week, and although she likes to talk my ear off too, one is a lot easier to handle than three!

Anyway, I started off the week making some dog soap.  I wanted to make something that would sooth my dog's sensitive skin.  Although she is a non-shedding breed of dog, she has very touchy skin that is prone to "hot spots."  She just can't seem to leave them alone until she is red and raw.  This soap has a blend of lavender essential oil, a very small amount of tea tree, and several small amounts of other essential oils that deter fleas and other pests.  It has oatmeal, which is soothing for that sensitive skin, and activated charcoal that draw out toxins and impurities in the skin.  It also has shea butter that will be good for the coat.  Once this soap is cured, I will try it on three types of dog.  My dog, who is small with hair-like fur, my parents' dog, who is large with medium length fur, and my in-laws' dog, who has short needle like fur (Oh, I haven't told them that they are guinea pigs yet!).  I did a lot of research on this one before I made it, and I hope it does the trick for our dog Daisy.

Clean Dog Bar Soap

I also made a myriad of lotions this week.  I made up a bunch of my solid lotion using my new blossom shaped mold.  they really turn out so pretty!  I also made my first batch of regular lotion, with which I am already in love.  They go on really smoothly without feeling too heavy and greasy.  After about 5 minutes, the oils are soaked in, leaving soft silky skin.  The new scents are: almond cream, Peppermint & Eucalyptus, Orchid & Violets, and Citrus Sorbet.

Today was another soaping day.  I made some soap in my new essential oil/fragrance blend we have named Citrus Sorbet. It is a blend of blood oranges, May Chang (a lemon citrus), grapefruit, and a hint of delicate floral.  No pictures of this one yet, but I should have some after the weekend.

I also made up some new Apricot Freesia Cupcake Soaps.  I am quite pleased with the way the swirl "frosting" turned out.  The middle tones should morph into a more orange color by tomorrow.  The bases are pure white. I have tried this swirl once before, but with a more narrow frosting tip and with yellow and white.  I found that there wasn't enough contrast between the two colors, and once they squeezed through that narrow tip, I ended up with just yellow.

Oh, and I managed to put together my new website up and running too!  My Etsy shop is still there, but I decided to start the new website for my local customers, who are willing to meet up with me, and for those who don't like the whole Etsy thing.  I find that some of my old school customers are intimidated by Etsy and don't like the fact that you have to "sign up" before you can purchase.  So you can now find my products in two places. and  Yippee!!

I also am building an email list so I can send out a newsletter with our sales, new product news, local events, etc.  If you are interested, you can click here or click the side bar link on the upper right. :)