Tuesday December 3, 2013
The holiday season is upon us - and it's starting out delightful as always. If you're planning to make soap or candles for your holiday gifts, (and of course you are!) you'd better get busy! Here are some Christmas and seasonal soap making projects that are sure to delight your friends and family. Just make sure that you keep a couple extras for yourself!
Christmas Soap Making Projects
Friday November 29, 2013
Inspired by the cold process soap with Autumn embeds, I decided to make some gel candles using the same principle - and the same style of small cookie cutters. Like the melt and pour soap shapes, you make a sheet of gel wax - with color and/or glitter added - and then put those on the surface (the sides) of the container. Pour in some more colored and/or glittered melted gel wax and you have a festive gel candle.
How to Make Christmas Themed Gel Wax Candles
Thursday November 28, 2013
While most everyone in the U.S. is feasting on desserts and pies, I thought it appropriate to bring back a yummy recipe that was inspired by a famous dessert. You have likely tried making soap with goat's milk, coconut milk or even cow's milk. But have you ever used all three? That's what I did when I developed this recipe using three different milks inspired by the yummy tres leches cake. I used my colleague Amanda Griffin's "milk in oil method" for adding milk to the soap recipe - and it works splendidly.
Tres Leches Soap Recipe
Monday November 25, 2013
It's just a month away from Christmas, so I've been busy making soap to be ready for Christmas gifts. I've really been in love with my recent batch of 100% coconut oil soap, but I wanted to make a batch of soap that would be - and would be perceived as - real "luxury" soap. Many people equate "luxury" with oils like shea butter and cocoa butter, so I created this recipe, called Double Butter, that uses 25% butters in the recipe. It's otherwise a pretty straightforward recipe. I did this batch with an "in the pot" swirl. It is certain to delight your friends and family - but be sure to save a bar for yourself!
Double Butter Soap Recipe with cocoa and shea butters