Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blueberry Honey & Pumpkin Maple Soap Cake

I'll post the pictures first and then the recipe at the bottom.
 





This is the Pumpkin Soap Recipe from last year with the addition of some Blueberry Honey and of course it looks a little different too. I made a separate non pumpkin batch of soap for the piping and the blueberries are made with Melt & Pour soap.
 
For the piping, should give you about 1 pound of soap:
113 grams Coconut Oil
100 grams Palm Oil
25 grams Cocoa Butter
124 grams Olive Oil
 
52 grams Sodium Hydroxide
134 grams Distilled Water
 
Optional: Titanium Dioxide for whitening
 
Get these oils and your sodium hydroxide solution ready. You will want to mix this soap up before you start mixing the Pumpkin Soap. While the solution is cooling and you are slowly melting the hard oils you can start working on the Pumpkin Soap.
 
Pumpkin Soap Recipe about 3 pounds of soap:
340 grams Coconut Oil
298 grams Palm Oil
75 grams Cocoa Butter
370 grams Olive Oil
 
156 grams Sodium Hydroxide
340 grams Distilled Water
 
50 grams canned Pumpkin
20 grams Cream
2 tbsp. Blueberry Honey
 
Optional: Whatever fragrance you would like to add and any decorations, you really don't need the piping or the melt & pour blueberries if you're going for a traditional bar.
 
Mix the Pumpkin and Cream together and set aside. Measure out the honey later when you need it.
 
Get the Sodium Hydroxide solution ready, weigh out the oils and slowly melt the solids. I don't pay too much attention to temperatures but honey is a heater so try and stay below 90.
 
The smaller  (non pumpkin) batch should be cooled and ready first. So mix that first, add the olive oil to the other oils if you haven't already, then the lye solution and Titanium Dioxide. Blend to a medium to heavy trace and then just leave it in the pot where it will continue to thicken.
 
When the lye solution and the oils for your Pumpkin soap have cooled do the same. Add the olive oils to the other oils if you haven't already and then add the lye solution. Start to blend the oils and lye solution and then add the pumpkin/cream. Once you have reached a thin trace add the honey and fragrance. I used 2 tsp each of Pumpkin Crunch Cake & Maple fragrance oils.  Blend a little more to incorporate the honey and fragrance. I started filling my molds at a medium trace and it had thickened up quite a bit by the time I was finished.
 
OK now back to the soap frosting, it still wasn't thick enough to pipe once I had poured the pumpkin soap.  I had to wait for about an hour, which was OK because the pumpkin soap got to firm up a little.
Once it was thick enough I filled my piping bag and started piping not knowing if I had too much or not enough. With the amount of piping I did I had a very small amount left over, if I wasn't so wrung out at that point I could have kept adding more and used it up but I was wanting to get the berries on. In the picture at the top of the post there are a few soaps with only one berry but after I took that photo I went back added another berry to those soaps, so each soap cake and soap cupcake have two berries. The last thing I did was add some cosmetic glitter and spray the soaps with rubbing alcohol.
 
Last year I poured this soap into a loaf mold and I remember it got really hot, I think I might have put it in the fridge for a while. This soap gelled, I could see it even with the piping and I did get a small amount of ash on the cakes which steamed off easily. Its still curing but I'm really happy with it!
Thanks for stopping by, any questions let me know!
 
 
 


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gummy Bear Candles & A Soap

Here is my first attempt at layering coloured wax and adding embeds to candles. I made some little soy wax gummy bears in a few colours, you want all  of the colours different from the colour of the top layer. So below are the wax bears, there are two shades of green, I used the darker green, orange and yellow.

For the colour, I added some coloured wax beads in various colours plus some soy wax candle bits ( I save my candle scraps) to the soy wax flakes, I was kind of limited in my colour choices to what I had on hand. So in my container I had the wax flakes, some  of the coloured beads and  some grated scraps, I melted them all together in the microwave.
Each colour for pouring was melted in a separate container and once the wax was melted I added fragrance, each layer has a different scent. You can melt the layers for the candles one at a time because you have to wait for the poured layer to turn opaque before pouring the next layer. I didn't worry about temperature because soy wax has such a low melting point. I left the wicks long and positioned them with pencils (see this post).

Now for adding the wax embeds, in this case the Gummy Bears, from what I have read it is recommended to wait until the top layer had just about hardened up and then to set them with a gentle little push. I chickened out and let the wax harden as if I wasn't adding any embeds, then I melted the top a little with my hair dryer (like you would do if you were smoothing out the top) and set the bears into the melted wax. Don't melt too deep and don't hold they dryer to close, the wax could splatter. One thing I would do differently is trim the wick before melting the top. The wicks I use have a wax coating and that wax can melt and get on the coloured wax.

These were fun to make, the jars came in a pack of 4 and I made all 4 at once. I messed up on the amounts a bit, that's why the bottom layer is the thickest :)
The embed molds can be used for soap too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Gummy Bear Candles

Here is my first attempt and layering coloured wax and adding embeds to candles. I made some little soy wax gummy bears in a few colours, you want all  of the colours different from the colour of the top layer. So below are the wax bears, there are two shades of green, I used the darker green, orange and yellow.

For the colour, I melted some scented wax beads in various colours plus some soy wax candle bits ( I save by candle scraps), I was kind of limited in my colour choices to what I had on hand.
Each colour for pouring was melted in a separate container and once the wax was melted I added fragrance, each layer has a different scent. You can melt the layers for the candles one at a time because you have to wait for the poured layer to turn opaque before pouring the next layer. I didn't worry about temperature because soy wax has such a low melting point. I left the wicks long and positioned them with pencils (see this post).

Now for adding the wax embeds, in this case the Gummy Bears, from what I have read it is recommended to wait until the top layer had just about hardened up and then to set them with a gentle little push. I chickened out and let the wax harden as if I wasn't adding any embeds, then I melted the top a little with my hair dryer (like you would do if you were smoothing out the top) and sets the bears into the melted wax. Don't melt too deep and don't hold they dryer to close, the wax could splatter. One thing I would do differently is trim the wick before melting the top. The wicks I use have a wax coating and that wax can melt and get on the coloured wax.

These were fun to make, the jars came in a pack of 4 and I made all 4 at once. I messed up on the amounts a bit, that's why the bottom layer is the thickest :)
The embed molds can be used for soap too!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Oatmeal Milk & Honey Cut & Recipe

Here's the Oatmeal Milk & Honey soap from the post below all cut and trimmed.

 
I'm happy with the tops and the swirls, I didn't want a bunch of different colours and pattern, this is just enough. The recipe is below and of course you can choose your own design.
 
 
340 grams Coconut Oil
298 grams Palm Oil
75 grams Cocoa Butter
370 grams Olive Oil
 
156 grams Sodium Hydroxide
364 grams Water
 
40 Grams Cream or Milk
2 Tbsp Honey
Hand of Oatmeal
4 Tsp Oatmeal Milk & Honey Fragrance
Large pinch of bronze mica for colour
 
OK, so you see I have taken my usual recipe, which is a modification of Susan Miller Cavitch's basic bar recipe and backed of the water a bit to accommodate the 40 grams of cream. The cream, honey, oatmeal and fragrance were all added at a light trace, after I had removed about 1/2 cup of soap to colour. During the pouring I did two tiny layers, both off to one side, with the coloured soap and then did a bit of swirling with a hanger. Once that was done I gently pressed some bubble wrap onto the top of the soap and did not insulate.
 
I've also found an Oatmeal Milk & Honey bath bomb recipe from more that a few years ago.
Here's a link if you want to try them, there's a few other recipes there too.
 


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Oatmeal Milk & Honey Soap + My Cutter

 I made a batch of Oatmeal Milk & Honey scented soap yesterday and cut it this morning. The cutter I use came from WorkshopHeritage on Etsy. I like it because you can adjust the size of the bars and you can also cut them the 'other way' if you have done a mantra swirl (see here).
I added oatmeal to the soap, you can see I added enough that it would be obvious the soap contained oatmeal, but I left the small portion that was coloured with Bronze  Mica oatmeal free.
 
On the top of the soap I took a strip of bubble wrap and gently pressed the bubbles in to the soap, making a nice honeycomb effect, there is honey in this soap too. The bubble wrap stays on the soap until you`re ready to unmold.
You can also lay the bubble wrap in the bottom of the mold and pour on top of it, for melt and pour soap you have to put the bubble wrap on the bottom, at least as far as I know. Here's a melt & pour soap where I poured on top  of the bubble wrap, the mold was curved so it was easy to lay the bubble wrap in , the darker soap is the top.
 
Once I have all the bars from this morning  trimmed up I will post another picture of them with the recipe. Its the one I always use with a couple of tweaks. Thanks for reading!
 
 
 
 


Monday, August 15, 2016

The Hardest Things Was Finding The Shells


And I actually was not the one who found them, my sister got them for me from a place that sells oysters.

 I washed the shells in hot water with a bit of bleach and when they were almost dry I put them in the oven at 175 degrees to finish. I wanted to add a bit of heat to make sure there was no beach scent.
I didn't scrub the backs too much, I was liking the colour and want them to look real (since they are LOL).

 I attached the wicks with my hot glue gun, larger shells got two wicks.
 
 If you don't have wicks you can pull some wicks out of the cheap unscented tea lites that you can get in bulk, they should be long enough.
Now for the wax. I melted 5.5 oz of Soy Wax Flakes. I usually melt 6.5 oz for a 250ml jar and I didn't think I need that much for these shells. If you want to know exactly how much you need, fill the shells with water and then empty all of them in to a measuring cup. You should put water in the shells anyway to see how the wax will sit. I found a few shells not suitable after filling with water.
To the soy wax flakes I added 1/2 a tube of Oatmeal Cookie Soy Wax Beads, so that was another ounce of wax. The wax beads added a bit of scent and the sandy colour I wanted. I added 1 teaspoon of additional fragrance and I did have a bit of wax left over, better than not enough! I melted the wax in a microwave, two 45 second blasts did the job.

You can see I over filled the shell on the left, would have been OK if it wasn't broken. That's the one I lit (at the top of this post), since I'm keeping it.
 
The Soy Wax Beads I have in other colours and fragrances, they are not listed but if you want/need they are $2.00 for a 2.3oz tube.
 
I think these would be great for a summer party or wedding. Thanks for looking!


Monday, August 8, 2016

So I Made Some Round Ones


I generally don't make ball shaped bath bombs, I don't like the tiny melon ball or golf ball sizes, they look too small. The size I like the appearance of is, well the size you see here, big enough to go in a cupcake holder LOL. But really, for me they're a bit too big. Out of a single batch for me I get four of these, the other shapes I do I usually get seven.

But I wanted to use these cupcake papers. I bought them for some cupcakes soaps I made but they weren't suitable. I have 100 of these papers. I will not be making 100 of these bath bombs. BTW these are Blackberry Sage Tea, coloured with a little Purple Ultramarine Powder and I dusted a little Cosmetic Glitter on the tops.
 We still have the 1 kg size of Powdered Citric Acid and now have a 3 kg size too.
And for the mold I just used these cheap plastic things, you can get them at Michaels.