Friday, November 3, 2017

Still Trying Soap Cupbakes & Holiday Treats

I am still trying my hand at piping soap and making soap cupcakes. These Blackberry Sage soaps were made early October. I filled my 3lb silicone mold and made three cupcakes with the leftover soap. The cupcakes aren't perfect but I was pretty happy with them and wished I had made more than three. The berries are melt & pour made in a silicone mold, the few green leaves I piped, not so well LOL. You can see I did just a bit of piping on the loaf soap, just enough piping to hold the berries.


 I used silicone cupcake baking cups and my silicone loaf mold. The loaf mold requires propping up on the sides once its filled.

I made some more melt & pour embeds for a Holiday Treats soap.
If you look closely at these cupcakes and the Blackberry cupcakes you can see I used a different piping tip.


Because I made more cupcakes (I made 8) I didn't have enough soap to fill my 3lb loaf mold. The 4 soaps below were poured into a drawer organizer (and then cut after unmolding) and luckily I had just enough embeds left over for 4 more soaps. 
These Holiday Treats soaps are fragranced with Gingerbread, Cranberry, Chocolate Chip Cookie and Peppermint. The scent combination is yummy and really does smell like Holiday Treats!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Candle


I bought this mug at a thrift store in the spring and have been saving it for a Pumpkin Spice candle. A few days ago (after having a PSL Latte) I declared it was time to fill it up.
I melted Soy Wax Flakes with some orange candle scraps I'd saved, the wax is always darker in its melted state. This candle is fragranced with Pumpkin Pie and Irish Crème fragrance oils and some Cinnamon essential oil.

The wax set up to a nice pumpkin orange, smells yummy even unlit. That's the great thing about soy wax.


And below I've paired the candle with some Pumpkin Cake soap I made earlier this year, or was it last year :) The soap is made with pumpkin puree and blueberry honey. 
I plan to make more candles this month and they will probably all be coffee/ foodie themed.
Any questions let me know and thanks for looking!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Mooncake Press Bath Bombs


I purchased a 100 gram Mooncake Press from ebay and have been playing with the different templates that came with it. Here I'm showing photos on Bath Bombs I've make with 4 different (of 8) templates. The Bath Bombs all weigh about 120 grams each. In the picture above is my 1st batch scented with Pineapple.
 
These ones are Blackberry Sage Tea.


And the pink ones are Black Raspberry Vanilla.
Green with Green Tea. They all have a sprinkling on cosmetic glitter, I put a bit in the mold but you can sprinkle it on after too, and set it with a spritz of rubbing alcohol.

Here's a close up.

I like just a bit of colour on the top. Originally (with the Pineapple fragrance) I was putting the layer of colour last so it was on the bottom.

Group shot, thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rose Wax Sachets

 
 
I posted some pictures of wax sachets on my Facebook a while ago and finally got around to making some. I used a soap mold, but you can use anything as long as its not too big. Here are mine.
 

I used the Breakaway Hearts Milky Way Mold, this gave me one side with a design. Believe it or not it was tricky to drill a hole in the centre of the hearts though:) So my bits in the sachets are rose petals, lavender buds and artificial greenery (just a bit of the artificial stuff, I wanted a touch of green but no potential of shriveling & shedding).
 

Here's the soy wax after melting and colouring, you can see its a lot brighter in liquid form. You can put a drop on to some freezer paper and check the colour before you pour it.
Here's everything in the molds, it starts to cool and harden fairly quickly. I scented the wax pretty heavily with rose fragrance oil, they are sachets after all. This is a link to the mold, if you're using it for soap you can cut along the lines of the bars and get individual guest soaps with a heart on each soap, but I don't recommend trying that with wax.
These were fun and easy to make and I'm hoping to do some matching candles before Mothers Day.
Any questions, let me know:)
 


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bath Bombs + Embeds + Mica Painting

The batch of bath bombs pictured below are hiding pink & purple embeds, sorry you can't see them and I wasn't smart enough to take of picture of them before I placed them in the bombs. I made the embeds with equal parts citric acid and baking soda, plus a fair amount of powdered colourant. They were dampened with rubbing alcohol but witch hazel would work too. I made mine a little too wet and it took a few days for them to dry, they weren't the prettiest but it doesn't matter.
I mixed some micas with alcohol and practiced a little painting on this plain bath bomb I had left over from Christmas. I've used gold, silver mist and purple haze micas.

Then I was brave enough to try it on these hearts. I'm not a good painter so I'm really just highlighting the design on the bath bombs.

The larger hearts I had to do more freehand. These hearts were made in a baking tray.

Here's the tray (from Dollarama) it was $3.00, not sure if its for cookies or cupcakes. I'm sure it would make nice Melt & Pour soaps too.
These are the micas mixed with alcohol. If you have any left over it will dry up but you can add more alcohol and use it again.

And below you can see the pink/purple/fizz/foam from the bath bomb. I added polysorbate to my bath bomb mixture which created the foam and also emulsified the colours and the water.

Thanks for looking/ reading, any questions let me know!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Lemongrass & Myrtle

I made some soap yesterday with a new to me scent blend of Lemongrass and Myrtle essential oils, equal parts. Smells great that's for certain!
 I used chromium green oxide and blue ultramarine powders for my colourants with a little green mica added to each and tried to do minimal swirling with my hanger LOL. And I did add Titanium Dioxide to the rest of the soap to whiten it up.
So its nothing too fancy, the fragrance is the star of these bars, and of course they won't be ready for Christmas. Here's a link where you will find the recipe.



Friday, December 9, 2016

Thrift Store (Sally Ann) Finds

So I've had thrift shop envy, I lot of customers have been showing be me really neat cups etc that they've picked up at thrift stores and garage sales. I took my self to the Salvation Army last week and found these treasures. The cup and saucer set was $2.00 and the pinwheel crystal wine glasses were $3.00 each. Of course they are for candles.
I melted a few shavings of green candle dye with the wax, trying to go for the lighter green in the holly on the teacup. The fragrance I used is a mish mash of Peppermint, Pine and Christmas Spice.

 A warm kitchen makes for nice smooth tops LOL, I am going to have to remelt the wax in the cup to add some wax berries though.
 These boxes from the dollar store (I bought a couple) will hold one of these candles perfectly, there will be room to wrap the glass in tissue paper too.
My wax berries are not the right red to go with the berries on the cup and saucer, I'm going to tone down the colour a bit. At the bottom of this post I'll put a picture of the pearlizer I used. Years ago one of my boys made a ton of beeswax candles and we used to put this pearlizer on the red and green ones, I can't believe I found it.
 So I put pearlizer on the berries and the rest of the candle too and on a whim I set it with a few hair dryer blasts. The bit of heat on the pearlizer has given it a sort of antique look in real life.
 I do not have a box for this one (yet) but I know who I'm giving this too. She's a relative who loves Christmas dishes and I hope this will go with one of her sets called The Holly & The Ivy.
 Here's the Pealizer, it looks like white eye shadow and I'm sure that would work too.
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