Sunday, November 20, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
These holiday banners are made from our luggage style gift tags. One package of 10 tags for $2.50 will give you enough tags to make both of these banners. I stamped the letters with some large alphabet stamps but you could cut the letters out of construction paper or do what I call the ransom note style and cut letters from titles in magazines.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Get these cute tags to add to your packages and cards this holiday season. They are free from www.misscutiepiegoes80s.blogspot.com. I have been adding them to my gift tags and on to some takeout boxes as well.You'll need a colour printer and some white or beige cardstock.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
From our Oct 2006 newsletter. We no longer carry Avocado oil but most health food stores do, or you could sub with more Olive oil and run it through a lye calculator.
We’ve brought in some pumpkin oil for those of you who want to try incorporating it into a pumpkin soap recipe. This recipe is for semi-experienced soapers. Here’s our new version of Pumpkin soap:
200 grams Avocado Oil
300 grams Olive Oil
100 grams Pumpkinseed Oil
396 grams Palm Oil
454 grams Coconut Oil
202 grams Lye
338 grams Distilled Water
100 grams each of canned pumpkin & cream mixed together
When your lye solution and your oils are both at 100 degrees, gently warm the pumpkin and cream solution to around 90 degrees. Add your lye solution to the oils and begin to stir, then add the pumpkin mixture. Bring to a medium trace and fragrance as desired.
Friday, September 23, 2011
We’ve got some fun Pumpkin recipes in this newsletter for you to try. If you don’t make cold process soaps give the face masks a try. Both masks should make enough for you and a buddy- just make sure you have someone else to answer the door.
Pumpkin & Whipping Cream Soap (for those already familiar with making CP Soap)
This recipe is a variation of Cavitch’s Soap Essentials Bar from “The Soapmakers Companion”.
201 grams Sodium Hyroxide
269 grams distilled water
595 grams olive oil
454 grams coconut oil
397 grams palm oil
100 grams canned pumpkin
169 grams cream or milk
Mix sodium hydroxide solution and set aside to cool. Melt Coconut & Palm oils, add olive oil. When temps are just below 100F, mix the cream & pumpkin together & gently heat to around 90 to 95F. Add sodium hydroxide solution to oil, and begin to stir. Then get your warmed pumpkin/milk mixture into the pot and bring the soap to a medium trace. Fragrance as desired. We used Pumpkin Pie Fragrance (5 tsp) plus 2 tsp of Cinnamon Bun Fragrance. This soap takes about 4 weeks to cure.
What to do with the leftover pureed pumpkin- how about wearing it? Pumpkin contains enzymes that dissolve dead skin cells, and combined with an acidic fruit makes a great face mask. As with all face masks, please do a patch test before using.
Pumpkin & Honey Exfoliation Mask
2 tbsp pumpkin
2 tsp drained pureed pineapple (or papaya)
1 tbsp honey
4 tbsp cornmeal
Mix together and thin with approx ½ tsp of green tea or oil (sweet almond, apricot kernel, sunflower or sesame)
Add 2 or 3 drops of essential oil if desired
Massage into clean skin using circular motions gently buffing away dead skin cells. Leave a thin layer of the mask on the skin for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and gently pat skin dry. Apply a gentle moisturizer ( I don’t like applying creams with Alpha Hydroxy Acids etc right after using an exfoliating mask).
Pumpkin & Egg White Mask
For a gentler mask, wisk together 2 tbsp of pumpkin with 1 tbsp of pureed pineapple or papaya. Add 1 egg white and continue to wisk until well blended. Apply to clean skin and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing. Apply a gentle moisturizer.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
For an 8 inch drawer organizer you will need 1.5 lbs of Goat Milk Melt & Pour.
For the first layer melt 15 squares (.75lb) of soap. Stir in 1 tsp of Salty Caramel fragrance and 1/4 tsp of Honey Beige Mica. Spray with rubbing alcohol if the mica clumps. Pour into the organizer - I placed mine on a slanted board.
Melt the rest of the soap for the second layer and add 1tsp of Chocolate fragrance plus 1/2 tsp of orange essential oil (optional, I couldn't help myself). Colour this layer with 1/4 tsp of Cappucino Mica. Your first layer should have a very thick skin on it by the time you have the second layer ready. Spray the soap in the mold with rubbing alcohol and pour the second layer on top. If your mold was on a slanted board put it flat before you pour.
If you have a 12 inch organizer you will need 1lb of soap for each layer, 2lbs total.
Melt & Pour soap is 10% off until Sept 30 so hopefully you will try this recipe!
Monday, September 5, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I'm hoping the link I've posted works or you can download these free printables from the TomKat Studio site. They were designed for HGTV so you might find them there too.
Monday, July 11, 2011
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
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Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Bath Bomb Recipes
Oatmeal Milk & Honey Bath Bombs:
1 cup of powdered citric acid
2 cups (generous) of baking soda
¼ cup powdered milk
¼ cup of ground oatmeal
1 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp. oatmeal/milk/honey fragrance oil
Mix the dry ingredients together, then add 1 tsp sweet almond oil and 1 tsp of Oatmeal Milk & Honey fragrance. Mix some more and then spritz with witch hazel from a spray bottle about 15 or so times, just to slightly dampen. Now pack your molds before it starts to harden. We used the Milky Way Bee & Honeycomb 3 cavity molds - they're as cute as can be and smell yummy.
Chai Milk Bomb
2/3 cup milk powder, ground (will grind down to ½ cup)
½ cup powdered citric acid
1 heaping cup baking soda
1 tsp sweet almond oil
¼ tsp each cinnamon, cardamom & clove powdered spice
1 tsp Vanilla fragrance oil
Mix all ingredients well by hand, spritz lightly with witch hazel and pack into molds. We made up this recipe without the witch hazel and packed it into 2 part round molds. They really had to be packed hard to stay together and they took a few days to harden up.
Mocha Latte Bath Bomb
Use the first four ingredients for the Chai Milk Bomb and sift with 1 tbsp of cocoa powder. Fragrance with ¼ tsp coffee fragrance plus 1/2 tsp chocolate fragrance. Blend well, spritz with witch hazel and pack into molds.
Mocha Coconut Bath Bomb
Start with the Mocha Latte Bath Bomb and add 1 tbsp. of grated cocoa butter. Fragrance with ¼ tsp each of chocolate & coffee fragrance oil plus ½ tsp coconut fragrance.
Orange Creamsicle Bath Bomb
Use the first four ingredients from the Chai Milk Bomb and fragrance with ½ tsp each of Orange Essential Oil & French Vanilla Fragrance (our newest fragrance!).