Thursday, September 26, 2013

Soy Wax Melts - No Cheating This Time

 I've gotten some soy wax flakes in the store so I've made some wax melts without using the pre scented beads- see this post. I've just tried a few small batches, so for 5 melts using the
Milky Way Tart Molds I melted  70 grams of wax. The recommended amount of scent to add is 10%, I may have went a little over. Its hard to weigh out 7 grams of scent and I do tend to get carried away in the scent department. The pumpkins are fragranced with Pumpkin Crunch Cake.

My sister donated some orange wax from the remnants of a soy candle. I included that in my weight. To melt I did 45 seconds in the microwave twice with a little rest in between, you don't want the container to get too hot, or the wax.

I had a silicone ice cube tray that I tried. These ones I did with a Pear and Apple Jack blend. Of the five melts I made, only two came out without the leaf breaking off. I'd say silicone works OK but be careful of the shape.

 The pumpkins have a little bloom on them which I'm pretty sure is from the excess fragrance
The soy wax is 2lbs for $7.99 and will make 65 to 70 wax tarts depending on the size. These would make great homemade Christmas Gifts. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Coconut Lime Verbena Soap

Last weekend I tried out a new to me (and to the store) fragrance in a batch of soap to see how it would behave. I am  happy to say there was no accelerated trace, seizing or ricing. I used a full seven teaspoons in a batch that was a about four pounds and could really notice the fragrance when I was cutting this last night. I fill two 3lb loaf molds a little over 1/2 way each. Since I didn't fill the molds to the top, I've cut the bars a little thicker. As you can see, most of the soap was coloured with a green oxide, I did remove "some" to colour with some yellow lake- that was after I had fragranced the whole batch. I stirred some poppy seeds into the yellow soap and sprinkled some on top. The recipe below is my usual from The Soapmaker's Companion. If you're trying a new scent, its good to use an old recipe :) BTW as per the title of this post, the scent I used was Coconut Lime Verbena.

Soap Essentials Bar II from The Soapmaker's Companion

201g sodium hydroxide
538g distilled water
595g olive oil
454g coconut  oil
396g palm oil (I only use sustainable palm)

Temps between 80 to 100F.

I have a few more new fragrances to try, the next one I'm planning to use is Chestnuts & Clove, so I'm thinking white with a little powdered clove in a swirl? Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie

 My latest order of fragrances included a sample of Chocolate Chip Cookie & I had been wanting to make a soap with a little bronze mica, so I thought the two would be a perfect pairing. The new fragrances (limited edition) are Chestnuts & Clove, Coconut Lime Verbena, Eggnog and Rice Flower & Shea, they are listed here on the site. My next order will include some Chocolate Chip Cooke for sure! To see how I made this soap click here.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ornaments Bath Bombs

I used this recipe with out any colour to make some bath bombs in the Milky Way Ornaments mold. I brushed a little mica on after they had dried. I think they will be cute in gift baskets for Christmas, I just need to find the right size of cellophane bag for them. Has anyone else started thinking about what they're making for the Holidays?