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.