Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Chocolate coconut bath melts

These chocolate coconut bath melts smell so delicious. I made them from cocoa butter and sweet almond oil and I scented them with a coconut fragrance oil. This bath treat smells like a yummie candy bar. I just toss one in a foot bath and relax. They leave my feet feeling silky. and pampered.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Eucalyptus Perfume Oil

In high school, I always carried around my roll on tube of Opium essential oil "perfume" and I thought I would try to come up with something similar. I made this essential oil "perfume" using eucalyptus essential oil diluted in sweet almond oil and a little vitamin e t-50. I do like it, but I think I will increase the amount of essential oil since the scent is not quite as strong as I would like. I used 8 drops of essential oil in about 8 mL of carrier oil. Anyone else made something like this?

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Vanilla Cafe Sugar Scrub

This is a scrub a made about a month ago and never posted about. I absolutely love this scrub...scent, texture, everything...except what it does to my tub. I don't think I have ever seen a tub get so gross from one scrub session. I think it is the mixture of oils sticking to the tub and then the fact that the coffee grounds are really dark and stick to the oil. Anyone have a suggestion...something to add to the scrub to prevent the oils from sticking to the tub? Maybe something like dryflo or natursorb?

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Orange Sherbert Whipped Shea Butter

This was my first attempt at a whipped shea butter and I am really wishing that I had something to compare it to. It melts really nicely on my skin, but feels a bit stiff in the container. I had expected it to feel much lighter and fluffy like. I also added some apricot colored mica, but it does not show up in the final product. The smell is amazing though. Any tips on what the consistency should be like?

Friday, April 25, 2008

Tea Tree Shampoo Bar

I made this shampoo bar about a month ago and have been using it now for a couple of weeks. I am now a convert to shampoo bars. I do not foresee a return to store bought liquid shampoo. I love the way it leaves my hair. I have very fine hair and this shampoo bar has definitely made my hair feel much thicker and I have a lot more volume. I have noticed that my boyfriends hair looks much thicker as well. We have a friend that stays with us a couple days every week and he loves the new shampoo bar. He apparently has problems with a very dry scalp and has seen an improvement since using my shampoo bar. I will probably be listing these bars at my Etsy store tomorrow. I love the shampoo bar, but I am a bit disappointed with how it looks. There is a crack in the bottom of the bars likely from over heating during the gel stage. So I am still debating if they are store worthy because of the crack.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pink Lemonade Soap

I made this soap a few weeks ago. It is scented with a pink lemonade FO it smells awesome. I sprinkled Bolivian pink salt (free sample from "FromNatureWithLove.com") on top of the bars and attempted to make pink soap. The color did not turn out as I expected, but it never does when I use herbs as colorant. Overall, I am happy with this soap ...the scent is really nice...I just can not stop smelling it. I have had a piece sitting on my desk for the past couple weeks cause i like it so much. :)

Cut Salt Bars and Tutorial

Here are the long awaited pictures of the cut jasmine salt bars. The salts were dyed with FD&C red # 33, which turned the whole bar a pink color.

The recipe:
82.5% Coconut oil
12.5% Avocado oil
5% Castor oil
Medium Size Sea Salt equal to the weight of oils
15% Super Fat
20% water discount

1. Preheated the oven to 170*F.
2. Mix in the salt at soap trace and add any color or fragrance.
3. Either pour the soap into a wooden loaf mold or (better) into 4-5 oz sized individual molds.
4. Put into the oven and turned the oven off.
5. Soap that will need to be sliced should be removed from the oven after 1.5 hours and cut (otherwise they will be too hard to cut and will just crumble). If you make your soap in a divided or individual mold, then you can leave it in the oven overnight..

Monday, April 14, 2008

Featured on Talentdatabase.com

I have been featured on TalentDatabase.com. I am not sure how long I will stay on the featured list but it is pretty exciting!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Jasmine Salt Bar

Well, when I dyed the salts they were a nice shade of purple/lavender. When I added the salts to my soap at trace the turned this very pretty pink color. I am not sure that the color is the best for jasmine scent but it will have to do. Once I poured the soap into the mold I covered it with saran wrap and the wooden lid and put it in the oven for 1 hour. I probably should have left it in there for another 10-30 minutes since it was still still too soft to cut. I had to let it sit for about 30 minutes before I could cut it. It appeared to be in the gel stage when I cut it and I noticed a small crack on the bottom of the log from overheating probably. Maybe next time I will allow my lye to cool a bit more before I mix it with the oils and hope that that will minimize overheating. Anyways, it appears to be turning a darker pink than is seen in the photo below. I actually just looked at a picture of jasmine flowers and while the flower itself is white the base of the flower is almost hot pink. So maybe this color works. ;)

Anyone else made salt bars? They are quite fun!

Sunday, April 6, 2008


Just had a thought...could we call ourselves saponifiers instead of soapmakers? It really sounds so much cooler. :)

Sparkling Cranberry Soap

I made this soap last weekend using a sparkling cranberry fragrance. The color in the swirls is due to cranberry fruit fiber. I also added some red sparkles since the cranberry fiber started turning a brownish red. I really like how the white portion of the soap has a cream and an ivory mix to it. This soap will be for sale in my Etsy store in about 2 weeks.