Share Your Favorite Fall Soap & Candle Fragrances

maple leaves
Darrell Gulin / Getty Images

I make no secret that autumn is my favorite time of the year. That first evening of cool, crisp breeze that says the heat of summer is over…and fall is here. Here are some of my favorite fall fragrances and a request for you to share YOUR favorite fall fragrances. Let us know what scents or essential oil blends make you think of fall…and what you’re going to be featuring in your soaps and candles this autumn.

Share Your Favorite Fall Soap & Candle Fragrances originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 20:20:56.

Permalink | Comment | Email this

About Candle & Soap Making

How to Turn Your Bubbles Into Bucks

“Wow…your soap is so good…you ought to sell it!”

If I had a dollar for every time someone said that to me, I would never have had to start my own soap making business. But I didn’t…and so I did…and it was a great experience. It wasn’t easy, but it was rewarding, profitable, and fun.

That’s my story, and the personal story that Elin Criswell tells in her new book Bubbles to Bucks: How to Make Money Selling Soap. In addition to her own personal soap making business story, she shares the stories of many other soap makers. The book is part how-to, part resource list, part sharing of stories. I wish that I had had a guide book like this when I was starting my own soap business. It would have helped me to ask the questions, develop the plans, and avoid a few of the pitfalls that any small business owner faces.

How to Turn Your Bubbles Into Bucks originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 20:22:06.

Permalink | Comment | Email this

About Candle & Soap Making

A Layered Pillar Candle – Almost Good Enough to Eat

Well…I saw Halloween candy in the store today…and was reminded of layered pillar candles. I know you may not think there’s a link between pillar candles and candy corn, but one of my favorite layered pillar candle projects looks like candy corn. And if you pair it with a sugary fragrance oil, it will look and smell almost good enough to eat!

A Layered Pillar Candle – Almost Good Enough to Eat originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 18:47:18.

Permalink | Comment | Email this

About Candle & Soap Making

Make Homemade Laundry Soap

laundry soap setupSoap makers are a pretty frugal and a generally environmentally friendly lot of folks – and once they’ve changed the soap they use in their showers and bathrooms, they often examine their whole household. Making your own homemade laundry soap is super easy and much cheaper than commercial laundry detergent! And more…you know exactly the ingredients are in it! A lot of people resist making the transition to homemade laundry soap – but once they do, say they never regret it.

How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap
Homemade Laundry Soap Recipes

Make Homemade Laundry Soap originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 18:35:38.

Permalink | Comment | Email this

About Candle & Soap Making

Different Waxes for Making Candles

While not quite as many as there are different oils to make soap, there are many different types of wax to make candles with. Natural, traditional, blended, soy, pillar, container, votive, rolled – no matter what kind of candle you want to make, there’s a wax that will work just perfectly.

Different types of candle making wax.

Different Waxes for Making Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 21:14:56.

Permalink | Comment | Email this

About Candle & Soap Making

Clary and Dalmatian Sage Essential Oils

clary sage
Quarto, Inc. / Getty Images

I recently participated in an essential oil co-op where we bought several essential oils I hadn’t tried in a long time. Two of the oils I bought were clary sage and dalmatian sage. I have always loved clary sage for its mix of herbaceous, woodsy and green – with some hints of floral and citrus as well. The dalmatian sage was a yummy surprise. Similar to the clary sage in that it’s an herbaceous green scent – but it’s much more dark and woodsy with a bit of bright camphor in it too. It reminds me of a really bright, energetic cedarwood.

I love using sage essential oils in my essential oil blends – folks aren’t as familiar with them as they are with florals, lavender or vanilla, so the scents have more mystery, more complexity. Give them a try!

More about clary sage essential oil.

More about essential oil blending.

Clary and Dalmatian Sage Essential Oils originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 20:54:52.

Permalink | Comment | Email this

About Candle & Soap Making

Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola

Soap CraftingIt’s been a busy week at Bramble Berry. Anne-Marie’s new, and much anticipated, book Soap Crafting was released on Thursday evening to much acclaim. And I must add to that acclaim – it really is a marvelous, delightful, easy-to-read, easy-to-get-sucked-into book. All of the same charm, wit, and friendly love of all things soap that Anne-Marie shows on her blog and videos comes through in the book. It covers the basics completely, but the true greatness of this book lies in the projects. Featuring sections on color, food-inspired soaps, additives, swirls and more, each of the projects teaches multiple aspects of the wonderful art and craft of soapmaking.

Read more about Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola

Purchase the book

Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 13:45:10.

Permalink | Comment | Email this

About Candle & Soap Making