If you’re like I was, as soon as you learn how to make soap, you’re going to want to DO it as soon as possible. Since most of the ingredients are available at the grocery store, hardware or hobby store, the one thing that’s missing is a mold to shape the soap. Here are some practical, inexpensive, easy-to-make no or low-cost soap molds to get you started. Then, when you’re hooked like I was, you can invest in a more advanced, longer lasting mold.
Bring in the New Year with this great variation of the Hurricane Candle and the Photo Candle. With the hurricane shell, you can embed anything that will fit into the 1/2″ or so of the shell. With the photo candle, you can embed any graphic or photo on plain white paper. I made some “Happy New Year” Candles for family and friends. A few years ago, I printed my New Year’s Resolutions on the paper so each time I lit it I was reminded of all of the things I still had to do before next New Year’s Eve! You could likewise write “Goals for the New Year” or “Words to Live By” onto the paper and embed that into the candle. Whatever you choose to float into the wax, it will be illuminated with the lovely warm glow of your hand made candles, that will be enjoyed all year long. Happy New Year!
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In his book, “Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving,” Michael Ham was focused on the folks doing the shaving rather than the women (and men) who are making shaving soap – for the men (and women) who are shaving. But the book gives a wonderful, detailed explanation of the art of shaving well – and a great overview of shaving soaps, creams and other products. By helping me to understand shaving better, this book helped me better understand what was really needed in a great shaving soap. I’ve reformulated my cold process shaving soap recipe to better reflect Ham’s recommendations for the perfect shaving soap. May your 2014 be filled with perfect shaves and satisfied shavers!
If you need a last minute gift for Christmas, and have a bit of clear and white melt and pour soap on hand, this candy cane striped melt and pour soap project is quick, easy and makes a delightful gift. To avoid the “cooling” effect of pure peppermint essential oil, I used a blend of essential oils including spruce, rosemary, spearmint and peppermint. Even though the peppermint is only 20% of the blend, it’s still the strongest note in the scent!
For the honey or beeswax lover on your holiday gift list!
If you’ve ever wanted to know all there was about bees, beekeeping and beeswax, this book is an incredible resource. Full of lore, facts, tips, techniques and benefits of having bees in your life – whether you choose to keep a hive yourself, enjoy the by-products, or just appreciate these wonderful creatures for all that they contribute to our human ecosystem.
If you’re looking for a small table-top candle display, or a lovely housewarming gift add-on, these petite rolled beeswax candles are a lovely option. They don’t burn long, but they are lovely, warm and rustic, like all rolled beeswax candles.
I made several bundles of these for Christmas presents and folks have loved them. I have a big bowl of them in holiday colors (unlit) on my sofa table for decoration.
Here’s a project that will be right in line with the holiday parties you’re going to this time of year – apple cider soap. No, it’s not soap made with apple cider, it’s a melt and pour soap project that is made to look like apple cider, with a cinnamon stick and a lemon twist. It uses a standard melt and pour embed (the cinnamon stick) and a more difficult “rolled” embed (the lemon twist.) But put all together, it’s a delightful, yummy-smelling and fun too use holiday soap treat.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…at least in the U.S. A. Whether you like it or not, you can’t go far without seeing some manifestation of Christmas. But Christmas is just one of the many world-wide Festivals of Lights being embraced and celebrated this month that are part of mankind’s annual ritual passage through the dark days of Winter. And where there is a festival of light, there are most likely candles.
From the earliest Roman festivals and pagan rituals, through Europe and Africa to the Americas, candles and their enigmatic light have been one of the key factors in the celebration of the winter holidays. They are both decorative and utilitarian, and as I’ve spoken of many times on this site, have a certain beauty and power that just can’t be summed up in words.
So while there isn’t an About.com site about Christmas specifically, there are dozens and dozens of craft and holiday related pages. I have compiled a list of my favorite Christmas and Winter-related links. Go make some candles and enjoy your particular special festival of light.
Most of us in the U.S. are in the middle of some really cold icy weather. I debated whether to feature the Peppermint Ice Soap project, or the Ice Candles. The Ice Candles won. At least the candles will add a bit of “warmth” to the house. But take your pick. Grab some of that ice and enjoy. Maybe next week, I’ll make snowball candles…
The holiday season is upon us – and it’s starting out delightful as always. If you’re planning to make soap or candles for your holiday gifts, (and of course you are!) you’d better get busy! Here are some Christmas and seasonal soap making projects that are sure to delight your friends and family. Just make sure that you keep a couple extras for yourself!