You’ll notice one thing missing from my recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Soap – lemon essential oil! When I made that batch, I had all of my base oils out and went to where I keep my essential oils and was mortified to see that my lemon essential oil had faded away. (sigh)
I ended up using some alternative “lemony” essential oils for the batch – but it’s really good with real lemon. Lemon essential oil is bright, uplifting, tart and purifying. We use lemons in our food and cleaning products, tonics and medicines, beverages and desserts – and it’s just as good in soap and candles.
Here is a Valentine’s Day soap project that uses a swirl that you can use all year long – the funnel pour swirl. You can use just two colors like I did here, or mix up multiple colors for a wildly colorful soap! It works kind of like the column pour swirl, but uses a funnel to push the soap out from the center rather than the gravity over the column.
A soap, made and celebrated for centuries, that is surrounded by some controversy, pine tar soap has been often touted to help with help with skin conditions like eczema, and psoriasis – but the controversy over whether pine tar contains the carcinogen creosote has stifled its manufacture and sale by home based soap makers. Whether you use a creosote-free pine tar, or disregard the controversy, adding some of this gooey pitch to your soap recipe, with its smoky, pungent, woodsy, leathery scent, is a wonderful soap making adventure!
Whether you sell your soaps and candles…or they’re just for you and friends and family, you have a little more than a month until Valentine’s Day. There’s still time to place orders for ingredients, and here’s a list of my Top Valentine’s Day Fragrance Oils. Your tastes may vary, but these are some of my personal favorites…and ones that my friends and family like a lot. So whether you’re making soap or candles for yourself, your spouse, sweetheart, significant other or whomever, give these a try. Enjoy!
And be sure to visit the discussion on the Candle and Soap Making Forum to chime in about your favorite romantic fragrances or blends.
My friend Pam was recently knitting a wool handbag over the course of several evenings I saw her. It was a lovely bag, made with multi-colored wool yarn. When showed me the final bag, it was half the size of the one she had been knitting, and I realized that she had “felted” the bag. Felting is an ancient craft that can transform wool into many things. One fun project to do with felt is encasing a bar of soap in a wool/felt bag. It becomes like a soap and washcloth all in one – soft, gentle exfoliation – and lots of lather!
I know it seems that Christmas is barely over…and to look at a Valentine’s soap mold is crazy. But Valentine’s Day is just over a month away.
It’s also the season for dry skin…so what a better combination than these? They’re a little bit lotion, a little bit massage oil – closely related to the candle – but in a class all by their self…the massage bar. With ingredients you probably already have on your shelf if you’re a candle and soap maker, you can make these decadently easy massage bars. And though technically not a candle or a soap – it’s so closely related that I’ve created a whole new category on the site — Bath & Body — that has information on Bath Fizzies, Bath Salts and more.
Here, LiveScience has rounded up a few fun experiments that can be done with just a little time outdoors (make sure to bundle up!), from making frozen soap bubbles to creating your own colorful snow. Seeley says it has to be quite cold to attempt this one, somewhere in the region of minus 30 F (minus 34 C) or lower. homemade soap – Yahoo News Search Results
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com. homemade soap – Yahoo News Search Results
The simple container candle actually has much more potential than we often give it credit for. They’re simple to make, but you don’t have to be limited to just one color wax in a Jelly Jar, (though that is perhaps the candle most often made, especially by beginners.) You can do layered container candles, you can use interesting containers like coffee cups or small metal buckets (or shot glasses or sea shells or ceramic bowls or beer glasses…). Here are step by step instructions to make a marbled container candle, which, while it does use a Jelly Jar, goes wild with color. Each one you do will be a unique creation. And to accompany the step by step instructions, here is a candle making video demonstrating how to make the marbled container candles.