Swirl Swirl Swirl – Adding Color and Drama to Your Soap

You may have started out just making old fashioned plain white soap. Or you may have started using color from the beginning. Over the past couple of years, the art of marbling or swirling color into soap has become a real passion and a real art form among soap makers. Here is a collection of tutorials, resources and videos to get you started making marvelous swirls in your own soap.

Creating Swirls in Cold Process Soap

Swirl Swirl Swirl – Adding Color and Drama to Your Soap originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 10:37:51.

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Why Do We Put Salt in our Soap and Bathtubs Anyway?

As soap makers and folks who make bath and body products, we use salt in a lot of ways. We make bath salts of course – and a close relative to them, the fizzy bath bomb. We add a pinch of salt to our recipes to make the bars harder, or we add pounds of salt to our soap to make super-hard, exfoliating “salt bars.” Quite recently I discovered a relatively unknown German soapmaking process called soleseife – or brine/saltwater soap – where the process is a little different in that you dissolve the salt first in the lye water rather than added at trace like traditional salt bars.

But I was wondering, just why do we put salt in our soap or our bath tubs in the first place? Why is salt good for your skin and/or body?

This is what I found out…

Why Salt is Good for Your Skin – and Other Reasons to Use it in our Soap and Bath & Body Products

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Why Do We Put Salt in our Soap and Bathtubs Anyway? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 15:12:56.

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Fizzy Bath Bombs – A Spa and some Fizzy Fun in Your Bathtub

Bath BombsThey’re a little bit bath salt, a little bit oil, a lot relaxing, and a lot of fizzy fun….the fizzy bath bomb.

You can make them round or tablet-shaped…or using individual soap molds. They use mostly simple ingredients that you have around the house – salt and baking soda – and citric acid. The recipe I have used for years has a few more ingredients and adds a bit of luxury oil to the bath. And why else do we take the time to relax in the bath if not for a bit of luxury!? It’s a messy project – but a great project for kids too! And be sure to check out the new video version of the fizzy bath bombs project instructions.

How to Make Fizzy Bath Bombs

Fizzy Bath Bombs – A Spa and some Fizzy Fun in Your Bathtub originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Friday, March 21st, 2014 at 18:10:07.

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Blending Essential Oils – Follow Your Nose

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I’ve said many times that working with essential oils is one my favorite things about soap and candle making. And if you’ve been making soap (or candles) for very long, you’ve probably amassed a cabinet (or at least a shelf) full of essential and fragrance oils – samples, small vials, ounces you’ve shared with others. But too often, folks are afraid to experiment with blending. Creating your own fragrance and essential oil blends is easy – and really rewarding. How does one come up with the various combinations of blends? First, get to know the individual characteristics of the oils – through books on essential oils, or just from experimentation. A drop of this…mixed with a drop of that. Don’t get too caught up in having to have a balance of top notes, middle notes, and base notes. Use them as guides for your blending – just follow your nose…and be sure to take good notes!

Blending Essential Oils – Follow Your Nose originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 21:05:41.

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Benguet folk savor the sweet life with… Strawberries!

La Trinidad, Benguet — Pastries, jams and other fruity delights made from fresh locally-grown strawberries take center stage in the 34th Strawberry Festival in this town until the end of the month. Launched last March 10, the Strawberry Festival was formally opened by Mayor Edna Tabanda who said, “We will have a very simple celebration this year because we opted to leave out other activities …
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Skin Care Doesn’t Just Stop with Natural Soap — Exfoliate!

Soap ExfoliantsSome people like their soap rich and smooth and creamy.
Some like it full of scrubby stuff.
Most, like me, like it somewhere in between…or a combination of both

After cleansing, exfoliation is one of the most important parts of overall skin care; a little bit of scrub is actually quite good for you! So why not incorporate a little bit of scrub along with your cleansing? Along with dozens of natural colorants you can add to give your soap (both cold process and melt-n-pour) color, there are many natural exfoliants you can add to give your soap some scrubbiness. Here’s a growing list I’ve been compiling from my own soaps, tests and other soapers.
Using Natural Exfoliants in Soap.
You really will notice a difference in your skin if you regularly exfoliate.

Skin Care Doesn’t Just Stop with Natural Soap — Exfoliate! originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 17:00:11.

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Spring Fragrances for Your Candle and Soap Making

Spring ScentsDaylight savings time starts this weekend…and spring is right around the corner! It’s time to incorporate some of the bright, clean, green, fresh, floral and fruity fragrances into your candles and soaps. Here are my (current) favorite springtime scents for candle and soap making.

Springtime Fragrances for Soap and Candles

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Using Flower Petals in Soap

Single Use Dipped Flower Petals Video

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Spring Fragrances for Your Candle and Soap Making originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 15:15:15.

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil in Soap and Candle Making

Koala eating eucalyptus leavesI remember growing up in California and seeing all of the super tall (200+ feet!) eucalyptus trees near my grandparent’s house. They told me once that the trees were imported to try to also import koala bears to California. I’ve never found evidence of that, but koala bears or not, I’ve always liked eucalyptus.
When most people smell the strong, camphoraceous scent of eucalyptus, they think “cold remedy.” And rightly so. Eucalyptus leaves and oil have been used to treat respiratory ailments for ages. All by itself, it’s probably a bit too strong and medicinal to use in soap or candles. But blended with other softer scents, it is a wonderful green top note. It’s crisp, refreshing, penetrating and earthy. It’s also very affordable (generally about $ 15 a pound) so it’s a great oil to try your hand at essential oil blending.
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Eucalyptus Essential Oil in Soap and Candle Making originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 00:30:51.

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