I was inspired to so some herbal oil infusions this week. I did a couple of small infusions of natural colorants…and the others were just nice herbs to make soap with. Whether you infuse calendula petals or lavender…eucalyptus, patchouli, or sage, it’s a lovely way to add some extra herbal goodness to your soaps (both liquid and bar), lotions, bath oils, massage bars and even bath bombs. It just takes some oil, some herbs and some heat.
I had some soy wax leftover from a big project – four different wax blends – one is a basic traditional soy container wax, one a pillar/votive blend, and two new “modified” waxes that have been “molecularly blueprinted” to reduce polymorphism. (They both contract a bit when they cool, so they are awesome for clear glass container candles.)
Here are photos, tips and instructions from my day of soy candle making!
Daylight 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.
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I 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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It's convenient to pick up some laundry detergent at the store, but it's not difficult to create your own.
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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.
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!
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Many soaps in stores today are white – bright white – but because they are made with added colorants and/or surfactants and detergents – they’re artificially white. Natural soap, especially soap made with olive oil is going to have a slightly tan or beige color. But it is possible to adjust your real soap recipe to be whiter using only natural ingredients.
Some tips to do it:
- The color of the soap is largely determined by the ingredients. While some base oils will give you a nice, white soap, others (incl. olive oil) will impart a more beige/green tint to the soap.
- Fragrance and essential oils can impart their color to the soap significantly…especially any fragrance oils that contain vanilla.
- Using milk or other liquids in the recipe can shift the soap’s color too.
- While titanium dioxide is an additive, and has a chemical-like name, I pretty much think of titanium dioxide as a pretty “natural” ingredient.
For more information, check out How to Make Old Fashioned Hard White Soap.
Here is a marvelous way to bring a touch of autumn into your home – and facilitate good hand washing – single use autumn leaves hand soaps. It’s an easy project for the kids and a wonderful way to impress your family and friends. It uses silk/polyester leaves soaked in melt and pour soap. They’re “single serve” soaps – you use them and throw them away. Your kitchen and/or bathrooms will look and smell lovely!
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.