From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil

Picking Oranges
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Several folks have written saying how much they love the Orange Creamsicle soap recipe I posted earlier this week. It’s the first time I’ve used orange essential oil in a while, and I’m glad I did. I used to use it a lot…but have gotten out of the habit. It’s uplifting, versatile, affordable and delightful – and really marvelous in practically any blend for soaps and candles. It also has many other household uses.

Orange Essential Oil in Soap Making and Candle Making

From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 13:40:38.

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Star-filled Melt and Pour Soaps

melt and pour starsStar light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight…

If you love stars, or love melt and pour soaps with fun embeds, this project should delight you. It uses mica-colored star-shaped embeds floating in multiple layers in a blue tinted clear soap base. You can scent it however you like (just what do stars smell like?) as long as it’s a fairly clear fragrance or essential oil. I used a combination of lavender and spearmint essential oils.

How to Make Melt and Pour Starry Soaps

Star-filled Melt and Pour Soaps originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 17:20:18.

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From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil

Picking Oranges
Maria Teijeiro / Getty Images

Uplifting, versatile, affordable and delightful – second only to lavender, orange essential oil would be the one that I most recommend be in your soap and candle making cabinet. It’s marvelous in practically any blend for soaps and candles and has many other household uses.

Orange Essential Oil in Soap Making and Candle Making

From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 13:40:38.

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Melt and Pour Soaps for Valentines Day

<p><img class=”alignright” src=”http://z.about.com/d/candleandsoap/1/0/U/M/mpvalentinesblog.jpg” alt=”Valentine’s Soaps” hspace=”12″ align=”left” />If you’re looking for a fun and easy-to-make project for Valentine’s Day themed soaps for friends and co-workers, try these <a href=”http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/holidayprojects/ss/mpvalentines.htm”>Layered Melt and Pour Valentine’s Day Soaps</a>. These are a great example of the truly creative designs that <a href=”http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/soapmakingbasics/ss/basicmeltpour.htm”>melt and pour soap</a> will allow that <a href=”http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/coldprocesssoapmaking/ss/sscpsoap.htm”>cold process</a> just won’t. These particular soaps have always been very popular for me – the text, the bright colors, and fun <a href=”http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/fragrancesandaromatherapy/tp/tpvdayfo.htm”>Valentines Day fragrances</a> just seem to delight folks…and you can have a batch ready to go in an afternoon.</p>

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Handwashing with Decorative Single Use Soaps

Quite a few of my friends have had colds lately. It’s definitely time to wash your hands often. It’s also time to decorate our homes for the fall holidays – and here’s a project that lets you do both. This melt and pour soap project uses artificial flower petals and/or leaves dipped and soaked in melted soap base. They look and smell lovely, and once you’re done, you just toss it into the trash. When you get closer to Christmas, you can change to poinsettia leaves. In the spring, you can use pansies.

Make Autumn Single Use Melt and Pour Soaps

Handwashing with Decorative Single Use Soaps originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 at 08:58:16.

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Pumpkin-themed Soaps and Candles

Pumpkin Tea LightsThey’re here! With the first crisp hints of fall air, there are pumpkins at the grocery store. If you want some pumpkin soap to be ready after a 4 week cure, you’d better get started making it now. Later in the fall I like to make centerpieces like Pumpkin Tea Light Holders. Here is a collection of great pumpkin-themed crafts that you and your family can try and enjoy at this great time of year.

 

Pumpkin-themed Soaps and Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at 22:27:42.

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Making Soaps with Clays

rose clay soapsI recently made a batch of shaving soap that came out really great! That batch motivated me to make a couple of other batches of soaps with clays. I love using a bit of Rose Clay for a color swirl. Clays are wonderful, natural colorants, with great properties all their own. I love the silky creaminess of the soaps…and the super clean feeling they leave.


Making Soaps with Clays originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at 21:59:58.

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Dipped Leaves & Flowers – Single Use Soaps

Nothing says springtime has arrived like fresh flowers in the house. If you haven’t been to the florist lately, you can create some spring cheer with these single-use dipped silk flower petal soaps. They’re super easy to make – and you can make them using flowers from different seasons – pansies for spring, poinsettias for Christmas, autumn leaves for fall.

Video tutorial – how to make dipped flower petal soaps

Step-by-step tutorial – autumn leaves soaps

Dipped Leaves & Flowers – Single Use Soaps originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 10:32:38.

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Miller’s Smorgasbord – homemade soaps

 

Miller's Smorgasbord

Recently, I had the privilege of dining with one of my good friends at the wonderful Millers Smorgasbord. A Lancaster County classic.  Man… if you want some delectable home-cooked comfort food, then this is the place for you!

I also browsed the gift shop area, where of course, I found some handmade soaps and lotions available to purchase.  See them below:

Handmade Soap at Miller's

Miller’s also produces their own line of homemade jams and jellies that look absolutely amazing.

Jams and Jellies at Miller's

Millers Smorgasbord is one of my favorite restaurants in the area, but I haven’t been able to go for some time as they were closed for remodeling.  The new decor is very nice.  Their wall paper now prevalently displays the companies 82 year history.

It all began when Mrs. Miller started a small business serving chicken and waffles to truck drivers passing through the countryside back in 1929.  Now it is a multi-million dollar conglomerate of several Lancaster County attractions.

Reading about small businesses stories, set backs and successes is always very inspiring to me.  I look forward to the coming years as my company develops its very own story that maybe will have the privilege of inspiring others one day.  I wonder what the next chapter will be!


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