Mosquitoes are Here – Time to Make Some Candles

As I was watering my fledgling tomato and basil plants (yes, I’ll be making soap with them!) last night…I got at least 4 mosquito bites!

And while I’m probably not going to put a bunch of citronella candle torches around my garden, it certainly was notice that it’s just about mosquito season…and time to make up a batch of mosquito votive candles. You’d be surprised at some of the many different essential oil blends that repel mosquitoes…many of which smell great too!

Mosquitoes are Here – Time to Make Some Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 09:45:15.

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So You Want to Make Some Soap?

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I’m not sure what is aligning in the universe of late…but this past week, 4 different people have come up to me and said, “I want to learn to make soap – what do I need to get started?”

The lucky news is, it’s really very easy to get started making soap – you probably have most of the equipment you need in your kitchen – and can get the rest at your local thrift or discount store.

Now just because it’s easy to get started, doesn’t mean that there aren’t some important things you need to know. So be sure you know the Top Things You Need to Know to Get Started Making Soap.

So You Want to Make Some Soap? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 16:00:00.

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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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Happy Chinese New Year of the Horse – Let’s Make Some Soap!

Year of the Horse
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Today is the Lunar or Chinese New Year – and 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Full of fun, charm, popularity, sunny disposition and just a bit of surprise, the Horse is a marvelous animal totem for this year. So, to embrace some of this Horse energy, Maggie Hanus from A Wild Soap Bar and I created some essential oil blends inspired by the Year of the Horse. They’re great blends for any time of the year…or any year…but are especially resonant in this forward moving, fun and cheerful year.

Year of the Horse Blends for Candles and Soap

Happy Chinese New Year of the Horse – Let’s Make Some Soap! originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 19:14:57.

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Cooking Up Some Soap in Your Crock Pot

There are several ways to make soap – melt and pour, cold process, rebatching and hot process. Liquid soap is a hot process soap, but you can also make bar soaps with a hot process. Hot process soap making is pretty much like cold process…just with some added heat. You “cook” the soap through the saponification process. Pioneers used to do it over a big open-fire kettle. We’re doing it a bit more civilized here – in a crock pot.

Hot Process Crock Pot Soap

Cooking Up Some Soap in Your Crock Pot originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 22:14:58.

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So You Want to Make Some Soap?

bars of soap
Monica Rodriguez / Getty Images

I’m not sure what is aligning in the universe of late…but this past week, 4 different people have come up to me and said, “I want to learn to make soap – what do I need to get started?”

The lucky news is, it’s really very easy to get started making soap – you probably have most of the equipment you need in your kitchen – and can get the rest at your local thrift or discount store.

Now just because it’s easy to get started, doesn’t mean that there aren’t some important things you need to know. So be sure you know the Top Things You Need to Know to Get Started Making Soap.

So You Want to Make Some Soap? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 18:45:00.

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Some “Cool Water” for Hot Weather

cool water soap projectWe’ve been having some really hot weather here in the South…all over the U.S. for that matter. So I wanted to make some soap that felt “cool”. I had been wanted to experiment with melt and pour swirls as well…so I imagined a project that combined clear, blue melt and pour soap with a colored, white and blue swirl. I used a combination of lavender and rosemary essential oils in it – a brisk, cool blend – and I think it came out great! You can make your own melt and pour swirls using this technique.

Some “Cool Water” for Hot Weather originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, July 21st, 2012 at 12:40:12.

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Open Question: some hair advise/ questions.. micro loop.?

i ordered some micro loop hair extensions and i had some questions. ive looked around n i haven’t found the answers to them so ill ask here.

anyways, i have thin puffy hair. my hair is pretty short its about 5ins maybe and my extensions are 22ins. i will be getting a hair cut after to make them blend since my hair is so short.

–i know how to do this kinda n all n i know i need the perimeter/ space around my head so they don’t show but i was thinking of doing the very bottom of my hair i believe its called the nape? idk but im thinking of doing my first row their all the way across then doing the brick work over the rest since my hair is thin n i was thinking of doing it like this so my little hairs don’t poke out n i get to keep a little bit more of the 22inches in(:

Q: do you think what i just kinda explained would work? i don’t put my hair up very often so you wont see it n i don’t care if they show really. well i do cuz im neat n all but i don’t care about the row on the nape/first row cuz everything else around the head will have its space n stuff.

–i heard you cant use a soap n conditioner with something in it or they’ll slip idk what it is.
Q: what is it? and what are some brands that i can use?

- i guess i need more reassurance in this..
Q:how do i take care of them since their in my hair n all?

- …
Q: how far can i put em? i want a full head but i also still want to be able to tease my hair a little.

i think that’s all. i had a bunch of questions but i 4got..

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Open Question: I have a problem and need some ideas!?

I am having a burning sensation near my vaginal opening for the past few days. No discharge, no odor, slight itching (barley even noticeable). Soap makes the burning worse (even though I use an unscented, no dyes, no fragrance soap.) I have been using Monistat 3 for the past two night to no relief. I know this is not a UTI (I have had many of those in the past.) I called and am waiting to speak to a nurse right now but in the mean time, I just want some ideas as to what this could be? Is it a yeast infection? Is it BV? I do not have STDs (am married and know my husband doesn’t sleep around, nor do I) Help!

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Mosquitoes are Here – Time to Make Some Candles

As I was watering my fledgling tomato plants last night…I got at least 5 mosquito bites!

And while I’m probably not going to put a bunch of citronella candle torches around my garden, it certainly was notice that it’s mosquito season…and time to make up a batch of mosquito votive candles. You’d be surprised at some of the many different essential oil blends that repel mosquitoes…many of which smell great too!

Mosquitoes are Here – Time to Make Some Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 15:26:15.

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