Recently, we hosted a girls night out for a bunch of women at the studio. We had a blast!!
They brought in some wine, a cake and gifts to say farewell to one of their own. I can honestly say that these ladies were a hoot to hang out with. I taught them how to make their own sugar scrubs and lip balms. After class I had some sugar scrub left over so I thought I would try my hands at making solid sugar cubes. I love a good scrub but I was missing the soapy part. This recipe includes the soap and sugar all in one! ENJOY!
2.5oz Natural Goats Milk White Soap Base
2oz. Cocoa Butter
2oz Shea Butter
16oz. White Sugar
2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil
¼ tsp Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
¼ tsp White Grapefruit Essential Oil
½ tsp of Blue Poppy Seed
Pinch of pink mica
(2) Microwave safe glass measuring cups
Small Silicone Tray Mold
Weigh and then chop goats milk soap base into 1 inch cubes, place in microwave safe container cover with plastic wrap.
In separate container, melt cocoa butter and then add shea butter, let cocoa butter melt shea butter. Add Avocado Oil with a pinch of mica and essential oils mix well.
Microwave soap base until melted 1 min, stir and continue in short increments until completely melted.
Add melted soap into oils mixture, quickly stir in sugar.
Pack into silicone tray mold then place in the refrigerator until solidified.
After solidified, pop out of mold, Cut into Cubes— enjoy!
For those of you that know me or at least follow me know I love photography. After spending countless hours in search of good lightening I finally spent the money on a good lighting kit from B&H Photo. I thought I would share with you what I think! So below are the two lighting kits I purchased.
First I want to say how well packed it was when it arrived. The bulbs were in their containers and then wrapped in bubble wrap. I love bhphotovideo.com. Class act for sure. This particular light kit was very easy to put together. Basically screwing the ceramic housing on the stands and attaching the reflectors.
After trying to take the photos with all the lights on at the same time and noticing that my photos were a little washed out. I tried the directional lighting technique, turned off all the lights except for one. What amazes me most is that I took this same shot by a window (painstaking I might add and limited to the time of day) and now I can simulate daylight. So now I don’t have to worried about what time I need to photograph my soaps or whether it’s cloudy outside or not.
Stay tuned to the next post when I try out the photo tent for white background photography to use in your online store.
We welcomed in 2014 with a new kitchen in our studio. We are so excited for the possiblities in 2014 and all the new classes we will be offering. We are blessed to have so many fans, students and customers who have supported our business, that we have finished our remodel ahead of the 3year plan! THANK YOU! The new pictures will be coming soon– if you want to like our facebook page to be the first to find out about the addition and new classes you can so here: https://www.facebook.com/soapmaking.classes
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1. SELECTING TOO MANY DARK COLORS- I go back to my photography composition and rule of thirds skills on this one. It’s important to create balance, a good balance of light and dark.
2. NEGLECTING TO TEST YOUR COLORS BEFORE YOU SWIRL THEM- This one is important because if you know what the outcome is going to be then designing the outcome will be easier. Swirling a batch of soap is not a good time to find out your beautiful blue turned pink on you.
3. IGNORING YOUR SCENT COLOR FAMILY- All scents smell like a color. If for example you make an ocean/air/ozone soap—you immediately think blue. Now is not the time to make it a pretty dark brown color with a gold swirl. It will throw your customers off. People gravitate toward color and the ones that like blue scents may not like brown which may signify sweet. (which would be the brown/gold swirl one)
4. USING A FRAGRANCE THAT IS NOT CLEAR TO START WITH- The color of your fragrance or essential oil could change the colors you are expecting. For example, if you use a fragrance that was a dark yellow and you are adding a pretty blue color, you may end up with a green version of it instead of the pretty blue you started with. If the fragrance contains vanilla it will darken over time no matter how much white you apply.
5. FORGETTING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTRAST- You need a good color wheel to find that magical opposite color. Opposites attract and stand out—good ones anyway. To purchase a good color wheel see more here: COLOR WHEEL
Hope this helps a little, we will be posting more tips and tricks for using color very soon— stay tuned!
I’m getting ready for one of my biggest selling seasons yet! Or at least I hope so. This year I am giving my booth a boost! Sharing my love for photography and soap, I printed my photos on large glossy posters that I will display as my back drop for my booth at the Mistletoe Market on November 16 & 17, 2014.
They did a fabulous job and I wanted to share it with you.
Upload your photographs onto their online page, choose what features you want and they ship them out to you. To have a poster printed that is an 18″ x 24″ you will need to be sure your uploaded photo is at least 2700 x 3600 in size. Their handy uploader guide will tell you if your photo is not at the best resolution and let you view it before you purchase.
I hope you will find them helpful as well! I can personally say they were very professional when I called to ask questions.
Love this quote “Consumers need to be aware that every manufacturer, whether they are a large commercial operation or a small handcrafted soapmaker, is ultimately trying to get you to open up your wallet and buy something, and many of them will go to outrageous lengths to do so. Every magazine is trying to fill their pages with content to make you buy the issue. You must educate yourself. Just because you read something on the Internet or in a major magazine, it doesn’t make it true. Don’t believe something just because its a major company giving you the information, or because its featured in a multi-million dollar advertising campaign.” Well Said!
Women’s Health magazine posted this little tidbit of “information” on page 50 of their July/August issue, and it has generated a lot of comments in the handcrafted soap industry.
Lets break it down, shall we?
“Bar soaps are more drying than liquid because the chemical sodium hydroxide is required to create the cleansing system.”
This is a quote from a chemist, who should definitely know better. Leaving aside for the moment the idea that bar soaps are drying, liquid soaps are made using the synthetic chemical potassium hydroxide. Both sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide are commonly known as lye. Bar soaps are not more drying than liquids.
“The upside is that most of today’s bars contain synthetic detergents (they’re easier to manipulate than natural ones which can be unpredictable), making them more skin-softening than they used to be.”
Today’s commercial bars contain synthetic detergents (syndets) because they are cheaper, resulting…
This method is achieved by using the Tall Narrow Soapmaking Mold which can be purchased on mossycreeksoap.com. Please enjoy some photos on this method- if you would like step by step directions, please subscribe to the Saponifier Magazine which can be found here: http://saponifier.com/