Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has a great Christmas season filled with lots of family and friends.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Check out my salt bar tutorial

Wholesale Supplies Plus recently blogged about Ladybug Soapworks. I provided a salt bar tutorial for them to use on their website. Check it out here. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Yummy Apple Pie

I have some apple pie scented soap in my oven! I like to put all my soap into the oven at 170F for 2 hours and then leave it in the oven overnight. It helps force my soap into gel stage and speeds up the curing process. I have been meaning to soap this scent for few weeks since I sold out of my stock, but procrastination got the best of me. Good thing this scent sells year round for me.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cream Soap Update!

A couple weeks ago I made some Killian's Red Irish Stout and carrot cream soap. I finally have uploaded the pictures from the day I made it. It is now smooth and creamy, but still a bit too hard. I will be adding some more extracts tomorrow to loosen it up a bit. I think I will scent it with a mixture of dragon's blood, oakmoss, and sandalwood. I have been having a hard time coming up with a scent to use, so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. :)

This picture was taken just after adding sodium lactate, panthenol, and silk amino acids.

This next picture is at the end of the cook. Over the next day the soap will turn a creamy golden orange-brown.

Here is what the soap looks like now. It needs a bit more liquid and fragrance still, but I am very happy with how it looks.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Whipped Shea Butter

I have been working on some new products today. Since I have about 100 lb of shea butter in my soaping room and a new hand mixer, I figured why not try making some whipped shea butter. I added some apricot kernel oil to loosen up the shea along with some vitamin e. It feels great. It is so creamy that it almost feels like one is rubbing frosting on their body. I left some unscented and scented the rest of the batch with a combination of sandalwood and rose. It smells really nice and the scent has depth to it.