Imagine zipping through the beautiful city of Rome on a scooter, as wonderful sounds and smells fill the air. Thanks to Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, Vespas are now an iconic symbol for Rome and Mediterranean transportation. While a moped ride in Rome may not be a possibility, this moped Melt and Pour project scented with Neroli & Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil brings the sense of Roman adventure into your home.
To create the scooter-shaped mold, we used Flexy Fast Molding Putty. Fast drying and easy to work with, this molding putty is perfect for creating a wide variety of mold shapes. If you’d like to see this molding putty in action, check out this Special Edition “Back to School” Soap Queen TV video! For this project we used two small containers of putty, but the amount may vary slightly depending on the size of your molding object.
1 small object to mold
7 oz. White Melt and Pour Base
26 oz. Olive Melt and Pour Base
ONE: Flexy Fast arrives in two parts: part A and part B. For this project, we combined two 4 oz. sizes of Flexy Fast putty for a total of 8 oz. of mold. To begin, knead part A for several minutes before adding part B. This will make it easier to join the two parts. Another word of warning: be sure to wear vinyl or nitrile gloves, NOT latex gloves, while doing this step. Latex will stick to the putty and you’ll end up with a mess!
TWO: After kneading both parts of A together, add the full two containers of part B. Knead part B into part A until you achieve a uniform color, and there are no visible streaks of B. This process may take several minutes, but work quickly because it will start to harden!
THREE: Once both parts have been fully combined, imprint your object. Push it firmly down into the putty, and don’t be afraid to mold the putty around the object. Remember, this imprint is going to hold soap! You want the imprint to be as deep as possible to retain all the details.
Once you’re satisfied, leave the embed in the putty for at least 30 minutes. After that time, the putty should be hard enough that you can remove the embed. If the mold is firm to the touch, it’s ready to use! If not, allow it to sit for another 15 – 20 minutes to fully harden.
MAKING THE EMBEDS
ONE: Cut and melt 7 oz. of White Melt and Pour Base in a heat-safe container in 10 second bursts. Add chunks of the Perfect Red Color Block and stir to incorporate color. Allow the soap to dry for 60-90 minutes, and then repeat. We made four more soap Vespas to fill our mold, but depending on the size of your unique mold, you may need more or less embeds.
TWO: Cut and melt 23 oz. of Olive Melt and Pour base in a heat-safe container in the microwave on 10 second bursts. Add shavings of the Chrome Green Color Block and 1 oz. of Neroli & Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil. Stir to incorporate.
THREE: Pour all the green soap into the Square Silicone Mold. Spray with isopropyl alcohol to disperse bubbles. Allow at least 30 minutes to harden.
FOUR: Cut and melt 3 oz. of Olive Melt and Pour Base in a heat-safe container in the microwave on 10 second bursts. Add just a few shavings of the Yellow Oxide Color Block and stir to incorporate. If the green soap has formed a thick skin and the yellow soap has cooled to 120 degrees F or below, spray isopropyl alcohol on the green soap and then pour the yellow soap. Spray again with isopropyl alcohol to disperse bubbles.
FIVE: Working quickly, press your embeds into the yellow soap. If you find there is too much soap and it’s covering portions of your embeds, use a spoon to quickly scoop some out. Press the embeds down until you reach the solid green layer (but be careful not to break through it!). The yellow soap will act as glue for the embeds. Allow the soap to fully dry overnight before cutting.
SIX: Once your soap has fully dried, cut into individual pieces, and enjoy!
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I recently had a mentoring session with a smart woman named Kay. She had been out of work for a while but had finally landed a job. It was 50% under what she wanted to be paid, but it was a job. The company itself was in disarray; it was a serious mess. After just the first week, she knew she could help them dramatically, but she was not being paid what she thought her help was worth. She asked for my advice — should she go in, take charge, and make a difference even though she was not being paid for it?
Upon more discussion, she had a fear that she would be taken advantage of and that her efforts would not be recognized financially. She worried that the boss would take her gift and leave her at the same financial status. It’s been a long time since I was an employee and I’ve forgotten many of the games that unscrupulous employers play. But ultimately, this is about Kay, not her boss.
- Time:15 minutes
- Yields:5 Slidey Tins
Nothing has the ability to bring us back to a time or place quite like a fragrance can. The memory may be tied to the smell of your grandma’s garden, or baked bread from your favorite cafe. Fragrances can trigger a wide variety of vivid memories.
Not only can fragrances bring back memories, they can also take you to new places. This easy solid perfume project uses Neroli & Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil to transport you to the city of Rome. Part of our Roman Holiday series, this fragrance features notes of bergamot, lime, jasmine and cedar, and is currently 25% until July 25th at noon, PDT with the code: ROMEDAY.
Who doesn’t love pizza? With such a wide variety of topping options, there is a pizza for everybody. Personally, I prefer to keep pizza simple with a margherita style. Not only are they easy to make (you only need three toppings) but I love how the fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella really shine. Inspired by our Roman Holiday promotion and series of tutorials, I decided to make this pie with a bit of a twist!
I love to sneak in extra veggies where I can, so for the crust I used cauliflower instead of traditional pizza dough. First the cauliflower is grated, cooked and blended with a little cheese, spices and an egg. This results in a dough like texture, that acts as a great crust! Because cauliflower is moist, you can choose to strain out some of the extra moisture if you prefer a crispier crust. If not, it’s perfect for eating with a fork.
This week was the beginning of the Roman Holiday series of tutorials inspired by the art, history, and architecture of Rome. First up is the easy to make Olive Oil and Dead Sea Salt Scrub. The combination of Pure Olive Oil and Fine Grained Dead Sea Salt creates a luxurious body scrub that’s great for your legs and body.
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