- Time:1 hour
- Yields:9 cube soaps
We’re getting back to the basics today with this cute cube melt & pour. This project is great for beginners and it’s also an excellent way to build some basic melt and pour skills. It requires that you keep a close eye on your temperatures because you don’t want to melt the delicate jojoba beads or break the smooth layers. The project also uses the Carnation Fragrance Oil, which is our sample of the month for April. With every order, you’ll receive .5 oz. of this unique spicy floral fragrance (yes, I said “spicy” and “floral”!).
If you’re a new soaper, the amount of resources, guides and tutorials to sift through can seem overwhelming. To make things seem a little less daunting, we’re collecting the best resources from around the Bramble Berry network. We’re always excited to welcome new soapers in our community, and hopefully this post will serve as a hub of information to get you on the right track.
Some of you may remember the “choose your own adventure” books that were popular 90s. Well, think of this post in the same way! If you want to start soaping, you’ll need to figure out whether you want to tackle melt and pour or cold process soapmaking. Both methods of soapmaking have their own set of techniques, challenges and new things to explore, and there is certainly no reason you can’t master both. We just recommend starting with one so you can focus your learning. Get ready to dive in, immerse yourself in information and choose your own soapmaking adventure!
- Time:5 minutes
- Yields:1 cup
Part of the prep work for the Moisturizing Avocado Bar, my favorite recipe in the Soap Crafting book, involves mashing up half a real avocado. When we filmed the recipe for a live Soap Crafting Club session, we had some leftover avocado and I wasn’t about to let it go to waste!
I love eating avocados on their own, but for this quick recipe I threw in a banana, some cocoa powder and voila! I had myself a pudding packed full of nutrients. This recipe was too easy — and too delicious — to not share with you all.
What You’ll Need:
1/2 ripe avocado
2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
Optional: 1 – 2 tbs. honey for sweetness
ONE: Put all in ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy! Be sure to eat this pudding within 24 – 48 hours as the banana and avocado won’t keep well!
Everyone is familiar with recycling. Even at a young age, we’re always taught that recycling, reusing and reducing is the way to go. This Earth Day, we’re not just recycling — we’re upcycling! Upcycling is all about turning something old and used and turning it into something new and beautiful. Instead of throwing those used food containers in the trash, use them to create beautiful soapy projects.
To celebrate Earth Day, we’re using the concept of upcycling and asking you to get creative. From now until April 21, we want to see your most creative recycled molds. If you make soap using a milk carton, yogurt cup or even egg shells, we want to see it! Post photos of your soap — and your mold — on our Facebook page with the hashtag #BBEarthDay to win an Eco Chic Melt and Pour Kit.
There are many options when it comes to adding scrubbiness to your products – everything from salt to sugar to seeds to clay. Exfoliants are primarily used to scrub away dead skin cells to reveal new skin underneath. They are also a cornerstone of many healthy skin-care routines. Exfoliants can vary greatly in size, from large cranberry seeds to very small, very fine powders such as Bamboo Extract. If you want to try a wide variety of options, pick up an Exfoliant Sampler Pack to add a world of colors and scrub effects to your products.