“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle
We recently took a family trip to Hawaii with Grandma and Grandpa Faiola. My Dad had a medical conference and invited us to tag along so I cashed in all of our air miles and we took off an adventure.It was our first time traveling with the kids so we were both a little nervous. The flights were just as bad as we expected (worse, actually) but once we got to Hawaii, memories of the bad flight quickly faded. It was Jamisen and Lily’s first time experiencing sand and they loved it! We had a good time exploring the waves, making sand castles, eating yummy food at the restaurants and laughing. Click to read more. (more…)
The first week of March flew by, and this week on the blog was all about helpful tips and surprising combinations. Sunday’s Soap Queen Cuisine recipe took a healthy twist on the donut. These Vegan Maple-Sriracha Donuts are a flavor combination so wild it works! If you’re looking for a lotion with lots of skin-loving additives, look no further than the luxurious lotion tutorial. The lotion itself is already super skin-loving given its base of Argan oil and Shea butter, but you can customize it up to three ways with various extract, scent and color combinations.
Quickly and easily determine the final color of your lip balms using the Spoon Trick.
Speaking of color combinations, how can you tell the color of your lip balm before the whole batch has hardened? One easy way is the spoon trick. It makes coloring lip balms a breeze. Finally, celebrate the luck o’ the Irish with the the Shamrock Cold Process. The soap features a sloping half circle to highlight the cute soap stamp in the center. In fact, the shape reminds us of this week’s Facebook Photo of the Week.
- Time:45 minutes
- Yields:3 lbs. of soap
Don’t be caught without your green this St. Patty’s Day! This cold process soap recipe features clean green and yellow soap layers enhanced by a cute Four Leaf Clover Stamp. Embellish with a little gold sparkle mica and you’ve got a bar of soap fit for a leprechaun’s pot of gold.
Coloring lip balm can be tricky. Often times, getting the perfect oil and wax blend is difficult to master, and the color in melted balm is different than the color on your lips. To eliminate the guesswork, the spoon trick is an excellent way to quickly identify the color and texture of your dried lip balm without waiting for the whole batch to harden.
To formulate your lipstick and lip balms more quickly, stick a metal spoon in the freezer for 1 – 2 hours so it’s nice and cold. Make your perfect lip balm or lipstick formula and then dip the frozen spoon into the liquid balm. The balm will immediately harden on the spoon, revealing its true color. Check out the examples below:
- Time:30 minutes
- Yields:One 8 oz. bottle
Little extras often make a good lotion a fantastic lotion, and this Argan & Shea Lotion has no shortage of extras. The recipe is highly customizable, and you can choose between three different scent, color and extract options. All three options contain powerful and unique skin-loving antioxidants and vitamins. Bonus, this tutorial comes with free PDF labels to give this lotion a professional touch.
It’s been many years since I learned the ins and outs of percentages, ratios and parts. I get plenty of practice playing with them though since almost every day is a soap day around here (lucky me!). It is one of the more common questions that our stupendous team gets whenever soapers are trying to calculate parts (whozit? whatzit?!), resize batches or try to figure out if they have too much (or too little) coconut oil in their recipe.
- Time:45 minutes
- Yields:12 donuts
Get ready for this (seemingly) crazy combo: spicy sriracha glaze drizzled over deliciously dense donuts. It sounds like a pairing that could go terribly wrong, but in this case it’s so off-the-wall it works! This recipe is adapted from The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook. In the version below, gluten-free flour was subbed for regular flour. Feel free to use regular flour if you’d like to keep all the fluffy gluten yumminess. I would be remiss if I did not point out that my Father insists that the regular flour donuts had a delicious factor of tenmillionpercent compared to the gluten-free ones.