Soothing Lavender Breast Balm

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:30 minutes
  • Yields:Two 4 oz. tins

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. It is likely  you may know somebody affected by breast cancer, or maybe you are a breast cancer survivor yourself. Fortunately, death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990. Early detection is key; be proactive and schedule an annual breast exam.
This soothing breast balm was created to raise awareness and help women going through breast cancer treatment. The recipe is inspired by Sharon’s Boob Balm for Radiation Burns. Using similar soothing ingredients such as olive oil, vitamin E oil and calendula extract and lavender essential oil, this balm is moisturizing and calming for any ouch or rough patch on skin.  Apply this balm directly to affected area multiple times per day. If you are going through radiation, check out  Sharon’s Boob Balm for Radiation Burns for an extra powerful version of the recipe below.
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Guest Post: Should Breast Cancer Awareness Month Be Breast Can Cure Awareness Month?

This blog post comes from my aunt Sharon, who is a breast cancer survivor. In addition, Sharon is an author and a major proponent of positive thinking. October is breast cancer awareness month, and as breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women, many of us have been affected by the disease. In this post, Sharon asks how positive thinking may affect our perception of cancer. -A.M. 

Whenever I see the word cancer, my fight-or-flight response kicks into high gear. And now that it’s October, I’ll be seeing the word everywhere for an entire month. All of us will. Awareness is good, but . . . is it possible we’re compromising our good intentions by concentrating so much of our attention on the word “cancer”? What would happen if we made one small change to the name of this month’s campaign?

I applaud Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all the good it accomplishes. Indeed, as a breast cancer survivor I encourage participation in the month-long event. However, I am also a strong believer in the remarkable power of words and of positive thought. Hence, my suspicion that if we were to write or simply imagine one word in that campaign in a slightly different way we could have a more positive impact on personal lives and the greater community.

One of the most effective pycho/physical aids in battling breast cancer is the power of visualization. So rather than concentrating our awareness for an entire month on cancer—a word so feared and detested—why not direct our attention instead on can cure?

Books like Rhonda Byrne’s popular “The Secret,” developmental biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton’s “The Biology of Belief,” and neuroscientist/pharmacologist Dr. Candace Pert’s “Molecules of Emotion,” point out the very real chemical and physiological effects that beliefs and emotions have on the body. The subconscious doesn’t know the difference between real and imagined, so the bodily effects of continually wishing, worrying, dreaming, fearing about or focusing on something that might happen is often the same as if it is happening. And when the constraints of time and space are removed (which appears to be possible according to quantum physics experiments), the mind can attract—or even create—those very things it repeatedly imagines. So choose carefully those things you set your mind on!
When Charlotte McGary and I wrote “The Dream Crystals of Gandara,” we purposefully chose to avoid the darker elements of science fiction and fantasy, such as horror and dystopian hopelessness. When you’re lost in the dream-like world of reading—one of my favorite places to be!—your mind is at its most creative as well as its most impressionable and vulnerable. When you’re floating in that trance-like state, you open yourself to powerful positive and negative messages that could affect your mind as strongly as hypnotic suggestions. While “Dream Crystals” is filled with battles between good and evil, Charlotte and I nevertheless tried our best to ensure that the messages conveyed in our book were ultimately uplifting ones.

Now, I don’t know about you, but whenever I see the word cancer—especially breast cancer—my level of anxiety immediately jumps because I can’t help but subconsciously associate it with negative experiences even if I’m positively combating it through healthy living and good works. If I spend an entire month looking at the words breast cancer . . . well, you get the picture.

 So this October, let’s spend every day repeating the words “can cure” and visualizing healthy tissue, happy breasts, and the joy of discovering amazing cures. And from now on, let’s dedicate every month to “breast can cure awareness”! 

Facebook Photo of the Week (Oct. 11th ~ Oct. 17th)

The temperature keeps dropping here in Bellingham, so here at Bramble Berry we decided to embrace it! This week was full of tutorials that are great for fall and the holidays, like these Neroli and Shea Blossom Wax Tart Melts. Scented with clean and floral Neroli & Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil, these tarts are a simple way to comfort you on a rainy day.

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How to Assemble Dividers for Birchwood Soap Molds

Sturdy and durable, wood molds are a favorite when making cold process soap. Bramble Berry offers a wide range of sizes of Birchwood Molds, including a 9 bar, 18 bar, and 36 bar wood mold. Each mold includes a set of plastic dividers that can be inserted to create consistent sized bars every soaping session.

These dividers are easy to use, but can be a little confusing the first time. This video demonstrates how to assemble the dividers and insert them into the mold. Once you get the hang of the dividers, you may never soap without them again!

Do you have any tips for using these dividers? Please share in the comments below!

Neroli & Shea Blossom Wax Tart Melts

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:Approximately 6 hours
  • Yields:Approximately 8 Small Cube Trays

On a cold and rainy day, there is nothing better than filling your home with a warm scent. Wax tart melts are a fun alternative to candles and require no open flame. Simply melt down wax, add your fragrance and color, and heat the tart on a warmer tray to release the fragrance. They’re easy to create and are a great project for beginners.


Neroli & Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil is a fantastic blend of bergamot, orange blossom and amber, making it a great choice for a home fragrance. It also blends beautifully with a wide variety of fragrances, including Smoky Patchouli and Vetyver Fragrance Oils. If you’d like more blending ideas for this project, check out this idea sheet!
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Cheery & Bright Gingerbread Man Melt and Pour

  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Time:1-2 Hours
  • Yields:Four 4 oz. soaps

Soapy inspiration can come from a variety of different sources. From places and design to scents and colors, possible influence is everywhere! For this adorable gingerbread man project, inspiration came from a colorful yet slightly festive color palette via Design Seeds. With a deep burgundy, bright green and icy blues, this color combination is a fresh take on the holidays!


Achieving these unique colors requires mixing both liquid and powder colorants. The end results are worth the extra effort; these shades are a great combination of cheerful, sophisticated and festive. Scented with a delicious smelling combination of Almond and Cinnamon Sugar Fragrance Oils, these cute gingerbread men smell good enough to eat. Just don’t forget to add the Vanilla Color Stabilizer to prevent vanilla discoloration!

If you’d like to create a more traditional gingerbread man soap, check out this Soap Queen TV video. You can also download this free box template to package up your cute creation for the holiday season.
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5 Tips to Take Soaping from Hobby to Business

Soap making is a hobby that brings joy to those who make it, and those who buy or receive the luxurious product. It’s no wonder that many soapers are able to turn their hobby into a business! But, making the transition from hobbyist into small business owner can be a little intimidating.

Here are 5 tips to help take your hobby to the next step; simply click through the slides below! The presentation is via a site called SlideShare. SlideShare enables users to share information in the form of slides, making the content easy to read and interact with. Have you used Slideshare before?

 If you enjoy SlideShare, a few of my favorite presentation’s include Bob Pritchett’s “How to Quite College and Get Away with It”, “50 Powerful Statistics About Tech Mega Trends Affecting Every Business,” by Vala Afshar and “The Undeniable Authority of the Social Customer,” by Desk. I’m a visual person, so reading information in slide format works well for me.

Are you a soaper considering starting a small business? I would love to hear about what is holding you back, so I can offer more tips. Also, if you are a small business owner, please share your tips for those just starting out =)

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