How to Clean Oily Containers

Here’s a quick video illustrating one of my all time favorite clean-up tricks. After making lip stick recently, I was faced with a dark red, oily and waxy mess. It may seem like an impossible task; but with a little melt & pour soap it couldn’t be easier.

I bet you have some great tips of your own. I’d love to hear them. Please share them in the comments below.

The results are in: Winners of #BBEarthDay and #ShowMomLove

This past month at Bramble Berry, we’ve held more contests than a carnival! We had two running simultaneously, and now it’s time to reveal the winners.

Show Mom Love was inspired by Mother’s Day, and it encouraged participants to show off a beautiful handmade gift they had made for someone else. Winners could receive a Soap Crafting Kit to send to their mom for Mother’s Day. #BBEarthDay was inspired by a different holiday — Earth Day! Participants were asked to show off a creative recycled mold. Both contests ended yesterday, so we’ve rounded up the winners below. Take a look to see if you won, or if you need a little soapmaking inspiration.

#ShowMomLove Contest

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Show Mom Love contest was all about gift giving. Using an Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest account, we asked people to show us a gift they had made for someone else. It was wide open, and wasn’t limited to just soap! We had dozens of wonderful entries, but the following 8 took home the prize:

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Soaping all over the World: Resources for International Soapers

While there are many wonderful things about soaping, perhaps one of the best things is that it can be enjoyed by anyone. No matter what level of craftiness you are or where you live in the world, most any adult can take up soapmaking. On our Facebook page, we regularly see soapy creations from all corners of the world, from Mexico to Iceland to Taiwan. Creating small, handcrafted products make us part of a global community.

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Don’t Forget to Play

“Life is more fun if you play games.” ― Roald Dahl

Happy Easter Weekend =) We did an Easter Egg hunt with Jamisen. He was beyond euphoric about the whole concept of sugar. Trying to explain to him why Easter happens was a little tricky. The internet was no help either. I stumbled over an explanation to him but had vastly underestimated the need for an actual explanation. Jamisen didn’t ask one single question about why he was made to get dressed up, carry a pink basket and go find plastic eggs filled with candy. Ah, so sweet: childhood innocence.

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Saturday Night Spotlight: Argan Oil

Nearly unheard of 5 years ago, you can’t pick up a bath and beauty product now without it touting the almost magical properties of Argan Oil. While usually I take outrageous beauty claims like that with a grain of salt, this is one oil that packs a serious punch.

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Facebook Photo of the Week (April 12th – April 18th)

With just a few days until Easter, we are in full spring mode. To celebrate, yesterday we kicked off our Easter Egg Hunt. Participating is easy: simply find ten Soap Queen Egg gifs on BrambleBerry.com and then email contest@brambleberry.com to receive two exclusive cold process recipes along with a PDF on how to use colorants in cold process. But don’t wait, the egg hunt ends on April 21st.

Speaking of contests, we’ve got plenty more going on. If you’re thinking ahead to Mother’s Day, there is still time for the ShowMomLove Contest. Simply post an image of a handmade gift on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest by April 20 to enter to win a kit from the Soap Crafting Club. If going green is your thing, there’s also an Earth Day contest. Show us a photo of your recycled soap mold on our Facebook page with the hashtag ‘#BBEarthDay’ to win an Eco Chic Melt and Pour kit.

This week we shared a comprehensive list of tips, tricks and information for beginning soapers. Whether you want to start working with melt and pour or cold process, the Beginning Soaper Resource Roundup has you covered. If melt and pour is your soapy method of choice, this Carnation Cube Cuties Melt and Pour Tutorial is perfect for beginners. Featuring the unique Carnation Fragrance Oil (our sample of the month) and Jojoba Beads, this project will leave your skin smooth and smelling of fresh flowers.

Speaking of fresh flowers, our Facebook Photo of the Week from Whitetail Lane Farm was clearly inspired by spring:

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Bramble Berry Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday is coming up this weekend, which means lots of sweet goodies, egg-dyeing and of course, Easter egg hunts. But who says Easter egg hunts have to be for kids only? The Easter bunny has gone digital, and from now until April 21st we’re inviting you to participate in our online Easter egg hunt.

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