Happy Halloween everyone! It’s hard to believe it’s almost November already. We celebrated the last week of October with this beautiful and chilly Misty Maritime Moon Cold Process Tutorial. It uses the new negative space embed technique, which creates a totally unique look.
It’s another Throw-Back Thursday #tbt on Soap Queen TV. This time Christy from KB Shimmer is joining me to demonstrate a classic swirl. This video is from 2010, so please forgive the retro set design.
Please note that before making the soap in this video you should be comfortable making basic batches of cold process soap. This is definitely an advanced technique, so if you haven’t made CP soap before you must watch and practice the recipes in my basic Cold Process soapmaking video series (it’s free!).
In this video we talk about using room temperature lye water. What this means is that we mixed up the lye solution 3 or 4 hours before we made our soap so that it wouldn’t be hot when we used it. You could even mix up your lye solution the day before – just be really sure it is well labeled and not left in a place where someone might think it was just water. Using room temperature lye helps to slow down the saponification process so that you have plenty of time to work with your soap and make those beautiful swirls!
Buy all the ingredients and the mold to make this soap here.
20.7 oz Distilled Water
8.9 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
2 Heat safe non-reactive containers
3 small non-reactive containers for colors
Long sleeve shirt and pants
Soap that is cleansing, hard and moisturizing usually consists of both hard and soft oils. Soft oils are liquid at room temperature, while hard oils are solid. In order to use hard oils for soap and other recipes, they need to be melted to a liquid state. Heat resistant plastic pouches (in both large and small sizes) make this process easy.
If color has the power to lift ones mood, it has been an incredibly happy week on the blog! Including a variety of tutorials, the Color, Spice and Everything Nice promotion had two things in common: lots of color and warm, spicy scents. Using ingredients such as mango butter, Patchouli and Sandalwood Vanilla Fragrance Oils, these projects are full of exotic inspiration.
When the weather becomes gloomy and gray, small reminders of warm, tropical locations can do wonders. These reminders may come in the form of a spicy fragrance, lush colors or a fruity flavor. This past week, tutorials using tropical fragrances and vibrant hues (such as the Vibrant Mehndi Cold Process) have been highlighted…now it’s time for a fruity (edible) treat!
Made from fresh mangos, creamy coconut milk and nutritious chia seeds, this pudding is guilt-free and full of flavor. If you are unfamiliar with chia seeds they small, tasteless and full of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and fiber. Once they come in contact with liquid, after a few hours they transform the liquid into a creamy, thick consistency.