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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.


Classic CP Swirl Soap on Soap Queen TV

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.


29.4 oz Olive Oil
16 oz Palm Oil
12.8 oz Coconut Oil
3.8 oz Cocoa Butter
1.9 oz Castor Oil

20.7 oz Distilled Water
8.9 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

2.5 oz. Lemon Essential Oil
1.5 oz. Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
1/2 tsp Ultramarine Blue Pigment
1/2 tsp Ultramarine Violet Pigment
1/2 tsp Yellow Oxide

18 Bar Baltic Birch Mold

2 Heat safe non-reactive containers
3 small non-reactive containers for colors
Stick Blender
Small Spatulas
Wooden Skewers

Safety Gear:
Long sleeve shirt and pants

How to Boil Heat Resistant Plastic Pouches

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.


Handmade Beauty Box on Kickstarter

The moment is finally here. Be the first to sign up for Handmade Beauty Box!

Sign up on our Kickstarter page and see our first video, project photos, and the website homepage. So many sneak peeks to be seen!

The Handmade Beauty Box website is scheduled to launch in the beginning of November 2014. We know it’s hard to wait, so we’re offering an early opportunity to sign up on Kickstarter before the website launches. But it’s far more than just signing up for the box, we’re reaching out to Kickstarter fans hoping you’ll join our journey as we dive into the DIY subscription world.

We’re looking for YOU to be a part of our product development team. We want to hear your ideas and follow up with you after your first shipment. What did you like and dislike about your first box? What would you like to see in future boxes? You’ll have exclusive access to the director of the company (AKA Courtney whom you may remember from here and here) to talk all things DIY beauty and spa. The first round of boxes will ship in December and here’s a clue for Kickstarter supporters only - you’ll be able to make eight products that may or may not (wink wink) fit into stockings (if you catch our drift – hint hint). We are so passionate about this new business venture and we aim to make crafting as fun and simple as possible.

Wouldn’t it be great to replace some of your day to day beauty products with your handmade recipes where YOU control the ingredients? You’ll know exactly what’s in your soaps, eye shadows, lotions, and lipsticks and our recipes typically make more than one so you can share with friends and family. Or better yet, craft with your friends and family! Don’t forget to share this blog post with your crafting buddies. They wouldn’t want to be left out.

Want to know more about DIY beauty? Follow the Handmade Beauty Box social media accounts: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.  

Misty Maritime Moon Cold Process

  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Time:Several days
  • Yields:About 5 pounds of soap

Trying new soap techniques keeps the craft interesting, fresh and fun! This Misty Maritime Moon soap was created for the Negative Space Embed Challenge via Great Cakes Soapworks in August. The negative space embed technique involves cutting holes into the base of soap and later filling the holes with fresh soap.

Created with a fresh combination of Pineapple Cilantro, Orange Peel Cybilla and Ocean Rain Fragrance Oils, this soap smells crisp and bright. Orange Peel is used to give both color and texture to the embeds, while titanium dioxide provides contrast. The dual blue tones are made using the Multi-Pour Sectioning Tool, but cardboard can also be used as shown in the Mantra Swirl tutorial. Thanks for all the great name suggestions for this soap via Facebook, they were so much fun to read!

This technique is so exciting because of all the possibilities of shapes you can create. You aren’t limited by the embedding molds you own. Taking a walk through the hardware store opens up all kinds of new possibilities. Having more control over the design is another benefit. Six color rainbow faux-funnel pour coming up next!


Color, Spice & Everything Nice Project Roundup

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.


Soap Queen Cuisine: Mango & Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

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.

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