One of the amazing things about soap making is the wide variety of different techniques and possibilities. In this episode of Soap Queen TV, I show you how to create one of my favorite soapy techniques…cold process soap frosting! Simply whip together cool oils and lye to create a light and fluffy texture that is great for piping. Soap frosting is incredibly versatile, and works great for soap cupcakes, or soapy flowers.
Warm weather means fun outdoor activities like swimming in the lake, gardening and of course – barbecues! Here at Bramble Berry, we celebrate summer each year with a company barbecue. Everyone brings delicious dishes to share. We all take a break and enjoy good food, sunny atmosphere and great company.
- Time:1 Hour
- Yields:Three 4.25 ounce Bars
The decline of the honey bee population, known as Colony Collapse Disorder, poses a serious threat to our ecosystem. Researchers estimate one-third of all honey bee colonies in the country have vanished. With a wide variety of agricultural crops pollinated by honey bees, the potential impact to our environment and economy is serious.
Unfortunately, the cause of the honey bee population decline remains a mystery. While theories have been posed, more research is crucial to identifying the cause. To aid research, Bramble Berry donates $3.50 for every Save the Honey Bee Mold sold to the UC Davis Honey Bee Research Fund.
As of July, more than $260 has been donated! Bramble Berry will continue to donate to the program every quarter. Not only are these molds supporting a great cause, they make an adorable bar of soap. Scented with Wildflower Honey Fragrance Oil, this project is a great way to get crafty while making a difference.
- Time:8 hours (or overnight)
- Yields:Two 8 oz. bottles
Last week was full of recipes created to pamper your face. For dry skin in need of additional moisture, the Lavender and Aloe Lotion and Lavender and Chamomile Cleansing Bar feature hydrating ingredient such as Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil. If your skin is on the oilier side, the Tea Tree and Rosemary Cleansing Bar and Oil-Free Lavender Lotion help control oil and keep skin feeling comfortable.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting the day with a full stomach helps me to think clearly and maintain energy into early afternoon. Some days it can be hard to make time for breakfast, but I always regret it when I don’t. This recipe takes a little bit of prep, but it’s so worth it!
Made with protein-packed greek yogurt and a variety of nuts, seeds and fruits, this breakfast bowl is full of omega-3 fatty acids. The fresh fruit adds just the right amount of sweetness, but you can add a little honey if you like. Keep in mind the amount of ingredients listed below can easily be adjusted depending on your personal taste. I sometimes like to make this the night before, and throw it in my work bag in the morning.
This week on the blog was all about keeping your face smooth and refreshed, no matter what your skin type. The Fresh Face Skin Care Series included several skin-loving tutorials, including Lavender and Aloe Lotion. Made with moisturizing Sweet Almond Oil and lightly scented with Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil, it’s a lovely combination for dry skin. (more…)
- Time:2-3 hours
- Yields:About 3 pounds of soap
Erica Pence from Bath Alchemy makes beautiful soap and shares a wide variety of soapy tutorials on her blog. Today, Erica is sharing a tutorial for colorful Hot Air Balloon Soap! Below are the instuctions to make this soap using melt and pour, but as you can see from the photo below, it’s possible to use cold process as well. -AM