Soap Queen Cuisine: Baked Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal

BlogFinalPumpkinOatmeal_500pxThanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s full of family, food and appreciating what you have. If you’re family is like mine, the day after Thanksgiving is also full of enjoying the company of family and more good eats. This Baked Pecan Oatmeal is the perfect dish for day-after-Thanksgiving breakfast; it’s incredibly satisfying and easy to make. This would also be wonderful for Thanksgiving breakfast!

BlogFinalBowl_500pxThis baked oatmeal dish is basically the perfect blend between two classic Thanksgiving pies, pumpkin and pecan. The inside of this dish is soft, while the pecan crumble gives a sweet crunchy texture. I prefer this oatmeal warm, right out of the oven, but it’s also wonderful straight from the fridge the next morning. Want to turn this into a decadent dessert? A scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipping cream would be amazing =)

Soapy Social Media Roundup

This weekend, I’m enjoying the California sun during a UPS event for west coast clients. It’s been wonderful to escape the Pacific Northwest rain! When Monday comes around, Thanksgiving prep will be in full swing. Jamisen’s interest in helping in the kitchen is growing, which is both fun and messy (see photo below). This Thanksgiving dinner, I’m definitely planning on utilizing my new kitchen assistant.
1389156_391506130997904_1114044187_nKeep your eyes on the blog tomorrow for a delicious Thanksgiving-inspired breakfast option, perfect for the morning of or day after. It’s full of pumpkin, pecans, and oatmeal. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite Christmas-y pins, colorful Instagrams and interesting tweets.




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The soap below was swirled with the handle of a silicone spatula, producing large swirls. These bars were cute horizontally, and I love how every bar looks incredibly different. What fun and unique swirling tools have you used?

10748132_857737470945478_1940074454_nWhile Christmas is right around the corner, I always have my mind on the next holiday. Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and with this heart-filled soap…I’m ready!


I hope you’re all having a great weekend! To keep up with the latest soapy social media throughout the week, you can follow me on TwitterTumblrInstagramPinterest, Vine and YouTube.

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The 12 Days of Christmas promotion is officially over tomorrow. Hopefully you have lots of handmade gift ideas for the holidays! The promotion features easy to make projects, like the adorable Chocolate Mint Melt and Pour soaps. With a delectable mix of Dark Rich Chocolate Fragrance Oil and Moroccan Mint Fragrance Oil, this soap smells just like a classic holiday candy. The Moroccan Mint Fragrance Oil is 30% off until tomorrow at noon PST. No coupon necessary.



12 Days of Christmas: Chocolate Mint Melt and Pour Squares

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:45 minutes
  • Yields:Approximately 2 lbs. of soap

We saved something sweet for last for the final tutorial in the 12 Days of Christmas series. Layers of melt and pour scented with Moroccan Mint and Dark Rich Chocolate Fragrance Oils create delicious smelling (and looking!) guest-sized soap. Reminiscent of a classic mint candy, this project is easy to make and great for beginners.


These minty, chocolatey soaps would make an amazing holiday gift for any chocolate lover in your life. Wrap these soaps in green wrapping paper for a great finishing touch. Remember to have a spray bottle of 99% isopropyl or rubbing alcohol on hand for this project! Spraying with alcohol is key to the layers sticking together. To learn more about creating layers with melt and pour soap, check out the Basic Layers Soap Queen TV episode.

As part of the 12 Days of Christmas promotion, Moroccan Mint Fragrance Oil is 30% off until tomorrow at noon, PST. No coupon is necessary, simply add the items to your cart and complete the purchase before noon tomorrow.

You Did It!


BIG thank you to everybody who signed up for Handmade Beauty Box on Kickstarter, and via the new homepage. The first round of boxes will be shipping December 10th, and as you can see below, we are just a little bit excited. If you are unfamiliar with Handmade Beauty Boxclick here to learn how it works. Spoiler alert: it’s a monthly subscription box that brings fun, DIY beauty projects to your door!


We are SO close to our stretch goal of 250 subscribers on Kickstarter. What happens at 250? Well, besides a giant exciting party with Courtney and me dancing for joy, we want to bring the party to YOU every month. When the Kickstarter goal of 250 backers is reached, every single Handmade Beauty Box subscriber will have access to a live crafting session for each project!

During these live sessions, each monthly project will be demonstrated live. These sessions will provide an opportunity to ask questions, troubleshoot and see the projects made in real time. We are so close to making this goal, only 13 more backers needed!   So tweet, share, and back us on Kickstarter. YOU can be a hero and help get this reward to everyone for the rest of the year! You did it! We reached our goal of 250 subscribers. We are so, so, so excited to host these live events and obviously you are excited to join us for them too. Thanks so much for your support and encouragement. We can’t wait to share the first project with you!

Questions? Email! Want to stay up to date with all the crafty fun? Follow the Handmade Beauty Box social media accounts: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.  

12 Days of Christmas: Lotion Melt and Pour Cubes

  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Time:1 hour
  • Yields:Approximately nine 3.5 oz. cubes

Adding oils and butters to melt and pour bases can be tricky. Extra oils can cause the melt and pour to not set up correctly, or may inhibit lather. After a bit of testing, we found a way to add the skin-loving Aloe Lotion Base to the Shea Melt and Pour to create an extra creamy, firm bar. Adding the Aloe Lotion Base gives your soap additional aloe vera juice, rice bran oil and soothing oat extract. The key is to heat the lotion before mixing it into the melt and pour. Without this step, the lotion and melt and pour may separate. 

These melt and pour cubes are made with the creamy and delicious Cream Cheese Frosting Fragrance Oil. Colored with Emerald Green LabColor, these soaps are wonderfully festive and cheery. Don’t forget to add the Vanilla Color Stabilizer, otherwise the Cream Cheese Frosting Fragrance Oil will discolor the soap a deep brown.

As part of the 12 Days of Christmas promotion, the 9 Bar Silicone Cube Mold is 30% off until tomorrow at noon, PST. No coupon necessary! The 9 Bar Silicone Cube Mold is both sturdy and flexible, making it suitable for cold process and melt and pour.

12 Days of Christmas: Peppermint Pucker Lip Scrub

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:30 minutes
  • Yields:Approximately 7 lip tins

While the holiday season is full of cheer, it can also be tough on your lips. Blowing wind, cold temperatures, rain and snow can cause chapping or dryness. This Peppermint Pucker Lip Scrub lightly exfoliates, allowing lip balm to soak in better. This results in more hydrated, happy lips!


Red Jojoba Beads and sugar add gentle exfoliation and beautiful holiday color while avocado oil leaves a smooth and silky feeling on your lips. Mint Julep Flavor Oil adds a nice fresh kick to the scrub. And because this scrub is made with Nourish Lip Balm Base, it’s easy and quick to throw together as a last-minute handmade holiday gift.

As part of our 12 Days of Christmas Promotion, the Red Jojoba Beads are 30 % off until tomorrow at noon, PST. Jojoba beads make a great addition to scrubs, soap and lip products. If you’d like to learn more about Jojoba Beads and how to use them, check out this Jojoba Beads Sunday Night Spotlight.

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