Are you excited to make your first batch of cold process soap? Make sure you prep your colorants! In this Soap Queen Short we show you what you need to prepare your colors beforehand to ensure an even pigmentation and give you more time to work with your soap. The more prepared you can be with all of your ingredients, the better your soap design will turn out. We use a few simple pigments and oxides and mix them into some of our favorite lightweight oils like sweet almond, sunflower, and canola.
We also have a battery powered 4-in-1 Mini Mixer that will make the job fast and easy.
For more information on coloring your soap consult some of our other resources like Lori Nova’s great E-Book, Color with Confidence and the Color with Confidence Starter Kit or check out Kathryn Hackney’s E-Book,Cold Process Colorant Master Class.
- Time:30 minutes
- Yields:Four 4 oz. jars
When it comes to scrubby washes, there are hundreds of options. I’m picky about what goes on my body (working at a soap company will do that to you!), and I wanted a scrub that was gently exfoliating as well as leave my skin feeling smooth and soft. This Walnut Shell Wash was the result. It contains finely ground walnut shells for scrubiness as well as colloidal oatmeal to serve as a gentle, skin-soothing cleanser. It’s great for rough patches such as elbows and feet, and the combination of Spearmint and Hungarian Lavender Essential Oils give this wash a mild, fresh scent. Next time, skip store-bought scrub in favor of this easy scrub you quickly make yourself.
The soaping community is as diverse as they come, but it’s safe to say we all have one thing in common: we all like to “nerd out” when it comes to soap! Andrea Edgar took that idea step further in 2010 when she opened Soap4Squares, her soapy business that caters to fellow soapy nerds. Andrea has been a long time Soap Queen reader, and last year she was even one of 11 sponsored athletes for our first ever Bramble Berry Athletic Club. Read on to learn more about her soapy business and geek out over some totally cool soaps!
Soap Queen: How long have you been soaping for? And how did you get started?
I began soaping in 2010 while pregnant with my son. My skin became so incredibly sensitive during the pregnancy that almost everything on the market caused me to break out in hives! In my search for a gentle, natural, and fun cleansing option, I stumbled upon the Soap Queen blog and Soap Queen TV channel. I was intrigued with the idea that I could make amazing products at home, that were better for my skin, and a fraction of the cost of store bought soap! I dove in head first and haven’t looked back.
Whoops! With Thanksgiving, I totally forgot to post our Facebook Photo of the Week. What can I say? All those delicious carbs just had me in a forgetfulness state of mind. Yum, yum! But before we get to the winning photo, did you have a chance to check out our tutorials and posts last week?
Last Sunday, we talked about one of my favorite fragrance oils, the yummy and delicious Dark Rich Chocolate. We’re an office full of chocolate fiends, and this scent is wonderfully realistic. We even got dozens of blend suggestions from our readers, so check out the blog post to see the full list. Need some idea for gift-giving? We have our 2013 DIY Gift Giving Guide with gift ideas organized into beginner, intermediate and advanced categories. Speaking of tutorials, we’ve made it even easier for you to find projects that suit your skill level! You may have noticed that on the left hand side of the blog we three shiny new buttons that allow you to see tutorials by skill level. Our hope is that this makes it even easier for you to find the type of project you’re looking for. Last but not least, last week we released another SQTV short on making massage oil that is suitable for sensitive skin, including babies. Check out the quick video here. And now finally for our grande finale… Are you ready to see this week’s photo feature? It’s beautifully blue! (more…)
Who could have predicted that the same condiment squeeze bottles that hold mustard and ketchup could actually turn out to be indispensable soapmaking tools? We got our 12 oz. Squeeze Bottles in at the beginning of November, and have been soaping up a storm with them.
So many fabulous photos were entered into our #BrambleTart Make it Month Contest that we decided to feature them all! This month’s sample fragrance oil was the delightfully sweet Cranberry Chutney, and it’s a wonderful holiday scent that pairs wells with other sweet fragrances. We received a variety of entries this month, ranging from intricate cold process designs to beautiful swirly melt and pour to some luscious looking bath bombs and a creamy lotion.