Facebook and Instagram Photo of the Week (April 18th ~ April 24th)

The past few weeks have been full of projects involving milk. This week featured cold process soap made with cow milk. The Creamy Cow Milk Cold Process Tutorial has a classic black and white color palette. The swirls inside are made by plopping different size spoonfuls of soap into the mold. The soap is scented with a fresh and earthy combination of Vanilla Rosewood and Grass Stain fragrance oils.

If you’re looking for a milky melt and pour project, you’ll love the Lemon Goat Milk Melt and Pour Bars. The Goat Milk Melt and Pour Base used in the tutorial is made with 10% fresh liquid goat milk. The project also features lemon peel and Lemon Essential Oil, which give the bars a fresh smell and creamy color.

Milk can also be used in other products, like face masks. The Silky Coconut Milk Face Mask uses coconut milk powder to give the recipe a silky feeling and subtle coconut scent. Vitamin E oil and Evening Primrose Extract are used to add moisturizing and soothing properties. For a little bit of exfoliation, colloidal oatmeal is added to the mask.

If you plan to sell your milk recipes, Instagram is a useful tool. Instagram allows you to share pictures of your products and connect with other crafters. Taking the time to edit your photos can really help them stand out. Setting the soap up nicely and using props can help as well. Find out more in the Instagram Tips and Tricks post.

Thoughtful editing can also be used for pictures of your culinary creations, like the Spinach and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles. The simple recipe is made with blueberries and vanilla Greek yogurt. Because they’re sweet and healthy, they’re a great way to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies.

While the popsicles are a cool treat, the Facebook Photo of the Week is full of fire. Kristie with Seven Seas Soaps scented her soap with smoky Dragon’s Blood Fragrance Oil.

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The yellow and red colors in Kristie’s soap look stunning against the black base. It’s topped with whipped soap and a flame for a unique and beautiful look. If you’re looking for more fiery projects, click through to the Dragon’s Breath Cold Process Soap Tutorial. For a lava-inspired soap, click through the CP + MP = Magma Soap.

collageAbove (clockwise, top) are Kristie’s swirled soap, chocolate soap, orange cream soap and sweet pea soap. For more flowery inspiration, click through the Purple Blackberry Flower Candle Tutorial. Flowers also look adorable on the Pikake Flower Bath Bombs.

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This week’s Instagram Photo of the Week is full of bright color as well. The collection of soap by Hallowell Soap Works is full of color, texture and accents like rose petals. The wood provides an interesting and natural background for the soap. Check out more stunning photos on Hallowell Soap Works’ Instagram page.

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Post pictures of your crafty creations on the Facebook page each week for a chance to be featured on the Soap Queen blog and receive a sweet soapy package from Bramble Berry. Photos are chosen based on consensus from the Bramble Berry staff, so the best way to increase your chances of winning is to show us lots of photos!

To participate in the Instagram contest, hashtag your pictures with #soapshare. Each Friday, I will pick a photo on Instagram to win a copy of the Soap Crafting book, and share on the Bramble Berry Instagram account

Creamy Cow Milk Cold Process Tutorial

Creamy Cow Milk Cold Process Tutorial

Soap made with goat milk is popular, but did you know luxurious soap can also be made with cow milk? For this Creamy Cow Milk Cold Process Tutorial, whole cow milk is used to add extra moisture and skin-loving properties. Full of contrast, this project features black and white layers reminiscent of a cow pattern. The scent combination of Vanilla Rosewood and Grass Stain fragrance oils creates a blend that is both warm and green…similar to a barn!

Freezing the cow milk before adding the lye prevents the milk from scorching. For a step by step tutorial of this process, check out this How to Add Lye to Milk for Cold Process Soap blog post. When selecting milk for soap making, be on the lookout for the least amount of additives such as vitamins, preservatives or thickeners. These additives can cause unpredictable soaping results. It can be difficult to find milk without vitamins. This recipe uses whole milk with added vitamin D; it worked great. You can also use skim, 1% or 2% milk if you’d like.

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Lemon Goat Milk Melt & Pour Bars


Lemom Goat Milk Melt & Pour Bars

Goatmilk is a popular soapmaking ingredient for good reason. It creates a lush lather and leaves skin feeling soft. Goat milk contains capric-caprylic triglyceride, which is a fatty acid that helps skin form a barrier to inhibit the loss of moisture. If you want to receive all the benefits of goat milk in melt and pour, the Goat Milk Melt and Pour Base is your answer. These adorable Lemon & Goat Milk Melt and Pour bars are made with the Goat Milk Melt and Pour Base, which contains 10% fresh liquid goat milk.

Lemon peel and Lemon Essential Oil give these bars a fresh smell and natural texture. Approximately 1.7 ounces per bar, the small guest size is perfect for traveling, party favors or even samples. The scored lines on the Guest Goat Milk Tray Mold make cutting the slab of soap into smaller bars easy.

Lemon Goat Milk Melt and Pour Soap

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Instagram Tips and Tricks

Instagram Tips and Tricks on Soap Queen
Instagram has become extremely popular in the past several years. In fact, it is the fastest growing social site on a global scale. While I’m a huge fan of social media outlets of all kinds, Instagram (find me @brambleberry) might be my favorite! It’s easy to navigate, interact with others and is completely photo-centric. I could spend hours everyday scrolling through the beautiful and inspirational images.

Now that I’ve been using Instagram for several years, I have learned how to leverage its function for business. Instagram is a great tool for soapy businesses because soap is visually appealing. From in-process shots to final bars, soapmaking and photos go hand in hand. Instagram is also a great way to connect with other soapers, small business owners and potential wholesale accounts. Here are some of my tips when using Instagram, including how to take better photos, connect with others, and market your business.
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Silky Coconut Milk Face Mask

Soft and Silky Coconut Milk Face Mask
With the weather warming up, now is a great time to give your facial skin a little TLC. This Silky Coconut Milk Face Mask is made with coconut milk powder, colloidal oatmeal and kaolin clay to create a product that is incredibly gentle. The coconut milk powder is full of vitamins, and gives the mask a lovely coconut scent. Kaolin clay adds a silky feeling, while colloidal oatmeal adds a touch of exfoliation. A combination of vitamin E oil and Evening Primrose Extract give the mask moisturizing and soothing properties.

To use, scoop a small amount of the powder and mix with either water or oil to make a paste. If you have oily skin, mix this recipe with a bit of warm water for an oil-absorbing mask. If you have dry skin, mix the mask with a lightweight oil or thin lotion to add moisture. Argan oil, avocado oilsweet almond oil or any other moisturizing oil would work well. Apply the mask to clean skin, and allow to sit on the skin for 3-5 minutes. Wash off, and apply moisturizer.

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Spinach & Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

Blueberry and Spinach Yogurt Popsicles
Do you ever get a sweet tooth late at night? I’m pretty good about staying away from sugar during the day, but once my schedule settles down, my brain starts thinking about sugar. In particular, I have been craving ice cream. Some nights I indulge in a scoop or two. But for the days when I want to stick to a healthy diet, these Blueberry & Spinach popsicles have been a lifesaver.

Blueberry and Spinach Yogurt Popsicles Recipe

Made with fresh spinach, frozen blueberries, banana and low-fat yogurt, these popsicles curb my sugar craving without the guilt. The kiddos love them too; Jamisen in particular thinks he is getting a special ice cream treat instead of fruits and veggies. You can see him enjoying a variation of this recipe in the photo from last year below =) They are also incredibly easy to make! Simply add all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into a popsicle mold and allow to freeze overnight. I use this popsicle mold and love it.

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What You’ll Need:
1 Ripe banana
1 cup Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
1 1/2 cups Fresh spinach
1 1/2 cups Vanilla Greek yogurt

Ingredients

ONE: Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth. If necessary, add a splash of milk to help the mixture blend.
TWO: Pour the mixture into your popsicle mold. For the mold I have, this recipe made six popsicles. Place the popsicle sticks into the mold, and place in the freezer until completely frozen (I wait overnight).
THREE: Remove from the mold and enjoy!

Blueberry and Spinach Yogurt Pops

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Blueberry & Spinach Yogurt Popsicles
 
Made with fruits and veggies, these popsicles are a healthy and delicious way to curb a sugar craving.
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Serves: About Six

Ingredients
  • 1 Ripe banana
  • 1 cup Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1½ cups Fresh spinach
  • 1½ cups Vanilla Greek yogurt

Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth. If necessary, add a splash of milk to help the mixture blend.
  2. Pour the mixture into your popsicle mold. For the mold I have, this recipe made six popsicles. Place the popsicle sticks into the mold, and place in the freezer until completely frozen (I wait overnight).
  3. Remove from the mold and enjoy!

 

Soapy Social Media Roundup

This week has been a complete whirlwind. The photo shoot for the upcoming book (coming in 2016) was both amazing and exhausting. Thirty-three cold process recipes were prepped and created in four days (39 if you count embeds!). That’s an average of 8 cold process recipes everyday. The team did a great job of prepping all the recipes beforehand; This enabled each recipe to be ready as soon as the previous was made. All the hard work paid off; each soap turned out amazing and I can’t wait to share the book with you!

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This weekend I’m attending the HSCG Annual Conference in Indianapolis. So, if you’re here, come find me! I was so thrilled to run into Lela from Lucky Break Consulting, Ellie who has helped save 70 orphaned baby elephants with her soap, and Toushonta who spotted  me in the airport after a long day of flying. I’ll be here tonight and tomorrow so if you’re at the show, please come say ‘Hi.’ I love talking soap!

Soap Guild Show Fun

Soap Guild Show Fun

Here on the blog, we have been sharing a collection of milk recipes including this Goat Milk & Oatmeal Cold Process Soap. This Buttermilk Bastille Baby Bar on Soap Queen TV shows you how to create soap using fresh buttermilk and carrot puree. Want more soapy inspiration? Check out my favorite pins, ‘grams and tweets from this week!

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Instagram:
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was busy soaping up a storm making soap for my new book. Below is one of my favorite recipes, a Dandelion Zebra Swirl soap made with real dandelion petals and an annatto seed infusion.
11142098_420557368125730_37643424_nOn the left, is a negative space embed recipe colored with natural colorants. On the right is a soap made with pale ale instead of water. I was so relieved that the swirl design turned out for the shoot…that technique requires a steady hand and I was a little shaky! 
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To keep up with the latest soapy social media throughout the week, you can follow me on TwitterTumblrInstagramPinterest, Vine and YouTube. And Snapchat! To watch my ‘stories’, which include sneak peeks into future projects (including all the soaping I’m doing this weekend), add me. I’m Bramble-Berry on Snapchat.