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The temperature keeps dropping here in Bellingham, so here at Bramble Berry we decided to embrace it! This week was full of tutorials that are great for fall and the holidays, like these Neroli and Shea Blossom Wax Tart Melts. Scented with clean and floral Neroli & Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil, these tarts are a simple way to comfort you on a rainy day.


How to Assemble Dividers for Birchwood Soap Molds

Sturdy and durable, wood molds are a favorite when making cold process soap. Bramble Berry offers a wide range of sizes of Birchwood Molds, including a 9 bar, 18 bar, and 36 bar wood mold. Each mold includes a set of plastic dividers that can be inserted to create consistent sized bars every soaping session.

These dividers are easy to use, but can be a little confusing the first time. This video demonstrates how to assemble the dividers and insert them into the mold. Once you get the hang of the dividers, you may never soap without them again!

Do you have any tips for using these dividers? Please share in the comments below!

Neroli & Shea Blossom Wax Tart Melts

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:Approximately 6 hours
  • Yields:Approximately 8 Small Cube Trays

On a cold and rainy day, there is nothing better than filling your home with a warm scent. Wax tart melts are a fun alternative to candles and require no open flame. Simply melt down wax, add your fragrance and color, and heat the tart on a warmer tray to release the fragrance. They’re easy to create and are a great project for beginners.

Neroli & Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil is a fantastic blend of bergamot, orange blossom and amber, making it a great choice for a home fragrance. It also blends beautifully with a wide variety of fragrances, including Smoky Patchouli and Vetyver Fragrance Oils. If you’d like more blending ideas for this project, check out this idea sheet!

Cheery & Bright Gingerbread Man Melt and Pour

  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Time:1-2 Hours
  • Yields:Four 4 oz. soaps

Soapy inspiration can come from a variety of different sources. From places and design to scents and colors, possible influence is everywhere! For this adorable gingerbread man project, inspiration came from a colorful yet slightly festive color palette via Design Seeds. With a deep burgundy, bright green and icy blues, this color combination is a fresh take on the holidays!

Achieving these unique colors requires mixing both liquid and powder colorants. The end results are worth the extra effort; these shades are a great combination of cheerful, sophisticated and festive. Scented with a delicious smelling combination of Almond and Cinnamon Sugar Fragrance Oils, these cute gingerbread men smell good enough to eat. Just don’t forget to add the Vanilla Color Stabilizer to prevent vanilla discoloration!

If you’d like to create a more traditional gingerbread man soap, check out this Soap Queen TV video. You can also download this free box template to package up your cute creation for the holiday season.

5 Tips to Take Soaping from Hobby to Business

Soap making is a hobby that brings joy to those who make it, and those who buy or receive the luxurious product. It’s no wonder that many soapers are able to turn their hobby into a business! But, making the transition from hobbyist into small business owner can be a little intimidating.

Here are 5 tips to help take your hobby to the next step; simply click through the slides below! The presentation is via a site called SlideShare. SlideShare enables users to share information in the form of slides, making the content easy to read and interact with. Have you used Slideshare before?

 If you enjoy SlideShare, a few of my favorite presentation’s include Bob Pritchett’s “How to Quite College and Get Away with It”, “50 Powerful Statistics About Tech Mega Trends Affecting Every Business,” by Vala Afshar and “The Undeniable Authority of the Social Customer,” by Desk. I’m a visual person, so reading information in slide format works well for me.

Are you a soaper considering starting a small business? I would love to hear about what is holding you back, so I can offer more tips. Also, if you are a small business owner, please share your tips for those just starting out =)

Mica Paint & Glitter Pumpkins (3 Different Ways!)

  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Time:Varies
  • Yields:1-3 pumpkins

One of my favorite things about Halloween is the decorating. Yes, candy and costumes are fun, but Halloween decorations means crafting! If you are throwing a Halloween party (or even if you aren’t) these pumpkins covered in metallic glitter and mica really bring the wow factor. While they are not suitable for the outdoor elements, they make fantastic centerpieces and indoor flair.
Making these pumpkins is a ton of fun, and does not involve any sharp and dangerous tools. In fact, you probably have a large majority of the necessary supplies already! The mica painted pumpkins are a great rainy day project. If you are making the glitter pumpkin you may consider crafting outside or covering your work surface. The glitter can get a little messy =)

Soapy Social Media Roundup

This weekend, the family and I are celebrating fall. Today we had an amazing play date and tomorrow, our plan is to go to the apple and pumpkin orchard and farm to pick apples and find our perfect pumpkin (the gourds from the garden are great but the kids want a traditional jack-o-lantern too). If you have any wonderful apples recipes, I would love to hear them! I’m thinking some homemade spinach applesauce may be in order. If you are looking for a fun fall project, keep your eyes on the blog tomorrow. It involves pumpkins, lots of glitter and mica painting. Are you working on any fall inspired projects this weekend? If so, I would love to see them on the Facebook page. You can also share your projects on Instagram, just hashtag #brambleberry so I don’t miss them =)

Here are some of my favorite tweets, pins, and ‘grams from the week!


Far left, clockwise:

Instagram: I have been experimenting with lots of bright colors this week. Maybe it’s the heavy dose of gray fog that Bellingham has been experiencing, but I can’t get enough! On the left, Lily has been showing us her independence more and more. She has also been talking up a storm! On the right, more bright colors are being used in the 10″ Silicone Loaf Mold. The fun red hue was created with Fired Up Fuchsia and Merlot Mica.  If you’re looking for a new scrub recipe, the Emulsified Sugar Scrub on Soap Queen TV leaves skin feeling smooth and not greasy. I may need to whip up a few batches this weekend =) Twitter:

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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