- Time:30 minutes
- Yields:One 8 oz. bottle
Little extras often make a good lotion a fantastic lotion, and this Argan & Shea Lotion has no shortage of extras. The recipe is highly customizable, and you can choose between three different scent, color and extract options. All three options contain powerful and unique skin-loving antioxidants and vitamins. Bonus, this tutorial comes with free PDF labels to give this lotion a professional touch.
It’s been many years since I learned the ins and outs of percentages, ratios and parts. I get plenty of practice playing with them though since almost every day is a soap day around here (lucky me!). It is one of the more common questions that our stupendous team gets whenever soapers are trying to calculate parts (whozit? whatzit?!), resize batches or try to figure out if they have too much (or too little) coconut oil in their recipe.
- Time:45 minutes
- Yields:12 donuts
Get ready for this (seemingly) crazy combo: spicy sriracha glaze drizzled over deliciously dense donuts. It sounds like a pairing that could go terribly wrong, but in this case it’s so off-the-wall it works! This recipe is adapted from The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook. In the version below, gluten-free flour was subbed for regular flour. Feel free to use regular flour if you’d like to keep all the fluffy gluten yumminess. I would be remiss if I did not point out that my Father insists that the regular flour donuts had a delicious factor of tenmillionpercent compared to the gluten-free ones.
This week was full of newness! A surprise S.O.A.P panel included eight new members, and then there were a variety of products showcased in What’s New: Winter Edition 2014 post. That list includes everything from new springtime fragrances such as Wildflower Honey Fragrance Oil and Sunny Herb Garden Fragrance Oil to handy soaping tools like the Triangle Silicone Spatula and Squeeze Bottles.
Speaking of new, this Nourishing Nail Oil Recipe will take your nails from dry, to shining and new in no time. This week the focus was on two colorants that bring fresh, newly-bloomed flowers to mind: Green Chrome Oxide and Hydrated Chrome Green. Not only are these colorants beautiful, but one of them – Green Chrome Oxide — is 20% off this month.
This weeks Facebook Photo of the Week was clearly inspired by fresh, bright hues as well. Made by Three Changos Handcrafted Soap, this Citrus Cilantro Exfoliating Soap features vivid colors and multiple layers of exfoliation.
In this episode of Soap Queen TV, I show how easy the Faux Funnel pour technique is. But first let’s talk about the name. We call it the Faux Funnel pour because it looks like the funnel pour technique, but you don’t use a funnel! The result is that the layers are a little less even. I think it gives the soap a beautifully organic look and when you cut the soap every slice is a surprise.
To make this soap you will need:
- 6.25 oz Canola Oil
- 5 oz Rice Bran Oil
- 2.5 oz Sweet Almond Oil
- 5 oz Coconut Oil
- 5 oz Palm Oil
- 1.25 oz Avocado Oil
- 3.4 oz Sodium Hydroxide
- 8.25 oz Distilled Water
- 1 oz Lime Fragrance Oil
- 0.6 oz Kumquat Fragrance Oil
- 1 teaspoon Brick Red Oxide
- 1 teaspoon Electric Bubble Gum Colorant
- 1 teaspoon Ultramarine Blue
- 1 teaspoon Hydrated Chrome Green Oxide
- 1 teaspoon Titanium Dioxide
- 5 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
- Silicone Column Mold
Click here to get everything you need to make this soap!
Just when you thought the S.O.A.P. Panel goodness was over, it’s ba-ack! The new S.O.A.P Panel includes eight fantastic fragrances that didn’t make it into the first round. That also means eight new panelists to try them. We had many applicants who were eager to be part of the first panel, and we hated having to choose just eight out of the first group. Below are the new group of testers who were chosen from the original S.O.A.P. Panel applications for this second round of testing, as well as a few reviews from our last round of panel members.
S.O.A.P. Panel Round 2 Members:
Sabine of Soap Stars
Challene of Meadow Creek Boutique
Lorraine of Presque Isle Soap Company
Molly of Making Stuff
Stacey of Feeding the Habit
Carrie of Simply 7 Skincare
Birdie of Earth and Herbs
Sarah of Bubble and Flame