Spring Project Inspiration

Spring is the perfect time to create projects inspired by nature. The outdoors become filled with blooming flowers, ripe produce and fresh scents. This time of year translates perfectly into bath and body projects with bright color palettes, botanicals and floral fragrances. If you are looking for spring inspired projects, I’ve got you covered! If you’re brand new to creating your own bath and body products, I’ve written a handy guide to starting out. You can find this free guide here.

Dried herbs and flowers are a great way to add the look of spring to soap. In the Juicy Orange and Sweet Rose Cold Process Soap, rose petals and dried orange peels accent an orange in-the-pot swirl. Chamomile herbs add texture to the cheery Yellow Chamomile Cold Process Tutorial. Floral fragrances are also a fantastic way to celebrate spring. In the Modern Cherry Blossom Tutorial, the soft Cherry Blossom Fragrance Oil gives a soft feminine scent. If you love the powdery and light scent of lilac, the Layered Lilac Loofah Cold Process smells incredibly realistic. If you’re new to soapmaking, here’s a FREE Beginners Guide to Soapmaking.

coldprocesscollageTop left, clockwise: Layered Lilac Loofah Cold Process, Yellow Chamomile Cold Process, Juicy Orange & Sweet Rose Cold Process, Modern Cherry Blossom

Did you know it was easy and inexpensive to make your own bath fizzies? It is! Here are some perfect spring tutorials just for you. Dried flowers are also the perfect addition to bath bombs and teas. In the Lavender & Clay Mondo Bath Fizzy, dried lavender and lavender essential oil create a calming bath experience. Looking for a tropical getaway? The Pikake Flower Bath Bombs smell of traditional Hawaiian leis. Fresh herbs infused with essential oils add scent and moisture in the Mother’s Day Bath Tea Tutorial.

bath bomb collageTop row: Lavender & Clay Mondo Bath Fizzy
Bottom Row: Pikake Flower Bath Bombs, Mother’s Day Bath Tea

If you’re looking for more projects to show mom your love this Mother’s Day (it is coming up soon, my friends), the Gentle Gel Serum is incredibly luxurious. Made with Carrot Seed Essential Oil, the serum is great for mature skin. The Pink Salt and Shea Bath Bars uses pink sea salt and a fresh floral scent to create a wonderfully feminine melt and pour soap. If your mom enjoys cosmetics, the soft and shiny Rosy Red Lip Gloss gives a sheer tint inspired by fresh roses.

collage3Top left to right, clockwise: Gentle Gel Serum, Rosy Red Lip Gloss, Pink Salt and Shea Bath Bars

With fresh blooms comes gardening! If you are a gardener, your hands may be in need of some extra TLC. Scrubby soap is perfect for removing dirt and dead skin build up from working outside. The Handmade Soap for Gardeners made with coffee grounds is super exfoliating. If you prefer gentle exfoliation and a beginners DIY project, the Minty Clay Melt and Pour Bar, made with poppy seeds and peppermint essential oil leaves skin soft and fresh smelling. Love a minty scent? The Cranberry Seed Foot Scrub is perfect for both feet and hands. If you’re new to melt and pour soapmaking, here’s a FREE Beginners Guide to Melt and Pour soapmaking.

Final1_500px1collagescrubTop Row: Minty Clay Melt and Pour Bars
Bottom Row: Handmade Soap for Gardeners, Cranberry Seed Foot Scrub

What kind of spring inspired projects are you making? I would love to see your photos on the Bramble Berry Facebook page!

Home Spa: Handmade Potpourri

For the final installment of our Home Spa Collection of projects I made a short video on how to make your own potpourri. I used many of our dried herbs & flowers and placed them in a container in pretty layers. It’s very simple and the results are beautiful and much less expensive than a store bought version.

Interested in our other Home Spa Collection projects? Check out our Emulsified Scrub, Soothing Eye Pillow, Gentle Gel Serum, and Pink Salt and Shea Bath Bar.

To make this project you will need:

Click here to get everything you need to make potpourri
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Sparkle Power Bath Bomb Tutorial

Here’s a kid-friendly bath bomb tutorial guaranteed to make bath time tons of fun. It’s a spin off of the recent Hidden Color Bath Bomb tutorial, where a secret stash of super concentrated color appears once the bath bomb is activated in water. This time around, instead of color the secret stash is full of glitter! What a fun and unexpected treat for bath time adventures.

Sparkle Power

Recipe:

1 Cup Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)

1/2 Cup Citric Acid

1/2 Cup Corn Starch

1/2 Cup Coarse Epsom Salt

1.5 Tablespoons Avocado Oil

9 mL Love Spell Fragrance Oil

Rosy Pink LaBomb Colorant

Iridescent Glitter

Rose Mold

Witch Hazel

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Oatmeal Facial Scrub and Mask

Here’s a quick and adaptable recipe for a gentle facial scrub and mask. It works great as a simple exfoliater, but for an added boost leave it on your skin as a mask to absorb oil and clean pores. Skin-loving ingredients and gentle oils make this scrub and mask a soothing addition to any skin care routine.

Oatmeal Facial Scrub and Mask

Recipe:

2 1/2 cups Oatmeal (NOT quick oats)

1/2 cup Bentonite Clay

2 Tablespoons Lemon Peel Powder

3 mL Oat Extract

3 mL Vitamin E Oil

Hungarian Lavender

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Egyptian Geranium Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

2 – 8 oz. Glass Bail Jars

Aloe Vera Liquid or Chamomile Tea (for hydrating the mask)

OPTIONAL: Lavender Grade 1

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New Year, New Fragrance (tutorial)

Have any plans for this evening? Here’s what I’m up to (yes, yes, you guessed it: difficult to get a baby sitter on New Year’s Eve). Recently I made a wonderful spray perfume for my mom that smelled amazing using a blend of different fragrance oils. However, it’s not always necessary to blend fragrance oils. A quick and easy way to get a perfectly lovely scent is to use a fragrance oil that is already a bit complex on it’s own. All the blending is done for you, and you can get on with your fancy New Year’s Eve parties and champagne toasts at midnight!

Sweet and Easy Perfume

Recipe: 

10 mL Cyclomethicone

9 mL DPG (Dipropylene Glycol)

10 mL 91% Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol

1-2 mL Fragrance Oil

3 Mini Spray Bottles

Droppers with Suction Bulb

Small Funnel (optional)

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Rose Clay Sugar Scrub

With the gift giving season right around the corner, it’s hard to ignore the quick and easy ideas available with every one of Bramble Berry’s fragrance oil samples of the month. October’s sample is Spiced Mahogany. Be sure to take a peak at the tutorial (especially if you’re a fan of adorable little birdies). There’s also quite a few from previous months that are worth checking out: Cherry BlossomFresh BambooSweet Meyer LemonVioletWhite Ginger & AmberButter Cream & Snickerdoodle, and Moonlight Pomegranate. We don’t always repost them on the blog so be sure to check them out if you haven’t seen them at the Bramble Berry site before.

Now, onto the weekly Soap Queen tutorial; Rose Clay Sugar Scrub with Black Amber and Lavender Fragrance Oil is an exciting way to add diversity to your product line, or make it a sophisticated addition to a gift for that someone who has everything. With minimal ingredients and a vast number of packaging options, this recipe is sure to be a hit this season!

Rose Clay Sugar Scrub

Recipe:

10 oz Foaming Bath Whip

1 oz Sweet Almond Oil

0.4 oz Black Amber and Lavender Fragrance Oil

3 teaspoons Rose Clay

12 oz Sugar

Jar or other container (for packaging/storage)

Hand-held or Stand Mixer [Read more…]

How to Make Perfume Video

Learn how to custom blend your own perfume on Soap Queen TV. In this episode, I’m going to show you how to blend fragrance oils to create your very own unique scent. Then I’ll share my recipes for an all natural solid and a luxurious, floral spray perfume.


How to Make Perfume from Soap Queen on Vimeo.

To make the Solid Perfume you will need:

 

 

To make the Spray Perfume you will need: