Facebook and Instagram Photo of the Week (Aug. 22nd ~ 28th)

Crafters often plan projects months ahead of time. This week was all about getting ready for fall. The blog featured several fall projects, including the Pumpkin Spice Swirl Cold Process Soap. The recipe is made with real pumpkin puree and pumpkin seed oil. An orange and brown color palette and Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Oil make the soap feel and smell like a crisp autumn day.

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Behind the Scenes of Soap Queen TV

This last Saturday, the team and I spent the day creating three full length videos and two shorts for Soap Queen TV. Creating videos for Soap Queen TV is a lot of fun and also a lot of work(!). The projects need to be tested several times (we’re talkin’ 10+ times for those soapy gems) to make sure they work perfectly. The ingredients for each project, and each step of each project, need to be prepped and ready to use. Each video also includes a script to make sure all the proper information is included. It takes a lot of time and manpower of not just me, but also the awesome team at Bramble Berry, to create the videos, but it’s so worth it once the video is released! For those of you watching our Periscope channel Saturday, you got to see some insightful and sometimes-unintentionally-hilarious behind-the-scenes filming. That added an entirely different dimension to our day.

Get a sneak peek into making Soap Queen TV videos!During this filming session, we filmed two Soap Queen TV shorts demoing new soapy tools. These tools are perfect for cutting bars in half horizontally, or slicing off an imperfect top. These tools will be available soon on Bramble Berry, so keep your eyes peeled! Below is a circling Taiwan swirl cold process soap, scented with Energy Fragrance Oil. This swirl technique looks great when cut in half horizontally, then cut into bars.

Get a sneak peek into making Soap Queen TV videos!

In the photo below, you can see the bar on the far left has quite a lot of soda ash. The bar to the right has the soda ash shaved off, exposing a beautiful swirl. This tool is also great for perfecting the sides and bottom of bars. In addition, it creates great soap shavings and curls. Watch these tools in action in the Instagram video below!

Get a sneak peek into making Soap Queen TV videos! Get a sneak peek into making Soap Queen TV videos!
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Facebook and Instagram Photo of the Week (Aug. 8th ~ 14th)

This week is the start of a series of tutorials inspired by the Alps and The Sound of Music. The series includes the Sparkling Snow Sugar Scrub, which is made with Foaming Bath Butter. It also has sugar to exfoliate, and Fresh Snow and Spring Meadow fragrance oil for a clean scent. Snowflake Sparkle Mica and Super Pearly White Mica are added to make the scrub look like sunshine on snow.

As a bonus, all Heavy Duty Molds are 25% off now until August 20th. Use the code: HDSWISS during checkout.

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Silky Berry Cold Process Soap on Soap Queen TV

This Silky Berry Cold Process Soap is made with real silk and a delicious fragrance combination. Learn how to make it in this video!
This Silky Berry Cold Process soap was inspired by sweet and juicy berries. It’s made with Tussah silk fibers, which give cold process soap a silky lather and shiny appearance. The silk is dissolved directly in the hot lye solution, which is then emulsified in skin-loving oils. When working with hot lye water, be sure to wear safety goggles, gloves and long sleeves and pants. To learn more about safely dissolving silk fibers in lye, check out this blog post.

This project uses the Tall Narrow Wood Loaf Mold. This sturdy mold produces tall bars of soap which allows for a dramatic drop swirl effect. To create the swirl, soap is poured into the mold at varying heights which allows the soap to swirl within the mold. Before using this mold, don’t forget to line it! Lining a mold can be a little tricky at first, but is easy once you get the hang of it. This blog post shows you how to line any mold, step by step.

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Argan & Ginseng Gel Eye Serum on Soap Queen TV

Argan & Ginseng Gel Eye Serum

I’m so excited about this Soap Queen TV because it’s a little out of the normal soap project. Surprise! It’s an eye serum that also doubles as a great eye make-up remover. Argan & Ginseng Gel Eye Serum is gentle and skin-loving with ingredients like argan oil, jojoba oil and ginseng extract. Argan oil is known for its high content of antioxidants, and is popular for a wide variety of cosmetic applications. To learn more about argan oil, click here. Ginseng extract comes from the ginseng root, which is commonly used for homeopathic treatments. The addition of cera bellina wax gives this serum a soft and easily-spreadable gel texture. To apply, use your finger to gently pat the serum around the eye area…a little goes a long way! I recommend applying this serum at night before bed.

What You’ll Need:
1.2 oz. Argan Oil
.7 oz. Jojoba Oil
.2 oz (10 mL) Ginseng Extract
.2 oz. Cera Bellina Wax
.2 Vitamin E Oil
10 Slidey Lip Tins


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Argan & Ginseng Gel Eye Serum on Soap Queen TV
 
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This Argan and Ginseng Eye Serum is gentle and skin loving!
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Recipe type: Eye serum
Serves: 10 tins

Ingredients
  • 1.2 oz. Argan Oil
  • .7 oz. Jojoba Oil
  • .2 oz (10 mL) Ginseng Extract
  • .2 oz. Cera Bellina Wax
  • .2 Vitamin E Oil
  • 10 Slidey Lip Tins

Instructions
  1. In a disinfected heat safe container, add the argan oil, jojoba oil and cera bellina wax.
  2. Melt the mixture in the microwave on 30-second bursts until it's fully melted. Be careful when removing the container, as it will be hot.
  3. Add the vitamin E oil and ginseng extract to the mixture and stir until they're fully incorporated.
  4. Carefully and slowly pour the mixture into the Slidey Lip Tins. Let them fully cool and enjoy!

 

Facebook and Instagram Photo of the Week (April 4th ~ April 10th)

Using milk in cold process soap gives it a luxurious and creamy feeling. For the next couple weeks, the blog will be full of projects made with milk. Adding milk to your cold process soap is different than using distilled water. If milk gets too hot, it can scorch. That creates an unpleasant smell and can discolor your soap. To prevent milk from scorching, it helps to freeze it beforehand. Then, add the lye slowly and stir well. Learn more in the How to Add Lye to Milk for Cold Process Soap Post.

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Buttermilk Bastille Baby Bar on Soap Queen TV

Buttermilk Bastille Baby Bar

In soap making, the term “bastille,” commonly refers to cold process soap made with at least 70% olive oil. Olive oil is extremely gentle, making it the perfect oil for delicate or sensitive skin. This Buttermilk Bastille Baby Bar is comprised of olive oil and a small amount of coconut oil for cleansing properties. This recipe also uses luxurious and moisturizing buttermilk. Carrot puree which is known for it’s antioxidant properties, is added at trace to give the soap a soft natural color. All these skin-loving and gentle ingredients make this bar great for babies and young children.

Buttermilk Bastille Baby Bar Tutorial

This skin-loving soap recipe was generously shared by Amanda from Lovin Soap (check out the original blog post here). Making soap with milk is an advanced soap technique. The key to milk soap is keeping the temperatures low by freezing the milk beforehand. Watch the video below to learn how, and check out the How to Add Lye to Milk for Cold Process Soap post. If you have never made cold process soap before, check out the Basics of Cold Process Soapmaking video series on Soap Queen TV; in particular, be sure to watch the video on lye safety.

What You’ll Need:
10″ Silicone Loaf Mold
27 oz. Olive Oil- Pomace
5 oz. Coconut Oil
8 oz. Buttermilk
2.5 oz. Carrot Puree
4.3 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
1.5 oz. Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil

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What are your favorite skin-loving additives for cold process soap?