Before we get into the recap of the week, I wanted to take a moment to remember all those who were affected by the tragic events that took place on September 11th, 2001. I’d also like to thank all the heroes who helped rebuild New York City afterward, and the heroes that continue to keep us safe. I think Rudy Giuliani put it best when he said, “The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified.”
This week continued the “all things fall” theme with the Pumpkin Pie Melt and Pour Soap. Inspired by the release of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, the bars are scented with spicy and sweet Pumpkin Pie Candle & Soap Fragrance Oil. To match the smell, the Perfect Orange Color Block is used to give the Goat Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base a creamy orange hue. It even has a bit of cinnamon added for a realistic look.
For more pumpkin inspiration, check out the Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub video on Soap Queen TV. The scrub is made with Foaming Bath Butter to cleanse the skin and coffee butter to moisturize. Sugar and walnut shells help gently exfoliate the skin. It’s an easy scrub to make, and it smells just like a latte from a combination of Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Oil and Turkish Mocha Fragrance Oil.
Bramble Berry employees definitely needed a scrub after the 2015 Muds to Suds Race. Muds to Suds is a 5K race with more than 25 obstacles. It has plenty of mud pits, meaning the team got quite messy. The mud looked great on their costumes. This year the team was “The Washing Dead,” and everyone dressed in full zombie attire. If extreme winds hadn’t cut the race short, the team definitely would’ve won best costume.
If you’d like to sell your scrubs and other products, it’s important to know the rules of making claims. The FDA defines cosmetics, soap and drugs differently. Drugs are intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent a disease. So, a soap that claims to cure acne is technically a drug and needs to be tested and regulated by the FDA. Learn more in the Understanding FDA Cosmetic vs. Drug Claims post.
If you’re unsure of what to label the soap, it is better to be on the safe side and let the soap speak for itself. This week’s Facebook Photo of the Week by Celine with Soaplico definitely stands out. Her gorgeous soap is scented with Pink Grapefruit and Yuzu Cybilla fragrance oils.
The swirls in Celine’s soap are so unique and beautiful. The way the pink and yellow alternate is really interesting, and the fluffy topping really completes the look. To learn how to create soap frosting, watch the Whipped Cold Process Soap Frosting video on Soap Queen TV. Get the look in melt and pour with the Luscious Lemon Cupcakes Tutorial.
Above (clockwise, top) are Celine’s rose soap, White Tea and Ginger Soap, Lemon Verbena Soap and Burst of Energy Soap. If you love the ombre look in Celine’s Lemon Verbena Soap, click through the Sunset Ombre Soap Tutorial. The ombre effect looks great in rebatch too, as seen in the Ombre Rebatch Layers post.
This week’s Instagram Photo of the Week by Sylvia Soap Studio features stunning colors as well. The attention to detail in her Halloween Bath Bombs is so amazing! I love all the colors and the roses on top. See more of Sylvia’s gorgeous work on her Instagram page.
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 be featured on the Bramble Berry Instagram account.
For those of you who have been featured on the blog, we now have an official “Featured on the Soap Queen” badge! You can include that badge on your website, blog, pictures, etc. To save the badge, click here. =)