At first glance, making soap can seem intimidating. However, it’s so easy to make! This week we launched the new Natural Soap Kit for Beginners, which includes everything you need to make soap from scratch. It also includes FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the lower 48 United States. The kit has three options made with 100% pure essential oils: Energizing Orange, Refreshing Lemongrass and Relaxing Lavender. Click through the Natural Soap Kit for Beginners post to learn more.
The Relaxing Lavender soap is scented with Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil, which smells fresh and floral. Ultramarine Violet Oxide Pigment is used to create the purple hue. After the soap is poured in the mold, a spoon is used to create interesting texture on top. Lavender buds are sprinkled on for an elegant finishing touch. See how easy the process is in the How to Make Natural and Relaxing Lavender Soap post.
Handmade soap feels so amazing on the skin. Most commercial products aren’t even qualified as soap because they’re made with chemical detergents, hardeners and synthetic lathering agents. Making your own soap means you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin. You can also customize the recipe based on your personal preferences. Learn more in the Why Should You Make and Use Handmade Soap post.
In addition to soap, you can create amazing handmade products like lotion and lip balm. The Beautiful Bronze Lip Tint is easy to make and perfect for summer. It’s made with Gold Sparkle Mica, Merlot Sparkle Mica and Copper Sparkle Mica, and scented with sweet Honey Kisses Flavor Oil. Find more recipes in the Summer DIY Project Inspiration post.
The soap is absolutely stunning. Brittany used a funnel pour design, which makes each bar look unique. The cool blue tones remind me of the ocean. The stamp is an amazing finishing touch as well. To learn how to use a funnel in your design, check out the Honey Bee Funnel Pour Cold Process Tutorial. You can also get the look using a Faux Funnel Pour Technique.
Above (clockwise, top left) are Brittany’s Shave and a Haircut Soap, Peach Cupcake Soap, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Soap and Wisconsin Cow Soap. How adorable is that cow soap? If you’re a fan of landscape soaps, check out the Alpine Adventures Cold Process Tutorial. The Misty Maritime Moon Cold Process Soap uses a negative embed technique.
This week’s Instagram Photo of the Week features beautiful blue tones as well. The Silken Sea Soap by Lather and Company is so unique and creative. I love the interesting pattern in the middle and the texture on top. The golden shimmer is gorgeous as well. See more of their work on their 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. =)