Do you want to learn how to make glorious soaps like these? The easiest way to learn is to be taught by the actual master herself, Paula Kates from PJ’s soaps. You can learn in person at our Soapmaking Weekend Intensive this July at Otion. Two days of expert teaching from some of the best soapers in the business. There are just 8 slots left. Click here to learn more about the fabulous weekend.
The next best thing is to buy PJ’s kit. PJ has an entire kit that she’s designed available through Bramble Berry to make these amazing soaps. To kick off our new product, PJ has graciously donated a deluxe, ultra super duper kit just for Soap Queen readers. This kit is valued at $45.
What do you have to *do* to win this kit? It’s simple. Post in this thread and tell me what project you’ve made off the Soap Queen blog and what you thought of it. If you didn’t exactly make the same project but did something utilizing a technique you learned from the blog, that’s okay as well.
You have all week to do it. I’ll pick a winner next Monday from the Soap Guild Conference and announce the winner next week.
There are so many inspirational finds and tutorials to choose from! Last week I was inspired to try my hand at making cupcake soaps….they turned out great! I am definitely not a baker (there is never an ounce of confusion over whether anything I bake is homemade or store bought…lol!), so I am still working on my flow with the piping, but even the first batch invoked bellies to rumble in approval! I scented some with the red lychee tea I ordered after your previous post (fabulous scent!) and used rum nut cake for the others….yum! Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas and thorough tutorials!
Teresa R says
We are set (hopefully next week…we should be totally back to our old routine after the vacation interruption) to make your celebration soap. 🙂
The boys are excited about trying the soap-on-a-rope project, though, from our last prize from you, so maybe I’ll let them do that first.
I’m a bit new to the soaping part but not the other goodies on here. I loved the lip balm I made but I flavored mine with orange/cocoa. I added a couple drops extra to the divot like you suggested and they came out wonderfully! I’ve also made the bath bombs for my kids. Some in watermelon and some in mint. I’d like to try a bit of SLS in them next time though. I’ve also made the talc powder before. Not as pretty looking as yours. But I found that making a tent with a damp (not dripping) towel over my work bowls and bottles helps with the dust. This site is great for ideas, thanks! And now I want to convince my daughter that she needs red velvet cupcakes for her birthday next week. Yum!
I am new to soap making and you have been a great inspiration. I made the rose soaps for Mother’s Day. In the first batch the stems didn’t adhere, but I tried again and, Wow!, everyone wants them. I also tried the tri-color soaps with popsicle molds I had stored in the utility shed. They looked good enough to eat.
I tried your method using the rubber ducky in the globe and it turned out great! A terrific way to get kids to bathe – who gets the duckie. The method you have on February 3, for making soap on a rope I found to be very good and took it one step further. After trimming off the excess I still had soap on the rope and didn’t want to make the mistake of cutting the rope by mistake so I rinsed off the soap and rope under warm water and hung it up to dry! It came out great. You have so many tips on this blog it is impossible to mention all the things I have tried and am happy with. See you in July!
Your blog has such creative ideas! I have made two of your posted projects with great success. The cut out embedded flowers and the plastic duck embedded in your ducky mold have been a big hit with my customers. These projects have inspired me to create other embeds with mini teddy bears, palm trees, etc. I would also like to add, your fragrance and essential oils are the best on the market! Thanks, Bramble Berry!
Mocha Girl says
I just want to say that I bought this kit directly from PJ Soaps about two weeks ago, and it is the bomb!!!! Why didn’t I think of this first??? Oh yeah, I made a couple of massage candles-I totally botched it, but I gave it a shot!
Jeannie, a pineapple upside down cake TOTALLY counts! =)
Bathcake, I love that you made soap for Mother’s Day. Soap is a great gift for any occasion.
Rian, your Kumquat Peach blend sounds heavenly! And, I’m so happy that you started making candles after being inspired by projects on the blog. Yipeee!!
Michie, I remember your cupcakes. They were awesome! You should try the jelly rolls again. Maybe the second try will be the charm?
SingingWolf, Bakima will be so honored you made her scrub. She’s working on a new one this week involving fresh fruit. It should be a fun project.
Heidi, I’m happy you’ve taken the plunge with Labcolors. They’re so cost effective and make really delightful colors. =)
Hmmm, let’s see if I can remember everything!
I did the bath bombs with my kids. It was lots of fun even if they didn’t turn out so hot = )
I’ve also been inspired to use micas and especially lab colors. Not sure why, but the lab colors scared me a bit. Seeing what you’ve been able to do with them was a good kick in the pants. I’m getting ready to order even more.
I also love cut out soaps. I’m even going to give it a try with cp. I’ve got a great idea in mind, just need the time to do it = )
It isn’t always a specific project that gets my mind working. Sometimes its seeing what one or two different ingredients are capable of that inspires me to try new things. Thanks!!
I’ve done various detailed M&P and Bakima’s sugar scrub (subbing avocado butter for shea.)
Waiting for tins and wicks to come in before doing the massage candles. Should be soon 🙂
Hi Anne-marie! I made jelly-roll soaps with my sisters back in Malaysia. They didn’t turn out too great (our fault) but we had fun nonetheless!
I also made bath cupcakes in pineapple and coconut! 🙂
I got inspired by your post on beeswax candles and have been making candles ever since. So far I have been making 1/2 beeswax 1/2 soy, and they look so beautiful a pale natural yellow color.
My favorite scent so far is a mix of kumquat and peach, yummm! They smell just like very expensive store bought candles.
I like to scavenge for great candle containers from thrift stores. This has also been a great gift for family and friends. Thanks for all your inspiration!
Pajama Mama says
Does the Pineapple Upside Down Cake count???
Are you kidding? This is the BEST place for inspiration!! Let’s see, I did the jelly roll soap … twice so far. First time I only did 3 layers and used BB’s liquid colors for the first time, so the soaps were small and the colors were off. The second time I did 5 layers and got the colors down nicely. Unfortunately, though, they didn’t roll as beautifully as the first batch. I will definitely give it another go!
My crumb cake soaps (made in a glass loaf baking dish, btw) came out beautiful!! They are inspired by your Easter projects with the chicks on top.
And I just tried my hand at the M&P “soap art” … not sure what else you’d call it … you did flowers for Mother’s Day … I did BB’s Longevity Knot.
Tony, your soap sounds great! If you ever take photos, I’d love to see them.
Evermore, I love Patchouli Orange. Yum! That’s a great smell to have your house smell like.
Lynn, I’m so excited that you used the cookie cutter idea. I hope they were super cute. =)
Egassner, I think I saw your jelly roll soaps on your blog. They looked great, despite what you self-consciously think. =)
I made soap for embedding. I used silicone molds and also cookie cookers. Then I embedded little soaps in a large soap mold. The first ones were with stars, then I did an oak leaf and a maple leaf. Next I plan on embedding “words” using my tiny letter cookie cutters. Thank you Soap Queen!
So if we leave a post for EACH and EVERY project we’ve done from the wonderful tutorials, does that increase our chances? lol ;D
To start out with, I did the Jelly Roll soaps….the edges didn’t stick so well, but the center was perfect! It was x-mas time, so good ‘ol non-bleeding Red & white in a yummy angelfood & raspberry scent
I made your massage candles and they rock! I added a little teeeeeeeeny bit more fragrance and now my house permanently smells like patchouli orange, and so does my skin. HAPPY!!
Ive also made the jelly roll soaps (though I call them soap scrolls) but Ive been doing that for years 🙂
Hi. I made the jelly roll soap using a flexible bread pan, and it worked great. I made it with two layers, clear and yellow opaque, and it came out a little smaller than the soaps on the blog. They are a good size for guest soaps. Once the log had cured, I cut five rounds of soap.
i used your container candle tutorial to make fudge brownie candles in old jam jars. they are amazing — and i didn’t even spill any wax!
I tried your “bill gates” soap – but I didn’t use his photo! I had always done it differently, i.e. just laid it on top of the clear.
That first picture is soap?? I am amazed…it seriously looks like just a shell.