Happy Sunday! Doing any holiday shopping or decorating today? I’m finishing up my list and setting up some wreaths around the house. We also still need to get a tree (eeeek!). If you plan on making gifts for the holidays, or giving supplies to the soaper in your life, use the holiday calendar below to plan. The last day to order from Bramble Berry with ground shipping to receive your package by Christmas is December 14th. The last day to order with 2-Day Air to receive your package by Christmas is December 21st. The calendar also includes days our offices are closed for Christmas and New Years.
Be on the lookout next week for a new Soap Queen TV video! I’ve also got a sparkly cold process project scheduled, along with a live soaping session on the Bramble Berry Facebook page tomorrow.
Left to right, clockwise:
- Homemade ornaments are so fun to make this time of year. I really like the simplicity of this Gold Leaf DIY Ornament.
- I think at one point, we have all probably struggled with being ourselves. It can be difficult! I love this quote, it’s a great reminder.
- These DIY Concrete Gemstone Magnets would make a great gift. They would look so cute hanging on the fridge.
- This Love Spell Soap by Soap Techniques is stunning. The colors are so pretty together, and the swirl is awesome!
I have been working with a lot of pink lately; I must be ready for Valentine’s Day already! Next week, we will be introducing several new fragrance oils, including one called Rose Quartz. That fragrance inspired the soap below, made with pink sea salt. I will be sharing the tutorial soon.
Speaking of pink sea salt, I added some to bath bombs made in the Stainless Steel Bath Bomb Mold. This project won’t be on the blog, but will be in an upcoming newsletter. Sign up if you’d like to learn how to make them! =) They’re a generous size and are perfect for a nourishing bath. I know because I tested one Friday night as I got caught up on my reading. Wondering what I’m reading? Here’s my GoodReads list.
- Need some stocking stuffers? These Best Day Ever Everyday Cards make great thank you notes.
- Somebody pinch me; I’m a ForbesBooks Author! My new book is due early 2017 and is in editing phase now.
- Need effective PR, but working on a limited budget? These tips are great.
- Jump start your day with these Eucalyptus Shower Fizzies. They are especially awesome if you’re feeling congested!
- If you’re trying to lose weight, I’ve got bad news. You have to cut out wine. Sad, I know.
- Jen of Something Turquoise created the Sparkly Bath Crystals, and they turned out beautiful. The color combinations look beautiful.
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I make bath bombs. Currently Ive been having trouble with the bombs being soft.
I like to use epsom salts, baking soda, citric acid and kanolin clay and cornstarch.
I use a variety of oils like almond, avacado, coconut oil and shea butter oil and polydorbate 80.
I always triple my recipes. Ive tried cutting back amount of oils or butters and bombs still soft.
Could it be the shea nut butter oil or polysorbate 80?
I think it may be a mixture of the Epsom salt and humidity! Salt naturally absorbs moisture from the air. That can draw moisture to your bath bombs and make them soft, especially in humid climates. I would recommend reducing or eliminating the salt from the recipe. Then, make sure to store the bath bombs in a cool, dry place. 🙂
Get more tips here: https://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/bath-bomb-questions-answers/
-Kelsey with Bramble Berry
Lately you guys have been a week or so behind in shipping, I’ve needed to order some stuff from elsewhere:-(
I’m sorry about that Michael. We are a bit behind because of the holiday closures and increased orders. Our warehouse is working really hard to get caught up, and we’re hoping to get back to a 1-2 day turnaround time. You can always find when we’re shipping orders at the top of every page of BrambleBerry.com. Sorry again for any inconvenience.
-Kelsey with Bramble Berry