Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Using Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap – Colorant Guide–Modernsoapmaking

This is a very interesting guide from Modern Soapmaking that I thought might be useful….

A full rainbow of micas ready to be put in soap!

Cosmetic micas can be used to create beautifully vivid and bold cold process soaps. I’m always asked how I get my colors so bright, and one part of that is using cosmetic micas in cold process soap (and the other part is applying color theory to create beautiful color schemes that contrast and pop!)

While mica itself is a natural product, cosmetic micas are coated with other colorants such as pigments and FD&C colorants. Check the INCI of your micas, and you’ll know what’s in there! The dual sided colorant particles are what create the shimmer and sheen of cosmetic micas. They are most commonly found in various cosmetics, such as lipstick, eye shadow, and blush.

Cosmetic micas are absolutely stunning in clear products, like melt and pour soap, because the light can refract off the mica particles. Unfortunately, micas lose most of their shimmer in cold process soap because soap is opaque in nature. (There is still a slight sheen to cold process soap colored with mica.) However, the range of colors achievable and the ease make using cosmetic micas to color cold process soap entirely worthwhile. Read more…

Friday, 18 March 2016

Rimmed Soap– March soap Challenge

I have wanted to learn how to do this for a while so I jumped at the chance to learn this technique when Amy from Great Cakes soap Works offered it for the March 2016 challenge.  I have not made a video nor done a tutorial but will do at some stage soon.

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Making a silicone Liner using Rose’s Box template

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Rose Ericson, a good friend, from the States, who made my soap cutter and this soap cutter  for me sent me mould maker to test.
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I took the template apart so I could add putty to the cut in the wood.
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See the YouTube video here 
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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Learn How We Made Winter wonderland soap - a soap challenge entry


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This month Amy from Great Cakes soapworks set the challenge for the soap club as a winter themed soap with 2 options – all natural or synthetic.
I chose to do the all natural option as I really want a chance to win the prize: Anne Marie Faiola’s new book Natural Soap making!!

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My idea was to have a Christmas tree with pretty coloured baubles floating on the branches…..
I used French green clay, Rose clay, paprika, and cocoa powder to make the baubles.
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This was a disaster. Not quite sure what went wrong but I think I mixed too much oil with the colours. The soaps were hard and crumbly and I was unable to make little baubles out of them, but I pressed on all the same. Fortunately I had some of the pink soap in a larger batch, made for Roses which did not go crumbly (I am guessing this is because there was so much more so and less oil?)
The idea was to use Coconut oil, Canola, Palm, Olive for the Baubles and insets and then Coconut, Palm, Avocado, Canola for the "snow" and Verbena essential oil.  
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Fortunately the cocoa powder soap worked well and I had my tree trunk.
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Once I had the bables made up I put them in my mould that had two sides positioned at angles to create the tree.
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I poured layers of french green clay soap ontp each other to try and make an ombre tree. I don’t think it work too well.
Once I had my layers done I put the trunk into the green soap and then poured more soap over it!! Sutpid. It is supposed to be a trunk and stick out! So I had to do a bit of quick thinking.
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The rescued tree trunk help in place with wooden skewers.
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Day two – soap base poured into the mould and the christmas tree inserted into it. Left over night to harden
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More soap base poured onto the tree.




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The finished soap. Cut and beveled. Not quite what I wanted but cute all the same.The Verbena oil reacted with one of the oils and made the base a little yellow but it is okay. Looks pretty good.
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You can see the video on YouTube here.



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