My hobbies have grown so my project list needs categories now, here’s what I’ve got in the works, who knows what I will get to, I should have some free time in a few weeks.
Cold Process Soap Making
Idea: I made a lot of soap last year, I have isolated my favorites and will be recreating some variation of them. All of my soap sold or was given away last year so I only have the newer two that I made in November that were curing at the time I ran out.
- Charcoal soap split (Lavender/Rosemary Soap, Cedar/Bergamot)
- Breton Sea Salt Bar
- Coconut Milk split scent ( hawaiian jasmine, sandalwood)
- Beer Soap (new soap type)
- Shaving Cream (will run out soon)
- Laundry and Dish Soap ( will run out soon)
This is meant to be as a set for holiday presents but it didn’t happen. I will be infusing the black tea into the oils.
- Black Tea & Lavender
- Black Tea & Peppermint
- Black Tea & Bergamot
I might make these with Black Tea Infused Oil as well.
- Apple/Sage Conditioner
- Apple/Sage Lotion
I’m an extreme beginner, I still cant sew a straight line or understand some terms and instructions. The seam ripper is my best friend and I keep stabbing myself with pins and burning myself on the iron… but I have determination.
- Jean Quilt
- Tri-Fold Wallet
- Handmade Paper with Botanical Imbeds
- Hardcover hand made blank journal
- El Pollo Loco Chicken ( pineapple and lime glaze)
- Teriyaki Tofu ( I can’t get it right!! Eventually…)
- Corn Tortillas
This is a single bar melt & pour project.
Tools needed for this project: 2 measuring cups, spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol, 2 teaspoons, 1 measure or dropper for ml, 4 oz soap mold, scale.
4 oz goats milk melt & pour soap
1 tsp powdered espresso
1/4 tsp kaolin clay
1 ml bay rum fragrance
Chop goats milk soap into small chunks and reserve 1\3 for second layer.
Place 2\3rd’s of soap in measuring cup and microwave in 10 second intervals until melted.
While microwaving soap measure espresso and reserve a pinch, add the rest to the melted soap and mix well.
Pour into mold and spray with isopropyl alcohol to remove bubbles, sprinkle powdered espresso on top evenly as possible and place mold carefully in freezer.
In the second measuring cup place the remaining melt & pour soap and kaolin clay, microwave in 10 second intervals until melted, mix well. Stir a moment to dissipate heat then add the bay rum fragrance, mix well.
Remove mold from freezer and spray the top of the soap with isopropyl alcohol before pouring the second layer. Spray top of soap with alcohol to remove bubbles and let cool completely before unmolding.
If you forget to spray alcohol between the layers or if you add too much espresso in between, your layers will not bond together.
Variations: If you wish to swirl your layers together don’t add the first layer to the freezer after pouring and apply second layer when the first layer has only cooled enough to have a thin skin. Use a toothpick or utensil to gently mix the layers after pouring, do it gently but quickly, it cools and hardens pretty fast.
You could also use a clear melt & pour for the espresso layer for a bigger contrast.
Add a few whole coffee beans for decoration.
A speck of vanilla bean seeds would be a great addition to the clay layer or used instead of the pinch of espresso.
If you do not have bay rum fragrance you could use pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon.
Carrot Turmeric Soap
2 oz Honey Melt & Pour Soap base
2 oz Shea or Yogurt Melt & Pour Soap base
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Kaolin Clay
12 drops Jojoba Oil
1 ml Carrot extract
.5 ml Sea Buckthorn extract
1/8 tsp Spirulina powder
roughly chop Honey soap and add half of the turmeric into a measuring cup and microwave in 10 second bursts until melted, stir well and allow to cool for a moment before mixing in buckthorn extract and 6 drops jojoba oil. As the soap begins to thicken up slightly pour it into the mold and sprinkle the spirulina powder over the top.
In the measuring cup add the shea or yogurt soap, roughly chopped, the other half of the turmeric and kaolin clay and microwave in 10 second bursts until melted. Stir well and cool for a minute, mix in carrot extract, 6 drops of jojoba oil. Spray the top of the first layer with isopropyl alcohol and pour second layer. You can leave the layers intact or you can use a fork to poke down into the soap so it swirls or mixes together.
Let cool completely before removing soap from mold.
Rustic Chocolate Heart Soap And a sparkly swirly ground Cinnamon Oatmeal soap with Vanilla
Plus I made a Pear Cinnamon Oatmeal bath tea trio.
I just got my supplies in so I am happily making Cucumber Oak Soap and Cedarwood Sage soap.
3.2 oz white melt and pour soap (I used the shea butter variety)
1/4 tsp Rose Clay
1/8 tsp Stearic Acid
1/8 tsp Oatmeal (ground to a fine powder with a blender or coffee grinder)
2 drops geranium Rose Essential Oil
Chop soap into rough chunks and place into a microwave safe container with the Rose Clay, Stearic Acid and Colloidal Oatmeal. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds until it is mostly all melted. Remove and mix thoroughly until all soap has melted and is smooth. Add Essential Oil and pour into mold.
I got an Anjou Pear sampler with my order I have also had a request for pear scented lotion so it worked out, I made a batch of lotion and a soap earlier and most of the sample is gone. I made a bit of the lotion as spiced pear by adding a few drops of bay rum. Tomorrow I will experiment with Pumpkin spice and Peppermint.