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Springtime Private Class at Otion

Candy and I spent Saturday afternoon in a private class, making a whole bin’s worth of soapy goodies. We started with the “Swirled Heart” technique in cold process.

Candy was a pro! She got the hang of it right away and did an excellent job bringing the skewer to the edge of the mold to pull it out, rather than right out of the center.

Candy made some great single bars with the same technique in these handy take-home lidded molds.

The swirled heart technique is SO much fun, and it’s one of those instant gratification swirls (my favorite). In keeping with the love theme,  we then worked on a melt-and-pour heart embed project.

We took a break from soap and made luscious lip balm from scratch. Check out this fun layered lip balm with Candy’s own custom color blend in the bottom layer.

Back to melt-and-pour! We also made this adorable jelly roll soap with two embedded rolls. Love!

We finished off the class with an adorable layered melt-and-pour loaf with bright, cheery colors.

Judging by this bin full of soapy projects, I’d say we had a pretty fun and productive class. Thank you Candy! I can’t wait to see your future projects.


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Mint Julep Vegan Lip Balm


This last week Kat made some adorable layered mint julep lip balms from Brambleberry’s new Vegan Lip Balm Base.

This super easy lip balm project, in addition to tasting delicious (mint julep has always reminded me of summer), is layered with two fun colors, making the resulting lip balm uniquely cute and fun.

What you need:
4 oz Vegan Lip Balm Base
14 Daisy Lip Butter Pots
3 ml Mint Julep Flavor Oil
1 mini scoop Shamrock Mica
1 mini scoop Opalescent Green Mica
1 mini scoop Cappuccino Mica
3 droppers
3 mini scoops
2 heat resistant pitchers

First, melt down 4 ounces of Vegan Lip Balm Base and stir in 3 ml Mint Julep Flavor Oil. Separate base into two containers and color one portion with a mini scoop of cappuccino mica, and the other portion with one mini scoop each of opalescent green mica and shamrock green mica. Stir well and keep melted. Fill 1/3 of each daisy lip pot with a layer of brown lip balm.

Let the brown layer set up for a minute and then pour a layer of green. Leave the top green, or use a dropper to top off the pots with one more layer of brown. Let harden, cap, and enjoy!

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Make Your Own Luscious Lip Balm

Making lip balm is almost too easy! I made 48 strawberry lip balms from 8 ounces of pre-made lip balm base. The ingredients list is wonderfully natural and soothing: coconut oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and beeswax. I left mine uncolored, though you can use a lip safe mica or oxide for a pretty tint.

What you need:

Microwave safe Pyrex measuring cup
Lip balm base
Flavor oil
Lip balm pouring tray
Lip balm tubes
Knife or spatula

Step 1. Start out by weighing 8 ounces of base in your Pyrex dish and microwave for 1 minute increments until melted.

Step 2: Add flavor oil at 12ml per pound (16 oz) base. I used 6ml of flavoring for 8 ounces of base. Mix well.

Step 3. Pour into lip balm tubes that have been pushed into the pouring tray from underneath. Scrape up extra base that poured over and re-melt to fill more containers.

Step 4: Let sit and harden for about 30 minutes and then trim the tops with a knife or spatula. Cap, label and enjoy! Check out this great lip stick tutorial post for Mother’s Day.

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Lipstick for Mother’s Day

Happy Monday! Mother’s Day is coming up and I have a bunch of ideas for fun, handmade gifts that will make her day. Starting out, I’d like to share with you a lipstick recipe that I’ve been experimenting with. In my first attempt, I ended up with a wonderful colored gloss, but not quite hard enough for a substantial stick. For my second try I doubled the beeswax and it worked beautifully!

Here’s the recipe:

1.5 oz castor oil
1.5 oz jojoba oil
1 oz white beeswax
0.5 oz shea butter
and a TON of color. Specifically, 1/2 tablespoon of cappuccino mica, 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of merlot mica, a pinch of copper sparkle, and a half teaspoon of titanium dioxide for opacity.

Oh, and put a couple butter knives in the freezer an hour before making your lipstick. I’ll tell you why later…

Have everything out and ready to go before getting started. Grab packaging of your choice. Use a lip balm pouring tray if you decide on tubes. The stackable clear lip pots work great for layering different color options. Give mom a few choices. This recipe makes at least 25 lip balm tubes.

I started out by melting the beeswax down (for larger quantities of beeswax than this small amount for our recipe, use a double boiler to prevent risk of combusting your Pyrex dish in the microwave. Trust me, it can happen! Beeswax gets HOT.) Then, I put in the castor and jojoba oil and melt it down again for another 45 seconds to a minute. At that point, a put in the shea butter and stir, using the heat from the oils and wax to melt the butter. In goes the color. A tiny bit of titanium dioxide goes a long way. It is really important to mix the color and the titanium dioxide really well so as not to have any surprise flecks of pigment in your finished product. I used a mini whisk from the melt-and-pour tool kit to break down the color in the melted oils.

Here’s where that frozen knife comes in handy. Dip it into the liquid batch to see an instant sample of your color. This is a great trick for candle making, particularly with soy wax because you end up needing a lot more color than what appears in the pot. The color shown here looks way darker than in actually is on the skin. Practice before pouring– take a little of that hardened product on your frozen knife and rub in on your hand or on your lips to see if you are happy with the shade. Less is more– you can’t take out color once it’s in, so start with a little and work up to a shade that is appropriate for your project.

Once you are satisfied with the shade, it is time to pour. I find myself remelting my batch as I go to keep everything nice and fluid, perfect for pouring. When you take out the lip tubes from the pouring tray after they’ve hardened, you have to top them off to get rid of the extra glop on top. The little white spatula that comes in the melt-and-pour tool kit works wonders for scraping off the excess. If you put your batch in lip pots, throw in a little lip brush to keep mom’s fingers clean. That’s it! For a list of lip safe mica’s, click here.

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