Monday, October 31, 2011

Fun Class Soap

Kat taught a private melt-and-pour and cold process class about a week ago and made lots of fun projects. First up is a five-pound Oatmeal, Milk and Honey cold process swirl loaf with scrubby oats on top.

Then our new 2.5 pound silicone loaf mold was used for another cold process batch, this time split into three colorful layers with a swirl on top. I can't say enough great things about this mold! The walls are reinforced so it doesn't bow out when filled, the sides are perfectly smooth, the soap comes right out because it's flexible, you don't have to line it, and it's affordable. Love it!

After making soap from scratch using lye, they jumped into the pre-made base projects using melt-and-pour soap. You can easily create detailed, themed bars like the Halloween soap or a luxurious massage bar. Embeds, layering, and swirling were all covered and the soap came out great!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Advanced Swirling Class

On Saturday, Kat taught advanced swirling to a great group of experienced cold process soapmakers. We even had a little doughnut party while the lye cooled! Both in-the-pot and linear swirling techniques were demonstrated after Kat went over everything from colorants and fragrance choice to supplies and tips.

We made a five pound in-the-pot loaf with Energy fragrance oil and five colors including neutral. Students helped out with preparing the batch and breaking down colorants.

Since it's about that time to start cold process Christmas soap, we made a four-pound linear swirl using Christmas Tree Cybilla fragrance oil. This scent is amazing in cold process. It doesn't accelerate or discolor and the scent stays very strong.

Thank you to everyone who came to class and made it an extra fun soaping session! The next advanced cold process class with Kat is on Saturday November 12. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spoooky Soap!

Halloween is quickly approaching and we're having a blast making lots of scary soap. Need some ideas for your product line or party? Check out my favorite molds here, and some of Anne-Marie's past Halloween projects here. I love the realistic eyeball soap! You can make your own detailed silicone soap mold using Flexy Fast Molding Putty to create incredible pumpkin soap like these:

Definitely make use of our Toxic Waste Yellow colorant. It practically glows and makes a killer background for black cats and bats.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Ask and You Shall Receive!

I'm SO excited to reveal our brand new "Self-Serve Pump Station" at Otion!
With six different items to choose from, including Liquid Concentrate Soap, Goatsmilk Liquid Soap, Castile Liquid Soap, Lotion Base, Beeswax Lotion Base, and Shampoo Base. Pay for the product by the ounce and fill your choice of 2 oz, 4 oz or 8 oz plastic bottles. Bring your own bottle to avoid paying for packaging. Personalize each product by adding scent and your gift giving tasks just got a whole lot easier this year!

Need labels? We've got you covered there, too. Bramble Berry has a free Shampoo, Conditioner and Lotion Label Template (downloadable PDF)

Plus, we have a great video on how to make shampoo and conditioner (also free!)

How to Make Shampoo and Conditioner from Soap Queen on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Best Halloween Soap Molds!

October is my favorite month and I can't wait to make lots of Halloween themed projects and fun party favors. Plus, melt-and-pour soapmaking is easy enough to do in the kitchen, so if you're planning a Halloween party and need a new activity for the kids, why not make some ghoulish glycerin bars? Get ready for Halloween with these spooky soap molds.

Pirates Soap Mold

Halloween Trio Mold

Halloween Mold

Guest Mini Halloween Pumpkins

Guest Mini Ghosts Mold

Skull Flexible Mold