Monday, November 30, 2009

Girl Scouts Soap Making Class

Today the girls scouts made soap for the first time. We had to make something special for our mothers for the annual Mom and Me Holiday Tea, and many mothers suggested we make soap for the girls to give to there moms at the party. They wanted to give something that was useful, cool, handmade, and that smelled nice. I will update more photos of the Mom and Me Holiday Tea later during the week.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Here are some random pictures of Z man, and Alia.

Thanksgiving Round Two (Tina's House)

As if one Thanksgiving isn't enough, we decided to do one more party with our friends. We all made tons of food and brought it over Tina's house. We began dinner at 4:30pm and stayed at Tina's house until she kicked us out, ha ha ha ha. The kids played games, and the men watched movies. Tina, Liz, and I hung out in the dining room laughing up a storm. We had so much fun, and great food, this was the best Thanksgiving we had in three years. We can't wait to do it again next year.

Thanksgiving at the American Association of Malaysia

It has been 3 years since moving to Malaysia that we didn't have a Thanksgiving dinner. We thought it would be no fun since we have no family here. This year we attended the American Association of Malaysia Thanksgiving dinner, and we are so glad we did. We had a great time, seeing many familiar faces, and many of our friends. The food was great, everyone brought in dishes that they normally served for Thanksgiving, but the best part was the dessert.

Halloween at Beverly Heights

Moving to Beverly Heights was the best thing we ever did besides moving to Malaysia. We had a great Halloween party at the club house, there were games, food, prizes, and even trick or treating.

King of the Grill

King of the grill was in town, so I luckily grabbed the last set of tickets to attend his show. I took Ramsey there for a fathers day present, because I wanted to do something different for him, and I thought he might enjoy it since he loves to BBQ. Robert Rainford put on a great show, he was very charismatic, funny, and knew how to put on a great show. We sampled the food he made and it was fantastic, it made us want to go home and BBQ. To my surprise he was very tall, he doesn't appear to be that tall on his show. We watch his show regularly now that we BBQ all the time for more ideas on what to make on the grill. No one knows how to grill better then the King of the Grill, except for Ramsey of coarse, ha ha ha ha.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Schlumberger Spouses Association Soap Class

My friends are part of the Schlumberger Spouses Association (or better known as SSA), and thought it would be nice to offer a soap making class to all of the women. It was a huge hit, everyone enjoyed the class and went home with really pretty soaps. They had so much fun that they wanted to sign up for a candle making class in October. I will keep you posted with photos of the next SSA class.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Heavenly Lemongrass

That's me making the soap. I made lemongrass essential oil soap with black sesame seeds. I really like the contrast in this bar of soap.
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This is a really crappy photo, I need to work on my picture taking skills, and use the Nikon D 80 camera.
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This is with the Nikon D 80 Camera, the photo is much clearer, and I still need to work on my photo taking skills. Ha ha ha. The texture, and color of the soap is really beautiful.
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Chocolate Mint...Ahhhhh It smells so good.

This is me making chocolate mint soap, which made me crave mint chocolate chip ice cream.

This is the first layer setting.
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This is the second layer.
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The last layer, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh.
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I finally finished and went to bed. When I woke up the next day I started cutting the loaf of soap, and wrapped it up for sale.
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Neopolatin Soapsicle

This next soapsicle was inspired by From Nature With Love. She made a tutorial on that gave me much needed inspiration for a new soapsicle.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bangkok Rocks

Hubby, and I decided to go have some fun in Bangkok without any kids. We went to Benihana, we had a blast there. The cook showed us how to toss eggs like a pro, but I wasn't so good at it. The first one hit the floor, and the second almost hit the girl next to me, but the cook caught it before it hit her in the face.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer School Soap Camp

I was asked my Karen Palko to do summer school for ISKL. I was very excited, and accepted her offer. I started planning what kind of activities we would be doing for three days. I finally decided on melt & pour soap, nail polish, and liquid soap. I make paint can kits for everyone in the class, and added a little present inside as well. They had the best time in class and told the rest of the school what they were making. I was very proud of my soap making class, and decided to have more soap classes in the future.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Soap Lab & Mais Kes Ka Fee

I was on The Soap Lab today and found Mais Kes Ka Fee, a lovely site about soaps, but it is in french. I decided to post these free magazines to share with everyone who has not seen her work. It is gorgeous and the photos are amazing. It makes me want to make some soap right now. I do recommend you going to Google translator to ba able to fully understand her tutorials, and tips on better soapmaking. Thanks Soap Lab for finding this very talented lady.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Tutorial

This is a tutorial on how to make honeycomb, or beeswax soap. Thanks to my friends at Crafster I now understand how to make this very simple yet beautiful soap, so I thought I would share it with you.

We first start by lining the mold with a sheet of bubble wrap. A member of Crafster suggested that if I use the smaller bubble wrap that I will achieve a more honeycomb like appearance. I only had the large bubble wrap so that will do, but next time I will try to find some smaller bubble wrap to see if there is any difference in look.

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Next mix the oils, and lye solution at about 95 degrees fahrenheit, this allows for a very long trace time, and that is exactly what I want. I need time to incorporate the oatmeal, milk and honey, and then add the fragrance. The mixture is at trace but still a little runny, I then pour the very smoothly soap mixture into my mold. By taking these steps it allows the soap to form a more smoother, creamer appearance, and take the shape of the bubble wrap.

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The next day has finally arrived and I am so excited to show you what the final product.

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It was super simple and easy, and as you can see the end result is fantastic. I didn't add color to the soap, but the I knew the natural color would look gorgeous, and I was right.

Happy Soaping.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Super Duper Camera

My husband purchased a Nikon D80, which I thought was much to over the top for our picture taking needs. Damn it takes the most crystal clear photos I have ever seen, it was definitely worth the money. My friend recommend taking a camera class which teaches you how to use all the functions of your camera. This class also helps you to take better photos. One of our assignments was to take photos of simple details. I have already seen a major improvement in my photos. I think you will definitely be impressed.

Dionne is a professional photographer and asked me to pass this particular photo to her, because she just loved it. That honestly made me really happy.
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No one really liked this photo, but I really liked the colors.
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Everyone loved this, but I didn't see what the big deal was ha ha ha.
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I liked this one much more.
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This was a stinky flame photo.
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So was this one.
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I loved the texture of this photo.
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This is a great shot.
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This is a great flame shot.
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This is one of my favorites. This photo made Ramsey laugh really hard, because he thought it was a joke. He was forgetting this assignment was to take detailed photos. I also really like how the color of the oranges just jump at you.
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No one liked, but I loved it. It was a accidental shot that turned out beautiful.
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I would really like feedback on my photos, Thanks

The Soap Bar

Today I woke up and found an email in my inbox from my favorite soap blog The Soap Bar. I was so eager to see what Joanna had to say to me, but at the same time I was very nervous. I ran to the kitchen and got my cup of coffee to brace myself for what was about to come. I know I seem very over dramatic, ha ha ha but all these events really did occur. I was so thrilled to see that she wanted to feature my tutorial on her blog that I screamed with excitement. I read the email over and over again to make sure I wasn't dreaming. It made my day, week even month to be featured on such a amazing soap blog. Thanks for your very kind words, I hope you all try making whipped soap, and yes it really does float.

Whipped Soap Tutorial

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mother's Day

Mother's Day was great, Ramsey and the kids took my out to eat, and brought me flowers. I didn't really want anything else, I just love being appreciated.

Miniature Cakes

I thought it would be so cute to learn how to make miniature cakes. Fondant is very intimidating for someone who has never tried it. The ladies at Cake Connection in Malaysia assured us it would be very easy, and tons of fun so we all signed up. I think mine turned out very good for my first time ever using fondant. It was very labor intensive, and frustrating making everything little. I now appreciate the work put into these cakes, and know why they cost so much.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Yeah..........More New Stuff

Lavender Therapy
Made with only olive oil, and cocoa butter, it has got to be the most moisturizing bar of soap I have ever used. Wow this is now my favorite soap.
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Chocolate Mint
Smells just like the chocolate mint candy, and it makes you want to eat this amazing soap. It is swirled dark green and brown which is hard to see but looks better in person.
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At first I must say that I didn't like this scent at all then it started to grow on me. It took me a while to think of a design concept for eucalyptus, because I was not at all familiar with it. My friend Rene drove me crazy insisting that I make the soap purple. I knew that there is a purple eucalyptus, but for some reason couldn't make it that color. I kept thinking it had to be green, so this is what I cam up with.
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Cucumber Melon
This is a very popular scent with all women, if you don't like, chances are your friend does. It was very easy to make this soap, I just had to visualize what cucumber melon would look like to me. These colors appealed to everyone at my last show.
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This is a blend of rosemary and juniper essential oils. So I looked up both for color ideas, and wanted to make a green and blue soap, but I had a brain fart and made it this yellowish brown, and blue color.
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Traditional Thai Herbal Compress
I wanted something new to my product line that not many people can make. I was in Thailand and stumbled upon a lady who made herbal compresses. She taught me how to make these, and they smell amazing. All the fresh herbs used to make them, it is no wonder it actually has so many benefits to it.
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Melt and Pour Soap Making Kit

Tada....This is my new Melt and Pour Soap Making kit. I had the idea to make a kit, because people get discouraged thinking it is so hard to do. I wanted to show everyone how easy it was to make soap, so I made a complete kit including pretty much everything, because I know how hard it is get simple things here in Malaysia. Oh the paint can was my genius idea, I thought what a cute way to package a kit of any kind, and it also will contain the mess in one small can. So you'll never have to worry about losing things, or make a mess. (By the way these kits were a super hit, they were my number one seller.)

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Here is my kit displayed at the Bazaar.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Ibu Family Bazzar 2009

Here are some new pictures of my soap show. I think as time goes on my shows get better, and better. My table layout looks great, not that anyone cares. I do however feel having great looking table attracts a lot of potential customers. My sales are amazing, I think it has a lot to do with all my variety, and great sales team.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Watermelon Bath Bombs

I usually make these just a plain pink, but decided to change up the design. I am happy with the colors but not the design, I guess practice makes perfect

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Pink Lemonade Bath Bombs

It took me forever to figure out a design for pink lemonade. I finally nailed it, I think this looks amazing in person, the picture doesn't do it justice.

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Watermelon Soapsicle

I finally got the chance to make soapsicle (a soap popsicle for those who don't know). I scented it watermelon, and layered it red, and green to look like a watermelon. I think next time I will make it with an opaque base making it look less transparent. Hope you all like it, I am selling it at my next bazaar in May.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rosemary Mint Foot Scrub

This is my new creation. Again don't pay attention to my label because I ran out and just put any label I had lying around. I made liquid soap, and decided to add a ton of salt to it, and then the liquid soap turned into a hard brick. After letting it rest for a while I mashed it up with the fork, added green color, and rosemary mint scent, and I was finished. The end result a creamy yet scrubby foot scrub.

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Understanding Liquid Soapmaking

This tutorial is written by Pat Prenty of I already now how to make liquid soap but I sure wish I would have found this tutorial before I spent many a nights trying to figure it out myself. Thanks Pat

Now this may seem to be an obvious point, but one day I got the light bulb and it seemed pretty important.
Liquid soap is water soluble, when you mix water and oil, the oil will turn the water white and eventually migrate out and float on top of the water. This means that if you want to superfat any oils left over will, first make your soap cloudy, then eventually end up as a layer of white on top of your soap.

Some people may not mind a cloudy soap and may even want the look of a superfatted liquid soap, the bottom line is that I have never found a way to keep the oils incorporated in the soap with out adding polysorbate 20… which brings us to the next point. If you want to superfat your liquid soap, you have to use either turkey red oil (sulfated castor) which is water soluble, or add polysorbate 20 to your oils to make them water soluble.

I now make liquid soap at a 0% superfat. When you add fragrance or essential oils that close to the line, your soap may turn cloudy due to the oil in the fragrance. This will not happen if you make your soap with water soluble fragrances, but water based fragrances are just regular fragrances with polysorbate 20 in them, so you might as well add it yourself.
I have taken pictures of a soap that I made that turned cloudy and separated, so I took some pictures to show how well polysorbate 20 works.

This was the cloudy soap. It turned cloudy when I added the borax, so I suspect that I miss-measured the lye a bit to get a bit more superfatted soap.

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As I added the polysorbate 20 the soap started to clear. When you first add it, the soap does not seem to be effected, but as you stir it slowly starts to clear.

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Here is the final product, I added 1 drop of green food coloring to the whole batch and my fragrance. By the next day it was crystal clear., and smelled great btw.

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Thick soap
I like you have tried everything to thicken soap, bottom line… I have found nothing that will thicken your soap except the mixture of oils.
I have tried, crothix (various ways including neutralizing with citric acid), xanthum gum, various carbopol's, guar gum, and innumerable chemicals. The only thing that I have found that will make a thicker soap is by using no more than 20% coconut oil. I also made a 100% batch of castor oil batch and it was water thin. I have read on a list that some people are making a thicker soap by boiling down their soap to evaporate the water out of your solution. I personally did not find that that works.

As you can tell, my "understanding liquid soapmaking" is pretty low on information. I have been making cold process liquid for over a year now, and for me it is much less stressful. I will be updating this page again with CP liquid soap later in the year (after tax time). If you have any other insights to liquid soap, let me know and I will put it on the web page. I have to be able to reproduce your results so it may take a while to get on the site. I will of course credit you for the information.

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Liquid Soap Making Tutorial

The first thing I must say before I get started is that I couldn't have made and truly understood liquid soapmaking with out reading Catherine Failor's book Making Natural Liquid Soaps. I strongly suggest buying this book and reading it over before attempting liquid soap. The method I use on this page is her paste method which I find very easy to make. The reason I am writing this web page is because I understand that when you are on a soap journey, the more information the better.

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The recipe
366 g coconut oil
1424 canola oil
400 g Potassium Hydroxide
1204 g water

This method uses a double boiler system, I use two pots, one
smaller than the other, the handles on the top pot hold it suspended over the bottom of the larger pot. I put water in the bottom one and when the top pot is on it, the water level is over the bottom of the top pot.

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When you add the potassium hydroxide it will sound like it is going to explode or boil over, but the water does not bubble up at all and it doesn't even heat us as much as sodium hydroxide so don't worry.
One more note, I am one of those risk taking soapers who doesn't even wear gloves when making soap. (this is not a recommended method of making soap!). When mixing the water & potassium hydroxide together and when mixing the soap there seems to be a very caustic steam that comes from the mixture. When I make liquid soap I always wear long sleeves and gloves otherwise my skin begins to burn.

-pre-heat the water in the bottom of your double boiler
- heat and mix your oils and fats like you normally would for cp, using the
temperatures 160 for the oils and 140 for the Potassium/water mixture, they will get to these temperatures very fast so be ready with your hot water in the bottom of your double boiler when you start.

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Try to bring your soap to trace, which even with a stick blender is pretty long. It will go through a few stages before it hardens into your paste. It will also keep trying to separate, but keep mixing it until it is VERY VERY thick like a very thick custard or maybe a meringue.

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Tip: Try to keep your soap as close to 160 deg as you can, if you go over 160 your soap will boil up over the top of the pot, much less than 160 and your soap will take forever to trace

This is not trace, just a good imitation. It has to get much thicker than this. If you stopped at this point your soap would separate.

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Nope, this isn't it either, keep going.

I am not sure you can tell by this picture, but at some point your soap may look sort of grainy and like it is separating. Keep going, this is normal.

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Now this is a stage you have to look out for. This is what your soap looks like just before it starts to puff up and out of the pot. What happens is that the soap gets too hot (you notice that it is in the double boiler.) and it doubles in size.

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If you see this start happening get your pot into your sink and let it cool off. I have a sprayer in my sink and I use it on cold and spray the outside of the pot. I don't have any pictures of the soap puffing up, because I was just a tad too busy making sure I didn't get caustic soap all over the counter and the floor. That is exactly what happened when I tried a crockpot to make liquid soap. I guess my crockpot is a bit too hot and there is no way to cool it down quickly as the sides are meant for insulation. Catherine mentions this in her liquid soapmaking book, but she says that it is because of the trapped air in the soap. Through my experience I disagree with her theory. It does look as though it is full of air and that is why it is puffing up, but as long as the pot was too hot, I could not stir it down, while using a sprayer to cool the side of the pot immediately made the soap collapse back to it's original size. Whatever the theory, be aware this may happen and be prepared.

I didn't get a picture of the most important part of this process, trace, as when the soap came down from it's puffy stage it collapsed into a solid mass. This is sort of what it looked like, but this is a bit further on in the process, after it has been heating for a while.

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Put the soap into the top of your double boiler and bring the heat up. It
will make a very stiff paste, I don't bother to try and mix it, it is far too thick.
Check your mixture twice for separation 20 min apart. You have to pry the paste away from the bottom of the pot. If it has separated there will be a clear liquid on the bottom. If you find this you will have to mix it up again, which believe me is not that easy, a very good reason to make sure you get it too full trace.

Keep the water in the double boiler boiling for 3 hours. Make sure that your pot is covered, the idea is to get it as hot as possible. After about 2 hours it will start to turn translucent, if not keep cooking it at a very fast boil until it does. Cook for 1 hour after the translucent stage. I have cooked it for about 4 hours once, and it made a beautiful clear batch of soap. I have never tested my liquid soap with phenolthalein so I don't know how well that works.

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Scrape the paste into a pot of 4820 ml of water for dilution. Break it up a bit to get it into manageable sized chunks.

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Slowly heat up your water/soap mixture to a medium heat and then turn it off overnight.

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Make sure the pot is covered. If your soap is high in soft oils (which this recipe is) it will get a skin on it if it isn't covered. Once you add the borax it will fix this but until that time, keep the lid on all of the time.

If you have lots of coconut in your soap it will completely melt overnight. If it is high in soft oils (again which this recipe is) you will have to reheat it in the morning to get rid of the last of the chunks. In the morning heat up your mixture to just warm and melt any leftover chunks, again making sure you keep the lid on until it warms up.

The soap doesn't have to be very hot. Add your neutralizer, I use borax
56 g borax
112 g water
Heat up the water and borax mixture in the microwave until the borax completely melts. This is harder than it sounds. Borax will not melt until it is very hot and it will become solid again as soon as it cools so you have to heat it up just before you add it to your soap. When the borax is melted it will be as clear as water.

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When you add your fragrance to the soap it may cloud the soap., the soap will clear again as it cools.

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Sulfated castor:
This recipe should give you a very clear gel like liquid soap, but to get it totally clear you have to make a soap that is at 0% superfat. You are a soapmaker so you know that soap made with no superfatting will leave your skin quite dry. The only thing that will superfat this soap and not make it opaque is Sulfated castor oil. It is kind of hard to get, and really if you don't care if your soap is transparent, you can use any oil that you like. I like the clear soap so I hunted down the Sulfated castor. [See understanding liquid soapmaking for an update about superfatting]
-add 70g of sulfated if you are using it, and fragrance. If you get the mixture too hot, you may want to wait for the solution to cool down a bit to add the fragrance, otherwise it will vaporize. Let it cool and voila, liquid soap.
It seems complicated at first, but once you do it a few times it becomes much clearer. Remember what CP seemed like when we first started.

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