Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Funnel Swirls Tutorial By Lomond Soap

This tutorial is from Corrie at Lomond Soap. If you get a chance, check out her very cool soaping skills!

Funnel Swirls by Lomond Soap

How they're done!
1. Set up your mould, fully lined. You will need to rig up a device to hold your funnel in place. Mine is 4 chopsticks tied together with bag ties! So long as it doesn't fall over whilst pouring, anything will do. For this technique I find that soaping cool to cold gives you the time to separate, color & fragrance your batch. You can always put it on the radiator once you're done to kick start the gel.
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2. Make up your soap base as normal. Stick blend enough to combine your oils & lye. You want thin trace not thick! (If it's too thick it won't flow through the funnel).
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3. Split your soap batter into 2 halves, color & fragrance each one. Again, only stir enough to combine the additives well. You do not want a thick batter. If you are adventurous you could try 3 or 4 colors.In the pic below I'm adding Titanium Dioxide powder to this half.
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In the next I'm adding a green color to the other half.
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4. Ok, so now you've got 2 pots of colored batter. Pour those into 2 jugs ready for pouring. Don't hang around whilst doing this. Have everything ready before you start.
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5. Start pouring first one color, into the funnel, then the other. The amount you pour of each color will affect the final look, it's trial and error in this part.
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The pic below shows the mold about half full, you can see how the swirls are building up.
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6. Pour till all your batter is used up. And you're finished! The one I made above is called "Yo! Limey" and turned out like this...It's fun, no 2 bars look the same. For those like me who are swirly challenged, give it a try!
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Candy Shop Sugar Scrubs Tutorial

I have always wanted to make these, and now you can. I found this great tutorial on From Nature With Love.
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These super cute, single use sugar scrubs are a fun twist on an old favorite. Made with Melt & Pour soap base, they are a cinch to whip up, and to make they are totally adorable! For this recipe, we used Rosehip & Jojoba Melt & Pour Base, one of our many unique specialty MP Bases. To customize this recipe, try substituting any of our other MP Bases, along with the Fragrance Oil and Carrier Oils.

Candy Shop Sugar Scrubs

Ingredients

* 16 ounces Rosehip & Jojoba Melt & Pour Base
* 2 ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil
* 2 ounces Rosehip Seed Oil
* 4 cups White Sugar
* 1/2 oz. Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil (Raspberry is a great choice too!)
* 1/2 teaspoon Pink Glimmer Mica
* 1/2 teaspoon Cobalt Mica

Special Equipment Needed

* 2 Brownie Pans (9" x 13" Baking Pan)
* Double Boiler

Directions

This recipe is made in two batches. Start by lining the brownie pan with a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Use enough paper so that you'll be able to lift the edges out once your scrubs have cooled. Next, chop 8 ounces of Melt & Pour Base into cubes, then melting it in a double boiler. While the Base is melting, measure and pour 2 cups of Sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the Pink Glimmer Mica to the sugar and mix it well, making sure to break up any clumps. Once the Melt & Pour Base has melted completely, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 oz. of Fractionated Coconut Oil, 1 ounce of Rosehip Seed Oil, and 1/4 oz. of Fragrance Oil to the Base and stir well. Next, slowly pour the colored sugar into the Melt & Pour Base, stirring continuously. Make sure the sugar is fully mixed by breaking up any clumps that appear. If the mixture begins to harden too quickly, return the double boiler to the hot water as you stir. As soon as the sugar is mixed in, pour the hot mixture into one of the brownie pans. Use a spoon to quickly spread out the mixture, creating one even layer over the pan.

Wash out your double boiler pot and repeat this process, substituting the Pink Glimmer Mica for the Cobalt. Once both batches are finished, you'll need to leave them in a cool, safe place for them to harden up. Make sure you give them plenty of time to cool, or you could damage them during the next step. Once you are sure the scrubs have cooled completely, you can pop them out of the brownie pans. Use the paper lining to gently lift them out of the pan if possible. If that doesn't work, turn the pan upside down on a clean work surface and tap the bottom to help knock them loose. If you are still having trouble, try popping the pans into the freezer for two minutes each.

When the scrubs come out of the pans they should be in two large slabs. Carefully trace a grid of horizontal and vertical lines in the surface, then carefully cut along the lines, creating cute little cubes of scrub. Package them as soon as you can to keep them from attracting moisture.

Usage & Packaging

These itty bitty little scrubs are meant for single use. On your way into the shower or bath, grab a cube and use it to scrub rough spots on your arms, legs, hands, feet, or back. These are a little too harsh for your face, or other sensitive areas. The scrub can be rubbed on as is, or you can crush the cube into a more classic texture, but gently pushing on the edges after it has been warmed in water.

Candy Shop Sugar Scrubs fit quite well in our Acetate Soap Boxes, and will look extra cute when they are decorated with our free, printable labels. Click here to download a label sheet: Download Candy Shop Sugar Scrubs Sheet