Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Beer Soap

We are working on a  beer soap recipe and can't wait to share it with you!! We are letting the beer go flat as we speak. First try we didn't let the beer go flat and it exploded all over my stove. Not a fun mess to clean up. Beer and lye solution can be dangerous!! Pics and recipe soon!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Blogger's Comment Issues

Hello everyone! I changed the settings for my comments because Blogger was having so much trouble. Now you should be able to comment with out any problems. :) Bull Rock Bokeh has some information on their blog. Stop by and check it out. It may help you get more comments too.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

How to Make Artisan Soap

I just tried a new technique when making one of my last batches of soap. It was just a simple one. I had fun with it. I think its cute too.

Fresh cut. It was a pineapple cilantro scent. 

I think it is very cute and it was just the way I tilted the log mold. I'll show you want I did. Who says lye soap has to be so plain. Here is the recipe I used for this soap.

3 Layer Log Recipe

5.5 oz of olive oil
5.5 oz of coconut oil
5.5 oz of palm oil
5.5 ox of soybean oil

3.11 oz of lye
7.3 oz of water

Only make one batch at a time or it will firm up on you. Then you wont be able to get the look.

1. Line your log mold.

2. Gather your supplies and weigh out your oils.
I microwaved the oils to get the to around 90*.
I have my log mold tilted with a stapler. lol It 

3. Added my lye and mixed it all in. Then got my
stick blender to finish the job. I couldn't make soap
without my stick blender. Be sure you only use the
stick blender for about 2 mins at a time then stir by
hand for 30 seconds or you will get a false trace.

4. Once it reached race (see the small lines left in the 
mixture from lifting the beater) add color and scent.

5. Pour it into the mold and it should fill up one side.
You can use a spatula to smooth out the top if you 
want an even line. I didn't because I like the more
natural lines it gives. Let sit for about 30 mins to 
firm up a little.

6. Turn the mold around and tilt it on the opposite

7. Prepare your soap the same way you did for the 
yellow making it a different color. I wanted it white
so I left it natural. Let sit for 30 mins to firm up some.

8. Put the mold down flat now for the last layer.

9. Prepare you last batch of soap for the last color.
I used green for the cilantro part of the scent. To keep
from damaging the bottom layers I pour the green 
onto a spoon that was held close to the mold.
Just let it run off the spoon.

You are finished. :) Let set over night and then
remove from the log and cut. Then let cure for a 
few weeks. The longer it cures the better the bar.

How cute!!! 

If you make some be sure to send us pictures!! We would all love to see.

Happy Soaping!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!!

Hello everyone!!!

I want to wish all the mother's out there a Happy Mother's Day! We wouldn't be the people we are today without you! In honor of Mother's Day I am going to work on a milk bath recipe. A milk bath is one of my favorite ways to relax. It makes my skin feel so wonderful!! It is said that milk baths use the lactic acid and alpha hydroxy acid to dissolve the glue that holds the dead skin cells together. Makes for a gentle exfoliate and a great moisturizer. Milk has proteins that are much like our own skin which make moisturizing easier.  Any mom is going to love this!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Simple Lye Soap Tutorial

Hello everyone!!!

While we were at the Art Fair we made a simple soap tutorial with pics. This is our simplest soap recipe but it makes a great soap! Makes you feel squeaky clean and naturally soft. This one is my favorite recipe out of them all. All of these can be picked up at Wal-mart.


6.3 oz of Olive Oil
6.3 oz of Coconut Oil
12.6 oz of Crisco

Lye solutions:
3.5 oz of Sodium Hydroxide(lye)
8.3 oz of water


Mix your lye solution together. Be sure to follow all the safety precautions. Safety glasses, gloves and aprons. Add the lye to the water and not the other way around. In an open area so you don't breath the fumes. They can be deadly. Be sure to be safe around the lye solution. It can burn you severely. Let it sit and cool down to about 90* before adding it to the oils. I use a plastic measuring cup to mix my lye solution in. Glass will bust some times.

Weigh all of your oils on a digital scale and heat them 
to around 100*. I stay between 89* to 100*. I love
to use those large candy bowls you get at Halloween 
and heat my oils in the microwave for 1 1/2 mins.
If your oils gets over 100* wait until they cool before
adding the lye.

Now pour your lye solution into the oils. Be careful
and wear all your safety gear. 

About half way through mixing it should look like this.

The stick blender is the best tool for modern soap making.
 Use it for 2 - 3 mins then turn it off to mix the soap
by hand with a spoon or whisk. Then turn on the blender
for another 2 - 3 mins. Use it that way until it is done.

Once it gets to trace its done.

You can tell you reached trace when you raise
the blender out of the mix and it leaves lines
that doesn't fade away quickly. It will leave
faint lines for a few seconds before it fades.

Stir it a little then its done. You can
add your scent in at this stage. Or if you an all natural
soap add a spice. Cinnamon or mustard is great for
the skin.

Pour it into your mold. It can be a wooden log
mold lined with wax paper or any silicone mold.
Let set until hard and unmold. Then let sit to cure
for 4 weeks. 

All done. :) You have just made soap. There are lots of great things you can add to your soap that is great for your skin. My favorite 3 are milk, honey, and pumpkin puree. They feel so wonderful!!

I share this on Homestead Revival: Barn Hop! Stop on by and check out all the links!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Soap Demonstration at Art Fair

Hello everyone!!!

We had such a great time at the art fair at our local College of Craft. It was in a beautiful building that seemed to fit the fair just perfect! The building itself was art. They had lots of students and teachers from local high schools come through and it kept us on our toes for sure! I really couldn't have done it with out my sister!! She was a HUGE help. Keeping everything working so well. Lots of the students were very interested and asked many questions. One student even got to make a batch. It was really great to see the younger generation take an interest in the arts and being an artisan. We didn't really have time to take many pictures. It was really hopping! We did get to make a simple lye soap tutorial while we were there so I'll be posting that soon. I look forward to next year!! Thanks Keila for asking us to be there!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lye Soap Demonstration

Hello Everyone!!

Now that the holiday is over I can get back to the blog and writing tutorials. I love sharing my ideas and the way I do things. I may not do it the right way but I get it done!! lol

This Friday we have a soap demonstration at an Art Fair through the college. I am a little nervous because I don't like to public speak but I love showing people how we make soap. I believe everyone needs to know how to make things on their own. Even if they never do. I'm sure glad my family passed down the knowledge!! I wouldn't know what I would do if I couldn't make my own soap with my allergy. I will take pictures to share with you guys when we get back. :)

I have plans for a cute wash cloth tutorial. Its how to make it look like a cupcake or ice cream cone. I will include templates also. No gift basket is complete without a wash cloth cupcake!! lol I also have plans for a beer soap tutorial and a log mold tutorial. A really simple way to make your own mold.

I will get all these posted soon and hope you like them. :) Can't wait!!