Archive for April, 2011

Column Swirl Soap Technique

Column Swirl Soap? Yep that is right! When Debbie Chialtas with Soapylove posted on Facebook  by  Non ci posso credere and called Pittura a cascata. Where the artists uses cups of paint and pours them on top of the column and lets the paint run down and then add another cup and another, and about 50 plus cups of paint make a beautiful piece of art.

I really wanted to try this in cold process and after seeing Amanda Griffin from lovin soaps and Erin Pikor of Naiad soap arts had tried it, it inspired me to do it!

I lined my 40 bar mold and got everything ready! I knew that was going to be the key , because you have to mix a lot of colors and pour over a column without it getting too thick.  My column was a post from Lowes and they even cut it for me 12 inches high and 4in x4in square. I wanted to make sure I used scents that I have tried before that I knew that they would not seize or get too hot!

My soap recipe has palm , coconut , olive oil in it. I mixed in my scent which is a blend of kentish rain and love spell …..a little love and rain from www.brambleberry.com  and used their micas to color! 

I put the column in the middle and started soaping away. I had made a video of each pouring 😦 for some reason I can not get it to upload!!) so sad  

At first trace I stopped and poured into the colors and blended well I used 7 colors ….Next time I am going to have a helper with me and see if I can make it with more colors.

It was so much fun to do! I could not wait to cut the bars and see I got up at 4 am to unmold 🙂

 I love how you can see so many of the colors!  ooooh can’t wait to try this again

 

Happy Soaping

Holly

www.lotionbarcafe.com

Sad its over…..But so happy I got to play!

Well I am so sad that this testing is over. But I am thankful that I was chosen to do it.   When I got word I was chosen I was so excited !! I received the box and then realized I was getting sick .I wrote all my first impressions down and then the next morning I could not smell anything . I had to do something so I took them to my work place and did a blind test there writing down their favorites and least favorites . It was so much fun having them all involved. Cooks , managers, host, servers and even guest!

Then I wanted to make the most out of it and wanted to make them in as many products as I could . I have a lot of mini containers and molds that I use to send to stores for test products (ALWAYS GOOD TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING THEY CAN FEEL ,SMELL, SEE AND USE) I have some 10ml little sprayers (great for room spray /linen , body spray samples and I see www.brambleberry.com is carrying them now. Yeah!

I have 1 oz lotion bottles (great for travel and samples to your big shoppers as a little bonus)

I really wanted to make this in a candle so we made little tea lights (it would have taken too much of my little bottle to use in a big candle)

CP soap I recently had bought a tote of molds/candy/soap ones at a yard sell (you never know when they will come in handy)like now there where some oval thin ones that held 2 oz of soap and they were perfect .

MP I am not a professional on the MP side but I am so drawn to the possibilities you can do with it that you can not do with CP I had never done MP until last year at conference and I had to choose to take a class that I really needed or take this class with Soapylove owner Debbie Chialtas and I have no clue of what it was Oh my Gosh Love!!! I made mini birds with the test scent and they are so cute.check out www.soapylove.com to see all of her amazing products!

I also made mini lotion bars in a heart-shaped mini ice tray , I had to make them they are a staple of Lotion Bar Cafe  and they where the perfect size.

Well there you have it! My Favorites where number Number 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8. Number 6 was my absolute  favorite!!!!!!

I am really thankful to Anne-Marie and her amazing staff  at bramble berry. I have been using her products  going on 5 years and have never had a complaint. I only order my scents from her anymore and I am never disappointed. I would love to test ANY product for them !!

Thank You

Holly

www.lotionbarcafe.com