Thursday, February 28, 2008
It cured for two days and I completed the packaging so it could go out to Chicago for a new customer. The Bubbs are cute and very colorful. I use soap colors and fragrance oil to get this look and smell - Champagne! It has grown on me. I wasn't sure I was crazy about it, but it is unique and bubbly, like my Bubble Rubble!
I made extra to see if people would like it on our website, so I have 4 extra. First come first serve!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Bacon cups filled with salad, beautiful and brilliant! You will have to go to Not Martha if you haven't already.
Here are some pics from her most excellent ,wonderfully and only partially unhealthy salad creation she shared today:
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sparkling Champagne Bubble Rubble before curing.
Coconut Vanilla Clouds Bubble Rubble before curing.
The place smells like a foggy perfumery with champagne, vanilla mango, lavender and coconut in the air. With all my experimenting, I must get pounds and pounds of cream of tartar (which is also great for making homemade play dough, fyi).
More on Bubbles and Bombs soon.
Family: Sapotaceae (Chicle, Gutta-Percha and Sapodilla)
Genus: Butyrospermum or Vitellaria
Species: Butyrospermum parkii or Vitellaria paradoxa
I read an case study called: " Research by the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) into the cultivation and processing of shea nuts as an alternative to cocoa products." along with some other interesting articles on the web an found out some things I didn't know about shea.
The Shea Tree is a wild tree, which are pollinated by bats and grows very slowly. It grows from 25 to 75 feet tall and bears fruit (seed) that contains four times more Vitamin C than an orange, but doesn't bear its fruit until it is between 15-30 years old.
1. Despite the increased use of shea butter in cosmetics, statistics show that the shea butter from more then 90% of all marketed shea nuts is used to replace cocoa butter in the chocolate industry.
2. People have been cooking with shea for years and is the main edible oil for the people of northern Ghana, being the most important source of fatty acids and glycerol in their diet.
3. The healing properties of shea butter are believed to be partly attributable to the presence of allantoin, a substance known to stimulate the growth of healthy tissue in ulcerous wounds.
If you'd like to learn more about the process of production of shea or the women of Africa and their role in shea nut production check some of these sites:
Monday, February 25, 2008
Thank you, Wickedly Chic for a lovely review of our Cream and our newest addition, Coconut Milk Bath Soak. You can see the review at their website - Wickedly Chic is a website dedicated to sharing their indie finds - jewelry makers, tea makers, soap makers, candle makers ... lots of "makers". Their tag line is Independent Shopping For The Wickedly Fashionable.
Does that make me wickedly fashionable? I'll take it! :)
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Carrie~Gigi is a very talented soap maker. She created soap crumb cakes that smells absolutely heavenly... like maple syrup!!! I've blogged about her and her sweet bath goodies on my other blog, The Soap Bar here and here. Unfortunately, they are currently sold out, but she makes lovely soaps and bath treats, so go on over to Under The Willow Gifts and she if anything floats your boat.
Thanks again, Carrie~Gigi!!!!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Yes, the men in my life....
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Ruby Red Grapefruit. It is tart, tangy, fresh and citrusy all at once. It is a strange smell, in a way. The tartness can take you by surprise... almost knock you down and make you wonder for a brief moment if it's good or just weird, and then the high notes swing in like Tarzan and lift you away to a vacation paradise spot.
I have found the scent I have been looking for. Ruby Red, juicy and tart with a touch of orchid breath. The new foot scrub (name to be released any day...:)) comes in two scents: "Ruby Red Grapefruit" and "Cookie". I just sent them off to a major magazine who will have the first pass at it. We are so excited about this one. It is truly wonderful. Your feet will never be the same.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Paperseed.wordpress.com has the greatest gift tags. You can download them for free and use them for any gift. I used them on my bath bombs which you can see in these pictures. I printed them on card stock paper, cut them, punched a hole in them and attached with a ribbon. I think they came out very nicely. This is what I am using for Christmas tags next year for sure! They look so thoughtful, don't they?
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The first batch was the Pink Cupcake. This time I tried using a natural color instead of the Wilton Gel Colors made for cake decorating. I used Ultramarine Pink Oxide, which is a powder. I incorporated it into the mix. Before I filled the molds with bomb, I used candy sprinkles to the mold to add to the cupcake theme (and scent).
The second batch was the Cocoa Bombs. The light brown color comes from unsweetened Giardelli cocoa powder I incorporated with the baking powder and citric acid. I used dark chocolate fragrance. Before I filled the molds with bomb powder, I used the same cocoa powder to sprinkle in the mold for a nice eye candy effect.
The last batch, I thought to make the simplest bombs of all. No color, no kaolin clay, no borax....just super basic with Champagne fragrance and a candy heart for decoration. These came out the best, with not ONE of them breaking, cracking or morphing in any way.
None of these had any cracks. The White Champagne Bombs were the most basic of of all the recipes I tried.
Some of these cracked....frustrating.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
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But first, you should know this about us: we believe that personal approach works best, and that you can't sell something that doesn't work for the person who's buying it. We believe that making the highest quality products we can speaks for itself, and that customer service is of the utmost importance. We believe in responding to customer feedback and giving our retailers what they need so that they can do business better. If you believe what we believe, you may be just who we are looking for....
Right now we'll be paying commissions, but no base salary. We'll set those commissions based on your experience, enthusiasm and success. If things work out, we'll be looking to bring people on full-time as district reps, so there is very real potential to grow with us. You don't need to live near us - you just need to be willing to call potential retailers and talk about our tasty products.
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Poor Sharon. She had made 300 of them for a customer and they all cracked! That must be heartbreaking. And here I am, being sad about a few.
Go check out Sharon's new blog! She has very interesting things to say.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
This was my first attempt at making bath bombs. I know, I know. I'm in the bath and body industry and I never made bath bombs before? Unheard of !! Yeah, It's really true. I think there was a part of me that was scared to try, just like I am scared to try cold process soap making without a teacher. I don't want to fail, so I played it safe. I never lacked gumption when trying new things in formulating, but those two things.... well... they got me! (shrug) You can call me a chicken, I understand, and quite deserve it as well.
Anyway, I tried making the bombs yesterday and loved it, although my fingers are achy from pressing so hard on the molds trying to create the hardest unbreakable bombs imaginable. I also stained my soapstone countertop pink. I use Wilton Gel colors, and put my teaspoon on the counter with no cover or plate or wax paper.... uh, not good. See below.
The purple ones I made in Kumquat fragrance and pressed a Valentine's sugar heart in them. They came out very holiday appropriate. The pink and peach ones are in Grapefruit Lemon made with two different colors with moon dust sprinkled in the mold. That didn't work out that well either because there is too much dust, I should have just sprinkled a tiny amount and not been so generous because, as you can see, the dust has sort of flaked off.
So this morning after a day of air drying, I visited my bombs and - agh! - Some of them are cracking right down the center. (see photo below)
No one can say I didn't push them hard enough together because I put all my might into those suckers and my muscle under my armpit is achy and sad. Know what I think? I think I packed them too hard before I mushed them together. Maybe I should try packing them lightly and then packing them mightily together. Yes, I'll try that. Luckily, I made 16 and only 5 or so are cracking. I guess that's not all bad.
So my first two batches aren't total failures, but they will be for my family and friends. I need to incorporate the color better, maybe try crazier colors, and press differently. They say try, try again. So I will.
I'll keep you posted with photos. Happy bubbling!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Here are some pictures of the new scrub.
Made with the feet in mind... to scrub away old callouses and dirt, and it's moisturizing, too. And because it doesn't leave an oily residue, it is great for the feet. No slipping! I have some names playing around in my head, but suggestions are always welcome.
Scrub should be released soon.