Friday, August 31, 2012

Inspirational Soaps

The other day while I was making some puppy picture soaps,
I made some inspirational soaps at the request of a friend. 
I fussed over what font to use.
There are so many to choose from.
Yes, I know I just ended that sentence a preposition with.
But from which to choose sounds so awkward to me. 
I like black and white – it always looks classy to me.
So I stuck with black lettering on a white background. 
These can be made in any color to suit the recipient. 
They could even have glitter added for a glam girl.
There are so many possibilities with these. 
If I were a witty writer,
I could come up with fun sayings.
But I’m not.
If you are,
I welcome any quips (clean, please) you’d like to share.
Oh, and permission to use them.
I hope you have a safe and relaxing Labor Day Weekend. 
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wax Melts

Yesterday I made wax melts in several new  fragrances.
If I have a little bit left over after pouring,
I save it for my personal stash.
I’m pretty sure I’ll never run out.
I like using soy because it’s natural, clean, and easy to clean up.  

Soy Wax Waffles 
Back to making the wax melts.
Once I start making them,
it’s hard to know where to draw the line.
I just want to keep going, making more and more fragrances.
Ah, the life of a fragrance addict.
Yesterday I stopped after the 11th fragrance.

Want to see the lineup?
Apple Pie
Bamboo Teak
Café Latte
Honey Almond
Jasmine Vanilla
Lemon Poundcake
Mmm Mmm Mocha
Oatmeal, Milk and Honey
Tobacco Caramel
Twilight Woods

I also tested different ways to package the wax melts.
I typically use waffle blocks.
I like them because they are different than what I usually see.
The waffle blocks are scored into six sections.
The sections are easy to break apart.
Instead of six cubes, the block is flatter.
It has a waffle look to it.
They are convenient to use.
They hold two ounces of wax by weight.
They work especially well for creating your own fragrance blends.
Two or three will fit in a plug-in type warmer.
Just think of the fragrance combinations you can create!
Tobacco Caramel, Honey Almond,
Twilight Woods

I packaged some of the melts in one ounce tubs.
The tub holds 2 ounces of water by volume.
But it only holds about 1.5 ounces of wax by weight.
I filled them with one ounce of wax to make them easy to use.
The wax can be popped out right into your wax warmer.
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 Cafe Latte, Honey Almond, Oatmeal Milk and Honey
Tobacco Caramel, Mmm Mmm Mocha

I also made some melts in the traditional cube type packaging.
This is the form that I see most often.
It has six cubes per pack that break apart
(not quite as easily as the waffles in my opinion).
The cube package holds a total of 3 ounces of wax.
 Twilight Woods
The back three are waffles
The front one is the cube packaging

What type of packaging do you like?
What do you think of the fragrances?
Is there one in this lineup that sounds good to you?
I love them all.
Thanks for reading!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Rainbow Soapies

August has really flown by.
Soap orders and my teaching job have been keeping me busy.
Our soldier son is home on leave, so we have also been enjoying some quality family time.

Here are some pictures of recent rainbow creations.
Several of them have already found their way to the Plaid Peacock.

I love the colors and the mix of fruit fragrances that are put into each of these rainbows.
I hope you enjoy taking a look!

Rainbow Peeps

Rainbow Soap Pops

Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Butterfly Soap Wedding Favors

This week a bride-to-be ordered
220 butterfly soaps for wedding favors. 
That’s so exciting!
The order came in just six days before they need to be shipped.
That usually wouldn’t be a problem.
But the thing is, I have only one little butterfly mold.
It takes 10-12 minutes for each butterfly to harden.
Then it can be unmolded. 

Blue Butterfly Lineup

Doing the math kicked me into high gear.
Figuring conservatively at 4 butterflies per hour,
I need a total of 55 hours of active production.
Allowing 11 hours per day as active butterfly making hours
means I can finish them in five days.
I have a day to spare!

Wrapped and Labeled

Today is day three.
Half of the butterflies are made, wrapped, and labeled.
Dozens more are ready to be wrapped.
Production is right on schedule. 

Butterfly Collection

The bride-to-be is going to put two butterflies per organza bag.
I’m very honored to be a small part of her special day.
Purple Butterflies

I better get to it.
My timer that’s set to go off every 12 minutes is calling.

Thanks for reading!