Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!
Here's a soap I made last year in honor of Earth Day.
It smells like my garden in the Spring.
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Beer Soap, Part 2

If you missed the first post about beer soap,
You can find it here.
Now, for the reveal of the unmolded soap!
In this photo, you can see the beer on the bottom
And the froth on top.
I wish you could smell it.
Here it is from a slightly different angle.
Here it is right after I cut it.
I love how the edges are darker.
The difference between the beer and froth
Is very vague, but it's there.
My eyes keep getting drawn
To the edges.
Here's how it looked a day or two later.
The darker edges are less noticeable.
The contrast between the beer and froth
Is more visible.
And here it is a month later.
I'm happy that it still has the
Beer and froth look going.
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Happy Birthday, James

Our son, James, is an Army Infantryman.
He is currently deployed to Afghanistan.
He turns 21 today.
Happy Birthday, James.
This post is in honor of his 21st birthday.
Certainly it's every son's dream
To have his mom blog in his honor on his birthday.
Especially on his 21st.
Ahem. But I digress.
I'm going to tell you about the beer soap I made recently.
Hey, a guy only turns 21 once.
Let's celebrate with beer soap.
I made some beer soap a few years ago.
At the time, I couldn’t find a beer fragrance to add.
So I didn’t add any fragrance to it.
It was great soap.
It was mild and bubbly.
Bramble Berry began offering beer fragrances a while back.
This time around, I got to add beer fragrance to the soap.
I decided to try one called Oatmeal Stout.
Thus the hunt began for Oatmeal Stout beer.
I found this.
I used this post on the Soap Queen blog as a guide.
I began by boiling the beer.
Yuck. It stunk.
Once the boiled beer was room temperature,
I added the lye to the beer.
Again, yuck.
It stunk even worse!
I added the beer/lye mixture to the oils.
It actually smelled okay.
In fact, it smelled good!
It became a gorgeous caramel color.
Here I'm adding the Oatmeal Stout Fragrance.
I divided the batch into two parts.
I added Pearly White Mica from Bramble Berry  to part of the batch.
The mica lightened the base a bit.
The lighter portion was designed to be
The foamy part on top.
The darker portion was to be
The beer itself.
Here is the beer portion in the molds.
And the frothy top.
I'll show you the cut bars in another post.
In the meantime,
Happy Birthday, James.
We miss you and love you.
Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Ninja Soap

Happy April Fool's Day!
These cute little ninja soaps are no joke!
These ninja soaps have a ninja toy inside.
The soap base can be clear or colored.
Glitter can be added . . . or not.
The ninjas come in green, blue, red, orange, yellow or purple.
Wouldn't these make cute party favors?
Up for sale now in my Etsy Shop.
Thanks for reading!