In Case You Haven’t Heard-The Conservatorie Is Having A Sale!

The Conservatorie only has a few sales a year, and I stocked up during their St. Patrick Day Sale, but I wanted to pass this offer on in case you haven’t heard.  They are one of my favorite suppliers for micas….lots of beautiful colors.

This code is only valid on Monday 09/01/2014 (PST), and it will save you 20% on your order.  LABORDAY

Have a great Labor Day!

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Mantra Swirled Soap Using The Great Soap Shop Straight Dividers

In addition to the Hanger Swirl tool I purchased from Great Soap Shop, I also purchased their Straight Dividers set that can be used for both mantra and Taiwan swirl designs.

For this first soap, I attempted to use Kenya of Modern Soap Making’s modified mantra swirl, and I say attempted since my internal swirl did not look anything like swirls on her bars.  They still turned out ok though since soap is very forgiving, and as long as you don’t over swirl it and make a big grey mess of the colors, most of the time the swirls still look interesting.    I think the soap might have looked better if I had moved the hanger tool through the middle and bottom layers more, but  I was worried about messing up the top layer and destroying the mantra swirl.

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I wanted this soap to have a unisex appeal, so I balanced the sweet scent of the lime and orange, with peppery petitgrain and a touch of lavender essential oils, and I decided to use subdued colors with varying amounts of gray.

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For the next batch of mantra swirl soap, I wanted to change it up a bit, and I did an ITP swirl at medium trace filling mold about 2/3 of the way full.  Next I partially inserted the dividers and poured the individual colors on top to make 3 separate blocks of color necessary for the mantra swirl.  After removing the dividers, I very carefully spooned the rest of the soap batter into mold so that the mold was almost full and then did the mantra swirl as normal.  I wanted this batch to be a bright and sunny contrast to the previous subdued batch so I used very sparkly white, yellow, and pink micas, and a blend of orange, lime, lemon, and litsea cubeba essential oils.

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These dividers are very flexible in allowing you to make one design on the inside of your bars, but still do a traditional mantra swirl on the top of your bars.  My favorite part-no more holding cardboard!  🙂

My New Hanger Swirl Toy From Great Soap Shop-Part 2 Updated

This post was updated with the picture of the rest of the batch.

I did another batch last night using my new hanger swirl tool from Great Soap Shop.  I poured this one this one at thin-medium trace with 5 colors-black, pink, orange, blue, and green. I alternated black between each color to make the colors pop.

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Here is the rest of the batch cut 3 days later.  The black is more visible now that the vanilla is starting to darken. I hid the brown of the vanilla EO’s with activated charcoal.100_1558

I really like the way the colors swirl together using her tool.

Next I’m considering trying Kenna of Modern Soap Making’s technique of Modified Mantra Soap Swirl since I also purchased the soap dividers Great Soap Shop for my Brambleberry 10″ silicone mold.  So maybe there will be a part 3 to this post soon.

 

My New Hanger Swirl Toy From Great Soap Shop

Last year I found some cool bakery/kitchen utensils from Michael’s, and I’ve used several of them make a hanger swirl in my soaps, and they’ve worked great to make a kind of “smokey” swirl.  They were less then $10 at the time.

This was poured at thin-medium trace.

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This was poured at just emulsified consistency.  Same utensil just different pour consistency.

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Although I really like the smokey look both of these soaps, I saw several different beautiful soaps swirled using the hanger swirl tool from Great Soap Shop. The tools are made by the husband of Michelle, owner of Great Soap Shop, and if you’ve read my blog before, you know how I love to support other small/family owned businesses.   So of course, I was anxious to get one, and try it out.  Michelle and I emailed back and forth a few times, and she is very pleasant and easy to work with-always a good sign when you are ordering from someone on-line.  I ordered the tool on Tuesday, and it was delivered to me on Saturday.   Here is Michelle’s YouTube video on using this tool.

I’ve made one batch using it so far, and I was really happy with the swirls.  I poured this batch at emulsified consistency since it’s a spicy Chia Tea soap, and it tends to set up pretty fast with the clove and cinnamon EO’s.

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Here you can see the little marks where I used the hanger tool.

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And the final soap.

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I only cut 4 bars from the loaf (Brambleberry’s 10 in silicone mold) since I made the soap only 20 hours ago, and it been my experience in the past, any bars cut before 48 hours develop a lot of ash, but I wanted to cut these so I could show you how the tool works.

I plan to make a citrus EO’s batch tonight and pour it at thin-medium trace to see how different the swirls look.

I now have two different ways to do the hanger swirl, and I really like the look of soap swirled with kitchen bakery utensils and the new hanger swirl tool from Great Soap Shop. They show how different tools can really affect how the hanger swirl looks in soap.

 

We’re Having A BIG SALE!

I wanted to take this opportunity to say, “Thank you all for your support!” You have been so kind to tell all your family and friends how much you love Evelyn Rose Soaps, and with your support, we have grown our Facebook following by over 100 likes in less than three months.

So show our appreciation for your support, we are having a BIG SALE! Now through the end of the month, use code FBTHANKYOU to save 25% off your entire purchase of $20 or more at our Etsy store (excludes shipping), and you will also receive 2 FREE lip balms with your order.

Also, if you haven’t yet “liked” our Facebook  page, check it out and see what you think.  It’s the best way to stay up to date on our happenings and sales.  We always post everything to Facebook first.

Thank you again!

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Easy DIY deodorant recipe

If you are like me, you have been disappointed in other natural deodorant products you have tried.  I have bought everyone I could find, and none of them worked.  I also tried numerous DIY recipes that included varying amounts of baking soda which gave me horrible rashes.   I don’t like or care to use many of the ingredients in traditional deodorants so after a couple of years of research, and experimentation, I came across a recipe that actually WORKS…eureka!!!

This recipe is a liquid deodorant (not antiperspirant), and I had planned to sell this in a roller ball applicator (remember when deodorant was sold in those), but I was unable to find a manufacture that sells the roller ball applicator container in any size larger than .5 oz (for lip gloss) so I decided to give you the recipe so you can make it yourself.  This is very easy, and you don’t have to be a soap maker to do it.

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8 oz Rose Water                                                                                                                   3/4 tsp alum powder

Shake until all alum crystals are incorporated. This may take a couple of days of periodic shaking, and the mix may stay cloudy.

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As long as you don’t add any water, you will not need to add preservatives.

Now alum is not the same thing as aluminum.  Alum (I used McCormicks that I got at the grocery store for less than $4) is a NATURAL salt (not the metal compound of aluminum) that is used for pickling and if you have ever used the deodorant rocks, you used a large alum crystal.  I never liked the rock deodorants since they never worked for me ( I don’t think wetting them devolves enough of the crystal to coat my underarms and keep the stink away), and I find the large rock crystals are really abrasive.  Here are 2 great articles if you want to learn more about alum. http://chemistry.about.com/od/moleculescompounds/f/What-Is-Alum.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alum

For the non-soap makers, Rose Water can be obtained from most health food stores, Whole Foods, and Amazon. Just be careful to find one that is alcohol free & free of synthetic fragrance oils since the underarm area is very sensitive. Many Rose Waters also contain glycerin, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, and/or gluconolactone as preservatives, and these are all very gentle paraben free preservatives that I use in my own products.  They are also the only ones that don’t give my kids horrible eczema rashes so I feel fine in saying they work well on sensitive skin.  As far as anything else in the Rose Water, I would not personally recommend it, but I would encourage you to research the other ingredients and use your judgement.

For the soap makers, great Rose Water can be obtained at Brambleberry or WSP.  I have used both of these and really like them.  Other soap supply companies sell floral waters too, but I haven’t tried them.  You can also try other floral waters.  I just had Rose Water on hand since I make a Rose lotion.  I haven’t tried BB’s deodorant additive, but that is another thing you could try if desired.  This has worked great for me so I haven’t needed any additive yet.

This recipe is for personal use only.  I decided against selling it only because I could not find the right applicator.  I wanted the roll-on bottle, but I settled for a spray bottle.  My concern was someone might spray it into their eyes and sue me.

It works best wiped on.  Give the bottle a shake, spray it on a cotton square/ball or your hands and then apply to your underarms.   I found this works for me for at least 24 hours.

Want to get some FREE lip balm???

I haven’t posted on my blog in so long, I figured you guys deserved to get some free stuff. Here’s how.

Evelyn Rose Soaps will be at Taste of Douglasville at O’Neal Plaza in downtown Douglasville this Saturday May 17th from 1-5 pm.   This will be a great family friendly event with free concerts, free children’s activities, and so many great local vendors and restaurants.  This event is also a major fundraiser for the Douglas County Arts Council’s many community events including their children’s summer and spring break art camps. Dougalsville is easily accessible to most of the Atlanta metro area via I-20 and is about 15 minutes west of Six Flags.

Our booth is A2 across from the MainStage and next to Kaylee’s Bows & Accessories.

We will have lots of great soaps, gift baskets and sets, lotion bars, Dead Sea Salt Scrubs, and lip balms.  We are also currently testing some new certified 100% natural lip balm “flavors”(they add scent but no taste), and I made 4 new lip balms today with 4 new recipes.  The next 20 customers who make a purchase from either my Etsy Store or at the Taste of Douglasville event will receive one free lip balm with their order/purchase. Don’t forget to ask me, and I’ll let you pick which one you get, but this offer is limited to the next 20 customers to make a purchase.

Clear lip balms are Passion Fruit.

Burgundy lip balms are Guava (smells like yummy bananas to me).

Bubblegum pink lip balms are Bubble Gum, of course!  🙂

Pink lip balms are Raspberry.

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Make sure to “like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on our latest product and specials.   I have a few more natural lip balm flavors I will be testing this summer, and I will post the next sampling opportunity to Facebook.

We will also have a selection of clearance soaps that will be 50% off.

I hope to see you there.