I’m so happy to be able to write a little blurb about experiments in the studio again! I wish I had more time to do this amidst all the changes at work, but I’m happy for the occasional opportunity all the same. 🙂
So how doesÂ spirulina fare as a stable, all-natural colourant in CP soap? I reckon it does pretty well, all things considered. 🙂 Here’s what it looked like when I first sliced our Fiddler’s Green soap:
The powder itself looked a dark, deep blue-green which turned into this lovely fresh colour the day after I poured the soap into the mold.
Then 3 weeks later, this is what the colour looked like:
Not exactly stable, but still produces a good strong green. It lost most of its blue component, to take on a more mature, olive green kind of shade. Interestingly, the powder that is in the swirl on theÂ surface of the soap seems to have stayed quiteÂ prominent:
I was hoping that it would retain its strong blue-tinged green, but I’m still happy with the results all the same. For the lowestÂ layer of colour which was at its most concentrated, I used 25g of spirulina powder in about 2.6kg of raw soap (yes, that works out to be one rather expensive load of colourant for a bar ofÂ soap!)
It will be interesting to see what the colour looks like 6 months down the road. 🙂 Will try to remember to post pics when I can.
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Yesterday I was out for yet another bazaar (which I’ll blog about later), and in the rush to pack up our gear I accidentally left the tester tin of Double Duty Balm in my craft market apron.
So now I can answer the question, “What happens to a tin of Kinder Soaps’ balm if it goes through an entire cycle in a Samsung washing machine?”
And my response would be,
“Not much, actually.” (How disappointing…)
Here’s what a normal tin of balm looks like:
I keep several of these about the house, one in each of our bedrooms within easy reach of the kids.
And this is what the machine-washed balm looks like:
There was some water on the surface of the balm when I popped the lid of the tin just after fishing it out of my apron. I flicked off the moisture, then tried touching the surface. It was a little stickier than normal, but otherwise fine. It wasn’t squashy or a huge mess. I tried applying it on my skin and it felt no different than my unwashed balm.
It even smelled the same! Maybe a little fainter than usual, but there wasn’t any detectable trace of detergent on it. However the tin did receive a small dent on one side:
I give credit to the beeswax for making sure that the balm stayed intact throughout its 80-minute ride in my washing machine. I think my warm water wash reached a maximum temperature of 40Â°C, so I’d imagine that my experience would have been a bit different if it went up to 60Â°C (beeswax melts at 66Â°C).
I’m saving this ‘special’ tin for my own use. Just to see if anything happens to my skin, you know? 🙂
I tweaked and tweaked, made notes and plotted, after the first trial batch I made last month… and now I’ve arrived at a formulation for Songbird that looks set to stay (if you all enjoy breathing it in and admiring it as much as I do, that is!).
Locked down on the scent too. The virginian cedarwood, cypress, pine, eucalyptus all stayed, but I did away with the bergamot because it wasn’t really contributing much to the blend (it had faded away so much that it wasn’t really there anymore–and it’s way too expensive for me to use for now). So our study is now bursting with mildly minty, woodsy scent that definitely brings to mind a verdant, mountainous scene under a bright blue sky, populated with coniferous trees as far as the eye can see.
It’s a brief respite from the lousy haze that we have outside now, for sure!
These will be ready in time for Urbanscapes on June 16th. If you do come (and you really should, if you love all things art), I’m hoping you can follow your nose to locate my stall. :p It’ll be PACKED, for sure.
It’s amazing how things can change drastically in the course of a couple of months. Thankfully in my case, they’ve all been very, very good changes.
Six months back I was heavily pregnant with Reuben, still pottering about the kitchen making soap. I’d be cooking meals over the stove while occasionally yelling across the dining area to make sure that Brandon and Andrea were playing nice with each other.
Today I have a bubbly, bouncy Reuben whose current favourite activity is sucking at his fists, and he loves to chat. I have a handful of wholesale accounts. We have a fantastic Cambodian servant who’s great at taking care of the household chores and keeping the kids entertained (though I still have to yell across the dining area sometimes :p ). Hubby is happier than ever with work prospects.
And did I mention that Kinder Soaps now has AN OFFICE SPACE? \:D/
This shows the main front portion of the office. As you can see, it’s fully carpeted and has some really nice track spotlights overhead. Airconditioned. Those curtains waaay at the back are proper black-out ones–draw them shut and the whole space is plunged into darkness.
That’s a partition that separates the main area above from the kitchen and storage area at the back.
Fantastic built-in cupboards! With locks! I think I’ll be putting my essential oils here. The bottles are rather tall so these shelves are ideal to access them easily.
Darn it, I want to post some more but Andrea’s starting to cry in the living room–probably fighting over a toy with Brandon. >.< Will write more when I can.
At last, these unscented soap bars are ready to give your skin some serious pampering. Goats milk and honey work together to draw and retain moisture in your skin. Mild enough for babies and those with sensitive skin conditions. Hop on over to the shop for more details.
Here we are–have some fun in the shower with the Summer Fizz Soap! I originally referred to these as Sweet Orange, Rosemary and Peppermint Soap in my earlier blogpost, but that was a real mouthful. :p Hence the name change.
Read more about this skin and hair-loving bar of soap that has a scent reminiscent of fizzy lemonade over at the shop.
(Psst–if not for yourself, why not get one for mom? 😉 )
I love how this recipe turned out! Although it looks like a pretty, demure bar thanks to the subtle colouring from french red, yellow and green clays, it smells rather like a fizzy drink. Lemony Coke perhaps? Whatever your skin type I’m sure this will be a pleasure to use in the bath or shower!
But fun scent aside, there’s a very grown-up reasoning as to why I put together particular blend of essential oils. For the skin, this soap is meant to soothe skin irritation and any itchy redness (that’s where the peppermint and rosemary essential oils come in). Sweet orange essential oil is said to encourage the natural production of collagen in the skin, helping to promote youthful suppleness (but as I mentioned in an earlier post about the Tangy Lavender bar, I haven’t been able to stake this claim for myself). Apart from these skin-loving properties, the essential oils also work together to stimulate the mind (rosemary), beat back mental fatigue (peppermint) and promote a general sense of happiness and warmth (sweet orange).
Suitable for all skin types, but I would caution against using this for very young children (they’re already so stimulated–wouldn’t want to risk pushing their parents over the edge! :p )
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