Happy Thanksgiving!

Little Helper


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/I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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/I am so glad I moved to Richmond, VA in September this year. I’ve been opening up a new Soapalooza! Soap Arts Studio in the downtown area. I have classes and events scheduled in one of the art galleries as well, with two others pending. The studio is small, but it is in a great location. You can find us by appointment at the Crossroads Art Center on Staples Mill Road, Richmond VA.
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/Plus, the satellite locations expand our space by about 5x the home based studio.
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/We are making a small line of soaps for sale locally here in Richmond. We also manufacture soap for others.
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/When I had the studio in Hampton, back when I owned Southern Soapers, I kept wishing I could launch the studio in Richmond instead. Hampton just did not have the client base, so it languished. The manufacturing side of the business can be anywhere, but the studio requires a busy artsy area to flourish. Richmond is awesome, with several liberal arts colleges, it is a prime place!
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/In any case, I will be selling supplies locally to people we teach soapmaking to. The original plan was for Soapalooza to sell Southern Soapers fragrances and extend Denise’s reach and client base, but we can’t do that now.
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/Stay tuned… it will be fun. You can see the websites here:
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/Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio: http://www.soapalooza.com/
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/The Blog: http://www.soapalooza.com/blog/
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/If you have any questions, shoot me an email.
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/Kelly Bloom / CEO
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/BloomWorks Holdings, LLC
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/http://www.bloomworksllc.com/

320 Hull Street, Studio 103, Richmond VA 23224

Soapalooza! Soap Arts Studio

Soapalooza! Soap Arts Studio


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/You will find us at the ArtWorks Gallery, just South of the river downtown. There is free parking on 4th Street also! Move in date is December 1, 2012 after a 2 year hiatus and move from the Hampton Roads area. We will have a Grand Opening for the new location later on one of the Friday ArtWorks Gallery events. We are incredibly excited and look forward to designing some amazing classes, services, and products to introduce to Richmond.

What is the difference between Melt & Pour and Cold Process soap?

What is the difference between Melt & Pour and Cold Process soap?
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Stars & Stripes M&P soap

Stars & Stripes M&P soap


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/Melt & Pour soaps are usually made from a detergent formulated, cleansing cosmetic base. The handcrafted industry has a few SLS free and all natural choices in this category of base, but the common denominator here is that this a lathering base that simply requires melting and pouring into your desired shape. You of course get to color, scent, and artistically design with it. Melt & Pour is often abbreviated to M&P. It is safe for children, as no caustic solutions are needed. There is no limit to the artistic creations you can create with M&P bases. They are fun, have a useful purpose, if you flub up you can remelt and make something else quite easily. Many soapmakers work exclusively with only Melt & Pour soap bases.The example above shows red and blue colored M&P bases cut out into star shapes using household cookie cutters. The pieces of stars are later embedded into partially setting up plain white M&P soap base. This example uses red and blue FD&C dyes for vibrant color. Easy and fun!
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Stars & Stripes Cold Process Soap

Stars & Stripes Cold Process Soap


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/Cold Process soap is the natural reaction that occurs when oils, butters, or hard fats are mixed with a caustic solution. Very much like the pioneer soaps of old, these soap techniques have become highly refined into an art form as the ability to fine tune the saponification process has developed. Today’s natural Cold Process soaps allow us to custom design the soap to manifest varying types of lather and hardness due to the mixtures and ratios of hard and liquid oils and fats used. You will find magnificent natural Cold Process soaps using specialty ingredients such as Almond oil, Babassu oil, Virgin Coconut oil, Hempseed oil, Mango butter, Kapanga butter, as well as goat milk, herbs and other botanicals, essential oils, and cosmetic grade or naturally derived fragrance oils. The artisan potential with Cold Process soapmaking requires a bit more science and safety than Melt & Pour soap however due to the caustic solution used to react with the oils.The example above shows how CP soap can be artistically manipulated in many ways similiar to M&P. This example uses all natural Red Reef Clay and natural Indigo for the more subdued red and blue hues, since the soap itself is also natural. Still easy, and a LOT of fun!