Making Clay Masques

MineralClayMasqueBelow is a basic Dry Clay Mask formula/recipe for readers to begin experimenting with. Later this month, we will have a training module in PDF form on the website for purchase. This post here is simply a teaser, as the PDF has much more information, to include wet and dry clay and herbal masques.

This blog post only provides one simple dry clay masque formula, the PDF will include six dry masques, and five WET masques.
Wet Masques require more formulating care, as they can grow bacteria. Dry masques allow you to choose ingredients, package them as an anhydrous product to sell, and let the customer then choose the liquid to hydrate their masque materials. Often the choice of liquid to rehydrate with can compliment their skin type! Dry and Wet Masques, to include clay ones, are just one of the products we teach students to make at the Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp. Be sure and check for upcoming Boot Camp dates for both the rest of 2014 and Spring of 2015!

Basic Clay Mask Recipe:

Makes enough for 10 treatments

¼ C. clay of choice (suited for your skin type)
1-2 Tb. milk powders, ground oats, and/or cocoa powder (optional)
1 Tb. total other additions/herbs (optional)(these should be dried and ground fine)
4 drops essential oil (optional)

To Apply:

Makes enough for 1 facial mask

2 tsp. clay mask mix
2 tsp. water or other liquid (milk, aloe vera juice, herbal tea)

Directions:

Mix the dry mask formula and liquid to reach the desired consistency. Pull your hair back and apply evenly to your face. Let it dry for 5 minutes for sensitive skin up to 15 minutes for oily skin. Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth. Apply a homemade moisturizer.

 

Good luck and safe soap making from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

KellyValentines14Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Honey Lemon Bath Drizzle

gingerlemonhoneyHoney Lemon Bath Drizzle
2.5 oz Turkey Red Castor oil
2.5 oz Polysorbate 20
2 oz filtered honey
8 drops Lemon Essential oil

Weigh first three ingredients into a Pyrex measuring pitcher, or other microwave save bowl. Heat in the microwave until liquids are warmed and fluid. Mix well, add your Lemon Essential Oil to the scent level you like (4 – 8 drops for this tiny formula). Pour into a clear PETE bottle with a flip top or disc top cap. This mini formula makes one 8-oz bottle of Honey Lemon Bath Syrup or, as I like to call it, Honey Lemon Bath Drizzle. Instructions for use are simply use as much as desired under running tap of water.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page

We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Make your own Solid Perfume

IMG_0010Make your own Solid Perfume using this basic formula. It is very flexible, you can use it not only for a solid perfume. If you use flavor oil instead of fragrance oil, you can make this be a lip pot. If you you use infused herbs and essential oils, this can become the backbone of a salve. If you add some Titanium Dioxide, this can be a Baby Bottom Cream. This formula will even work for moisturizing Cuticles. Wonderful, huh?

The gold lid perfume jar is the Perfume I made for a 2009 Southern Soapers Swap in the old Yahoo forum.

Solid Perfume 

2 oz beeswax, bleached or natural
1 oz Jojoba oil
few drops of your favorite essential or cosmetic grade fragrance oil

Combine in a small Pyrex pitcher and microwave in 20 second bursts until the beeswax has melted into the jojoba oil. Remove while the beeswax still has tiny unmelted bits and let the hot jojoba oil finish melting the mixture. Do not overheat in the microwave, as beeswax will get hotter than the glass container.  Add fragrance oil or essential oil after your wax & oil is well mixed and begins cooling. For larger portions, use the stove top for melting your beeswax. Pour your cooling mibloominglips2xture into small, 1-oz balm tins.

Have fun adapting this formula. Don’t be shy about changing out the oils or the type of wax you use. This is what makes a product your own, as well as teaches you from trial and error what works for you and your business. The orange & pink lip pots are Swinging Stackable pots from Qosmedix . We used oil based FD&C pigments for our lip tints. Soapalooza will be bringing back the lip tints later in 2014 also!

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page

We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

My Saponified Life – Frozen Dead Soap

PirateSoapToday I made the rounds of the Nederland, Colorado stores. I was accompanying my daughter as she made her wholesale soap stock exchange. We stocked Dandelion Fine Art & Gifts with a limited specialty selection of Frozen Dead Soaps for the upcoming weekend Frozen Dead Guy Days. These special skull, bone, cannabis leaf, and dancing bear soaps will be available only at Dandelion or the Nederland Visitor Center. I really enjoyed seeing the variety of soap makers products in this tourist town as we made our way through the stores filled with talented local artist’s creations.

Nederland is like a modern day Amsterdam. Nederland decriminalized marijuana several years ago, long before Colorado’s Prop 64. There are between 8 to 10 medical marijuana dispensaries vs one grocery store. Everything is locally owned, no chains, and is strictly an entrepreneur’s town. Breweries, dispensaries, local artisans are in such close proximity that you really don’t even need a car. There is a bus line going from Boulder to Nederland and Nederland to the ski resort on fairly regular basis, or travelers can hitch hike with friendly residents.

During the soap stock exchange today, I recognized some of the other soap maker brands. At Dandelion Fine Art & Gifts, not only did we see Nederland Naturals soap, I saw soap by Spinster Sisters (Golden, CO), and The Mod Cabin (Lafayette, CO). In other shops around town I recognized Sad Cat Soap Company, Mountain Moon Glow Candles (Nederland, CO), The Pampered Pioneer (a private label by an actual soap friend), Ostara Organics (Longmont, CO), and The Clean Get Away Soap Company (Denver, CO).

I had not believed my daughter when she told me I really did not need a car while in Ned. The thought of being on foot all day, every day, for week was just too much for me though, so I had a rental car arranged. The first day here in Ned, we just went out and about with stroller exploring, getting lunch, and generally site seeing in town. The baby slept most of the duration, lulled to sleep by the rhythmic jostling of the stroller. It was a fun, and easy to maneuver outing with us toting along all the accoutrements needed when going out with an infant and conducting some business in a few of the local cafe’s like Salto, and the Train Cars.

Last night however, a foot of snow fell so we loaded up the car this morning and drove to a central location in downtown Nederland. That’s where we attended the Baby Story Time at the Nederland Community Library, afterward strolling across the street to The Business Connection for a full color label print. After printing the Frozen Dead Soap labels we returned to our car where we proceeded to label all the soaps that were intended for Dandelion. We dropped the soaps off and visited two more shops to check stock, then went down to the Nederland US Post Office where my daughter mailed off a few Etsy soap orders. We then stopped by the feed store and purchased pine tar for the upcoming Mountain Man Pine Tar Soap, but stopped off at that only grocery store for the few items we needed for dinner.

We took a time out for lunch and hot tea at the Blue Owl after stocking a fresh round of hemp seed oil soaps at the Mountain Peoples Co Op, scented with Soapalooza’s own Truly Patchouli and Wicked Ganja! My daughter used the interlude to catch our breath, feed the baby, catch up on email, and manage some custom orders in her Etsy store.

At this point, I was having traumatic flashbacks of when I had three children under the age of 5 years, shuffling them in and out of coats, mittens, and car seats and into strollers, in a town where it was impossible to get really anywhere without a car. I was convinced that not only was it easy to do pretty much all you need to do in Nederland on foot, but glad that we were not waking a baby up from a car seat nap, folding & unfolding a stroller, and loading and reloading as we drove 40 to 150 feet every 30 to 45 minutes. The idea of coaxing a wriggling 14 lb sack of potatoes into a happy state after being woke up from a car seat nap every 45 minutes is mentally exhausting, and I am convinced would have been more physically exhausting than simply walking and pushing a stroller loaded to the gills with soap and computers.

Tonight I am teaching my daughter how to use the Low Temperature soap making method with her new Mountain Man Pine Tar Soap. Last night we poured her very popular Mountain Woman Soap, both exclusively available at the Mountain Man Outdoor Store in Nederland, Co. You can download a Pine Tar Soap Class PDF from Soaplooza to learn how to make this also!

Now that the baby is sleeping, I am teaching my daughter a few more Melt & Pour techniques to make Pirate Soaps for the Renaissance Woman costume & gift shop Friday.

Good luck and safe soap making from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

KellyValentines14Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Birthday Party Ideas for Kids!

PrintYesterday I was processing files from over 10 years worth of teaching various types of soap and cosmetics classes in my forums and private consulting. Materials spread out over three hard drives and 8 thumb drives! It has been something I’ve been planning to tackle for a few years. Consolidation and compilation of all my soap and cosmetics training materials!

The daunting part is tying not to confuse myself between open file folders across the couple of thumb drives a particular document might be re-saved with a different date! Thank goodness I had the foresight to actually date my files when I saved them on a new location!

Not everyone can manage to come spend a day or two with Kelly, sadly!  I would love to have you all here, laughing and cutting up as we make soap or cosmetics together. But I realize that with jobs, family, and expenses of being away from your own businesses, that often training workshops are not easy to get away and attend.

The Soapalooza 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camp, and the Soapalooza 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp are doing phenomenally! These workshops have been SO MUCH FUN to give and participate in! I will be adding a weekend session for both each month, straddling the holiday’s that teachers and students are off from school also!

The Skype Classes are also fun! We have had a huge response to the Labeling De Mystified Conference Call / Skype format class. I will adding my Preservative Class next to the Skype format, as well as the PDF Training format.

For those that just can not attend our classes and workshops, I have started uploading workshops and training materials as PDF’s that students can purchase and download. All the PDF Training products will be located in the Soapalooza E-University store category.

The first PDF Training document for sale in the store is the Master Batch Soap Making Techniques. It includes the slides from the 2010 HSCG Conference presentation I did in Denver, Colorado, as well as 14 pages of step by step instructions on setting up your soap production to handle several thousand bars of soap manufacturing per week. The PDF includes how to master batch your lye solution, soap formula, how to adjust your lye solutions, and many more Master Batch Technique tips.

soapalooza_inviteI had an other brainstorm too! I have a really cool PDF Birthday Party Invitation from when Soapalooza hosted children’s Birthday Parties at our Hampton, VA retail store.

I learned that after 5 children of my own, it is more fun to teach mothers to orchestrate their own children’s Birthday Parties than me doing it in the studio or at their homes! So, I am making the Soapalooza Birthday Party Invitation Fillable PDF available FREE on the Soapalooza website! You can put it in the shopping cart and then you can download it for free. The really cool thing about this PDF is that you can EDIT it with your child’s name and party location, then print it. You can download the PDF, save it to your computer, and use it and share it!

NicholasBday1bOver the next few days I will be adding a few fun ideas for Birthday Party soap activities also! Your children and their friends will be fighting to get into the tub first!

Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good luck and safe soap making from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Super Bowl Soap (2 Color Swirling)

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/This first one we are showing is the colors of the Miami Dolphins team, turquoise and orange. We used Hydrated Chromium Oxide for the turquoise and Orange Oxide for the orange swirl. We got a ‘marbled’ look as we did a “in the pot swirl” for a small batch.
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/You will need to take care not to infringe upon any football teams names, logos, trademarks etc when marketing and selling. For the die hard football fans, just having soap in their guest bathrooms for their football watching buddies to use in their FAVORITE football team colors will be the selling point!
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/We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Want to be a Melt & Pour Soap Pro?

Little Helper

Little HelperBe A Pro At Melt & Pro Soap


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  1. MELT – Melt your soap base using your microwave. Any microwave safe bowl will work, but our preference has become a Pyrex mixing bowl because it has a natural pouring spout. If using your microwave, melt your base in short 1 minute intervals. You can also use a crock pot on the low setting, or a double boiler type pan on your stove top (put heat on med low).
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  3. COLOR & SCENT- Once your soap is melted you have a world of creativity at your finger tips! Select a colorant to tint your soap. We do not suggest using Food Colors, as these dyes will “bleed” if you make two color soaps. Non Bleeding pigments are best for Melt & Pour Soaps as the color stays “true” and also stays “put” in your soap creation. Now add a fragrance oil to your soap mixture. A good starting place is 1/4 oz of fragrance oil per 1 lb of Melt & Pour base. You can always add more if you like. You can also use essential oils instead of soap fragrance if you prefer. Open your spice cabinet and try adding small amounts of herbs or spices to your creations also! When you finished designing your soap creation just pour the still liquid soap mixture into a mold or container of choice. When your soap creation hardens, it will pop right out of your mold.
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Make Blackberries & Sage Swirl Soap

Learn to Swirl, brownie pan style!

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  • 11 oz water
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  • 2 oz Soapalooza Blackberries & Sage fragrance oil
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It has been busy!

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2013


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/And there has been much to be Thankful for this Season. I hope that you had a Thanksgiving that included friends and families, and that they were able to stop and really enjoy your families.
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Wicked Ganja Shampoo Bar recipe

Cold Process Herbal Soap

Wicked Ganja Shampoo Bar (Cold Process)


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