Recycling Your Amber Glass Bottles

Amber-Glass-BottleIf you make soap, than chances are you have a stash of fragrant, but empty amber glass bottles. Here is a way to clean and deodorize them so that you can use them for fragrance oils that arrive in HDPE plastic bottles.

What you will need:

Dawn Dish Detergent, coarse salt (kosher, sea salt, even regular table salt will work in a pinch), hot water, a regular household dishwasher.

  1. Fill empty amber glass bottles 1/4 full with hot water.
  2. Add several tablespoons of coarse salt to each bottle .
  3. Add approximately 1 teaspoon of Dawn Dish detergent to each bottle.
  4. Cap and shake well for about 15 seconds.
  5. Uncap, finish filling each bottle with hot tap water, leaving 1″ head space. Recap.
  6. Shake well and let these bottles sit overnight.
  7. Rinse well next day. Rinse until water runs clear from each bottle. Set upside down in top rack of dishwasher.
  8. Separate the clear cones from the black caps. Place cap portions in separate sections of the silverware holder in your dishwasher.
  9. Run dishwasher on the hottest setting with the hot dry cycle. This heat will burn off any residual odors and fully sanitize your bottles.
  10. Set cooled bottles right side up to cool and allow any remaining moisture to evaporate. Do not use for several days to ensure any remaining moisture has evaporated.
  11. Set caps and cones on paper towels on a paper plate and allow any residual moisture to also evaporate before putting cones back into caps.

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!

KellyJan2014Kelly 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!

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!

Chocolate Decadence Milk Bath

4 c NatrasorbChocSpa
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/4 c powdered Goat Milk
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/1 cup fine grain salt
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/1/2 c citric acid
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/1/2 to 3/4 c SLSA
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/1 c oat flour (optional)
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/3T Chocolate fragrance
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/Spritz Chocolate fragrance on Natrasorb then add the remaining ingredients until blend is smooth and dry.
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/Oat flour adds to the humectants properties and citric aids in the dispersion to create a luxurious and silky chocolate scented Milk Bath. Non staining and Calorie Free!
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/I will be teaching students to make this and the Chocolate Facial Mask later this month at the Richmond studio.
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/This fun facial mask formulation was developed by Andree Terry of Essential Soaps Inc.

Chocolate Moisture Mask

chocolatemask1-207x300Chocolate Moisture Mask
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/3/4 oz HIGH QUALITY chocolate chips
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/.3 oz of oil of choice (three tenths)
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/1% of total weight Liquapar Optima or Germaben IIE
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/Chocolate Truffle fragrance oil
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/Combine chocolate chips, butter choice, and oil choice
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/melted, allowing these first three ingredients to finish
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/melting outside the oven while gently stirring.
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/Add Polysorbate and preservative while continuing to stir and then add drops of Chocolate Truffle fragrance oil
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/to boost the fragrance. Scent to desired strength. Pour into container of choice (I use one oz for Point Of Purchase (retail storefront) and this retails for $12 each 1 oz container. Makes 6 or more facial masks. Recipe can be doubled as many times as needed to
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/Customers love this Chocolate Moisture Mask on the face, neck, and backs of the hands.
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/This product rinses easily due to the polysorbate in the formula, and leaves a wonderful
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/chocolate smell on the skin. This recipe also adapts perfectly for an oil based (anhydrous)
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Moving into a Larger Warehouse!


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/Southern Soapers is moving into larger digs! We are slowly moving the fragrance drums and ingredient barrels (and boxes) over from our small warehouse facility and into a 7,500 square foot building. What is really amazing is that 1,500 of this space is pure retail storefront! This separate retail space is where we will be setting up our new Soapalooza Studio! Stay tuned! We will be sharing photos as we transition into the new facility.
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/Note: This is a previous blog post from my former Southern Soapers Supplies blog. All copyrighted materials, to include fragrance descriptions, fragrance images, www.southernsoapers.com website content, classroom instructional materials, etc remain the intellectual property of BloomWorks Holdings, LLC and Kelly Bloom. BloomWorks Holdings LLC distributes the former Southern Soapers fragrances and copyrighted materials.