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!

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!

Soapalooza is using QR Codes Now

QRCodeSoapalooza is going to be using some QR codes for local advertising, and also for a few outgoing coupons that we include with this year’s soap gatherings. Don’t worry, we will put the regular coupon information on the back also!

I am so excited about this addition to our advertising methods though. I often drive around in Richmond, VA and I notice these scattered ALL over different local advertising brochures, restaurant advertising, theater information, even some of the schools are using them!

DoorMagnet1Once I noticed these QR codes I got really curious… what were they used for? So, I downloaded a QR reader to my Iphone and started scanning! That is when the fun started! Some codes are advertisements, some are slogans, some are feel good perky comments, and many are “like me on Facebook”, and some just point to their websites (bands, restaurants, local biz). One even said “2 Margarita’s for the price of 1 during Happy Hour!“.  I loved it though! It is like an Easter Egg Hunt

Soapalooza will be driving around in the Williamsburg, Richmond, and Petersburg area in the white XJS Jaguar with Soapalooza signage that has QR Codes! I will be wearing my pink sunhat, big black sunglasses, and my blonde hair flying in the wind! You will need to scan that code to see what the Soapalooza QR Code says!

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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 Soapmaking 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!

Labeling Demystified Skype Workshop + Free Label Templates

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Labeling…. What, How, & Help!

Do you have a great soap or bath & body product to sell, only feel held up by your labeling? Not sure what needs to be on your label and where? How do you list your ingredients? Who are the Label Police? Would you like the Cliff Notes Workshop on product labeling? Would you like access to hundreds of label templates that cover everything from solid perfume, lip balms, lotions, hair conditioner, shampoo, natural soap, sugar scrubs, and even candles?

I used to own a full service soap company, that also made all these products. My BloomWorks Soap Company grew so large that I needed to purchase unique fragrances in 10 lb and 25 lb increments. Occasionally, I sold off some of my fragrance oils when I was switching to new fragrances in my business. When the Army put my family in a holding phase, my entire soap studio was locked up in storage… for almost a year. I had no place to make large quantities of soap for the first 9 months in Virginia! I started the Southern Soapers fragrance & supply business during this time. For a few years I juggled both the supply business and managed a handful of wholesale boutique spa accounts in the Virginia Beach area.

SIGN UP HERE at the store … This class is $10 off for the first few times I am giving it! This is a SKYPE CLASS. You can do this class from your own home with me!

I don’t use my old BloomWorks Soap Company product labels any more… but I have saved every one of them. I have them in Avery Design Pro, Office Word, Publisher, and Office PowerPoint formats. After a few years break from manufacturing, I have found my old templates incredibly useful in setting up all my NEW product labels for my new Savon & Bain products. I realized, that often we just need a template to unzip our own creativity and get things flowing. I know my old label templates will give you that same starting point to create your own uniquely branded labels also!

On Sunday, Feb 23 at 7 – 10 pm and Wednesday, Feb 26 at 2 – 5 pm I am going to hold “Labeling Demystified Skype Workshops”. There are two dates in March listed in the store also. Those that attend will also be invited to a special label folder in my Dropbox so that you can access the many, many label templates in my stash. My labels are all organized by product type, so there are folders for perfume, soap, lotion, hair conditioner, creams, scrubs, balms, etc. You name it, it is there. All files can be downloaded and edited. Some products have round labels for low profile jar tops. There are the 1″ tall wrap around labels for the low profile jars. There are 2 piece front & back labels for bullet bottles. There are vertical soap band labels, and horizontal soap band labels. There are labels for every product BloomWorks ever sold!

SIGN UP HERE at the store … This class is $10 off for the first few times I am giving it! This is a SKYPE CLASS. You can do this class from your own home with me!

The gallery of photos at the bottom of this blog post show the many, many labels that I will be providing free with this class. There are many more. You can down load what you need, leave what you don’t.

In addition to the label templates, I will be teaching the nuts and bolts of product labeling. You will learn about what goes on the Primary Display Panel. What goes on the back of the label. I will be teaching about weights on your labels, fragrance vs essential oils and various listing methods. I will be discussing the “what goes in vs what comes out” methods of listing Soap ingredients. I will be discussing what the FPLA requires on your labels, the difference between soap labeling, cosmetic labeling, and drug labeling requirements.

Those taking this Skype workshop will be able to email or phone me to any follow up clarifications also. I will be directing you to various labeling resource links to get further education also.

Gallery of BloomWorks and custom branded and labeled products

SIGN UP HERE at the store … This class is $10 off for the first few times I am giving it! This is a SKYPE CLASS. You can do this class from your own home with me!

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SIGN UP HERE at the store … This class is $10 off for the first few times I am giving it! This is a SKYPE CLASS. You can do this class from your own home with me!

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 Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, a Passion, and an Addiction!

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!

Congrats to Jenn Broda of Lea’s Luxuries

BizInsuranceCongrats to Jenn Broda of Lea’s Luxuries for renewing their HSCG Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!

Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them. Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.

Congrats to Allison Nichole Handmade Bath & Body

BizInsuranceCongrats to Allison Nichole of Handmade Bath & Body for renewing their HSCG Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!

Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them. Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.

Soap Calc for your Iphone

I just found a lye calculator that I am having fun with on my Iphone. Thought I would share it with you. There is currently a FREE version of Soap Calc to use, then if you like it you can upgrade to the Soap Calc Pro version. That gets rid of all the ads as well as gives more functionality, including the ability to email the recipe to any address you want. I’m still playing with it, so have just touched what it can or can not do. I do need to MUTE that music though…. just sayin’.

It seems to operate very much like the online SoapCalc at SoapCalc.net, only I am not sure if there is any affiliation of not yet. I have to email Ken Bowers and ask him later today. You can adjust your superfat/lye discount, your water, and all the oils are in this Iphone/Ipad app version.

Here are a few screen shots of the SoapCalc Pro in work:

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The apps work in both my Iphone and my Ipad also, which is nice! Of course, my go to online calculator still remains Ken Bower’s famous Soap Calc at SoapCalc.net

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 Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, a Passion, and an Addiction!

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!

Basic Cold Process Soapmaking Class / Workshop Jan 30, 2014

Meet with Soapalooza at the Williamsburg soapmaking studio this Thurs, January 30 for a Basic Process Soapmaking Class!

Two Sessions available, 11 am to 2 pm, and a later session at 4 pm to 7 pm.

Just bring yourself! We provide all your supplies and ingredients, plus give you hands on supervision and send you away with instructions to make soap on your own!

*** Limited spaces available! See the webcart for sign up***

Hurry, we would love to have you join in our adventure and fun this coming Tues, Jan 28.

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 Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, a Passion, and an Addiction!

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!

Congrats to Darlene Kelley of Shadow Wings Farms

BizInsuranceCongrats to Darlene Kelley of Shadow Wings Farms for renewing their HSCG Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!

Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them. Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.

To Gel or Not to Gel

tallanimeBORDER-240x120The Effect of Starting Temps when Soapmaking
By Kelly Bloom

Why Make Ungelled Soap?
Less heat build up in your soap mold means that the more fragile, or volatile elements of your expensive essential oils, do not get lost to the intense heat that gel stage creates. Did you know the internal temperature of a batch of soap in full gel stage can exceed 240 degrees? This heat can not only burn off the lighter components of essential oil and fragrance oil, but also scorch the proteins in milk. By keeping temps lower, you have lighter colored milk soaps. You don’t have to overcompensate with scent materials, and can save money using less essential oil or fragrance oil. Esthetically, ungelled soap has a very fine, smooth texture. This is because the molecules are moving so S L O W L Y during saponification that they line up ‘dress right dress’ like little soldiers.

Try the following experiment:
Rub your hands together in a hurried fashion. Feel that warmth? Now rub your hands together very slowly. No heat, right? This is the same principle occurring when you start making Cold Process soap with warm lye and warm oil mixtures. The friction of fast moving molecules builds up to a mass in the center of the mold, resulting in the batch going into ‘gel stage’. If your batch gets too hot, it will result in something we refer to as a soap volcano! By using lower starting lye and oil temps, you constrain the speed the molecules are moving at, thereby limiting the build up of excess heat, and avoid gel stage.

This is what Gel does. Heats from Center to Edge. Avoid this in Milk Soaps.

This is what Gel does. Heats from Center to Edge. Avoid this in Milk Soaps.

Nag Champa soap in Gel Stage
You are looking at a photo of a batch of my swirled Nag Champa soap, poured about 2 hours before this photo was taken. Right now, this batch is in gel stage, but not quite spread to the outermost edges. The mass of soap is having an exothermic reaction, heat is building up as oil and lye molecules are moving about creating friction and transforming into soap. Gel stage starts in the center of the mold, and moves in an outward manner. Eventually, if full gel stage is reached, the entire batch will change to the slightly darker shade that you see almost to the edges of this batch. Sometimes a batch will stay at this point, not enough heat gets generated to extend the exothermic reaction all the way to the mold edges and corners. If you see your batch stopping in a “partial” gel, you can push it the rest of the way by setting your mold in a 170 degree oven for a few hours. External heat will allow the edges, or ‘rind’ of ungelled soap to move toward the rest of the gelled mass.

Tropical-Fruit-SlicesUngelled Tropical Fruit Slices
Next, we have a photo of a batch of yellow & orange swirled Tropical Fruit Slices soap, which was made with lower starting temps. The Tropical Fruit Slices fragrance oil has a high ratio of Grapefruit essential oil in it, which has some very volatile, or fragile top notes. Lower temps and avoiding gel stage allow this fragrance to remain true and strong in the finished soap. I love to use this technique for all my citrus essential oils also. In this second batch using lower temperatures, the base oils were about 75 – 78 degrees, previously mixed, melted, and then cooled. You will need to have at least 40% loose oils to have a cool base oils formula that is still a mixable slurry when 75 – 80 degrees. The lye solution was cooled to 50 – 60 degrees. This batch was mixed very cool, and experienced a temporary “False Trace” where the cold lye solution hits the cool base oils and thickens up initially. The soap mixture quickly loosens up again though as the lye and oils start to react and create friction and heat. Continue mixing as usual, moving right through that false trace. Pour into mold, set into your freezer or refrigerator with no insulation around the mold. (yes, your soap will still saponify, albeit a slower rate, even in the freezer).
gelled-and-ungelled-moondanceherbalUngelled Moondance & Gelled Moondance
The pink bar of Moondance herbal soap on the Left below shows where only partial gel occurred in the mold. The upper edge and the rounded right upper corner is more opaque than the lower portion of the soap. The pink bar of Moondance herbal soap on the Right below shows the same formula, same essential oils, duplicate batch made in similar mold. Full gel was achieved by soaping with higher oil and lye solution temps. No “rind effect” like seen on the bar to the Left. Notice that ungelled soap is more opaque than fully gelled soap. (the lower corners of our batches were rounded because this photo is from when we still used shower curtains cut to fit the mold as our liner, we did not get the perfect corners that the silicon lined molds in the photos give us now. The rounded corners were the lower portion of the mold where the liner did not get flush into the mold corners).

gelled-and-ungelled-eucalyptusherbalUngelled Eucalyptus & Gelled Eucalyptus
This Eucalyptus herbal soap was made in two batches. Batch on the left did not go through gel stage. Batch on the Right went through full gel stage. Notice how you can use gel stage, or lack of gel stage, to obtain different soap effects. I like soaps with herbs in them to go through full gel stage. That way, I can see “deeper” into the bar all the lovely herbs that were added to the batch.

GM&PumpkinseedBoth of these batches, Unscented Goat Milk on the Left and Unscented Pumpkin Illipe on the Right are both made with the Low Temp or ungelled soap method. We have beautifully white soap in both instances by making a very concentrated.

There is a copy of this training PDF in our Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio Facebook forum. Request membership if you are not already a member, and then navigate HERE to the files tab. Click on the “to-gel-or-not-to-gel PDF link.

Indigo Blue and Australian Red Reef Clay Natural Colorants in CP

Indigo Blue and Australian Red Reef Clay Natural Colorants in CP

Use full Gel when doing CP Overpours

This is because the contrasting older soap that you have cut into shapes or chunks has lost some of its moisture. You need that full gel processing stage to ‘bond’ the old and the new soap masses together in the mold. If it is extremely cured, soap it in water for about 5 to 10 minutes so that it develops a re hydrated surface. Using gel stage in this circumstance allows you to make amazing designs in your Cold Process soap, and at the same time ensure that the bars do not fall apart during usage or even during slicing.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!
Where soapmaking is an Adventure, an Art, and an Addiction!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with you 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!

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