January 18, 2009

Guilty Pleasure #1

So, my boyfriend has been out of town on a business trip for several days. And while I love and miss him dearly, there is something nice about having the whole place to myself. I get to spend the whole weekend in my PJ's, sipping coffee, no makeup, turning the kitchen into a big oowey gooey soap crafting mess. And speaking of oowey gooey, I get to eat what I want when I want. My number one guilty pleasure today????

One giant warm chocolate cookie fresh out of the oven! What woman could resist? And later I get to watch Desperate Housewives with a bottle of wine and no interrupting man in the house? Heaven!! :)

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Princess Rose Soaps

It's chilly and snowy and cold today, so I decided to stay in with a warm cup of coffee and play with my new silicone soap molds. I absolutely love them. They are so easy and fun to use. Here is a picture of one of my finished products all wrapped up in a little cello gift bag. Want to see how they are made? Here is a quick little tutorial.

1. First I choose the type of melt and pour soap base I want to work with. For this rose, I used a 99.5% glycerin goat's milk soap base from Nature's Garden Wholesale Candle & Soap Supplies. Cut the soap into small squares and place 2-3 oz. in a microwave safe glass.

2. Melt the soap in the microwave for about 20 seconds, check and stir. If there are still solid pieces left heat for an additional 10 seconds.

3. Now you get to be creative. Add your favorite color and scents. For this soap I added a couple drops of red soap safe colorant and several drops of Romance fragrance oil, also available from Nature's Garden. You can also add glitter at this point!

4. Pour your melted soap into a rose silicone soap mold. There are hundreds of excellent silicone soap molds available for sale on Ebay.

5. Leave your soap to cool and harden. This is the worst part, I have such little patience! To speed up the process and make demolding easier, pop into the freezer for 5-10 minutes.

6. When completely cool, turn your mold upside down onto a clean surface, and gently pull away the sides of the mold and give a push in the center of the mold until POP out comes your rose!

7. Have a look at your creation, you won't be disappointed!

Not ready to start making your own soaps? Here is a link to these beautiful little rose soaps for sale in my Etsy shop!

January 12, 2009