Friday, April 21, 2006

Floating Soap

Well after many requests from my neice over the years, I've attempted it. Floating soap. I think the first time Hilary asked me to make a floating soap, she was about 8 years old and she's finishing high school this year. I wasn't sure if it actually will float, but I tried anyway. I've thought about it on an off over the years, but just never got at trying it.

It's probably one of the ugliest soaps I've ever made (because of the floating requirement), but the other goodies I've put in it fulfilled another request from her. It's an acne soap. It's a pinky-beige colour with lots of specks of ground comfrey root, which is really healing. It has lavender, petitgrain, geranium and patchouli essential oils, all wonderful for acne and skin care. It smells terrific.

What I did was made cold process soap, then after it was finished its 24 hours in the mould, I rebatched it in the slow cooker. When it was heated up to a gel, I added my essential oils and stirred them in, then took my mixer, not the hand blender and whipped it. Then when it was puffy, I put it in the mould again. It's been out of the mould for a couple of days now. It's not pretty ... no, definitely not pretty, it's downright ugly. But it floats. I couldn't believe it.

I think I'll try it again, but make it hot process and see if it turns out prettier. Hopefully it won't ruin my mixer either.

Happy Soaping.

Monday, April 10, 2006

April specials

OK, so I'm a little late posting this one, but better late than never. I started this blog figuring that I could tell people stuff without waiting for catalogues, then didn't think to use it for our news!

We have been enclosing a flyer in all orders this month and we've got a notation on the home page of our web-site about our April "Sale of the month Special". The information is on the New Stuff page.

We're offering 30% off on the following this month only:

Chamomile & Orange Natural Fragrance
Lilac Blossoms Fragrance
Rhapsody Fragrance
Pina Colada Lip Balm Flavour
Ultramarine Violet pigment.

Check the New Stuff page on our web-site www.kwspecialties.on.ca for the details.

Happy soaping!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Herbs in Soap

For the most part, we have stayed away from herbs. Country Scentiments was handling them so we left them to it. Now, however, they're discontinuing their packaging and supply line of the business. So I've been having a great old time expermenting with herbs in soap.

Watch our web-site over the next week or so for our new line of herbs. I'm busy now writing up the blurb for each of them and how they worked out with my experiments.

If there are any herbs in particular that you're looking for or interested in, let me know and we'll check into it.

Happy Soaping!