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Are you ready to have some fun?

7 Apr

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

making and selling soap and bath products.

And now I get to have great discussions with you on FB. 

COME on over and join

PS: I Love Soap Co Group-ie page! Click here

It’s going to be a lot of FUN!!!!!

I (P.S. I Love Soap Co.) made the NEWS!

11 Jun

The beginning of the Farmers Market has begun. It’s a brand new year and this year we’re decided to do two markets. The Boonton Farmers Market – every Sat between 8:30 & 2 and the Pequannock Farmers Market – every Thursday between 2 & 7. It’s already been a lot of fun. I Love when customers come right up to the table look around and say ” okay, what’s new?” It just makes my day……

But, not only have the Farmers Markets opened but The Daily Record (local newspaper) did an awesome article about my journey  and my soaps! If you want to know why and how my business happened,   You can see the article here.

I’ve been incredibly busy and inspired this year in a great way! What inspires you?

Monday mornings….

7 Oct

Not sure where this weekend went but it’s Monday and that means back to making the soap.  Since the Holidays will be here before I know it it’s time to get moving!

Today here’s the line up…

Pack and Ship Orders

Print out recipes

have FUN and Make soap

Clean up (the not so fun part)

What are these?

1 Oct

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These are our lifelines when it comes to soaping…..

**(if you are soaping & selling you should be writing!)

It’s the place where we write ALL of the important information down. I know you may be asking why?

Why would you have to have notebooks to soap?

It’s actually simple.

These notebooks contain everything that goes into a batch.

They contain the following:

1. the SOAP RECIPE that has been assigned a BATCH # – 

(You should always assign a batch number so you’ll be able to track a soap back)

2.  Type of color / colors that were used (brand & color)

3. Fragrance / essential Oils (brand & type)

4. Any extras such as seeds, lavender buds etc.

5. clays or salts

Anything that goes into that particular batch gets written down on that sheet of paper.

Which then goes into the notebook. Then when you label the soap it will make life so simple!

**It’s IMPORTANT to know what went into every batch. If you are soaping and selling and aren’t writing. It’s time to start a good practice and get yourself a notebook. Start documenting your next batch. Remember you’ll want to assign a Batch # to each batch and write everything that goes into that batch down.. Have a question? click here!

Happy MONDAY, Massage BAR Soap Recipe!

20 May

Happy MONDAY!

Do you ever feel like you NEED a massage but don’t have the time to get one?

Here’s a soap that will make your skin and muscles feel as if they are getting one

AND

all you have to do is jump into the shower to do it –

( Sorry, my mind just somewhere it shouldn’t have)

Anyway, It will feel as if you’re getting a massage!

You’ll have to make 2 batches. Start with Batch #1  and follow the tutorial below..

Don’t forget to READ LYE SAFETY  and use a LYE CALCULATOR!

 Ingredients:

(you can make whatever size batch you’d like, just use the percentages mentioned below)

Olive oil : 17.7 %

Wheat Germ: 7.8

Almond Oil, Sweet: 7.8%

Coconut Oil: 31.4%

Cocoa Butter: 7.8%

Palm Oil 27.5%

Measure LYE to your specific recipe.

Tapioca Pearls approximately 1 cup

Fragrance or Essential Oils

Soap1b

Soap2b

Soap3b

Soap4aSoap5a

Soap6a

Soap7aSoap8b

>>> THEN MAKE THE NEXT BATCH<<<

 Ingredients:

(you can make whatever size batch you’d like, just use the percentages mentioned below)

Olive oil : 17.7 %

Wheat Germ: 7.8

Almond Oil, Sweet: 7.8%

Coconut Oil: 31.4%

Cocoa Butter: 7.8%

Palm Oil 27.5%

Measure LYE to your specific recipe.

Coloring

Fragrance or Essential Oils

Soap9b

Soap10b

Soap11b

Soap12b

Soap12c

Soap13b

Soap14b

As Requested, Palm Free Soap Recipe!

14 Nov

Happy Afternoon!

First, I just want to remind everyone I’m having a

Pre-Black Friday Special

Receive an ALL NATURAL Sweet Orange Lip Balm with every purchase(while supplies last)

At my store.

Now that I have that out of the way.

I get a lot of searches for Palm Free Soap Recipes so,

I decided to give you one.

PALM FREE RECIPE

If you have never made a batch of soap before I would suggest either taking a class or grab a few books. Here are some of my favorites Smart Soapmaking by Anne L. Watson and The Soapmaker’s Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch.

Or

you can read  these Equipment Needed for Soap MakingSoap Making the Easy Way.

If you have made a batch or two make sure you know “LYE SAFTEY” and run the  recipe through a LYE CALCULATOR! (because you know I am human)

Now that I got that out of the way – let me give you the recipe!

Ingredients:

Distilled Water 14 oz

Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) 5.6 oz

Sunflower Oil 14 oz

Coconut Oil 13.2 oz

Olive Oil 10 oz

Cocoa Butter 2 oz

Beeswax .8 oz

Want another recipe? Check out this Palm Free recipe (it’s towards the end.)

3 Oils for a Hard, Cleansing & Fluffy Bar ……

28 Aug

Does it bother you when you’re trying to create a nice hard bar that cleanses & has a nice fluffy lather ~~ You just can’t seem to get it right.

Here are 3  oils that should produce a bar with All of  those qualities.

  • BABASSU OIL — is an oil extracted from the seeds of the Babassu palm. Thought to be soothing, protective, conditioning and moisturizing to the skin. Non-greasy and  it’s  commonly added to  products made for dry scalp and itching skin.

 

  • COCONUT OIL —  is an  oil extracted from a matured coconut harvested from the coconut palm. Produces a wonderful lather…..and is edible and a Great moisturizer!

 

 

  • PALM KERNEL OIL —Is an oil that is extracted from the fruit of Oil Palms.

ALL 3 are great for producing a Great bar of Soap!

So much to do so Little time to do it…..

24 Aug

First I can’t believe that it’s finally Friday!

Second I can’t believe that every word I’m typing is coming out wrong. Does this happen to everyone or just me?

Third, I’ve been busy with All kinds of things. I’ve been having some problems with my website (curiosity of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild)

Anyway, they can’t seem to find out what’s going on with the site. So, if you are a reader of this Blog and were one of the people who wanted to place an order and couldn’t….Just drop me an email….psilovesoapco@gmail.com

AND

Thanks for your Patience!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, onto some other things.

Think “RAFFLE!” =

Sorry but –USA Residents ONLY

1 bar of handcrafted Soap

This is how it will work. Send an email to:

psilovesoapco@gmail.com

in the Subject put:

Raffle

in the  body of the email:

Your favorite scent

Then tell your friends  they could  have a chance to WIN too…..

= 1 Full size bar Soap

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!!!!!

I will pick a winner Monday Sept. 3rd, 2012

The winner will receive an email…..

What are the differences between MP, Cp, CPOP & HP?

24 May

When I first started making soap, I thought there was only one way. I was wrong! There are actually many ways to make soap.  Here are the descriptions of the ways in which you can make soap.

MP = Melt & Pour

Melt and pour is just that. You buy the base, melt it and pour it.   Pretty simple that’s why it’s a great choice for the beginner.

CP = Cold Process

You mix a specific amount of Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) & liquids together. Then you let that mixture cool to the correct temperature. You then add it to the oils and/or butters at their correct temperatures.  There is no heat applied.  After properly mixing the lye and oils and/or butters together you place the mixture into a mold.  Then insulate with towels…. The chemical reaction (Saponification) will produce heat when in the mold. After 10 to 24 hours you unmold the soap. The Saponification (the chemical reaction that creates soap) is not complete for another 4 to 6 weeks. Those weeks are called the “curing” period.

CPOP = Cold Process Oven Process

This process is the same as Cold Process instead of insulating you place the mold into a preheated 170 degree oven for one hour. Then you shut the oven off, some people leave the soap in the oven overnight others take it out after a few hours.  Some say there is no need for a “curing” period. I’ve never tried this method but I think I’d still cure it.

HP = Hot Process

This is the process where you “cook” the soap.  You mix the Lye and water together. Then you add the lye solution to the oils and/or butters. In a pot or crock pot. I use a Crock pot. The Temperature does not matter because you’ll be cooking it. After adding the lye solution to the oils and /or butters you bring it to a thick trace w/ your stick blender. Then you turn the crock pot onto low and let it cook. You’ll check on it every now and then to make sure it doesn’t cook over the edge of the pot. When the entire mixture looks like Vaseline it’s time to add fragrance or other additives. Then pack it into molds. When it’s hard it’s done. Unlike CP this soap doesn’t have to cure.

PART 2 – Beginners Guide to Making COLD PROCESS SOAP!

11 May

First, Hope everyone had a Great Week!

Can you believe it’s FRIDAY!???? I can’t where did the time go…..Well, I said I’d be back with Part 2 — and guess what? I’m back! Although, I’m missing a few pics because I kept forgetting to snap the camera. When I get them I’ll update! Ready!!!!Let’s go……..

Before anything ALWAYS! I can not stress this enough..ALWAYS  use a LYE CALCULATOR and read LYE SAFETY! Even with my recipes…..Sometimes, I make mistakes too! as someone brought to my attention this past week…

First, Put on your long sleeve shirt, Safety goggles and protective gloves and let’s go.

1. Carefully measure the LYE. (If you have static, take a dryer sheet and go around the top of the lye container and container you’re putting the lye into)

“Carefully” measure LYE

2. Measure the Distilled Water.

(will update with a pic soon)

3. SLOWLY & CAREFULLY Add the LYE to the Water……NEVER add the water to the Lye–It’s ALWAYS ADD the LYE TO WATER!!!!

Carefully and Slowly Add the LYE to the Water.

4. As you Slowly add the Lye to the Distilled Water it will become Cloudy! When it is thoroughly mixed you will not feel any grit. It will feel as if you are stirring water.

Stir the Lye Solution until you feel no grit.

5. Set the Lye solution in a safe place to cool. Put it somewhere where the kids or animals or you can’t knock it over!

6. Then measure the Olive Oil.

Measure the Oils.

7. and the Coconut Oil.

Measure the Coconut Oil.

8. Now, take the Coconut Oil and place it into the microwave. Put it on for 1 to 3 minutes. Making sure not to boil it. You just want to melt it.

Place coconut oil into the microwave. Heat for 1 to 3 minutes. Do not Boil!

9. Mix the Coconut & Olive oils together.

Mix the Coconut Oil & Olive Oils together!

10. Check the temperatures of the Lye & Oils. Should be between 90 to 100 degrees. If it’s too warm let it continue to cool.

Check temperatures of the Oils and the Lye. (90 to 100 degrees)

11. Carefully Add the Lye Solution to the Distilled Water. (ALWAYS add LYE to WATER! never the other way around)

Carefully ADD the LYE Solution to the Distilled Water….

12. Take the stick blender and immerse it into the oils & lye solution. Tap it onto the bottom of the container to make sure there are no air bubbles.

Stick Blend

13. Start Blending……

Start Blending…..

14. Keep Blending…..until you reach a trace

Keep Blending…

15. Here’s what a Trace Looks like. I tried to get a good shot. See how the mixture leaves a trail behind? (If you have any questions please ASK)

Here’s trace…See where those lines are?

 

16. Now, it’s time to pour it into the mold. ( this would also be the time to add fragrance or coloring)

Pour the solution into the mold.

17.  Now, place of plastic wrap over the top.  (to be updated with pic)

 

18. Now, it’s time to insulate. Take a towel and go around the outside of the mold. Place a piece of cardboard or wood on top the mold. Place another towel on top of the cardboard or wood. (to be updated with pic)

19. Now, it’s time to let it do it’s thing……Place it somewhere where it will not be disturbed for 10 to 12 hours…

 

Next week  PART 3! Have a Great day!!!!!!!! and hope you’ve learned something:)