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Versatile blogger award and my nominations

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I got very good news few days ago πŸ™‚ I was pleased and honored to find out that Silvia from Soapjam , nominated my blog forΒ versatile blogger award! I didn’t know what it is, but now I do and here I share with you the rules of the nominations and who do I nominate πŸ™‚ The rules (copy from Vklersatile Read more...
Rosehip soap

Rose hip soap

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Type of soap: bar soap Mold: wooden log I got an extra positive review on this rose hip soap! It foams very well, but needs to be cured for some time to gain the hardness. In this post, you will also learn How a gel phase looks like What is the difference in pH between gelled and un-gelled soap 24 Read more...
Balsam amber design soap

Balsam amber design soap

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Last Sunday I had a soapmaking day! πŸ™‚ I wanted to make some design soap, so I thought of : – the scent – colours – what design should I make!   I was thinking of the Balsam Amber Fragrance oil (from gracefruit.co.uk, right now, as I just found out, they have it at 70% discount! – they did not pay Read more...
Luxury chocolate whipped body butter

Luxury chocolate whipped body butter

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Anna on her blog published a recipe for Chocolate mousse body butter.It’s been some time I made my last whipped butter and this recipe just made me want to make one again!   The original recipe is pure oils and butters, very natural.Β  Having for some time at my possesion a very interesting Read more...
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Alembic for making essential oils and flower waters

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I wanted this amazing distiller for a long time and I found it under the Christmas tree, yei! πŸ™‚ It is called Alembic (al-ambic) and it is a distiller from copper. Do you know what I will be using it for? Correct! For plant waters and essential oil distillation πŸ™‚ There are two types of distillation: Read more...
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Merry Christmas and Happy soapmaking New Year 2014!

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Simple leave-in conditioner recipe

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I always thought that leave-in conditioner was nothing to be used on my thin and easy to grease hair. Then I was asked by a friend to make one for her curly hair and my opinion changed…..   As usual, when I try to make some very new product, I first went searching to Susan’s blog for advice. There Read more...
Lemon yogurt soap

Lemon yogurt soap for fresh morning – 100% olive oil variant

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A year ago I made Lemon yogurt soap for fresh morning! … I love to make it often as this soap is just perfect and it seems a lot of people like it, so I decided to make it for Christmas πŸ™‚ As you know, I am having a period of 100% olive oil soapmaking, so I did this soap only with olive oil and it Read more...
Lavender milk 100% olive oil soap

Lavender milk 100% olive oil soap

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Lately, I have been out of many soapmaking oils, except for olive oil :). So I got to play around with 100% olive oil soaps and started to really like it! 100% olive oil soap can be tricky, as I already discussed in one of my previous posts – it is soooo lazy to trace, to gel, to cure and to foam, Read more...
LUSH shower jelly recipe

How to make shower jelly (not only LUSH-like)

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I have been receiving requests from you to post a recipe on LUSH shower jellies. I did my usual “recipe cracking”, searching for resources, then some experimenting and this is what I came up with (… and I consider it pretty good!)… As usually, I discuss here some concepts and also show you not only Read more...
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Curious Soapmaker selected in top 50 best soapmaking blogs!

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Just learned that my blog is listed in the selection of Nature Garden’s top 50 best soapmaking blogs, yei!!! πŸ™‚ How cool is that πŸ™‚ It makes me smile today and inspires me to write more and spend even more time making experiments. Now I have the responsibility to keep this blog alive, informative and Read more...
Herbal soap with bamboo impression

Herbal soap with bamboo impression

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Β  Method: Cold process Mold:Β Old drawer lined up with plastic sheet and silicone sheet with bamboo pattern It’s been a while since I did not soap and so last Sunday I spent my afternoon soaping! I realized that I have never made a herbal soap and at the same time I was dying to try my new Read more...
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How (not) to dissolve xanthan gum (and other powders) – heureka!

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I confess – having to use a powdery ingredient that gets readily lumpy in my formulations is a nightmare for me. Xanthan gum, guar gum, hyaluronic acid, allantoin…. you name it! Gums are worse, as they tend to swell, making it even more difficult to dissolve. The real horror starts when you try to Read more...
Wedding soap

My wedding soap favors

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Last weekend I got married….! πŸ™‚ And what was my wedding favor? That is correct, the wedding soap! I am not much of a soap designer, but here tried to do my best… Recipe I prepared the red spirals at the very beginning. I made them from a soap with red clay with ylang-ylang I have made some time Read more...
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A big test of 100% one oil soaps – after 15 months

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Yes, finally πŸ™‚ Those of you who have been waiting for the results of the big test of 100% one oil soaps… here it is!   Actually, it has been more than a year since I made the soaps, but I was extremely busy moving to another country, preparing my wedding (soon…) and having holidays πŸ™‚   You might Read more...
Soap Making Made Easy

E-Book review: Soap Making Made Easy

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Do you remember one of my last posts on soapmaking E-books? And that I will let you know once I find something interesting? Now I did, but first, let me tell you a story. Some time ago, I ordered online an e-book, claimed to be “The complete guide” on hot soapmaking, with many bonuses, only for Read more...
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Lavender hair conditioner

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My vert first attempt of hair conditioner (coconut hair conditioner) was rather a dissapointment, because,Β as I found later in my experiment,Β  I did not have the right ingredients, : e.g. BTMS or Conditioner emulsifier.   I made this particular hair conditioner for a friend with dry but thin Read more...
heat your ingredients

Where to heat your ingredients

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I was asked by Melanie, where I “bought the white and green little melter” from the picture in my post Glyceryl stearate – home made emulsifier. It is the pot on the photo and I use it for heating/melting my ingredients. I bought it from Aroma zone. However, although the design seems unique, it is Read more...
Manipulating essential oils

Essential oils and their power to damage plastic…

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When we enter the world of essential oils through soap and cosmetics making, we usually bring some knowledge we gathered thanks to power point presentations circulating by email and “popular science” articles in many very non-scientific journals. This way we know that synthetic fragrances are “no” Read more...
Olive oil cocoa soap

100% olive oil soap with cocoa and golden mica decoration

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I hope you enjoy the summer and that now you have even more time to soap πŸ™‚ I did not forget you, but as usual… no time to write. However, I do still make experiments and today I share with you the very latest one, where I tried golden mica pattern on my 100% cocoa soap πŸ™‚ Not long time ago I got Read more...
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