Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jamaican Me Crazy!

Summer is fast coming to an end. College students and K-12 Students all over have either already started classes or start in the next few weeks. Somehow when it's still warm out, it's hard to pour something that is in a fall or winter scent. I decided instead to let summer go out with a bang!

A while back we added a scent called Jamaican  Bay Rum. My first thought after smelling this was, it's making me crazy...FOR SUMMER! I decided at that point for my own candle line to call it instead Jamaican Me Crazy!

This months project will look a little interesting because I am in the process of moving into a new home and realized AFTER that I'd placed all my wick rods into storage. Oops! I really do normally use proper equipment and don't improvise but a girl has to do what a girl has to do sometimes. *grin*

Supplies List:
IGI 1274 Mottle Pillar Wax - 16 Weight ounces per candle
1/0 Square Braid Cotton Wick
Orange Powder Candle Dye
Mold Plugs
Mold Sealer Putty
Wick Rods- I use a metal dowel most often
Jamaican Bay Rum Fragrance - .9 weight oz per candle
3" x 4" Seamless Aluminum Molds

Heat wax to 190°-200°. While wax is heating, add a little bit of the orange dye to your fragrance oil in the pour pot, swishing it around a bit so it incorporates and set aside. Once wax reaches desired temp, add your fragrance and blend well. This wax should be poured between 185°-195° into heated molds to minimize skip lines (you can pour cooler to create a rustic finish as well!). It is advisable to poke relief holes around the wick of the candle once the wax has become solid but is still pliable.

After the first pour has cooled some, reheat your reserved wax from your first pour and refill the void (sink hole) in the candle until you reach the level of the first pour. You will want your second pour to be 10° hotter than your first pour to minimize lines from the second pour. Repeat the re-pour process as necessary. To make a rustic finished candle, do not heat the molds and pour the wax at 165°.

After the candle completely cools, you can remove it from the mold. Sometimes the candle will be a bit "weepy" from a tad of excess fragrance, just set them aside for a day or two or wipe with a paper towel and this should stop this from continuing. 

Since the top of the candle is really the bottom, you will also want to level it after it's complete. I just remove from the mold and use the inside of my presto pot to melt the excess wax level. I spin it to prevent it from becoming uneven. This is a simple enough project for a beginner with results that will make you look like a pro!

Happy Candle Making!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Making Your Own Laundry Soap!

Making laundry soap from scratch is better for you, better for your family, better for your wallet and, better for the environment! I've heard it over and over through the years, I can't make soap but I am here to say, you can make soap! It's easy, just follow the proper safety measures and you will be in love with the process and making more right away! Its fun and gratifying to be able to make something you use nearly every day!

Making soap for laundry follows the same process and making soap for cleansing your body but there are some differences. In making regular soap, you want some excess oils, to condition the skin. With making laundry soap, you don't want excess oils as the oils will spot the laundry or could. I also don't color laundry soap. I am pretty sure my laundry doesn't want or need pretty colors and swirls and in fact, they may stain white or light colors. I also use one of two oils for making laundry soap, lard as I have here or 100% coconut oil which we sell but is also readily available at most grocery stores now. You can choose to make it scented as I have or, if you have a family member with allergies or sensitivities you can leave it unscented.

To make laundry soap, you will need the following:
Sodium Hydroxide (lye)
Distilled Water (ICE COLD!)
A Plastic, or non-aluminum pan for mixing the soap and a plastic pitcher for mixing the lye

Fragrance Oil (I used the BNL Clean Cotton)
Lard or Coconut Oil 1 lb (by weight)

Stick Blender or Wire Whisk and a Spatula to scrape the bowl
A mold for the soap. Silicone baking molds work great for this since shape won't matter!
Digital Scale

To make the soap with lard, you will need 16 weight ounces of lard. To mix the lye, you will need 2.25 weight ounces of lye which you will SLOWLY mix into 4-6 weight ounces of ICE COLD distilled water.
To make the soap with coconut oil, you will need 16 weight ounces of lard. To mix the lye, you will need 2.95 weight ounces of lye which you will SLOWLY mix into 4-6 weight ounces of ICE COLD distilled water.

  • Mix your lye and water first. To do this be sure to have everything you need where you can reach it. Measure and pour your ICE COLD distilled water into a plastic pitcher or measure cup. 
    • Weigh your lye into a glass container (do not use plastic, static causes the lye beads to catch and jump!). 
    • Wear long sleeves, gloves, eye protection and a respirator mask for this step. 
    • Be sure that all children and pets are away from your location and can not reach the solution as it cools! 
    • SLOWLY add the lye to the water while mixing. Mix until the solution becomes clear, this will take a few minutes. The solution will become VERY hot, I recommend using a vent of some sort or opening a window during this process. The fumes can be very strong.
    • If you spill lye on a surface, douse with vinegar to neutralize before cleaning it up. If you should spill lye on yourself. IMMEDIATELY rinse well with cold water! Lye is dangerous, so taking these measures for safety are imperative. ON that note, I've never had an accident in my 15 years making soap!
    • Allow to cool to room temp.  
  • Now heat your oil just until it is melted. Add the fragrance to the oil (1 weight ounce).
  • Next slowly pour your lye solution into the oil while stirring with the stick blender or the whisk. Once they are blended, you can now blend until it reaches the consistency of cooked pudding. 

  • Pour into molds and let set for 24 hours then shred using a grater.
This can be used right away. Keep a small slice for stain removal. Wet the cloth and rub with the soap for a stain pre-treat. Use about 1-2 tablespoons of soap per load of laundry. This is a VERY cost effective laundry soap that you can customize to your liking!

Have fun making this amazing and simple soap!

Happy Soap Making!

Monday, June 15, 2015

24 Carat Sugar Scrub!

Being outside in the sun all day sure gives the skin that perfect summer glow but it can be extremely drying too! After that long weekend camping trip or trip to the beach, between the water and the sun, your skin needs some attention! This scrub is the perfect solution! Use salt or sugar (some areas may be more prone to ants, keep this in mind when choosing the exfoliate) and oil to slough off rough dry skin and to moisturize too! 

Ingredients List (this recipe is for exactly one 8 oz. Mason Jar):
1.5 oz. Brown Sugar
4 oz. Granulated White Sugar
.5 oz. Cyclomethicone
3.5 oz. Rice Bran Oil
.05 oz. Vitamin E
.10 oz. 24 Carat Fragrance Oil
Jars. I used an 8 oz Mason Jar but we also sell awesome plastic jars/lids that will be perfect for this item, especially if you plan to sell them for safety sake!

First blend your sugars together. As I mentioned before you can also use salt. I like a mildly abrasive scrub, so I use mostly white with some brown sugar. You can also add raw, Turbinado Sugar. This is too gritty for me. Jojoba Meal can also be added as can jojoba beads, apricot meal etc. just adjust per your likings. Salts also come in a variety of grains. See what you like best!

Now blend together your oil (I like a light oil like Rice Bran), Vitamin E, Fragrance and Cyclomethicone. I pour the sugar back into the jar and mix using stainless steel utensils until blended, right in the jar. Once it's blended it's ready to use.

This is actually equally good in the winter as in the summer. Dry skin happens year round! Sun and cold both cause it. After using in the shower be sure to rinse well as it can cause it to become slippery. Some people find that this takes the place of lotion for them while others use it every week to slough off the dry skin and use lotion between. scrubs.

Enjoy your perfect summer ready glow with our sugar scrubs!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Custom Car Fresheners!

I've been asked before if you can place a logo on an air freshener blank and the answer is YES! This blog will show you how simple this project is to complete. Simple, and good looking, it's a win/win!

Here is what you will need to complete this simple and easy to make project:

Supplies List: Air Freshener Blanks
String or Elastic Cord
Fragrance Oil
Iron On Transfer Paper
Cello Bags 

Using a print program like the Avery Design Pro, a FREE program, print using the Avery or other brand Iron On Transfer Paper for tee shirts. Be sure to figure out how many you can print and how large before you begin to avoid wasting paper and ink. Print on the paper, it will print mirror image if you are using the correct settings. 

Cut the transfer out, place printed side down on the blank and position it. Now with your iron, iron on using a medium to medium high setting without steam. Once printed, fragrance as usual, tie with the string or cord and place in a cello bag and use a topper or label for retail sales. 

These make great promotional items or items that simply get your name out there!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Citrus Layered Melts

I absolutely LOVE the smell of citrus fruits all year round! If you have not smelled the Fruit Slices from BCN, you truly are missing out on one of the BEST fragrances ever! Fruit Slices is the perfect medley of Sweet Oranges with accents of Juicy Limes and Tart Lemons. This scent is great in Wax Melts, Candles, Body Products and CP soaps like a dream come true. 

This is positively one of the best fragrances to offer your customers this spring and summer. it is many of our customers go-to scents!

Supplies List:
EZ Parasoy Wax
Fruit Slices 

Dye (I used orange, kelly and yellow liquids)
Molds or clamshells

Instructions: Heat wax to 180°. Once wax reaches desired temp, add your dye, blend well then add fragrance and again blend well. When using this wax in the metal molds you can pour at 175°, if you are using it in the clamshells, be sure to cool to around 150°  to pour so that you do not melt the molds.

For these particular melts, I layered them. I split my batch of wax into three equal parts based
on what I planned to make. I scented at 9%. I poured each layer into the mold and allowed them to cool until they were still a bit warm but fully set then poured the next layer. People love the layered look. You can also layer different fragrances for a unique look/smell. Try Bacon, Vermont Maple Syrup and Buttermilk Pancakes or how about layers of Gooey Caramel and Macintosh Apple. The possibilities are endless!

If you have not tested the Ez Parasoy, this is a great time to do so. This wax is incredible for melts and jar candles alike! The scent throw is amazing. I am sure your customers will agree!

Happy Candle Making!