Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Melt & Pour Party Favor Soaps!


    Making Melt & Pour soaps are one of my favorite items to make when it comes to a craft show or needing party favors for a special occasion. Along with the numerous attractive packaging options, there is very little set up time,
and it's a fairly quick process to make dozens of adorable soaps! 
I was wanting to spruce up my kitchen a bit, so I thought this would be a perfect blog topic! 


Supplies needed:
*Melt & Pour Soap Base (I used the Clear base)
*Cosmetic Liquid Dye (I used the Turquoise and Orange)
*Scale (I used the 13 lb Stainless)
*Glass measuring cup (a 2 cup measuring cup works perfectly for a 1 lb. batch)
*Fragrance Oil (I used Black Raspberry Vanilla and Lemon Pucker)
*Knife (to cut the soap base)
*Tart/Embed molds (I used the Poinsettia tart mold)
*Paper Toweling (this is always handy to have for a quick clean up)


The Clear base I chose is crystal clear and not to mention...Vegan! 
All of our bases come in convenient 2 pound trays and are 
scored in cubes for easier cutting and measuring. 
The base is able to be melted either on the stove top, or right in your microwave. 
For this batch, I used the microwave method. 
I weighed out 1 lb of base using a glass measuring cup and a scale
Once the base is melted (130-140 degrees), add your soap safe fragrance oil, 
amount depending on personal preference (average use is approx. 1/2 oz per pound).
Stir well until completely mixed.


For this batch, I wanted the soaps to have a marbled look. 
To get this effect, I waited until the base cooled down to about 100-110 degrees, then as I poured the base into the mold, I dropped a single drop of dye into the stream about once every other second. 
This created beautiful unique designs! 

*Note: A bit of the dye will most likely run at first depending on how much dye you use,
but don't worry! The soap washes it right away!
If anything, it helps you make sure that you are washing your hands well. :) 



After poring into the molds, wait until the base has completely hardened before removing the soaps from the mold. If the soaps are difficult to remove, set in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes, then try again. The soaps should pop out of the molds easily. 

And the best part... 
For clean up or any spills, just grab a dish cloth with some warm water
and it washes away!



These soaps add an attractive personalized touch to any kitchen or bathroom sink 
and serve as a great conversation starter for guests!


Happy Candle & Soap Making!
-Elya




Friday, March 25, 2016

Sliceable Mini Bundt Cake Wax Melts!



I love the cute Mini Bundt Cake Molds we sell but they were too small to make freestanding candles for me, my customer wants BIG candles! I have pondered for ages over what to make from them and finally realized with as hot as wax melts are right now, this was the perfect time to try making sliceable wax melts in them!

The next problem was what wax would mold and still be able to slice? Finally, through trial and error testing, I came up with the perfect blend of solid and sliceable that still came out of the molds. It was perfect! For this particular project, which made 4 Mini Bundt Cake Sliceable Melts, I used the following:

4 Mini Bundt Cake Molds
Pumpkin/Spice Liquid Candle Dye
12 Weight Ounces Ez Parasoy Wax
2.5 Weight Ounces Crisco Shortening
1 Weight Ounce Pumpkin Crème Brulee Fragrance Oil

The Crisco may sound odd but it is just soybean oil, the same as the soy in the wax only not as fully hydrogenated. This allows the wax to be soft enough to cut easily! The scent throw from these are amazing as well. I think you and your customer both will love them!
 
To make these, weigh out your wax, and Crisco and melt together until fully melted. Add your dye, I would add between 2-4 drops to this depending on how deep you’d like your color to be. Once the wax is melted and dye blended, add your fragrance, stir well and pour into the molds.








Allow the wax to fully cool and remove the Mini Bundt Melts. At this point you could package them and be done or you can melt a small amount of plain, unscented wax and pour over the tops as a drizzle icing. Allow the wax to get pretty cool, just above the congealing point before pouring so that it drips and drizzles and doesn’t melt the wax below. 






Now you are done! These adorable wax melts are nothing ordinary and for the lover of all things bakery may be the best thing since a clamshell melt! Try different combinations like the Lemon Pound Cake, Cinnamon Bun, Country Berry Hotcakes to name a few. I am sure your customers will LOVE them too!
 






Happy Candlemaking!
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Monday, March 21, 2016

Fizzing Bath Bombs!

Making Bath Bombs is fun. Or should I say using Bath Bombs is fun? Either way, I love these amazing bath treats and I've discovered a way to make them over the years that cuts out a lot of the "pre fizz" that other methods create. I've broken down my method and created a pictorial for you to follow to make the best Bath Bombs you've ever used! These make a great gift for anyone that loves a good, hot bath and are great for Bridal Shower and Baby Shower favors too!




To start you will need the following items:
1 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Citric Acid
1/2 Cup Corn Starch
1/4 Cup Fine Grade Sea Salt
1/4 Cup Epsom Salt
2 1/2 Tablespoon Cyclomethicone
2 teaspoons Fruity Loops Fragrance
Bright Blue Gel Tones Color
Bright Red Gel Tones Color

3/4-1 Tablespoon Water or Witch Hazel



First blend together your Fine Grade Sea Salts and the Epsom Salts in one bowl, and split that into two separate Pyrex and add dye and blend them together well.




Now blend together the Baking Soda and Corn Starch and again split in half placing equal amounts in the Pyrex with the colored Salts. Once they are together, blend this mixture super well.




To each Pyrex now add just shy of 1 teaspoon water, 1 1/4 Tablespoon Cyclomethicone, and 1 teaspoon Fruity Loops Fragrance and blend super well. This will create almost a crumbly dough texture. Once blended well, add your Citric Acid. To each color, I added 1/4 Cup. Adding this last prevents the reaction or fizz from happening before they are made and keeping the finished product as fizzy as possible!



Now its time to form the Bath Bombs. You can use our Bath Bomb Fizzy Scooper or any other mold. I used half of a plastic Easter egg to make these. You can also use small tart molds, ice cube trays etc. Just be sure to pack the mixture really good into the molds or they will fall apart. Compressing it is the key!






Once your Bath Bombs are molded, place them on a sheet of wax paper overnight to dry. This will ensure they get hard enough to package well. If you live in a very humid climate, these may be difficult to make without the aid of an air conditioner pulling the humidity from the room. The humidity itself can cause the reaction to happen.



Once your Bath Bombs are dried, it is time to package them. I like using Cellophane Bags, Mason Jars or Shrink Wrap to prevent moisture from the air reaching them. These are super nice feeling on the skin and the aroma is divine! Try using various scents and colors and even mixing more than one color in the mold for layered or swirly Bombs! Kids love these too and darker colors will lightly tint the bath water too! I posted a video of one being placed into a bowl of water so you can see the reaction they make. You can find that video here on our Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/ezsoywax/

Happy Candle & Soap Making!
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Amazing Aroma Bears!



Making Aroma Bears is something fun to do and what is better is that you can still enjoy great scent even where a candle or even a wax melt normally are not allowed. These are excellent for dorm rooms, children’s bedrooms, nursing homes, assisted living homes and more, they offer excellent scent without the risk of fire.







There are two basic ways to make an Aroma Bear, the first is using our Aroma Beads or Scented Corn Cob in the back pocket of these bears: 7.5" Brown Scruffie Teddy Bear, 7.5" TanShaggie Teddy Bear, 7.5" White Scruffie Teddy Bear, and the 7.5"White Shaggie Teddy Bear. These bears specifically note they have a Velcro pocket on the back suitable for filling with aroma materials. To make these bears, you do not have to dip them in wax, simply make our Aroma Beads or Scented Corn Cob, and fill a sachet and add to the Velcro pocket. 


To make the Aroma Bears you will need the following:
7.5” Bear with Velcro Pocket
Sachet Bags (I like the organza 3” x 4” Bag or the 3” x 4” Cotton Bags)
Aroma Beads or Crushed Corn Cob
Fragrance Oil
Clothing and Accessories

 

To make the Corn Cob, you will simply place the amount of Crushed Corn Cob in a jar with a cover, add fragrance to your desired strength up to about an ounce of fragrance to a pound of the Crushed Corn Cob material, once the fragrance is added, shake it well and allow to absorb the fragrance at least overnight. Be sure that the fragrance has absorbed and the material is not super oily, you can add more corn cob if needed. Once this is done, place about an ounce of the now scented crushed corn cob in one of the 3” x 4” bags and place in the back of the stuffed bear.

 
To make the Aroma Beads you will also need a jar with a lid to shake them. Some people choose not to dye beads that are going into the bears to prevent any possible color transfer but you can also use colored beads. For that just use a small amount of liquid candle dye, added to the fragrance before you add the beads. Our Aroma Beads can hold up to 30% fragrance! I personally use 25% to make measuring easier. For every 4 ounces of beads, add 1 ounce of fragrance. Place them in the jar and shake often to allow the fragrance to absorb into the beads. This process can take up to two weeks to complete and some fragrances are ready in just a day. Once the beads are dry to the touch, fill the bags with about an ounce each and place in the back of the bear. 


The second process for making the bears involves dipping them in hot, scented wax. For each bear, I use about 12 weight ounces of IGI 1343 Straight Paraffin, 1/2 tsp. Vybar 103 and 1 weight ounceof fragrance oil. I try and coordinate the name of the bear with the scent and also by adding different clothing and accessories. Its a fun way to change things up a bit. When using the darker colored bears you may want to lightly tint the wax a brown to avoid the look of dandruff from combing the bears. Melt your wax and put on insulated rubber gloves and dip the bear in your wax. I find a Presto Kitchen Kettle works great for this.

Once the bear is dipped, you will then want to take him out of the wax, squeezing out any excess wax and then start grooming him.



I find a pick or a fork works best to comb out the bears. I try and place them in their final position at this point and to try. This is what it looks like when I comb their fur. 






Once I have combed them out, I let them completely cool and dry, then I choose their clothing and accessories to dress them in. The bears are adorable dressed in cute sweaters and hats! This little Red Hat girl's name is Hattie, she is scented in Lily of the Valley fragrance, sure to be a hit with most any Red Hat Lady on your list!









If you find that your bear suffers from wax dandruff, the simple solution once dried, posed, and clothed if you plan to is to “melt” the wax dander back into the fur using a hair dryer. This is the quickest way to correct this and keep the bears looking pretty. Alternately, you can also use this method to refresh the bears after a few months to bring the scent back to the surface. Scented bears that I have made looked and smelled great for years!






Next time you log on to our website be sure to check out all the awesome supplies for making these super cute, crafty bears! We have a huge variety of stuffed critters, metal pans to place them on, fragrances, clothing, and accessories! They are a great way for those who can’t burn candles or where safety could be compromised burning a candle to be able to enjoy all of our amazing aromas! 

Happy Crafting!
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