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!

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!

Happy Candle & Soap Making!