DIY Wedding Favors

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Need DIY wedding favor ideas? Consider this lovely collection of DIY wedding favors that are easy to make in bulk for your big day.

Need DIY wedding favor ideas? Consider this lovely collection of DIY wedding favors that are easy to make in bulk for your big day.

DIY Wedding Favors

1. DIY Mango & Coconut Milk Soap Wedding Favors – Learn how to make your own cold process soap wedding favors with this tutorial. There are two homemade soap recipes for making mango and coconut milk two different ways – choose from a simple homemade soap recipe that won’t break your budget or a splurge worthy luxurious mango and coconut milk homemade soap recipe – plus a full tutorial on how to customize your DIY soap wedding favor labels for your big day.

2. DIY Gem Bath Melts Favors – This super easy DIY gem bath melts recipe requires just a few simple ingredients to create beautiful and luxurious DIY wedding favors! Scent however you like – I scented mine with a Champagne fragrance oil – and customize with different colors of mica for a touch of shimmer on skin and/or fine glitter for a more obvious color play that fits your wedding’s color theme.

3. DIY Massage Candle Wedding Favors – These nifty 2-in-1 candles not only make your home smell great, but the melted, liquified wax can also be used to massage onto skin to moisturize and add a lovely fragrance to your skin. Make them in any fragrance of your choice for wedding favors that are sure to get some use by your dearest friends and family.

4. DIY Snowflake Solid Lotion Wedding Favors – If you’re planning ahead for a winter wonderland themed wedding then consider these lovely pale blue snowflake solid lotion bars with a touch of silver shimmering mica! Crafted from a collection of luxurious oils like argan, sweet almond, and macadamia nut oils, these cute snowflake shaped solid lotion bars provide long lasting skin benefits all season long and are sure to be appreciated by wedding guests.

Need DIY wedding favor ideas? Consider this lovely collection of DIY wedding favors that are easy to make in bulk for your big day.

5. DIY Watermelon Guest Soap Wedding Favors – These watermelon wedding soap favors are made using a melt and pour soap base so they’re easy to make and ready in a jiffy. They’re perfect for summer weddings! (Scroll to the bottom of the tutorial for instructions on making them guest sized!)

6. DIY Terrarium Wedding Favors – This easy no maintenance DIY terrarium is not only a snap to make, but it’s also great for gifting! You can quickly and easily create these faux DIY terrariums in bulk to gift as DIY wedding favors.

7. DIY Chamomile Balm Wedding Favors – This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Made using healing chamomile infused olive oil, this homemade chamomile balm recipe is perfect for hands, feet, body and even lips! The eco-friendly packaging and easy sticker embellishment makes this perfect for woodland and rustic themed weddings.

8. DIY Mix Tape Soap Wedding Favors – These DIY mix tape soap favors make great DIY wedding favors. Make your own soap or use pre-made soaps for these retro wedding favors along with my full tutorial on how to make the mix tape soap labels.

9. DIY Moisture Rich Lip Balm Wedding Favors – This naked natural homemade lip balm recipe adds rich moisture to lips in need. And because it’s not flavored or colored it’s pretty much suitable for all of your wedding guests.

10. DIY Mineral Bath Soak Favors – These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience! These are just perfect as DIY bridesmaid favors who’ve helped you work hard to pull off your big day!

Visit my blog here for more of my DIY wedding favor ideas. And also be sure to check out my DIY Wedding board on Pinterest here.

Need DIY wedding favor ideas? Consider this lovely collection of DIY wedding favors that are easy to make in bulk for your big day.

Don’t have time to craft your own wedding favors? Visit Beau-coup for an extensive collection of seasonal wedding favors you can buy that focus on current trends at affordable prices. Their wedding favors include personalized soaps, lip balms, candles, and candy as well as custom drinkware and favor boxes.

Choose from their collections of summer wedding favors, fall wedding favors, winter wedding favors and spring wedding favors. You can also browse their collection of wedding ideas and inspiration as well as visit their blog for fun tips and sound advice for planning your wedding. You can also create an Amazon Wedding Registry for a 10% off coupon for select items across Amazon after your wedding. Plus, with Amazon’s universal registry, you can even add items to your Wedding Registry from websites anywhere on the web.

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How to Make Your Own Cold Process Soap Recipe

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Learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch plus information on how to use a lye calculator and other soapmaking notes and tips.

Now that you’ve read my cold process soapmaking tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch and turned out a few successful batches, you’re probably ready to explore some of your own creative soapmaking ideas and learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch. This does require knowledge of basic chemistry about your soapmaking ingredients – fats and alkali.

Your fats – or soapmaking oils and butters – will very much determine what properties your soap will have. For example, three of the traditionally popular soapmaking oils, especially for beginners, are olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil. Olive oil helps to create a moisturizing bar with a stable lather; coconut oil produces a hard, cleansing bar with a fluffy lather; and palm oil makes for a hard bar with a stable lather. Each of these oils has its own SAP (or saponification) value which determines how much lye should be used in the soap recipe for saponification to occur in such a way that it makes soap. Too much lye and you have an unusable bar of soap. Not enough and you could end up with a really soft soap with excess oil.

A great resource for learning more about the saponification process and the properties of various soapmaking fats & oils is Susan Miller Cavitch’s book, The Soapmaker’s Companion. Her book also contains a great troubleshooting section to help you figure out what might have gone wrong with a soap recipe as well as a nice collection of her own recipes.

This homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe includes extra vegetable glycerin that's added to the regular soapmaking oils during the soapmaking process.

How to make your own cold process soap recipe.

When creating your own homemade soap recipes, there are also a lot of additional free resources to help you with this process. Lye calculators, for example, will automatically calculate the amount of lye you need in a recipe based on the amounts and types of oils you plan to incorporate into your recipe. You can find multiple links to lye calculators by conducting a google search. However, the lye calculator at SoapCalc.net can help you to create a soap recipe that meets your expectations for the properties you’re looking for in your own soaps. It does this by giving recommended ranges for the various soap qualities and fatty acids and tells you where your soap recipe falls in regards to each of these ranges.

Learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch plus information on how to use a lye calculator and other soapmaking notes and tips.

However, the soap calculator at SoapCalc.net is a bit more complex than some of the other soap calculators available so you’ll need a little more information to get started with this lye calculator. Certainly don’t let that intimidate you though. You can discover some pretty fantastic soap recipes through trial and error.

To use the lye calc at soapcalc.net you’ll need to enter a little bit of information in addition to your ingredients. Since you’ll be making cold process soap you’ll need to choose the radio button for NaOH (sodium hyroxide.) KOH or potassium hydroxide is used to make liquid soap.

Next, choose which measurement you’ll be using to weigh your oils. I recommend using either grams or ounces. I typically weigh out my ingredients in ounces however for smaller recipes you’ll find that grams will always be the most accurate as it’s a smaller unit of measure.

Third choose your water as % of oils or the water discount. I highly encourage you to set this at 33%. Otherwise you’ll likely have a very soft soap to start out with which will not only take longer before it can be unmolded but will also take much, much longer to cure as there’s so much more excess water that needs to evaporate. Occasionally I use less than 33% for soap recipes that are using a lot of oils that are know for creating a softer soap. For example, a 100% olive oil soap – or what is known as a traditional Castile soap – is going to start out as a much softer soap and requires a cure time of 4-6 months rather than 4-6 weeks. In this case I typically use 30.5% as the water discount amount.

Next choose a superfat amount. A soap with 0% superfat has no extra oils left over in the final soap bars once saponification is complete. To superfat a soap means you have extra fats (or oils) that are left unsaponified in your final bars of soap. These unsaponified oils help to make soap more conditioning. It is standard practice to use at least a 5% superfat unless you are making a laundry soap. This saves your butt in case of small errors in measurements and keeps your soap from stripping too much excess oil from your skin when bathing. For a more conditioning soap you would use a higher superfat of up to 8%. However, in some situations, you may choose to use an even higher superfat amount for personal reasons or simply because it’s “good science.”

For example coconut oil has natural cleansing properties in soap. As such it’s recommended you only use up to 30% coconut oil in your soap recipe to avoid an overly cleansing soap that will strip skin of its natural oils. (I typically only use 20% or less as I prefer soaps that are more conditioning than cleansing.) 100% coconut oil soaps are very cleansing which is great for making laundry soap. However, it’s not so great for skin. You can overcome this in a 100% coconut oil soap however by superfatting your soap recipe at 20%.

There are times however, or “bad science,” that a really high superfat doesn’t make sense. Coconut oil has a very long shelf life and therefore isn’t prone to going rancid. Other oils, however, have a much shorter shelf life. Because of the higher percentage of oils left unsaponified at a superfat percentage above 8%, they can go rancid more quickly than you might like and cause what is commonly referred to as DOS. DOS or dreaded orange spots are basically unsaponified oils that have gone rancid. Should this occur to any of your soaps, and sadly it sometimes does, you can salvage the soap by grating it and using it as a laundry soap.

Next, if you are using a fragrance for your soap recipe choose your fragrance amount. Typically fragrance oils are used at 1 oz. per pound or less and essential oils at half that amount or less. However, this can vary depending on the type of fragrance oil or essential oil you are using. Typically fragrance oils are used at a max of 5-6% of your recipe. Sometimes the maximum usage amount for a cold process soap recipe is lower. In this case you’d need to refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines on the maximum amount of fragrance oil that is safe to use. For essential oils, the usage rate is typcially between 1-3%.

Now select your soapmaking oils, fats and waxes for your soap recipe. Click on the first oil, fat or wax you are using then click on the plus sign for the #1 spot on the Recipe Oil List. If you know the specific oil weight you’ll need for your soap recipe – say you have a 3 lb. mold – hit the lb radio button. Enter the amount of the first oil you plan to use.

Learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch plus information on how to use a lye calculator and other soapmaking notes and tips.

For example, if you are making a 3 lb. batch of soap and you want to use coconut oil at 20% of your recipe, multiply 48 ounces (if you chose the weight of the oils to be in ounces) times .2 for 9.6 ounces. Enter 9.6 in the first box.

Now repeat with all of the remaining oils until you’ve reached the total oil weight of your recipe. Click on Calculate Recipe then View or Print Recipe. Your recipe will open in a second window and give you the amount of lye and water you’ll need based on the data you entered, the amount of fragrance oil to use and information on what the soap bar quality will yield. While it’s not a hard and fast rule that you fall within the recommended ranges of soap bar quality for hardness, cleansing, conditioning, bubbly, creamy, iodine and INS, it’s safer to stay within these ranges if you’re just starting out and learning for more successful results until you learn more through experience and further research.

Learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch plus information on how to use a lye calculator and other soapmaking notes and tips.

Pictured above is a test recipe I threw together as an example of what your final recipe will look like after inputting your information into SoapCalc. Pretty neat, huh? (This lye calc has actually taught me that both hemp seed oil and sunflower oil are high in iodine.)

FYI It is good practice to always double check the amount of lye in a recipe with a lye calculator if you are unsure of its source.

Re-sizing your cold process soap recipe.

Not using the lye calculator at SoapCalc? Other lye calculators, like the one at Brambleberry automatically give you a more standard amount of water or liquid needed for your soap recipe. This makes it somewhat simpler to use if you’re just getting started. While it doesn’t offer as many oil choices as SoapCalc and won’t give you an idea of what properties your soap will have, Brambleberry does have a simple and easy tool to resize your soap recipe once you input it into the lye calculator. You can learn how to re-size a cold process soap calculator using Brambleberry’s lye calculator here.

Need a quick and easy way to learn to what properties the soapmaking oils you want to use have? It’s as easy as a google search! Properties and suggested amounts can be found on most soapmaking supplier websites. So typically you can visit the website of your favorite supplier and the product page of the ingredients you are interested in buying will tell you what properties a particular ingredient will lend to the soap as well as the recommended amount. Alternately you can type into your search box phrases like “properties of hemp seed oil in soap” or “recommended amount of hemp seed oil in soap” and you’ll find all kinds of valuable information.

Summer Bee Meadow also has a simple chart for quick reference on their website that provides a collection of commonly used oils in soapmaking along with their fatty acids and resulting soap characteristics. Another website, Lovin’ Soap Studio, has a chart with commonly used oils and the recommended usage rates. You should also be able to determine the shelf life of your ingredients from the manufacturer or soap supply company you purchase your ingredients from.

Learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch plus information on how to use a lye calculator and other soapmaking notes and tips.

How to determine how much soap you need to fit your soap mold.

Need to re-size a soap recipe to fit into a mold but aren’t sure what to scale the recipe to? There’s a simple formula for determining the weight of the soapmaking oils needed for your mold. About.com has a formula and instructions for calculating the amount of soap needed to fill a mold here. They give the basic math equations for determining the correct soap recipe size for standard square or traditional molds, round or tube molds and odd or irregularly shaped molds.

Got it? Great! Be sure to head back over to my article on how to make cold process soap from scratch for reference when making your homemade soaps and links to other great soapmaking resources.

For a directory of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

Or simply keep up with of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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Homemade Natural Rosemary Mint Cold Process Soap Recipe

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DIY Handmade Rosemary Mint Cold Process Soap Recipe

Rosemary mint has long been one of my favorite scent blends. The combination of rosemary and peppermint essential oils boast both a pleasant and invigorating scent blend while also lending their anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. For this natural rosemary mint cold process soap recipe I combined these two natural essential oils with cocoa butter, illipe butter and sweet almond oils for their moisturizing properties while coconut oil and palm kernel flakes help to boost the lather.

Natural Homemade Rosemary Mint Soap Recipe

Natural Rosemary Mint Cold Process Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.25 oz. illipe nut butter
1.25 oz. cocoa butter
7.2 oz. soybean oil
10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
8 oz. refined coconut oil
2 oz. sweet almond oil
5.8 oz. rice bran oil
.5 oz. beeswax
1 oz. palm kernel flakes

13 fluid oz. distilled water
5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

.8 oz. rosemary essential oil
.3 oz. peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to make this rosemary mint cold process soap recipe. This batch will yield 10-12 bars depending on how they are cut and will fit inside one of my DIY wooden loaf soap molds.

Begin by mixing your lye/water. Measure out the water into a pitcher or large glass Pyrex measuring cup, then weigh out the lye using a digital kitchen scale and slowly pour into the water mixing into the lye dissolves. Set aside to cool.

Weigh out the soapmaking oils into a large stainless steel pot. Heat over medium heat on the stove until all oils are melted then remove from heat.

Once the oils and lye/water have cooled to about 100°F, pour the lye/water into the oils and mix with a stick blender until you reach trace. Stir in the essential oils and mix well, then pour the soap into your prepared mold. Cover and insulate for 24 hours.

After the 24 hour insulation period you’re ready to unmold and cut your soap loaf into bars. Allow to cure 3-6 weeks before use.

If you’re interested in more recipes that use illipe butter be sure to also check out my homemade beer soap recipe, lavender & fir soap recipe, and my homemade gardener’s soap recipe. And for more natural handmade soap recipes as well as DIY bath and beauty recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest. You can also follow my blog on Blog Lovin’ as well as find me on FacebookTwitterTumblr and Instagram!


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Exfoliating Spring Gardeners Cold Process Soap Recipe

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This exfoliating spring gardeners cold process soap recipe naturally exfoliates with poppy seeds and walnut shell powder to help remove tough dirt and grime.With spring right around the corner now is the perfect time to start making this exfoliating gardeners cold process soap recipe. Make it now and it will be cured and ready right about time to put your first seedlings in the ground. I made this homemade pink and green exfoliating soap using two different batches of cold process soap and three fragrances – Farmer’s Market Baby Bibb fragrance oil, lemongrass essential oil and peppermint essential oil. However, you can customize the fragrance and look any way you like or make both batches of soap from the same recipe.

Homemade Gardeners Cold Process Soap Recipe

©Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients for Pink Soap Chunks:

4 oz. soybean oil
7.2 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
6.1 oz. pomace olive oil
6.3 oz. sustainable palm oil
5.1 oz. sunflower oil
2.3 oz. shea butter
3 oz. castor oil

3.4 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
8.75 oz. distilled water

2 oz. Farmer’s Market Baby Bibb fragrance oil or similar
1 teaspoon red orange mica powder or similar

Ingredients for Exfoliating Green Soap:

10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
9 oz. rice bran oil
7.2 oz. sustainable palm oil
7.2 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
1.8 oz. illipe butter

4.8 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
12 oz. distilled water

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon green chromium oxide pigment powder
.5 oz. lemongrass essential oil
.5 oz. peppermint essential oil
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
2 teaspoons ground pumice
1 Tablespoon walnut shell powder

Instructions:

To create this gardeners cold process soap recipe, you’ll begin by making the pink soap that will be the chunks inside the second batch of soap following your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. (This will fit inside one of my DIY Wooden Loaf Soap Molds.) You’ll need to weigh the ingredients using a digital kitchen scale.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water into a pitcher or large glass Pyrex measuring cup, then weigh out the lye and stir into the water and set aside to cool. Then weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a large stainless steel pot. Heat on the stove over medium heat, removing from heat once all the oils have melted. Once the oils and lye-water reach about 100° F, you’re ready to make soap.

Begin by measuring out and mixing the red orange oil locking mica shimmer into the oils with a stick blender. Once thoroughly combined, slowly pour the lye-water into the oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Add the Baby Bibb fragrance oil and mix thoroughly then pour into your prepared mold, cover and insulate for 24 hours. Once the 24 hour period has passed, unmold your soap and cut into square chunks.

Prepare two molds for the next stage and evenly distribute the pink soap chunks between the two molds.

You’re now ready to start on the second batch of exfoliating green soap. Repeat the same steps as your first batch of soap using the ingredients listed for the second batch mixing the green pigment and exfoliants into the melted soapmaking oils before adding the lye-water to ensure even distribution. Add the essential oils at a light trace and mix thoroughly.

Now pour the soap evenly into each of the two prepared molds with the pink soap chunks. Tap each mold several times on the counter or table to make sure the soap gets around all of the chunks and to remove any air bubbles, then cover and insulate for 24 hours. After the insulation period you can unmold the soaps and cut into bars. Allow to cure for 3-6 weeks then package as desired with with professional plastic food wrap filmKraft paper, or even fabric, and label. If you’re making these to sell, you’ll need to include the weight of each bar of soap on your label.

For more great homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest. And for spring gardening ideas and how to’s check out my Pinterest Gardening Board! You can also keep up with all my DIY projects and handmade bath, body and beauty recipes by following me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Blog Lovin’ and Instagram!


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Handmade Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Soap Recipe

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DIY Handmade Heart Shaped Silk and Rose Clay Facial Soap Recipe - Handmade Valentine's Day Gift Idea

Get a jump start on your homemade Valentine’s Day gifts with my new cold process Silk & Rose Clay Facial Soap recipe! It’s just one of the many amazing bath & beauty recipes featured in Wholesale Supplies Plus’ January 2014 issue of eHandmade magazine. Simply click here to download this issue in PDF format and skip forward to page 24 for the recipe.

Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Idea - DIY Silk and Rose Clay Facial Soap Recipe - Also makes a great body soap and shampoo bar! (Palm free recipe)

This new homemade soap recipe is palm free for those who are eco-conscious or find it difficult to source sustainable palm oil. It’s creamy lather leaves your face feeling moisturized, not tight and dry, and is formulated from moisture binding silk amino acids, rich jojoba, argan & sweet almond oils, shea butter and gentle rose kaolin clay that’s perfect for all skin types. But don’t just limit this lush handmade soap to your face. Try it as a body soap and even as a shampoo bar!

Looking for more homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Get started by purchasing the Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold needed for my Silk & Rose Clay Homemade Facial Soap Recipe. Then be sure to also check out my other homemade bath and body recipes that utilize this same mold to get those creative juices flowing: Natural Patchouli & Rose Complexion Bar, Handmade Triple Butter Solid Sugar Scrub Hearts, Handmade Heart Shaped Handmilled Soap, Homemade 4th of July Red White & Blue Soap, Handmilled Lavender & Dead Sea Salt Milk Soap, and Valentine’s Day Solid Lotion Bars.

You can find more homemade soap recipes by visiting Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen as well as by following my DIY Bath & Body Board on Pinterest! And for DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas, be sure to also follow my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest.


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