Weekly Wrap Up (Week of April 16th-April 22nd)

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These Hand Poured 100% Soy Lemongrass Citronella Outdoor Candles from Pure Palette naturally deter mosquitoes and other biting insects!

I missed writing a weekly wrap up the past two weeks in a row. Part of it was getting behind on blog projects. Part of it was getting the house cleaned for a game night James was hosting. Part of it was just life. And being overwhelmed. I had a freak out week where I was just overly consumed about failing with my new direction. Quitting my day job. Meeting the weekly blogging goals I set for myself. Terrified I won’t be able to hack it blogging full time and make enough to both pay my debts and live off of.

So between coming up with new bath and body recipes, trying to get them executed, and stressing myself to the point there was too much in my head to focus I forgot for a moment that this is what I love. And it’s okay to not always get it right.

Week before last I had not one, but two projects fail. But that’s the process. I had to remember that I am only one person. I’m not Martha Stewart. I don’t have an insane budget to play with. I don’t have employees. I don’t have a photographer or a designer. And I definitely don’t have a savvy marketing guru in my corner. There’s just me.

Realistically, one person can only do so much. And unfortunately not all of my days are sunny. So I have shelved some of the higher expectations I’ve set for myself and I got some of my mojo back this week. I was able to post three original projects for you all to give a try. And I’m pretty excited about that. (I found this article from Wit & Delight especially inspiring in getting my head back to where it needs to be.)

James shopping for an electric smoker for a cookout & cocktail party!

I also remembered I need support and friends and breaks in my life. So this week I’ve also been working on planning a cocktail & cookout party for James and my friends in May. James bought a smoker so he can smoke a ridiculous amount of meat and I’ve been hunting for awesome cocktail recipes that I can serve punch style in mason jar drink containers. I’ve also been making some fun party favors for swag bags like my soap donuts, solid salt scrub donuts and bug away butter. And, I’ve been shopping too.

"Planted" Flash Temporary Tattoos by Steffi Lynn of Have a Nice Day Out of Brooklyn, NY

I bought some amazing lemongrass + citronella bug free zone candles from Pure Palette, who also resides in my home state Virginia, so we’re not spilling cocktails or dropping meats because we’re busy swatting at annoying biting insects.

I also bought some handmade goodies for my party swag bags including some super fun temporary tattoos from both PiCO Tatouage Temporaire out of Canada and Have a Nice Day out of Brooklyn, NY. (Pictured above are Steffi Lynn’s “Planted” Flash Temporary Tattoos.)

And I bought an assortment of both fan favorites and Fiesta Lollipops from Luxe Lollies that includes flavors like Salted Watermelon Jalapeno Limeade, Muy Loco Salted Jalapeno Margarita, Delicioso Salted Margarita, Nutty Horchata, and Pineapple Jalapeño Lime.

Reusable Party Animal Favor Bags from Love & Confetti

And of course one must have swag bags to put said party favors in! So I bought these fun reusable (I mean, it IS earth day everyday!) party animal favor bags from With Love & Confetti. (Discover more party inspiration on my Party Ideas Pinterest board.)

I also want to make some Star Wars inspired and mustache soaps as well as some mini perfumes so each bag has some variety with no two being quite exactly the same. And of course I’ll be posting those projects here on the blog at some point so you won’t miss out either!

Cardamom Rose Facial Grain Scrub Recipe via Catching Seeds Blog

While you’re waiting on me to post more of my new DIY projects, be sure to check out these bath and body recipe favorites I discovered this week from other bloggers:

(Discover more of my favorite skincare and soap recipes on my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board.)

Confetti Bundt Cake Bath Bombs from The Bath Candy Shop! This handmade bath bomb is scented with a confetti cake fragrance and is topped with soap drizzle and sprinkles.

And here are some of my favorite products I’ve been crushing on this week:

(For even more of my favorites you can follow my collections on Etsy.)

That’s all for today! I hope to “see” you again right here at Soap Deli News next week! In the meantime, you can find & follow me on Pinterest,  G+,  Tumblr,  Facebook,  Twitter,  Blog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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DIY Rainbow Soap Favors

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These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings! Read on to learn how to make your own!

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

DIY Rainbow Soap Favors

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

4.8 oz. basic clear melt and pour glycerin soap base
11.5 oz. basic white melt and pour soap base
Stained Glass Liquid Soap Color Sample Set
Turquoise Teal Mica Powder, or similar

Tools & Supplies:

digital scale
Ozera Silicone 6-Cavity Rectangle Soap Mold
Basic Guest Round Silicone Soap Mold
spray bottle filled with isoprophyl (rubbing) alcohol
glass Pyrex measuring cup
shallow glass bowl
utensils for mixing
Chef’s knife
cutting board

Instructions:

I used basic glycerin melt and pour soap bases for my DIY rainbow soap favors as this base tends to set up a LOT more quickly than the natural soap bases reducing the time spent waiting on the soap to set up. You can use a natural soap base however for the very last step, with the final blue layer around the white cloud, I recommend a basic base.

If you’d like to scent your DIY rainbow soap favors, use the recommended amount for your fragrance oil of choice at each step. Avoid using a fragrance oil with vanilla as it will turn your soap brown over time. You should also avoid fragrances with a yellow tint as it will affect the color of your soap – ie. your white cloud may become a yellow-ish one.

You’ll start by making the rainbows for this soap project. Begin by placing the rectangular soap mold onto a cutting board for easy transport.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Weigh out .65 oz. of your clear melt and pour soap base. Place the soap in a small Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the soap for about 15 seconds in the microwave, just until soap has melted. Don’t allow the soap to boil. Add 4 drops of the Stained Glass Santa Red Soap Color. Stir, then pour the soap into one cavity of the Ozera soap mold.

Spritz the top of the soap with alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Place in the refrigerator until the soap has solidified.

Once the soap solidifies you’re ready for the next layer.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Starting with a freshly washed glass Pyrex measuring cup, weigh out .7 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Heat to melt then add 5 drops of the Stained Glass Citrus Orange Soap Color. Stir to combine.

Spritz the top of the previously poured layer of red soap with alcohol, then pour the orange tinted soap on top of the red soap layer. Spritz with alcohol again to remove any soap bubbles.

Refrigerate the soap until the orange layer solidifies.

Repeat the previous steps using .65 oz. of clear melt and pour soap and 7 drops of Stained Glass Lemon Yellow Soap Color.

On top of the yellow layer, add .7 oz. clear melt and pour soap with 4 drops of Stained Glass Forest Green Soap Color.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Follow the green soap layer with .7 oz. of clear melt and pour soap and 4 drops of Stained Glass Ocean Blue Soap Color.

Follow the blue soap layer with .7 oz. of clear melt and pour soap and 3 drops of Stained Glass Violet Soap Color.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Finally, add .7 oz. of clear melt and pour with 7 drops of the Stained Glass Violet Soap Color – or purple if you have it – as the final layer in your rainbow soap.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Once your rainbow soap bar has fully solidified, carefully remove it from the mold.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Using a Chef’s knife, cut the bar of rainbow soap into six equally sized strips.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Set your rainbow soap slices aside.

You’re now ready to make the cloud base for your DIY rainbow soap favors. Place the guest round soap mold on a cutting board for easy transport.

Now weigh out 2.5 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the soap in the microwave until melted.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Pour the white melt and pour soap base equally into each of the mold’s cavities, about 1/3rd of the way full.

Place the mold in the refrigerator, using the cutting board for support, until the soap hardens.

Now remove the soap from the fridge. Spritz the tops of the solidified white melt and pour soap with alcohol.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Gently curve six of the rainbow strips into rainbow shapes and place one rainbow into each of the guest soap mold’s cavities.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Weigh out 5 oz. of white melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks and place inside the glass Pyrex measuring cup.

Melt the soap in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Spritz the tops of the white soap base in the mold, then carefully fill all six of the mold’s cavities with the melted soap around the rainbows. Allow the soap to harden in the fridge.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Once your DIY rainbow soap favors have hardened, carefully remove them from the mold.

Now melt 4 oz. of white melt and pour soap base in a shallow glass bowl. Add the teal mica powder to the melted base to suit and mix well to combine.

Allow the blue tinted soap to cool slightly, then dip the base of each of the rainbow soaps into the soap. Allow the soap to cool further then dip the soap into the blue soap again.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Place the rainbow soaps on parchment or wax paper in between dipping them in the blue soap. Allow them to harden after each dip in the “blue sky” before dipping again.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

As the blue soap hardens around the white base of the rainbow soaps, you can fold the soap over or add clumps of half hardened blue soap. Then simply re-heat the blue soap again if needed and dip the rainbow soap bases into the blue melted soap again to smooth out the edges of the soap for a smooth finish.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Once you’ve reached your desired look, simply allow the soaps to finish solidifying. Then simply package as desired for gifts or party favors.

If you are making my DIY rainbow soap favors to sell, you’ll need to label your soaps appropriately to meet state and federal laws. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

For more of my homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board as well my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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DIY New Year’s Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

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New Year's Beauty DIY - Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

Celebrate the New Year with lots of sparkle and shine by crafting your own DIY Gala Shimmer Sticks! These sparkling beauty sticks can be applied to your face, lips and body for a shimmering effect wherever you want! Keep them simple or “dress” them up with fragrance and even a hint of color!

Handmade DIY New Year Gala Shimmer Sticks

This beauty recipe was created using the DIY Shimmer Stick Kit from Wholesale Supplies Plus with a few additional fun ingredients. As I chose to add fragrance – and even color! – to mine, you’ll need a few additional ingredients in addition to the kit if you also wish to add a scent and/or color. I also created cute labels that you can print for your own shimmer sticks.

DIY Tinted Pink Champagne New Year's Gala Shimmer Stick

Pink Champagne New Year Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

Adapted from the Shimmer Stick Recipe at Wholesale Supplies Plus

Ingredients:

2 oz. Refined Shea Butter
2 oz. Smooth & Creamy Lotion Bar Additive
2 ml Pink Champagne Fragrance Oil
2 Tablespoons Iridescent Super Sparkle Glitter
Red Orange Oil Locking Mica Shimmer (to suit, optional)

Instructions:

In a double boiler melt the smooth and creamy lotion bar additive, then add the shea butter and continue to heat until all ingredients are fully melted. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a microwave. Simply melt the lotion bar additive in a glass Pyrex measuring cup at reduced power until it has melted about half way, then add the shea butter and continue heating at reduced power until fully melted. Carefully remove from heat source.

Using a plastic transfer pipette, measure out 2 ml of the fragrance oil and stir into the shimmer stick base. Then measure out the glitter and stir in as well. Allow to sit for several minutes, then stir again to thoroughly incorporate glitter, then pour evenly into four 1 oz. clear push up sticks.

To tint your shimmer sticks pink that won’t leave color behind, add 1/2 teaspoon to base and mix well before pouring. For a lightly tinted shimmer stick that gives just a hint of color to lips and cheeks, add 2 teaspoons. For richer lipstick like color use four teaspoons of red orange oil locking mica shimmer. (Note that if you plan to use shimmer sticks on lips, only use lip safe flavor fragrances.)

Allow product to cool at room temp as sharp temperature changes will cause the product to sink and crack in the middle.

DIY New Year's Gala Shimmer Sticks with Printable Labels

Once your shimmer sticks have cooled, screw on the lids and add your labels! For this project I decorated my shimmer stick containers with my Printable Gala Shimmer Stick Sticker Labels {download labels here} as well as Pink Cherry Blossom Snowflake and Peach & Gold Corner Japanese Washi Tapes from Cute Tape.


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Last Minute DIY Halloween Decorating, Costume & Party Ideas

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DIY Halloween Costume, Decorating and Party Ideas

NBC’s premiere of Dracula with Jonathan Rhys Meyers is tomorrow! I’m pretty psyched about the show and I’m really hoping that it doesn’t disappoint. I even put a reminder on my phone and my google calendar! Quickly following on the shows heels is, of course, is Halloween which definitely requires a lot more prep work than a season premiere. Fingers crossed I can pull off a last minute Halloween costume.

In the meantime, because surely some of you are scrambling at the last minute as well, here are a few of my favorite DIY Halloween decorating, costume and party treat ideas. Even if you don’t get any of them made, at least they’re pretty – scary? – to look at. You can discover all of my Halloween finds and ideas on my Halloween DIY Projects & Ideas board on Pinterest.

DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas and Party Printables1. Frida Inspired Hand Painted Pumpkin via Alisa Burke | 2. Printable Halloween Wine Labels via elegance & enchantment | 3. Printable Halloween Treat Bags via The Neighborhood

Handmade Halloween Party and Costume DIY's

4. DIY Scroll Test Tube Halloween Party Invitations via Sugar & Cloth | 5. DIY Halloween Stir Sticks via Tattooed Martha | 6. DIY Back from the Grave Halloween Nails via Lanie Buck

Handmade Halloween Projects for Parties, Costumes and Decorating

7. DIY Halloween Skeleton Terrarium Party Favors via Please Note | 8. Carved & Painted Halloween Pumpkin via The Pinning Mama | 9. Halloween Pop Art Makeup Tutorial via Fashion Journal


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DIY Handmade Favor Boxes for Your Seasonal Holiday Gifts and Treats

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Favor boxes are loads of fun to make, give and receive! With so many holidays creeping up between now and the end the year, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite handmade diy favor boxes that can be crafted for any seasonal party. Just use the templates and alter your card stock paper colors and patterns to fit whatever seasonal theme you’re throwing a party for! They’re perfect for Halloween treats, Thanksgiving favors and even tiny Christmas gifts.
Fun Favor Boxes from Bijoux Bride
Print out the template for this fun Hershey kiss shaped box from Bijoux Bride along with the little flag to add a special message to your tiny gift. It doesn’t have to say “thank you.” It can be a seasonal wish like “happy holidays”  or simply contain your guest’s name and double as a table place card.
Party Favors from Miss Fancy Pants
These simple favor boxes from Miss Fancy Pants are simple to make but don’t quite look the part. Patterned papers and easy embellishments make each favor look individually done for it’s recipient so there’s no need for anyone to know they were done on a tiny assembly line on your kitchen table. Just use the template to make your boxes and re-size if needed for different sized gifts.
Free Printable Pillow Gift Boxes from Oh the lovely things
If you’re short on funds or don’t have extra scrap booking papers on hand for use with a template, then give these free printable pillow gift boxes from Oh the lovely things a try! Not only do they look great, but they’re a snap to seal even if you’ve run out of tape at the last minute.
Now that you have your packaging, you’ll want to fill it up! Steer away from just candies – unless you’re giving away Halloween treats – and opt for something creative like tiny guest sized handmade soaps, handmade lip balms, handmade solid perfume tins or handmade lotion samples for the ladies. You can find out how to make a whole score of goodies at Soap Deli News. And, for more packaging ideas, please visit my Pretty Packaging Board on Pinterest.
What are some of your favorite ways to wrap gifts and package favors for the holidays and special events?

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