Summer Sweets to Treat Your Skin + Weekly Wrap Up

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As much as I love making my own bath and body products, I simply adore buying them too! Sometimes perhaps a little too much. But there are just so many amazing and creative soapmakers and artisans out there, it’s sometimes hard to resist.

Summer Sweets to Treat Your Skin! Shop for sweet summer bath and body treats to indulge in this summer!

So, to kick off the end of spectacular week, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite handmade bath and body products I recently discovered. Even if you’re just window shopping, you can still sweeten up your summer with a little eye candy! Following are just a few fun handmade summer sweets to treat your skin!

Summer Sweets to Treat Your Skin

Unicorn Parfait from The Bath Candy Shop
Unicorn Parfait via The Bath Candy Shop

Beach House Whipped Sugar Scrub from Nectar Fresh Body
Beach House Whipped Sugar Scrub via Nectar Fresh Body

Mermaid Cove Bubble Bar from Shimmer & Luxe
Mermaid Cove Bubble Bar via Shimmer & Luxe

Summer Collection Bath Bombs from The Bath Candy Shop
Summer Collection Bath Bombs via The Bath Candy Shop

Beach House Cold Process Soap from Nectar Fresh Body
Beach House Cold Process Soap via Nectar Fresh Body

Unicorn Magic Bubble Bar from Shimmer & Luxe
Unicorn Magic Bubble Bar via Shimmer & Luxe

Hot diggity dog bath bombs from The Big Meltdown

Hot Diggity Dog Bath Bombs via The Big Meltdown

Pink Sprinkled Donut Lip Balm from Sweet Suds by April

Pink Sprinkled Donut Lip Balm via Sweet Suds by April

Donut Bubble Bar from Yours Truly

Donut Bubble Bar via Yours Truly

Don't Be Sour Shower Jelly from The Big Melt Down

Don’t Be Sour Shower Jelly via The Big Meltdown

Birthday Cake Soap Slice from B Sweet Soap

Birthday Cake Soap Slice via B Sweet Soap

L Frank Rainbow Bath Bomb from The Big Meltdown

L Frank Rainbow Bath Bomb via The Big Meltdown

Confetti Sprinkled Fudge Brownie Soap via Sweet Suds by April

Confetti Sprinkled Fudge Brownie Soap via Sweet Suds by April

David Bowie Bath Bomb created by Glittery Nightmares on Etsy! This Starman inspired bath bomb is crafted using a handmade mold. It's then hand painted. Drop this homage to David Bowie in water and it will release an array of colors in red, yellow, pink, orange and blue. Plus a dash of glitter!

Also sweet, just not in an edible sort of way, is this crazy cool David Bowie Bath Bomb. Created by Glittery Nightmares on Etsy, this Starman inspired bath bomb is crafted using a handmade mold.

It’s then hand painted. Drop this homage to David Bowie in water and it will release an array of colors in red, yellow, pink, orange and blue. Plus a dash of glitter! It’s made to order, so be sure to plan ahead if you need this sweet bath bomb by a certain date or for an event. You can get it here.

Julep Bright & Bold Summer Nail Polish Colors!

Also, now through July 24th, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT, or while supplies last, Julep is offering hot deals on their summer nail polish colors! Score a nail polish duo for just $10 or get your hands on a trio of polishes for only $12! What a deal, right?!

These bright and refreshing nail colors will look great when you’re lounging out by the pool or hitting your favorite summer festival! Shop here now before this offer expires.

Beauty at your doorstep! Enjoy a customizable Julep Beauty Box subscription that lets you choose full-size beauty and polish from brand-new collections every month.

In addition to their summer sale, Julep also has a sweet deal when you join their monthly beauty box subscription. Visit Julep here to take their 1-minute beauty quiz so they can customize your first box. Then use coupon code: SUMMERPOP to get your first box FREE! Even better, you can customize the products you want in each of your monthly beauty boxes AND you can also skip boxes at any time! Offer ends August 31st, 2017.

Alternately, you can get a FREE K-Beauty Fresh Start 5-piece skin & nail care gift ($114 value!) with your subscription to Julep’s Beauty Box. This introductory gift includes their pampering Korean skincare favorites and Julep’s award-winning nail treatment. To get this offer instead, use coupon code: FRESHGIFT at checkout and sign up here. But hurry, this offer ends July 31st, 2017.

Bath & Body Summer Sweets! Share your sweet summer treats you've made for your skin this summer!

Do you make your own handmade bath and body projects? Be sure to share your own homemade summer sweets by tagging them with #soapdelishowoff on instagram for a chance to have your products or shop featured on future weekly wrap ups!

For more great bath and body finds as well as homemade soap, bath and beauty recipes, be sure to follow my Pinterest boards here. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts directly to your email via FeedBurner.


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How to Throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party

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I’ve hosted several craft & cocktail nights already this summer. One project in particular however that a lot of friends and acquaintances wanted to try was bath bombs. But the logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people was a bit daunting.

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people can be a bit daunting especially with everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs. It takes a bit of planning to pull the whole thing off. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to learn how!

As I only own one scale and everyone wanted to create their own custom bath bombs it took a bit of planning to pull the whole thing off. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Keep reading to learn how!

How to throw a DIY bath bomb party!

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Step One

Your first step in planning a DIY bath bomb party is to choose a bath bomb recipe. (I used a spin off of my fizzing bath truffles recipe here for my DIY bath bomb party. Pictured above is my mermaid lagoon bath bomb for which you can find the recipe here.)

My recommendation is to look not only for a simple beginner bath bomb recipe, but perhaps use a no fail bath bomb recipe. You’ll also want to consider how your bath bombs are going to hold up in your current climate. Heat and humidity have a bad habit of turning a bath bomb success into a bath bomb fail and you don’t want your party guests to be disappointed.

Once you’ve found a recipe you think will work for your DIY bath bomb party, try it out! You’ll not only need to be sure that the recipe is easy to create, but that it’s going to be the success you’re hoping for. In addition, you’ll need to be confident in making the bath bomb recipe that you’ve chosen so you’re able to instruct your guests on not only the ins and outs of this project, but also to offer helpful tips if someone seems to be struggling to get it right.

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

Step Two

The next step will be designing a bath bomb instruction sheet! This sheet should offer customization choices for your party guests.

I created my recipe and instruction sheet with the title of the bath bombs at the top of the page followed by a space that my guests could write in their name and the creation date of their custom bath bombs. I then typed out a list of the basic ingredients that would be needed to make the backbone of the bath bombs. This was followed by customization choices where party guests were able to write in the types and amounts of the additional ingredients they chose to use.

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

You can offer just one or two options for customization such as color and scent for a quick and easy project. Alternately, if you have a lot of various materials on hand, you can also offer different options for butters, carrier oils, clay, micas, lake dyes, and/or botanicals. For each of the additional ingredient options, you can either pre-fill in the amounts needed or let your guests choose which ingredient to use. You can also create the recipe so that all of the additional ingredients are entirely optional.

I used a high amount of cocoa butter in the DIY bath bomb party recipe I chose to help the bath bombs stay together and unmold easily even in the summer heat. However, if you also want to give your guests the choice of using hard or even soft butters in their bath bomb recipe, then keep in mind you will need a way to melt the butters.

I have only two microwaves and very little kitchen space. Therefore my guest created bath bombs in stages in sets of two with one group picking up where the next group left off. This also allowed for those a little shy about plunging right into the process time to get a feel for how it all worked.

For my liquid additives, I designed my DIY bath bomb party recipe sheet so that carrier oils, fragrances, etc. were measured out in mL using graduated plastic transfer pipettes which can be purchased inexpensively in bulk. The dry ingredient additions were also measured in teaspoons rather than a weight measurement as I currently only own one scale. This way no one was on the sidelines of the process for too long.

Once you have the logistics for your bath bomb recipe worked out, type up an instruction sheet for your DIY bath bomb party guests in a word program. Then simply print off enough sheets for everyone who will be in attendance. (You’ll want your guests to RSVP early so you have time to purchase enough supplies for everyone as well as to print off the correct amount of instruction sheets you’ll need. It’s up to you whether or not you’ll charge a materials fee.)

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Step Three

Once you’ve decided on your recipe and options, you’ll need to decide what type of bath bomb mold to use. I opted for halving the bath bomb recipe I chose in order to use smaller 1.75″ diameter round bath bomb molds. This allowed everyone to make a handful of bath bombs rather than just one or two large ones.

In addition, it also enabled everyone to take their bath bombs home while they were still in the molds. This way no one felt pushed to unmold their bath bombs too early. And no one had to worry about picking them up later if they chose to wait. It also kept their bath bombs from being damaged in transport home and they got to keep their molds. The smaller molds also allowed more guests to attend without driving up the cost of purchasing enough large 2.75″ bath bomb molds for everyone to create several bath bombs each.

Otherwise, you’ll need to allow enough time during your DIY bath bomb party for the bath bombs to harden enough to be unmolded prior to your guests leaving.

Step Four

Either the night before or the morning of, create a basic DIY bath bomb party kit for each of the guests who will be in attendance. By doing this, your guests don’t need to fight for access to a scale in order to weigh each of the ingredients. It also makes the process less daunting for first timers and leaves more time for social interaction.

For my DIY bath bomb party kits I weighed out 1 oz. of cocoa butter (per my recipe sheet) for each guest and put it into a snack sized zipper bag. I then weighed out and combined baking soda and SLSA into a sandwich zipper bag for each guest along with a third bag with the citric acid. Each kit was then placed into a brown paper bag with the three ingredient bags and bath bomb molds.

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Step Five

With your DIY bath bomb kits ready to go and guests arriving later in the day, it’s time to lay out your additional ingredients that your party guests can choose to use in addition to the kits.

For my carrier oils and Polysorbate 80 I filled 2-3 small 2 oz. bottles for each liquid ingredient. This allowed more hands to access the same ingredients at the same time. This also helped to prevent cross contamination on larger bottles of ingredients that you’ll be using in future products. You can do the same thing with your fragrance or essential oils if desired. Or simply be sure everyone is using a fresh pipette when they are adding more valuable resources that you aren’t able to divide into smaller containers for this purpose.

Make sure to label your smaller containers with sticker paper so everyone knows what’s inside of each one.

I then filled low profile jars with various clays and botanicals and labeled them as well. I left my mica colors and glitter in the original containers.

Be sure to set up a container of fresh pipettes and measuring spoons on your ingredient table along with large glass mixing bowls – one for each guest – utensils and/or large glass Pyrex measuring cups. If you only have one set of measuring spoons and are short on glass mixing bowls, ask if some of your DIY bath bomb party attendees can bring a set of their own.

You’ll also need to set out the bath bomb recipe instruction sheets and some pens. In addition, I also included a roll of masking tape for everyone to tape their bath bomb molds closed together once they were made for easier transport home.

Step Six

It’s finally time to get your party on! Once everyone arrives for the party I recommend kicking things off with light appetizers or a cheese tray and some wine or sangria. Unless of course you’re hosting a teenage DIY bath bomb party. In which case you could whip up one or two pitcher mocktails just for fun!

Once everyone has had a chance to get settled in, do a meet and greet to get comfortable. Then pass out the instruction sheets, kits and pens to each party guest. Go over the basics of making their bath bombs then instruct the group as begin the fun filled journey of making their very own DIY bath bombs!

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

Once everyone had completed their individual bath bombs at my party, my guests also combined the leftover bath bomb mix they’d made into layers into a popsicle mold to make unicorn horn bath bombs. These made for some really creative unicorn horn bath bombs especially since everyone chose different additives and fragrances.

I unmolded the unicorn bath bombs the next morning – you do need to give these a solid tap to get them out – and distributed them among my friends in attendance the next time I saw them.

If there’s time after everyone has made their bath bombs and not everyone is ready to rush off, then I recommend relaxing with a fun party game afterwards! My friends and I recently had a ton of fun playing Exploding Kittens with the first expansion pack, Imploding Kittens, after a DIY Nail Polish Craft & Cocktail Night.

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

If you like my ideas for throwing a DIY bath bomb party, then you may also like my ideas for having a unicorn party! You can find my guide on how to throw a unicorn paint party here!

For more entertaining and party ideas, be sure to visit my Party Ideas board on Pinterest. You can also find some great cocktail recipes on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board.

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Foaming Oat Body Scrub Recipe with Frankincense & Tamanu Oil

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This foaming oat body scrub recipe is homemade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Tamanu oil specifically possesses a variety of properties useful in skin care applications. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and analgesic carrier oil. Additionally tamanu oil is also rich in antioxidants and is a wonderful moisturizer.

Because of this, tamanu oil has been traditionally used as a natural home remedy to promote the healing of minor wounds and abrasions, insect bites and sunburns. It’s also beneficial in relieving bothersome skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, dry or scaly skin, and eczema.

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

My foaming oat body scrub recipe is suitable for all skin types, including normal and oily skin. As it contains a foaming bath whip, it can be used to exfoliate and cleanse skin in place of your usual soap or body wash.

This body scrub is perfect for those who prefer a product that rinses away completely after use rather than leaving beneficial oils behind. This makes it a great body scrub option for summer when skin tends to sweat and produce more oils.

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Foaming Oat Body Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

11 oz.Crafter’s Choice foaming bath whip (or similar)
4 oz. oat butter (or another hydrogenated butter)
.5 oz. tamanu oil
.5 oz. cocoa butter
.3 oz. emulsifying wax
.2 oz. frankincense essential oil
20 oz. granulated white sugar

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for my foaming oat body scrub recipe.

Being by weighing out the cocoa butter and emulsifying wax. Combine in a large 8 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup or glass bowl. Heat the wax and cocoa butter in the microwave at 40% power until melted. Alternately you may also use a double boiler.

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Remove the melted ingredients from heat then weigh out the oat butter. Stir the oat butter into the melted ingredients until it has fully melted.

Follow with the foaming bath whip, then mix with a power hand blender for about 2 minutes.

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Weigh out the frankincense essential oil and mix into the ingredients using a hand blender.

(If you’d like to learn more about frankincense essential oil, including the difference between the four main types of frankincense, be sure to check out my rose body butter recipe here.)

Once all of the wet ingredients are thoroughly combined you can add the sugar.

Slowly add the sugar mixing with a hand blender until all of the sugar is evenly distributed throughout. When the sugar is well incorporated into your oat body scrub, you are ready to pour the scrub into containers.

Evenly fill three 9 oz. clear straight sided glass jars with silver metal lug caps with your foaming oat body scrub. (I got my containers from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.)

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Allow your body scrub to fully cool, then screw on the lug caps and label as desired for gifting or personal use.

If you’d like to sell the scrubs you create using my foaming oat body scrub recipe, then you’ll need to label your product so that it meets FDA guidelines. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

For even more of my homemade body scrub recipes, visit Soap Deli News blog here. You can also find more great body scrub and skin care recipes on my Pinterest boards here.

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And, if you make your own bath & body products, be sure to add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts for a chance to have your homemade products featured! I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my (semi-regular) weekend wrap up posts!


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Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe

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Learn how to make a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual! This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

When placed in water, your mermaid lagoon bath bomb will spin, fizz and sparkle releasing a beautiful blue color, eco-friendly rainbow glitter and skin loving ingredients including kelp powder, oat butter and coconut oil. The cocoa butter shell will also gradually melt in warm bath water as it releases from your mermaid lagoon bath bomb enveloping you with it’s skin nourishing properties.

Ready to create your own fun mermaid lagoon bath bomb but have had trouble making your own homemade bath bombs in the past? Not to worry. I created my mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe with ingredients to help your bath bombs stay together even in humid conditions! Keep reading to learn how to them!

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

9 oz. baking soda
5 oz. citric acid
.5 oz. SLSA
.5 oz. kelp powder
.5 oz. kaolin (white cosmetic) clay
.5 oz. refined coconut oil
.5 oz. oat butter
.5 oz. cocoa butter or kokum butter
.05 oz. (about 1 Tbs) blue 1 lake dye powder
.6 oz. (about 2 Tbs) fine silver (or rainbow) biodegradable cosmetic glitter
.2 oz. polysorbate 80
.25 oz. cyclamen & citron fragrance oil (or scent of choice)
additional cocoa butter or kokum butter (for seashell embeds)

Instructions:

You’ll begin by creating your seashell embeds. I used a Wilton seashore silicone mold. However, if you aren’t able to find one, you can use another seashell silicone mold of your choice. Begin by melting a small amount of cocoa butter by placing it in the microwave and heating at 40% power until melted. (Alternately, you can also use a double boiler.)

If you are using the Wilton mold, you will need .75 oz. (by weight) to fill each of the two shell cavities in your mold. Otherwise, melt enough cocoa butter to fill two of the shell cavities in your alternate mold. Then pour the melted cocoa butter into the mold cavities. (If you’ve melted too much cocoa butter, simply fill additional mold cavities as needed and you can use the cocoa butter for other projects later on.)

Once the cocoa butter solidifies in the mold, remove the seashells from the mold and set aside.

You’ll next mix the ingredients together that will form your mermaid lagoon bath bombs.

Using a digital scale, weigh out all of the dry ingredients into a large glass bowl or large Pyrex measuring cup. This includes the baking soda, citric acid, SLSA, kelp powder, kaolin clay, lake blue dye and the glitter. (For safety please wear a face mask when working with the SLSA as it’s an airborne ingredient that is easily inhaled into your mouth and nose.)

Combine the dry ingredients using a fork until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Set aside.

Now weigh out .5 oz. of cocoa butter into a separate, large glass bowl or similar. Heat in the microwave at 40% power until melted.

Remove from heat and weigh out the coconut oil and oat butter. (You can substitute the oat butter with another hydrogenated butter if desired.) Stir these ingredients into the melted cocoa butter until they have melted.

Follow with the polysorbate 80 (which helps to prevent bathtub rings from the color used) and the fragrance oil, weighing them first so you are adding the correct amount. Mix into the melted butters and coconut oil.

Now pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing with a fork as you go. Once the wet and dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated you are ready to form your first mermaid lagoon bath bomb.

To do this, place one of your cocoa butter seashells into one side of a 2.75″ bath bomb mold. Follow with the bath bomb mixture you just made, loosely piling the ingredients into the mold half so it’s a rounded mound. Don’t press the mixture into this half. If you do, your two sides won’t stick together.

Next fill the matching half to the mold half you just filled with the blue bath bomb mixture in the same way.

Now quickly and precisely as you are able, press the two halves of your bath bomb mold together as firmly as you can. If you aren’t able to get the two halves of the mold to snap together – I usually can’t – you can tape them together to ensure the mold stays in place with a bit of masking tape.

Now repeat this same process with a second mold set.

Set your filled mermaid lagoon bath bomb molds aside in a cool, dry location.

After two days, you’re ready to unmold your bath bombs! (Technically you can unmold your bath bomb sooner, but I like to leave mine alone an extra day just to be on the safe side!)

Once you’ve unmolded each mermaid lagoon bath bomb, you are ready to decorate the embedded seashells!

To do this, first lightly brush off any loose or excess bath bomb material from the center of the bombs where the two halves of your mold met as well as around the shells.

Now, mix a small amount of mica powder with 99% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol until it’s the consistency of paint and flows smoothly off a small craft paintbrush. (I used a pearl shimmer and a gold sparkle mica mixing each one separately and then layered them as desired onto the shells.)

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Once you have your desired look and while the mica “paint” is still slightly damp, sprinkle a bit of your fine eco-glitter onto the shells of each  mermaid lagoon bath bomb.

Your bath bombs are now complete! All that’s left is to wrap each of your mermaid lagoon bath bombs tightly in foodservice film or some other airtight packaging of your choice.

Be sure to use your mermaid lagoon bath bombs within a few months for best results as citric acid begins to lose it’s potency once exposed to air.

If you plan to sell your mermaid lagoon bath bombs, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. 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.

It is important to note that, as this product contains SLSA, it is considered a foaming detergent bath product. As such labeling requires an additional caution to be printed on the label unless it states that the product is for adult use only. This is in addition to the ingredient list and directions for use and other information required for cosmetic labeling.

FDA information on labeling foaming detergent bath products ie. bath bombs and/or bubble bar with SLSA.

Above is a screenshot of this requirement from the FDA website for cosmetic labeling regulations regarding this product.

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

For more homemade bath bomb recipes, visit Soap Deli News blog here. Not quite ready to make your own homemade bath bombs? You can shop from among a huge assortment of homemade bath bombs on Etsy here.

Mermaid Soap! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side!

If you like my mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe, then you’ll also want to check out my mermaid soap! You’ll make waves with my fun mermaid soap tutorial that walks you through the process of using melt and pour soap bases and mica colorants to create your very own mermaid soap! Find the tutorial here.

To discover even more of my homemade bath and body recipes as well as others from around the web, be sure to follow my Pinterest boards. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog 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.

And, if you make homemade soaps or bath & body products, be sure to add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured! I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my (semi-regular) weekend wrap up posts!


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Craft & Cocktail Night: DIY Nail Polish

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As mentioned in last week’s weekly wrap up, I’m going to be doing Craft & Cocktail Night about every other week with friends and acquaintances this summer. The first of such nights was this past Saturday when we made DIY nail polish!

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

I had been wanting to try this project for a while but had kept putting it off. So I finally took the plunge, bought the supplies and my friends and I all made DIY nail polish together.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Creating custom nail polish makes a wonderful DIY for a Craft & Cocktail Night as it’s actually a really easy project to do. This way everyone can have fun and catch up with friends – as well as make new ones! – without having to worry about making mistakes with a project and going home disappointed.

Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

To start off our DIY nail polish Craft & Cocktail Night, we first settled in with a cheese board I threw together and cocktails comprised of vodka and Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower and Rose Lemonade. (These are SO good. I buy my Elderflower and Rose Lemonade from The Fresh Market. You can mix it with either vodka or gin as strong as 1 part vodka to 1 part lemonade and it’s delish!)

After everyone was comfortable and we’d chatted for a bit we dove into making our own DIY nail polish.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

I purchased my supplies for this DIY nail polish project from Brambleberry. You’ll need their suspending nail polish base and nail polish mixing balls for this project, along with mica pigment powders to color your polish and solvent resistant or nail polish glitter, tiny 18mm funnels, mini .15cc scoops and nail polish containers of your choice. Toothpicks also come in handy. (If you don’t want to buy everything individually, Brambleberry also sells kits.)

I also bought some cute little decorative bags from my local craft supply store for everyone to take their completed projects home in. Once, you’ve gathered all of the materials needed for your DIY nail polish, you’re ready to begin!

DIY Nail Polish

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

To make your own DIY nail polish, you’ll begin by carefully pouring the suspending nail polish base into the nail polish bottle. We tried using a funnel for this but the funnel opening is too small to really get the nail polish base into the jar. This does take a little bit of patience.

Fill your nail polish bottle about 3/4 of the way full with the suspending nail polish base. Once you’ve added the base, drop 2-3 nail polish mixing balls to the nail polish container.

(As a side note, be sure to do this on a dedicated craft table or with a placemat underneath your work surface. The first time I made this some of the nail polish base spilled onto the tablecloth and went through to the table, taking the paint off.)

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Next, using a funnel, add mica pigment powder in your color(s) of choice to the bottle. I recommend 4-5 of the mini scoops for an opaque color. Or use less for a sheer color.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Tap the funnel into the nail polish jar to fill it. You can use a toothpick to help push more of the color into the jar if the funnel gets clogged.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

If desired, you can also add glitter to your custom DIY nail polish. We found using a small scoop for the glitter worked best and omitted the use of a funnel for this step.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Once you’ve added the color and glitter, add the brush and lid to your nail polish container.

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Shake well then test out your new nail polish on a finger. If desired, you can add additional mica and/or glitter to suit.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Be sure to keep track of the mica color(s) and the number of scoops you use for your nail polish in a notebook or an a piece of paper so you can recreate it later.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Once you’ve achieved your perfect nail polish color, you can decorate your nail polish bottles.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

We used washi tape to decorate our nail polish bottles but paint pens work great too.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

And that was it! Our new DIY nail polish was ready to rock!

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

We had a LOT of fun with this project and were each able to make more than one nail polish.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Afterwards, as there was still loads of time left in the evening, we broke out the card game, Exploding Kittens. None of us had ever played before so Bambi, who loves games, took the lead and read the rules. She also kept us straight when got confused.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Cathy got a kick out of the card instructions. (I’d purchased the NSFW version.)

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Once we’d played our first game of Exploding Kittens, we played a second with the first expansion pack, Imploding Kittens.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Cathy rocked the cone of shame as she was already wearing her kitty ears! She is always such fun and a great sport about everything!

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this super easy DIY nail polish tutorial as well as a peek into my first Craft & Cocktail Night of the summer! If you’ve thrown your own Craft & Cocktail Night, I’d love to hear what you did. So be sure to give me the skinny in the comments!

For more entertaining and party ideas, be sure to visit my Party Ideas board on Pinterest. You can also find some great cocktail recipes on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board.

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