Weekly Wrap Up (Week of April 23rd-April 29th)

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Being human we all make mistakes. Sometimes we even have soap disasters. Now these soap disasters can be rather disheartening especially if you worked really hard on something or you’re still new and just can’t seem to get it right. I’ve had two soapmaking disasters recently. What I’ve learned is, unless you make soap that’s lye heavy – it’s never really a disaster. What it is is an opportunity. A creative addition. An embed or an ingredient. A learning experience.

Rebatched Yogurt & Banana Soap with Loofah

The first time I made my yogurt & banana soap recipe with flax seed oil, it separated on me. I’d ended up with a false trace and tried to pour it sooner than I should have. I’d wanted to pour the soap into a mold with a loaf of loofah in it. And I was afraid that if it traced too heavily, then it wouldn’t go into the loofah at all. (This soap was inspired by this Dead Sea sponge soap.)

To save it, I dumped it all into a huge pot on the stove the next day. I added some half and half, some cocoa butter, some beeswax and a bit of stearic acid to harden it up. I tore the loofah up as I mixed everything together in the pot over heat. Then I remolded them.

These soaps actually turned out great in the end. (They’re pictured above.) The soap isn’t really pretty. It’s very rustic. But it is super conditioning and has some interesting texture because of the loofah.

DIY Star Wars inspired galaxy soaps!

The other soapmaking mishap took place when I was making my chia & charcoal soap recipe for the first time. I was wanting to use some of the soap batter in my Star Wars mold. Unfortunately, I had to mix this one to a heavy trace to be sure I didn’t get a false trace like the last time. And, I had to soap hot because I was using candelilla wax.

The soap batter made it into the mold, but even with pushing the soap into the mold with a spatula and some tapping, there were pieces of wings and other details missing from the ships. So I did what any soaper in my position might do. I drank a bottle of pinot grigio and embedded them into melt and pour soap galaxies!

I think they turned out pretty neat in the end. So I wanted to share how I made them.

To create these Star Wars inspired soaps, I first dusted the inside of my Star Wars mold with some super sparkles mica and jet black cosmetic glitter. (You could also use black flare mica.) I then filled the mold cavities with my chia & charcoal soap batter. (You can use your own favorite cold process soap recipe for this project! Just color the soap with coconut activated charcoalAustralian midnight black clay or black mica powder.

Once the soaps cured, I embedded them in a melt and pour soap base. I specifically used Stephenson’s natural crystal soap base. I chose this soap base because it has a high melt point and cools rather quickly which makes it great for swirling. (If you want to scent your base, be sure to weigh the amount of soap you’re using so you can figure out how much fragrance oil to add based on manufacturer’s guidelines.)

I cut this base into chunks, then divided it between two Pyrex measuring cups. I heated the soap at reduced power in the microwave until melted. Then, in one container I added electric blue mica powder. In the other I added cyber grape mica powder. (Both were added to suit.) I then mixed each batch of soap individually until the color was evenly distributed throughout the melted soap bases.

Next, I poured a small amount of the melted blue soap base into the cavities of my Crafter’s Choice basic round soap mold. I dusted some black glitter on top of that, then swirled the soap slightly with a fork. I waited for the soap to cool slightly then repeated the process with the melted purple soap.

DIY Star Wars Inspired Galaxy Soaps! Ships crashing into a blue and purple swirl of galaxy soap!

I allowed the soap to cool a bit more then I placed one of my ships into a cavity of soap and positioned as desired. Then I repeated layering the melted blue and purple soap with glitter until the cavity was full. I then repeated the process for all the remaining cavities of my mold.

DIY Star Wars inspired galaxy soaps!

Once the soaps hardened completely, I unmolded them and wrapped them tightly in foodservice film. And that was it! I hope this inspires some of you and that it helps newbies to realize that you never really fail. You are simply learning something new!

That’s all for this week! I can’t wait to dive into new some new soapmaking projects with you next week! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! And don’t forget to 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.

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.

Weekend Wrap Up (Week of March 26th-April 1st)

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This week I thought I’d share a few of my favorites things and products. What I’m watching, products currently I’m using, and other delights I’m crushing on this week. Of course, this video from SNOBLOVE Beauty topped my list. In this video, she shares how she made her stunningly beautiful cold process unicorn queen soap. You can also shop for this fab soap for a limited time while supplies last in The SNOBLOVE bar shop.

In addition to the occasional YouTube video, I’m also watching the series Legion, which is based on the Marvel Comics, Amazon’s Fortitude and Hulu’s Harlots with great anticipation. I’m also very much looking forward to seeing The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.

essence How To Make Bright Eyes Make-up Box

Products I’m using right now include:

Lotion: Savannah Bee Honey Body Lotion in Unscented
Hand Soap: Raw Sugar Natural Hand Wash in Coconut Mango (bathroom) and Lemon Sugar (kitchen)
Primer: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Luminous Light (This was a freebie via my ipsy rewards!)
CC Cream: Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream in Fair/Light
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Long-Wearing Blush in Risqué
Lip Crayon: LOC Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil in Punch Line (via my Birchbox subscription.)
Eyeshadow primer: Clinique Touch Base for Eyes in Canvas Light
Powder: bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Powder
Mascara: stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
Eyeshadow: essence How To Make Bright Eyes Make-up Box (They sell this at Target. I also use it to highlight my cheekbones.) Also Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa (via my ipsy subscription.)
Hair Care: Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer (via my ipsy subscription.)
Conditioners: Renpure Solutions Bamboo Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner and Renpure Advanced Extra Strength Biotin & Collagen Thickening Conditioner (They sell these at Target.)
Face Moisturizer: Body Merry’s Retinol Surge Moisturizer
Under Eye Cream: My own Anti-Aging Under Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid (Recipe here.)
Deodorant: My own Palmarosa + Lime Natural Deodorant Recipe with Aloe Vera Oil (Recipe here.)

Products I’ve purchased this week to try:

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer in Pink Berry Chiffon
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette
OPI Nail Polish in Princesses Rule

Also this week…

Made James and I #dinner tonight with one of the meals from #HelloFresh!

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I cooked this New York Strip Steak with Truffled Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Amandine for James & I from my Hello Fresh subscription. (James usually cooks.) If you sign up for HelloFresh here as a new subscriber you’ll get $40 off your first delivery.

I also discovered a great new easy non-toxic no scrub shower cleaner. Simply combine ½ cup Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner with ½ cup vinegar in a spray bottle & gently mix. Spray on your surface, wait several minutes then rinse! Voila! You can also use a couple tablespoons of Sal Suds for an average load of laundry, dilute with water to sponge down countertops or to mop your floor, or even mix with baking soda to make a powerful scouring agent for bathtubs and sinks. (You can buy Sal Suds here.)

DIY Donut Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess

I also fell in love with these DIY Donut Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess blog. They’re made with soap icing and real sprinkles. You can find the recipe to make your own here or repin this DIY here for later. For more DIY’s like this one be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board. Or, for donut bath bombs you can buy, visit Velvet Moon Studio on Etsy.

Rebecca D. Dillon, Author of Soap Deli News blog!

Additionally I also learned about the AirBrush app (available for both the iPhone and Android phones.) This amazing and easy to use app lets you take years off your appearance or simply adds makeup! This photo was retouched using the AirBrush app. I was wearing ZERO makeup in this selfie photo. All of the makeup was added using the app. You can get the app here.

That’s all for this week! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend filled with many fun and creative discoveries!

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Weekend Wrap Up (Week of March 19th-25th)

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Weekend Wrap Up at Soap Deli News blog!

As some of you may or may not know, I recently quit my day job to venture into blogging full time on March 1st. I feel like I overdid it a bit getting started as I took on the big projects I’d always wanted to do but didn’t have the time for first. Those projects included my mermaid soap tutorial, my geode soap tutorial and my both loved & reviled DIY poop emoji bubble bars. In addition to the time it took to complete the projects, taking and processing all of those photos was insane.

During my first week I tackled 12 hour days – which is actually about two hours less per day then when I was working full time and blog as a side gig. (I also updated my about page as well. So if you’re interested about the changes I’ve made and the goal for my blog you can get the skinny right here.)

Why hello, #Paris.

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It all kind of got derailed however while spending a week in Las Vegas with my boyfriend while he was at a conference last week. My to do list of projects took a back burner while I was gone – I was only able to write and schedule one blog post for the week – my anti-aging eye cream recipe – and my instagram profile temporarily took on quite a new look. I also learned that Vegas isn’t much fun solo. And I came home sick.

I’ve been sick this entire week and the last half of the week prior. Due to my job change my new insurance doesn’t kick in until April 1st so I’ve been suffering through it. Today is the first day I mostly think I’ve started to feel a bit better. I take that I’m not sneezing and blowing my nose every two minutes as a good sign. And I’m crossing my fingers I didn’t just jinx myself because I have dinner with my boyfriend’s mom who I’m meeting for the first time this evening. (She flew in from Florida for the weekend.) Meeting parents is not my strong suit so I’m working through the anxiety.

Anyhow, I finally feel like I’m getting back on track and I’m super excited about what the next few months will bring. My goal is to *try* to blog three DIY projects a week and then do a weekly wrap up just like this one so you know what’s going on in my head and I can share all the super fun stuff I discovered during the week that wouldn’t ordinarily get blogged. If you follow me on social media you’ll find that I do share a lot of these things there. I also share a lot of past projects and recipes that you may have missed along with new discoveries on my Tumblr blog so if you’ve not read it, I hope you’ll check it out.

Off the Grid Modern Farm Dollhouse DIY via Handmade Charlotte blog

So diving right in (but not really because that intro was crazy long!) I am hard crushing on this Off the Grid Modern Farm Dollhouse DIY from Handmade Charlotte. As you may have guessed, I was also pretty crafty as a kid. In addition to once throwing a magic show on our back deck when I was around 7? where I jumped out of a me sized mermaid tail crafted from newspaper, tape and aluminum foil to kick off the show, I was also pretty keen on making dollhouse furniture. So when I discovered this DIY for making this farm dollhouse complete with furniture and other cool features, I got kind of giddy.

This is a great weekend project you can do with the kids! There are several parts to this DIY – this is part 5 and the one stumbled across first. It has some really cool tutorials for making kitchen appliances as well as teaching DIY’s for grey water recycling and a composting toilet! (And then you make them!) Seriously, check it out! I’m still excited over it. (Discover more projects like this one on my DIY for Wee Ones Pinterest board.)

DIY Knit Swing via Park & Cube blog!

I’m also super excited that spring is finally here! (Yay!) Today is sunny with a high of 75° and I’m looking forward to more of this weather! And then there’s this swing! Park & Cube blog has a sweet tutorial for making this knit DIY swing here. While I don’t knit, and I doubt I have the patience or the time to learn at present, I’m definitely tempted to learn just for this swing. We have an old wooden swing set A-frame in the backyard that I was considering using to grow upside down tomatoes in buckets to deter critters from eating them. But it’s highly likely those tomatoes could maybe possibly take a backseat and this swing will go up in it’s place. (Discover more projects like this one on my Jonesing for Crafts Pinterest board.)

Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash Recipe via Half Baked Harvest Blog

I’m also really looking forward to using the screened in porch I now have at my new home with my boyfriend, James. He loves to grill and I’m a fan of creating cocktails so put the two together and you have the makings for some great evenings. I recently found this amazing cocktail recipe for making a tropical strawberry hibiscus rum smash over at Half Baked Harvest Blog that I’m dying to try. I’m ordinarily a gin and vodka kind of girl but this is one recipe I can’t pass up! (Find more cocktail recipes on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board.)

Gut Feelings Podcast on how probiotics can help reduce anxiety!

My son, Cody, who is wrapping up his sophomore year in college as a psych major shared an interesting podcast with me this week called Gut Feelings. This podcast discusses how your gut bacteria (probiotics) can affect your emotions. Specifically, as my son put it, “some French peeps did a clinical trial with humans and the probiotic group reported less anxiety on self-report surveys.”

If don’t currently take probiotics and are interested in taking them for your health, I recommend introducing them to your diet via food rather than a pill. I took probiotic pills while I was in Vegas as the closest Whole Foods was a $25 cab ride away which, incidentally, was less than the probiotics. To put it nicely, it put my system into overdrive. Therefore I recommend starting with something like kombucha (now found in most grocery stores) or apple cider vinegar (with the mother still in it.)

I have a great recipe for my turmeric & ginger apple cider vinegar tonic that I drink everyday here. I also really like Purely Elizabeth’s Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Gluten-Free Granola. You can buy it at Fresh Market and it’s also available through Amazon’s Prime Pantry.

Speaking of diet, I recently restarted my subscription to Hello Fresh. Our closest Kroger is a 20 minute drive now that I’m in a small town and the other local grocery stores don’t have the selection I’m accustomed to. Not only does it make it easier not having to plan as many meals, but the convenience also saves me both time and gas money. I’ve tried other similar programs to Hello Fresh, but the menus that Hello Fresh has are more suited to the things I like to eat without going overboard gourmet.

Between my #birchbox and my #ipsy bag and all of my point redemptions via ipsy I got a huge #beauty haul for March!

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When I got back from Vegas I shared my shipments from both Birchbox and ipsy that had arrived while I was gone and someone mentioned Sephora Play. I’d never heard of this program having never shopped at Sephora, but it looked intriguing and at $10 a month – the same price as Birchbox and ipsy – I figured I’d give it a try. My first box comes next month.

Handmade Bath Bombs from Sud Buddy on Etsy!

Daily I’m discovering some really amazing shops and products on Etsy. One such shop is Sud Buddy. Sud Buddy sells a really fun collection of handmade bath bombs, soaps, lip balms, shampoos and more! Pictured here are just a few of the bath bombs available for sale including Sud Buddy’s Margarita Lime Bath Bombs – they come in cute plastic margarita glass so you can enjoy your bath then take the real deal poolside! – For Fox Sake Bath BombStar Wars inspired bath bombs and Just Peachy bath bombs! You can shop the entire line of SudBuddy products here. (Spend $50 and get free shipping with coupon code: MUCHOLOVE.)

A few freshly discovered Etsy favorites!

Other recent favorites include this calendula cleansing oil from Botanical Buddha, these art history hard candy lollipops from LIQ NYC, a super fun poo emoji bath bomb mold from Two Wild Hares Bath & Body, an artisan unicorn cupcake soap from Georgiou Boutique, a Recollections unicorn & llama washi tape set from Chicky Vintage Plus and a fairy garden artisan soap from Pink Sink Luxuries. (You can discover all of my favorite products on by following my Etsy favorites here.)

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Speaking of Etsy, if you sell or are planning to sell your handmade products online, then you may want to check out the free food + still life photography course offered by Christina Greve. This 5-day email course not only can help to improve your photography skills, but there are also helpful tips on branding, business, creativity, productivity, and blogging. (Find more ideas for improving your bath and body business including resources and ideas for packaging and presenting your products as well as other ideas to boost and develop your small business on my Small Business Branding & Packaging Ideas Pinterest board.)

Dinner! Soooo much parmesan!

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I’m also having the most fun creating mini-stop action videos. I really want to try an upcoming DIY video that uses the same technique and see how it works out.

Well, that’s all for this week! I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend and that’s filled with many fun and creative discoveries!

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