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A Short Stack and a Stroll

It’s actually taken me a few days to finish everything up so that I could write about all of it. Thankfully my insomnia (never usually used together, but for once it was handy) helped me get quite a bit done in the wee hours.

One night I had the random weird thought that I could retry the pancake mold and do red velvet pancakes instead. I figured that it would let me experiment with the new brown dye and a red that I seldom ever use, plus try the new technique that I read about using a monoject for fine line soap decorating. The camera didn’t capture the color quite right, but it’s a medium brown soap with a hint of red to it. I ended up doing two thin pancakes for a short stack (three looked weird for some reason).

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While those soaps were cooling I spotted that hot pink powder pigment that I was so excited about months ago, but never got around to trying. I have to clarify a possible misconception here. I like pink, sometimes a lot, and pampering myself, more than a lot, but I’m not a girly girl usually. I discovered about a year ago that hot pink for some reason makes me feel like a badass. Especially when it’s paired with black. There’s that little “Oh, I’m feminine” and then a bit of “And I’m obnoxiously in-your-face. Whatcha gonna do about it?!” I know, I have issues, but don’t judge. We all have our little badass quirks. Mine is oddly focused around a color. Lol. So… I got out the gorgeous packet and broke the seal with what was most likely an evil smile. Since it was 6AM by this point I decided I’d only do a few small star soaps and that Cotton Candy FO seemed to fit this soap. *Starts fidgeting now and whistling innocently* Now, keep in mind that I hadn’t slept in nearly 24 hours at this point. I wasn’t in a highly intelligent mode by then. But I was still as stubborn as ever and wanted to finish up. Figured it out yet? I totally screwed up when I added the pigment. I don’t usually ever use powder pigments and it honestly never hit my sluggish brain that it has to be incorporated differently than the regular stuff. I sprinkled the powder into the melted soap and watched as it chunked up like bad gravy clumps. Even whisking like I was possessed didn’t save the soap. However, I saw hot pink and my badass side whispered to just go for it even if it’s all wrong.

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The stars are kind of cute with the concentrated spots and I plan to play it off as though I wanted this all along. The hint of glitter in there just adds to that feeling that it was all done on purpose. I was concerned about people actually turning hot pink though when coming into contact with those clumps, so one star sacrificed itself to some rigorous use. No body parts were harmed in this test and I remained as pasty as Casper, so I’m declaring it safe. See, my badass side is totally cool with imperfection. Too bad that one doesn’t control my OCDs, but oh well.

Still high on my hot pinkness a few days later I unmolded the super chocolaty smelling pancake soaps and opened my special monojects. Being able to do find detail soap would allow me to carry out a ton of ideas that have been set to mute for now, because they need that extra special detail work. I melted some white soap, left it unscented, and sucked some up in the monoject. I rushed over to the short stack and tried to eject the soap while I swished my hand back and forth to do that fancy squiggle chefs do with icing or sauces. I tried so hard to depress the plunger that my hand actually hit the soap when the plunger finally sent itself flying backward. (There’s a tiny smudge that I tried to cover with the next round of “cream cheese”, but hopefully it’s not super noticeable.) Apparently getting the soap extra hot didn’t overcome how quickly it can cool in a thin tip.

So, yeah, that happened. Air is not stronger than quickly congealed soap and the air will fight to come out the only other path that it has, so make sure you’re wearing goggles. Lol.

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It took several light burns and two days to get all traces of soap out. Seriously. Lol.

I ended up saving what soap I could and using a beaker with a spout to try and make the lines. Instead of looking like a fine chef did them it’s more like a kid using the frosting packet on those toaster strudel things. *cracking up* Here’s where I challenge the customer to just use their imagination a little. I tried. It’s still soap and won’t look like this anyway once you use it. It shrink wrapped up pretty perfectly too. Yay! Something went right!

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I decided to add the red velvet short stack to my basket that I’m donating for the raffle for the Sunset Stroll next month in Overbrook, KS. Although the event is now fundraising for all forms of cancer instead of just breast cancer, I stuck with some of the pink theme and aimed for a young girl themed donation for the first time. Fruity Patootie Bubble Wash, Fruity Loopy Goat’s Milk V2 Lotion sample, some of the hot pink star soaps, the stack, a bottle of Monsters Away, and a princess rubber duck all tucked into a heart basket with pink Easter grass. I kind of like it actually, even though the cutesy stuff doesn’t usually work for me.

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Along with the basket I’m donating fifty of those heat sealed lotion packets that I love and am terrified of ever trying to make again. *laugh* I kind of think it’s worth the burns for such a sharp little sample.

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So, maybe I’ll put on the hot pink and black striped scarf I just crocheted and get the nerve to make some more packets. Well, not today. I want to try to sleep and there’s a heat advisory warning all ready at 3:48 in the morning. I’d probably give myself heat stroke working in the kitchen with hot stuff while wearing a huge scarf. Lol. *raising my finger (and probably an eyebrow – that sucker moves around on its own like a thin caterpillar some days)* I will get my hot pink badass on and make more heat seal packets one of these days.

What gives you a super jolt of confidence? A red power suit or lipstick? Sleek leather pants? Naughty drawers that you keep a secret? Dare to share? ūüôā

Cinnamon EO surprised me

My sinusitis has become quite acute and painful. It got to the point that I struggled to breathe through my nose until a happy little accident.

I noticed that whenever I went into the bathroom my congestion would ease a little, so I could breathe. Every time I returned to the couch, head elevated, etc, I would get completely congested again. I puzzled over this until the one difference hit me. I had a container of cinnamon scented pinecones in there. I got my second container of them and set them beside me, and sure enough the congestion lessened.

Now, I had added camphor, menthol, eucalyptus, and peppermint EOs in my humidifier, all without success this round. Upon the pinecone discovery I put some cinnamon leaf EO in it after cleaning the residue out, then topped it off with my Sleepy Time EO blend (to soften the smell, since it was hard to handle, and to help me get a little sleep). It worked wonderfully until I woke from an acute nosebleed. That part really sucked, but wasn’t caused by the EOs, and I treated separately. I was just tickled to discover this new benefit. It isn’t attributed to cinnamon in any of my research, so this is super exciting! I’ll now add a tad to my congestion items. Yay for happy accidents!!

Crackling Firewood

I wanted to write a post about this new FO. It was on sale and was rated 5 stars, even by soap makers, so I figured I’d give it a try.

Candle makers also rely on this wholesaler and it dawned on me after reading about a few FOs that don’t work for me that some of the reviews are from candle makers, which was a face palming moment. I’ve started looking at the reviewer’s craft now when reading experiences to help make ordering decisions. Some stuff is so much better for the air than the body.

Anyway, I am thoroughly fascinated by this FO. It sounds super weird, right? However, it is a bottle of the comforting scent of fire. It doesn’t have the harsh notes that I expected and I keep going back to it. I’m organizing my new oils, rubber banding pipettes, etc., and have an odd mixture of scents on my hands. (Someone at the wholesaler really sucked at putting the lids on this time! They tape the lids with electrical tape to help prevent leakage during transport. However, if the lid isn’t screwed on, then as soon as the tape is removed there is a mini flood. It’s very unpleasant, difficult to remove from the skin since it’s concentrated, and an irritating loss of the oil. Meh.) So I have some amber musk, fresh beach, a little bit of chocolate, and now firewood on me. It’s surprisingly nice with the firewood note now. Lol.

Somehow this incredibly earthy scent that (intellectually) makes you wrinkle your nose is great at bringing the odd variety of scents together. It is definitely a new favorite. I’m going to add a drop to my Jacob blend and see what it does. I think it may just be that note that I was missing. It is very sexy as a base note. It gives that sense of masculinity, earthiness, and complexity that I look for with male scents.

A little sentimental, but I remember camping at Eagle Lake, CA with Dad and his family as a kid (Mom was usually working) and this is how his flannels would smell when I’d curl up in them after the sun went down or while they were out fishing at the crack of dawn. My pint-sized body swimming in the flannel, hem down at my shins, while curled into a chair with a book, enjoying the serenity of the camp. I would bury my nose in the collar during intense or startling points in the stories. This blend is almost exactly that scent that would then wrap around me.

Mixing the firewood FO with other masculine scents really relaxes and comforts me. Even if it never sells as a base note, I’m absolutely delighted. Bubblegum is my exuberantly happy scent, but firewood is that deep down in the soul comforting scent for me.

I am so happy with this FO. If you try it in one of my products, I hope that it takes you to a soothing memory too. *soft smile*

Cherry on Top army

A blend of cherry, vanilla buttercream, and chocolate FOs

The final result of “A Cherry on Top”. A small invading army of jars that really need to get labels and officially named. lol

A Cherry on Top

I made a massive batch (massive for me, at least) of sugar body scrub the other night and thought I’d give a little inside view into the creation.¬† Don’t critique the pictures since I was having to work fast one-handed and try to snap a shot as I could.¬† *grin*¬† Another soapcrafter had posted the recipe for sugar scrub and it had a few super beneficial additives that I had never thought of, so I thought I’d adapt it to my interest and give it a whirl.¬† Lo and behold, my inner calculator while reading the recipe was incredibly broken!¬† I had no real clue that it would be so much until the liquid turned into the amazing fluff.¬† lol¬† With a sigh I realized that there was no turning back and grabbed my phone for some pictures to always remind me to not read product recipes when I have insomnia, since I apparently suck at math then.¬† *cheesy smile*¬†

All right, I¬†had my¬†dramatic sigh, so I’ll leave my pride for my next post, and will recount the rest without worrying about how clueless I was.¬† lol¬† I approach most bath recipes, and especially when creating my own product recipes, much as I do with a baking recipe.¬† Instead of food I get out what supplies I’ll need and will measure out the appropriate amounts of ingredients, if I know, to help minimize mistakes.¬† (Yeah, how I missed just how much 5 cups of sugar is while making this is still a mystery to me…)¬† I decided that I really wanted to try making the black forest cake scent blend that I’ve been pondering for quite a while and got those FOs out.¬† Oh yeah, I was prepared with a paper plate to hold the pipettes (awesome super tip a crafter wrote in a review on an FO that I bought was to rubber band a pipette to each bottle of FO and EO, fragrance and essential oil, and always use it just for that oil.¬† It cuts down on the waste and cost, since you’re not washing them out every single time you need a ML of another scent or tossing it in the trash when you’re done.¬† Also, no cross contamination, since no matter how careful you are at rinsing those pipettes or even measuring spoons, a little bit of that oil will find a way to hitchhike to the next oil, which doesn’t happen with this method!), measured out the glycerin into a beaker, diced and melted the soap, and then set the rest of the ingredients on the other counter, since they were variables.¬† At first I thought I would multitask like the recipe describes (I know, I know – stop laughing!), so I added the bath whip and glycerin to the mixer while the soap was melting.¬† Well, until my¬†whip¬†spatula (*raising an eyebrow*¬†don’t even go there)¬†decided that it didn’t want to get the last two ounces out of the container and I realized that the soap was going to get way too warm and frothy if I took much longer.¬† You guessed it…mixer going on low, spatula stuck in the jar (tipped over, of course, since if one thing is going to go wrong, it wants company), and stumbled over the sleeping dog at my feet to turn off the microwave.¬† Soap doesn’t have a real set time for it to melt…it’s more like a car started in the snow…it’ll be warm when it wants to be, so I set it for a set amount, then hit add 10 seconds or stop depending on how it is behaving (which also depends on if I’m wearing shoes and can see into the microwave, of course…otherwise it has to go another 10 if I had to pull it out to peek lol).¬† Of course the soap was fully melted at this point and I got it out just before it became frothy (it’s not a bad thing if it becomes frothy, per se, it just means there will be more bubbles in the pour, so it becomes a habit to think of bubbles as bad, even when it’s never going to be seen…soap can burn, but thankfully I’m too nervous to ever let it sit that long unattended).¬† I pour the soap into the mixing bowl,¬†¬†then end up with elbows out, jar in every position possible, trying to get the remaining whip with a spoon as quickly as possible, since soap loves to set when you need a little more time.¬† Thankfully the spoon worked and the three ingredients transformed into this incredibly awesome fluff.¬† Do you ever get that moment when you’re warming the jar of marshmallow creme/fluff,¬†it starts to bubble out of the jar, and your inner child starts to urge you to poke the cool looking cloud of marshmallow?¬† (I know it’s not just me *grin*)¬† Well, I was given an excuse to play in the fluff this time!¬† Cue evil laugh…Anyway, as I slowly started to add the sugar to the fluff I had to scrape down the sides, just like with a frosting (by the way, sugar isn’t that fond of bath whip I learned…the main portion of the mixture resisted the sugar as long as it could), and then I indulged the desire to stab it with the spatula a few times.¬† I may or may not have yelled en garde as well.¬† *shrug*¬† I started noticing after the third cup just how much scrub was in the mixture now and slowly added the rest as directed.¬† I then scooped out some scrub into two bowls to get mixed with some scent and color later (that’s one part I will not describe; oh man did it take forever to scoop that, since I have no big spoons that are sanitized for using with my products, because I’ve never needed one before).¬† Yet again I managed to screw up and eyeballed the amounts instead of measuring, since measuring always means that some portion of the mixture will be lost from sticking to everything used.¬† I ended up with half of the mixture in my mixing bowl and the other bowls being more like a quarter each, instead of dividing into three equally.¬† I added my new cherry FO and some color, and my fluff looked so beautiful!¬† I suddenly had a WTH moment and realized that I hadn’t thought out the whole three different colors and scents thing, since I only have one mixing bowl.¬† A massive Pampered Chef measuring bowl came to the rescue (I made 8 cups of cherry alone!¬† Duh) and I dump¬†one of the remaining portions into the mixing bowl.¬† Since it would all be touching in the jars I didn’t wash it down and knew that it would help the scents to connect if there was a tiny bit of the residue from the first in the next, etc.¬† I was delighted with the wafting aroma of chocolate with a touch of cherry (I hadn’t realized at this time that I had been leaning over the empty bowl and had the little bit remaining all over myself) and started coloring.¬† It, uh, well, the colors decided they had their own agenda.¬† Instead of a chocolate color we decided that periwinkle would be an interesting shade (yeah, such a wth moment) and I realized that this wasn’t working out right, so I dumped the other remaining bowl into the mix and added the buttercream FO.¬† In for a pound now anyway.¬† Well, that’s apparently enough FO to give a thin texture to the scrub at this stage, so I, being a quick thinker (it’s okay, you can shake your head if you all ready¬†figured out what happens), slowly added another cup of sugar, which thickened it well, but it was still runny compared to the airy beautiful bowl of cherry scrub waiting.¬† Another half cup of sugar helped the super sweet mixture a bit more, but it was never destined to be the star.¬† I called it good and got both bowls situated with spoons for scooping, and a line of ready glass jars.¬† (I was apparently still enjoying my¬†sudden lack of intelligence, since at first I only lined up the five glass jars that I had bought for this, which would hold approximately 20-25 oz…I turned on my brain just in time to realize that 25 oz is nothing compared to 12 cups…*rolling eyes*)¬† I spooned the runny portion into the bottom of a jar waiting on the scale, then added the lovely airy cherry on top, and as I got to the end of the glass jars is when (duh?!) it hit me and I grabbed some of my smaller plastic jars to continue the¬†packaging.¬† I reserved a nice amount to test as I started to debate on what to call this, since it really doesn’t smell like black forest cake.¬† lol¬† I’m not sure yet (which is why I have an army of unlabeled jars on my counter), but I think “A Cherry on Top” may just be my happy accident.

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