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#1 foxytv

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    Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:18 PM

    I have just purchased all the molds that we need for our starfish/seashell homemade soaps. We are making these to add to our OOT bags.

    We will also use similar molds to make starish and seashell candy's for our AHR cupcake tower.

    Just curious if anyone has made homemade soaps before and if so, some favorite scents (I'm thinking tropical breeze, coconut, etc). Also, should I just stick w/ tan/natural colors for these? I'm thinking that's easiest but if you were getting homemade soaps, would you want to see more colors?

    Oh, we are making flip-flip soap too, which of course will be more colorful!

    #2 ACDCDCAC

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    Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:23 PM

    That is such a cute idea Tami! Did you know you can buy boxes of chocolates from Trader Joes (a local specialty grocery store, don't know if they have that is SC) that have like 20 pieces for less than $4, they are shaped like seashells and starfish and seahorses. They are a white/milk swirl chocolate pattern, and the perfect size for topping cupcakes. That's what we're using. Just thought you might be able to find something like this instead of making your own, in case you run out of time.

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      Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:27 PM

      I made glycerin soap once before.. well actually it was a kit from the craft store.. a big block that you melt down and add scents to before pouring into the molds. It was fun but I don't have any real tips for you. Personally I would love to get soap with oatmeal..I always liked how the natural textures look and feel.. a light ocean scent would be nice.. some people really hate coconut.
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      #4 boscobel

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        Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:33 PM

        My sister and I made soaps for Christmas gifts. We are also going to make a few batches to give as favors for my shower and then put the extras in teh OOT bags.

        I think using color makes it fun. We did blocks of soap though and the ones that came out best, we used orange juice cartons for the mold and we had pulled out a portion of the batch and added color, then poured it on top of the mold and stuck a knife in and kinda swirled it a little, so each piece of soap had a swirl of color thru it.

        We also did a batch of lavender soap and used dried lavendar buds. They kinda lost their beauty, cuz they turn brown in the soaponfication process (sp?), but people said they likd the way it felt like an exfoliator. Here are a few useful sites:
        All Vegetable Soaps and Recipes Miller* have used recipes from here
        Beauty Recipes at MakeYourCosmetics.com
        Bath & Body.Natural Homemade Beauty Recipes
        Latherings :: View topic - Lip Balm Advice for Beginner ? (a forum, very useful to do some searches in)
        Glycerin Soap Recipes
        Recipe Category<br>Bar Soaps

        We have only used the recipes from the Miller website so far, but the rest I have bookmarked for future use.

        #5 foxytv

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          Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:36 PM

          Cool! Thanks ladies!

          I was thinking oatmeal too, Angela! Especially sicne it's likely some people will be sunburned, so oatmeal and aloe would be nice scents.

          Yea, I'm not a fan of coconut either, but it was one FH thought of. lol.


          We don't have a Trader Joes, but that definitely seems like the way to go for the cupcakes! Less work=happier Tami!

          #6 Agape Gems

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            Posted 19 February 2008 - 08:20 PM

            I'm also making soaps for my OOT bags. I'm making small glycerin soaps and putting them in organza bags, these will be like hand soaps. Then I'm making bars of soap with a Shea butter base so they will be moisturizing. I think I'm going to make these purple (my colors are pink and purple) then I'm tying a piece of raffia around it with a tag that says what kind of soap it is. Right now I'm using coconut scent, but when I run out of coconut i'm going to buy pinapple scent.
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            #7 tlomlad

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              Posted 19 February 2008 - 08:22 PM

              what a great idea!

              #8 foxytv

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                Posted 20 February 2008 - 11:24 AM

                I found a TON of great ideas on the www.michaels.com site -- but I am going to stick with the starfish and flip flip molds. I think I know how to do the different colors now ... but it will definitely be an all-day project! lol.

                I hope I can find the time to get it all done with trying to get our house ready for new hardwoods and possibly selling, starting the new job, showers and b-party, final fittings, trying to come up with extra $$ for this wedding out of my a$$ and final prep and planning. AARRGGHH!!!

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                  Posted 20 February 2008 - 11:29 AM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by carly
                  My sister and I made soaps for Christmas gifts.
                  I was just going to suggest Carly but she beat me! I got some of her soap for Christmas and it was really good soap! And pretty too :)

                  #10 boscobel

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                    Posted 20 February 2008 - 11:44 AM

                    Awww, thanks, Jamy! I always meant to ask what you thought of it, but kept forgetting. Forgetting is what I do best. :-)




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