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Monday, November 10, 2008

Back in the soap kitchen! and upcoming workshops

Ahhh...my car smells like autumn...my house smells like autumn...my clothes smell like the sweet smell of glorious fall days.

I have been back in the soap kitchen again, making some easy soy milk soaps in fall scent trios.

The leaf soaps are layered with Autumn Eve, Candy Corn, and topped with caramel apple.

The pumpkins have a base of pumpkin pie topped with pecan streusel and rich butter cream.

I have also made a few "Sleighbells" scented snowflake soaps and some sweet little Gingerbread Cake mini-bundt soaps, all soy milk based. Nourishing...that is what soy milk soaps feel like. My two favorite glycerin soap bases so far have to be soy and goat's milk because my skin feels moisturized after use.
I had two soap/spa classes last week, one for an FCE club and another for a girl's youth night. At the FCE class we focused only on making glycerin soaps; for the girl's night we made sugar scrub, after-bath splash, lip balms, lotion, and hand-soap, all custom-scented and custom-colored. I found out recently that what I have been doing with kids and clubs is actually called "Blending Bar Parties" and makes big money in larger towns. It is nothing to go to a studio and pay $20 for one hour of learning to make soap or pay $20 per head to do what we did at our youth night. So keep me in mind for your activities, and I can promise to be much cheaper than that! I will be updating and revising www.whimsylanecreations.com soon to include more info. on party options.
I am getting ready to set dates for two glycerin soap-making classes as well as my 3rd Annual Little Elves Workshop, so watch your email for details. The soap classes will be for adults and children alike. The Little Elves workshop is a great time of fun and crafting for kids while Moms and dads get two hours free to shop, read, clean, or JUST RELAX! All children will come home with 5 homemade items, suitable for gift-giving.

I bought some foaming bath butter whip. I intend to use it to whip up some foaming sugar scrubs. These types of scrubs are supposed to be less greasy and easier to wash off while being nourishing to the skin. They whip up nicely and look lovely layered in colored swirls in wide-mouth jars. Until I get mine done, check out a few of the whipped items at my Simply Tempted site:
Sweet and creative Karen at Simply Tempted has intro'd these new body parfaits with a scent description:

yummy Whipped Shea Butter Body Parfaits...

Pistachio Cream Cake:A decadent layer of soft yellow cake, creamy pistachio custard, topped off with luscious vanilla crème.

White Tea & Ginger:A delightful warm and comforting smell. With top notes of Bergamot, Lemon Peels and Green Daylilies, this fragrance is brought back to its roots with a base of Ginger, Nutmeg and Warm Musk.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake:Pumpkin Pie, Spices, Marshmallow Fluff, Toffee, Caramel, Hints of vanilla cake, sticky icing and streusel.

And don't forget their new fall soap, Pumpkin Crunch.


**I'll be reviewing a new book called The Little Man in the Map (elementary level geography) so check back in a few days. I am done with the book so it is available for homeschool friends to borrow. ;)

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