Natural Colorants in Soap

Here is a picture of the Cucumber Layered Soap.  Look how vibrant the colors are when the soap first comes out of the mold – gorgeous!  Perhaps I don’t have the best photo to display this bar of soap but it will give you an idea of how natural colorants fade in soap.  The bar of soap is still wonderful to use but just muted in color.  For this soap we used annatto seed powder for the top layer, titanium dioxide for the middle layer, and spirulina for the bottom layer mixed with a cucumber puree from the whole cucumber including the skin.  I love using the natural colorants but they do leave you limited when it comes to creating different soap designs.  Still learning about all the wonderful qualities of natural colorants so hopefully more to come.  Spirulina is one of my favorite colorants, as well as, indigo blue, activated charcoal, and lemon peel powder.

To wrap or not to wrap…..

I like to wrap my soaps in cellophane so they are as untouched as possible when you purchase them but…….

As I keep learning about products, wrapping, etc.  I come to understand that cellophane wrapping is not eco friendly so once the wrappings that I have already purchased are finished I will no longer use them.

How will I keep your soaps fresh and untouched in the future?  There are a number of options such as leaving them unwrapped, glassine bags, paper wrapping all of which have there pros and cons.

Stay tuned as we work through exploring new wrapping ideas!

Specialty Orders

DMand Soaps would love to help you create a custom order.  We can also make a soap that you love but do not find on our website.  We are a small business and handcraft all our projects.

Specialty orders will take two – four months after taking an order.  Most ingredients we have on hand an others we special order.  My favorite place to order products from is in Washington State and shipping is a lengthy process.

Some examples of specialty orders could be:

  1. Gender reveal soaps for a baby shower
  2. Soaps containing your favorite fragrance
  3. Skin sensitive soaps
  4. Soap with a special stamp such as a stork, rings for a wedding shower etc.

We would love to work with you to create a unique handcrafted soap for your occasions.

 

 

Wax Melts

Just break off a piece or pieces of your wax melt and place them in a proper unit such as a warmer or a melter.  Some of these units are electric and some you use with a tea light.
If using a tea light it is best if the tea light is unscented.
If there is left over wax it will harden as the temperatures cool down.
Some warnings to heed:
Take the wax melts out of the package before use.
Use wax melts only in proper units made for wax melts.
Do not leave units unattended.
Keep out of reach of children and pets.
Do not add water.
Do not melt on stove top or non-approved unit.
Use only in a well ventilated area away from flammable materials.
Do not leave in a windy area (window or fan).

Soap Care

Keep your soap out of water when not in use.

Let your soap dry thoroughly after each use.

Keep your soap in a soap dish that allows for drainage.

I try to keep my soaps standing upright in the shower (of course I have a six soaps in the shower).

Most soaps are ready after four to six weeks of curing (water evaporates out of the soap bar) but soaps such as Castile (100% Olive Oil) Soap could take up to 10 months to fully cure so these soaps need to stay air dried after each use.

New Site

Creating my own website has been a year long challenge, mostly because I am stubborn and want to do this myself!  This has hindered my creative side of soap making.  So I am just going to start today regardless of if I am ready or not.

Content on this page will be updated as new soaps are created.  Previous soaps came with their own stories of creation but I will start going forward.

So this is it for now but stay tuned!