Busy busy here is soaping land. I have been so swamped getting the new supplies section of our business up and running. These are bloomed Batch Certified FD&C dyes that I will be stocking soon. As in next week soon. VERY EXCITING!! Blue 1 and Yellow 6 are the first on the list. Crossing my fingers that I get the repackers approval from the FDA by mid week. YAY!!!
have been working on a variety of projects this year. This is a
blast from the past and I am going to recreate the bottles I made many
years ago. I may revamp the labels but I thought I would share the
originals with you. Feel free to print the labels below. To get the
brown crumply look you will need to get some black tea and steep it.
Once the tea is cold crumple each label and then flatten it out again.
Set the paper fully submerged into the tea. Allow it to soak in for a
few minutes depending on the color you want. Then carefully lift the
paper out and allow it to air dry. I find that cutting it before I
stain it works the best. After the paper is dry give it a spray with a
protective coating. I like to use spray acrylic that can be found in
most craft stores. Add some spray adhesive to the back of the label and
attach it to the jars you plan on using. Decorate your jars how you
like and you are set for a spooky holiday!
One of the biggest things I see in the bath and body
community is “branding”.Branding to
me is an individual look.We all look to
Lush Cosmetics as an Idol of sorts.They
are a huge company with a fantastic following.I have personally never tried their products but I hear some of them are
Lush has been around a while and the general population
knows who and what they are.How?Because of their “branding”.Lush uses a killer font, has fantastic
displays and are above all, a company we all strive to be as popular as.
When we as business owners are starting out or simply trying
to update our look, we look to those who are popular at the time.We want to keep up with the times so to
speak.Why?Well because we want to be able to compete
with our competitors.Is Lush a
competitor?Well not really?Unless you are making millions of dollars you
are not in competition with Lush so why would you want your display to look
Finding your own look is important not only to you but to
your customers as well.Do you really
want your business known as a copycat to Lush?No way.You want your customers
to know your products as yours.If your
products are a duplication of Lush then honestly what does that say about your
creativity?It says you are only as
good as your ability to steal from larger companies.If your look is a duplication of Lush then
what does it say about your company?It
says that you are not above living off the shirt tails of someone elses
creativity and hard work.If you want
respect in the business from both competitors and customers you need to make
your own way.Make your own products.Make your products stand out as your own and
not just another “Lush Duplicate”.
I am not saying duping a recipe is wrong.I am saying that if you are duping a product
and making the labels (font/packaging) similar to Lush or any other company
then you really need to rethink your morals and values.That is just plain wrong in my eyes.I know there will be some who say we all
duplicate every time we make a round bath bomb.Yes, that is in fact the truth.We do it when we make lip balms, lotions,
creams, soap and every other product out there.Someone has already done it.But do we need to duplicate each item to
look extremely similar to someone elses?NO WE DO NOT!
Why would you want your products to steal from other peoples
hard work?You wouldn’t like it if
someone did it to you.It is NOT
flattery.It is NOT a sign of
admiration.It is NOT a good thing no
matter how you justify it.I don’t care
what you tell yourself to make it right in your head.I would ask how you would feel if someone did
it to you but I already know most of the answers.I wouldn’t care.I would be flattered.No you wouldn’t.You would be angry if you went to a show and
saw someone had duplicated your entire set up including how you packaged your
products.Be honest with yourself.You would not be happy about it.
Please find your own look.Stop trying to be someone you aren’t.Be yourself.Make your business
express who you are and your values rather than expressing your ability to copy
Weigh all your ingredients. Place your oils and emulsifier into a heat safe pot (I prefer to use the double boiler method). Heat until melted but do not over heat. Just until melted. Once oils pot is all melted but not hot turn off the heat and let cool slightly. While waiting for the oils to cool add the colorant to the sugar and stir well making sure that all the colorant is distributed into sugar and there are no clumps. Stir poppy seeds/herbs into sugar until well blended. Add sugar to the oil mix and stir to incorporate. Add preservative and fragrance oil. Mix well again. Mix will thicken more when completely cool.
Please note that the recipe was calculated using plain white sugar. You are welcome to substitute it for a different sugar or exfolient or even a combination of different ones. If you do make changes you may need to adjust your amounts. I suggest alternating your exfolients until your desired texture. Recipe is calculated at 48% using only white sugar. Also note that you can use any oil combinations you wish. I tend to use oils that have specific properties that I desire. You can use 1 oil or 20 oils as long as they are a total of 36% of your recipe.
OPTIONAL: If you would like to make this recipe a foaming scrub you can substitute a portion of the Sugar for slsa. I substitute it at 1% but you can adjust it to your liking making sure not to go over safe usage rates. That being said I have successfully added slsa without adjusting the sugar amount too.
This product is emulsified, which means that as you rinse it away, the oils and rinse water sort of blend together and leave you feeling soft rather than oily. I recommend making a small batch to test your oil combinations. Starting small until you get the desired results will make you happier than making a large batch and not liking the results :)
combine the following 3 ingredients in a bowl and mix
1.25 cup baking soda
.5 cup tapioca starch
2 tbsp cream of tartar
In separate container heat up .5 tsp sodium lactate for 10 seconds
Add these next 3 ingredients to the sodium lactate and mix gently
4 tbsp decyl glucoside
2 tbsp coco betaine
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well.
You should have a crumbly wet sand texture that sticks together.
Press mixture into bath bomb molds or other shape molds that have little to no details. Allow to sit for a few days to completely dry.
Testing video was done when bombs were 5 days old.
Please note.. This recipe was printed and given freely for the sole purpose of FREE sharing. Changing one or two ingredients and calling it your own original recipe is not cool! Please do not do this and then put it up for sale. Feel free to share this recipe with all. No special permission is required...
Everyday Basic Bath Bomb Recipe (makes 6 or 7 - 4 ounce bombs depending on how you pack them)
• 2 cups baking
• 1 cup powdered citric acid
• 1/2 cup powdered
Wet Ingredients: • 2 Tbsp light oil
• 2 tsp fragrance (be sure to check usage rate and adjust as
• liquid coloring (to your shade preference)
baking soda and Epsom salt into a mixing bowl and mix well.
2. Add your oil, color and fragrance to the dry
ingredients and mix to incorporate all the wet ingredients evenly. Make sure you are scraping the bottom and
sides of the bowl.
3. Sift your citric acid into the mixing bowl and mix it well.
Molding: 1. Molding is the fun part.
You can use the plastic ball ornaments found at hobby shops, metal ball
molds from Xen, silicone baking molds, candy molds etc… Loads of options. I prefer to use the Xen metal molds in the 2
inch size for my standard bombs.
2. First thing to do is make sure you mix is ready
for molding. To test this you are going
to grab a handful of the mix and squeeze.
If it clumps and stays clumped it is ready. If it doesn’t stay clumped you will need to
spritz it with some moisture to get it to a clumping state. I like to use rubbing alcohol however you
can also use witch hazel and water. Be
aware that water and witch hazel will activate the mix more than alcohol so you
will spritz and mix, spritz and mix as quickly as you can so that you get as
little of a reaction as possible.
Alcohol will also activate the mix but not nearly as quickly.
3. Now your mix is ready. Get your mold and pack them firm. Not hard just firm. If you are using the ball molds I suggest
mounding the mix in both halves lightly and them firmly pressing them
together. Let it sit for 3 seconds and
tap the mold with a spoon to release the seal and your bomb will pop right out.
4. If you are using plastic decorative molds you
will need to pack them in tightly and use the back of the spoon to smooth them
out. They don’t need to be
perfect. Let it sit for 30 seconds and
flip the mold over. If your bomb does
not pop right out then give it a gentle tap with the spoon. Keep in mind that the more detail the mold
has the harder it will be to release from the mold. (This is why I choose to use the round ball
5. Allow your bombs to air dry for 24 hour before
packaging. You do not want any moisture
in them when you bag or jar them up or that moisture trapped in there will
activate your bombs leaving a yucky mess.
Butter Butt Bath Melt Recipe Version 1: This will melt in your hand so handle them as little as possible Dry Ingredients:
*7 ounces baking soda (depending on how thick you want it you can add more)
*1.5 ounce citric acid
*6 ounces Cocoa Butter *1/2 ounce Shea Butter OR 1/2 ounce coconut oil (solid at room temp 92 degree)
*1/4 oz polysorbate 80
****You can use any combination of softer butters totalling 1/2 ounce****
Version 2: will be a bit more solid but will still melt in your hand if you hold it to long
*7 ounces baking soda
*1.5 ounces citric acid Wet Ingredients:
*6 ounces Cocoa Butter
*2 ounces soy wax (I prefer pillar blend) *1/2 ounce Shea Butter OR 1/2 ounce coconut oil (solid at room temp 92 degree)
*1/4 oz polysorbate 80
****You can use any combination of softer butters totalling 1/2 ounce****
*Fragrance oil to recommended usage
*color to recommended usage
*If you do not have 92 degree coconut oil you can replace it with any similar weight butter
*preservative is not required for this recipe
*powdered oats or milk (use 1 Tbsp or to liking. The more you add the less buttery it will become texture wise)
*botanicals to mix in or top with
*Clays are also a nice addition (remember less is more 1 tsp-1 tbsp)
*you can substitute the soy wax for Candelilla wax, Carnauba wax or beeswax. You may have to adjust the amount used. Make sure it is a wax that will melt in the tub :) High melt point waxes will just stay in clumps
*you can also substitute some of the baking soda for other dry ingredients like tapioca starch or corn starch. Remember that starches feed yeast so... make sure you note this on your products.
Step 1: Pick your mold and have it ready to go.
Step 2: In a microwave safe bowl weigh out your cocoa butter and shea butter (soy wax if doing version 2). Heat these 2(3) ingredients in the microwave in 30 second bursts until it is almost completely melted. Remove from microwave and add your coconut oil and poly 80. Don't worry about the coconut oil being solid. It will melt from the heat of the other oils.
Step 3: While you are heating your butters, measure your baking soda and citric acid into a bowl. Sift, blend well and set aside. This is the step where you will add any optional powders like botanicals, clays, oatmeal or milk.
Step 4: Now go back to your oils and make sure it is all melted. Stir it up to help any chunks that might still be floating. If you need more heat only do it at 10 second intervals in the microwave.
Step 5: This is the fun step. Add all your melted oil and butters into the dry ingredients and stir like crazy. Add in your liquid optionals like fragrance or liquid color. Remember that as this cools it will start to solidify on you so you need to mix it in well. This recipe gives you plenty of time for molding so take your time. No need to rush. Make sure when you fill your molds you are continuously stirring so that you are evenly distributing the powders that will want to sink to the bottom of your mixing container.
Step 6: pop them in the freezer for 20 -30 minutes (depending on your mold size) to allow them to cool quickly. Pop them out of the molds when they are solid. If you have to press hard and they seem difficult to release then you need to leave them in the freezer a bit longer. Even detailed molds should release very easily.
I do not recommend shipping these in hot temperatures.
NOTE OF CAUTION: THIS WILL MAKE THE TUB A BIT SLIPPERY SO IF YOU ARE INTENDING TO GIVE THIS AS GIFTS OR FOR SALE YOU WILL NEED TO PUT A CAUTION STICKER ON YOUR PACKAGING.
Option 1: Make recipe as is for a nice plain jane bath melt full of buttery goodness.
Option 2: Make recipe as is but add 1/4 cup slsa for a foaming bath melt.
Option 3: Fill your molds with colored epsom salts or botanicals and pour your uncolored mixture into the mold making sure that all the butters get mixed in as you pour. The mix is liquid enough that you should not have to worry much about mixing it in.
Option 4: Put some whole oatmeal in the mold and wait until the mixture thickens and scoop it into the mold so that the oatmeal stays on the top. Some people have added a bit of honey to the mix. If you add honey you will need to add a preservative.