Cupcake soap

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Update: I took an order for 150 soap cupcakes for party favours and I had fun making them and getting them all wrapped up. Now I must make more!!! šŸ˜€
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‘It looks just like food’ said he, as he walked past a large tray of cupcake soaps I’m curing in his little used office space.

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My girl cried excitedly, ‘cake!’ When she snuck downstairs to see what was keeping mummy away from hanging out with everyone.
I think I can safely say ‘mission accomplished’ šŸ˜€

Cupcake soaps are brilliant for gifting as favours. I don’t think people ever really use them though. Just sits there looking pretty or starting conversations till the fragrance fades šŸ˜€

Herbal Tincture for Hair

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Herbal tinctures – also known as extracts – are used to harness the benefits of plant material in a fairly potent format. Used internally for all manner of concerns, topical applications are now becoming more and more common.

What’s in my jar? Consumable alcohol {vodka} Rosemary, thyme, basil {African blue and Thai}, calendula, orange peel. I’ve chosen these herbs because they are what I have available, and there’s loads of anecdotal evidence that they contain properties that clean and stimulate blood flow to the scalp, thereby boosting healthy hair growth, volume and shine.

When it’s ready in 4 weeks, I will be adding it in my ‘scalp rescue’ formula {which I already have some success with} for tackling heavy buildup and dandruff on the scalp, with the added bonus of making hair feeling loved šŸ™‚

Coffee Honey HP Soap

I came by some good quality ground coffee beans recently and since I no longer have a coffee maker, I immediately thought of making soap with it.

I brewed the coffee by scooping the grounds into tea bags and steeping them in boiling hot water. When the mixture cooled to room temperature, I put it in the fridge overnight.

For this 1kg recipe, I brewed 6 heaping tea spoons of coffee in 330grams of water. That’s strong stuff!!!

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The coffee lye solution turned the creamy batter into chocolate brown (a bit lighter than the picture) which immediately had me thinking about cuppaccinos šŸ˜€

Coffee is supposed to help boost blood circulation and it’s touted to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Honey is a humectant that helps keep skin moisturized so this should be a great all over body soap in addition to the coconut oil and Shea butter base.

The coffee and honey scent came through ever so subtly after the cook but the lady I was making this for likes fragrance so I used the closest complementary fragrance I had: oatmeal milk and honey. I think the kitchen now smells like an exotic cafe!

As this soap was going to be just one colour, I decided to give it some interest by using a round mould and giving it a honeycomb effect. I’ve wanted to do this for a while but *inserts excuse*

Here’s how it looked out of the mould:

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Cut:

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All in all I’m quite pleased with how this soap turned out and it’s reinforced my leaning toward making more hot process soap.
Picture update:

20140914-230152.jpgAll wrapped up and ready to go!