Monday, July 30, 2012

Cute New Jars

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited about my cute new jars. I have been using the regular 16 oz Ball/Mason jars but finally broke down and ordered some of these super duper cute 8 oz squared Mason jars.

I'm a big fan of the lid I chose too. It's the 'rustic' lid but I consider it just more bronze or copper.

The first candle I poured in these snazzy new jars was Blue Sugar. I am undecided on this fragrance. One minute I don't care for it and the next minute it has potential. I haven't burned it yet so there is still time to finalize that decision. ;-) Hubby wasn't overly responsive when I asked him what he thought. He didn't want to hurt my feelings obviously so when I said I wasn't sure, he was more comfortable saying the same. We'll see. Once again, nice to use the small jar in case we don't like it.

I was REALLY excited to pour this candle with a wooden wick. I don't really want to just call them w*od wicks, though they are that, but I believe there is a trademark behind it similar to the 'tooth s*ap' fiasco. Oh dear.

Silliness aside, there is just something about how cool a wooden wick looks. I can't wait to give it a test burn. Wooden wicks are supposed to crackle and pop and the intensity of it is often related to the amount of fragrance and color. Since I didn't color this one, it will be interesting to see what level it crackles at. I will try to do a little video of it once I light it. I scented it in a lovely fir/berry/citrus holiday scent that smells oh so good. A wooden wick should have a cozy scent with it don't you think?

I also attempted to swirl another container candle. I seem to be going backwards and getting less of a swirl each time. I'm nothing if not persistent. I'll get it! But I may move on for a while and contemplate my next plan of action. ;-)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Latest Few Candles

I guess I have candle fever! One thing I love about candles is that there isn't as much time commitment or clean-up with it. That's always nice!

A few days ago I made some candles for my friend Mel with Body Care Boutique. She had been wanting to smell Pink Sugar so by golly I hooked her up! :-)

This is just straight Pink Sugar with a whipped top. I added just a touch of glitter but not enough to cause a problem.

This one is a new blend of Pink Sugared Berries. My previous blend had the Pink Sugar as the more dominant fragrance but it wasn't enough so this time I reversed it to have Black Raspberry Vanilla in the lead. Oh my...a new addiction has been born. Oh dear.

Since those candles are going to Mel, I decided that I needed to have that new Pink Sugared Berries myself. I pondered what new design I could do and decided to try swirling a candle. Granted, it wasn't quite what I was going for but it's definitely swirled! I'll keep trying to get it the way I want it.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Candles With Whipped Wax Topping

I'm getting all wild and crazy with this candle making business. ;-) Today I made 2 mini loaf candles in the cutest ceramic containers and whipped wax for the first time as well. It was fun and I learned so much just by going for it and trying it.

This first one is scented in a birthday cake fragrance - mmmm, it's right on!

This second one is scented in a fruit loops fragrance, it's one of my favorite scents but it always turns my soap brown - I'm happy to have it in candle form!

This last regular candle is a mix of all my leftover wax from the last pink sugar extravaganza - I love how the pink and purple swirled inside - it's so pretty!

I happened to do a video of this too!

The Candles

The finished candles are in my most favorite of colors. :-) I took these pictures on Friday and I burned Pink Sugar and Pink Sugared Berries on Saturday. They both burned very well and had great scent throw. I noticed that the Pink Sugar/Black Raspberry Vanilla combo candle (Pink Sugared Berries) smelled exactly like another candle I made a few weeks ago only it used two entirely different fragrances. How funny!

I'm thinking about using the extra wax I had and starting a leftover candle. Basically, a leftover candle is just a wicked jar that I keep around that I continue to fill with the extra wax.

Hubby woke up sick with a head cold yesterday so we spent the day lazing about but today I must create so I imagine another candle is in my future for the day...what to do...what to do... :-)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Just Making Candles

I was getting dangerously low on my pink sugar candles so I decided I had to make more!

I wanted to make a full size of straight pink sugar first, so that my house will forever be scented in pink sugar. :-) I had made two smaller containers of pink sugar a while ago but they are nearly burned out. I have also been burning the original pink sugar candle that my good friend Kyme sent to me and it is also nearly gone. We can't be in a pink sugar shortage!

While I was at it, I wanted to try out some blends. I mixed pink sugar/peppermint, pink sugar/black raspberry vanilla, and pink sugar/cinnamon in small jelly jars. The last candle I made was actually not pink sugar at all (what?!?!) but a mix of coffee and cinnamon roll. I've been so curious what that might smell like.

There's no rhyme nor reason to the order in the picture...from left to right we have the coffee/cinnamon roll candle (isn't that little espresso cup darling?!?!), the pink sugar/brv combo, the pink sugar/peppermint combo, straight pink sugar, and pink sugar/cinnamon combo.

I did a video of the making while I was at it, just a fun hang-out-with-me type video. Since I did this yesterday, today I'll go trim the wicks and see how they look and will be sure to video that as well.

Blue Tide and Afterlight Soaps

Surprise! I moved away from making pink soaps for a few minutes. :-)

Blue Tide - a fresh air/ocean/laundry type scent -

Afterlight - a dark berry scent - featuring the Celine Swirl!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Citrus Pop and Fruitylicious Soaps

These two soaps were just so fun to make and to cut. I enjoyed the entire process. These are my kind of soaps, so nice and colorful. Their scents are so cheery as well.

Citrus Pop - Pink Grapefruit and Litsea Essential Oils -

Fruitylicious - a complex fruity scent -

I don't know the next time I'll be making soap. I'm sure it will be sooner than later but I'm now out of shea butter and haven't ordered any yet. Ahh! ;-)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lots and Lots of Soap!!!

I am really behind on blogging! Yikes! I've made four batches of soap in the last four or five days. I'm thrilled with all of them!

On Sunday I made Pink Posy and Snow Soaps. I was wanting very light colored soaps after the Pink Sugar fiasco. Pink Posy is a beautiful soft floral blend of violets, gardenia, jasmine, and also a touch of grapefruit and vanilla. I enhanced the white and did an in-the-mold swirl in pale pink.

The other soap I made on Sunday is called Snow. It's been so hot that I really needed to focus on something cool. This soap is very winter-like in look and scent. It is scented with an essential oil blend of fir needle, eucalyptus, and peppermint. Not only does it have a 'cold' scent but it was also be cool and refreshing when we use it too.

This afternoon I made two more soaps and they are extremely colorful! The first I made is called Citrus Pop and it has a delightful scent blend of pink grapefruit and litsea essential oils. This blend is one of my favorites. This time I decided to play up the colors and colored it pink, yellow, orange, and green. It's very sherbet-y!

The second soap I made was a remake of Fruitylicious. The last time I made it, I used some yellow soap balls that promptly removed themselves from my soap upon cutting. Grr! I used six colors this time and it will be much more jazzy! This is a delicious fruity scent (thus Fruitlicious) and is a scent combo of leafy greens, pineapple, coconut, cherries, peaches, jasmine, violets, and a touch of vanilla.


This is a video update I did on the fall soaps and also pink sugar. Enjoy! :-)