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  • soaperscrafts 5:22 pm on Friday, August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >Taking the beach home with you 

    >I have been wondering a lot recently about new potions and what-nots… I have great new pots to fill you see… and one direction I have been heading was scrubs.

    Sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, walnut scrubs… Bubbling scrubs… There are endless possibilities it seems. And all pretty well tested and done before…

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    Now maybe it is because I am off to the beach for a holiday but something that seems strangely appealing to me is the idea of a sea sand scrub… OK… halt on the sea-sand… I’m not saying you should go and strip mine your local beach front… let’s back up to just sand. pure silicone dioxide fine crystals. Or how about a sand and sea salt combination scrub? With sea-salt, coconut cream… All those dreamy beach island ingredients that would make you never want to come back from your escape.

    I found people recommending mixing a bit of oil and essential oil with sea-sand while at the beach and having a good old scrub ‘n rinse in the sea water.

    I have also found fine pure white silicone dioxide sand stocked at my ingredients supply store and am wondering if this might be worth trying? To me it does sound like something fun for sure… As usual half the fun for me is in thinking and dreaming up these things. What do you think?

    • Topcat 7:09 pm on Friday, August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >I like the idea if the sand is fine enough – it wouldn't be any scratchier than salt in my opinion. Why not blend sand, salt and sugar and fragrance it with a Pina Colada type fo and call it Paradise Beach Scrub 🙂

    • Riaan 7:35 pm on Friday, August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Hmmmm, I was sorta thinking of Pina Colada… The powder I saw was very very fine… I will definitely be reporting back! 😉

    • Riaan 8:29 pm on Friday, August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Update: Topcat found this recipe using Bora Bora sand… tropical-dream-salt-scrub.htmlInteresting was the comment asking about possible clogging of septic systems using sand.

    • ukihunter 1:18 am on Saturday, August 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Great recipe! Pina Colada would be the perfect scent for this.

    • Topcat 8:27 am on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Those with septic systems wouldn't buy it then, surely?

  • soaperscrafts 2:00 am on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >Saponification – Swinging molecules! 

    >I have found this animated gif of the saponification process a while ago and I have kept the link since. I just came across it again. It shows a very simple and clear representation of what happens during the interaction of oil and lye (Sodium or Potassium Hydroxide). 

    • The reaction starts off with an oil/fat molecule (triglyceride) composed of 3 fatty acid “arms” attached to a glycerol backbone.
    • One triglyceride molecule reacts with 3 NaOH or KOH molecules to form 3 soap molecules and 1 glycerol molecule.
    While there are also other more scientific animations and schematics this one shows the basic starting products, their change while interacting as well as the resultant end products quite clearly and in an easily understandable way. This image is free to share and available from Wikipedia. They say a picture speaks a thousand words.

    • Topcat 7:03 pm on Friday, August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >That is a wonderful visual – thanks for sharing!

  • soaperscrafts 11:22 pm on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >One Hot Holiday! 


    We have an amazing trip planned to Thailand! Barely more than a week away and counting down the days until then!

    Other than a little sightseeing our itinerary will include: Shopping, Spa, Massage, Food Fests!, Shopping, Spa, Massage, Food Fests!… Oh and I forgot, lying in the beach for a bit…

    While this all sounds very luxurious and carefree we do actually have a budget… We did search around for the best possible deals we could find… While trying to save money we also tried to maximize comfort.

    For our weekend in Bangkok we are going to stay in The Tenface All Suite Design Hotel – Bangkok.

    I am quite excited at finding this awesome spot in Bangkok. It is also centrally located and actually right at the heart of the city. If the hotel lives up to expectation and reviews we will have a great time staying here.

    Let’s just say our holiday will be in three parts. For the first part, our first weekend in Bangkok we have basically planned to visit the Palace and Temple Complex on Friday and we have allocated the whole of Saturday and Sunday to shopping at the coolest shopping market I know of… Chatuchak Market. 27 hectares of  flea-market shopping!

    Yes, it is crowded and hot! But if you are looking to shop for bargains and handmade Thai crafts and other goodies this is definitely the place to go. You will find something you love, guaranteed. I love the locally produced Thai crafts and ceramics. They are extremely skilled craftspeople and you’ll find the most amazing articles here. Luckily they have little drinks bars and small watering holes everywhere as well as food stalls with fiery Thai food… if you need to take a load off shopping for a while and rest your weary feet.

    The most dangerous thing though is that they have courier offices right there to ship all those goodies you cannot say no to… haven’t used them yet, so I can’t vouch for their reliability but they are right there if you manage to buy too much!

    Oh and we have also been shopping online for a while already to find the best possible deals on Spa treatments and massages in Bangkok and Phuket. But more on that maybe later…

    • ukihunter 5:15 am on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Sounds fabulous! I love outdoor food/shopping markets. Now, aren't you glad you've worked so hard….more money to spend on your holidays!;)Can't wait to hear about your spa/massage treatment findings.Have a great vacation!!!

    • Topcat 7:02 pm on Friday, August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >What a wonderful vacation you will have!

  • soaperscrafts 8:40 pm on Sunday, August 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >If it works in one it doesn’t work in the other… 

    >The joys of different browsers!

    What seems to work and show in Firefox doesn’t show in Google Chrome… For a change internet explorer shows up all the content on my blog but the layout is skewed in IE!! searchbox way out of position…

    So… for best possible viewing I recommend all browsers in quick succession… hehe! 😉

  • soaperscrafts 8:22 pm on Sunday, August 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >Awesome Pots!! 

    I have found these very simple black or white pots from a local store here in Taiwan. The are very much like the ones LUSH uses. Well without the printed sides and top of course. I love their simplicity. And they are cheap… always a good thing too!

    I guess what I am looking for is some inspiration as to what to put in them now…

    I am hoping to come back from our coming holiday to Thailand full of ideas and tons of inspiration. I feel as if I might have been lacking in that recently…

    My saponification laboratory is starting to look more and more like a storage space and with the unrelenting heat and general pace of life I don’t seem to find time and most importantly energy to sort it out… The biggest problem is that it isn’t at my house which makes it seem an even bigger challenge to put aside everything else to go there and sort things out…

    So… I pray that I WILL come back from Thailand with the most inspired mind to do all that I still dream of doing!

    • Artisan Soaps 9:25 am on Monday, August 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Body Butters, Scrubs, Creamed Soap to list just a few of the things I'd like to use them for!

    • ukihunter 4:19 pm on Monday, August 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Love the simplicity of the pots.

  • soaperscrafts 4:03 am on Sunday, August 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >Online document on SOAP and its properties and process 


  • soaperscrafts 3:45 am on Sunday, August 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >Online document found on preservatives’ use 

    >I have found this interesting PDF resource online and would like to share it with whomever would find it interesting. Direct link is here:

    Preservatives 2004, John Woodruff

  • soaperscrafts 3:16 am on Sunday, August 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >A wonderful gift from a friend… 

    >I was recently sent a wonderful gift from fellow soaper Kellie from: Forget Me Not Soap studio.

    I was very touched and thankful at receiving such a great gift from a stellar soaper.

    The package included: Jamaican Bay Rum, Mojito and Irish Green Tweed soaps as well as a handknitted draining cloth.

    • Riaan 1:40 am on Monday, August 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Did I mention they smelled devine as well as looked gorgeous?

  • soaperscrafts 1:49 am on Sunday, August 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >Some of the soaps I made before… 

    >These are some of the past soaps I made and had pictures of on Facebook… I have been a little lax taking and uploading pictures… I hope to add some more soon…

    They can only be called rustic I know… especially with the oats dragging marks down the sides of the soap during cutting… I should have flipped the soap over…

  • soaperscrafts 11:53 pm on Saturday, July 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >Migrating searchboxes 

    >hehe! So here it goes… with every post I make the search box on top of the page jumps a little lower… That’s what comes from playing around with CSS… It’s actually inspiring me to post more just to see how low it can go… I suppose I’d better try and get it to stop… Not a clue as to how to do that though… 😉

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