Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Interview with David from The Bubble Roome

Interview with David from The Bubble Roome

A-M: David, your flair for packaging is fascinating! Tell us about your background and how you got into soaps and toiletries.

David: I've been a graphic designer for 10 years, starting with print projects and then moving into web work. Around 2001, I was freelancing and was constantly looking for the next job. After 9/11 everything in the city kind of stopped for awhile and the job market for freelance seemed very inactive. So I began to think of ways to make money on my own terms, without sending out resumes and waiting for work. I had always been interested in Melt and Pour Glycerin soap, but as I began researching in bookstores I became very curious about Cold Process. I started test batches, then came up with recipes for 16 (too many!!) soaps, and began designing the labels not really concerned how or where they would be sold. It was a fun hobby that I had felt had retail appeal.

A-M: Are you working out of your home right now? Or, are you in a warehouse type space? We'd love details about how it's set up.

David: I am working out of my apartment, and making my products in my tiny Brooklyn kitchen. I am so jealous of other crafters with the luxury of a garage or basement, but these limitations have caused me to be inventive and extremely organized. The kitchen is filled with Container Store shelving attached to the walls, with lots of labeled plastic containers for herbs and ingredients. One table with a blender and Cuisinart, and under the table 5-gallon buckets of oils. In a storage closet I have a 14-tray bakers rack that I bought for the soaps to dry on. Shipping boxes fill every nook and cranny and, the bane of my existence – styrofoam peanuts - litter the floor all over the apartment.

A-M: You've gotten some very heavy hitting press lately. Was Lucky a total surprise or did you do a guerilla marketing campaign to get all of your press?

David: I've been very lucky with the press I've received, but it is one of the benefits to being in NYC that you can have stores exhibit your work with magazine editors as their customers. One of the best blogs on the internet (designsponge.blogspot.com) spotted my soaps in her neighborhood store and when she wrote about them I got a lot of interest from other retailers as well as web orders. From that, the beauty editor of Teen Vogue asked for products for her magazine. Her friend is Christina Mueller, the beauty editor of Lucky, and that spread to People Magazine, and Bust, and so on. The Lucky piece was a surprise because it had been killed each month since November, so I just gave up hoping. Then I closed my site for reformulations and Lucky came out, and everything kind of exploded.

A-M: Do you notice any spike in sales when you get national press?

David: Definitely. Because I don't really advertise, the press I receive is what generates the spikes. Lots of web orders, but even better, is the attention from other retailers who hadn't heard of TBR.

A-M: What are your goals for your company?

David: I want to outsource my recipes to a reputable manufacturer because working in the kitchen is getting old (fast!). I also need a fulfillment center to handle shipping. I have a great rep company lined up to represent my work to retailers, but they were worried when I said I made the products in my kitchen. They felt that they wouldn’t be confident taking orders if I couldn't fill the orders quickly. So if I want my business to grow (and I feel a rep company is the only way for that to happen) I have to produce larger volume with outsourcing.

A-M: Who are your favorite authors or mentors?

David: A key business book for me was "The E-Myth" by Michael Gerber. It describes the common pitfalls of entrepreneurs and how to overcome them.

Susan Cavitch's book "Soap Maker’s Companion" was a great start, though I feel it's a bit too technical. A business model I have is Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter, who also used to make products out of her Brooklyn kitchen, and due to being on Oprah is now a huge success.

A-M: Favorite fragrance?

David: In terms of designer fragrances, it's Stella McCartney.

A really subtle rose that’s hip and elegant. And Lush's Karma always makes me happy. My fave EO combination is Ginger, with Peppermint and Sweet Orange. My favorite Bramble Berry FO to the list. It's Arabian Spice, and was used in one of my Brooklyn Slice Soaps to represent the middle-Eastern "Atlantic Avenue" neighborhood. Intoxicating and very popular.

A-M: Product from your line that you're absolutely diggin'?

David: I'm working on a new Butter recipe with lots of botanical extracts, proteins and three kinds of butters.

A-M: Any last words of wisdom to cottage industry mavens out there?

David: Mainly it's not too give up or get overwhelmed. When I walked by a Bath and Body Works I can get discouraged and think "why I am bothering. There are already 1000's of bath lines out there". But there is enough of the pie for everyone to have a slice.

Contact information:

david e johnston



Creative Planter

My dear husband Chris has been purchasing plants and delivering them to my office every week for over 2 years. He has never missed a week.

Unfortunately, I kill about 85% of the plants. A few do end up living. Those lucky plants end up at our home. For those that live long lives, this smallish-but-cute planter from doe would look very unique.

Salt-Water as Gas?

PichPosh Bath Cupcake

I'm a little obsessed with cupcakes of all sorts. I recently spent too much time trying to backwards engineer bath cupcakes. I was successful. Click here for directions on how to make bath cupcakes.

Last night, I took a bath with the PichPosh Solid Bubble Bath cupcake. Though they have many fragrances to choose from, I did the Vanilla based standby, Angel Food Cake. The Bath Cupcake itself is a heavy weighted dense confection. It must weigh about 8 ounces. It is colorful and feels like a decadent delight.

After 3 minutes of fizzing, the solid bubble bath was awash in color and foam.

Yes, those are real sprinkles. I know because I tasted them. They almost covered up the strange taste of the sodium lauryl sulfate.

After 10 minutes, there was still a sizeable chunk of bath cupcake. I was impressed with the staying power of this bath sundry.

20 minutes later, it was still a decadent delight as it fizzed and fizzed and bubbled and toiled and troubled. It was a bath bubble machine. Like most bubble baths, the bubbles dissipated without constant stirring and water interaction but big $9 chunk kept going for over 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, the party-in-a-cupcake had almost fizzled out and all that was left was a chunk of the bottom and a substantial amount of the top (due to the protection the sprinkles lent the no-exposed-fizzy muffin top).

Though I don't love sitting in SLS for a prolonged period of time because of SLS's reputed drying properties, this was a fun product and a good value - 20 minutes of bubble party is nothing to sneeze at.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Happy Monday!

funky flowers close-up
Originally uploaded by be cheery
This is a great example of using happy sugar flowers to personalize your cupcakes in a fast way! The effect of all the cupcakes is simply stunning.

I wish we had a cupcake bakery in Bellingham, WA. I'm reduced to driving to Seattle (Hello Cupcake Royale!) or heading to Vancouver, BC for my fix. It's just not doing it.

Contest Prize Winners

As a thank-you for bearing with us during the 3-day blog freeze, we are (drum roll!) doing more than just the initial number of prizes we promised! Three readers from last week are all winning a copy of our DVD on melt and pour soapmaking or cold process soapmaking (their choice) and Five 3-D molds (their choice again!).

So, Jennifer (the Jennifer from post #2 from last Monday), Mary Helen, and Renee, please drop me an email at info (at) brambleberry.com with your addresses and your choices of soap molds and DVD.

The page to view the soap mold choices is here.

The page to view more information about the DVDs is here.

Thanks for participating. Check back in the next few weeks with another contest (sneak preview: it will include one of the Moon Valley Lotion Bars as a prize).

We've been nominated ...

It was a nice surprise today to come into work and find that not only had our blog been unlocked (thanks Blogger for getting to me first thing Monday morning!), but we've been nominated for a Blogger's Choice Award in the "Best Craft Blog" category. It's exciting to be nominated. If you'd like to vote for us, here's the URL to vote for The Soap Queen!

Using 3-D Molds - Layering & Color Details

Here are the final photos of our 3-D molded soap project. More advanced techniques include layering and detailing the cut outs in the soap.

Instructions for coloring in the dragonfly: You will need a dropper, a glass of very hot water, alcohol spritzer and melted soap in a contrasting color.

Draw up the melted soap into your dropper. If it is too cool, it will clog your dropper. If it is too warm, it will melt your dropper. I just make sure that my soap is not steaming before I pull it up into the dropper.

With your dropper tip situated comfortably in the crevice of the design, push gently down on the bulb until the soap streams out in an even manner. Slowly fill in the crevices and use the alcohol to smooth out the surface of your design.

I use the hot water to clean out the dropper in between squirts and also in case the soap starts to harden up inside the dropper before I am able to use it.

Doing multiple layers requires nothing more than patience. My tip is to use the same brand of soap base for all the layers. I always use the Bramble Berry House brand for layering. It seems to stick better in my opinion. Pour your first layer and wait thirty minutes. Melt your second layer, pour the soap and wait for thirty minutes. Continue to do this until you are satisfied with your coloring combinations. The secret to getting the soap to stick together is to use the same brand of base and pour fairly quickly in between layers.

I hope you have enjoyed your tutorial and that you feel inspired to try these fun, unique soaps on your own now! Expect the contest winners to be announced later today!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Colorful Lotion Shot

Originally uploaded by Shelbythenerd
Sadly, this blog is still locked. I spent the evening testing some delightful solid bubble bath and can't wait to tell you about it when the blog unlocks for non-flickr posts.

The lotion photo on the right makes me want to utilize color more in my lotions. It's bright, happy and colorful and better yet, for small businesses, the coloring will stand out nicely on the shelves.

Soap - Queen is still locked down

Handmade Valentine's Day Soaps
Originally uploaded by krizsa
I am sorry to report that The Soap Queen blog is still locked down from posting new articles. I have lots to report on too - finishing up the 3-D soap mold tutorial, visiting Open Sundaes in Vancouver and more cupcakes. And this week, assuming the blog gets unlocked, I will be able to post on cream soap experiments too! My fingers are crossed that Monday will be the day that Blogger is able to review the site and determine that it's not a link-farming, spam site. =)


Friday, July 27, 2007

Crisp Beautiful Soap

Soapmaking Day- Cut Bars
Originally uploaded by mollycakes
Blogger has accidentally decided that this blog is a Spam Blog. Whoops. So, they are in the process of okaying me again to post but for the meantime, the last final installment of the 3-D soap series is stuck in their system. Hopefully it will be freed up soon! =)


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Contest Prizes Doubled!

We have doubled our Contest Prizes for the week! There will be two winners who will each win their choice of five heavy duty 3-D molds and a soapmaking DVD. The fine print: post a comment any time this week to qualify. Winner will be chosen Sunday night and announced Monday morning.

Using 3-D Molds - Trimming & Color

3-D molded soap needs to be finished off to make the bars look professional. I have not figured out a way to make 3-D soap without needing to trim. The coral colored bar on the right is fully cleaned up. A general rule of thumb is: the hotter the soap is, the more runny and thin it is. The cooler your soap is, the more viscous and dense it will be. The more cool you pour your melted soap, the less trimming you need to do. But, you will still need to trim.

Using a non-serrated knife (such as a cheese knife or a paring knife), hold the soap firmly in your left hand and wield the knife with your right hand. Reverse the directions if you are left-handed. Slowly start to trim the soap by drawing the knife toward you - slowly, slowly, slowly and carefully. Blood ruins a great soaping afternoon.

In the photo below, the speckling is caused by improper colorant mixing. If the colorant had been pre-mixed in a little water, the speckles would have gone away. Or, if the colorant had been mixed more vigorously in the soap, the speckles would have disappeared.

Tomorrow's final 3-D soap mold tutorial will include information on how to layer your 3-D soap molds and color-in details using soap.

Sure hope it's tear-free soap

Originally uploaded by Dalla*

Bag o' Fizz question

On the comments yesterday, Tami posted an interesting bath fizzy problem.
I know you're working on M&P molds this week, but I have a question about bombs that I didn't find an answer to on your site, hoping maybe you could answer? I have made small ones that I've had no problems with, but in making a larger batch and making 10 larger size bombs, am experiencing most of them cracking. They are very firm and not crumbly, but have large cracks in them, my daughter is devastated, as she was planning to sell them since (we) made them. I know that we compressed them as much as possible, what could be other causes for the cracking?
My response was a total shot in the dark.

Hi Tami -

It sounds like the bath bombs might be expanding - and the top is already hard - and this ends up making the larger bombs crack. The smaller bombs, with less volume, don't expand as much and so don't crack.

Of course, this is all an educated guess since I haven't seen your fizzies.

You're using witch hazel and not anything water based, right? That would be my first suggestion - make sure everything is totally non-reactive with your fizzy mixture.

A little bit of oil will also keep the swelling to a minimum. So, less liquids overall, no water based products and a tiny bit of oil should do the trick for you.

In the meantime, take heart. Your bath fizzies will work wonderfully. Maybe breaking them into smaller bits, selling them in a bag and calling them something creative (Fizzy Rocks, Bag o' Fizz, Bag o' Bombs) might help your daughter feel better about your cracking bath fizzies. The photo on the right is of fizzing bath salts. Hopefully it will help inspire your daughter to think outside the proverbial box and turn her "Oops" into something unique and different.

If anyone has any better ideas for Tami to help save her daughter's school sale, please post them in the comments and let us know. Stay tuned for news about our drawing (hint: it's going to be even better) and the final touches for soap-on-a-rope.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Wild Sarsaparilla Handmade Shaving Soap

Lisa from Feto Soap (www.fetosoap.com) has created a lovely bar of Wild Sasparilla Shaving Soap.

Lisa says "This soap was born while being filmed on In Context - but it's been in my head for months now.

Ingredients: water, palm oil, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, stearic acid (from palm oil), fragrance and brown oxide."

Kudos to Lisa for such a beautiful swirled batch!

Using 3-D Molds - Unmolding, Part 2

This is what the unmolded 3-D soap looks like. Because the soap naturally squishes out over the edges, the finished soap does need to be trimmed. Thursday's posts will touch on trimming and coloring your soapy 3-D creations.

If the soap does not fully harden, it will leak all over. It is difficult to see inside the mold and impatience is easy to give into. If you do accidentally pry open the soap mold too early, leaks will happen (hopefully not over carpet).

In this case, the middle was not full set up and liquid soap poured over the table and side of the mold. Thankfully, this error was easy to correct.

After scraping the soap off the sides of the mold, I snapped both sides of the mold back together and poured a new bit of soap through the open spigot. The soap turned out fine in the end.

Smilies and Daisies

Smilies and Daisies
Originally uploaded by Swissy Missy
How cute are these cupcakes? They are perfect for a summer party. The leaves are made with fondant so are edible in addition to looking spiffy. I love how smiley and happy they are. Happy Wednesday!

Using 3-D Molds - Unmolding

Welcome to Day Three in using 3-D Molds. Monday covered set up. Tuesday dealt with pouring and fill lines and today is all about unmolding and trimming.

We recommend waiting a full two to four hours when unmolding your 3-D soap. The longer wait period is necessary because the soap retains its heat (and therefore stays liquid) longer than a traditional, open-topped mold. You can put the soap in the fridge for a few minutes to help with the release process. If you leave the soap in the fridge too long (fifteen minutes plus), it is prone to forming condensation and sticky glycerin dew.

Using both hands, gently pull both sides away from each other. Most of the time, soap will seep out of the edges of the mold. This makes the mold harder to pry apart. Be gentle and patient. While 3-D molds are very heavy duty, they can crack if you apply too much pressure.

Despite the overfill, there is still a hole in this bar. As the soap was cooling and contracted in volume, the soap shrunk up, leaving a hole as bubbles drifted to the top of the surface. In this case, the bubbles caught at the top of the mold and became more concave as the soap shrunk. To help prevent this, tap your mold several times on the counter right after you've poured the warm soap. This will force the majority of air bubbles to the top of the mold and out the spout.

Watch for a post later today about trimming and finishing your 3-D soaps.

Contest Update

As of this morning, not many people have posted in the comments section to be entered into a drawing for your choice of 5 3-D soap molds and a soapmaking DVD. At these rates, the chances are pretty good that your comment will win free soap molds!

Post a comment to any post this week and you're automatically entered.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Helpful Management Article

This article is a how-to method for working on overcoming resistance to change. The method seems like it would be useful in business as well as family life.

Here is a teaser from the article:

When most managers encounter someone who won’t change, their natural
impulse is to push back even harder. We might launch into our prepared
talking points about the inevitability and necessity of the change. Or we
may tell the employee what will happen to them if they don’t change. Or
we may just get irritated and fire them. But whatever our particular tactic of
choice, all are predicated on the notion that we can beat down the walls of
The problem is that the truly resistant typically have more energy for
resisting than you do for breaking down their resistance.

If you read the article, I would value your feedback and thoughts. And don't forget, all comments this week are entered to win five 3-D molds and a Soapmaking DVD.

Next Week's Project

I already have my soaping project for next week! I just got this note from Elsa in Germany:

I hope everything is doing fine over there. Oh! I saw your picture with your husband today at the web page; you make a very nice couple. Congratulations!

I would like to know if if the cold cream soap can be made with the melt and pour process, that is the one I do. I have not seeing the cold cream among the products you offer on the page, and I wonder if it is not one of your preference. Do you have any good recipe on this? Should it be crafted with an specific soap base?

I suspect that making a melt and pour "cream soap" would take either the addition of 10 - 25% oil or maybe 10 - 25% actual cream. I'm going to experiment this week and share next week. If anyone has any hints, feel free to post them for me and shorten my learning curve!

Using 3-D Molds - Pouring & Fill Line

Making 3-D Soap-On-A-Rope is easy and produces a specialty bar that will retail for $7 - $10, depending on your local market and your unique differentiation.

After you have your entire set up laid out, it's easy to do melt and pour soap. Put your soap in a heat safe glass (I used a mug in the photo below) and microwave your soap on bursts of 30 seconds. You do not want your soap to boil. If it does, the soap is more prone to glycerin dew and takes on a more brittle texture.

Once your soap is melted, add your color (1 drop Labcolor per bar) and your fragrance (3 - 6 ml of fragrance per bar). Remember to only use utensils and glassware that you are happy to donate to the soaping craft. Fragrance generally sticks with your utensils and glasses long after the soap is made. Pour your soap slowly and evenly through the slot in the 3-D molds.

The molds have a natural fill level line. You'll want to fill your soap just a little over the top of the soap and into the spigot. This is because soap naturally shrinks as it cools. If the soap is filled "perfectly" and not overfilled a little bit, the end result is a shrunken bar of soap that does not look entirely spherical. The bubbles at the top of the soap can be spritzed away with isopropyl "rubbing" alcohol.

Once your soap is poured, take the soap rope and slowly push it down into the mold, making sure to push down far enough that the soap rope is fully into the mold and not just in the spout. Using clear soap allows the soap rope to be seen inside the soap. While this is an okay look, using opaque soap produces a more professional bar.

Check back tomorrow to learn about unmolding your soap rope creation. Posts to any of the entries for this week are automatically entered into the contest to win 5 3-D molds & a soapmaking DVD.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Contest! Prizes! Fun!

Anyone that posts a comment this week on any article/blog post through Sunday will be entered into a drawing to win an assortment of 3-D soap molds! You'll get five 3-D Soap molds and, if you're a brand new soaper, let me know and I'll make sure you get a free copy of the beginners Melt & Pour DVD as well.

If you're looking for things to post about, a simple "Hi" would suffice. A "Hi! I wish you would focus more on XYZ on the blog" would be very helpful if you want extra-credit bonus points.

The winner will be chosen on Monday.

Using 3-D Molds - Set Up

This week's blog postings will be a daily series on using Heavy Duty 3-D Molds ($6 each) and soap ropes along with the normal random musings about business and soapy self-employment.

Using the Heavy Duty molds is convenient because they withstand very hot 165 °F sustained oven temps and180 °F degrees poured-soap temperatures (sorry, you in-the-oven-hot-process soapers - not that hot!). They are made out of a food grade 60 ml plastic. You can make really large chocolate or marzipan goodies in them as well!

The 3-D molds come with two sides. Snap both sides together, making sure to match up the pouring spout on the top. If you accidentally put one side of the pouring spout on the bottom, your mold will not seal and soap will come rushing out the bottom, all over your table. Once the molds are snapped into place, simply slip the large rubber bands (included with the mold) around the mold to ensure a tight fit.

Because of their large open pour spout, 3-D molds are perfect for using soap ropes! Soap Ropes are a fun throwback to the past and handy for hanging soap up in the shower (no goop on your soap dish!). Using a hanging soap ensures that your soap will dry out faster and thus, last longer. Bramble Berry's soap ropes are made from a braided nylon rope, measure 9 inches tall and sell for $1 each. The ropes are sealed with a plastic tab at the bottom, making them easy to insert into the open pour spout.

I used extra nourishing Goatsmilk Melt and Pour for this project. Notice the soap has a slightly ivory or off white look. This coloring happens because of the goatsmilk. It's easy to color over the yellow tint, as long as you remember that you are starting with a slightly yellow palette and not a pure white. Colors like purple are difficult to achieve when starting with a yellow base.

Here is the entire set up: Soap Ropes, Fragrance, Labcolors (water soluble and easy to mix in), the assembled soap mold, a sharp knife, a cutting block and my chopped up gotasmilk soap.

Check back tomorrow for tips on melting, pouring, and fill line tricks as well as a contest (with prizes!).

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Estrella Soap Company

Estrella Soap Company in Seattle WA makes very sophisticated soap, brilliantly executed swirls with clean packaging. Their site is functional and not too messy.

Using 3 - D Molds

This upcoming week will focus on 3-D molds and how to use them to make delightfully different bars of soap. Because they are a speciality item, they command higher pricing and are a good addition to your soaping repitoire. Here's a sneak peak of the process.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Reason #4,598 not to believe the media

Or as Jezebel called it, "The Annotated Guide to Making Faith Hill Hot.

They've also done a very nice PHP/flash site (takes longer to load, those of you not on DSL) that really shows the before and after pictures of this lovely Faith Hill photo shoot.

What's shocking is that Redbook felt like they needed to airbrush one of the most beautiful mothers in America. For goodness sake, she's had three children, has a busy career and appears to have a stable loving marriage. That's like the holy trifecta of happiness in some circles. I would (sadly) expect massive airbrushing from Vogue or some other very high end fashion magazine. Redbook (whose masthead proudly proclaims, "Love Your Life") purports itself to be for middle America, for mothers and the middle-aged women in America fighting a losing battle against gravity, stretch marks and time. One does wonder how we can "Love our Lives" when we're constantly bombarded with reminders that we are too line-ridden, that we're not skinny enough to be (insert your own word here) loved/rich/contented/

The gossip rag Jezebel's outing of the unretouched photo caused a bit of a media firestorm this week with everybody from ABC News to VH1 weighing in on the photoshopping of an already- beautiful role model. The ultimate message is that women are doing everything they can to live up to the unrealistic images portrayed in the media and ... we're failing, thus disapointing ourselves, our spouses and our kids. After all, if Faith Hill can look that good with a career, three kids, and a busy life, what's wrong with us that we can't

There is a business angle to this controversy however. Redbook is doing it for the money. Somewhere, some study has shown that women (yes, those same saggy, overworked, stretch-marked Mothers) are more likely to buy magazines with the beautiful, line-less, nymphs on the cover rather than a woman that looks vaguely like themselves on a good day. The recent closing of pro-real-women magazine, Jane, showcases this point. That's the true business shame in all of this. The companies that keep pushing super skinny, super airbrushed on us wouldn't be doing it if there wasn't money to be made.

Next time you see a candid photo of a celebrity, before you start picking on her, "Ewww, look! She has cellulite!" be happy that you actually saw something real - not something that was manipulated into a more-pretty facsimile of reality.

At the rate we're going, you won't be able to see "real" for much longer.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Pisch Posch Yummy!

Pich Posh's Solid Bath Melt is very large. It seemed wasteful to use this brick-sized product all in one bath. I attempted to chop it apart with a knife. I used a spackling trowel to wack away at it. I attempted to shear it apart with a sharp thrust of a knife straight into its heart.

Nada. Zip. The "Nectar of the Gods" was determined to stay hard and bonded together.

I was equally determined to use this yummy product more than once. Plus, I slightly feared for my skin's moisture content if I dumped the entire thing in my bath.

So, I held half of the product in the bath and got what I wanted - a soothing, delicious smelling bath with baby soft skin afterwards.

The product does turn the bathwater a shocking color of pink. It didn't stain me or the tub. And the pink color was somewhat soothing.

The fragrance was strong. It was a mixture of vanilla and berries. The lovely sweet scent coupled with the fuscia colored water was a relaxing experience. And, since the Solid Bath Melt was so large, I'll get to copy the experience again tomorrow. After all, I have a slightly soggy half left.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

New Exfoliants at Bramble Berry!

Ginger Root
Apricot Seed Powder

Almond Meal

I love using exfoliants because they vary the texture and look of soap. Plus, exfoliating helps to expose new skin and new skin is pink, dewy and fresh looking. Who doesn't like line-free, fresh skin?

I start at 1 tsp of exfoliants per pound of soap (melt and pour or cold process). You can always add more but you can't take it out. So, be prudent and conservative on your addition rate.

I can think of a bunch of yummy theme soaps using these exfoliants - Ginger with the Orange Ginger fragrance. Almond Meal with our Almond Biscotti Fragrance. Apricot Seed Powder with Summer Fling. Yum!