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18 July 2019

Skinny Iced Vanilla Latte Coffee Recipe

This skinny vanilla iced coffee recipe is a great way to beat the summer heat.  By making your own sugar free vanilla simple syrup, this iced drink can be made with clean ingredients for a delicious treat that won't compromise your diet.

I am powered by coffee.  My kids know not to even attempt to talk to me until the first cup is gone.  I especially love that first cup every morning in the cold winter, but even in the summer you'll find me sitting on the patio each morning with a cup of hot coffee.

Some people say that it's too hot for coffee in the summer.  I don't need that kind of negativity in my life.  It is never too hot for coffee.

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There is, however, a place for an iced coffee.  It's an afternoon treat on a hot summer day.

It's finally supposed to hit the 90s this week, so I figured it was time to make a sugar free simple syrup for this skinny vanilla iced coffee recipe.  

This easy iced coffee recipe can be made in just a few minutes once you make the vanilla simple syrup.  The syrup will last in the fridge for about a week, so you can have a quick treat over the next week.

16 July 2019

Blueberry Oatmeal Doughnut Exfoliating Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

This adorable blueberry oatmeal doughnut exfoliating melt and pour soap recipe is easy to use.  It's scented with a natural blueberry fragrance oil.  The oatmeal gently exfoliates, making it great for the hands or body.

My son, Caleb, loves blueberry muffins.  So do I.  I may have had a little addiction to hazelnut coffee with a shot of vanilla and a blueberry muffin from the coffee cart when I was in college.

Several years ago, when Caleb was in preschool, I taught him about math by cooking.  One summer we made about 10 different blueberry muffin recipes and took careful notes until we found the best ever blueberry muffin recipe.

We then moved on to blueberry bread and even doughnuts.  That's what inspired this blueberry oatmeal doughnut exfoliating melt and pour soap recipe.

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I wanted to use my new doughnut mold, but I didn't want to make sprinkled doughnut soap like everyone else does.  

I remembered the blueberry doughnuts and decided to do blueberry oatmeal since oatmeal is a great natural additives and exfoliant to add to melt and pour soap.  

BLUEBERRY OATMEAL DOUGHNUTS EXFOLIATING MELT AND POUR SOAP RECIPE

This was a fun melt and pour soap technique to try.  It has embeds and oatmeal soap for gentle exfoliation.

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I just made little rectangles for the embeds, but you can also make blueberries from a mold or buy them on Etsy.  If you'll be selling it, that's the way I'd do it.  But this way is still super cute, too.

More fun melt and pour soap tutorials:

MELT AND POUR SOAP


I used Crafty Bubbles white melt and pour soap. I've been using it for almost 15 years, and it's my preferred soap base. 

It's not available anywhere except their website, so call or email them to order.

FRAGRANCE


Crafty Bubbles also came out with a line of natural fragrance oils, including blueberry.  It has a strong and very real blueberry scent.


You can also use a blueberry fragrance oil in this blueberry oatmeal doughnut soap.  There are several on Etsy and Amazon.

OATMEAL


I used regular cooking oatmeal and I ground in my Ninja food processor.  I grind a cup at a time and store it until I need it.  

You can also use colloidal oatmeal for this oatmeal soap recipe.

MOLDS


I used my favorite rectangle soap mold to make the chunks for the embeds, but you can use any mold that will get you a flat pour.  

There is also an actual blueberry soap mold if you want a more authentic look.  You can find one on Amazon or there's a mini one on Etsy that would be good for the doughnut soaps.  (I just picked up the one on Amazon, so I'll be using it in future posts.)

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You can also buy blueberry embeds on Etsy.  If you use those, this doughnut soap would be so easy to make! 

I used my new doughnut pan.  I picked up a metal doughnut pan at my local thrift store for $1.  (I'm from the midwest; we brag about finding good deals at thrift stores here.)

I actually had a doughnut mold on my wish list for a while.  If I were to buy one, I'd buy a silicone doughnut mold because it's easier to unmold the soap.  

INGREDIENTS


SUPPLIES


DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Melt 2 ounces of white melt and pour soap 15-20 seconds in the microwave.  If there are small chunks, stir until they melt.  

Add blue soap colorant and stir well.  Pour into a 1/4 inch layer in several of the cavities of the rectangle mold.  You can make these as thin or as thick as you'd like.  Let cool completely, about 20 minutes.


STEP #2


Remove the blue soap from the mold.  Cut into small chunks.  I did rectangles, but you can do chunks, squares, or whatever you'd like.


STEP #3


Place the blue pieces of soap on the bottom of four of the doughnut molds.  I had some laying flat and some standing up.  Place them randomly to fill about half of the mold.


STEP #4


Melt 8 ounces of white soap in 30 second intervals.  Stir between each interval.

Add the oats and stir.  When the temperature drops below 160 degrees, add the blueberry natural fragrance oil.


STEP #5 


Spray the blue pieces with rubbing alcohol.  Pour the oatmeal soap over the blue chunks until they are almost covered.  Spray with  rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles.  Let sit until cool, about 20 minutes.


STEP #6


Add more blue pieces on top of the cooled soap.  Spray with rubbing alcohol.  


STEP #7

Remelt the oatmeal soap and pour to fill the molds.  If there are blue pieces sticking up, you can cut them off when it cools.  Spray with rubbing alcohol.


Let cool completely, about 2 hours.  Unmold them.  If you use a metal pan like I did, place it in the freezer for no longer than 10 minutes to help them come out easier.  

Enjoy your blueberry oatmeal doughnuts exfoliating melt and pour soap recipe!  


These can be used in the bath, but I usually use them in the kitchen.  

Melt and pour soap can get soft if it sits in water.  I use a metal soap dish for drainage.  I used to use wooden ones, but the metal ones are less messy with the tray on the bottom, and they are a lot easier to clean.




Blueberry Oatmeal Doughnut Exfoliating Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Yield: 4 2-ounce bars of soap
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $10
prep time: 1 hourperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 2 H
This adorable blueberry oatmeal doughnut exfoliating melt and pour soap recipe is easy to use. It's scented with a natural blueberry fragrance oil. The oatmeal gently exfoliates, making it great for the hands or body.

materials:

tools:

steps:

  1. Melt 2 ounces of white melt and pour soap 15-20 seconds in the microwave. If there are small chunks, stir until they melt.  Add blue soap colorant and stir well. Pour into a 1/4 inch layer in several of the cavities of the rectangle mold.   Let cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  2. Remove the blue soap from the mold. Cut into small chunks. I did rectangles, but you can do chunks, squares, or whatever you'd like.
  3. Place the blue pieces of soap on the bottom of four of the doughnut molds. Place them randomly to fill about half of the mold.
  4. Melt 8 ounces of white soap in 30 second intervals. Stir between each interval. 
  5. Add the oats and stir. When the temperature drops below 160 degrees, add the blueberry natural fragrance oil.
  6. Spray the blue pieces with rubbing alcohol. Pour the oatmeal soap over the blue chunks until they are almost covered. Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles. Let sit until cool, about 20 minutes.
  7. Add more blue pieces on top of the cooled soap. Spray with rubbing alcohol.  
  8. Remelt the oatmeal soap and pour to fill the molds. If there are blue pieces sticking up, you can cut them off when it cools. Spray with rubbing alcohol.
  9. Let cool completely, about 2 hours. Unmold them. If you use a metal pan like I did, place it in the freezer for no longer than 10 minutes to help them come out easier.

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11 July 2019

How to Make Unicorn Soap With Melt and Pour Soap

How to make unicorn soap with melt and pour soap and a natural Unicorn Kisses fragrance oil.  These adorable soaps will make great gifts or a new soap for your soaping business.

I hope unicorns are always in style.  I mean, who wouldn't want to ride a magical unicorn?  And the traditional unicorn colors of pink, blue, and purple just make me happy.  

Not to mention the glitter and shimmer that comes with unicorns.  Lots and lots of glitter.

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These unicorn soaps with melt and pour are adorable, smell just like a unicorn kiss should, and they have glitter.  Lots and lots of glitter.  Okay, maybe not a lot of glitter, but it's still there.

Since it's summer, I finally had some time to play with soap and get some cute ones made.  This isn't a hard soap to make, but it does have four pours, five with the embeds.

I think the extra time is totally worth it.  This is my favorite soap of all of the soaps that I've made.  I almost don't want to use it.  I want to set it on a cute soap dish and hang a sign on it that says don't touch.

But then again, I do want to smell like a unicorn kiss, so maybe I will use it after all.  

HOW TO MAKE UNICORN SOAP WITH MELT AND POUR SOAP


I picked up this small unicorn mold a few weeks ago, and I knew the first thing I wanted to make was an embedded soap.

I wanted it to be fun and cute and, of course, glittery.  But I wasn't sure how to get there.

I tried tilting the mold on my Star Wars galaxy soap, and I really liked the effect.  I used white on that soap, so the colors didn't really blend.

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This time, I used clear melt and pour.  This gives it a little gradient from pink to purple to blue.  I think it turned out really cute!

More fun DIY bath and body projects to make:



MELT AND POUR SOAP


I use Crafty Bubbles melt and pour soap and have been for years.  It's only available in their catalog.

You can use any melt and pour soap.  I didn't add any oils since there are so many pours, so you may want to use a shea butter base or one with more oils.

I do recommend using a white and clear from the same company.  Sometimes clear and white from different companies can have different melting points, so it can cause one layer to melt into the next layer.

UNICORN KISSES


I used the new Unicorn Kisses natural fragrance oil from Right Note.  Hopefully it will be on Amazon soon. It smells like gummy worms.  Yum!


You can also use any fragrance oil or essential oil.

Good ones to try would be:

or 

If you want to use a fragrance oil, this Unicorn Farts fragrance oil seems like it would smell the closest to the blend that I used.


GLITTER


I used a body safe glitter that's also safe for the face and eye area so there are no worries on using this in the shower even though it's probably not a great soap for the face.  This glitter is very fine and looks cute sparkling as you move the soap.


When I'm done with this glitter, I'll get a biodegradable glitter.  I bought mine so long ago, I hadn't even heard of the biodegradable glitter.

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CANDY SPRINKLES


I used candy sprinkles for the confetti.  Please note that if you are selling these, the colors from the sprinkles may bleed.

You may want to make your own with dissolvable paper or something else.

MOLDS


I used two molds for this unicorn soap with melt and pour.  I used a small unicorn chocolate mold that I picked up at Joann.  I don't see it on Amazon, but you could use this cute set (I'd have bought this for the horns if I'd have seen it first) or this set with 3 styles of little unicorns.

I also used my silicone rectangle mold.  I use this mold a lot, and I love how easy it is to unmold the soap.



INGREDIENTS



TOOLS AND SUPPLIES



DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Melt 4 ounces of white melt and pour soap and add 1/4 teaspoon of unicorn kisses.  Pour approximately 1 ounce of soap into each of four of the cavities.  Let sit for at least 20 minutes to harden.



STEP #2


Melt 2 ounces of white melt and pour soap.  Add purple or red and blue to get the desired color.  Pour into the unicorn mold and set aside until hardened.

I didn't bother scenting the embeds.  You could add 1/8 of a teaspoon of fragrance oil or essential oil if you want.



STEP #3


Prop the mold up about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.  I used a notebook.  Don't forget to prop the other side or prop in the middle so both sides are angled.



STEP #4


Melt 4 ounces of clear melt and pour soap.  Add 1/4 teaspoon of Unicorn Kisses and pink dye.  Add glitter if desired.

Pour 1 ounce of soap into each mold, covering about half of the mold.  Let cool for 20 minutes.



STEP #5


Melt 4 ounces of clear melt and pour and add 1/4 teaspoon Unicorn kisses, glitter, and blue dye.  

Let the mold flat and pour the blue soap on the opposite side of the mold.  Let cool for 20 minutes.



STEP #6


Place the unicorn embeds in the mold where you want them. Then add decorations if desired.  

Melt 4 ounces of clear melt and pour and add 1/4 teaspoon Unicorn Kisses.  Carefully pour this around the embed.  Try not to get it on the embed since you won't be completely covering it.


Let sit until completely hardened.

Enjoy your new unicorn soap made with melt and pour soap!  I absolutely love how mine turned out, and I can't wait to use it and to give away a few bars to friends.

It smells amazing, it has a unicorn, and it's glittery.  Could there be a more perfect bar of soap?

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soap, unicorn
Yield: 4 4-ounce bars
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $10

Unicorn Soap

prep time: 15 Mperform time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 H & 15 M
How to make unicorn soap with melt and pour soap and a natural Unicorn Kisses fragrance oil. These adorable soaps will make great gifts or a new soap for your soaping business.

materials:

tools:

steps:

  1. Melt 4 ounces of white melt and pour soap and add 1/4 teaspoon of unicorn kisses. Pour approximately 1 ounce of soap into each of four of the cavities. Let sit for at least 20 minutes to harden.
  2. Melt 2 ounces of white melt and pour soap. Add purple or red and blue to get the desired color. Pour into the unicorn mold and set aside until hardened.
  3. Prop the mold up about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. I used a notebook. Don't forget to prop the other side or prop in the middle so both sides are angled.
  4. Melt 4 ounces of clear melt and pour soap. Add 1/4 teaspoon of Unicorn Kisses and pink dye. Add glitter if desired. Pour 1 ounce of soap into each mold, covering about half of the mold. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  5. Melt 4 ounces of clear melt and pour and add 1/4 teaspoon Unicorn kisses, glitter, and blue dye. Let the mold flat and pour the blue soap on the opposite side of the mold. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  6. Place the unicorn embeds in the mold where you want them. Then add decorations if desired.
  7. Melt 4 ounces of clear melt and pour and add 1/4 teaspoon Unicorn Kisses. Carefully pour this around the embed. Try not to get it on the embed since you won't be completely covering it.
  8. Let sit until completely hardened.

NOTES:

Spray the soap with alcohol before and after each pour for better adhesion.
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How to make a fun unicorn soap with melt and pour soap. Learn how to use unicorn embeds to make an awesome bar of soap that is great for kids or for gifts. Make a DIY soap with a natural fruity fragrance or use essential oils.  How to make handmade soap with this tutorial for a gradiant background. This fun designs can be used to make other products. Use a unicorn and rectangle mold for this recipe. Learn a new soapmaking technique. #soapmaking #unicorn






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