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Can we make Swirls in our Melt and Pour Soap Base

Posted on 19 Oct 00:43 , 0 comments
OH goodness, you folks said "Oh don't worry if your filming of a swirl technique is not good enough" You may be sorry - I think I had touched the camera with soapy fingers and its all frosted and then I tried to turn it off and filmed my dface sideways at the end - Oh dear! I promise I will get better at this. This was something new I was trying and theres 2 more videos after this I will get up 0 the 2nd is the cut and the 3rd is nailing it a different way. 
I will also get one up with normal swirls soon 
https://youtu.be/ZtPtK_1A8hwhttps://youtu.be/ZtPtK_1A8hw

Make Your Own Shampoo Bars

Posted on 01 Aug 07:07 , 0 comments
Don't pay $14.95 for shampoo bars - make your own for a fraction of the price, using a Renascent Bath Body high quality melt and pour soap base. Here's a super easy recipe to follow along and create your own SOLID SHAMPOO BARS.

Make Soap Embeds or Tiny Embellishments

Posted on 28 Jul 23:37 , 0 comments

Never waste a speck of soap again - look how pretty these are

 


Create a Spanner/ Shifter Soap

Posted on 28 Jul 00:39 , 0 comments

So amazing, you won't believe it's a soap!
An Amazing emtallic looking spanner made entirely from soap - we will show you how easy it is to create.

 

 


Berries & Roses Melt and Pour Soap Embeds

Posted on 03 Jul 23:53 , 0 comments

Super sweet little roses or berries to add a special touch to your soaps or use as a single use guest soap

 


Adding Mica and Shimmer to making an Amethyst MP Soap

Posted on 30 Jun 01:27 , 0 comments

A few tips and techniques for making your Amethyst Crystal Soaps Pop

 


How to make Melt & Pour soaps

Posted on 17 Mar 22:04 , 0 comments

Making MP Melt and pour soaps is so easy and most of all it is great fun:

Firstly we will discuss how to make your soap and then some of the benefits and other options available


Step 1 – Preparing the area & melting the soap base:

Inside the basic kit you will have a 500gm block of Renascent Melt & Pour soap. You will need a double boiler or heat source, such as a microwave. This can be a smaller saucepan inside a larger one (with water in it) or a stainless steel bowl on top of the sauce pan. A gentle heat source directly in a pot or a microwave oven. If using a microwave, (all vary in heat) try around 30 second bursts on medium - high, then stir & pop back in if required.

1. Make sure there is some water in the base of the double boiler
2. Roughly chop up the desired quantity of soap you wish to melt and place it in the top of the double boiler (away from the water).
3. Over a reasonably low heat, allow your soap to melt, gently stirring as you go
4. If using a microwave, take away plastic food containers are good for melting in

* if it is not hot enough it will begin to set as your pour it, too hot, you will evaporate your fragrance.

Your soap can be melted again once or twice if this happens.
Each time you remelt your soap it will remove some of the water and provide a firmer (more long lasting) soap, however as you have evaporated the water away, you will have slightly less soap. You may like to add a little water as it remelts.


Step 2 – Add Colors / Fragrance:
Once the soap has melted you can add colors, fragrances, buttermilk powder or florals if desired.
Ensure that the soap is gently heated as the hotter it is the more rapidly your fragrance will evaporate.
1. Add a few drops of your chosen fragrance / essential oil(s), smell and apply to your own preference. *Take care – if you take a deep breath and your oils are evaporating, you will inhale them and this can be most uncomfortable.
2. Add a few drops of your chosen Renascent Soap pigment, you can mix the pigments to achieve different colors. *Note – if your colours are not bright enough – simply add a little more

Alternative colors can be used, such as food grade colors or dyes, however the colors may not ‘fix’ to the soap as well, causing people to slightly dye their skin on using the finished soap. Also certain food grade colors will fade in different lighting, eg – certain colors fade when exposed to sunlight, others when exposed to moonlight. Over time food dyes will ‘bleed’ into the color next to them also. The Renascent soap pigments have been especially formulated to blend well and remain true in soap making. *Take care – you will only need a drop or 2 for lighter colors, you can always add more as you go.

Step 3 – Add Botanicals:
· If you wish to add botanicals or flower petals, gently mix them through. (See further suggestions for this, later on in this booklet). *Remember, botanicals will sink to the bottom of your mold in most cases and if you use a lot of very fine botanicals, they can become caught in body hair when using the soap and create an unpleasant experience. Gluggy botanicals like oats, may clog up the drain as they are used – take care to add only a little.

They will also mostly go brown inside yours soaps and are therefore probably best scattered on the top of finished soaps.

Step 4 – Add Mica Shimmers / Additives:
If you wish to add shimmers, gently mix them through or paint into your mould before pouring to provide a luxurious effect.

Step 5 – Molding:
1. Ladle or gently pour your melted soap into the provided (cup) molds or see the further suggestions in this booklet.
2. Place aside to set. If you are in a hurry you can place in the fridge, however this may cause some sweating on their removal. Allow to set for at least 15 minutes until cold to the touch & firm.

Step 6 – Unmolding:
1. Turn mold upside down and gently press in the centre, the soap should easily release and come away from the mold, leaving you with a shiny beautifully finished cake of soap. Allow to harden for at least a day and then delight in a beautiful bathing experience.

Congratulations - Your soap is now complete


Milk Bath - Cleopatra recipes - make your own!

Posted on 17 Mar 22:01 , 1 comment

Powdered Milk Bath in a Jar recipe

  • 1 cup Milk Bath Powder SKIN CARE & BASE PRODUCTS 
  • * Do not use shop bought full cream milk powder - it will quickly go rancid, however if you wish to make up a batch to use the same day for your own use, it may be possible (not recommended)
  • 5 to 8 drops scented oil -perfume oil or essential oil AROMATHERAPY OILS / Fragrant Oils 
  • A few drops of Renascent Pigment Dyes if desired DYES - PIGMENT & EDIBLE 
  • Half a tsp Cosmetic Shimmers (if desired) COSMETIC SHIMMERS
METHOD:
  • Mix dry milk bath powder with oil.
  • Mix well.
  • Add more oil for a stronger scent.
  • Place in a container for gift giving.
  • Include a card with directions:
  • To use, add a tablespoon to running bath water, relax, delight - your skin will be soft & smooth

BODY GLITTER + BATH JELLY recipes - Now you can easily make your own!

Posted on 16 Nov 11:57 , 0 comments

BODY GLITTER + BATH JELLY recipes -  Now you can easily make your own!

Body Glitter recipe

  • 3 tablespoons unmedicated aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 teaspoon Renascent Cosmetic Mica shimmers, color if desired
  • 1 drop essential oil, AROMATHERAPY OILS fragrance desired (We have a great selection HERE)
  • Pigment (just a drop or 2) 
METHOD:
  • Add Mica shimmers to aloe vera gel.
  • Add essential oil, if desired.
  • Stir to blend, then store at room temperature in a small, airtight jar or container.
NOTE: Some are sensitive to essential oils. Test body glitter on inside of arm before applying to face. DO NOT USE NEAR THE EYES.


Bath Jelly recipe with Gelatine

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatine
  • 1/2 cup bubble bath or liquid soap 
  • Fragrance if desired (We have a great selection HERE)
  • Pigment (just a drop or 2) 
  • Optional Renascent Cosmetic Mica shimmers, color if desired
METHOD:
  • Heat the water until boiling and dissolve the gelatine in it.
  • Add the bubble bath or soap very slowly and do not beat because it may become foamy.
  • Stir gently and blend.
  • Pour the mixture into a container with a lid.
  • If the jelly is going to be used by children you can drop in a small toy or seashells.
  • Put in the refrigerator to gel.
  • To use, place a small amount of jelly under tap water or use as a shower gel.

Bath Jelly recipe with Melt & Pour Soap

METHOD:
  • Heat the water
  • Add the soap base very slowly and do not beat because it may become foamy.
  • Stir gently and blend.
  • Pour the mixture into a container with a lid.
  • If the jelly is going to be used by children you can drop in a small toy or seashells.
  • Put in the refrigerator to gel.
  • *You may experiement with the amount of soap base to make a runnier or thicker gel
  • To use, place a small amount of jelly under tap water or use as a shower gel.

CP Soap without any concerns? Meet Milled Soap!

Posted on 14 Oct 17:19 , 0 comments

Milled Soap

Love the lather of CP, but don't want to mix Lye or wait for the 6 weeks cure time? We have made it easy for you with our Milled Soap Base.

Not all soaps & bases are the same. We are delighted to offer this gorgeous & Milled Soap Base. Whether you create some fragrant bathing bliss for yourself, your friends or set up a business (within 1 hour) with your new skills you can be assured of the quality & integrity of your products. Using this Milled Soap Base kit is remarkably easy to create your very own special “bathing bliss” items. The soap flakes provided are pure soap  – ready for you to colour, scent & roll.

  • PIPE IT: Blend with water to a pipe-able consistency and you can add to a piping bag for beautiful Swirls (Frostings and decorations)
    Simply add water to create a mix you can use like cup cake frosting
  • ROLL IT: Check out our blog and you can easily roll hand made soaps in minutes
  • MOULD IT: Make into a slightly thinner consistency and you can press into a mould and unmould beautifully shaped soaps

Milled Soap Process

Ingredients for milling soap:

  • 1 cup of pre-milled Renascent Bath & Body unscented, natural soap
  • 1/2 cup of warm to hot water for every 120 gms (approximately 1 cup, grated) soap
  • OPTIONAL: Renascent Bath & Body fragrant / essential oils, herbs, additives, Pigments, Micas or other ingredients

Procedure for blending milled soap:

  1. Place the Milled soap into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add water, approximately 1/2 cup per 120gms of soap, a little a t a time
  3. Add a few drops of colour and fragrance if desired
  4. With a tool or with rubber gloves on and blended by hand, Mix thoroughly until a thick dough like consistency is achieved
  5. If it is too hard to blend add a little more water, too thin, add a little more powder
  6. Knead until pliable yet holding shape
  7. Roll into ball shape or press into a mould (you can even cut out with cookie cutters
  8. Set the soaps aside to dry and harden. This may anywhere from a few hours to a week. This process is purely to harden the soaps, there is no concerns with using them immediately as they have already been cured for you before being milled.

Procedure for re-milling soap:

  1. Place the Milled soap into a mixing bowl
  2. Add water, approximately 1/2 cup per 120gms of soap, a little a t a time and stir well.
  3. Heat the mixture on low setting, stirring constantly until the soap is melted and thoroughly combined with the water. It should be about the consistency of a soft cookie dough.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat.
  5. Add any further ingredients, such as herbs, honey, or abrasives. Do not add essential oils yet because the heat will cause them to evaporate.
  6. Stir the mixture until it’s cool but still pourable.
  7. Add any essential oils and stir thoroughly. Try adding 4 or 5 drops of essential oil for every cup of soap you grated.
  8. Spoon into molds, pack the soap well so there are no air bubbles.
  9. Set the molds aside to dry and harden.
  10. Once the soap is hard enough, turn it out of the molds and set it on a wire rack or waxed paper to harden thoroughly. This may take a few weeks.

Additional Tips & Ideas:

  • Take a small ball of the “soap dough” and colour / fragrance and roll into a ball, then take a larger amount of your “soap dough” mixture in a contracting colour and flatten out.
    Place the small ball in the centre and tightly wrap the larger colour around it, pressing to remove air bubbles and roll into a larger ball. Whilst still soft but firm, take a sharp flat bladed knife and carefully cut through the middle to show the 2 spheres with the smaller colour in the middle.
  • Botanicals may discolout within your soap, but will be lovely rolled around the outside of your soap ball,
  • Additives like poppyseed or Renascent Bath & Body organic milled rice powder mixed through will add an exfoliating aspect
  • Renascent Bath & Body organic colloidal oatmeal will add a skin nourishing effect
  • Renascent Bath & Body Milk Bath Powders or Renascent Bath & Body goats milk powder will make your soaps skin softening
  • The best colours will be achieved using the Renascent Bath & Body Liquid or powdered pigments, although the Renascent Bath & Body Micas will be terrific also
  • Use the Renascent Bath & Body skin safe fragrant oils, Essential oils for beautiful fragrances or Essence Oils to add a the benefits of liquid Gem Essences to your soaps
  • Substitute floral water for water to create a lovely gentle fragrance

Benefits:

Unlike Melt and pour, the Milled soap should not sweat and can be packaged accordingly.

It will lather beautifully

For those who like the feel of HP/CP soap but do not want to mix lye or wait for cure times, this is a perfect solution

Finishing and Storing your Hand-milled Soap

After your soap has dried and hardened thoroughly, which may take as much as a few weeks, store it in an air-tight container. It will last for a long time, but after a few months any scent you have added to it may lessen. You can re-mill the soap to add more essential oils to it, if you wish.

Ingredients:  Sodium Soap of Tallow & Coconut Oil, Water, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, NAOH

Click HERE to purchase the Milled Soap base

Click HERE to add Concentrated Pigment Colours

Click HERE to add Liquid Pigment Colours

Click HERE to add Mica Colours

Click HERE to add Fragrant Oils

Click HERE to add Essential Oils