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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

 


Pigments VS Dyes - What's the Difference, When to use each in Soap Making!

Posted on 20 Jun 14:28 , 0 comments

Pigments - Dyes - Neon Pigments

A little about each and when to use them. 


What is MP? Melt and Pour Soap!

Posted on 20 Jun 14:08 , 0 comments

For our newbies beginning their soap journey -
or for a little more information for the more advanced soapers - a few FAQ's - a new video to share with you! Please share this video on your pages, in groups and/or with your friends.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_ppyxbt0DA&t=1s

 


Natural VS Synthetic Mica and Glitters

Posted on 05 Jun 00:50 , 3 comments

What is Cosmetic Mica?

I have heard of child labour being used in mining and negative effects on the skin!

NATURAL MICA:

The mica group is a group of naturally occurring minerals. They represents 37 phyllosilicate minerals that have a layered or platy texture. The commercially important micas are muscovite and phlogopite, which are used in a variety of applications.

SYNTHETIC MICA:

Synthetic mica aims to replicate the effect and appearance of the Natural Mica, whilst alleviating the negative or toxic minerals that can be found in some naturally occurring minerals and also the human rights conditions and concerns associated with some of the mining of natural micas

Synthetic Mica is the name generally used for a range of glistening pigments - blended together creating Sparkly colour in other products.

They can be used in soap making. Bathing Crystals, bath bombs or make up.  

Synthetic Mica may produce more vivid colours and actually be brighter than than naturally occurring mica. A skin added bonus is that synthetic Mica does not contain any sharp edges that may microscopically tear or damage the skin.

Some companies claim traceable mica that is mined without the use of child labour however the supply chain of this has proven somewhat difficult. As such it is easier purchasing a synthetic variety to avoid human rights violations.

Synthetic mica is also sometimes labelled as “synthetic fluorphlogopite”. This relates to a synthetic mica which is generally white or grey in appearance. Covered evenly with titanium dioxide, (naturally occurring white pigment), this blending gives the appearance of a pearl like sparkle and shine, enhancing colours when used in combination with other synthetic mica pigments.

WHAT ABOUT PLASTIC?

By utilising certified synthetic and natural mica, we can ensure they  are free from PET plastic glitter.

As such, they are biodegradable,  safe pigments with no concerns regarding landfill, or waterways concerns.

Plastic glitters are often known as microplastics or microbeads.

Ultimately, these end up in the food chain in oceans. A huge concern is the presence of plastics in our oceans and consumption by marine life and the health of ocean ecosystems.

Should you require a lovely natural and completely biodegradable exfoliant in your skin and body products, we also offer a finely ground organic rice powder. As well as being biodegradable, it is organic and nourishes the skin. Should it find its way into the ocean, it will simply provide organic food for the oceans.

By utilising cosmetic grade glitter you will achieve perfect colours in your products, they are stable and will not bleed or migrate like many craft glitters, clean up is easier, and they are far less irritating on the skin.

BIODEGRADABLE GLITTER

Biodegradable glitter is generally made using cellulose from plants, hence it is PET free

It is fairly colour stable although can fade and bleed in high PH products, it is sometimes not colour stable in acrylics and nail polish, which will require the cosmetic grade glitter.

It requires various components to break down and will usually be fine kept in a dry jar, although it is best is a cool, dark storage.

LUSTRES

Edible products and lip balms require the addition of lustres rather than Mica. Lustres are a blending of food colourings and synthetic mica. We offer a range of edible lustres that are perfect in your lip balms.

 

*Please note, this information is provided to the best of our knowledge and for informational purposes only. Individuals must determine the suitability of these products for their own specific purposes and information may be changed/updated as new situations come to light. We encourage individuals to seek independent advice.


What is the difference between a LAKE and a DYE, a PIGMENT and a Mica

Posted on 21 May 16:12 , 0 comments

We use 4 main types of colourants: Lakes, Dyes, Pigments and Micas - So What's the difference?

Lakes and Dyes will both "dye" or colour to term more correctly, however generally "dyes" are water soluble and "lakes" are oil dispersal.

DYES:

A dye is a chemical that shows color when it is dissolved. They are water soluble and will not mix with oils. Dyes can be bought in a granular version and a dusty light powder form and also a liquid form. Renascent Bath and Body offer you either POWDER Dyes or LIQUID Dyes.

They will easily disperse and not settle therefore are the perfect choice to use in liquid soaps.

Our dyes are Certified “D&C” Colors meaning they can be used in Drugs and Cosmetics, but not in Foods.

Our dyes are found here: https://www.renascentbathbody.com.au/collections/dyes

A DYE is a distinct product that shows coloring power as it is dissolved.
Dyes are water soluble, and will not readily mix with oils. 

Benefits of Dye Colors:

  • Easily dissoluble in water, MP soap and Liquid Soap
  • Will not settle out of suspension
  • The best choice for colouring liquid soaps
  • A drop goes a long way

Our dyes are found here: https://www.renascentbathbody.com.au/collections/dyes

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LAKES:

A LAKE PIGMENT is an insoluble material that colours by dispersion.

Lakes are basically a pigment which has been manufactured from a dye by precipitating a soluble dye with a metallic salt. The resulting pigment is called a lake pigment.

Lakes are produced from the FD&C Dyes and are oil dispersible (but generally not oil soluble) and as such they can be mixed with oils, fats and sugars. They can also be dispersed in other carriers such as propylene glycol, glycerin and sucrose (water and sugar).

Lakes are created in specific concentrations of the Dye which is used.

As an example, Red 40 Aluminum Lake is available in Low Dye (generally 15-17% pure dye) and High Dye (36-42% pure dye).

We use the lakes to colour our balms to produce tinted lip gloss or even lipstick, however they can be used to colour MP soap base if blended properly.

Our Lakes are Certified “FD&C” Colors - can generally be used in Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics. (For any edible or lip based product, you must use FD&C products.

Lakes are generally preferred in several applications, including: To color an oil based product, such as balm base, chocolate or compound coatings.

 Our lakes are found here: https://www.renascentbathbody.com.au/collections/dyes

COLOUR STABILITY:

Lakes are generally colour stable, meaning they resist bleeding.

Dyes have a tendency to “bleed”, or migrate from one part of the product to another. A red and white soap, may therefore become all pink int he future if dyes were used. Likewise with colour swirled lip balms or candy canes or any product where there are specific colour borders or stripes. In many cases Dyes can be used in confectionery production, Lakes will be substituted if bleeding is a problem.

Benefits of Lake Food Colors:

  • Lake food colors are highly adaptable and versatile: They can be dispersed in suspension of propylene glycol or sucrose. 
  • Lake colors are stable: Much more stable than water-soluble dye colors.
  • Lake colors can be utilised to color many varieties of products and are commonly used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
  • Lakes are available in different concentrations of colors. 
  • Lake colors are oil soluble and can be mixed in vegetable oils, fats, other cosmetic oils etc.

 Our lakes are found here:  https://www.renascentbathbody.com.au/collections/edible-colours

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Micas:

Mica is a naturally occurring collection of silicate minerals. It is widely used in cosmetics and personal care products.

Mica, named from muscovite mica is used to add sparkle and shine in MP Soap Making, makeup, nail products and skin care products.

Our Mica's are found here: https://www.renascentbathbody.com.au/collections/mica-shimmers

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Pigments:

Soap Pigments are essentially oxides. Although many pigments were once collected from the earth, for consistency and safety they are now replicated synthetically in a lab. The FDA enforced this creation as many pigments mined naturally included toxic materials that are deemed unsafe. Lab created pigments will produce beautiful colours safely

Pigments are stable in all soap making processes, are inexpensive and come in a large selection of colors. Pigments will be the best color source for swirls and layers as they will not bleed at all.

Our Pigments are found here:  https://www.renascentbathbody.com.au/collections/pigments-dyes

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For those who want more scientific terms *Taken from wikipedia:

What is a color lake?
A lake pigment is a pigment manufactured by precipitating a dye with an inert binder, or "mordant", usually a metallic salt. Unlike vermilion, ultramarine, and other pigments made from ground minerals, lake pigments are organic

What is the difference between a dye and pigment?
Dyes and pigments are substances that impart color to a material. The term colorant is often used for both dyes (also called dyestuffs) and pigments. The major difference between dyes and pigments is the particle size. Therefore dyes are not UV stable whereas pigments are usually UV stable.

What is aluminum lake colors?
According to the FDA, lakes are formed by reacting straight dyes (such as FD&C Green No. 3) with precipitants and salts. Aluminum is often a component. Lakes may be used as color additives for tablet coatings due to their stability, and may also be used for cosmetics such as eye shadows.

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 When do you recommend using each:

PIGMENTS: For colouring Bath and Body products:

  • Soaps: MP (Melt and Pour), CP (Cold Processed), HP (Hot Process)
  • Bathing Crystals
  • Available in Liquid and Powder form - from 1gm - 1 Litre
  • Less likely to stain bathtubs

DYES: For colouring Liquid products:

  • Liquid Soaps
  • Available in Liquid and Powder form - from 1gm - 1 Litre
  • More likely to stain bathtubs, a few drops in liquid soap will easily wash away as used
  • Bath Bombs / Bath Fizzies

LAKES: For colouring edible products:

  • Edible Products
  • Lip Balms
  • Lipsticks
  • Cupcakes, Frosting
  • Chocolates
  • Available in Liquid and Powder form - from 1gm Vials

MICAS: For colouring and adding a sparkle and shimmer:

  • Cosmetic Products
  • Eye Shadow, Mineral Make up
  • Soaps: MP (Melt and Pour), CP (Cold Processed), HP (Hot Process)
  • Bathing Crystals
  • Bath Bombs / Bath Fizzies
  • Can be blended through the melted soap base, dry brushed on to the finished product or dry brushed into the mould before the soap is poured in.
  • *If used in liquid soaps, the liquid will need to be thickened or the Mica will settle to the base of the product. A suspending reagent may be required.
  • Renascent Bath and Body also stock edible Micas which can be used as above in the Lakes *Please note not all our Mica's are edible, only those stating "edible".
  • Available in Powder form - from 1gm - 1 KG

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