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  1. Carolyne Thrasher

    My Christmas Soaps

    Well this is my 3rd year making and selling soaps. Here’s my Christmas/Winter line. Autumn Fig (BB) is a really good seller again, that’s in the one with purple, teal drop swirl. I added cranberry fig (BB) and it’s been popular too. It’s the first one, layers of “hills.”
  2. Carolyne Thrasher

    making washing soda from baking soda/homemade laundry detergent, Wild fires in the US

    First, I'm not personally in any danger. But I live in the Willamette Valley of Oregon in the US 25 miles from a nasty wild fire. Our air quality has been rated hazardous for 4 (I think) days now. We are trying to avoid going outside. I usually use 1 part washing soda and 1 part borax to wash my...
  3. Carolyne Thrasher

    homemade distilled water not worth it?

    I have a juice steamer that can be used to make distilled water. It's a really cook gadget that I use to make Concord grape juice. Anyway, after 2 hours I have concluded that it probably is costing me too much in electricity to be worth it. I might have gotten a liter in 2 hours. So once I've...
  4. Carolyne Thrasher

    Body Oil

    We have our body butter formula down pretty good and it's a good seller. I have a face serum that sells really well. My shampoo bars sold out and I'm on round 2 of those. Still need to work on conditioner bar and a clarifying shampoo bar. My husband made "massage oils" last year and they were...
  5. Carolyne Thrasher

    Aquamarine marble horizontal cut method

    Melt and pour (clear) embeds dusted in gold mica, gold mica lines, then cut horizontal like a Taiwan swirl. Bit tricky to get the mica lines at the right level for cutting. I’m going to try it again with more mica lines and do a rose quartz version. This one is fragranced with crafters choice...
  6. Carolyne Thrasher

    Soap dough

    Third time is the charm. I made my 3rd batch of soap dough using Soaping 101s recipe (see link below). It is vegan. I really like it. Just wanted to share. I poured my batter directly into ziploc bags after mixing in micas. I think that works best for keeping the air out.
  7. Carolyne Thrasher

    Craftybase special 40% off first 6 months

    Hey all! I just got an email about a special for crafty base inventory and expense program. This is a good deal. It is a good program. Just thought I'd spread the word. I'm sure there are some folks that have been on the fence and this seems like a good time for ya. Also you can enter all your...
  8. Carolyne Thrasher

    New Year Soaping Goals

    Hey I thought it would be fun to share some of our goals for sharpening our craft for the year 2020. Here's a few of mine. The biggest thread is CONSISTENCY. Fine tune our packaging, logo, esthetic Learn how to use social media more effectively Get on top of our website Continue to network...
  9. Carolyne Thrasher

    It’s been that kind of day

    So I was working on shave soap and ended up with this. Just wanted to say this is my best soap disaster yet. It’s what comes from trying to do too much as once. Hope everyone else is having a great summer. With my kids home from school, I haven’t been able to share much.
  10. Carolyne Thrasher

    Mother’s Day Gift Sets

    I only put together 10 total for a small Popup Market I’m at this Friday and Saturday. I have not yet tried the cardboard tubes for chapstick and lotion bars. I’m pretty convinced they won’t work for chapstick but will try. I have hopes for lotion sticks. Hope everyone is having fun with their...
  11. Carolyne Thrasher

    Libraries are an artisans best friend!

    Found these while taking my mom to the library. My Instagram name is gardenbibliophile I LOVE books. Bonus my 2 favorite British sci fi authors both had books on the “new” shelf.
  12. Carolyne Thrasher

    Cardboard lip balm tubes

    I went ahead and shelled out 15 bucks to get a sample box of paper balm tubes from Benny’s Balms (Etsy). I’ll report back in a week or so how well they hold up to the pocket and car test. Am hopeful but guarded.
  13. Carolyne Thrasher

    Organic mct oil at Costco

    Found this in my Costco. It’s an Oregon based co and I’m in Oregon so I don’t know if this is just a regional item.
  14. Carolyne Thrasher

    Soap types

    I’m still working out a sea salt bar recipe that makes me happy. I really like less than 50% of the oil weight. 30-25%. Is there a written “rule” for sea salt spa bar ratios. I’m guessing there are no soap police out there and it’s like the Wild Wild West. I’ve noticed that commercial Castile...
  15. Carolyne Thrasher

    Toilet fizz bombs

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Homemade-Toilet-Bomb-Fizzies-31734698/amp I’m going to make a batch of these today. I’m the worst housekeeper but maybe these will help get the kids interested in keeping the toilets clean. I’ve always thought that master bathrooms are...
  16. Carolyne Thrasher

    Beveler planer

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/160228138/the-original-soap-planer-and-beveler?ref=shop_home_active_3&crt=1 Bought this soap planer and beveler and I believe it is worth every penny. Bumpy soap was driving me nuts. So now between one of Buds cutters and this, I’m set!
  17. Carolyne Thrasher

    Melting palm oil

    Hey fellow newbies. I wanted to share that I had bought a gallon bucket of palm oil from a local supplier and when I picked it up I asked about melting it down and was told no need. Fast forward to a few recipes into this bucket and I’m definitely having to wait 2 days to unmold from my loaf...
  18. Carolyne Thrasher

    Old glycerine

    a friend gave me a bottle of glycerine with a 9/2017 best by date. Should I pitch it? It’s best by. It looks just fine. Can glycerine go bad? I only use it in shave soap for now. What else can I use it in. It’s never been opened and it’s 12 oz
  19. Carolyne Thrasher

    Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream/bee keepers?

    I bought this for my Dad. I rarely spend money without a ton of research but I was feeling wild that day apparently. Anyway, it cost $20. I did consider it an extravagance but he has severe neuropathy in his feet which are forever cracked and calloused. He’s not going to use it so I am. Can any...