Soapy Experiments

I’ve often worked with wax before, but until recently never really got the chance to work with soap… Which I now realise is a great shame.

The main thing I love with soap is that you don’t have to worry as much about clearing up pots and pans: you can do it even after the contents are solid because, well, it’s soap. It’s soluble. So without further ado, here’s a little on how I made honey, spices and orange soap.

Obviously, the first thing to do was melt the soap base. I had just used the same saucepan to boil some honey for a cooking project (more on that tomorrow), so figured that the best use for the leftovers would be to add them into soap.

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I wanted to make something a little more interesting than just a simple block of soap, so I decided to add some shapes in different colours. The only question was what to use as a mould. A little creative thinking brought me an elegant and green solution: a plastic tray taken from a box of chocolates.

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While these bits were setting, I decided to make the main part of the soap, which would encase the paler honey shapes above. I used cinammon and other spices to colour the mix, giving the soap a lovely scent.

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All parts complete, it was time to make the soap bars themselves. I like green solutions, so I re-used plastic pots from yogurts and cheese for the moulds, which meant that I had some interesting shapes, too!

Next, I added the spice soap:

For some bars, I also added orange zest for an added twist. The soap has since been sent on to Russia along with a family member to pass on to friends and family as a belated New Year’s present; but I really loved working with the stuff and will certainly be looking to start selling it in the future at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GrowingEvergreen

For now, why not check out my work with wax in the Etsy shop?

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Seashell Tealights

Recently fetured on our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/growingevergreen/ were these upcycled seashell tealights:DSC_0154.JPG

I originally saw the idea on Pinterest and thought it was fantastic: the natural curve of the seashell contains the wax and acts as its own candleholder. Moreover, being a tealight, it didn’t require much wax, which meant that I could simply melt down leftover wax from shop-bought tealights, and so reduce waste a little. The other wonderful thing about working with tealights is that it gave me a great chance to experiment with scents and fragrances, trying out different mixtures in each one.

The shells themselves were saved up from the couple of times our family had shellfish for dinner: it seemed wrong somehow to bin the shells so I squirreled them away, until I would find a project to use them for. I still have a couple left, so I think I might use them as soap moulds…

Interested in the tealights? Check out  https://www.etsy.com/shop/GrowingEvergreen

Vintage Teacup Candles

Here’s a quick update on the GrowingEvergreen Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GrowingEvergreen

One of our latest additions is a pair of teacups (saucers included), which have been upcycled into adorable candles:DSC_0139.JPG

The gold leaf edge on the inside of the teacup would catch and reflect the light of the candle, adding a touch of glamour to the overall picture. Moreover, the two teacups have slightly different shades of wax, so you can choose which you prefer – or get both and have the colour difference bring out the pair in an interior.

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The teacups had been taking up space without use in our cupboard for a while, so I decided it was time to give them a new life! To provide the wax for the candles, I used leftover wax from tealights and a couple of red candles (to provide the colour), so the entire thing is very eco-friendly. Why not check them out on Etsy?