Saturday, February 23, 2013

First experience of soaping For Sale!

  Here is the morning we woke up to today. Quiet. Peaceful.

How beautiful the trees are dressed in frost during the early morning winter hours! What a perfect day to make some soaping memories!
It has been two years since our move from out east. Upon arriving, we sat down as a family to evaluate some goals and make some changes in our priorities as a family. Among the topics of these goals were spiritual, academic, and "productive use of free-time", as Mom & Dad call it.
Us gals in the family voted to start learning the art of candle making and soap pouring to give away and for our personal use. The boys voted for a snow-blower and some tools to make Mom a Hope Chest- they are still working on that one :) We know they will make it though.
So after many hours of reading and researching different techniques and chemical reactions, (love those!) We are finally ready to make soap to sell! We ordered a new set of supplies last week!
Sarah and little sister waiting to start the process. Arika couldn't wait to help mix and pour into the molds.
Here is Becca and Arika curling and grating some embeds. 
Here is the men's soap.....
This Midnight Blue Men's soap was scented nicely. Not too strong- not too faint.
How fun is this design?! Midnight Blue won the favor of all three of the guys in our house.
Next was the Honey Soap.... 
The Honey soap was so delicious smelling! We wanted to eat it at times. Very rich scent of honey!
You can't really see the embeds here but they turned out beautifully. 
Last for the day was the Coffee Soap. Can we say "WOW!"?
What a way to exfoliate the skin with a quick "pick-me-up" scent with real coffee, coffee grinds, & cocoa butter!
Off to make another pot of coffee now:)
Just one more picture of our homemade coffee soap.
 We are excited that we didn't give up on our goal and met it. I know two years is a long time, but we had other things going on. :) It was fun to sit back and reminisce about the past. Much can happen in two years. It's even more excited to look forward to the future. To think what God has in store for us for the next two years!
What about you? Do you have something that you have been waiting to try? A goal you need to meet? It's never too late.  :)  How about a nice Spring time scent you'd like to try?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Candle Wax Education: Paraffin vs. Soy vs. Palm Myths

Hello there dear friends! Since we produce and sell both paraffin and soy candle products, we have been wanting to write a post about some of the differences in these waxes. With all the myths floating around the Internet, (along with zero documented proof) we thought now would be a great time to debunk some :)  

Our paraffin candles are made from 100% FOOD-GRADE paraffin. Yes, the same kind that is in your ice cream topping, chewing gum, chocolate bars & other candy, cheese, and the same kind that is on your produce that you purchase from the grocery store.

100% true soy candles are non-existent because you can't purchase 100% soy wax for candle production. All "Soy" wax is actually a blend of soy beans and "botanical oils." Which translates to vegetable waxes; hydrogenated palm, coconut, corn, or all together "Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides".  Most of these pre-blended soy waxes for candle production comes from imported tropical regions. No soy wax can claim to be certified organic because it is hydrogenated.

Now that we got that out of the way, let's start off with the raw forms of the most popular waxes. We have Soy, Palm, and Paraffin.
You wouldn't take a soy plant and light it on fire on your coffee table.
You wouldn't take a palm plant and light it on fire on your coffee table.
And you wouldn't take some petroleum and light it on fire on your coffee table.
These are the raw forms that each one of these products comes in. Each one of these are natural products from the earth. Every one of these raw products must be refined from it's raw state to a wax form that we can use in candles. (And chocolate, produce, shampoo, beauty products, medicines,... on and on we can go :)
First issue we want to cover is the "fuel/gasoline". Yes, petroleum can become gasoline when refined. Just as soybeans are now one of the most popular forms of bio diesel and palm is right behind soy in that category. So we know that all of these three waxes have a raw natural state that can be refined into a fuel.
The "Soot free" soy candle myth. There is no such thing as "soot-free" candle. Hydrocarbon, (aka- soot) is emitted when any organic compound is burned. Yes, including soy candles. Wick trimming will help you the most here.
Remember, not all soot is black. "White soot" can't be seen all the time with the bare eye.
All candles (and any burning material; toasters, fireplaces, cooking oils...) give off carbon particles. Just as these household everyday items are not considered a health concern they are also different from the soot formed by the other refined products (as we discussed above) that come from these raw materials- bio diesel and gasoline.
We hope this has helped answer some questions about the different types of wax that we use. We have been learning a lot about the different types of candle supplies & waxes and as we learn we want to educate our family and friends.
Have a scentful day!
Sarah & Rebecca

Growing Strong!

Happy Valentines Day, Friends! Sarah made this cute little Chocolate Raspberry Votive in honor of our love for our mom. Mom loves chocolate so we knew she'd get a kick out of this. She did.

I know we haven't been busy on our blog these last two months. But don't let that fool you. We are testing and planning some spring and summer scents now. Watermelon and Cotton Candy, Anyone? :) Yummy scents bring us back to a summer time country fair!

So what are some scents you would like to experience in a spring time candle?