Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Soap Moulds are in stock now 
Arabesque Tray Mould

Beehive Tray Mould

Sleeping Woman Bar mould
Hearts Tray Mould
We now have tray moulds in arabesques, hearts 
and beehive as well as bar moulds in "sleeping woman"

Thursday, October 27, 2011

We have had fabulous demand for our 100ml frosted bottles and have been asked to get these in a 50ml size. At the moment we only have gold pumps to top them, but different options will come available as we have demand for them

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Soap Moulds - How should you look after them?

Basic Soap Mould Care

Cleaning the Moulds:

Use warm tap water and soap (if the molds have been used for soapmaking, simply soak in warm water for a half hour or so). Hot water, including dishwasher water, may warp the plastic.

Pour Temperatures:

The moulds can tolerate wax and transparent soap temperatures of 135-145ºF. If you're concerned about warping, set the molds in a shallow cold-water bath for hot-temperature pours.


Please don't manhandle the moulds when releasing contents! If you have any difficulties with soap or chocolate, place the moulds in your freezer. For chocolate, a few minutes of freezer time will allow for easy unmoulding. For soap, 1 hour should be sufficient.

Opaque Cold-Process Soap Considerations:

Because opaque cold-process soap undergoes a chemical reaction in the moulds, there are a few extra considerations to keep in mind:
  • Soap needs a certain amount of heat to saponify properly.
  • Most cold-process soap books call for pour temperatures of 80-100ºF. These temperatures are fine if you're pouring several pounds into one large mold, but when soap is poured into individual 3 or 4 ounce moulds, heat is more easily lost regardless of how much insulation you use. If you've measured your ingredients correctly but your finished soap is soft and/or grainy, raise the soap's temperature to between 115-125ºF next time you pour.
Transparent Soap Note:
Opaque Cold-Process Soap Considerations don't apply to transparent soap since it's neutral when poured. Transparents also lack "stickiness," so there shouldn't be any problem unmoulding them.

Pour Time:

When filling many cavities, realistically consider just how much working time you have before your soap begins to thicken beyond the "easy-pour" state. Dividing soap up into smaller portions for different colors and fragrances will slow you down; some artificial fragrances will speed the thickening. If this is the case, think about making smaller batches. If your soap does thicken before all the cavities are filled, spoon the soap in and tap the moulds lightly on the counter top. The clear plastic will allow you to see if any air bubbles remain on the mould's detail surface.

Super fattened Soap Problems:

Super fatted soap and/or soap high in soft oils such as canola, avocado, safflower, etc. are a bit sticky, and therefore may unmould with more difficulty than firmer soaps high in palm oil or tallow. These softer soaps will unmould if placed in the freezer for 1 hour.

One Great Soap Mould Recipe:

For a firm, easy-release soap with a good lather try: 22 ounces palm oil or tallow 3 ounces coconut oil 2 ounces olive, canola or any other soft oil 4 ounces sodium hydroxide 8 ounces water Heat oils to 115-125ºF. then add 115-125 degree lye solution. Stir until traced.
If temperature has dropped much below 115-125 prior to pouring, reheat on stove top. Makes 2 pounds, or enough soap to fill approximately 9-10 cavities.
Mould designs show up clearer and "crisper" in hard soap than in soft soap.

More on unmoulding soap:

If the soap is allowed to remain in the moulds for 12-24 hours after cooling down, it releases much more easily than unmoulding it immediately upon cooling. (During this extra time the soap is both shrinking and crystallizing.)

One final option:

If you'd like to experiment with a fairly effective mould release, melt one part paraffin wax then stir into 3 parts mineral or baby oil. Best used when it is hot and liquid, but if applied to the molds when cold (as a soft paste) use a stiff brush to insure thin and even application, otherwise inconsistencies can mar the smoothness of the finished soap. Plain mineral or baby oil can also be used to lightly coat the moulds (vegetable oils or PAM may possibly saponify if used as a mold release).
For a long time we had heart shaped glass tealight votives that have proven very popular. Sadly the importer isnt bringing them in any more, but I have managed to get the same glassware in a frosted finish. These will also not be available once the last of the stocks have gone, so if these are something you adored in the past hoard mode would be a good idea :-)

Monday, October 24, 2011

If you like class in the bathroom have a look at these treasures!
Frosted glass soap dishes!!
The dishes come with an easily removed stainless steel draining section that allows for easy cleaning and will help keep your soap out of any excess water

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cute Candelina Jars

We have had people asking us for smaller jars for bonbonerie and candle applications and have finally found some that are incredibly cute. The picture doesnt really reflect that they are only as tall as your index finger, lid and all.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Small Clear Metro Jars

Suppliers across Australia have been out of the small clear metro Jars!  The good news is that our shipment has finally landed! http://www.heirloombodycare.com.au/metro-small-clear-225ml-p-996.html?cp=98_101

Ginger Essential Oil

Last of the new essential oils for a few days is GINGER!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil

Todays new oil is Sweet Marjoram. Once again it is only available in 15ml while we gauge its popularity.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Green Irish Tweed

While we are at it the time has come to introduce a new Sweet Cakes Fragrance.....
Green Irish Tweed!  This is a reproduction of the Creed fragrance that is so awesome!
Try some today

New Essential Oils

Trying out some new essential oils to see if people want them.
 The first one is Cinnamon Bark - 15ml only at this time but will get more if the need is there.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

SPECIAL OFFER - Milky Way Tray and Bar Moulds

Having communications problems with a supplier can benefit everyone in the end.  We have way more moulds coming than we had planned and saw this as a great opportunity to put them on special for you all.
For one week only all Milky Way bar and tray moulds are on special for the ridiculous price of only $10.00 each.  Grab yours today!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Glass Embeds

The time has come to move out our glass embeds to those who can find an alternate use for them.  These were originally bought in to assist in making awesome gel candles.  We are no longer able to get reasonably priced gel.  The embeds need to take on another life.  The floating ball embeds were originally designed for maintenance free fish tanks as the air filled balls suspend the fish mid water making a dream scene when rocks and plastic seaweed were added.  Other species can be used to decorate boxes, hampers, gifts and regular candles.  All glass embeds are going out the door at a maximum price of 80c each, but if you would like more please negotiate a better price with us.  Not all glass embeds are yet loaded at the discounted price, but will be charged out at just 80c each.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Frosted Glassware

Chandlers and bath goods suppliers alike have been asking us to get frosted glassware in stock.
We now have metro jars in large and small as well as candelina jars in a frosted finish.
Awesome or what?

Monday, February 7, 2011

In Plenty of time for Mothers Day

These awesome tea light candle holders allow you to change the decorations underneath as often as you would like to allow for great versatility.  Use our 4 hour burning tea light candles if you would like, or any you have on hand.
The picture really doesn't do these justice, but hopefully you get the idea.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Frosted Bottle Special

February has finally arrived and everything is settling back to normal.  It is time to offer our first  discounted special of the year.
If you are as in love with our 100ml Frosted Bottles as I am and would like to order some in the coming week (5/2/11 - 11/2/11) putting the word "hot" in the message box will see 10% taken off the price no matter how many you order.  Please don't forget the message as this is not an automatic deduction - just for our wonderful followers.