Spotlight on Essential Oils by Bulk Apothecary – Infographic

We always have people asking for more information about our essential oils. There are so many various oils, as well as so many various uses that it can be incredibly confusing for the average consumer. Essential oils can be used for aromatherapy, scenting product or even cleaning. Since everyone tends to use them differently, it’s important to know a bit more about your product before using. Furthermore, you want to make sure to find 100% pure oils. What you will find in doing research, is that many companies cut the essential oil with what is called a ‘carrier’ oil. The company then drives up the cost on a synthetic product that will not have all the benefits you need. Finally, from a marketing standpoint, it is a great benefit to you, the seller, to provide a product with 100% pure ingredients as much as possible.

Below you will find an informative graphic that will help clear up some of the confusion you may have. If you’re in need of essential oils, let us be your guide! You can click the link for a bigger image.

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Recipe: Valentine’s Soaps Using Rose Essential Oil

Valentine’s Day is coming up, so get prepared for the season of love by creating some homemade soaps! The recipe below can easily be altered, depending on the scent you want and the mold you want to use. Bulk Apothecary has fantastic heart and rose-shaped molds that are great for the holiday. These are great for spicing up the shower/bath with a little added romance, or packaging them up to give to friends and family as a Valentine! They are useful and easily customizable! Get creative! 🙂

 

How to get started:

Buy a?melt and pour soap.

Your melt and pour soap can be one of many. ?All of Bulk Apothecary?s melt and pour soaps?are different. ?Low sweat refers to the way the final product reacts in water. ?Organic means that all of the ingredients are certified organic. ?All natural is free of harmful added chemicals. ?You can choose your color, decide between glycerin, oatmeal or olive oil bases. ?The possibilities are endless. ?I recommend if you?re creating soap for the first time, start with an SFIC clear glycerin. ?It is a basic base that will be easy to work with. ?Furthermore, if you want a wonderful natural coloring that will absorb the essential flavoring, I recommend the shea butter base.

Once you have your melt and pour base picked out, you will need either mitre box or soap cutter, or you can get one of the square/rectangle trays.

Other ingredients:

2-3 Drops Rose Absolute 3% Dillution Essential Oil. You can substitute with other oils? use?peppermint oil?if you have some leftover from the holidays. The mint flavoring smells great on the skin, year round! You can also just use a simple Rose fragrance oil, if you want a stronger scent and you aren’t looking for the added benefits of an essential oil.

Heart/Rose Soap Mold— there are a variety of molds available that fit into a Valentine’s theme. If you want to make a bunch of tiny heart soaps, you can also use those heart ice trays they sell at the grocery store. Those make wonderful, small soaps that can be put in a basket for the perfect Valentine.

Soap Colorants (Optional)– Add these if you want your soap to be a specific color. The red hues look great for this recipe!

 

 

Steps:

1. Cut melt and pour base into small cubes. ?Place in microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. ?Mix base, heat for another 30 seconds.

2. Once melted, add approximately 2-3 drops of rose essential oil.

Note: This is the step where you would add colors if you wanted something more vibrant. Add a pink, a red, or split the base into two containers. ?Add white colorant to one, and red to another. ?Then mix together for the swirl effect. ?Just be familiar with mixing so it doesn?t turn out muddy color. ?You can also skip the colorant to give the soap a simple, natural coloring.

3. Pour soap into Valentine mold.

Note: Spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to reduce bubbling.

4. Let sit for 3 hours.

Note? some people put the soap into the freezer to harden.

Now your soap is ready to use! It?s very simple to create your own soap, and you will find that you can get incredibly creative over time. ?More advanced soapmakers can add two colorants, and swirl for a wonderful swirling effect that looks GREAT with your other Valentine’s decorations. ?As stated above, if you want the entire soap to be all-natural, skip the colorants. ?It won?t be as vibrant, but it will be all-natural and still have some coloring. ?The shea butter soap base has a great natural coloring, and looks wonderful when mixed with things like cocoa powder. ?Either way, this soap will put you in the mood when you lather up in the mornings, or simply add a special holiday touch to your kitchen or bathroom!

**Due to the ingredients, the soap has a shorter shelf life. You will notice the product loses much of it?s scent after about 5 months or so. Be sure to get use out of it before the holidays are over!? 🙂

Winter Skincare Using Essential Oils

Winter Skincare Using Essential Oils

Winter Skincare Using Essential Oils

Yesterday we gave you some recipes for facial cleansers, and today we continue our skincare advice with some tips on taking care of yourself during the cold winter months. Making your own skincare products is great for the budget, and it also allows you to control what you are using. Oftentimes we go to the store and purchase products with tons of ingredients, many we’ve never heard of and can’t pronounce. At Bulk Apothecary, we always recommend using as few ingredients as possible, and if you can get away with using only natural ingredients, it is worth it in the long run. Below you will find a few recipes to keep yourself hydrated and glowing!

For Dry, Mature Skin:

100 ml of Rose Water

90 ml Vegetable Glycerin

90 ml Aloe Vera

8 Drops Palmarosa Essential Oil

5 Drops Rose Essential Oil

Mix all of the ingredients into a bottle and apply. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend reducing the amount of Palmarosa oil to 4-6 drops.

Nighttime, Dry Skin Makeup Remover:

75 ml Almond Oil

75 ml Jojoba Oil

10 Drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Mix and apply with a cotton ball.

Carrot seed oil is fantastic for the skin, and something many people forget about. It’s not as popular as some of the other essential oils on the market, but when mixed with carrier oils, it can be very beneficial for your skin.

Other skin tips:

After showering or taking a bath, massage coconut oil into the skin. It is extremely moisturizing, and great to use in the winter.

Avocado oil is also perfect for the winter. Just mix with a carrier oil, like sweet almond, sunflower or jojoba and massage into the skin after bathing.

Enjoy!

Winter Skincare Using Essential Oils

Homemade Facial Cleanser Using Cocoa Butter Grapeseed and More

Homemade Facial Cleanser Using Cocoa Butter Grapeseed and More

I know SO many people who got one of those Home Cleansing Systems…you know, those fancy facial tools that clear the pores and make your skin look fresh? I think Clarisonic’s Mia is the most popular brand, and works the best, but there are countless others on the market. Anyway, they were quite the popular gift this last holiday season. Most of the systems come with a small sample of facial cleansing product that is to be used in conjunction with the system, but if you run out or if you are looking to create your own formula to adjust to your skin, you came to the right place! Below are a few different recipes for homemade facial cleansers that are easy, cheap and can be designed to work for YOUR skin! Enjoy!

1) Rose Facial Cleanser:

Ingredients:

6 Tablespoons Each of Sweet Almond, Grapeseed and Jojoba Oil

9 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil

9 Drops Rose Essential Oil

6 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Steps: Mix together in a clean glass bottle. Shake before each use.

 

2) Olive Oil Scrub

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar

Steps: Mix in a bowl. Apply in circular motion, rinse.

*This recipe works best for direct application. If using a cleansing device, add less brown sugar and the device will help with exfoliation.

 

3) Cocoa Butter Cleanser

Ingredients:

6 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter (pure natural butter works best)

2 1/2 Tablespoons Grapeseed Oil

2 1/2 Tablespoons Water

5 Drops Sandalwood Essential Oil

Steps: Melt butter in microwave, mix in water and grapeseed oil. Once room temperature, add essential oils. Store in glass.

Homemade Facial Cleanser Using Cocoa Butter Grapeseed and More

These products are amazing and make great gifts. Simply add decorative ribbon and a gift tag and you’re ready to go!

If you have any great facial cleansing recipes feel free to comment below 🙂

Homemade Facial Cleanser Using Cocoa Butter Grapeseed and More

Recipe: Aloe Vera Shaving Soap Bars

Are you off to the beach this holiday season? I’m sure you’ll be soaking up plenty of sun. Don’t forget to pack the Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera has many wonderful benefits. It’s used to treat sunburn, cuts, and even acne prone skin. Aloe Vera helps give your skin that beautiful glow, while it smooths and moisturizers.

 

Today I have the perfect soap bar recipe to make for your sunny vacation!

 

Aloe Vera Soap Bar Recipe:

 

2 lb block of soap base of your choice (I used the Shaving Soap Bar)

2 Cubes of Blue Soap Colorant

“Homemade” Soap mold

Aloe Vera Essential Oil– 4 Drops

Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol

Soap Box/Label/Packaging (Optional)

Step 1: Cut or shave glycerin soap base into tiny pieces. Place into a microwave safe glass mixing bowl (you can always melt soap base on stove if you prefer). Microwave until soap base is almost completely melted. Add the 2 blue cubes and microwave for another 20 seconds or until smooth.

 

Step 2: Let cool for a few minutes, then add Aloe Vera Essential Oil. Stir into soap mixture. Your soap mixture should have a blue stain glass look if your using ?the shaving soap bar base.

 

Step 3: Slowly Pour mixture into the “homemade” soap mold or mold of your choice. Spray the top of the mold with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles. Let soap mold sit for at least 3 hours before removing. (tip: place mold into freezer for 30 minutes before removing, this will make it easier to remove and cut soap bars)

 

If you’re taking these soap bars on vacation with you, I suggest purchasing a soap box container. It will extend the life of your soap bar and it’s easy to travel with.

 

Hope you enjoy making these great bars!

 

Recipe: Gingerbread Soap

We’ve been inundating our customers with Peppermint recipes, we forgot about another favorite: Gingerbread. This is another flavor we all love this time of year, and Gingerbread soaps make FANTASTIC housewarming gifts for your holiday parties. The recipe below can be altered. You can use another fragrance or essential oil with the Gingerbread mold if you want it to look one way and smell another. As always, get creative! These are great for kids and stocking stuffers! 🙂

 

 

How to get started:

Buy a?melt and pour soap.

Your melt and pour soap can be one of many. ?All of Bulk Apothecary?s melt and pour soaps?are different. ?Low sweat refers to the way the final product reacts in water. ?Organic means that all of the ingredients are certified organic. ?All natural is free of harmful added chemicals. ?You can choose your color, decide between glycerin, oatmeal or olive oil bases. ?The possibilities are endless. ?I recommend if you?re creating soap for the first time, start with an SFIC clear glycerin. ?It is a basic base that will be easy to work with. ?Furthermore, if you want a wonderful natural coloring that will absorb the peppermint flavoring, I recommend the shea butter base.

Once you have your melt and pour base picked out, you will need either mitre box or soap cutter, or you can get one of the square/rectangle trays.

Other ingredients:

2-3 Drops Gingerbread Fragrance Oil. This can be purchased in the seasonal section of your craft/grocery store. You can substitute with other oils– use peppermint oil for a wonderful peppermint soap!

Gingerbread Soap Mold

 

 

 

Steps:

1. Cut melt and pour base into small cubes. ?Place in microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. ?Mix base, heat for another 30 seconds.

2. Once melted, add approximately 2-3 drops of gingerbread/other essential oil.

Note: This is the step where you would add colors if you wanted something more vibrant. Add a brown, a red, or split the base into two containers. ?Add brown colorant to one, and red to another. ?Then mix together for the swirl effect. ?Just be familiar with mixing so it doesn?t turn out muddy color. ?You can also skip the colorant and let the puree give the soap a simple, natural coloring.

3. Pour soap into gingerbread mold.

Note: Spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to reduce bubbling.

4. Let sit for 3 hours.

Note— some people put the soap into the freezer to harden.

Now your soap is ready to use! It?s very simple to create your own soap, and you will find that you can get incredibly creative over time. ?More advanced soapmakers can add black and red colorants, and swirl for a wonderful swirling effect that looks GREAT with your other Christmas decorations. ?As stated above, if you want the entire soap to be all-natural, skip the colorants. ?It won?t be as vibrant, but it will be all-natural and still have some coloring. ?The shea butter soap base has a great natural coloring, and looks wonderful when mixed with things like cocoa powder. ?Either way, this soap will put you in the mood when you lather up in the mornings, or simply add a special holiday touch to your kitchen or bathroom!

**Due to the ingredients, the soap has a shorter shelf life. You will notice the product loses much of it?s scent after about 5 months or so. Be sure to get use out of it before the holidays are over!? 🙂
 

 

Packaging Your Holiday Soaps!

So you’ve made the soaps, mixed some peppermint oil in and created that fancy swirl technique to “wow” your friends and family. Now what? They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but we all do. So you need your homemade products to be packaged in something nice. That’s where Bulk Apothecary comes in! We now have various packaging options available for your soaps and other homemade goodies.

 

Choose shrink-wrap if you want to package a couple items together. All you need to do is wrap the items and heat. The heat will shrink the wrapping and the package will be see-thru. Shrink wrap your items and put them in a gift basket with other homemade goodies!

If you are packaging bar soap, use one of our boxes with the window. You can still see the product, but the soap will be protected. Plus, you can write on the package, put some holiday stickers or ribbon on it, and it’s ready to give!

Tea Bags are also a great way to protect the items and they look super-cute! Just tie them together with a colorful ribbon!

 

There are obviously many ways to pack up your homemade gifts. Whatever method you choose, just get creative and the receiver will be anxious to use the product!

 

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Happy Holidays! 🙂

 

Peppermint Shower Cubes

Those shower cubes are all the rage this holiday season and they make an EXCELLENT gift. It’s pretty easy to make your own, AND you can customize with seasonal flavorings like peppermint. Pair them with your soaps, candles and more for a wonderful gift that people can use! Happy Holidays!

 

 

**The ingredients you will be using will be all natural, chemical free and gentle enough for your whole body.

Ingredients:

8 oz of All Natural SFIC White Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base
1 cup of White Sugar
1 cup of Sweet Almond Oil?
Peppermint?Essential Oil– 2 Tablespoons (feel free to use any essential oil, we prefer the Supreme Peppermint oil for this recipe)
Ice Cube Tray
Bar of 6 Clear Red Cubes– you will only need 1 cube

 

 

Step 1:
Cut white?glycerin soap base?into small chunks, place into glass mixing bowl and microwave at 20-30 intervals.??The glass bowl will be very hot. Please use caution. Add the 1 clear red cube into the soap mixture, microwave and stir until completely melted and smooth. Next add the Peppermint Essential Oil. 2 Tablespoons is all you need.

Step 2:
Add 1 cup of the Sweet Almond Oil to 1 cup of White Sugar. Pour into soap mixture and blend. The mixture should have a wet sand like feel. Next, spoon mixture into ice cube tray and press down.??The mixture will harden within a few hours and pop right out of the tray leaving you with those adorable little cubes.

Store your Peppermint Sugar and Soap cubes in cute containers or mason jars.

To use just take into shower gently rub on body to exfoliate your skin and rinse clean. These cubes are great for dry knees and elbows. They even have a great effect on people who have skin conditions such as psoriasis.

Wrap with festive bows or label with a homemade holiday label and you have the perfect housewarming gift! Enjoy!

Recipe: Peppermint Mocha Soap

Confession: I love everything peppermint. This time of year screams peppermint, and why not make a soap to go along with my latte? The recipe below can be altered in so many ways. It’s a basic soapmaking recipe using our peppermint essential oil and some cocoa powder for effect. You can use cocoa butter if you prefer, or just leave it out completely and just make a peppermint soap. The point is to get creative! These make great housewarming gifts for the holiday party you’re going to, or stocking stuffers for your loved ones!

How to get started:

Buy a melt and pour soap.

Your melt and pour soap can be one of many. ?All of Bulk Apothecary?s melt and pour soaps?are different. ?Low sweat refers to the way the final product reacts in water. ?Organic means that all of the ingredients are certified organic. ?All natural is free of harmful added chemicals. ?You can choose your color, decide between glycerin, oatmeal or olive oil bases. ?The possibilities are endless. ?I recommend if you?re creating soap for the first time, start with an SFIC clear glycerin. ?It is a basic base that will be easy to work with. ?Furthermore, if you want a wonderful natural coloring that will absorb the peppermint flavoring, I recommend the shea butter base.

Once you have your melt and pour base picked out, you will need either mitre box or soap cutter, or you can get one of the square/rectangle trays.

Other ingredients:

2-3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

2 teaspoons cocoa powder– can substitute with cocoa butter, the scent will be weaker, but the feel of the soap will be smoother.

1 cup Ground Coffee (optional)

Steps:

1. Cut melt and pour base into small cubes. ?Place in microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. ?Mix base, heat for another 30 seconds.

2. Once melted, add your cocoa powder. ?Also add approximately 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil. You can also coffee beans during this step if you are comfortable working with extra ingredients. ?You can ground up the beans and it will give the soap a darker coloring, or you can add to the top of soap in full bean form for an added dimension to the final product.

Note: This is the step where you would add colors if you wanted something more vibrant. Add a red, or split the base into two containers. ?Add black colorant to one, and red to another. ?Then mix together for the peppermint swirl effect. ?Just be familiar with mixing so it doesn?t turn out muddy color. ?You can also skip the colorant and let the puree give the soap a simple, natural coloring.

3. Pour soap into tray.

Note: Spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to reduce bubbling.

4. Let sit for 3 hours.

5. Put the product into a mitre box and cut with the soap cutter if you want the soap to be smaller.

Note: After letting soap sit for at least 3 hours, put the product in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. ?This will make the cutting easier.

Now your soap is ready to use! It?s very simple to create your own soap, and you will find that you can get incredibly creative over time. ?More advanced soapmakers can add black and red colorants, and swirl for a wonderful swirling effect that looks GREAT with your other Christmas decorations. ?As stated above, if you want the entire soap to be all-natural, allow the coffee to color the soap naturally and skip the colorants. ?It won?t be as vibrant, but it will be all-natural and still have some coloring. ?The shea butter soap base has a great natural coloring, and looks wonderful when mixed with cocoa powder. ?Either way, this soap will put you in the mood when you lather up in the mornings, or simply add a special holiday touch to your kitchen or bathroom!

**Due to the ingredients, the soap has a shorter shelf life. You will notice the product loses much of it’s scent after about 5 months or so. Be sure to get use out of it before the holidays are over! 🙂

 

**The pictures below were done with the swirling effects using colorants to get a festive look!

Gift Idea: Bath & Body Inspired Lotions

Bath and body lotions make a great gift for just about everyone. Teachers, kids, adults…everyone loves a flavored lotion. At holiday time, you see seasonal flavors available at ridiculous prices in just about every corner of the department store. So how about making your own bottles of lotion, packaging them up with some nice ribbon and giving them to all the people on your list that you just don’t know what else to get. At Bulk Apothecary, we have bath and body-inspired lotions, pre-mixed with your favorite seasonal and not-seasonal scents. Our 64 oz. quantities are big enough to fill into quite a few smaller bottles. Just purchase some of the empty bottles and caps and you are ready to go. You can even print a fancy label at home, apply, and you have the perfect homemade gift, while saving money! You can even package up some extra, sell them on eBay and Etsy for a little extra holiday cash.

 

What you need:

64 oz. Bath and Body Inspired Lotion?– Choose a seasonal flavor like Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin or Eucalyptus.

1 Gallon Jug Pump— You will need to cut this down to fit into the 64 oz. size container. This will help you pump into your individual containers.

Empty Bottles— I recommend the clear since they showcase the color of the lotion

Closures— You can use a pump or a dispensing cap. Depending on the type of label you are making, choose white or black

Ribbon

Gift Bag

Blank Labels– These can be purchased at your nearest office supply store. If you visit one of the office supply stores with a printing center attached, they can even help you design and print.

Now you’re ready to go. Just fill your bottles (the 2 oz. size make great stocking stuffers, and convenient for the purse) using the gallon jug pump. Top with your pump or dispensing cap, apply your label and wrap/repeat. These make great gifts/stocking stuffers, and you can get the same expensive flavors you would at retail, without having to spend the money or go thru the trouble of mixing your own flavored lotion. Enjoy! 🙂

Gifting Homemade Products for the Holidays– Lip Balm, Candles and More!

It’s late November, the snow is falling and you’re being bombarded with the thought of gift-giving. You haven’t even finished the Halloween candy and every commercial, billboard and mailing is suggesting the perfect gift for your mom, mailman and child’s teacher. The problem is, your finances are tight and your trying to start up a company, so what do you do?

The holiday season can be very stressful on your wallet. This year, why not make your gifts? Better yet, why not make your gifts with your company logo so people know what you’re up to and have a fantastic product to use year-round. The best homemade gifts are things that people use. Being in the health and beauty industry, I say you can’t go wrong with things like lip balm, lotion and body products. Many companies offer these products in bulk, and bottles, caps, labels and closures can be purchased at ridiculously low prices. Put together a small gift basket for everyone on your shopping lists and you can save yourself hundreds of dollars, plus everyone will feel special getting something that you put time and effort to make. Furthermore, you can decorate labels with your business’ label. If you are starting a new company, or thinking about it, it is the perfect opportunity to announce your brand, get the word out and see how people like the product.

In past, we’ve discussed starting your own bath and body product line. Sites like eBay and Etsy are great for people to test out sales and market their products at low costs. To start even smaller, you can make your product and send it out in gift bags over the holidays. This is truly living by the ‘two birds, one stone’ philosophy. You see, by giving the product out as gifts, the recipient can try the products, pass word along to their friends and you don’t have to bother spending extra cash on another gift.

One more bit of advice. If you are starting your own bath and body product line, think about getting the products up and running online before the holiday season is over. More and more people are getting their holiday shopping done online. If you have a lip balm line or lotion products that you are selling, the holiday season is a perfect time to start. Specifically, those niche line of items (i.e. the root beer flavored lip balm or the goldfish-inspired lotion). These items might not always have high sales during the year, but holiday time is when people are most likely to buy a niche or gag gift for that special someone in their life.

At Bulk Apothecary, we can help make a specialty product, like a?lip balm, that can, in turn, help you make some extra holiday cash. Purchase the unlabeled lip balm along with the blank label sheets, and you are ready to go! We even have specialty lotions in wholesale quantities. Just fill into empty bottles, slap a label on and you have the perfect gift that is just like the expensive product you would find at retail.

Or, try your hand at candle making. EVERYONE loves candles, and you can save so much money making them yourself!

Be smart this year! Happy Holidays!

Bulk Apothecary is a full service provider and industry leader of unscented lotion base and other unscented bases along with plastic bottles, lip balm and any other soap making supplies. We pride ourselves on offering the absolute best quality and best prices in the USA.

How to make Olive Oil, Lemon and Sweet Basil Exfoliating Soap Bars

olive oil and lemon soap bar

Olive Oil, Lemon and Sweet Basil Soap 

olive oil and lemon soap bar

There are many benefits from using Olive Oil Soap Bars. It is proven to help with skin conditions such as Psoriasis and Eczema. Its lather leaves your skin silky and luxurious. Olive Oil Soap Bars are great for shaving and sensitive skin. My favorite soap bar for shaving is my Olive Oil, Lemon and Sweet Basil Soap Bar. It will leave your legs feeling silky smooth and the sweet basil pieces act as an exfoliate. Your skin will never feel so good.

Materials I used for this Bar:

Mitre Box for Regular

CC Loaf Straight Soap Cutter

Silicone Regular Loaf Mold

Lemon Shea Soap Cubes from a previous soap batch

2 lb Block of Olive Oil Melt and Pour Soap Base – makes 8 4oz Soap Bars

1 Tbsp of Sweet Basil

Spray Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol

Step 1

Cut the olive oil soap base into small cubes, place into a microwaveable safe glass measuring bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave again for another 30 seconds. Add 1/2 of blue cube. Microwave for another 15 seconds. TIP: Remember all microwaves differ, you might need to adjust the melting time. Add 1 Tbsp of Sweet Basil. Stir soap until completely smooth. The glass container becomes very hot. Please be careful! If you would like to add Essential Oils, do so now. I didn’t use any for this batch because the yellow chunks have Lemon Essential Oil already in them but I did consider adding some peppermint oil for a little extra kick. The choice is really yours on that.

Step 2

Pour soap mixture into the Silicone Regular Loaf Mold. Let set for 5-7 minutes, drop in small yellow chunks. Spray top of soap with rubbing alcohol. This gets rid of any bubbles. (FYI: The Sweet Basil may float to the top. It’s okay! It will give your soap character.) Step 3 Wait at least 3 hours before removing your creation from the mold. Tip: I always put mold into freezer 15 minutes before cutting. It makes slicing the bars a breeze. Once removed from mold place soap loaf into Mitre Box. Slice into your desired size.

Thanks for Reading and Happy Soap Making!

The Bulk Apothecary Staff

 

 

How to make Easter Egg Bath Bombs

Easter Egg Bath Bombs

Hello again! Easter is almost here and you might be looking for alternatives to chocolate to fill those Easter baskets. I’m here today to teach you how to make my Easter Egg Bath Bombs. This recipe is super easy and fun for all ages. I’ve tried all types of Bath Bomb recipes, and I found this one works best.

easter egg bath bomb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dry Ingredients:

1 cup Citric Acid

1 cup Cornstarch

2 cups Baking Soda

1/2-1 cup Epson Salt

 

Wet Mixture:

1/2 tsp Borax (FYI: If you’re looking for Borax, the company recently changed its packaging, it’s located in the laundry aisle of your local store)

2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

2 tsp Wholesale Essential Oil-(I used Grapefruit Essential Oil)

2 tsp Water

1-4 drops of Food Coloring

Step 1

Add Epson Salt in a glass mixing bowl, sift remaining dry ingredients, whisk until mixture is well blended. (FYI: Your working area will look messy from the mixture)

Step 2

In mixing cup add wet ingredients. Stir. Slowly add to dry mixture, whisk away. The mixture should feel “sand-like”, but NOT too wet.

Step 3

You can use any type of mold. Plastic Easter eggs work great and are very inexpensive. Firmly press mixture into each side of egg. Press together and hold for 10-15 seconds (both sides will not close). Gently tap and remove egg shells. Place your finished egg on a wax covered cookie sheet. Let dry overnight and Enjoy!

 

Bath Bombs can be used in the shower, too! Simply place on shower floor and enjoy the wonderful aroma.

 

Until next time,

The Bulk Apothecary Staff

Making Lemon Meringue Kitchen Soap Bars For Bridal Shower Favors

lemon soap bar for soap making
Lemon Meringue Kitchen Soap Bar (Party Favors)

lemon soap bar for soap makingHappy Wednesday! Wedding season is in full swing and Soap Bar Party Favors are a huge hit this year. I recently had a Bride- to- be place an order for my Lemon Meringue Kitchen Soap Bar Favors for her “Lemon” themed Bridal Shower. They were such a crowd pleaser, she is ordering full size Soap Bars for Bridal Party. Wedding and Baby Showers are great places to get your Soap Business Booming. All you need is great products, cute packaging and a creative mind. And, you’ve come to the right place for that!! Bulk Apothecary carries all the products I used to make this bar. Below is my step by step tutorial to making these “look good enough to eat Soap Bars”.

 

 

Materials I used for this Bar:

Mitre Box for Regular CC Loaf

Straight Soap Cutter

Silicone Regular Loaf Mold

Lemon Essential Oil – 1 Teaspoon FYI: (you may use more or less, but a little goes a long way)

Pipette Dropper

2 lb Block of White Suspension Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base-makes 8 4oz Soap Bars or 16 2oz Soap Bars (these party favors are 2oz bars)

1 piece of Clear Yellow Cube

Spray Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol

 

Step 1

Cut 3 Pieces of the White Suspension Glycerin soap base into small cubes, place into a microwaveable safe glass measuring bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave again for another 30 seconds. Add 1 yellow cube. microwave for another 15 seconds. TIP: Remember all microwaves differ, you might need to adjust the melting time. Keep the last piece of soap base WHITE for the Meringue topping look.

Stir soap until completely smooth. The glass container becomes very hot. Please be careful!!

Next, add 1 teaspoon of Lemon Essential oil. Stir soap mixture.

Step 2

Pour yellow soap mixture into the Silicone Regular Loaf Mold. Let set for 10 minutes, Slowly add remainder of melted WHITE soap mixture.(do not add Essential Oil, it may discolor the white meringue look we’re going for) Spray top of soap with rubbing alcohol. This gets rid of any bubbles.

Step 3

Wait at least 3 hours before removing from the mold.

Tip: I always put mold into freezer 15 minutes before cutting. It makes slicing the bars a breeze.

Once removed from mold place soap loaf into Mitre Box. Slice into your desired size.

Step 4

Package your Soap Bar Party Favors. Put on a cute label and admire your work of Art. Enjoy!

 

All materials used for this Soap Bar can be purchased on Bulkapothecary.com, your one stop shop for Soap Making Supplies!

If you would like to see more of our Soap Bar creations, please stop back by our blog

Stop by often for different Soap making recipes and ideas.

 

Until next time,

 

The Bulk Apothecary Team!

 

How Do You Make Melt & Pour Soap Base From Scratch?

 

This is probably the single most asked question in our industry. For many beginners, making their own melt and pour soap base is the ‘Holy Grail’ of soap making. This is actually quite a simple process that, for some reason, most professional soap makers and soap making supply sites guard as a trade secret. People ask us all the time though how it’s done, and we feel that it is better to share our knowledge. The reality is, margins on melt and pour soap are very slim, and once people know how it’s made, they end up buying our melt and pour bases anyway. Most people just want to know for their own satisfaction, so here it goes. The melt and pour soap base below is a very basic formula that will allow you to get your feet wet if you choose to take a crack at it. It can be altered slightly to fit your needs, but this is a great starting point. Just keep in mind, there are countless resources online for normal hot process soap made from scratch, so for purposes here, this formula is for a commercial melt and pour base, which is what many companies online are selling today.

ingredients for soap making on brown background

 

What you’ll need:

6.06% – 50% sodium hydroxide (aka Lye) solution (this is just 50% SH and 50% water)

12% propylene glycol

12.27% glycerin

18.4% sorbitol solution

28.89% sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

13% stearic acid, 6.05% lauric acid

3.33% triethanolamine (TEA)

Add 1% titanium dioxide (only if you want your soap white)

Let’s get started: (for purposes of this article, we put everything in percentages so that it could be scaled up or down as needed). Also, remember you should follow all safety precautions and GMP’s to clean your equipment. The lye is very dangerous to work with, and we don’t recommend trying this at home without a good understanding of how these ingredients need to be handled. Once this is understood, simply multiply the amount of soap you want to make by the percent to get an accurate amount by weight of each ingredient needed.

Start by heating your lye solution to roughly 150 degrees F in a vessel which will be phase 1. In a separate vessel, mix and heat your propylene glycol, glycerin, sorbitol and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) to 150 degrees F, which will be phase 2. Once your phase 2 hits 145-150 degrees, mix in your stearic acid and lauric acid to the second phase. Keep heating this phase till it reaches 160 degrees and slowly add the lye solution from the first phase, and mix for about 30 minutes or until the soap base is transparent. Stop mixing and let the batch sit for 45 minutes to an hour at 160 degrees. After about an hour, gently mix in the TEA. That’s it, your soap is done and ready to be poured into molds–a simple melt and pour soap base made from scratch. Now just add in some peppermint oil or any other essential oil of your choice to customize.

 

Enjoy! 🙂

 

Eucalyptus Mint Soap Bar With White Embeds Recipe

Hello Everyone! My name is Erika from Bulk Apothecary. I wanted to share with you how easy and fun making soap bars can be. I will give you my step by step tutorial on making one of my favorite bars, My Eucalyptus Mint Soap Bar. This bar looks and smells amazing. Best of all, its super easy to make.

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Materials I used for this Bar:

 

Step 1

Cut the Crystal Clear soap base into small cubes, place into a microwaveable safe glass measuring bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave again for another 30 seconds. Add 1/2 of blue cube. Microwave for another 15 seconds.

TIP: Remember all microwaves differ, you might need to adjust the melting time.

Stir soap until completely smooth. The glass container becomes very hot. Please be careful!! Next, add 1 teaspoon of Eucalyptus Mint fragrance oil. Stir soap mixture. Yes, it smells amazing!!

 

Step 2

Pour 1/2 of soap mixture into the Silicone Regular Loaf Mold. Let set for 5 minutes, drop in small chunks and spirals (be creative), and slowly add remainder of soap mixture. Spray top of soap with rubbing alcohol. This gets rid of any bubbles.

 

Step 3

Wait at least 3 hours before removing your creation from the mold.

Tip: I always put mold into freezer 15 minutes before cutting. It makes slicing the bars a breeze.

Once removed from mold place soap loaf into Mitre Box. Slice into your desired size.

 

Step 4

Admire your beautiful Soap Creation! Wasn’t that easy.

TIP: when cleaning soap molds use soap and water. The dishwasher may damage your molds.

 

All materials used for The Eucalyptus Mint Soap Bar can be purchased on Bulkapothecary.com, your one stop shop for Soap Making Supplies!

If you would like to see more of our Soap Bar creations, please stop back by our blog for different Soap making recipes and ideas.

Remember; Soap Bars make great gifts, Wedding/Baby Shower Favors, or sweet treats to pamper yourself or loved ones.

Until next time,

Bulk Apothecary Team!