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My New Ebook

Greetings,

I haven't posted anything on this blog in a very long time. I've been very busy creating an EBook of recipes on MP and my own personal research and process.

You can purchase my very 1st Ebook on Melt and Pour Soap making in my Etsy store.

This book was created after many requests to write an ebook with my experiences, thoughts and personal research added.  If your looking for quality recipes for your own personal Melt and Pour or Transparent Base making.  Even for the beginner in Basemaking, THIS IS A GOOD PLACE TO START.  From here, you just improve on it.  What I've shared, is working for me.

Limited edition ebook format.

What's inside

10 Recipes to assist you in creating several different Soap Bases including:

Palm Free Vegan Bases

Transparent Base
Goatsmilk Base
Double Butter Base
White Base
Natural Base


Lard Bases

Transparent Base
Goatsmilk Base
Triple Butter Base
White Base
Cold Process Base


When considering if you should place your order today, think of the value inside my ebook. I sell one basic recipe for $45 with instructions only. This book will have over $585.00 value in my proven recipes. I've been making soap for 14 1/2 years and I've loved almost every step. This is by far the most comprehensive information I've gathered for myself.



We aren't going to get down and dirty with Chemistry and Massive Detail, I'm going to keep it light and informative.

All this in one place.  A Recipe Book for Melt and Pour and Transparent Basemaking.

Please remember that this process is an advanced soapmakers process using the Hot Process Soap Metho
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Handmade Glycerin Soap

I've been making handmade soaps from scratch 14 years as of 2/19/18.  Its been a long journey in many ways. Time consuming and frustrating at times, to say the least.  but, Finally I have achieved an almost 14 year standing vision.

I first tried to create Glycerin Soap about Five (5) months after teaching myself to make soap.  I no longer have that bar or batch of soap, however I remember exactly how it looked, felt and smelt.

It was gritty and HARD, it was a cloudy and translucent green and it was scented with spearmint.  It had a wonderful scent and it soaped nicely.  It could be used as an exfoliation bar.  But, it was NOT a true bar of Translucent or Glycerin Soap.  It was a complete fail and I hated the process.

I had two pots that I used as a double boiler and I followed the recipe from Kathy Millers website.

I didn't try to make Glycerin / Translucent soap again for 12 years.

Last year I tried again.  ANOTHER FAIL.  Made me so angry I put it away again and left it for yet another year.

I can finally tell you that I've successfully made more than 10 batches of truly translucent and Melt & Pour Soaps.  I've learned how to formulate my own recipes and I've been successful at achieving that Translucent Clear Soap.  Here are a few of my soaps.

Morning Bliss

After making soaps for so many years its hard to imagine that I would still love it so much.  Not only loving the creative side of soap making, but also loving the way my skin feels when I use my creations.  Last evening I made a batch of soap that I hoped would remind me once again of why I love being a Soap maker. 


It accelerated very fast and rushed into the gel stage. Causing the design I had put on the top to smash against the top of the lid for the mold.  I literally had to hold it down so the pressure didn't push the lid off and I didn't have a volcano of soap all over the counter.

I placed the wooded mold filled with soap in the stove and left it over night.  Got up at 6:45 am to unmold and cut the soap into loaves and then into bars.  It was as hard as a bar of cured soap that has been sitting 6 weeks.  Since it was unscented I couldn't only smell Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter.  Which was Perfect.

I cut the block into 24 bars of soap and proceeded to stamp them with my soap stamp and place them on a rack to cure for another 3 weeks. No, I'm not going to cure for 6-8 weeks because the soap has completed the saponification I'mprocess.  Its ALREADY soap.  Its already cured, its already hard and its already been used. :)

YES, I took a bar and went to the shower. It was pure BLISS.  I got the feeling all over again.  I know why I love being a soap maker and I stand by my product. I make luxurious bars of soap and natural skincare as well as hair care that nourishes and moisturizes even the roughest, driest, most irritated skin.

No don't get me wrong.  I don't need to be reminded why I do what I do because I'm sold out and dedicated to the art of soap making.  But more so to providing health skin care solutions that promote healthy skin.

The batch of soap I created yesterday was made with Raw Unrefined Shea Butter, Raw Unrefined Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Organic Coconut Milk Powder.  No fragrance, No essential oils.  Purified Water and Sodium Hydroxide.  That's it, that's all, nothing else.  It needs no preservative and gets no preservative.  It's pure goodness and for me because I know exactly what's in my soaps Its Pure Bliss, plain and simple.

Below I want to show you how much soap would be wasted if I chose to bevel this bar of soap to cosmetic perfection.  The bar shrinks in size and the logo would no longer have fit.  The extra layers having been peeled off now have to be stored or discarded. I choose not to do this for this batch of soap because it makes absolutely no good sense to change the natural and most realistic presentation of a handmade bar of soap in all of its rustic beauty.  So I hope you enjoy this luxurious creation with all its skin loving moisturizing goodness.

Simply Ingredients

After years of making handmade soaps with multiple oils in them, Arsenia Blu is streamlining the process and the ingredients used in our soaps.  Not that we don't love all the soaps we make and all the ingredients we use. However, the term less is better is really true in this case.  We've researched oils and techniques, formulations and old world products made with different oils over and over.  We've made different soaps using all these different types of oils, only to end up at this space and decision.

Cas·tile soap
noun
  1. fine, hard white or mottled soap made with olive oil and sodium hydroxide.

With so many websites and blogs that explain why Castile soap is good to use and even how many ways it can be used, I decided to include several of them in my post. The first page I would recommend reading is 

Purposeful Giving


We think that 2017 is going to be a wonderful year for Arsenia Blu.  We've decided to drop the Blu from the name of our skincare. As we slowly sell out of the remaining products currently available in our stock, you'll begin so see subtle changes in the look of our labels and our web store.

The first few months you will see the basic Cause ribbon shape on all of our soap bars.  However, at  Arsenia Blu, we don't want to blend in.  WE STAND OUT!  Look for our Exclusive Ribbon Desgin to appear on our bars and exclusively in our web store in the Summer of 2017.  

The Look of Arsenia's Purposeful Giving Soap Bars will have our original Ribbon logo design that was created for the owner of Arsenia Blu Beauty over 7 years ago.  Never having been used before in her business endeavors, she has decided that the Purposeful Giving Charity Cause is the most perfect place to use this beautiful logo.  We go on record as having commissioned, ordered and purchased this exclusive design, and we can prove this statement as true.

Notice to the public..........
No permission will be given to any individual, company or website in the use of this Ribbon logo design.  It is the exclusive property of Cleo Anderson LLC. and Arsenia Blu Beauty.  Any product, packaging or website displaying this logo design is in direct violation of our rights and is unlawful. We will seek restitution for this violation.





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Stocking up on Soap Molds



I'm so excited to share the new soap molds I've purchased during the last two months.   I've been very lucky to find several silicon molds that I really wanted.
In November I was searching Ebay and Amazon where I seen these really cute molds from Wilton that was anywhere from  $9.98 to $12.00.  That very day I was looking online for this specific silicone mold I had to pick my kid up after work and we went to Walmart.  I decided to go to the seasonal

cooking ware and there it was.  The EXACT mold I had seen on Ebay and Amazon.  The difference was that they had two stacks of them and they were only $4.97 each.


I got 4 of them and I LOVE THEM.  They'll be used as guest molds and soy melt molds.









The next silicone mold I was hoping to find was the Snowflake mold.  I found them on ebay, but they were going to ship from China.  I don't like to buy from China.  I want to buy from someone in the U.S. Well, turns out my order was cancelled because they didn't have any available to ship.
  I received this mold from a seller a few states away.  Not enough molds of course so I continued to look for more.  I now have a total of four and I couldn't be happier.  That gives me a potential batch of 24 and that's perfect. Oh, and the little one is exactly like the big one and I love it.  Its actually a candy mold. but, since its silicone, It will work.


My Favorite Mold of the season is the Gingerbread boy mold, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this mold. I found this mold  on one of my outings during my lunch hour in corporate America.


The next two molds that I purchased this holiday season are for my new cupcake molds.  I wanted to change the look of the cupcake bases that I use. Some of them are single molds will the one I love the most is in a tray of 6, I bought two of them, Actually need one more.  I just had to have these. Though I would prefer single cups in this shape.  I do like the basic cupcake mold shape, but I really LOVE this cupcake shape for the base of my Soapy Cupcakes.









I found some other Cupcake Molds that I really thought would come in handy from time to time.  Different sizes and different shapes for the soap base.  Just makes creating alot of fun.I thought that would be a lot of fun.  As for the Big mold, Well, sometimes a girl just needs bigger shapes to make bigger Body Treats.


                         



My next two molds to tell you about are my Heart shaped Molds.  Just in time for Sweetheart day in February.  Very strong and in very
good shaped.  The Red mold with 6 shapes is really pretty, I can't want to use it.  The single heart shapes were also purchased on Ebay for about $5.00 and they sent 24 cups.  They are Wilton and in Excellent condition. I'm very excited to Soap during the changing seasons of 2017. This will be my first Sweetheart season to present themed products for my Clientele and I'm excited.  I'm even more excited because we'll celebrate 13 years in the Soap making business on February 19,2017.












So, even though I no longer celebrate All Hallows Eve, I found these molds for the Halloween Season, I was able to find some Pumkins, Ghosts and Skull N Crossbones for those who do celebrate the holiday.  Its still fun to make soaps in different shapes.
                      




Now as you can see, I have added alot of unique molds to my arsenal for future purposes. I'm loving it.  Next up are the flower molds I found in October.  All there of these will be used often, because they will work for soaps and Wax Tart melts.




My bunny Mold was purchase off Ebay and it is Wilton.  It is a Wilton Mold of the Peeps candy I'm excited to have it.  There is one more mold that I've ordered for the Easter Holiday season that will arrive after the new year. I purchased it on Wilton's website.  Its another bunny mold, but very different looking.  I post a picture of that mold once it arrives.



I did almost forget about this log mold I bought on ebay.  I thought it would be bigger, as they gave the dimensions, however, I didn't check the dimensions I just bid on it.  Its going to be good to soap with it and get square corners of my hand cut bars. I actually bid and one the second one, while I ordered the first mold.  So, I have two of these.


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Making Christmas Soaps.......



I was so excited to make Christmas Soaps and Soapy Cupcakes this Christmas season.  Out of all the years I've been creating artisan soap, I've never really created Christmas Holiday themed soaps.  So, I decided I would do it this year.  I've created several cupcakes and even a few bars of soap as well.  Unfortunately, I haven't done very good in the way of selling them this holiday season.  Next year I'll think twice about Special Holiday Soaps.

Anyway, Here are the Christmas Soaps and Cupcakes I created for Christmas 2016.


My first Christmas Soap was my Gingerbread Cupcake - To be honest, I've had this Gingerbread fragrance oil for over 7 years.  I thought it would have lost its scent and potency. However, because it sat in the dark for literally 5 years without seeing the light of day, it was POTENT. I hated the scent before I used it in these cupcakes.  By the time I got  finished making these cupcakes, I was in LOVE with Gingerbread fragrance.


The second Christmas Soap was my Apple Blossom Mint Soap Cupcake.  I made this cupcake because I loved the blend of Apple and Peppermint blend.  It smells sweet and minty at the same time.
 The amazing part about these Soapy Cupcakes was that they were almost lost to my brand new piping tool not being opened enough to pipe out my soap the way I had imagined.  Some how I got it out and the cupcakes came out pretty nice.


A Romantic Christmas Soapy Cupcake is my third Christmas Soap.for 2016.  Its a blend of Apple, Love Spell (type) and Peppermint.  This is my favorite for the season.  Its warm and romantic, its sweet and deliciously soft.
 The peppermint is subtle and the blend as a whole is delightful to the nose.

Next up is my Mini Peppermint
cupcakes.  They are solid white with green and red sprinkles.The topper has tiny erasers shaped like peppermint candy and snow men. They are completely adorable.





My next Christmas soap is the Applemint Soapbar.  This soap bar is really pretty with three colors, white, green and a dark mauve rose color which was created out of  beet root powder.
 It turned out to be a really pretty marble swirled  soap.



At the bottom of each page you'll see a donate button. Where you can make a personal donation to Arsenia Blu to help us reach our goals. 


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