More foaming whipped soap

I’m in love with foaming whipped soap. It bubbles up really nicely, cleans without drying and is easy to wash away.

This morning I woke up early and made another batch of the foaming bath base.

It takes some patience as this goes over a double boiler. Constant monitoring is a must or you’ll find it bubbling and spewing soap everywhere. Also, the ingredients are not cheap, so I didn’t want to risk it burning… So I watched it closely.

Once it’s done, I packed it into a sterilised container so that it can cool down properly (and cleanly!). I use what I make, so people that also use my product can be assured that I don’t cut corners when it comes to hygiene and quality.

I left it to cool while I ran some errands. My car tyre had a puncture so I had to get it repaired. I was lucky enough that there was someone to help me change the tyre yesterday. I wouldn’t know how to do it myself.

Anyway, by 3pm, the base was cool and had hardened to a thick paste. It was then ready to be used. I made 3 different types of whipped soap today using Lavender essential oil in 2 of it and 1 using rose fragrance.

For the lavender EO soaps, one was a sugar scrub and the other was just plain foaming whipped soap. The smell of the lavender EO is fabulous. I use New Directions essential oils and I love them.

The rose scented soap really reminded me of ‘sirap ais’ drink. Mostly because it was really warm today. I must have been craving for a cold sweet drink. 😊

The rose smells lovely to me. Not overly powering or too powdery. Of course, fragrances and scents are very personal and different people may have different reactions.

This time, I packed the soaps into small jars as testers. I want to give them to some friends and family members to test and to get their feedback. I kept some for myself too 😉.

It was really great to try out the sugar scrub just now. The sugar gave a good exfoliation without being too rough. My soaps have added glycerin and sweet almond oil. The glycerin acts as a humectant which attracts moisture to the skin. Sweet almond oil is good for the skin and does not clog pores. Which is great for my face.

Aloe and Beetroot Natural Soap

This is the first time I’ve made soap with botanicals. I got some aloe vera powder and beetroot powder the last time I was in KL.

The colours were really pretty. I was hoping that it would stay true in the soap. But I kind of knew that it wouldn’t… Still, I decided to try it out anyway.

To make a simple looking soap look more interesting, I textured the top with swirls and whirls. It turned out to be a really nice soap to use. The aloe vera powder made it more slippery on the skin, giving it a nice feel when using it.

Shrink plastic

I bought some shrink plastic from Daiso when I went to Japan in Oct. Daiso in Malaysia may have it but it’s almost double the price when compared to Japan.

I didn’t have time to make anything out of it in Oct so I left it for the next time I went back to KL. I.e. now! It needs a toaster oven to shrink it and I don’t have one in KK, and my other craft odds and ends needed for this project is in KL. So I could only do it when I’m back in KL.

Anyway, this project is pretty easy. And you don’t have to be an artist to do it. I’m terrible at drawing, so I printed out some cute pictures from the internet and traced them.

Here’s a pikachu one that I traced. I got it from Google image search.

After toasting it in the oven for a few seconds, it shrank down about 4 to 5 times from its original size and became much thicker. You can see it in the photo below.

If you ever do this, remember to punch or cut it properly before you shrink it down. Tip: If you find that its not flat, put in in between a thick book and press down. Use baking paper to protect your book – the colours may transfer.

I initially planned to use them as key a chains but then decided to use them as unique luggage tags. I put a ribbon through the hole of my “tags” and use them to mark my luggage. It’s quite sturdy and survived being checked in.

I have plans in future to make name tags for my dogs. And also personalized key chains – need to get the chains and rings first.

‘Roos and Hoot

I made amigurumi recently. But never posted them before… So here goes.

First up is the kangaroos.

I made this on a whimsy 😊 and was so happy that it turned out good. I’m not good at following patterns but I managed this time.

Then a friend of mine ordered a set of ‘roos from me. It was custom made to the colours of his choice.

So now we have a twins! Of course, the younger twin (and baby) had to fly off to KL to their new home…

A while after that, I made an owl from some scrap yarns that I had.

This little owl which I call Hoot has a place in my room. I have to keep her tucked away because my furbabies have a thing for stuffed toys… 🙃🙃🙃