All about the Avocado Coffee Scrub Soap

Last Saturday, my parents went back to KL after an eventful visit. My mom’s bag was a tiny bit too full, so she gave me the 2 ripe avocados that she wanted to bring with her. It’s totally organic and home grown by one of my cousin.

So I said, hey, I should make soap with it. Together with this, I also wanted to try out the new scent I got from SoapLab which was specifically for a coffee scrub soap which I had been planning for a while now.

Me, being me, decided, ok, make a coffee scrub but with the avocado puree, instead of 2 different soaps. So I got out my tools and ingredients and got working.

I had to wait a few days before I could unmold it because I did not have a water discount. It was still sticky after 2 days. At 3 days, i.e. the day I cut it, it was still a bit sticky but overall good. Dry enough that there are no drag marks when I cut into it.

You can see here that the sides are darker. I think that eventually the whole bar will darken to the same colour. I’ll just have wait and see.

This soap is scented with Cappuccino fragrance oil from SoapLab. However, I don’t smell the coffee, I get more of a cinnamon and sugar scent. A real sweet smell. I was hoping for a really strong coffee scent. But that’s the thing about getting fragrances online. You can’t smell the real product until you buy it and it’s in your hands. In any case, I am pretty happy with the fragrance because it didn’t rice up my soap batter.

Approximately 5 weeks till this soap is ready. Can’t wait to try out the scrubbiness.

An experiment in making foaming whipped soap

I love bath products. That was one of the reasons why I got into making soap.

So, recently I saw some posts on YouTube on foaming whipped soaps. Now, I haven’t seen these in the normal shops that I would usually get soap like Guardian, Watson’s, Giant, etc. I’m pretty if I were to go into the more premium shops, I would be able to find them. But why buy something when you can make it right?

So I did my research, and finally found a great recipe that I could try. I was so eagar to start making it but then I had to wait for my raw ingredients to arrive from West Malaysia!

Finally, after Good Friday and the Easter holidays, my items arrived! And so I made my first foaming whipped soap base ❤❤❤

This soap base can actually be used as is. But where’s the fun in that…

So now it was time to make the actual foaming whipped soap. I added in all the skin loving additives, yummy fragrance and pretty colour. And then I have my pretty foaming whipped soap.

The pale orange darkened a few shades after a few days. But the light and smooth texture stayed.

This soap is very gentle and is suitable for face and body. I’ve given most of them away to my faithful testers and kept only 1 bottle for myself.

Must make more soon!

Confetti Soap

My sister recently asked me for a charcoal face soap. I felt that a plain black soap was rather boring. Then I remembered that I had a batch of soap that did not turn out so well…

Actually, the soap itself was great. It was made from oils like sweet almond , Shea butter and coconut, giving it skin loving qualities and good cleansing power. However, it was suppose to be piped soap. But it got too hard too soon! So I had to press it into a mold. Which made it look not so pretty.

So anyway, I decided to shred it / grate it up. And I made a confetti soap! The confetti was scented with Sakura fragrance, which in hindsight, could have been the reason for the soap hardening up too soon. This Sakura fragrance tends to speed up trace everytime I use it (Must remember next time!).

On the top of the soap, I put a white layer, without confetti. And I also made a slightly textured top, decorated with some charcoal soap batter. I just love the way soap tops look. Reminds me of paper marbling. I’m digressing but, one day, I’m going to attempt a peacock swirl…

This is how it looks like inside. My confetti is pastel blue and pastel pink. It’s not so obvious from the photo because I have seriously bad lighting in the dining room where I cut my soap.

This is also the first time I’m using my new soap cutter. I love how it gives me nice clean cuts. It also helps that this soap is made with a lot of hard oils. So it hardens fast.

Overall, I’m happy with this soap. Turned out like what I imagined it would be.

I still have a lot of the confetti part left. I’m going to have to think what I’m going to do with it!

BTW, I have a Instagram account where I post all my soap works. I usually update on IG faster than this blog. So come and follow me on IG. I can be contacted through direct message on IG.

Visit my IG here

If you prefer Facebook, I also have a page dedicated to my soaps called Fel’s SoapyBubbles.

hello rosie

This is Rosie. 2016-07-08_16.59.57

She is very light and fluffy, especially her petals.

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Made with milk cotton yarn, and 4.0mm hook.

She measures approximately 40cm tall. And the diameter of her head is 38cm.

Pattern by zabbez.

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She is available for sale, I will be listing in our Facebook page and Etsy shop soon.

Meanwhile, PM me in facebook page or email for more info if you are interested in her.

oh those magnets

Last week was Hary Raya holiday. I was suppose to go for a personal retreat in Johor, but due to certain unforeseen reason I was not able to go. It was a good holiday at home, albeit having a lot on my mind and also having to do some office work during the holidays.

This project is has been long pending. I have always wanted to put up a magnetic board with the world map to display my magnet collection. Dad mounted this heavy thing on the wall for me.

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The process? …. Many months ago (I cannot even remember how long ago it was), I bought 3 magnetic board from Ikea. Dad brought them to the welder and got them to weld the boards together.

I bought the World Map stickers from IPC way back in 2012 December (yeap, the receipt was still in the box). The stickers were meant for walls, but hey it works fine on my magnet board too.

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My plan was to have each magnet from the country of origin correspond to the map did not work; because I have too many from the same country or area nearby and the map is to tiny. Initially I thought of just choosing 1 magnet from each country and put them up, and put the others up on rotation. However, then that beats the point of having my collection displayed, and besides I am not that “hardworking” to manage that. Hence, I tried my best to pin all my magnets up on the board, as close to the map as possible.

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Till death do us part

I have been looking for a Bridge & Groom doll for a long time now. Most pattern I found are small. Finally came accross this pattern, and best of all it is free and comes with a you tube tutorial as well 🙂

Amidst my really busy brain crushing schedule, I managed to (had to) sneak in a couple of hours to make these.

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I made some variations to the original pattern, basically I didn’t put any pearls or flower bouquet…. just used plain yellow yarn as the hair ribbon and necklace, no earrings, no bouquet.

Bride measures 23cm tall, Groom measures 26cm tall.

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Both are made of milk cotton, 5 ply, 3.5mm hooks.

Here’s linking the pattern author… yarnutopia bride & groom. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

Finger Family

Another group hug…

Papa, Mama, Kor kor, Mei mei and Di di (Father, Mother, Big Brother, Little Sister and Little Brother) = A Complete Family. 

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This is my other second batch of finger puppets, for the same friend who requested for the animal family puppets.

Another one of a kind, making up the pattern as I go along, tiny doll challenge creation 🙂

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Have a great weekend. Today is my Mom’s birthday, and we are celebrating with Durians!

Animal finger puppets

A friend of mine asked if I can make finger puppets for her grandson.

I am not a fan at crocheting small dolls as this requires sophistication… which I don’t have and I have huge hands… hehehe…

Anyway I challenged myself to make them, no pattern to follow, just free hand making them up as I go along.

This is the outcome… my one of a kind, not sure if I can ever replicate them… animal finger family! 2016-06-23_20.58.12

This challenge has open up a new window to my passion for crocheting. Now I know I enjoy making tiny dolls (it’s not that tough after all !).

So you will be seeing more of me making smaller dolls.

Group hug yo!!!

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Look out for my Finger Family post, coming up next!