Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cold Process soap for Teeth? Really??

I recently came across a thread on the Soap Making Forum about tooth soap. Intrigued, I decided to do some research and found a number of testimonials on the benefits of tooth soap. Users have reported cleaner and whiter teeth, healthier gums, a decrease in tooth sensitivities, less plaque build-up at dental hygiene check-ups and fresher breath. One website claimed that the lack of glycerin was what made the difference, which doesn't make any sense to me since glycerin is a natural by-product of the handmade soap process. Still, who can resist the call to experiment with this new soap??

First I needed a recipe. I decided on olive oil and cocoa butter, a smidgen of stevia and a tich of peppermint essential oil, and some baking soda to whiten. While shopping, hubby and I came across some silicone square ice cube trays that had me fairly excited. Hubby agreed that we needed new ice cube trays, until I explained to him that silicone ice cube trays to a soaper does not translate to ice. Sheesh, you'ld think he'd know by now!

Aren't they adorable? I think the 1.25 inch square is perfect for swiping the head of a toothbrush on. It stands to reason that the small size would mean shorter curing time. However, this is an almost castile soap, so I will still leave it to cure for at least a month. Should be enough time to line up some brave testers!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Finally got the camera out again!

I finally took some pictures of the soaps that I made a couple of posts ago.The first one I originally created as a facial bar for myself. I love the calming essential oil blend, I find it very soothing.

Next is the citrus bar. This one is a favorite among my customers, and I must admit, I like it too. I didn't add any colourant to this, relying on the colours in the 5-fold orange essential oil and litsea cubeba essential oil. Next time I will add micas again. The citrus smell is yummy though.

Then there's my Snowman soap. How fun was this one to make! It's scented with a clean smelling fragrance oil blend. This is my idea of celebrating our white winter.