When I am making candles and need to clean out my pouring pots, I use nice thick paper towels and wipe them out. I then save the paper towels in a bag till it is full, then I put them in a basket near my wood stove to use as a room freshener and also as a fire starters. They work great for starting the fire.
February 23, 2016 winner
Easy and inexpensive way to trim your candle wicks the same length every time: simply place a 1/4″ high pony bead over wick and trim.
February 2, 2016 winner
Shower gel tends to thin out extremely with some oils. Add a little salt (just a pinch) and it will thicken back up! I use sea salt but any salt will work.
January 26, 2016 winner
When using molds for things other than cold process or M&P soap, the molds can hold a residue.
For instance, I like to use small molds for wax, soap and M&P. I also like to melt down my cocoa butter, and pour it into some of these smaller molds. for ease of use. With both the soy wax, and the cocoa butter, there is always a film left that I can’t seem to scrub off, even with very hot water!
I discovered that I can use leftover M&P soap, it will pull the film right off the molds! I just use whatever melt & pour scraps I have on hand from previous projects. I remelt it, and pour it into the molds. When the soap hardens, and I pop it out, the molds look brand new! No film at all. I save the M&P and use it, again and again.
January 19, 2016 winner
Place lip balm tubes in freezer while you prepare the lip balm. It will help them set quicker when pouring.
January 5, 2016 winner
Here’s a tip for filling small quantities of lip balm tubes without a lip balm filling tray (even though you can get a really nice one from Rustic Escentuals ;-))
Gather the amount of empty lip balm tubes needed for your recipe. Bundle them all together and wrap a rubber band tightly around the center of the bundle. Make sure the rubber band is tight enough to hold all the tubes firmly in place and allows for very little movement. Find a flat bottomed measuring cup that is big enough to hold all the tubes firmly in place. You can always add more tubes than needed to the bundle to ensure a tight fit. Adjust the tubes so that they are all level and plumb – straight up and down as well as side to side.
Voilà! you now have an easy and portable solution for filling your lip balm tubes!
December 22, 2015 winner
A tip when pouring soy candles: By the time you are done, there is always wax left clinging on the sides of the pouring pitcher that I don’t like to discard. I run hot tap water on the outside of the pitcher and it soon melts down to the bottom – I have enough for a couple of tea lights or wax melts. Then I wipe out the pitcher with paper towel (with some alcohol) and wash with hot soapy water. Clean up is fast!
December 15, 2015 winner
Wipe the container you use to weigh your lye with a dryer sheet (Bounce, etc.) before you measure the lye. This will keep the tiny lye flakes from sticking to the inside of the container.
December 8, 2015 winner
Before labeling your lip balms, wipe down the outside of the tube with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue from the manufacturer. Labels will stay on better.
December 1, 2015 winner