cold pressed soap
Twisty Stitches Cold Pressed Soap Store Now Open!!!
Everyone uses soap!
Soap is refreshing and there are many types of soap. Some have great lather. Others moisturize the skin and make it feel soft and smooth. Our Twisty Stitches Gourmet Soap is made one batch at a time by hand using simple oils such as castor, olive, coconut, palm and almond oil.
Different oils add different qualities to your cold pressed soap. Each of the oils that we use will determine the hardness or softness of your soap, how well it lathers, and even how mild the finished soap will be. For example, palm oil will add hardness to the soap but if used alone the soap will be brittle with little lather. That’s why we add other oils such as coconut oil, olive and castor oil. These oils have good lather and help make a soap that is not too hard and not too soft (soft soap would simply melt away in water).
Twisty Stitches cures each batch of soap for 4-6 weeks. Although using cold pressed soap immediately is okay, curing the soap will allow some of the water in the soap to evaporate which will help harden the soap so it lasts longer when exposed to water in your bath or shower. We will not ship the soap until it has cured for a minimum of 4 weeks. This may delay your shipment if you order more bars than we have available. We will contact you to let you know of the delay and allow you to choose another bar if you wish.
NOTE: If you are ordering more than 3 bars of the same soap, please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can make sure we have enough to fill your order.
If you are interested in purchasing our soaps in bulk, please contact us directly at email@example.com. Our soaps are perfect for massage therapists looking to add additional products to their services. We also offer votive candles that can be scented to match the soaps and sold together in gift baskets.
Dallas Georgia Farmer’s Market
All of our soaps and candles can be purchased from Twisty Stitches at the weekly Dallas Georgia Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 7am to 1pm. You can also find a number of other vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables also at the farmer’s market.
If you have seen any of the aforementioned handymen, please be sure to send them my way.
I talked about my to do list a few weeks ago and how there never seems to be enough time to do all that I need to. In fact I have discovered as a business owner that as soon as I check one item off of my to-do list I add two more. Which leads me to the title of this article, I need a Bob, Manny, or Felix pronto.
My first day at the Dallas Farmers Market went well. I was pleased with my product display overall but now looking back I found myself coming up with ideas to make things better. This led me to think about my office and I came up with some things I can tweak on my office/workroom/sewing room. Things I need.
1. Ribbon Holder
2. Soap staircase
3. Soap mold
Project 1: Ribbon Holder
I have wanted a ribbon holder for some time. I have used ribbon to tie around my candles. I have used 2 colors of ribbon around my tiles. And I continue to use ribbons in my crafts. I wanted something that keeps all of the ribbon in one place. It also needs to be ready for me to pull off a length of ribbon, cut, and use. I have seen a number of ideas to do just that but they are not a good fit for me. I have seen mason jars filled with colorful spools of ribbon in a variety of colors and designs. (It was pretty but not practical for the easy access). I have seen spools on a paper towel type roll but the middle dowel is too large and most of the ones I saw were mounted on a wall or under cabinets. That wouldn’t work for me as I want to be able to move from room to room.
Finally I found just what I needed at JoAnn‘s. It was a wooden box with an open top and it had a dowel down the middle for the ribbon spools. It was nice but a teeny expensive. I figured it wouldn’t be too complex to make at home and save a few dollars.
Project 2: Soap Staircase
I have been looking at a lot of soap displays and there are so many choices. My husband I have just decided on our label and our wrapping and I wanted a display that would make the total package look good. I think that the staircase display would be the best fit for my needs. So now I need my handyman to figure out the dimensions I need to display my soap.
Project #3 Soap Molds
The last thing I need to make my business run smoother is a couple more soap molds for my cold-pressed soap. I have a rectangular one pretty standard size that is a little over 3 ½ pound mold. I have a square mold that is an 8 pound mold. I am pleased with both but wouldn’t mind a few more option in case I decide to double a recipe or two.
All in the projects aren’t too complex and wouldn’t be a challenge for any handyman to complete. Luckily for me I have a wonderful husband who says he would love to help me with my projects. Here’s a big “Thank You” to Christopher my fantastic husband for helping me make projects to make my life easier.
- Making Soap is Fun (twistystitches.wordpress.com)
I made some cold-pressed soap last night. It won’t be ready to sell at the Dallas GA Farmer’s Market on my first day of the selling season but I will have enough melt-and-pour soap and candles for opening day. I hope this first batch of cold-pressed soap using a new recipe comes out okay. I should be able to unmold it tonight and cut it as long as it has firmed up. My husband built for me a new soaping table so I could have plenty of room to spread out for my soaping activities. There are also some pictures of the soap process from last night also.
This is me waiting for the lye mixture to cool down below 150 degrees F
This is the lye and water mixture cooking.
Coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil mix before the lye was added.
“If you are new to soap making please do not attempt this process when children or pets are about as lye is highly caustic. When lye is mixed with water it heats up. If it comes into contact with your skin or eyes, rinse immediately with cool water. If you spill it on any surface, wash it immediately or it will corrode. Keep a jug of vinegar nearby to help neutralize any spills. When mixing the lye and water together, keep your face away from the container and ensure you are working in a well-ventilated area. Use safety equipment such as latex gloves, safety glasses, an apron and a mask when handling lye at least until you are experienced at which point you can make an informed decision for yourself. Once the lye solution and oils have been mixed together and saponified, the solution is neutralized and no longer caustic.”
These are the molds that I used. We only used the wooden mold (the long one) but I am always prepared in case I make too much soap for the mold. I’ll post some pics once I unmold it and cut the soap.
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