herbal shampoo" recipe I posted a few months ago? - and you need time to make they don't separate or become ruined in some way.
pinking of my favourite lemon fragrances.
Give it time
Surfactants and fragrance oils - clarity
Surfactants and fragrance oils - viscosity
For every recipe you've never tried before, please try a small batch. I'm talking maybe 100 to 200 grams, no more than that. This gives you a chance to see if the recipe actually works without using a lot of your precious supplies.
Related post: Is it a good recipe?
Let's take a look at a few of my favourite projects for Christmas gift giving!
bath salts. They're easy to make and everyone loves them! It really is as simple as adding some colour and fragrance to Epsom salts or fine sea salts!
As a note, they are very lovely with flowers or leaves in them, but think about the person bathing with the product. Do you really want to sit in a bath filled with dead foliage? Add just enough to look really nice, but not huge amounts. A tablespoon is probably enough.
Bath salts with Natrasorb bath
Creating foaming bath salts
fizzing bath bombs. They are so lovely, and you'll astonish your friends and family when you tell them you made them!
Some people find bath bombs really hard to make and others have nothing but success with them. If you live in a high humidity area, you might set off the fizz as you make them, so check the weather forecast in your area before starting. I've found making bath cupcakes works well for me because I can cover the tops with this lovely royal icing and hide any imperfections with the cupcake liners.
Back to basics: Bath bombs
Fizzing bath bomb cupcakes
Quite a long post with links on melt & pour soap
Stamping technique with melt & pour soap
More stamping with melt & pour soap
Melt & pour cupcakes (with SCI icing)
Beeswax sushi candles are my favourite, and they're really easy to make!
Related recipe: More beeswax sushi candles
Consider making a really cute kit with bath bombs and/or bath salts, some soap, and a beeswax candle as a relaxation kit!
To you experienced crafters, what suggestions can you make for Christmas presents? What are your favourite recipes for gift giving? What tips and tricks do you have for making things for the first time?