How do I make my own soap?

For beginners, we recommend trying Melt & Pour soap. You will need a good quality soap base, silicone mold and a double boiler/microwave. Here are the steps:

  1. 1. Cut Soap Base block into small cubes. 
  2. 2. Melt in a double boiler or in the microwave on low heat. Stir occasionally. 
  3. 3. Remove from heat. 
  4. 4. (Optional) Add in colourant and/or essential/fragrance oil for scent. Stir to blend. 
  5. 5. Pour into silicone mold. Leave aside to cool. 
  6. 6. Once hardened, remove from mold and use immediately. 

How do I make my own candles?

There are many ways to make candles, and each batch will be different. First, you will need to find a good recipe to follow, but here are the basic, general steps of what you need to do:

  1. 1. Melt wax in a double boiler. 
  2. 2. Remove from heat. 
  3. 3. Add in colourant or candle wax dye. 
  4. 4. Add in fragrance oil or essential oil. 
  5. 5. Attach wick to container with a glue dot or glue. 
  6. 6. Pour melted wax into container. 
  7. 7. Allow to cool for 36 hours before lighting the candle.  

What kind of soap that is the safest/most natural that you have for soap?

Soapnut Berries! They’re eco-friendly, all-natural, sustainable, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, reusable, gentle and suitable for multiple purposes. 

What’s the difference between Essential Oil (EO) and Fragrance Oil (FO)?

Fragrance Oil (FO) 

  1. – synthetic; made in a laboratory 
  2. – has a wide variety of scents to choose from (Eg: Chocolate, Leather, Amber) 
  3. – stronger and long-lasting scent but no extra benefits 
  4. – may make cold process soaps trace faster

 

Essential Oil (EO) 

  1. – natural oils obtained from plants through steam distillation or cold pressing 
  2. – has therapeutic and aromatherapeutic benefits 
  3. – scent oxidizes faster compared to FO 

Carrier oils – Are they pure? Or, are they mixed with any other ingredient?

Carrier oils are pure plant oils made from plant fats, though there are some that have been infused with herbs (eg: St John’s Worts, Calendula, Raspberry Seed Oil). Unless stated otherwise in the ingredients list, our carrier oils are pure and unadulterated.

Best type of soap Craftiviti has for sensitive skin?

Craftiviti Pure Soap Base, RAW Castile Liquid Soap, and Stephenson Personal Care’s OMP (Organic Melt&Pour) Soap Base. 

How to make my own resin products?

Measure 2 parts of Craftiviti’s Clear Epoxy Resin and 1 part of Hardener (eg: 60g of Epoxy Resin and 30g of Hardener). Mix both in a cup and stir to blend before pouring into silicone mold. Use torch gun to remove bubbles. 

Why is your Isopropyl Alcohol 99.8%? – Is it safe/the same as 99.5%, 70%, etc.?

Isopropyl Alcohol evaporates cleanly and minimizes residual substances. The higher the percentage means, the lesser moisture it contains which means that it dries faster. The difference between 99.8% and 99.5% is very small, but they have the same effects. Isopropyl Alcohol 70% (Rubbing Alcohol) has more moisture and evaporates slower, which allows it more time to kill bacteria. 

Beeswax cosmetic-grade – can be consumed?

Our beeswaxes (Organic Yellow Beeswax, Refined Beeswax [China and USA]) are cosmetic grade so they are safe for topical applications. This means that they can be safely applied to the body as lip balms, lipsticks, deodorants, salves and more. 

Are our cosmetic glitters biodegradable?

We have some biodegradable glitters which are certified, but we also have some that are not biodegradable. 

Why are Craftiviti’s lip balm/lipstick colourants synthetic? – How to get natural bright colours?

Our lip balm/lipstick colorants are the same as the ones used in commercial lip balms/lipsticks. Because they are synthetic, the colours can be vibrantNatural colourants (eg: beetroot powder) are rarely as bright as synthetic ones. 

Differences between all types of wax?

At Craftiviti, we have 10 types of waxes and each have their own different properties and uses. Here’s a quick run through about them:

  1. 1. Soy Wax – creates soft, creamy-like candles in containers, burns with zero petro soot 
  2. 2. Palm Wax – a hard wax, has a distinctive crystalline/feathering pattern when hardened 
  3. 3. Gel Wax – a transparent, geletaine-like wax made of mineral oil and polymer resin 
  4. 4. Wax Beads  colourful wax in the shape of little beads, perfect for create sand-art like candles 
  5. 5. Ice Wax  a hard wax with a more pronounced crystalline/feathering pattern when hardened (compared to palm wax) 
  6. 6. Pillar Soy Wax – a hard soy wax suitable for pillar candles, 100% pure soy wax and vegetable oil blend 
  7. 7. Paraffin Wax – most common and least-expensive candle (hard) wax derived from petroleum 
  8. 8. Beeswax – a hard wax used in the making of balms, salves, candles and more 
  9. 9. Carnauba Wax – a hard wax used to thicken the lip balm and provide a glossy finish for lipsticks 
  10. 10. Candelilla Wax – a hard wax popular for lipsticks because of its shine and oil-binding properties 

When are Craftiviti workshops held?

You can find out about our workshops from these two main pages:

Website – https://www.craftiviti.com/workshop/ 

Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/craftiviti/events/

How can I find out more about Craftiviti workshops/register?

You can find out about our workshops from these two main pages:

Website – https://www.craftiviti.com/workshop/ 

Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/craftiviti/events/

Registration can be done over the counter at our retail store or online at the workshop’s page on our website. 

Why are Craftiviti workshops expensive?

Craftiviti workshop prices are set according to the market prices given by the instructor. All tools and materials are provided, and our instructors are all experienced and eager to share their knowledge as well. Their knowledge is incredibly valuable because it includes years of trials and errors, and you will get immediate access to it just by joining the workshop. 

Does Craftiviti have workshops for kids?

Yes, we do! You can find them here:

Website – https://www.craftiviti.com/workshop/ 

Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/craftiviti/events/

Registration can be done over the counter at our retail store or online at the workshop’s page on our website. 

PS: If you don’t see a kid-friendly workshop you’d like, don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected]. We’re always happy to help arrange for one! 

What’s the difference between Craftiviti’s Ultra Mild Liquid Soap Base and Liquid Soap Base?

Our Liquid Soap Base is made from quality vegetable oils and is more concentrated, thus it’s stronger and the cleaning effect is more powerful. However, it can be drying on the skin.

Our Ultra Mild Liquid Soap Base is made of synthetic chemicals and is formulated to be gentle to the skin, even for babies’ skin. It has no sulfates, parabens, alcohol, nitrosamines, formaldehyde or animal origins.

I’m a first-time craft-maker, what do I do?

You can… 

  1. 1. Check out our blog https://craftiviti.home.blog/ 
  2. 2. Visit us at our retail store to ask us questions or grab our recipe cards and booklets. We’re located here https://goo.gl/maps/h9Qdw48e7wUNE1T79

Do you have any more recipes coming up? – Are they fool-proof?

Our recipes are guides to help you start your journey in making something. Whether they work or not, depends on the tools, quality of ingredients, surrounding/stove/double boiler temperature, etcLike cooking, crafting is about trials and errors.

Do you have other types of mold? (eg: food and fruit shapes)

We have a variety available, but if we don’t have the one you’d like, please email us at [email protected] with a picture of it and the specifications. We’ll do our best to bring it in in the future. 

Which kind of wick should I use?

It depends on the kind of wax you’re using and the diameter of the container/candle. Generally, our eco-wicks are suitable for soy wax. Our LX and HTP wicks are good for palm wax and soy wax. However, always test a candle before making more. Candle making is largely trial and error.

Are our plant powders/carrier oil edible?

We get a lot of our ingredients from an FDAapproved manufacturer. HOWEVER, we are not licensed to sell food items. Our carrier oils, on the other hand, are cosmetic grade and not edible. They are made for cosmetic applications, have longer shelf life and no flavour.

Is the palm oil same as cooking palm oil?

It is similar.  

What’s the difference between ECO and normal wicks?

ECO wicks are formulated and designed especially for soy wax candles. ECO wicks are also recommended for container candles and are generally used in natural wax blends containing less than 30% paraffin. They have been designed to significantly reduce the “afterglow” and smoke often seen in papercored wicks. 

Do you have other shapes/sizes for bottles?

We have a variety available, but if we don’t have the one you’d like, please email us at [email protected] with a picture of it and the specifications. We’ll do our best to bring it in in the future.

PS: If you’d like to bulk order (min – 100pcs), we can bring it in for you as a special order. Please email us about this as well. Thank you!

Do you have other soap boxes/packaging?

We have a variety available, but if we don’t have the one you’d like, please email us at [email protected] with a picture of it and the specifications. We’ll do our best to bring it in in the future.

PS: If you’d like to bulk order (min – 10000 pcs), we can bring it in for you as a special order. Please email us about this as well. Thank you!

What’s the difference between mercury and red line thermometer?

Silver liquid indicates that the thermometer contains mercury, while red liquid is alcohol that has red colouring addedRed line thermometer is easier to read compared to mercury thermometer. Red line thermometers are also safer to use, but they can only measure low temperatures. Mercury thermometers can be used to measure high temperatures. 

What’s the difference between the Organic Shampoo and Castile Soap?

Castile soap is good for body wash. You can also use it as a hair wash but depending on your hair type, it can be drying. Organic Shampoo is formulated specially washing hair. Both are organic. 

Where do Craftiviti’s Mica powders come from?

Our Cosmetic Micacome a trusted source that supplies to USA. If you’d like, you can email us at [email protected] for the We have all the safety certs and documents for this. 

Which is better – Diffuser or Essential Oil Burner?

An essential oil burner (traditional flame/electrical) and a wooden/stick diffuser are best for diffusing essential oils. It is up to your personal preference which you’d prefer. 

How many drops of Essential Oil/Fragrance Oil can we add in soap/oil/shampoo/candle?

We have a general chart you can follow bellow, but less is always best for products used on the skin. As for candles, it depends on the type of wax, but generally, we recommend not going more than 10% of the total weight of the candle. 

General Chart 

Area of Use Fragrance Oil Essential Oil 
Face Up to 0.2% Up to 0.5% 
Body (Leave-On) Up to 0.5% Up to 1.5% 
Body (Wash-Off) Up to 0.6% Up to 1.8% 
Near Eyes Up to 0.1% Up to 0.3% 

Why did my flowers turn brown when added to soap?

Flowers turn brown because of the heat. For melt and pour soap, you can add the flowers when the soap is not too hot. However, the flower may also turn brown because of the essential oil/fragrance oil. For cold process soap, flowers can also turn brown because of the saponification process. The best way to avoid this is to add flowers on the top of the soap only. 

I have a water-based formula that I want to include a little oil into. How much Polysorbate 20 do I use?

When using Polysorbate 20, please use a 1 : 1 ratio. So for example, 5 drops oil to 5 drops Polysorbate 20. 

How to make my own bathbombs?

You can fill an organza bag with potpourri and add a few drops of essential oilOr, make an aroma stone (please refer to our blogpost here for the complete recipe and tutorial https://craftiviti.home.blog/2019/08/13/super-cute-animal-aroma-stones-diy/) to be soaked with essential oil and left in the car. If you have cloth seats, you can also add a few drops of essential oil to it, though please keep in mind that this may stain it. 

How much drops of colouring should I use in candle/soap?

This depends on the colouyou’re using and how vibrant you want it to be. Drop a few drops first and stir. Then, decide if you want to add more. However, please be careful not too add to much as the color can bleed. 

What are the soaps that can be used immediately?

All the solid (soap bases) and liquid soaps in our store can be used immediately and on its own. 

Is it safe to use loofah on skin?

A loofah helps to exfoliate away dead skin cells. It is natural and comes from plant, so yes it’s safe to be used on the skin! 

How many soaps can be made from 1kg soap base?

This depends on the size of your mold and if there’s any wastages due to soap being stuck to the melting container or stirrer. But, generally, 1kg of soap base can make 9 bars of 100g soap, with some extra. 

Soap Pigment Dye – How will it turn out? Will it be the same as the colour in the bottle?

When used in soap, the color will not look as intense as in the bottle because the color in the bottle is concentrated.

For bright colors, use mica powder or liquid soap pigment. Our Melt & Pour Soap Dye is less concentrated so the color will not be as intense.

Please keep in mind that the color of the soap base also affects the color of the soap dye. (Ie: when red dye is added to a white soap base, the resulting color would be more pastel/light).

Will you have recipes on cosmetic products like foundation, powder, blush (natural and safe)?

We are more focused on personal care, but we do have some ingredients for making your own natural cosmetics. We will work on providing more recipes in the future (keep an eye out for them by following our Facebook or Website!). 

Can I use Fragrance Oils for Cold Process Soaps? Suitable/Not? Why?

It can be used, but some tend to speed up trace due to the presence of alcohol and/or vanillin. To be safe, it is best to make a small batch to test your choice of fragrance oil, or use pure essential oils only.

To know more about Cold Process Soaps, check out our blog post
https://craftiviti.home.blog/2019/04/14/get-to-know-cold-process-soap/

Can I make breast milk soap with Melt & Pour Soap Base?

No, because the soap will turn rancid very fast, which makes the soap not safe to use. To know more about this, please read our blog post: https://craftiviti.home.blog/2019/08/09/why-you-shouldnt-add-breast-milk-or-any-fresh-ingredient-to-melt-and-pour-soap-bases/