Equipment and Scales
Equipment and Scales

Heat Sealable Tea Bags

We now carry heat sealable tea bags so you can make your own tub teas! Ever wanted to bathe with lavender flowers or roses but couldn't live with the thought of peppermint in your belly button and lemon balm between your toes? Tea bags are the answer! Make any herb you desire into a bath potpourri blend without the need to deep clean the tub afterward. These tea bags will prevent the, "Who cleaned out the lawnmower in the bathtub?!!" syndrome.

We also use these bags in the potpourri pot. The bags make for easy removal of the botanicals when you are ready for a new scent!

Small bags are approximately 2.75 inches by 2.5 inches.

Jumbo bags are approximately 4 inches by 5.5 inches.

They are easily sealed with a household iron. Sold in packs of 50, 100 & 500. Bags are made from abaca fiber.

Photo Note: From left to right are the small bag (200-5643) and the jumbo back (200-7343).






1500 g Compact Scale

The 1500 gram balance has 0.1 gram readability, and 1500 gram capacity which is perfect for making lotions and lip balms. This product has an easy to read LCD screen which is backlight. Ever try to read the numbers on a scale when the day is overcast? Backlight to the rescue!

This scale can use AA batteries or AC, the power cord is included. There is a tare function so you can zero the weight of the bowl or beaker you use to hold the raw materials. The scale needs a 1000 gram mass, which is included. A 5 year warranty is very helpful. This means the company will warrant against any manufacturing defects. The scale is very responsive so you can weigh as fast as possible.

Enjoy!


6100 g Compact Scale

This is my favorite type of scale. I can do so many lotions and lip balms and soaps in small test batches and then in larger production batches. This is wonderful!

This balance has a 0.1 gram readability and 6100 gram capacity. The mass is included. The display is a backlight LCD. The scale can operate on AA batteries or AC, cord is included. The scale has a tare function so you can zero out your bowl or beaker. The scale has a 5 year warranty against manufacturing defects. What a fun thing to help you be efficient and minimize loss of valuable ingredients.

Enjoy!

Need a carrying case? Zip us an email and we will get you set up.


Cure Cards

Our Cure Cards are to help all soapmakers keep great records on when the soap has fully cured. These cards will allow recording of the weight of a lead bar of soap to ensure that the soap has lost all water possible for the location it has been stored. Each pad contains 50 sheets!

Read our blog about these items here: Cure Card blog.

Get the Twin Pack (2 pads of 50 sheets each) of CURE CARDS for free with any $ 80 product order. Just check your order to make sure the product total (before shipping) is $ 80 or more to qualify for this item, then write in the comments field "I would like the CURE CARDS, please." We'll take care of the rest by adding this to your order and making sure you are not charged for the item. You don't need to wait to get this item as a free gift, you can order it by just placing it in your shopping cart with the rest of your items. By placing one in your shopping cart and requesting one as your free gift you can get double the fun!


Gloves, Protective

Gloves are necessary to protect your hands from splatters. Ours are made from latex coated with Nitril. You can wash them in the washing machine and hang them upside-down to dry. Helpful hint: Fold a small cuff at the open end of each glove to prevent drips running to your elbow.

The gloves come in sizes 8, 9 and 10.

This is how to size your gloves. Using a tape measure or a piece of string, measure around the thickest part of the hand between the thumb and forefinger, all the way around the palm, this is generally midway between the knuckle and inside base of the thumb. Using this measurement (in inches) select a glove size of 8, 9 or 10.




Goggles

Goggles are a MUST HAVE item. Do not attempt to make soap without protecting your eyes. One little splash will be one too many without protection. Our goggles cover the eyes completely with side vents to minimize fogging. They are large enough to cover most eye glasses. Our goggles also have an anti-fog film so their continued use is comfortable and enjoyable.

Lip Balm Filling Tray

OK, the deadline draws near and you still have to make the lip balm! Not to worry, this tray will rescue your behind from the proverbial hot spot. And don't just take our word on these trays. In the first 2 weeks we had 60 trays go to good homes. These trays helped their owners in major lip balm production! We hear great comments about these trays daily.

We were so pleased to get the regular lip balm tray AND a tray for the slim stick tubes! Can you believe it?! If you would like a tutorial, then please go to Plastic Tom's Tutorial for assistance. Our photographer was in today taking pictures. I couldn't believe how fast we were able to make 50 tubes. Simple. Clean. And dishwasher safe.

Don't confuse these trays with those which are milled, these professional trays are injection molded of HDPE. A super class act!

In photo order from top to bottom:
Order the Regular Tray for bottom twist. To see our Regular Size Tubes click here.
Order the Oval Lip Balm Tube tray for oval tubes. To see our 0.15 oz Oval Tubes click here.
Order the Slim Stick Tray for the Slim Stick tubes. To see our Slim Stick Tubes click here.

We have a couple of hints for users.
1) Pour the lip balm mixture as cool as possible. The tubes can become mis-shapen if the lip balm mix is super hot. Use our quick test to determine if your lip mixture is ready: stir the mixture with a pipette, hold the pipette horizontal after stirring, if the pipette bends downward then the mixture is WAY too hot. If the pipette holds it's rigid form and the mixture is still clear then the mixture is at perfect pouring temperature.
2) Load the tray with tubes just before filling. Long term storage of tubes held in the tray can cause temporary distortion of the tubes. To return tubes to their original shape, remove them from the tray and allow them to sit without their caps for a few days.
3) Allow the filled tubes to fully cool before removing from the tray. This may take a hour depending on the temperatures of the lip balm mixture and the room where you are working. Then, when the tubes are cool, give the tube a twist just before pulling straight out. The lip balm mixture at the top of the tube (the glorious crown!) can be damaged if the lip balm is too soft when removed from the tray. Patience is certainly an asset in this case.

ATTENTION! Before you use this tray please look VERY closely at the tutorial. Specifically look at the picture that shows the first pour into the tray. There are three tubes that have been filled and the fourth tube is being filled in the photo. We want you to notice the cooled lip balm mixture around the top of the Pyrex container. Please stir your lip balm mixture until it develops a haze just like this photo. If you pour while the lip balm is still too hot then the tubes can be temporarily warped. When the warping happens the caps may not fit tightly. If you will cool the lip balm mixture until a haze develops the chances of warping the tubes is greatly decreased.

What happens if you have poured too hot? Well, we suggest placing the cap on the tube then fitting a shrink band over the tube and heat shrinking the band. This short period of heating will relax the plastic tube and allow it to go back to the original size.

UPDATE! We now have the tray for the oval lip balm tubes!




Lip Balm Filling Tray - BIGGER Tubes

We have a filling tray for the BIGGER lip balm tubes! These 1/2 oz tubes are the bottom twist tubes in our catalog. They make a great bigger lip balm or perfume stick. This tray can help you fill them quickly and efficiently. Make 20 tubes in a flood style filling and once the tubes are cool you can cap and GO!

If you would like a tutorial, then please go to Plastic Tom's Tutorial for assistance.

Don't forget to order the BIGGER tubes for use with this tray.

This tray can be washed in the dishwasher.

We have a couple of hints for users.
1) Pour the lip balm mixture as cool as possible. The tubes can become mis-shapen if the lip balm mix is super hot. Use our quick test to determine if your lip mixture is ready: stir the mixture with a pipette, hold the pipette horizontal after stirring, if the pipette bends downward then the mixture is WAY too hot. If the pipette holds it's rigid form and the mixture is still clear then the mixture is at perfect pouring temperature.
2) Load the tray with tubes just before filling. Long term storage of tubes held in the tray can cause temporary distortion of the tubes. To return tubes to their original shape, remove them from the tray and allow them to sit without their caps for a few days.
3) Allow the filled tubes to fully cool before removing from the tray. This may take a hour depending on the temperatures of the lip balm mixture and the room where you are working. Then, when the tubes are cool, give the tube a twist just before pulling straight out. The lip balm mixture at the top of the tube (the glorious crown!) can be damaged if the lip balm is too soft when removed from the tray. Patience is certainly an asset in this case.

ATTENTION! Before you use this tray please look VERY closely at the tutorial. Specifically look at the picture that shows the first pour into the tray. There are three tubes that have been filled and the fourth tube is being filled in the photo. We want you to notice the cooled lip balm mixture around the top of the Pyrex container. Please stir your lip balm mixture until it develops a haze just like this photo. If you pour while the lip balm is still too hot then the tubes can be temporarily warped. When the warping happens the caps may not fit tightly. If you will cool the lip balm mixture until a haze develops the chances of warping the tubes is greatly decreased.

What happens if you have poured too hot? Well, we suggest placing the cap on the tube then fitting a shrink band over the tube and heat shrinking the band. This short period of heating will relax the plastic tube and allow it to go back to the original size.

To see the Bigger Tubes, click here.

Enjoy!


Lip Balm Filling Tray - BIG Tubes

We have a filling tray for the BIG lip balm tubes! These 1/4 oz tubes are the nice collar twist tubes in our catalog. They make a great big lip balm or treatment stick. This tray can help you fill them quickly and efficiently. Make 20 tubes in a flood style filling and once the tubes are cool you can cap and GO!

If you would like a tutorial, then please go to Plastic Tom's Tutorial for assistance.

Don't forget to order the BIG tubes for use with this tray.

This tray can be washed in the dishwasher.

We have a couple of hints for users.
1) Pour the lip balm mixture as cool as possible. The tubes can become mis-shapen if the lip balm mix is super hot. Use our quick test to determine if your lip mixture is ready: stir the mixture with a pipette, hold the pipette horizontal after stirring, if the pipette bends downward then the mixture is WAY too hot. If the pipette holds it's rigid form and the mixture is still clear then the mixture is at perfect pouring temperature.
2) Load the tray with tubes just before filling. Long term storage of tubes held in the tray can cause temporary distortion of the tubes. To return tubes to their original shape, remove them from the tray and allow them to sit without their caps for a few days.
3) Allow the filled tubes to fully cool before removing from the tray. This may take a hour depending on the temperatures of the lip balm mixture and the room where you are working. Then, when the tubes are cool, give the tube a twist just before pulling straight out. The lip balm mixture at the top of the tube (the glorious crown!) can be damaged if the lip balm is too soft when removed from the tray. Patience is certainly an asset in this case.

ATTENTION! Before you use this tray please look VERY closely at the tutorial. Specifically look at the picture that shows the first pour into the tray. There are three tubes that have been filled and the fourth tube is being filled in the photo. We want you to notice the cooled lip balm mixture around the top of the Pyrex container. Please stir your lip balm mixture until it develops a haze just like this photo. If you pour while the lip balm is still too hot then the tubes can be temporarily warped. When the warping happens the caps may not fit tightly. If you will cool the lip balm mixture until a haze develops the chances of warping the tubes is greatly decreased.

What happens if you have poured too hot? Well, we suggest placing the cap on the tube then fitting a shrink band over the tube and heat shrinking the band. This short period of heating will relax the plastic tube and allow it to go back to the original size.

To see the Big Tubes, click here.

Enjoy!


Lip Balm Tray - Mini Tube

The tray for the mini lip balm tubes is here! Now you can quickly fill the mini tubes and make 50 tubes at one time. The trays make producing quick and easy.

If you would like a tutorial, then please go to Plastic Tom's Tutorial for assistance.

Don't forget to order the MINI tubes for use with this tray.

To see our Mini Size Tubes click here.

This tray can be washed in the dishwasher.

We have a couple of hints for users.
1) Pour the lip balm mixture as cool as possible. The tubes can become mis-shapen if the lip balm mix is super hot. Use our quick test to determine if your lip mixture is ready: stir the mixture with a pipette, hold the pipette horizontal after stirring, if the pipette bends downward then the mixture is WAY too hot. If the pipette holds it's rigid form and the mixture is still clear then the mixture is at perfect pouring temperature.
2) Load the tray with tubes just before filling. Long term storage of tubes held in the tray can cause temporary distortion of the tubes. To return tubes to their original shape, remove them from the tray and allow them to sit without their caps for a few days.
3) Allow the filled tubes to fully cool before removing from the tray. This may take a hour depending on the temperatures of the lip balm mixture and the room where you are working. Then, when the tubes are cool, give the tube a twist just before pulling straight out. The lip balm mixture at the top of the tube (the glorious crown!) can be damaged if the lip balm is too soft when removed from the tray. Patience is certainly an asset in this case.

ATTENTION! Before you use this tray please look VERY closely at the tutorial. Specifically look at the picture that shows the first pour into the tray. There are three tubes that have been filled and the fourth tube is being filled in the photo. We want you to notice the cooled lip balm mixture around the top of the Pyrex container. Please stir your lip balm mixture until it develops a haze just like this photo. If you pour while the lip balm is still too hot then the tubes can be temporarily warped. When the warping happens the caps may not fit tightly. If you will cool the lip balm mixture until a haze develops the chances of warping the tubes is greatly decreased.

What happens if you have poured too hot? Well, we suggest placing the cap on the tube then fitting a shrink band over the tube and heat shrinking the band. This short period of heating will relax the plastic tube and allow it to go back to the original size.

To see the MINI Tubes, click here.

Enjoy!


Lotion Bar Filling Tray

We now have a filling tray for the lotion bar containers! These tubes are like a jumbo lip balm so you can apply a solid lotion to rough spots, like hands, knees and elbows. The tray allows you to fill 20 tubes at a time. Follow the tutorial for the lip balm tube trays and you will be set!

Don't forget to order the Lotion Bar tubes for use with this tray.

This tray is for the Lotion Bar tubes in our catalog. See the lotion bar tubes here.

This tray can be washed in the dishwasher.

We have a couple of hints for users.
1) Pour the lip balm mixture as cool as possible. The tubes can become mis-shapen if the lip balm mix is super hot. Use our quick test to determine if your lip mixture is ready: stir the mixture with a pipette, hold the pipette horizontal after stirring, if the pipette bends downward then the mixture is WAY too hot. If the pipette holds it's rigid form and the mixture is still clear then the mixture is at perfect pouring temperature.
2) Load the tray with tubes just before filling. Long term storage of tubes held in the tray can cause temporary distortion of the tubes. To return tubes to their original shape, remove them from the tray and allow them to sit without their caps for a few days.
3) Allow the filled tubes to fully cool before removing from the tray. This may take a hour depending on the temperatures of the lip balm mixture and the room where you are working. Then, when the tubes are cool, give the tube a twist just before pulling straight out. The lip balm mixture at the top of the tube (the glorious crown!) can be damaged if the lip balm is too soft when removed from the tray. Patience is certainly an asset in this case.

ATTENTION! Before you use this tray please look VERY closely at the tutorial. Specifically look at the picture that shows the first pour into the tray. There are three tubes that have been filled and the fourth tube is being filled in the photo. We want you to notice the cooled lip balm mixture around the top of the Pyrex container. Please stir your lip balm mixture until it develops a haze just like this photo. If you pour while the lip balm is still too hot then the tubes can be temporarily warped. When the warping happens the caps may not fit tightly. If you will cool the lip balm mixture until a haze develops the chances of warping the tubes is greatly decreased.

What happens if you have poured too hot? Well, we suggest placing the cap on the tube then fitting a shrink band over the tube and heat shrinking the band. This short period of heating will relax the plastic tube and allow it to go back to the original size.

To see the Lotion Bar Tubes, click here.

Enjoy!


Measuring Scoops for Colorants

For visual aid the .15 cc is about the same size as half a pea, 1.25 cc is the same as 1/4 teaspoon. We generally keep a scoop with each colorant we have.




Pail Wrench

Are you tired of bruising your hands trying to open a pail of oil? Try one of these pail wrenches! This wrench will give the leverage to open your stubborn pails.

Want to know how these work? Just click here to read our blog entry about pail wrenches!


pH Testing Strips

Not sure what pH a product has? Use these strips to find out! The inexpensive nature of our pH strips makes them a fun activity to teach you, and your children, all about acidity and alkalinity. Take the afternoon and test common items around the house like: spit, ketchup, lotion, soap, milk, lemonade, ice cream, etc. The color chart on the vial will allow you to determine the pH of the product. Each vial contains 100 strips.

Slim Kitchen Scale

Do you need a decent scale but aren't ready for the big leagues? Many of our soap makers want a good scale to get started in their hobby but are put off by the bigger and better scales. An entry level scale is what our catalog has been missing! To solve this problem we now have a slim profile scale that weighs in 1 gram or 0.25 ounce increments. The capacity is 3 Kg or 7 lbs. While this is not the ideal scale for making lip balm or lotions because of the readability (0.1 gram readability is recommended for these items), this scale is great for soap makers or people who use the bases and just need to weigh out 8 oz of cream for a single jar. The scale has a tare so you can put your container on the scale, press tare and the display will show only what you put INSIDE the container! Isn't that cool?

This scale has a digital readout so you don't need to get your glasses out to determine where the little line is measuring!

This scale needs 3 AAA batteries and they are included with the scale!

Enjoy!


Soap Buckets

As long as you are dedicating your tools to soapmaking, why not get a container that is just right for the job? You will no longer have to rob your kitchen for the perfect pot. The 87 oz bucket works nice for one or two pound fat batches. If you want to try your hand at something larger, use a 1, 2 or 3.5 gallon size. The 1, 2 and 3.5 gallon sizes all have wire handles for easy carrying. These are great for storing oils and clays too! Lids included. In our shop we will even put the 1 and 2 gallon buckets in the microwave, just make sure the handle will have at least 2 inches of clearance from any side of the oven. The 2 inches of clearance will prevent arcing.

Photo Note: Buckets shown from left to right are: 5 gallon, 3.5 gallon, 2 gallon, 1 gallon and 87 oz.






Soap Cutter

Do you pour your soaps into a block or loaf? We use this cutter to slice up our soaps in quick order. Sometimes this tool is called a bencher or bench scraper, or maybe even dough cutter. A simple tool with a ton of uses!

Stainless steel construction and certainly dishwasher safe. If you use high quantities of scenting oils we recommend hand washing instead of the dishwasher. Any plastic parts in a dishwasher absorb scent or flavor oils and they give it back to every plastic part washed in the machine. Your drinking cup now tastes like Patchouly, your salad bowl tastes like Rain Orchid, your cheese tray tastes like Hinoki Wood. Not fun and you get the idea!

The rounded handle area is easy on the hand and no hidden areas to harbor junk. Did I say this was an easy to clean item? It is!

Enjoy!


Soap Spoon

Everyone needs a good soap spoon. Our spoon has an open center and can really get the contents of your soap pot moving. The spoon won't turn wimpy when you stir hot oils either! This spoon can take the heat, up to 425 degrees F! Dedicate your tools to your craft and leave the good kitchen tools for cooking.

Thermometers

When I first started making soap I used a candy thermometer to check the temperature of my lye. I then dunked the thermometer into my oils. The numbers came off and were floating in my soap batch! This sent me looking for a new candy thermometer and a new soap thermometer. That is when I found these workhorse tools! I love the small size, easy to read button dial and the protective sleeve! I can take my thermometer with me in my pocket and not get a puncture wound. I am sure you will love having a nice stainless steel thermometer too, unless of course you want to make number soap!

603-2011 Detail:
The temperature range is 0 to 220 degrees F. Stem length is 4-3/4 inches, dial face is approximately 1 inch in diameter.


Transfer Pipettes (droppers)
Large and Small

Pipettes are often called droppers. Use these transfer pipettes to fill lip balm tubes, measure small amounts of fragrance, liquid colorants and more. Once you have these on hand, you will find even more uses.

The small dropper has a capacity of 3.5 mL, there are 5 mL in a teaspoon. Markings on the side will show each 1/2 mL increment.

The Large Pipette has a capacity of 7 to 8 mL and there are no markings on the sides of the pipette.

Pipettes are plastic and disposable.

Photo Note: The Large pipette are shown on top, the Small pipette is shown in the middle, the Micro pipette is shown on the bottom.







Transfer Pipettes, Micro

These mini pipettes are perfect for making small jars of cream when you need just a few drops of a fragrance, extract, color or some special addition! These micro pipettes hold about 1 mL when filled into the bulb. Very handy to have for mixing small amounts of anything!

Enjoy!




Pump for 1 Gallon Bottles

This pump is great for oils, lotions, soaps and gels. Each stroke of the pump dispenses about 1 ounce of product, thicker gels and soaps may be less. This pump fits all of our one gallon sizes of oils or bases.

And every once in a while you may need an empty jug with the pump. Now you can order them through our catalog too!