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Artisan Inspiration: Interview With Kerri Kelly of Chocolate Lemon Bath
By Wholesale Supplies Plus Friday, May 6, 2016
We had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Kerri Kelly, of Chocolate Lemon Bath. You can find her beautiful creations on Facebook and Etsy.com

Q: How long have you been making handmade soap & bath and body products?
A: I started out making bath salts and scrubs about three years ago.  I suffered with Chronic Migraine for years, and using essential oils to make my own products helped me to eventually be able to smell amazing fragrance oils (like the incredible ones I buy from Wholesale Supplies Plus) without sparking off an attack.  I started making melt & pour soaps not long after and fell in love!  I have only been making bath bombs & fizzes (successfully..ha!) for a few months now. 

Q: What's your favorite product to make?
A: It actually changes for me. I go through phases of having a favorite to work on.  I love making melt & pour soap and am fairly addicted to that, but recently working on bath bombs has grabbed my interest.  

Q: We LOVE your painted handmade bath bombs, can you share you technique with us?
A: I would love to! I use a nice, easy mixture of mica powder and rubbing alcohol to make the "paint".  A nicely ventilated room helps here, as the smell of alcohol can get a little strong at times.  I add a few drops of alcohol to a plastic palette and then gently mix in a dash or two of my chosen mica powder.  I then take a fine detailing paint brush (a fingernail art brush works great!) and dip it in and gently paint the bombs with it.  If the mixture is too "watered down" just add a little more mica.  If it is too thick, just add a little more alcohol.  Between colors I either spray the brush with alcohol and wipe it off, or dip it in some clear alcohol.  I have found this to be a very relaxing part of the whole process...and the paint helps to cover up any part of the bomb that may have imperfections.  Once I'm done, I let them dry for a day or two, then package. The alcohol will evaporate, so there is no scent of it left behind.  

Q: What are you planning to make next?
A: That's an easy one...it seems I've thrown myself into a "bomb & fizzy painting" phase so I plan to do more of that for now. I'm going to play around with some of the amazing molds I've gotten from Wholesale Supplies Plus.  My next one will probably be Cow & Calf bombs.  

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story with us, Keri! And thank you for sharing your techniques for painted bath fizzies and bath bombs. You are an inspiration!!

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