Soaping Basics

5 Tips For Successfully Coloring Soap

Color has its place in the soapmaking world. I like using natural colorants like clay, as well as synthetic ones like micas. Both are beautiful in their own way, and I appreciate both.

This post isn’t about the types of colorants. Rather, I’m going to share my tips for coloring cold process soap. If you are new to soapmaking, or just curious, these tips will help you avoid the pitfalls that an inexperienced, albeit eager, soaper like myself made! (more…)

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Getting Started With Cold Process Soap

When I first became interested in cold process soap I was overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to begin.

First, what is cold process soap? Cold process soap is hard soap made by the cold process method. This method uses no heat, except what is used to melt the butters and oils. CP soap requires the use of sodium hydroxide (lye), water, and oils. A water and lye solution is made and then added to melted oils. Then they are blended, poured into a mold, and allowed to cure. This is the short and sweet description of the process but there is much more!

Below are some general tips that can help you get started on the road to sweet soaping success! (more…)