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…)
Olive oil is a major part of my soap recipes. However, it is expensive. For example, I usually buy a 2 QT 3.6 FL OZ bottle of olive oil for $12.99. I wanted to find an oil that had skin benefits and also saved me some money, so after running a few recipes through my soap calculator I settled on sunflower oil. By comparison, a 1 QT 1 PT bottle of sunflower oil at the grocery store costs $3.89. I could buy 3 quarts of sunflower oil and it would still be cheaper than a 2 QT bottle of olive oil. (more…)
Today it’s all about Shea butter, or women’s gold as it’s sometimes called. (more…)
Without sodium hydroxide (NaOH) or lye, soap ceases to exist. Did you know there is ‘technical grade’ and ‘food grade’ lye?
Today’s post is about the general differences between the two grades in regards to soapmaking. (more…)