Beauty Bars and Cleansing Bars vs Soap

Beauty Bars, Cleansing Bars and Soap One of These Things is Not Like The Other   Beauty bar and cleansing bar companies cannot use the term soap on their labels.     Why is this and what is the difference between beauty or cleansing bars and real soap.       Let’s begin by exploring [...] Read more »

Is There Glass in Your Store Bought Commercial Soap?

  What We Don’t Know About Commercial Soap   Glass is only one shocking ingredients that might be in that store bought soap.   Over the last 18 years of making soap, the question I get asked most:  what is the difference between commercial soap and handmade natural soap?     There are several differences, [...] Read more »

The Dangers of using Glycerin and Glycerol in Skincare and Soap Making

Glycerin and Glycerol in Skincare and Soap Making           Over the last few years I have noticed more and more participants in my classes have been concerned with using glycerin in their hand made products. This surprises me since I have always thought of glycerin as one of the major reasons [...] Read more »

Soap Making and Wabi Sabi – The Art of Finding Beauty in Imperfections

Wabi Sabi and Soap Making   What is Wabi Sabi? It sounds a lot like a sushi condiment, but it’s quite different. Wabi Sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfections. This is a Japanese phrase and is usually related to nature.   I was introduced to Wabi Sabi in a feng shui class [...] Read more »

Soap Making – How Much to Take to a Craft Show

How to Decide on The Amount of Soap Making Products to Bring to a Craft Show   Preparing to sell soap and bath products during the busy craft show season is always a challenge. How much soap, lotion, baths salts, body mist, night cream etc. do you need to prepare?   I have heard so [...] Read more »

Soap Making and The 30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 1

Day 1 – Blog Challenge Hi Everyone, This is a little different than my usual blogs, but here we go. I have committed to a 30 Day Blog Challenge and this, I hope, will get me back on track with blogging more often. It’s all about routine. In my last blog post, I talked about [...] Read more »

Soap Making – The Reality of an Everyday Soap Making Business

Running Your Soap Making Business – Time is Everything   When you are starting out in the world of Soap Making, the time you spend on your business is the biggest and most important factor in your success. There is just one question you need to be able to answer and this will make or [...] Read more »

Soap Making – A Solution to Your Lumpy Topped Hot Process Soap

Soap Making – A pretty top for your Hot Process Soap One of the many questions new soap makers ask me is how to make the tops of their Hot Process Soap look more like the tops of their Cold Process Soap. The truth is there is no real way to do this.  The texture [...] Read more »

A Simple Soap Making Solution to Get Rid of Soap Ash From Your Hand Made Soap!

No More White Ash on Your Handmade Soap   You have made a beautiful batch of soap and there it is, that white film sitting on top of your soap.   This is called soap ash.  It is not harmful, but it’s not pretty.   Soap ash is crystallized soap that sits on top of [...] Read more »

Soap Making – How To Fix Your Messed Up Soap

When is it okay to lose hope in a batch of soap? At what point do you admit to yourself that the batch of soap you made is just not worth saving? I don’t think any soap is beyond repair. About 13 years ago I made a batch of soap and was in the middle [...] Read more »

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