Making Organic Liquid Soap

liquid castile soap making at Soap Making SchoolI just finished making some Organic Liquid Olive Oil Soap, and just wanted to comment.  If you are a soap maker and have never tried soap making with organic oils, you really don’t know what you are missing.


I don’t know if it’s  psychological, but the oils just seem different.  They act differently, they are richer, more colorful, and just smell better.


I have made a lot of olive oil liquid soap (also known as liquid castile soap) over the years, it’s always beautiful and rich and creamy, not to mention there are so many things you can do with liquid castile, but there is just something about using organic olive oil, it almost makes me not want to use the soap  because it’s so special.  Most Castile soap is either a light beige or a light green.


When I use organic olive oil, it seems to be a darker green.


My point is, if you have not tried making organic natural soap, give it a try.  It makes the whole soap making process much more pleasurable.

Happy Soaping



Natural Cleaning Products and What You Should Know

Natural Cleaning Products Natural cleaning is becoming a big hit in so many people’s households.  There has been a big push towards environmentally friendly and safe products, that it’s becoming main stream and we can see more and more natural cleaning products on the grocery store shelf.

People are choosing natural products because of the environmental cost and hazards of the products in sewer and landfills, as well as the long term damage to consumers themselves.

Consumers are taking their health into their own hands and not depending on laws to look after their well being.  They are beginning to realize that product labels are misleading, inaccurate and unclear.  Label laws are not enforced as they should be.

Some companies don’t list all of their ingredients because they claim they are trade secrets.  Many times, these are the most hazardous ingredients in the products.

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Soap Making Should Include Healthy Natural Colors

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Soap Making and Cosmetic Making Colors

Color is a big part of our lives, it attracts us to objects and it makes us feel good.  There is no reason why we can’t use color in our soap making techniques and natural skin care, but it’s important to know what color sources are  safe to use.

There is no use making a beautiful all natural soap where you have taken the time to find the right ingredients then turn around and add a color that is  unsafe.



There is a lot to be said about a nice natural colored bar of soap, but there are times when a pop of color is most welcome.

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Natural Skin Care – The Best Skin Care

how to make lotion and natural skin careNatural Skin Care

People have known for a long time that water and oil do not mix.  There is a way to make them bind in natural skin care products.  That is with the use of an emulsifier.

An emulsifier is able to go between the oil and water to bring them together.  Oil brought together with water using an emulsifier is called an emulsion.  Lotions and creams are emulsions since they are water, oil and emulsifiers.

The only major difference between one lotion and another is the choices made when it comes to those 3 ingredients.

There are so many oils, also known as emollients to choose from, both synthetic and natural.  The combinations  are endless.

Once you get the method down and learn about lotion making, you can build on this skill and create any kind of lotion or cream you want to.

All you need to do is focus on your goal.  Dry skin, normal skin, or acne prone oily skin, it’s all about the ingredient choices you make.  If you prefer to stick to natural skin care, you can choose from a huge selection of natural emollients.  The best choice for emollients is always oils that have been cold pressed.

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Using Natural Indigo Blue Color in Soap and Cosmetic Making

I have always been interested in unusual natural colors. This is what attracted me to Indigo Blue.
The color comes from the indigo plant, Indigofera. It’s native to India and is the oldest  natural blue color known to man.

The powdered color is rich and dark blue to purple once it is harvested, fermented and then dried.

Real Indigo color is not easy to find. In 1865 a German chemist, Adolf von Baeyer, produced a synthetic indigo. Most Indigo color comes from synthetic sources now because of the cost.
Natural Indigo has antibacterial benefits and it’s a beautiful color when used in Soap Making and Cosmetic Making. I experimented with it for quite awhile, using it in both cold process and hot process as well as natural liquid soap making. It turned out to be a very user friendly natural coloring that stays blue even in cold process soap making.

Indigo Blue Soap is the very first cold process soap that we take on in week #1 of Soap Making School.

To learn more about the online classes, click here.

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Making Transparent Glycerin Soap

I have just completed my Transparent Glycerin Soap video for Soap Making School.  It was a pretty long video, almost an hour long.

The big question:   is it worth it to make your own Transparent Glycerin Soap, or should you just purchase a melt and pour manufactured block of soap from a supplier?


I will have to get some feedback from the members of Soap Making School to see what they think once they work their way through the video.


I personally feel like it is worth it to make the Transparent Glycerin soap from scratch.  Mainly because it teaches you to take your soap making skills to the next level.


Making the soap from scratch can be fussy and time consuming, but in the end, you know exactly what is in the soap, you know you have completed a challenge that not many soap makers ever take on.


I find manufactured melt and pour glycerin soap to be misleading.  First we are told it is All Natural, then we find out several glycerin soap blends contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate (one of the main reasons I went into soap making was  to learn how to make products WITHOUT it).


The other day I went into a soap and candle making supplier and was looking at their “All Natural Melt and Pour”.  It was colored with Lab Colors.  This is not natural.  I will get into that another time, but really, making your own Glycerin or Melt and Pour Soap is a very satisfying, yet challenging task.


I hope to get some feedback on the video from the Soap Making School members very soon.

If you are a member of Soap Making School and you have completed your 12 weeks of classes,

you are Soap Grad and have access to the Soap Grad Page.  This is where you take on Transparent Glycerin Soap Making and learn to make

your own melt and pour soap base.


For more information on how to make lye soap and handmade soaps as well as how to make liquid soap, please check out:

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Soap Making School Is On Facebook!

Hi Everyone;

I have just created a facebook page for Soap Making School.

You can find it here:

Soap Making School On Facebook

Come and visit the page.  Let’s get some soap chatting started.



Essential Oils as Preservatives in Lotion Making and Cosmetic Making

making skin care using essential oils as preservatives

Making Skin Care Using Essential Oils

Essential oils are a natural and powerful preservative, but aren’t often used to preserve cosmetics and store bought lotions and creams.


The oils are generally used for scent when making skin care, and taken very seriously when it comes to real aromatherapy.  Essential oil comes from flowers, leaves, grasses and woody plants.


During the 19th century, there was a Cholera Epidemic in France.  Tens of thousands of men, women and children died from this bacterial virus.  It was observed that workers in the perfume factories were almost completely immune to this disease.  That was one of the first situations that showed how powerful Essential Oils can actually be.


Today Essential oils are used more and more for their powerful antiseptic abilities and one drop of orange essential oil can kill all of the bacteria and fungus in a 2 ounce container of lotion.


So why doesn’t the cosmetic and skin care industry start using essential oils as a preservative rather than the toxic substances commonly used in making skin care creams and lotions on the market?


First of all, essential oils are expensive.  They can cost many times more than the cheap preservatives found in most of today’s products.

Another reason is because of the scent.  If the manufacturer wants to give the product a fun scent like bubble gum for instance, the essential oil would certainly interfere and the finished product would not smell right.

The other reason is that essential oil is volatile or easily vaporizes, so it can quickly evaporate from the lotion or cosmetic when making skin care, if the container is left open.  This would risk the stability of using essential oil as a preservative.

When you are making skin care products and are using essential oils to scent bath products such as bath salts, bath oil, and soap and massage oils, you do not have to worry about using harmful synthetic preservatives.  The antiseptic properties of the essential oils will protect your product.


To learn more about using essential oils as well as creating soap and bath products to use as vehicles for your beautiful essential oils, please visit



Avoid Animal Testing By Learning Soap Making and Cosmetic Making

make skin care to avoid animal tested ingredients

Make Skin Care to Avoid Animal Testing

This is a tough topic to talk about,  but it’s important, and it starts with each and every one of us.

Making your own beauty products and soap appeals to the concerns of
animal lovers and vegetarians.
You can be certain there has not  been  testing performed
on animals, and there are no animal products in your
lotions and creams.

You might not realize it, but you may be applying animal
products on your skin if you are purchasing off- the- shelf
creams and lotions.

Here is why:
In the commercial soap industry, most of the soap on the
market is made with sodium tallowate(also known as beef fat).
Glycerin is the by-product of soap making.
When the commercial soap is manufactured, the glycerin
is removed from the soap.  This is a very valued product
of soap making and is actually more valuable than the
soap itself.

It is removed and sold as an ingredient to cosmetic companies.
That explains why the glycerin that has been extracted,
is most probably from animal fat.

Usually consumers are unaware that there is animal based
glycerin in their lotions and creams.  The label does not
have to specify where the glycerin came from, or whether
it is animal or vegetable.
Unless you are buying an actual Vegan or Vegetarian cosmetic,
chances are your cosmetic has animal glycerin in it.
Another reason why it is better to make skin care and skin care  products  is
because of animal testing.

When you see a label on a cosmetic product that says
-this product has not been tested on animals-,
then you feel good about what you are buying.

Stop for a minute and think about it.  The finished product
has not been tested on animals, that’s great, but what about
the ingredients?

The preservative in the product has probably been tested on
animals, the other synthetic ingredients have probably been
tested on animals too.
Unfortunately, animal testing is cheap and easy.
It is really difficult to know if a manufacturer uses animal
testing.  Chances are, if an ingredient has been developed in
a lab(synthetic), it is probably tested on animals.
It is also a good idea to look into the company you are
purchasing the ingredient from.  I check their supply list,
and if I see they also supply animal cages and restraints,
I won’t do business with them.
When you make skin care and your own beauty products, you get to choose
both what you put on your skin and the suppliers you will
The best and easiest way to start changing how your skin
looks and feels, is to begin with handmade soap.
You can be sure that you have no animal products in your soap,
it has not been tested on animals because you are using
natural oils and are not adding any harsh chemicals such
as the commercial soap companies do.
You will have wonderful, soft, healthy skin because the
precious glycerin is still intact in your soap.
Lotions and creams will no longer be a necessity.
They will turn into an indulgence.
If you would like to learn more about how to make skin care and use  healthy ingredients
along with wonderful  recipes and videos for your skin,
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Stop Being a Cosmetic Test Subject

natural skin care is a great way to avoid dangerous ingredients in skin care

Natural Skin Care

In the last few decades, so many studies have been done all
over the world that links cosmetic ingredients to cancer and
skin disease.

Thousands of medical articles have been written to prove this.

The majority of people who suffer adverse effects after using
off the shelf cosmetics,  lotions and creams  never report it.

That’s because it is such a wide spread issue.  People
just discontinue use just as the package says to.

A large list of cosmetic chemicals that cause health risks
was published in a book called “Health Risks in Today’s

There was a sample survey done that tested 20,000 different
off the shelf products.  Over 80% of the products had one or
more of the risky ingredients that have caused documented
problems in both humans and animals.

Less than 1% of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) budget
is allotted to the cosmetic industry.  The rest of the budget
goes to food and drugs.

Cosmetic products that do not go through retail channels
are exempt from FDA regulations.

In other words, products used in the hair profession
and beauty salons are exempt from labeling and disclosing
the ingredients of the products.

Few of these professionals are aware of this danger.  The
risk of cancer in this profession is 4 times greater than
the general population.

There are only 2 ways to protect yourself from harmful
and expensive cosmetics.

#1 Create your own natural skin care.
#2 Be careful choosing the cosmetics you purchase.

If enough consumers make themselves aware of what should be
avoided in skin care, then the companies that do not stop
using the harmful ingredients will eventually disappear.

There is no long term testing of toxic ingredients
happening in the cosmetic industry.

Consumers are involuntarily being used as test subjects.
There needs to be thousands and thousands of proven
documentation that a certain ingredient is the real cause
of a particular problem.  Because most of the problems are
never reported, the ingredients are not taken off the market.

It really is up to us to protect ourselves.

In conclusion, the FDA is understaffed and under funded
when it comes to keeping on top of the cosmetic industry.
We need to take our healthy skin into our own hands.

The best way to do this is to learn as much as we can
about the ingredients that we put on our skin.
Synthetic fragrances can cause headaches, dizziness,
rashes and skin irritations.

Paraben used as a preservative cause rashes.

Under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. sec 301),
cosmetics and their ingredients are not required to be approved
before they are sold to the public, and the FDA does not have
the authority to require manufacturers to file health and
safety data on cosmetic ingredients or to order a recall of
a dangerous cosmetic product.


In order to learn more about natural  skin care and taking your
skin into your own hands, please take a look at:

Here you will learn to make natural skin care, cold process soap, hot process soap, liquid soap, all types of spa products, and environmentally friendly
cleaning products as well as candles.  All through video.


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