Cold Process Soap

Cut bars of Black Licorice Soap. 2
Chinese Star Anise reminds me of two dissimilar food concepts. The first being the black licorice sweets that are generally made from licorice root and aniseed. I remember my dad keeping a jar of the black licorice jelly beans on his desk and feeling a little disgruntled that he didn’t keep any yummy treats for [...]

Black Licorice Soap

Finished Eggnog Soap Last Thursday, we made simple hard boiled eggs. Or rather, we made hard steamed eggs. Let’s just say I have had eggs and a variety of uses on the brain. Today I was inspired to make an eggnog soap. The weather has gotten chilly and the stores are already preparing for the holidays. [...]

Eggnog Soap

Finished Lemon Verbena Soap Last year I planted some lemon verbena in my garden. Normally, lemon verbena is a perennial in frost-free areas. If you have been to Utah than you know this place is definitely not frost free! We have some very harsh winters here in the valley. So when I went out to my [...]

Lemon Verbena Soap

Finished Soap Hello friends! I hope you all enjoyed Taylor’s story about poor, little Gracie getting skunked! We decided to come up with a recipe for a bar soap for dogs. GUYS! This is my very first time making soap. Crazy, I know. I was super nervous when I first started making this soap that I completely [...]

Soap for Stinky Pups

Mixing together oils, water, and lye. Mixing together my oils. Let’s face it, even though we all hate to admit it, we all make mistakes. I know a lot of us soapers out there have made a batch of soap, taken a whiff and thought: holy smokes that’s some smelly soap! Don’t think it’s the end of [...]

How to Decrease Scent in Soap

A view of Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Mountains from Antelope Island across Gunnison Bay of the Great Salt Lake.I have to admit that until a few years ago, I hadn’t ever considered visiting Antelope Island State Park. My first visit taught me more about Antelope Island than I thought it would. I’ve started [...]

Great Salt Lake Brine Soap

Okay, I have a confession to make. When I first started making my own personal care products, I did not like lavender. My exposure to lavender was fairly limited as a child and it smell medicinal and like old grandmas to me. This was long before that I learned that lavender can smell widely different [...]

Learning to Love Lavender

Finished Castor Oil Soap As a soapmaker, when you first start looking at formulating your own recipe, it can be overwhelming with all the different types of oils out there. What do you choose? One oil that is often recommended is Castor Oil. Castor Oil is a wonderful oil that boosts lather in soap. However in [...]

Making Soap with Castor Oil