Cold Process Soap

Finished soap. Isn't it beautiful?
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

Cut bars of Great Salt Lake Brine Soap. 1
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

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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 2
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

Weighing Coconut Oil 4
I love wool clothing. I don’t have much patience when it comes to knitting or crocheting sweaters, socks, hats, mittens and scarves. However, each wool article in my closet is a treasured item. There is just something about wool that is so soft and warm. I love that. There is just one problem. Taking care [...]

Wool Wash Bar

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Finished Tomato Soap I get asked on a regular basis what kind of soap I tend to make the most. That is the hardest question to answer because I am always trying something new. One of my most recent experiments has been with using tomato paste in soap. It makes such a beautiful color. I recommend no [...]

Tomato Paste Soap

Finished Soap with Jojoba Oil 8
Finished Soap with Jojoba Oil You know how when you stumble on something that just makes you super excited? That is how I feel about soapmaking. I can’t wait to try a new fixed oil, fragrance oil or new color. There is this thrill I get when I cut out the  first bar of soap in [...]

Starting with Soap – Day 12

Weighing Fixed Oils
Finished Neem Soap One thing I have learned by cooking for others is that we each have our own tastes and preferences. Personal care products are much the same way. What I like will be different from what you like. Many factors include humidity, body chemistry, mineral content of water and so on. Ack! How does [...]

Starting with Soap – Day 11

Weighing Oils 1
Finished Tamanu Oil Soap The next luxury oil that I wanted to feature is Tamanu Oil. Tamanu Oil is amazing to work with in lotions and creams. It has been used in many formulations designed to soothe and hydrate irritated skin. I am also partial to the butter pecan ice cream scent Tamanu Oil has. It [...]

Starting with Soap – Day 10

Weighing Coconut Oil 4
Finished Beeswax Soap Today I wanted to work with what can be a rather finicky material, Beeswax.  Why is Beeswax finicky? Well, it is extremely temperature sensitive and we recommend no more that 0.5 ounce per pound of fats. That is a tiny amount! While Beeswax contributes this amazingly creamy sensation, it can do some strange things [...]

Starting with Soap – Day 9