Wheat Germ Oil is a marvelous oil for skin care. I’ve trotted it out in lotion, salve, and lip balm. Those products have all turned out quite nicely, so I decided to give Wheat Germ Oil a go in a soap. It’ll be a few weeks before I can test […]

Wheat Germ Oil Soap

Seems like every soap maker has a triple butter soap in their repertoire, and I’m no exception. Triple butter soaps are popular because they have the benefits of three sumptuous butters and have great label appeal! What butters to use? Shea Butter is an obvious choice. It’s a staple in […]

Triple Butter Soap

Coffee lovers are everywhere, and they are passionate about those ground beans. Today let’s take a look at some ways to incorporate our favorite brew into cold process soap. There are many ways to use coffee in soap! Use strong brewed coffee instead of water for your lye solution. (Make […]

Coffee in Cold Process Soap

Let’s make soap with a little help from our friends, the bees! This batch of soap will contain beeswax and honey. Honey is a natural humectant, drawing moisture to your skin. It also increases lather. That’s a good thing, because beeswax can cut the soap’s lathering ability. Keep beeswax usage […]

Honey and Beeswax Soap

Adding any type of clay to cold process soap creates a bar that has an amazing amount of slip and glide. Clay soaps make great shaving soaps! It’s also fun to use colored clays to add a natural color to your soap. I’m going to use Morocco Red Clay in […]

Morocco Red Clay Soap

Soap made with salt has always fascinated me, but I have never tried to make it. Today that will change! There are two ways to make soap with salt. The first way is to simply add salt to the soap batter for a scrubby bar. This works well using fine […]

Soleseife (Brine) Soap

I set out yesterday to make soap, but what I made was a mess. Because this might help someone else, I’ll share my experience here. The recipe I used was just fine, and I ran it through our Lye Calculator to determine how much water and lye needed to be […]

Soap On A Stick – DRAT!

All information in this blog comes from the excellent book “Soap & Cosmetic Labeling” by Marie Gale. If you make true soap, and you don’t make any cosmetics claims, your soap can be sold without any label. What?! That was my reaction. True soap is defined in the Food, Drug […]

Labeling Your Soap

Lavender always makes me smile. It’s a fragrance I enjoy smelling. Lavender Flowers Fragrance Oil is a beautiful, spring-fresh scent of lavender without excess or the medicinal smell often associated with lavender essential oil. I love that Lavender Flowers Fragrance Oil plays nicely in cold-process soap with no discoloration and […]

Lavender Flowers Soap