Orange blossom soothing hand cream

Jena left a comment at my Homemade cosmetics recipes page with a request of adding more recipes. Then I realized, it has been almost a year since I posted my last recipe, so here it is! A recipe for my favourite orange blossom soothing hand cream for (not only) dry hands! It contains shea butter Read more...

Soapmaker’s wishlist for Christmas – what to buy your beloved one!

Dear friends, lovers and family members of the soapmakers! You know, having this exciting soapmaking hobby indeed becomes very expensive at one point. All of us dream of many ingredients or tools that we just cannot afford all year long (or there is just not enough time to buy them). Christmas or Read more...
How to make resistant soap

How to make resistant soap, or hard doesn’t mean resistant!

…. As the title suggests, a hard soap does not necessarily mean a resistant soap. Hard soap means that your thumb does not leave a mark on it under substantial pressure. The soap is hard, well, almost like a stone! So what is a resistant soap? Resistant soap dissolves relatively slowly and even if Read more...

Review: All In Packaging – all you need to pack your cosmetics?

I get lots of emails asking where do I get my packaging. Recently, I was asked to make a review of packaging – this is my first time doing a review on demand on this particular blog. But don’t worry, it will be a honest one – this will always be my condition prior to accepting making one. I Read more...
soaps made in 6 hours

How to make and cut CP soap in 6 hours

What a dream of each soapmaker 🙂 … do you think it is impossible? I thought the same… or at least, I did not really think about it as a possibility… until I had to find a way. Here is the story… In November 2014 I decided to start soapmaking classes in response to demands of my blog Read more...

Bengal tiger soap fundrising!

Dear friends, I am always excited about new soap projects and ideas – what a wonderful place would world be if everyone had soapmaker’s heart and spirit! 🙂 And here is one project that makes me feel very well and I cannot but share with you. Omari Bookal is a young student who together with his Read more...

Embedded soap stamps and letter cookie press set review

Dear fellow soapmakers, I decided to start a series of videos where I will share with you my experience with soapmaking supplies and tools I order as well as direct links to where to buy them. I have also set up my personalized and stores, where I handpick for you the Read more...

6 principles of home experimenting

If you succumbed to this noble and challenging hobby of making soaps and cosmetics at home, you probably cannot avoid making some experiments 🙂 This is actually the very basics of this hobby, since you cannot all the time follow the recipes of others. There are three reasons for this: 1. Most of Read more...
Goats milk soap

Goat milk soap recipe – and why it is hard to keep it white

Who wouldn’t know the benefits of goats milk – so why destroying it by adding it to soap? The question can be asked also from the other point of view: why not to enhance soap by adding some goat milk? A lot of people love goat milk soap, claiming that it is the best for problematic and sensitive Read more...

Balm for atopic dermatitis for children

Time to time, I get asked to create some specific formula. This time, I was approached by a mother whose two children (one of them a few month old baby) suffer from atopic dermatitis. She wondered if I could make a cream for them, that would be non-irritating for their sensitive skin. I quickly Read more...

Simple home-made appliance for making hydrolates

My dear readers – no, I have not stopped blogging, I just had a break – I went for longer vacation and subsequently I found myself with a lot, a lot of work…Also, I wanted to answer all the questions you sent me by mail or in comments… I did many experiments and soaps in meantime, so I will be Read more...

Test of food colorants in soap – part 2 – after 48 hours

Hello after a week, and sorry for being late with the results. Sadly, noone of you guessed, maybe it was too difficult. The photo on the right shows also the color bags.   And here is the image from previous post together with the correct answers. Of course, I also add a table with more detailed Read more...

Test of food colorants in soap – part 1

lt is not difficult to color soap. But to color it exactly the way we want is an art! There is a lot of colors that can be used, but not all are stable under alkaline conditions of soap. Here I tried 6 food colorants in soap – it is a very nice example of how pH affects colors. Let’s start… I Read more...

Rose facial cream recipe – elixir of youth

I made this cream to celebrate spring and flowers and roses and … to have something light u put on my skin. The cream is rose not only by colour, but it also contains rose flower water and – few drops of rose essential oil (1ml cost me 39 EUR, that’s why so few). Something so expensive must work Read more...

Cooling shaving gel recipe

Some time ago, I published a recipe on a shaving gel. In meantime, however, while I was experimenting with LUSH jelly, I discovered an even better consistency for shaving gel. My hubby tried it and loves it… or at least that is what he says:) Since it contains glycerine, the xanthan gum is easy to Read more...
Coconut OIl Differences

Coconut oil differences and use (not only) in soapmaking and cosmetics making

Virgin coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil, 72deg, 92 deg coconut oil… … it might be pretty confusing, right? Which one to choose in SoapCalc? And why there is so many of them! In this post I tried to gather everything (almost everything, since I forget things…) important I know about coconut oil Read more...

Odors neutralizing emollient coffee soap in juice box

Soap type: bar soap Method: CPOP Another soap I made some time ago. It was also my first time I tried to use juice soap box for mold, as well as coffee grounds. I wanted to make odors neutralizing soap – especially good to be used in kitchen or after cleaning or gardening. I was inspired by a Read more...

Winter cream with moisturizing complex

Now this is the last winter cream I formulated. This time,  I wanted to make it moisturizing as well, so I added a moisturizing complex. Cold weather in general is pretty harsh on skin so I like to use as much as skin repairing oils as possible (argan, avocado, cherry seed, hemp oil) as well as Read more...

Oatmeal whey and honey soap

. Monica asked me in a comment to my Yogurt lemon soap for fresh morning: What about using whey left after making cheese as a substitute for yoghurt? And done through hot process method. I immediately thought about two things: I already did a whey soap, I loved it – and should definitely share the Read more...

Lip gloss: testing eight recipes

It all started with one lip gloss I made. The question was – is this the best recipe? How can I know if I don’t try other… So I did some research in my books and online, plus I tried some modifications and tried two recipes I thought of myself. I tried 8 recipes. Most of them is based on lanolin, Read more...
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