soapmaking

Chemical equation of saponification

What is soap – find out!

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Before you introduce yourself to the techniques of soapmaking, you need to understand what is soap. Today, everything what cleans is called soap, but majority of what you find in your grocery store is a mix of different surfactants – surface active chemicals that are able to clean.   But soap as we Read more...
Oatmeal milk and honey soap

7 reasons why make your own soap

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Why make your own soap? Soap it is not expensive, it is readily available in any grocery store, it cleans, sometimes makes your skin a bit dry, but that is what the creams are for, right? Here are my top reasons why to make your own soap: 1. You have direct control of the soap ingredients!   Why Read more...

Massage soap bar

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You can make massage soap by simple adding mungo beans as a bottom layer of your soap. Soap type: bar soap Method: CPOP – cold process oven process I was inspired by my favorite book Soapmaker’s Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch and as usually, I adjusted the ingredients according to what I had at Read more...
Avocado soap gentle peeling recipe

Avocado soap with cream – gentle peeling

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In this recipe I wanted to try to add a fruit to my soap. Avocado contains 10-30% oils[1] and belongs together with olives to fruits with the highest content of fat [2,3]. That is why it is a perfect fruit to try in soap: there is not too much water to possibly break the emulsion if added in Read more...
Wheat germ oil soap

Soap with wheat germ oil

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I wanted a very good soap with precious oils – wheat germ oil, jojoba oil, Shea butter and castor oil. I added a jasmine fragrance for cold process soap. Type: bar soap Method: cold process Mold: plastic transparent   I have tried also my new transparent soap mold and rather like the result, Read more...

Cream soap with shea butter

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Did you know that soap is an emulsifier? That is the way it works and cleans our skin. Some people use it to make creams, but such creams are usually on the alkaline side (because soap is alkaline and if you lower its pH to acidic, it decomposes and is not soap anymore). Also, not everyone enjoys Read more...

100% coconut liquid soap

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100% coconut oil soap has perfect cleansing properties, able to clean in very hard water and the only able to clean in sea water, but can be drying. But I wanted a soap to use mainly as detergent for dishes and laundry.   Tips:  Making 100% oil soap is practical, because you can use it for your Read more...

After eight praline soap with peppermint filling

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I had this idea when I received  peppermint essential oil.  I have seen already soaps called “After eight”, like that dark chocolate filled with peppermint cream, however all these creations are bar soaps.   Try to google After eight soap for ideas…   But I wanted a the same concept – chocolate Read more...

How to make melt and pour soap base

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I like the advantages of melt & pour method – no alkali to deal with, we can literally make only one bar of soap, almost any colors and fragrances are stable in less quantity.   But as a soapmaker from scratch, I am not pleased with the idea to purchase a soap base! Not only that I cannot influence Read more...

How to make transparent soap

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Making transparent soap from scratch is not very difficult, but patience is definitely needed, as it definitely takes several hours. Introduction   You can read in almost all of the “how to make transparent soap” manuals, that to master the technique, it is a big advantage to be familiar with the Read more...

Four colour swirl soap (that went crumbly :( )

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Today, I am sad, I tried to make a nice four color swirl, and it went wrong… the swirl is really nice, but the soap is very crumbly.   I have no idea why, I am sure I measured the ingredients well, my scale is good and moreover, I used a recipe I did once and turned out well. I suppose, there is Read more...
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