Making natural soap

Making natural soap from scratch I. – Necessary ingredients, basic steps and methods

While I have been posting on some elaborate methods like liquid or transparent soapmaking, I did not cover the basics! Making natural soap from scratch (means from lye and oils) is more elaborate than just melt&pour or rebatching (see my post on How to make soap – 3 basic methods) But, it is also Read more...

Red argile clay rose facial soap

This is a soap that has a lot of success between my friends and colleagues. It is supposed to be good for face cleansing, because it contains red clay (argile), which is a recommended for cleansing of sensitive skin. I am not saying that facial soap should contain red argile. Honestly, I am not Read more...
How to make soap rose

Olive oil soap with grapefruit or how to make soap roses

Few weeks ago, when I posted my thoughts about the 100% olive oil soap, suddenly I got an urge to make one 🙂 I added salt to make it harder (in other words – less slimy when used) and 10% of castor oil for bubbles (ok, this makes it 90% olive oil soap…) And for the first time, I tried to make soap Read more...
Homemade shaving gel

Homemade shaving gel recipe

Making homemade shaving gel was was one of the most interesting and difficult tasks so far I had. Soap was not an option, since my fiancee doesn’t like it for shaving and I was supposed to formulate something that would compete with the typical shaving gels which are foaming once applied. I tried Read more...

Honey bee – LUSH like bath bomb

Another bath bomb inspired by LUSH… It smells heavenly honey like and contains rhassoul clay. Recipe (for 3 bath bombs 7cm diameter) 340g baking soda 170g citric acid   18g rhassoul     8g honey     6g aloe vera juice     1ml yellow food colouring     2g Red orange EO     2g  Green margarine (or Read more...

How to make mascara at home

In my previous post why I do not use waterproof mascara, I already mentioned I am using a mascara I make at home. However, making mascara at home is not that trivial and although online you may find loads of recipes, majority of those simply does not work well, because they do not follow basic Read more...

Why I do not use waterproof mascara

If I was about to choose only one “make-up”  to use until the end of my days, I would probably hesitate between foundation cream and mascara. The final winner, however, would be mascara – I can still hope that my skin will be one day without imperfections, while my lashes won’t probably grow longer Read more...

Soap with E-books!

I love real books, I really do! But I cannot bring them all with me when traveling and it is almost the only time I can read… E-books are easy to carry and seem much cheaper! E-books have been on the market for quite some time so indeed I knew there are some soapmaking and cosmetics making books Read more...
How to calculate superfat

How to calculate the hot process superfat

In my previous post I discussed an important difference between superfat and lye discount. You might want to read it first, as I explain there why in hot process (HP) and only in hot process, the calculation of the superfat should be based on the saponification values and not on the percentage of Read more...
100% Olive oil soap

Making 100% olive oil soap – tips, tricks and why it should be avoided by beginners

If you like the idea of 100% olive oil soap and think that the simplicity of the recipe makes it an ideal soap for beginners, I have some bad news for you – you better avoid it before you gather enough experience… Why? If you are a total beginner, you probably wish 3 things: to create a soap that Read more...
Easter Egg Soaps

Easter ideas: How to make egg-shaped soap

Easter it close and brings a challenge to each soapmaker:  how to make an egg-shaped soap? Some two years ago, I amused myself making soap eggs from melt and pour soap base I have made from scratch [the link is in Slovak only, sorry]. I used some plastic eggs for the purpose and found it rather Read more...
Hair structure

Soap as a shampoo?

There are people that say it is perfect. Others say: Soap as shampoo? Never ever again! So who is right? And can we easily tell? I have some personal experience, but I wanted to gather as much information as I could on the subject… and I share all I know so far with you…   It is very attractive – Read more...
Superfat vs lye discount

Superfat vs. lye discount – the difference to know

What is the difference between applying lye discount and superfatting your soap? And should we care? Grab a cup of coffee or a hot tea, or whatever beverage you prefer, take a short pause and sit down comfortably. I will show you, that the difference can become quite important and that we should Read more...

Oil combinations I. – how to make soap recipe (or not)

I know that you are all enthusiastic to start soapmaking and make your own soap recipes. However, there are some rules that should be followed.   For those that do not know, there is a nice soap calculator that not only calculates the lye that is needed for saponification of the given oils, but Read more...

Saponified 35% whipping cream

This is first of my crazy soapy experiments I started a few weeks ago… I decided to see, what happens, if I simply saponify the whipping cream – nothing else!   I guess I had this idea somewhere between trying to find a recipe for normal people that just want to start soapmaking without having to Read more...

My LUSH FUN duplicate

I was asked by one of you if I could make a duplicate of LUSH FUN.   For those who do not know what I am talking about – to cite LUSH – it is a “multi-purpose moldable soap”. Simply, it is kind of a play dough that foams. Ideal for children in bath 🙂   Technically it is not soap. As I will show Read more...

A big test of 100% one oil soaps – part II – foaming test after 2 weeks

My experiment with 100% one oil soaps continued.  After 2 weeks I examined the hardness of soaps and how do they foam. I also tested for Ph. I tried my one oil soaps also after 4 weeks and the results were the same. Concerning the fragrance, all soaps have lost their odor of the oil, except cocoa Read more...

A big test of 100% one oil soaps – part I

Formulating your own soap recipe can be tricky. There are some nice tools estimating the final soap characteristics like hardness, conditioning, bubliness, creaminess of lather like for example soapcalc.   But getting the real feel of it is an experience.   And while this estimate gives you an Read more...

Cleopatra’s milk & rose bath + bath bomb with surprise

There is nothing easier to make and yet wonderful to enjoy than a milk bath! The best part of it is that you can use this milk bath as an ingredient to create a wonderful bath bomb, so you can make 2 products out of one!   Recipe for Cleopatra’s milk & rose bath   Material mixing bowl, spatula or Read more...

Where to find caustic soda – around the world?

middle Anywhere you live, wherever you go, be able to find your caustic soda, so that you never stop soaping 🙂   Since I left my home, I lived in three countries and every time I moved I had to resolve the enigma of where to find my caustic soda locally…   I start this post to gather information Read more...
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