soapmaking techniques

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...

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...

Herbal soap with bamboo impression

  Method: Cold process Mold: Old drawer lined up with plastic sheet and silicone sheet with bamboo pattern It’s been a while since I did not soap and so last Sunday I spent my afternoon soaping! I realized that I have never made a herbal soap and at the same time I was dying to try my new Read more...

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...
Cold process or hot process soap

Cold process vs hot process, which method to choose?

Cold process vs hot process… at some point, each soapmaker asks which one is better or when they should be used.   But before I give you some arguments, I will explain these two techniques a bit more in detail – it is crucial for understanding their advantages and disadvantages.   If you are a Read more...

How to make soap – 3 basic methods

When it comes to the question how to make soap at home, you can be recommended one of the 3 basic methods, depending on the type of soapmaker you ask…   Only one of the methods describes how to make soap from scratch  – this means from the most basic ingredients by a reaction called saponification Read more...

100% coconut liquid soap

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...

How to make melt and pour soap base

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

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...
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