soapmaking basics

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Chemical equation of saponification

What is soap – find out!

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

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...
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