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How to Use SoapCalc to Make Your First Batch of Soap: Tutorial

How to Use SoapCalc to Make Your First Batch of Soap: Tutorial

Resources, Soap Making Basics
SoapCalc.net’s soap calculator is INCREDIBLY intimidating for newbie soapers. I know how you feel: I’ve been there too! But what if I told you that in order to successfully make soap for the first time, you do NOT need to fully understand what every value on this tool means. The main thing about getting better at making soap is to START. From there, learn what you need to. Don’t let the soapcalc paralyze you from formulating a recipe. At its core, it’s super simple. This tutorial is a super easy approach to using the soapcalc that will help you make your first batch of soap. Once you get that first recipe down, feel free to further your research and delve into what the other values mean. There is plenty of…
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Holiday Soap Idea: How to Make Christmas Tree Soap

Holiday Soap Idea: How to Make Christmas Tree Soap

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Holiday soap is an amazing idea for soap-makers, gift-givers, and lovers of the holidays in general. I love the smell and look of my Christmas tree soap! The pine scent with eucalyptus is so fresh and festive, while the green tones swirl against a white base.   I plan on making four Christmas soaps for my FIRST EVER LINE (YAY!) of soap products I plan to sell. *Phew!* Such an exciting time, but also an incredibly anxious one.   This Christmas tree-scented soap is the first Christmas soap I made and it came out amazingly. I dared to use 3 colours this time and, while I did scramble, I managed (and I’m so glad I did!)   The end result is a GORGEOUS, 3-toned soap that smells just like fresh…
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How to Make Coffee Soap Using Real Coffee

How to Make Coffee Soap Using Real Coffee

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There are so many benefits to making and using coffee soap. Coffee acts as a natural deodorizer eliminating strong scents (like onions!) from our hands. If you decide to use the grounds in the soap (like I do), the soap becomes mildly exfoliating, which helps to remove dead skin and keep it nice and clean.   Visually, coffee soap is just beautiful. If made right, the pictures almost sell the soap itself. Call it gimmicky, but people are drawn to this type of soap. My recipe is palm-free, uses actual brewed coffee and its grounds. There are two tones: brown for the body and a soft white to mimic fluffy cream on top.   This recipe is kind of advanced, so if you’re new to soaping, I don’t recommend this…
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How to Make Cold Process Soap

How to Make Cold Process Soap

Blog, Resources, Soap Making Basics
Learning how to make cold process soap can be daunting. However, no matter what the recipe, the stages of  are basically the same. It’s incredibly helpful to read over a few guides on the basic process so that you’re familiar with it before even having a recipe. For my recipes, I always plan ahead with this process in mind. Knowing the stages helps you prepare for the future and know what to do when things go wrong. How to Make Cold Process Soap   STAGE I. LYE PREP For a guide on lye safety and precautions, click here. Add lye to your water. Carefully and slowly add your lye to the container with your water. Stir gently until the lye has dissolved and the mixture is clear. Put aside. IMPORTANT:…
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7 Canadian Online Soap Suppliers Recommended by Soap Makers

7 Canadian Online Soap Suppliers Recommended by Soap Makers

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Finding Canadian online soap suppliers can be tricky. When my interest began, I noticed immediately a lot of the soapers had suppliers all based in America. While Canadians can order from these suppliers online, there are a few downsides that dissuaded me from doing that: Some products are not allowed to be shipped over the border The insanely high shipping cost The desire to support local, Canadian brands A quick Google search will get you the sites of some Canadian online soap suppliers, but knowing if they’re any good is a gamble. In making a product that people are putting on their skin, you’ll want to get good-quality ingredients at a fair price. To make things easy for you, I’ve compiled a list of Canadian online soap suppliers highly recommended…
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Step-by-Step Lavender Soap Tutorial

Step-by-Step Lavender Soap Tutorial

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This lavender soap recipe makes a two-toned, swirly bar of purple and white. A lot of soapers make lavender bath products because the scent is amazingly fresh and seems to be a big hit with customers. It’s also really fun and beautiful to use purple in coloring your soap. If this is your first time making soap, take a few minutes to read the articles below before progressing: Lye safety Soap equipment - what do I need? Yield: 2.5 lb batch of soap   Ingredients:   Oils: Almond Oil, sweet - 1.37 oz (5%) Palm Oil - 8.19 oz (30%) Olive Oil - 8.19 oz (30%) Coconut Oil - 8.19 oz (30%) Shea Butter - 1.37 oz (5%)   Lye Solution: Lye - 3.93 oz Distilled water - 8.74 oz…
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Lye Safety and Precautions: 5 Tips to Build Your Confidence

Lye Safety and Precautions: 5 Tips to Build Your Confidence

Blog, Soap Making Basics
Lye safety is the first thing a soap-maker needs to be aware of when they decide to make soap at home. Why? Here are the facts on lye: lye solution is corrosive and will cause a chemical burn if it touches your skin lye is a poison if ingested lye solution burns up to over 200 degrees F when first mixed and creates fumes that you shouldn’t inhale SO, if you’re the type to gloss over these things, don’t. Take the 2 minutes and read all of the precaution stuff so that: you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into AND you can alleviate a lot of the worry because you’re prepared All of this sounds alarming, but don’t let this dissuade you from soaping. This hobby is incredibly safe (and…
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Soap Making Supplies List – Read This to Know What You Need to Get Started

Soap Making Supplies List – Read This to Know What You Need to Get Started

Soap Making Basics
What soap making supplies do you need to get started? While you can find all supplies online, everything is also at most grocery stores.   Prices for each soap making supply varies, so do your research before going out and buying. I went to several places to get the best price for my equipment, as opposed to buying my equipment online. List of Soap-Making Supplies   Stick Blender If you want to save yourself A LOT of time, get a stick blender. Why? You get soap when you mix lye solution and oils. Just mixing with a spatula can take over an hour to achieve the right consistency. A stick blender gets to this consistency (called trace) in a few minutes. Try to buy one with a stainless-steel shaft and…
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