After a brief pause from soap making, I am back. A couple of soaps finally cured and came off the drying rack, making room for more. It’s a good thing too because I am almost out of my favorite Pink Grapefruit Swirl shampoo bars and needed to make more. As it is, I might have to go without for a couple weeks while this soap finishes curing. Continue reading “Soaping again…A re-stock of Pink Grapefruit Swirl Shampoo Bars”
Earlier today I posted about my exciting batch of failed soap. That was so much fun, I decided to be experimental again and try out a totally new (for me) thing with inventing “the perfect shampoo bar”.
So I thought, “What would be the perfect ingredients for a shampoo bar?”. Well, I decided to take the “kitchen sink” approach (more is better) and go for it (my hair needs a lot of help). Continue reading “In search of the holy grail (in a shampoo bar)”
In the spirit of the holidays, I am giving away my newest soap making book, “Luxurious Handmade Soap: Twenty Gorgeous Cold Process Soaps”, for free on the Amazon Kindle Store on Christmas Day and the day after (25 & 26 December).
Get it for free here (25 & 26 December only) >> Luxurious Handmade Soap: Twenty Gorgeous Cold Process Soaps
If you enjoy the book and the recipes, I request that you leave an honest review on the amazon page linked above.
The beauty of cold processed soap is that it can be simple, minimal and practical, or it can be elaborate, luxurious and practical. Practical is listed twice because soap is meant to be used, not just to be admired. The allure of making handmade soap is that you get a chance to use your creativity, skill, and knowledge about the different soap making ingredients and combine them in unique and interesting ways to produce your own works of art. Then you get to use and enjoy them. All parts of the process are enjoyable — well, except for the cleanup.
This book contains recipes and instructions for 20 cold process soaps that are mild, luxurious, skin-loving, beautiful, and practical. There are a variety of soap making techniques used, which are suitable for experienced or advanced beginner soap makers. From plain, uncolored soap to fully swirled, colorful, frosted and embellished soap, there is sure to be a recipe perfect for you to try out.
Hanger swirl, layering, piping, Taiwan swirl, in-the-mold swirl, in-the-pot swirl, and melt and pour embeds are all covered with in-depth instructions and diagrams (for the more complex designs).
Recipes are included for swirled soaps, soaps for men, milk soaps and frosted soaps. A variety of colorants, additives, liquids, and fragrances are used, and alternative instructions are also described in case you don’t have some of the less common ingredients on hand.
Instructions are also provided for using milks, making your own herb infused oils, and soap frosting.
These recipes are highly customizable so that you can use your own creativity, color, design, and fragrance preferences. Your next unique masterpiece is only one soap batch away!
The Amazon Kindle Store 99 cent deal is active for today and tomorrow (November 3 and 4th) for Pure and Mild Soap: Natural & Nature Identical Cold Process Soaps.
Get it HERE for just 99 cents!
After November 4th, the price goes up to $1.99 (USD), and then on November 7, it goes back to its normal price of $2.99. Continue reading “Kindle Ebook Promotion Deal is Live – Get “Pure and Mild Soap: Natural & Nature Identical Cold Process Soaps” for just 99 cents (USD) for a limited time.”
Most soap makers have a “go to” recipe that they use over and over again. They do this because they get repeatable good results using it and it contains the oils which produce the results they want out of the soap (conditioning, moisturizing, cleansing, etc).
I was playing with my “go to” recipe in soap calc and noticed a pattern that I thought I would share. With this recipe, you can adjust the “bonus oil” between many different oil options without having to recalculate the recipe (as long as you don’t change the amounts of the oils used in any of the line items).
I recommend that you do not try this with your recipe until you are familiar with the profiles of the oils you use and understand how they affect the overall lye calculation. I list only the specific oils below that I have tested out. You may have different oils. Once you have it worked out for your specific oils, it can be a time saver.
This recipe is very versatile not only in the number of oil options you have, but you can also change it in many different ways by using fragrances, colorants, additives or essential oils. Since it can be slow to trace, you can do complex designs or you can just keep it simple — it’s up to you! Gotta love versatility. This is why it is my “go to” recipe.
Today I am excited to announce the publishing of my second e-book, titled “Pure and Mold Soap: Natural and Nature Identical Cold Process Soaps“.
The book is enrolled in the KDP Select program, so if you are a member of KDP Select, you can read it for free. Otherwise, it is $2.99 US.
Soap and shampoo are two products that many of us use on a daily basis. Unfortunately, many of the soaps and shampoos available in the stores today contain undesirable ingredients that are difficult to pronounce and have been shown to cause health concerns. Continue reading “Announcing my new e-book “Pure and Mild Soap: Natural and Nature Identical Cold Process Soaps””