Glorious Lard!

Finally, I found LARD!   The much beloved, blogged, and admired soap making fatty acid!

For the longest time I have been looking for it, but have not been able to find lard or tallow locally.  HOWEVER, I was looking by the meats and in the refrigerated section of the store.  Turns out, it is not stored there.  They store it by the Mexican food on one of the international food aisles.

Regardless, I was able to score a couple of containers of it, so right away, I wanted to try to make some soap with it to see what all the fuss was about! Continue reading “Glorious Lard!”

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Black Friday e-Book Sale

Here in the U.S., it is a big holiday this week — Thanksgiving.  The day after Thanksgiving, of course, is “Black Friday” — the day where businesses offer large discounts to entice Christmas shoppers.

I am going to run a Black Friday sale this year on all my e-books on Amazon.com.

The sale starts Thursday, 24 November at 5 AM Pacific / 8 AM Eastern and runs until 27 November at 8 PM Pacific / 11 PM Eastern.

All my e-books will be 67% off during this time.  This means that you can pick them up at a steep discount for this limited time.

Dragon’s Fire – A Palm Free Soap Recipe

I have never made a palm-free soap before.   I generally use the “responsible” palm oil that Brambleberry sells for all my soaps.    I have wanted to try out making palm-free for a while, but never got a chance.  Well, today I did, and I am sharing the recipe!

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Honey I Washed the Kids – Piped Soap – Free Recipe

For my encore today, I decided to make a piped soap with a new fragrance from Nurture Soap called “Honey I Washed the Kids”.

This fragrance is supposed to be a well-behaved, light and mild smelling fragrance oil   I did not experience either of those things.

I am posting the free recipe in case you want to try it too, but maybe with a different, better-behaved fragrance.  In any case, it has been a long time since I posted a free soap recipe, and it is about time! Continue reading “Honey I Washed the Kids – Piped Soap – Free Recipe”

Free Kindle Book Promotion – Pure and Mild Soap: Natural & Nature Identical Cold Process Soaps

I am happy to announce an upcoming free Kindle book promotion deal on Amazon.com for my book  Pure and Mild Soap: Natural & Nature Identical Cold Process Soaps.

The deal starts Friday, 28-April and ends Saturday, 29-April.   After that it goes back to it’s normal low price of $2.99 USD.

Update:  the promotion is expired now, but thanks to all who downloaded the book. There were 473 downloads in total!  Not too bad for a 2 day promotion!

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Interesting Soap Adventure

I have been spending the past month or two getting ready for Christmas gifting, so not much soaping has been going on in my kitchen.  Now that the holidays are behind us and I still have a few days of vacation left, I am getting back into the swing and making some soap today.

An interesting thing happened with my first soap batch today, however, I choose to look at it as an opportunity rather than a total failure.   I mean, it is going to make a great blog entry if nothing else!  (All soap maker / bloggers know that when things start going really wrong — grab the camera!) Continue reading “Interesting Soap Adventure”

Anatomy of a Soap Recipe

If you are a new soap maker, you might be looking to expand your horizons and experiment with your own soap recipes.   In order to do so, you will need to use a soap calculator so that you can figure out how much lye is needed to turn your oils into soap.

There are many soap calculators that you can use, but today I am focusing on SoapCalc.com since that is the one I use most often.   While there are others, which are good soap calculators and might be a bit simpler to use, I find soapcalc to be the least confusing while still offering the most information about the oils I choose to use.  Let me demonstrate. Continue reading “Anatomy of a Soap Recipe”