Oh, that Distressing DOS!

Five Ways to Avoid it The appearance of DOS distresses soapmakers around the world. You make a lovely soap. It cures well and feels great on the skin. Suddenly, you notice orange spots. You peer closer, poke at the soap and notice that the spots are soft and translucent. You have DOS. What is DOS?…

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Why Weigh Soap and Cosmetic Ingredients?

Have you ever searched the internet for cosmetic formulas? A search for nearly any product turns up more variations than we can try in a year, perhaps more. The question is, of course, are they good? Will they provide the results we hope for? Are they well researched and written?  Although many factors determine a…

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MY MOTHER WON’T USE MY SOAP!

“My Mother won’t use my soap!” This is a reoccurring complaint from bath and body and candle makers everywhere. Those close to them stash their amazing gifts instead of enjoying them and sometimes even refuse them altogether. Why?  Naturally, makers want to share their creations with those closest to them, hoping the recipient is as…

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INS And Iodine Levels In Soapmaking

Creating the ideal bar of soap is the holy grail of soapmaking for many a modern soapmaker. The more we learn about the fatty acids that make up oils, the better our potential. The fatty acids we are concerned with in soapmaking are: lauric, myristic, palmitic, stearic, ricinoleic, oleic, linoleic and linolenic. ​Even armed with the knowledge of fatty acids, the concepts of INS…

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