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Why Do Soapmakers Make Soap?

I was pondering recently, why do we soapmakers love making soap so much? What is it that captivates us nearly to the point of obsession? Of course, it did not take long for me to answer my own question. Soapmakers love to make soap for many reasons. We love the […]

How to Make Soap Without Lye

So, you’re afraid to make soap bars because you don’t want to handle lye, aka caustic soda, sodium hydroxide. Either that, or you were warned of the evils of lye in handmade soap. Yet you want to make something like the beautiful photos you see of handmade soap that smells […]

You Know You’re a Soapmaker When…

Yes, it’s been done before, but play along, just for fun. You know you’re a soapmaker when. . . You dream of swirls. Trace has a whole new meaning. You buy things merely because you suspect the packaging would make a great mold. The hardware store suddenly holds new interest, […]

Good News for Home Cosmetic Makers!

It’s been a thorn in the side of home soap and cosmetic manufacturers for years–the FDA’s requirement that the address of the manufacturing facility be included on packaging labeling. After a drawn out process, the HSCG was recently notified of good news for those hesitant to include that information on […]

To Scent or Not to Scent, Part ll

Essential oils require much more knowledge than fragrance oils and thus, more due diligence before using them. Is the scent skin safe? Is the percentage rate limited? Will it survive cold process soap? Is it permissible for soap but not for bath or leave-on products? Will it work in candles? […]