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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What is the Difference Between a Cosmetic and a Drug?

We love the products we make. We love them so much that we want to share with our friends and family. Some eventually decide to sell to the public, and that is where the trouble often starts.

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Stick Blender Basics

What would we modern soap and lotion makers do without our beloved stick blenders? Now considered basic equipment, we study the features to determine which among the many brands will serve us best. ¬†Which one will perform well? Which one will give us the longest use? Which one comes in my favorite color? What? That…

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