Pencil lines in soap are thin horizontal lines that are created by lightly dusting a powdered colorant over a layer of freshly poured cold process soap batter, before adding the next layer on top. They’re a fun and relatively easy way to add visual interest to your soap recipes. While micas or charcoal, or my […]...read the full article.
This tricolored soap was dreamed up by newsletter reader Patricia who wanted to make her friends a cute soap for Valentine’s Day. She requested a soap with three layers – chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, and wanted it to smell like strawberries and chocolate. While my version doesn’t smell like strawberries since I have family members […]...read the full article.
Traditional castile soap is a gentle mild soap made with 100% olive oil, with a low creamy lather. By adding a small amount of castor oil to the recipe, we boost the bubbles while still retaining the mildness that makes castile perfect for those with super sensitive skin. I chose chamomile for this recipe because […]...read the full article.
This fall favorite soap is made with real pumpkin puree and features a spiced layer that’s deliciously scented with coffee, cinnamon and clove essential oils, and highlighted by two contrasting pencil lines made of cocoa powder. It’s a brand new addition to my Soapmaking Success e-course, but was so well received by local friends and […]...read the full article.
Before you can begin making soap at home, you need to gather some specific pieces of essential equipment. Below, I’ve assembled a list of must-have tools for soapmaking, followed by a couple of extras that are also useful to have on hand. Note: If you want to print this article out, scroll down and look […]...read the full article.
After my new book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, came out, I started getting a lot of questions asking where I bought the variety of molds used to make the soaps in the book. So this week, I rounded up a list of 15+ soap molds that I’ve personally purchased, used, and found to be both […]...read the full article.
This soap recipe was inspired by a trip to my local apple orchard on a beautiful fall day. It features freshly pressed apple cider (unsweetened apple juice could work well too), along with the subtle warm spicy scent of essential oils. While the scent of the apple cider won’t make it through to the final […]...read the full article.
This herbal shampoo bar recipe combines the simple goodness of chamomile tea with nourishing honey to create a wonderful lathering experience for your hair. (Directions are included for both hot process and cold process soap methods.) Fresh chamomile from my garden, along with a jar of honey from our beehives inspired this herbal shampoo bar […]...read the full article.
This classic gentle soap contains finely ground oatmeal and nourishing honey. Its creamy mildness makes it perfect for everyday use by those with sensitive skin. By cooking soap in a crock pot (hot process method), you can bypass the several weeks of waiting time that cold process recipes usually require and use your homemade soap […]...read the full article.
Every spring, I look forward to making one of my all-time favorite soaps – Dandelion & Honey. I’ve been making some version of it for about 12 years or so now, changing up the recipe here and there for variety. This year, I decided to switch things up and turn it into a liquid soap, instead […]...read the full article.
This simple natural soap features: oatmeal, for visual texture and to soften skin as it gently exfoliates, French green clay, for a natural green color and mild cleansing properties, along with cedarwood “Atlas” essential oil for a clean woodsy scent. According to my favorite reference for essential oils (The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook […]...read the full article.
Confused about which essential oils can be used when making soap and how much of them you should use? If so, this chart should help! It can be downloaded and printed out, so you’ll always have it for easy reference when making soap. The chart lists 24 of my favorite essential oils to use in soap & […]...read the full article.
Some unseasonably warm spring-like weather, along with an extra jar of dandelion-infused olive oil I had on hand, inspired this shampoo bar recipe. Keeping in theme with the happy sunny feelings that I associate with dandelions, I scented the soap with a cheerful blend of citrus essential oils, but you can use another scent, like lavender, […]...read the full article.
This natural soap recipe features rose clay, powdered milk (optional) and cocoa butter. The overlapping ingredient list and heart shapes coordinate nicely with the rose milk bath bombs in my previous post. (Found HERE, if you missed it!) The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day present a wonderful opportunity to find and stock up on a variety of […]...read the full article.
These cheerful little sunflower soaps are made with sunflower-infused oil and naturally colored with lemon peel powder. I scented mine with a bright blend of mostly citrus essential oils, but feel free to use other scents in their place, or leave them completely unscented. How to Add Sunflowers to Soap Because I have lots of sunflowers […]...read the full article.
This simple natural soap tutorial was created for those seeking an uncomplicated basic recipe, making it perfect for beginning soap makers and those with multiple skin sensitivities. It features: lots of olive oil, for its gentle, skin-conditioning properties coconut oil (or babassu oil – if allergic), to add hardness and bubbles castor oil, to help […]...read the full article.
Dandelion flowers, which are wonderful for treating rough, dry skin, are infused into skin-softening olive oil, then combined with bubbly coconut and nourishing sunflower oil to make this soap. It’s perfect for scrubbing away dirt and grime from hands, making it a wonderful gift for the gardener or farmer in your life! It can also be […]...read the full article.
Aleppo Soap is an ancient Syrian soap recipe made from just olive oil, laurel berry fruit oil, water and lye. It’s reported to be beneficial for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and rashes. For more information about the rich history of Aleppo soap, check out this article at Mother Nature Network and this one […]...read the full article.
This pretty herbal soap features goldenrod infused oil and tea, plus a design imprint created by using a fondant mat. In September, I wrote a post on foraging and using goldenrod, and in it, I mentioned that I really wanted to make goldenrod soap soon too. Well, I finally got around to it! I used two […]...read the full article.
This cooling creamy palm free cucumber soap recipe is naturally colored with powerful French green clay and is perfect for those with overheated, itchy, or sweaty skin! This cold process cucumber soap is a palm-free alternative to my original Cucumber Borage Soap. When creating this recipe, I started with my standard base of skin loving olive […]...read the full article.