FAQS: How to Create Your Own Shave Soap Recipe {dual lye}

To accompany my Calendula Shave Soap Recipe, I though it’d be helpful to write up some FAQS I’ve received about how to create your own shave soap recipe. This information is also useful to know if you want to make substitutions in an existing recipe you’ve found in a book or online and aren’t sure how to do so. If you have a question I didn’t answer here, let me know in the comments below! … Continue reading

Calendula Shave Soap Recipe {dual lye, palm free}

This calendula shave soap recipe was requested by newsletter subscriber Lianne, which was perfect timing since my husband also requested some new shave soap. :) It includes both sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide, plus has a high amount of stearic acid in order to produce a dense lather that’s perfect for shaving. Most shave soap recipes rely on soy wax or stearic acid flakes to meet the criteria for stearic acid amount, but I prefer … Continue reading

Mild Unscented Soap Recipes {for sensitive skin}

Mild Unscented Bar of Soap with 100% Natural Soap Stamp

A few months ago, I asked newsletter subscribers what they’d like to see me write about this year. (Not a subscriber yet? You can join us HERE.) Multiple readers asked for mild unscented soap and homemade lotion recipes that are extra gentle and can be made especially for loved ones that are going through cancer treatments. Since cancer treatments often cause skin to become more sensitive and fragile, it’s usually recommended that patients use mild … Continue reading

How to Make Pencil Lines in Soap {+ 12 Natural Colorants Experiment}

How to Make Pencil Lines in Cold Process Soap

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 personal favorite – cocoa powder, are more commonly used for making pencil lines, I decided to do a little experiment … Continue reading

Valentine Soap with Hearts Recipe

Valentine Soap with Hearts Recipe

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 sensitive to fragrance oils, you could easily add one to the recipe if you’d like. Instead, I used unrefined cocoa … Continue reading

Soapmaking for Absolute Beginners {Free} Mini eMail Course

10 Things to Make With Violets

If you want to try making your own soap, but feel intimidated, scared or unsure of what to do first, I’ve created the perfect mini course for you! Over the span of 6 email lessons, I’m going to teach you: common soapmaking terms all about basic soapmaking equipment what soapmaking ingredients you need why we use lye (and why it deserves respect, but not fear) plus an easy soap recipe, perfect for beginners Throughout the … Continue reading

Pumpkin Soap with Spiced Latte Layer

Pumpkin Soap with Spiced Latte Layer Recipe

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 perfect for the season, that I had to share here on my website too!   Since it’s part of the … Continue reading