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All but two (Cucumber & Borage Soap and Carrot & Honey Soap) of these recipes are palm-free.
Basic tutorial for cold process soap.
Basic cold process tutorial using cow or goat’s milk, coconut milk, or other non-dairy substitute.
Example of how I create a variety of soaps starting with one plain recipe. (Healing Skin Bar, Springtime Violets Soap & Sunflower Soap recipes included.)
How to add natural ingredients to make a variety of custom herbal soaps, using a ready made melt & pour base.
(Article I wrote for Hobby Farms)
Essential Depot sells the best, most consistent food-grade lye I’ve used for soap making (so far) and can be found HERE on Amazon.
Sources for Soap Making Ingredients:
A digital scale is essential for making soap and extremely useful for body care recipes, in addition to its usual kitchen handiness factor. Bramble Berry has several to choose from (HERE) as does Amazon (HERE).
An immersion (or “stick”) blender is highly recommended for making soap. It will save hours of stirring by hand and make success much more likely.
Always use this before making any recipe that you’ve found on the internet (people make typos all the time!) and to adjust your recipe size or swap out one oil type for another.
My favorite, by Majestic Mountain Sage
Calculating Batch and Mold Sizes:
Not sure how big a batch of soap to make for the size of your mold? Here’s a great site at About.com on how to go about figuring it out.