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Soap and Candle Making FAQs and Glossaries
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Mailbag Monday - Candle & Soap Making Questions (and answers!)
Through email and through the Candle and Soap Making Forum, I get dozens of candle making and soap making questions each week. I do my best to answer them quickly and share my experience. Mailbag Monday is a feature where I'll share reader's questions and the answers. You can ask questions about candle making, soap making, or any of the related...

Top Information & Concepts to Get Started Making Soap

Candle and Soap Making Videos
Sometimes seeing something done in real time is really helpful to understanding just how it works. It's just the same with soap making or candle making. Here are three collections of videos that we've done for the candle and soap making site that will help you get started.

What is a Tongue Test?
Description of the legendary "tongue test" that soapmakers have used to test the ph of their soap for years.

What is a wick?
What is a wick and what is wicking action?

Folded Essential Oils
Description & definition of a folded essential oil.

Natrasorb Bath
Description of Natrasorb Bath

Glycerin Soap
The term glycerin (glycerine) soap is really a misnomer. All real soap is glycerin soap.

Peroxide Value
Definition of peroxide value in soap making oils

Soap and Candle Notebook
Definition of what a soap and candle notebook is - a resource for soap and candle making - and how to use it to help you make soap and make candles

Cyclomethicone
Definition of Cyclomethicone

Hydrophobic
definition of hydrophobic as it pertains to soap making

Hydrophillic
definition of hydrophillic in soap making

Beeswax Bloom
Information about beeswax bloom

Universal Additive
Description of Universal Additive for Candles

Micronized
definition of micronized

Gel Stage in Cold Process Soap Making
Definition of "gel stage" in cold process soap making

Cure in Candle Making
Definition of cure in candle making

Color Bleed in Melt and Pour Soap
Colors sometimes don't stay put in melt and pour soap.

Hypoallergenic
Definition of Hypoallergenic

DOS - Dreaded Orange Spots in Cold Process Soap
Have a batch of soap that has suddenly turned orange in spots? You're a victim of DOS - or Dreaded Orange Spots

Propylene Glycol - Information, Safety, References
Information about Propylene Glycol

Superfatting or Lye Discount in Cold Process Soap Making
definition of superfatting in cold process soap making

Cure in Cold Process Soap Making
Cold process soap needs to cure or age before it is ready to use

Trace in Cold Process Soap Making
When making cold process soap you must wait until the mixture reaches trace - once you have seen it you will know but trace makes soap making beginners nervous

Saponification in Cold Process Soap Making
definition of saponification in soap making process

What is a Seize in Soap Making?
Description of a "seize" in soap making

How to Label Your Soaps for Sale
Instructions & guidelines on labeling your soaps for sale at craft shows, markets and retail locations.

Mica Colorants in Soap Making
Information about mica colorants in soap making.

What is a SAP Number?
Definition of SAP number (Saponification Number) in soap making

What's the Difference Between Sodium Hydroxide/NaOH & Potassium Hydroxide/KOH?
Explanation of the difference between sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide in soap making

Soap Making Recipes Directory
Directory of soap making recipes from basic soap making recipes to soaps with botanical additives to specialty soaps

What's the Difference Between Sodium Hydroxide/NaOH & Potassium Hydroxide/KOH?
Explanation of the difference between sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide in soap making

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