Soap & Candle Making FAQs, Reference & Glossaries
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...
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.
Description of Natrasorb Bath
The term glycerin (glycerine) soap is really a misnomer. All real soap is glycerin soap.
Definition of peroxide value in soap making oils
Definition of Cyclomethicone
definition of hydrophobic as it pertains to soap making
definition of hydrophillic in soap making
Information about beeswax bloom
Description of Universal Additive for Candles
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.
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