Candle & Soap Making: Most Popular Articles
Learn all about soap making and how to make your own homemade natural soaps, melt and pour soaps and more. Fun soap making projects and how-to soap making recipes as well as explanations of all the materials tools and ingredients involved.
How to make homemade cold process soap - recipes and easy-to-follow instructions to make your own natural handmade soap at home.
Without lye, there is no soap. But the most common supplier for home-based soap makers, Red Devil, has been discontinued. Here are some places you can get it.
How to make natural liquid soap - how to instructions and recipe
Easy Recipes for making Castile Olive Oil Soap
Basic instructions and recipe to make bath and spa salts
Which oil will give what qualities to your soap recipe? Here's a catalog of the many different oils used for making soap - and the qualities they give to your soap making recipes.
How to create your own marvelous soap recipes at home - ingredients, and easy-to-follow instructions to help you get the perfect bar of homemade soap.
Want to start making soap? Here are a collection of tried and true basic recipes from the top soap makers in the country.
Lye Calculators for Cold Process Soap
Easy illustrated instructions for making melt and pour soap! Melt and pour soap making gets you started right away making your own natural handmade soap.
Make your own candles and bring some warmth and light into your home - fun creative and easy to learn to make candles
How to make your own cold process shaving soap - with a custom recipe just for shaving.
Basic 4-Oil Soap Making Recipe - A great recipe to get started making soap
How to safely make a lye solution for cold process soap making - mixing, weighing and safety.
Links to sources of how to make lye the old fashioned way - from wood ashes and water
Create custom fragrance blends of fragrance or essential oils for your soaps and candles with this simple blending guide
Instructions & guidelines on labeling your soaps for sale at craft shows, markets and retail locations.
Natural colorants in soap making don't have to be boring and muted. Many plant materials, spices and herbs give lovely colors to your soap.
How to make goat's milk soap - easy soap making recipe and instructions.
How to make hot process soap in a crock pot - easy hot process soap recipe.
Recipe for making soap with clays
Recipes and instructions to make your own fabulous homemade shampoo bars.
How to rebatch soap = grating and remelting soap to save a batch or make hand milled soap
How to make bath salts & bath salts recipes
Information about using honey in hand made soaps - soap making recipes too
Many different types of salt can be used to make bath salts!
A discussion of the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils in candle making and soap making.
Soap making recipes of all types - learn how to make soap - milk soaps, basic soaps, specialty soaps, advanced soap recipes.
Recipe for making a bar of soap that defies all of the rules - a 100% coconut oil soap, with a 20% superfat.
A list of the basic soap making tools and equipment you need to get started making soap
List of exfoliants you can use in your soaps
How to calculate the volume of soap needed to fill a particular soap mold.
Sandy Maine's Basic 3-oil Soap Recipe - A good basic 3-Oil soap making recipe to get started
Easy recipe to make homemade laundry soap.
Superfatting cold process soap recipes is common - it adds extra moisturizing qualities and gives you a fudge factor.
Which type of olive oil is right for your soap making recipes? What's the difference in the different grades of olive oil?
You're not limited to just using distilled water in your soap making. Many soapers make soap with goat's milk, coconut milk, or even buttermilk. Making the lye solution for your soap is a bit more tricky though. Follow these steps to get the best results.
Letting the freshly poured floating candles cool. Page 5.
How to convert baking soda into washing soda for use in homemade laundry detergent.
Adding sugar to your soap helps increase lather and bubbles
Benefits of salt soap bars - how to make a salt bar - recipe and soap making instructions.
Information about the many different types of candle making waxes - and guidance for choosing the right one.
Luxury soap recipe with shea butter and cocoa butter.
Instructions for taking fat from the butcher - usually beef fat - and rendering it into tallow useable in your soap recipes.
Step by step instructions for making soap with coconut milk - ingredients and special process to make soap with milk.
You don't have to have a lot of fancy ingredients to make great soap. This recipe uses only oils that I found at my local market.
How are essential oils extracted from the plants?
List of Toxic and Phototoxic Essential Oils
Scale your recipe to any size as well as understand the proportions of each oil in the recipe.
You're not limited to just using distilled water in your soap making. Many soapers make soap with goat's milk, coconut milk, coffee, tea or even beer. Making the lye solution for your soap is a bit more tricky though.
Pine Tar is reputed to help with skin conditions like eczema, dandruff, psoriasis and other itchy skin conditions like insect bites.
A collection of examples of simple ways to wrap, label and package your handmade soap.
Make a custom shaving soap with a melt and pour soap base - by adding a few key ingredients.
A recipe for an extra mild soap suitable for babies or those with extra sensitive skin.
Easy to follow instructions how to make fizzy bath bombs - bring some fizz and some wonderfulness to your bath.
How to make soleseife or salt water soap - making brine/saltwater soap - soleseife recipe
Simple recipe for milk bath - made famous by Cleopatry - easy to make for yourself.
Cold process soap needs to cure or age before it is ready to use
Adding a bit of salt to your soap can help increase hardness - an inexpensive and easy soap making tip
recipes for old fashioned hard white soap
Make your own liquid laundry soap. Easy to make and very inexpensive!
A discussion of the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils in candle making and soap making. Page 2.
Making soaps with natural clays. Candle & Soap Making. Page 2.
Making soap with both beeswax and honey - using a honeycomb effect in the mold!
Top Picks for Resources for Labelling Candles and Soaps - Candle and Soap Label Resources
Coffee soap is a great soap to make for cooks and coffee lovers alike - it removes garlic and fish odors from hands - exfoliates nicely - and is an exotic change to your normal everyday soap recipe
Definition of saponification in soap making process and how oils and lye combine to saponify into soap.,
How to best use teas and herbs used for tea in your soap making.
An explanation of Catherine Failor's Liquid Soap recipe formulations - and the excess of lye
Recipe for great homemade powdered laundry soap. Easy to make and very inexpensive!
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Description of water distillation and steam distillation of essential oils.
Recipe for Citrus Honey Bock Soap.
Recipe for cucumber soap. Candle & Soap Making.
Recipe for Lavender Dream Soap & Essential Oil Blend
Discussion of Propylene Glycol in Soap, Cosmetics and Household Items
A collection of step by step videos demonstrating cold process soap making
The term glycerin (glycerine) soap is really a misnomer. All real soap is glycerin soap.
Recipe for green tea & lemongrass soap
Recipes for flea repelling dog soap
How to neutralize natural liquid soap
Step by step instructions to make whipped soap - room temperature cold process soap
How can you keep natural whipped body butter from melting in warm temperatures?
How to recycle candle wax - odds and ends and scraps of candles are easy to recycle and re-use.
Directions on How To Make an Herbal Oil Infusion for Soap Making
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Explanation of the difference between sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide in soap making
Using flower petals in your soap making recipes can yield wonderful results but beware - using flower petals in cold process soap turns the flowers black or brown - proper usage of flowers in cold process soap making
Trace is the point at which the soap has thickened and blended enough to have formed a stable emulsion.
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Basic 3-Oil Soap Making Recipe - A good super simple recipe to get started making soap
Recipe and ingredients that you'll need to make cocoa butter massage bars. Page 2.
Recipe for making cold process soap with carrot juice
Profile of paraffin candle wax - all about paraffin wax and its uses
recipes for old fashioned hard white soap. Page 2.
How to make container candles - basic candle making.
Definition of Cyclomethicone. Candle & Soap Making.
Liquid soap recipe using 100% coconut oil - super foaming and cleansing
A great combination of soap for any household -Gardener's Soap great for cleaning dirty hands - Mechanic's Soap for the grimiest jobs - and Kitchen Coffee Soap to battle cooking odors
Profile of Clary Sage essential oil - especially as used in soap and candles
Directions for making mosquito repelling outdoor citronella bucket candles
Soap made with alkanet colorant. Candle & Soap Making.
Guidelines for choosing safe containers to make container candles in.
Recipe to make naturally exfoliating lemon poppy seed soap.
Information and recipes to make your own homemade laundry detergent/soap.
Dry Perfume Roll-on or Body Oil Spray with Cyclomethicone
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 3.
Putting loofah into a bar of melt and pour soap gives you easy-to-make soapy exfoliation.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 27.
Examples of different types of candles you can make at home. Links and easy how-to candle making instructions.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 22.
Every wax and every set of instructions varies a bit on what temperature it recommends to add the fragrance
Tips and information to help you make soap safely.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 6.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 24.
Dilution help for making liquid soap
How to use essential oils safely in your soaps and candles.
How to make bath salts for feet - a simple recipe for salts formulated as a foot soak.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 7.
The How to Make Soap Cheat Sheet - Top Tips and Information to Get Started Making Soap
Pumpkin is a wonderful additive to soap - adding vitamins and great natural color...and perfect for fall soap making.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 11.
How to calculate the volume of wax needed to fill a candle mold.
Lavender soap with two twists! Getting Started - ingredients and setup.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 20.
Profile of Shea Butter in Soap Making and Bath & Body Products
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 28.
Ann Bramson's 3-oil Soap Recipe - A castile soap variation using olive oil and beef tallow
Going camping? You can make your own soap that will be biodegradable and environmentally kind.
Information about mica colorants in soap making.
Profile of eucalyptus essential oil - especially as used in soap and candles
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 30.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 13.
A preview of how you can make melt and pour soap base?
How to make individual sugar scrub cubes.
Soap's made with milk are rich, creamy and extra moisturizing. Part of this comes from the extra fat
Step by step instructions for coloring your fizzy bath bombs
Soy candle making with Bramble Berry's assortment of soy candle making waxes and scents.
Recipes for flea repelling dog soap - basic soap making instructions for dog soap. Page 2.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 32.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 23.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 10.
Instructions to make Water Dispersible Bath Oil
Mosquito repelling essential oil blends for making citronella candles with more than just citronella oil - natural blends for natural mosquito repellents.
How to use a liquid lye solution in soap making
How to make scrubby melt and pour soap with jojoba beads - finished two layer soap. Page 3.
After you've finished making your soap, you have to deal with the cleanup. Here's now to safely clean up after soapmaking.
Information and suggestions for using lemon essential oil in your soap and candle making.
Tips on how to use crayons in candle making