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Candle & Soap Making: Most Popular Articles

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Lather Up! Here's How to Make Homemade Soap
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.
Make Your Own Soap in 10 Easy Steps
How to make homemade cold process soap - recipes and easy-to-follow instructions to make your own natural handmade soap at home.
How to Make Your Own Liquid Soap at Home
How to make natural liquid soap - how to instructions and recipe
Where to Buy Lye for Soap Making
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.
4 Great Basic Olive Oil (Castile) Soap Recipes
Easy Recipes for making Castile Olive Oil Soap
Create Your Own Soap Recipes from Scratch
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.
Bring the Spa to You with Homemade Bath Salts
Basic instructions and recipe to make bath and spa salts
Choosing the Oils for Your Custom Soap Recipes
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.
Basic Soap Making Recipes
Want to start making soap? Here are a collection of tried and true basic recipes from the top soap makers in the country.
Top 8 Lye Calculators
Lye Calculators for Cold Process Soap
The Basics of Candle Making
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 Basic Melt and Pour 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.
Shaving Soap Recipe
How to make your own cold process shaving soap - with a custom recipe just for shaving.
Create Your Own Scent Blends for Soap and Candles
Create custom fragrance blends of fragrance or essential oils for your soaps and candles with this simple blending guide
Make a Lye-Water Solution for Your Cold Process...
How to safely make a lye solution for cold process soap making - mixing, weighing and safety.
Basic 4-Oil Soap Recipe
Basic 4-Oil Soap Making Recipe - A great recipe to get started making soap
How to Make Lye From Scratch Using Wood Ashes...
Links to sources of how to make lye the old fashioned way - from wood ashes and water
Natural Colorants in Soap Making
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.
Goat's Milk Soap
How to make goat's milk soap - easy soap making recipe and instructions.
Hot Process Crock Pot Soap
How to make hot process soap in a crock pot - easy hot process soap recipe.
How to Label Your Soaps for Sale
Instructions & guidelines on labeling your soaps for sale at craft shows, markets and retail locations.
100% Coconut Oil Soap with 20% Superfat
Recipe for making a bar of soap that defies all of the rules - a 100% coconut oil soap, with a 20% superfat.
Clay Soap Sampler
Recipe for making soap with clays
What kinds of salt can I use to make homemade...
Many different types of salt can be used to make bath salts!
Using Natural Exfoliants in Your Soap
List of exfoliants you can use in your soaps
Soap Making Recipes Directory
Soap making recipes of all types - learn how to make soap - milk soaps, basic soaps, specialty soaps, advanced soap recipes.
Using Honey in Soap Making
Information about using honey in hand made soaps - soap making recipes too
Soap Making Equipment
A list of the basic soap making tools and equipment you need to get started making soap
Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe - Gel
Easy recipe to make homemade laundry soap.
How to Rebatch Soap
How to rebatch soap = grating and remelting soap to save a batch or make hand milled soap
How to Make Shampoo Soap Bars
Recipes and instructions to make your own fabulous homemade shampoo bars.
How to Make Bath Salts
How to make bath salts & bath salts recipes
Calculating the Size/Amount of Soap to Fill a...
How to calculate the volume of soap needed to fill a particular soap mold.
The Difference Between Fragrance Oils &...
A discussion of the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils in candle making and soap making.
Superfat Your Home Made Soap Recipes
Superfatting cold process soap recipes is common - it adds extra moisturizing qualities and gives you a fudge factor.
How to Convert Baking Soda to Washing Soda
How to convert baking soda into washing soda for use in homemade laundry detergent.
Types of Olive Oil for Soap Making Recipes
Which type of olive oil is right for your soap making recipes? What's the difference in the different grades of olive oil?
Making Soap with Milk
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.
Sandy Maine's Basic 3-Oil Soap Recipe
Sandy Maine's Basic 3-oil Soap Recipe - A good basic 3-Oil soap making recipe to get started
Coconut Milk Soap
Step by step instructions for making soap with coconut milk - ingredients and special process to make soap with milk.
How to Make Salt Soap Bars
Benefits of salt soap bars - how to make a salt bar - recipe and soap making instructions.
Add a Bit of Sugar for Super Bubbles
Adding sugar to your soap helps increase lather and bubbles
Double Butter Soap Recipe with Cocoa Butter and...
Luxury soap recipe with shea butter and cocoa butter.
Guide to Waxes for Candle Making
Information about the many different types of candle making waxes - and guidance for choosing the right one.
Grocery Store Soap
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 to Make Bath Fizzies/Bath Bombs
Easy to follow instructions how to make fizzy bath bombs - bring some fizz and some wonderfulness to your bath.
How to Make Floating Candles
Letting the freshly poured floating candles cool. Page 5.
Measurements vs. Percentages in Soap Making...
Scale your recipe to any size as well as understand the proportions of each oil in the recipe.
How are Essential Oils Extracted from Plants?
How are essential oils extracted from the plants?
How to Render Tallow for Soap and Candles
Instructions for taking fat from the butcher - usually beef fat - and rendering it into tallow useable in your soap recipes.
Pine Tar Soap Recipe
Pine Tar is reputed to help with skin conditions like eczema, dandruff, psoriasis and other itchy skin conditions like insect bites.
Toxic and Phototoxic Essential Oils
List of Toxic and Phototoxic Essential Oils
Making Soap with Milk Tea Coffee Wine or Beer
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.
Adding the Clay
Making soaps with natural clays. Candle & Soap Making. Page 2.
Examples of Different Ways to Package Your Soap
A collection of examples of simple ways to wrap, label and package your handmade soap.
Cure (Soap) - Cold Process Soap Making
Cold process soap needs to cure or age before it is ready to use
Add a Bit of Salt for a Harder Bar Quicker
Adding a bit of salt to your soap can help increase hardness - an inexpensive and easy soap making tip
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
Make your own liquid laundry soap. Easy to make and very inexpensive!
Melt and Pour Shaving Soap
Make a custom shaving soap with a melt and pour soap base - by adding a few key ingredients.
Soap Recipe for Babies or Sensitive Skin
A recipe for an extra mild soap suitable for babies or those with extra sensitive skin.
Saponification in Soap Making
Definition of saponification in soap making process and how oils and lye combine to saponify into soap.,
Cucumber Soap
Recipe for cucumber soap. Candle & Soap Making.
Simple Milk Bath Recipe
Simple recipe for milk bath - made famous by Cleopatry - easy to make for yourself.
Using Teas (or Herbs Intended for Tea) in Your...
How to best use teas and herbs used for tea in your soap making.
Essential Oils in Soap Making and Candle Making
A discussion of the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils in candle making and soap making. Page 2.
Lye Excess in Liquid Soap Making
An explanation of Catherine Failor's Liquid Soap recipe formulations - and the excess of lye
Coffee Soap Recipe
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
Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap
Recipe for great homemade powdered laundry soap. Easy to make and very inexpensive!
Soap Recipe with Beeswax and Honey
Making soap with both beeswax and honey - using a honeycomb effect in the mold!
What is Trace in Soap Making
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Easy Dog Soap Recipes
Recipes for flea repelling dog soap
Cold Process Soap Making Videos
A collection of step by step videos demonstrating cold process soap making
Good Old Fashioned Hard White Soap
recipes for old fashioned hard white soap
Lavender Dream Soap Recipe
Recipe for Lavender Dream Soap & Essential Oil Blend
Top 10 Resources for Candle and Soap Labels
Top Picks for Resources for Labelling Candles and Soaps - Candle and Soap Label Resources
Housewarming Soap Recipe Combination
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
Citrus Honey Bock Soap Recipe
Recipe for Citrus Honey Bock Soap
Green Tea & Lemongrass Soap Recipe
Recipe for green tea & lemongrass soap
Glycerin Soap
The term glycerin (glycerine) soap is really a misnomer. All real soap is glycerin soap.
Water and Steam Distillation of Essential Oils
Description of water distillation and steam distillation of essential oils.
What is a Seize in Soap Making?
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Whipped Soap
Step by step instructions to make whipped soap - room temperature cold process soap
How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap
Information and recipes to make your own homemade laundry detergent/soap.
Carrot Juice Soap Recipe
Recipe for making cold process soap with carrot juice
Different Types of Handmade Candles
Examples of different types of candles you can make at home. Links and easy how-to candle making instructions.
How to Neutralize Liquid Soap
How to neutralize natural liquid soap
The Debate Over Propylene Glycol
Discussion of Propylene Glycol in Soap, Cosmetics and Household Items
How to Keep Your Body Butter from Melting
How can you keep natural whipped body butter from melting in warm temperatures?
Paraffin Wax
Profile of paraffin candle wax - all about paraffin wax and its uses
Recycle Wax Scraps
How to recycle candle wax - odds and ends and scraps of candles are easy to recycle and re-use.
Speed Up or Slow Down Trace in Soap Making
Trace is the point at which the soap has thickened and blended enough to have formed a stable emulsion.
Make an Herbal Oil Infusion
Directions on How To Make an Herbal Oil Infusion for Soap Making
Using Flower Petals in Soap
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
How to Make Soleseife or Salt Water Soap
How to make soleseife or salt water soap - making brine/saltwater soap - soleseife recipe
Basic Container Candles
How to make container candles - basic candle making.
Cocoa Butter Massage Bars
Recipe and ingredients that you'll need to make cocoa butter massage bars. Page 2.
Choosing Safe Containers for Container Candles
Guidelines for choosing safe containers to make container candles in.
Basic 3-Oil Soap Recipe
Basic 3-Oil Soap Making Recipe - A good super simple recipe to get started making soap
Dog Soap Recipes & Essential Oil Blends
Recipes for flea repelling dog soap - basic soap making instructions for dog soap. Page 2.
What is a Phototoxic Essential Oil?
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Springtime Fragrances for Candle and Soap Making
My top list of springtime candle and soap making fragrances.
What's the Difference Between Sodium Hydroxide/...
Explanation of the difference between sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide in soap making
Definition of Cyclomethicone. Candle & Soap Making.
Make Outdoor Citronella Bucket Candles
Directions for making mosquito repelling outdoor citronella bucket candles
Soap Making Recipes for Harder Whiter Soap
recipes for old fashioned hard white soap. Page 2.
100% Coconut Oil Liquid Soap Recipe
Liquid soap recipe using 100% coconut oil - super foaming and cleansing
Make Loofah Soap
Putting loofah into a bar of melt and pour soap gives you easy-to-make soapy exfoliation.
Wax Temperature for Best Fragrance Throw - 180...
Most waxes melt at between 120 and 140 degrees. But adding the fragrance oil at a lower temperature will not give you the best results. What temperature is best to add the fragrance oil to your candles?
Adding Color to Your Fizzy Bath Bombs
Step by step instructions for coloring your fizzy bath bombs
Lemon Poppyseed Soap Recipe
Recipe to make naturally exfoliating lemon poppy seed soap.
Invigorating Foot Soak/Bath Salts Recipe
How to make bath salts for feet - a simple recipe for salts formulated as a foot soak.
Liquid Soap Dilution Table
Dilution help for making liquid soap
Lemon Essential Oil in Soap Making and Candle...
Information and suggestions for using lemon essential oil in your soap and candle making.
Essential Oil Safety
How to use essential oils safely in your soaps and candles.
Turmeric Soap
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 22.
Top Information & Concepts to Get Started...
The How to Make Soap Cheat Sheet - Top Tips and Information to Get Started Making Soap
Clary Sage Essential Oil in Soap & Candles
Profile of Clary Sage essential oil - especially as used in soap and candles
Dry Perfume Roll-on
Dry Perfume Roll-on or Body Oil Spray with Cyclomethicone
Alkanet Soap
Soap made with alkanet colorant. Candle & Soap Making.
Shea Butter in Soap Making
Profile of Shea Butter in Soap Making and Bath & Body Products
Paprika Soap
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 24.
Sensitizing Essential Oils
Essential Oil Safety - A list of essential oils that can cause skin sensitization.
How to Make Individual Sugar Scrub Cubes
How to make individual sugar scrub cubes.
Water Dispersible Bath Oil
Instructions to make Water Dispersible Bath Oil
Can I Use Crayons to Color My Candles?
Can I use crayons to color my candles? Or make candles out of melted crayons?
How to Clean Up the Soap Pot
After you've finished making your soap, you have to deal with the cleanup. Here's now to safely clean up after soapmaking.
Wheatgrass Soap
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 27.
Fisherman and Hunter's Soap
Recipe for Fisherman's Soap - Allegedly Attracts Fish
Mosquito Repelling Candles and Essential Oil...
Mosquito repelling essential oil blends for making citronella candles with more than just citronella oil - natural blends for natural mosquito repellents.
Making Swirled Soap Using the Column Swirl Method
Soap project using the column swirl method - wild soap colors - amazing soap swirls.
How to Use Infused Natural Colors in Soap Making
Instructions on how to add/use natural colorants in your cold process soap recipes.
Beet Root Soap
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 3.
Oatmeal and Goat's Milk Soap Recipe
How to make oatmeal and goat's milk soap - layered palm free soap recipe - ingredients and equipment.
How to Make Soy Candles
Soy candle making with Bramble Berry's assortment of soy candle making waxes and scents.
What Sort of Soap Can I Use While Camping?
Going camping? You can make your own soap that will be biodegradable and environmentally kind.
Eucalyptus Essential OIl
Profile of eucalyptus essential oil - especially as used in soap and candles
Mica Colorants in Soap Making
Information about mica colorants in soap making.
Green Tea Powder Soap
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 6.
Lavender-Mint Soap Recipe
Lavender soap with two twists! Getting Started - ingredients and setup.
Soy Wax
Profile of soy candle wax - all about soy wax for candle making and other uses
Soap Making Safety Procedures
Tips and information to help you make soap safely.
Milk Soap Recipe Using Heavy or Whipping Cream
Soap's made with milk are rich, creamy and extra moisturizing. Part of this comes from the extra fat
How is Melt and Pour Soap Base Made?
A preview of how you can make melt and pour soap base?
Calculating the Volume of Wax Needed for a...
How to calculate the volume of wax needed to fill a candle mold.
DOS - Dreaded Orange Spots
Have a batch of soap that has suddenly turned orange in spots? You're a victim of DOS - or Dreaded Orange Spots
Ann Bramson's Castile Soap Recipe
Ann Bramson's 3-oil Soap Recipe - A castile soap variation using olive oil and beef tallow
Orange Juice Soap
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 20.
Black Carrot Juice Soap
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 28.
Cinnamon Soap
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 23.
Father's Day Soap Recipes
Soap making recipes for Father's Day - or for the men in your life all year around.

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