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Candle & Soap Making: Most Popular Articles

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How to Make Your Own 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.
6 Basic Soap Recipes for Beginners
Want to start making soap? Here are a collection of tried and true basic recipes from the top soap makers in the country.
Make homemade soap using the cold process "from...
How to make homemade cold process soap - recipes and easy-to-follow instructions to make your own natural handmade soap at home.
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 lye for your soap making.
4 Great Basic Olive Oil (Castile) Soap Recipes
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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
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.
How to Make Your Own Liquid Soap at Home
How to make natural liquid soap - how to instructions and recipe
How to Make Your Own Soothing Bath Salts
Basic instructions and recipe to make bath and spa salts
Start Making Your Own Soap with This Basic...
Basic 4-Oil Soap Making Recipe - A great recipe to get started making soap
Easy DIY: How to Make Fizzy, Cleansing Toilet...
Clean your toilet bowl and elminate odors with fizzy toilet bombs - natural toilet cleaner and odor improver
Want to Make Soap But Don’t Know Which...
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 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.
Make Your Homemade Soap Extra Creamy By Adding...
How to make goat's milk soap - easy soap making recipe and instructions.
Make Your Own Lye and Feel Like a Pre-Industria...
Links to sources of how to make lye the old fashioned way - from wood ashes and water
How to make homemade soap with just ingredients...
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 store.
A Simple, Safe Recipe for Lye-Water Solution...
How to safely make a lye solution for cold process soap making - mixing, weighing and safety.
Making Homemade Soap? You'll Want to Bookmark...
Lye Calculators for Cold Process Soap
Hot Process Crock Pot Soap
How to make hot process soap in a crock pot - easy hot process soap recipe.
How to Use 100% Coconut Oil and 20% Superfat in...
Recipe for making a bar of soap that defies all of the rules - a 100% coconut oil soap, with a 20% superfat.
You Might Be Surprised by Sandy Maine’s...
Sandy Maine's Basic 3-oil Soap Recipe - A good basic 3-Oil soap making recipe to get started
Give Your Soaps Great Natural Colors with These...
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.
You Can Easily Convert Your Homemade Soap...
Recipes and instructions to make your own fabulous homemade shampoo bars.
How to Make Your Own Shaving Soap
How to make your own cold process shaving soap - with a custom recipe just for shaving.
Can You Use Kitchen Salt to Make Bath Salts?
Many different types of salt can be used to make bath salts!
What's the difference between fragrance and...
A discussion of the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils in candle making and soap making.
How to Create Your Own Scent Blends for...
Create custom fragrance blends of fragrance or essential oils for your soaps and candles with this simple blending guide
Messed Up Your Homemade Soap? Learn How to...
How to rebatch soap = grating and remelting soap to save a batch or make hand milled soap
Easy DIY: How to Make Your Own Bathsalts
How to make bath salts & bath salts recipes
Want to Make Soap at Home? You Probably Already...
A list of the basic soap making tools and equipment you need to get started making soap
Want to Make Candles But Don't Know Which Wax...
Information about the many different types of candle making waxes - and guidance for choosing the right one.
How to Label Your Soaps for Sale
Instructions & guidelines on labeling your soaps for sale at craft shows, markets and retail locations.
Create Fizzy Fun with These Bath Bombs (Don't...
Easy to follow instructions how to make fizzy bath bombs - bring some fizz and some wonderfulness to your bath.
Searching for Homemade Soap Recipes? Search No...
Soap making recipes of all types - learn how to make soap - milk soaps, basic soaps, specialty soaps, advanced soap recipes.
Top Information & Concepts to Get Started...
The How to Make Soap Cheat Sheet - Top Tips and Information to Get Started Making Soap
Convert Baking Soda Into Washing Soda for...
How to convert baking soda into washing soda for use in homemade laundry detergent.
Make Salt Soap Bars: An Easy Photo Tutorial
Benefits of salt soap bars - how to make a salt bar - recipe and soap making instructions.
Add Some Scrub to Your Soap with Natural...
List of exfoliants you can use in your soaps
Save Money on Laundry Detergent by Making Your...
Easy recipe to make homemade laundry soap.
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?
How to make 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.
How Much Soap will Fill Your Mold? Here's How...
How to calculate the volume of soap needed to fill a particular soap mold.
Smelly - but worth it! Render your own tallow...
Instructions for taking fat from the butcher - usually beef fat - and rendering it into tallow useable in your soap recipes.
Superfat Your Home Made Soap Recipes
Superfatting cold process soap recipes is common - it adds extra moisturizing qualities and gives you a fudge factor.
Make Outdoor Citronella Bucket Candles: A Photo...
Directions for making mosquito repelling outdoor citronella bucket candles
Where Do Essential Oils Come From?
How are essential oils extracted from the plants?
Make Double Butter Luxury Soap: An Easy Photo...
Luxury soap recipe with shea butter and cocoa butter.
Why Add Honey to Your Homemade Soaps
Information about using honey in hand made soaps - soap making recipes too
Add a Bit of Sugar for Super Bubbles
Adding sugar to your soap helps increase lather and bubbles
Clay Soap Sampler
Recipe for making soap with clays
Make Soap with Coconut Milk: A Step-by-Step...
Step by step instructions for making soap with coconut milk - ingredients and special process to make soap with milk.
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.
Just Soap - Recipe for Babies or Sensitive Skin
A recipe for an extra mild soap suitable for babies or those with extra sensitive skin.
Using Percentages vs. Measurements in Soap-Making
Scale your recipe to any size as well as understand the proportions of each oil in the recipe.
Examples of Different Ways to Package Your Soap
A collection of examples of simple ways to wrap, label and package your handmade soap.
Make soap with beeswax and honey
Making soap with both beeswax and honey - using a honeycomb effect in the mold!
What is Trace in Soap Making
What is. Candle & Soap Making.
Just what IS cure in soap making?
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Lavender Dream: A Luxuriant Soap Recipe
Recipe for Lavender Dream Soap & Essential Oil Blend
Indulge Yourself with This Simple Milk Bath...
Simple recipe for milk bath - made famous by Cleopatra - easy to make for yourself.
Basic 3-Oil Soap Recipe
Basic 3-Oil Soap Making Recipe - A good super simple recipe to get started making soap
How to Make Old Fashioned Pine Tar Soap
Pine Tar is reputed to help with skin conditions like eczema, dandruff, psoriasis and other itchy skin conditions like insect bites.
7-Step Photo Guide for Basic Container Candles
Many candle makers get their start making container candles. They're fun, pretty easy, and you can use many different kinds of containers for your candles.
Using Teas (or Herbs Intended for Tea) in Your...
How to best use teas and herbs used for tea in your soap making.
How to Make Melt-and-Pour Men's Shaving Soap
Make a custom shaving soap with a melt and pour soap base - by adding a few key ingredients.
Cold Process Soap Making Videos
A collection of step by step videos demonstrating cold process soap making
How to make soap with coffee
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
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
Soap with Beer? A Must-Try Citrus Honey Bock...
Recipe for Citrus Honey Bock Soap.
How to make your own homemade laundry soap
Recipe for great homemade powdered laundry soap. Easy to make and very inexpensive!
How to Make Simple Floating Candles
How to make basic floating candles - transform a plain bowl of water into a stunning centerpiece.
Understanding Dangerous Essential Oils
List of Toxic and Phototoxic Essential Oils
Water and Steam Distillation of Essential Oils
Description of water distillation and steam distillation of essential oils.
How to Make Soothing Cucumber Soap
Recipe for cucumber soap. Candle & Soap Making.
Saponification in Soap Making
Definition of saponification in soap making process and how oils and lye combine to saponify into soap.,
Repel Mosquitos with Natural Essential Oils
Mosquito repelling essential oil blends for making citronella candles with more than just citronella oil - natural blends for natural mosquito repellents.
Whip Up Some Good Old-Fashioned Hard White Soap
recipes for old fashioned hard white soap
Why We Should All Stop Calling It “Glycer...
The term glycerin (glycerine) soap is really a misnomer. All real soap is glycerin soap. Learn why.
How to Keep Your Body Butter from Melting
How can you keep natural whipped body butter from melting in warm temperatures?
All about different types of candles to make
Examples of different types of candles you can make at home. Links and easy how-to candle making instructions.
Pumpkin Soap
Pumpkin is a wonderful additive to soap - adding vitamins and great natural color...and perfect for fall soap making.
Adding the Clay
Making soaps with natural clays. Candle & Soap Making. Page 2.
How to Make Soleseife or Salt Water Soap
How to make soleseife or salt water soap - making brine/saltwater soap - soleseife recipe
A Clean Dog is a Happy Dog - Dog soap recipes...
Recipes for flea repelling dog soap
What sort of soap can I use on my camping trip?
Going camping? You can make your own soap that will be biodegradable and environmentally kind.
Inexpensive or No-Cost Soap Molds to Get You...
Ideas for inexpensive starter or beginner soap molds - boxes, cartons, tubes, pans, pipes, most of which are already in your kitchen.
Invigorating Foot Soak/Bath Salts Recipe
How to make bath salts for feet - a simple recipe for salts formulated as a foot soak.
Cheery, clean and bright - lemon essential oil
Information and suggestions for using lemon essential oil in your soap and candle making.
Whipped Soap
Step by step instructions to make whipped soap - room temperature cold process soap.
How is Melt and Pour Soap Base Made?
A preview of how you can make melt and pour soap base?
Resources to Label Your Homemade Candles and...
Top Picks for Resources for Labelling Candles and Soaps - Candle and Soap Label Resources
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
Don't burn down the house! Choose safe candle...
How to choose safe containers for your container candles. Candle making safety.
How to Make an Herbal Oil Infusion for Homemade...
Directions on How To Make an Herbal Oil Infusion for Soap Making
How to Make an Easy Votive Candle
How to make a simple votive candle in a dixie cup - step by step instructions
Lye Excess in Liquid Soap Making
An explanation of Catherine Failor's Liquid Soap recipe formulations - and the excess of lye
Ann Bramson's Castile Soap Recipe
Ann Bramson's 3-oil Soap Recipe - A castile soap variation using olive oil and beef tallow
Green Tea & Lemongrass Soap Recipe
Recipe for green tea & lemongrass soap.
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
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.
Paraffin Wax
Profile of paraffin candle wax - all about paraffin wax and its uses.
Melt and Pour Soap - Morning Mint Chunk Soap...
Pouring the White Base - Morning Mint melt and pour soap - easy soap making project. Page 6.
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.
Soap Making Safety Procedures
Tips and information to help you make soap safely.
Essential Oil Safety
How to use essential oils safely in your soaps and candles.
Make your own homemade soap-on-a-rope
instructions to make soap on a rope using 3D soap mold and single cavity soap mold
Frugal Candle Making - How to Recycle Your Wax...
How to recycle candle wax - odds and ends and scraps of candles are easy to recycle and re-use.
How to Make Your Own Homemade Laundry Soap
Information and recipes to make your own homemade laundry detergent/soap.
Can you use crayons to color candles?
Tips on how to use crayons in candle making
100% Coconut Oil Liquid Soap Recipe
Liquid soap recipe using 100% coconut oil - super foaming and cleansing
Mica Colorants in Soap Making
Information about mica colorants in soap making.
Truly Unique Custom Candles - Inspired by...
Step by step instructions to make your own custom prayer or devotional candles.
Use a Liquid Lye Solution in Soap Making
How to use a liquid lye solution in soap making
What is a Phototoxic Essential Oil?
Marie from Kansas City writes, “What does phototoxic mean? I had a customer ask if my lotion contained any essential oils that were phototoxic?
Lavender-Mint Soap Recipe
Lavender soap with two twists! Getting Started - ingredients and setup.
Make Loofah Soap
Putting loofah into a bar of melt and pour soap gives you easy-to-make soapy exfoliation.
How to Make a Basic Pillar Candle
Basic candle making instructions for a molded pillar candles - Prepare Your Materials
Make a Simple Rolled Beeswax Candle
Instructions for making a simple rolled beeswax candle. Great for kids.
Liquid Soap Dilution Table
Dilution help for making liquid soap
Cocoa Butter Massage Bars
Recipe and ingredients that you'll need to make cocoa butter massage bars.
Sugar Scrubs with all the Exfoliation - in an...
How to make individual sugar scrub cubes.
How to Make Exfoliating Lemon Poppyseed Soap
Recipe to make naturally exfoliating lemon poppy seed soap.
Is Propylene Glycol Safe in Soap & Cosmetics?
Discussion of Propylene Glycol in Soap, Cosmetics and Household Items
Soothing Oatmeal Bath Salt Recipe
Simple recipe for bath salts formulated with skin soothing oatmeal.
What's the Difference Between Sodium Hydroxide/...
Explanation of the difference between sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide in soap making
Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe - Gel
Easy recipe to make homemade laundry soap.
Natural Ways to Add Color to Your Homemade Soap
Instructions on how to add/use natural colorants in your cold process soap recipes.
Important Soap Making Equipment
The tools and equipment you need to get started making soap.
How to Make Luxurious Soap with Heavy Cream
Making a. Candle & Soap Making.
What is "seize" in soap making?
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How to Neutralize Liquid Soap
How to neutralize natural liquid soap
Fresh Essential Oil Blends for Warm Weather
A collection of summertime-inspired essential oil blends for your handmade candles and soap.
All about marvelous shea butter in soap making
Profile of Shea Butter in Soap Making and Bath & Body Products
All about wonderful eucalyptus essential oil.
Profile of eucalyptus essential oil - especially as used in soap and candles
Mailbag Monday - Candle & Soap Making Questions...
A collection of reader's candle and soap making questions about candle and soap making.
Candle Making Videos
Step by step videos of basic candle making projects.
Sand Candles - As Easy and as Fun as You...
Step by step instructions for making sand candles - great kids holiday candle making project.
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
All About Peppermint Essential Oil
Information and profile of peppermint essential oil in soaps.
How to Make Colorful Swirled Soap using the...
Soap project using the column swirl method - wild soap colors - amazing soap swirls.
Calculating the Volume of Wax Needed for a...
How to calculate the volume of wax needed to fill a candle mold.
Carrot Juice Soap Recipe
Recipe for making cold process soap with carrot juice
Natural Colorants in Soap Gallery
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering.
Fabulous Silicone Mold - Affordable and Easy to...
Review and information about the affordable new 12 bar silicone soap mold from Bramble Berry.
All about candle wicks - history and usage
Information about the history and function of candle wicks - how candle wicks work, how they were developed and the different types of candle wicks.
All about marvelous, versatile, wonderful...
A collection of articles and information about lavender - the most popular essential oil used in soap making and candle making.
Homemade soap & homemade felt - a luxurious...
Instructions to get started making felted soap.
How to Make Aromatic Roll-On Perfume
Dry Perfume Roll-on or Body Oil Spray with Cyclomethicone
Adding Color to Your Fizzy Bath Bombs
Step by step instructions for coloring your fizzy bath bombs
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