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.
How to make natural liquid soap - how to instructions and recipe
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.
Easy Recipes for making Castile Olive Oil Soap
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.
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.
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
Make your own candles and bring some warmth and light into your home - fun creative and easy to learn to make candles
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.
How to make your own cold process shaving soap - with a custom recipe just for shaving.
Create custom fragrance blends of fragrance or essential oils for your soaps and candles with this simple blending guide
How to safely make a lye solution for cold process soap making - mixing, weighing and safety.
Basic 4-Oil Soap Making Recipe - A great recipe to get started making soap
Links to sources of how to make lye the old fashioned way - from wood ashes and water
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.
Instructions & guidelines on labeling your soaps for sale at craft shows, markets and retail locations.
Recipe for making a bar of soap that defies all of the rules - a 100% coconut oil soap, with a 20% superfat.
Recipe for making soap with clays
Many different types of salt can be used to make bath salts!
List of exfoliants you can use in your soaps
Soap making recipes of all types - learn how to make soap - milk soaps, basic soaps, specialty soaps, advanced soap recipes.
Information about using honey in hand made soaps - soap making recipes too
A list of the basic soap making tools and equipment you need to get started making soap
Easy recipe to make homemade laundry soap.
How to rebatch soap = grating and remelting soap to save a batch or make hand milled soap
Recipes and instructions to make your own fabulous homemade shampoo bars.
How to make bath salts & bath salts recipes
How to calculate the volume of soap needed to fill a particular soap mold.
A discussion of the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils in candle making and soap making.
Superfatting cold process soap recipes is common - it adds extra moisturizing qualities and gives you a fudge factor.
How to convert baking soda into washing soda for use in homemade laundry detergent.
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.
Sandy Maine's Basic 3-oil Soap Recipe - A good basic 3-Oil soap making recipe to get started
Step by step instructions for making soap with coconut milk - ingredients and special process to make soap with milk.
Benefits of salt soap bars - how to make a salt bar - recipe and soap making instructions.
Adding sugar to your soap helps increase lather and bubbles
Luxury soap recipe with shea butter and cocoa butter.
Information about the many different types of candle making waxes - and guidance for choosing the right one.
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.
Easy to follow instructions how to make fizzy bath bombs - bring some fizz and some wonderfulness to your bath.
Letting the freshly poured floating candles cool. Page 5.
Scale your recipe to any size as well as understand the proportions of each oil in the recipe.
How are essential oils extracted from the plants?
Instructions for taking fat from the butcher - usually beef fat - and rendering it into tallow useable in your soap recipes.
Pine Tar is reputed to help with skin conditions like eczema, dandruff, psoriasis and other itchy skin conditions like insect bites.
List of Toxic and Phototoxic Essential Oils
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.
Making soaps with natural clays. Candle & Soap Making. Page 2.
A collection of examples of simple ways to wrap, label and package your handmade soap.
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
Make your own liquid laundry soap. Easy to make and very inexpensive!
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.
Definition of saponification in soap making process and how oils and lye combine to saponify into soap.,
Recipe for cucumber soap. Candle & Soap Making.
Simple recipe for milk bath - made famous by Cleopatry - easy to make for yourself.
How to best use teas and herbs used for tea in your soap making.
A discussion of the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils in candle making and soap making. Page 2.
An explanation of Catherine Failor's Liquid Soap recipe formulations - and the excess of lye
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
Recipe for great homemade powdered laundry soap. Easy to make and very inexpensive!
Making soap with both beeswax and honey - using a honeycomb effect in the mold!
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Recipes for flea repelling dog soap
A collection of step by step videos demonstrating cold process soap making
recipes for old fashioned hard white soap
Recipe for Lavender Dream Soap & Essential Oil Blend
Top Picks for Resources for Labelling Candles and Soaps - Candle and Soap Label Resources
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
Recipe for Citrus Honey Bock Soap
Recipe for green tea & lemongrass soap
The term glycerin (glycerine) soap is really a misnomer. All real soap is glycerin soap.
Description of water distillation and steam distillation of essential oils.
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Step by step instructions to make whipped soap - room temperature cold process soap
Information and recipes to make your own homemade laundry detergent/soap.
Recipe for making cold process soap with carrot juice
Examples of different types of candles you can make at home. Links and easy how-to candle making instructions.
How to neutralize natural liquid soap
Discussion of Propylene Glycol in Soap, Cosmetics and Household Items
How can you keep natural whipped body butter from melting in warm temperatures?
Profile of paraffin candle wax - all about paraffin wax and its uses
How to recycle candle wax - odds and ends and scraps of candles are easy to recycle and re-use.
Trace is the point at which the soap has thickened and blended enough to have formed a stable emulsion.
Directions on How To Make an Herbal Oil Infusion for 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
How to make soleseife or salt water soap - making brine/saltwater soap - soleseife recipe
How to make container candles - basic candle making.
Recipe and ingredients that you'll need to make cocoa butter massage bars. Page 2.
Guidelines for choosing safe containers to make container candles in.
Basic 3-Oil Soap Making Recipe - A good super simple recipe to get started making soap
Recipes for flea repelling dog soap - basic soap making instructions for dog soap. Page 2.
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My top list of springtime candle and soap making fragrances.
Explanation of the difference between sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide in soap making
Definition of Cyclomethicone. Candle & Soap Making.
Directions for making mosquito repelling outdoor citronella bucket candles
recipes for old fashioned hard white soap. Page 2.
Liquid soap recipe using 100% coconut oil - super foaming and cleansing
Putting loofah into a bar of melt and pour soap gives you easy-to-make soapy exfoliation.
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?
Step by step instructions for coloring your fizzy bath bombs
Recipe to make naturally exfoliating lemon poppy seed soap.
How to make bath salts for feet - a simple recipe for salts formulated as a foot soak.
Dilution help for making liquid soap
Information and suggestions for using lemon essential oil in your soap and candle making.
How to use essential oils safely in your soaps and candles.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 22.
The How to Make Soap Cheat Sheet - Top Tips and Information to Get Started Making Soap
Profile of Clary Sage essential oil - especially as used in soap and candles
Dry Perfume Roll-on or Body Oil Spray with Cyclomethicone
Soap made with alkanet colorant. Candle & Soap Making.
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 24.
Essential Oil Safety - A list of essential oils that can cause skin sensitization.
How to make individual sugar scrub cubes.
Instructions to make Water Dispersible Bath Oil
Can I use crayons to color my candles? Or make candles out of melted crayons?
After you've finished making your soap, you have to deal with the cleanup. Here's now to safely clean up after soapmaking.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 27.
Recipe for Fisherman's Soap - Allegedly Attracts Fish
Mosquito repelling essential oil blends for making citronella candles with more than just citronella oil - natural blends for natural mosquito repellents.
Soap project using the column swirl method - wild soap colors - amazing soap swirls.
Instructions on how to add/use natural colorants in your cold process soap recipes.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 3.
How to make oatmeal and goat's milk soap - layered palm free soap recipe - ingredients and equipment.
Soy candle making with Bramble Berry's assortment of soy candle making waxes and scents.
Going camping? You can make your own soap that will be biodegradable and environmentally kind.
Profile of eucalyptus essential oil - especially as used in soap and candles
Information about mica colorants in soap making.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 6.
Lavender soap with two twists! Getting Started - ingredients and setup.
Profile of soy candle wax - all about soy wax for candle making and other uses
Tips and information to help you make soap safely.
Soap's made with milk are rich, creamy and extra moisturizing. Part of this comes from the extra fat
A preview of how you can make melt and pour soap base?
How to calculate the volume of wax needed to fill a candle mold.
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 3-oil Soap Recipe - A castile soap variation using olive oil and beef tallow
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 20.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 28.
A gallery of soap made with natural colors from the 2010 Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Gathering. Page 23.
Soap making recipes for Father's Day - or for the men in your life all year around.