In this last part of the Fragrance Testing series, I look at the problems that fragrances can cause during the soap making process, such as acceleration, seizing, and ricing, and I discuss some of the ways to minimise or avoid these pitfalls and how to fix soaps. Don’t forget to check out the list of fragrances and how they behave in soap!
Spring is here! And this calls for a pretty little flowers soap to celebrate the end of winter and the coming of sunny weather and pretty blooms every where. The flowers and leaves are prepared beforehand, and is a great way to use up leftover soap from other projects.
Fragrances can be made up of hundreds different components and it isn’t just vanillin that causes discolouration. Any of the essential oils, resins, natural and synthetic aroma chemicals can have an effect on the final colour of the soap.
Flat white soap is a deliciously coffee scented soap with extra coffee grounds for an exfoliating effect. Because coffee fragrances tend to discolour the soap brown, a small portion of the soap remains unscented to create the white layer and ‘milk foam’ on top.
Fragrances are one of the most difficult ingredient to predict how they will affect the soap and the soap making process. This is the first part in a three-part series, and will be looking at the component vanillin, which gives vanilla essence it’s unique scent and flavour. Unfortunately in soap making, it it is one of the main culprits that causes the soap to turn brown.
Pumpkin Spice is one of my favourite soaps to make, not only because of the delicious I-want-to-eat fragrance, but because the added fresh pumpkin puree gives extra texture and colour to the soap. Using several swirling techniques, blends the colours both within the soap and on the surface!
Avocado oil, like the fruit itself, contains many healthy vitamins and minerals for your skin. Incorporating it into your soap will add creaminess and increase the conditioning properties of the soap, and the combination of avocado oil with fresh avocado will make for a silky, creamy bar that is great for your skin.
Using fresh ingredients in soap making has become very popular in the last years, largely due to the demand for more natural products. However, fresh ingredients will add extra water, sugar and/or fat to your soap, which alters the formulation and affects the outcome of your soap. In this post, I will explain what is needed and how to avoid common pitfalls.
Keeping your skin well-moisturised and calm after a shave is important to prevent irritations and redness. This tutorial will show you how to create an all-natural aftershave balm, which is soothing, cooling and moisturising, keeping your skin soft and calm.
A shaving soap needs to have a creamy lather, and have ‘slip’ so that the razor glides smoothly over the skin. This tutorial will show you how to make a shaving soap with a rich, creamy lather and extra ‘slip’. It is the perfect Father’s Day gift for children to make for their dad!