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Testing Fragrances Part 2

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. […]

Cold process soap

Coffee 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. […]

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Testing Fragrances Part 1

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. […]

Cold process soap

Pumpkin Spice Soap

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! […]

Cold process soap

Creamy avocado soap

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. […]

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How to add fresh ingredients to soap

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. […]

Balms and lotions

Soothing aftershave balm

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. […]