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!
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.
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.
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.
Have you got your gift sorted for Father’s Day this weekend? What about the kids? Don’t want to get dad another pair of socks? Check out these fun ideas and tutorials to give your dad that special gift!
There are many benefits of adding clays to soaps, and not only as natural colourants. In this post I explain what clays are, how they work and the properties and uses in soaps.
What to do with the kids these school holidays? How about some bath bombs or easy soap tutorials? Or keep them occupied with some jelly soap or play dough soap. Lots of ideas here to keep the kids happy and busy!
The past two months, I’ve been busy testing micas, pigments and lakes in cold process soaps and bath bombs. I’ve blogged about it, but to make it easier for you to find these posts, I’ve created some colour guides for you to use and download.
The last in the mica colour test series, purple is particular important for the ever popular lavender soap. However, it has always been a difficult colour to achieve in cold process soap, one reason many soap makers turn to micas for this colour.
Jelly soap base is very easy to work with: cut, melt and pour. However, the viscosity of the soap does leave (unwanted) air bubbles trapped within. How to get rid of these and which method is best for melting the jelly soap base?