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How to use mica in cold process soap

Mica is a name given to a group of silicate minerals, which form distinct sheets and flakes. These are very thin and light, and are most commonly found in schist and granite, giving the rock its shiny, sparkly appearance. It’s this sparkle that makes the mineral so attractive to the cosmetic industry. […]

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Lakes and FD&C colours

FD&C is an American labelling standard, which stands for Food, Drugs and Cosmetic. FD&C dyes have gone through rigorous testing, which makes them safe for use in foods and cosmetics, however, they are artificially made (not natural) […]

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How to use soap pigments

I’m a big fan of soap pigments. They tend to colour my soap very evenly and are easy to use. They are definitely a lot less messy than lakes and micas, and also a little goes a long way. I would strongly suggest to invest in a trio of soap pigments, if you are into cold process soap making! […]

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Red, yellow and blue

One of the biggest problems you face when making cold process soaps is colour. The high pH environment of cold process soap making can do some funny things to your colourants. Some colourants, particular natural colourants, will fade to grey or morph into other colours. […]

Balms and lotions

How to infuse oils with herbs and flowers

Infused oils are very versatile and useful. Depending on the herbs and flowers you have used, you can use them in your cooking, as a skin oil, for massage or you can add them to
your balms and lotions. […]

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Which soap molds can I use?

When you decide on which soap mold to use, you need to take in account the technique you are using to make soap. Not all soap molds are suitable for the high pH environment of cold process soap making. However, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on soap molds, there are plenty of things around that you can use […]