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Everything about water in soap making

Water is one of the main ingredients in soap making, but how important is it really? What kind of water should you be using? And how much? What are the effects of water in soap making? […]

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2018 Christchurch workshop!

NEW! Christchurch Weekend Workshop PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP IS FINISHED! It’s finally going ahead on¬†Saturday and Sunday 28 & 29 July 2018 in CHRISTCHURCH! I am so excited to offer a soap workshop to you […]

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Testing reds and pink micas this week

Reds and pinks are probably the most popular colours in soap making, yet for all their popularity it is often difficult to get the exact shade you desire. Many reds morph towards the purple part of the spectrum or even into browns. […]

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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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Lavender castile soap

Castile soaps are named after the Castile region in Spain, where the olive oil based soap originated. Historically, the soaps were made from olive and laurel oils, but nowadays, castile stands for soaps made with 100% olive oil. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]