The Soap Making Blog

The Soap Making Blog is really just a journal of sorts. It's a great way to keep up-to-date with what's happening here at Soap Making Essentials.

Since this site is a work in progress and will continually have new content added, I have included this mini-blog. It has been designed to let you know when new content is created or when special updates occur.

Each time a new page is created or updated with interesting information a new entry will appear below.

Check back often to find new information about different methods of making soap, homemade soap recipes, decorative soap making ideas, essential oils, where to get supplies or anything else that is fun, interesting and related to soap.

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What's New!

Forgot to add the lye!

Well, it was getting quite late last night and I was finishing up my last batch of soap. I got my water mixture out of the fridge and whisked it into

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Allergic to nuts/coconuts

I'm interested in making my own soap and shampoo bars, but my young son is allergic to all nuts and possibly to coconut. Is there a recipe I can use or

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Bacon fat soap recipe

I am trying to make soap with bacon fat. I know how to clean the fat to make it as pure as possible. I have about 11.6 oz of bacon fat. I am not sure

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Soap Piping Won't Stick

I made 2 soap cakes yesterday. I cut them today. They had set up beautifully and look spectacular but as I was cutting some of the piping lifted. It didn't

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Is this Soda Ash?

Is this soda ash? The photo above is a fresh cut bar with the stuff in question laying on top. I've only been making soap for a short while, about 10-12

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Same soap with two different results

I have a problem with the color of my soap that was poured into two different containers. Some of the cold processed soap was poured into a Pringles chips

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How to create soap recipes

I've been wanting to start a soap making business. The only issue I have is that the only soap base I know is from what I've seen online. I don't want

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My soap feels so weird.

Thanks SO much BTW for fielding questions from ignorant people like me!! I am the only person I know making soap, so I don't know anyone else I can ask!

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Reducing Soap Batch Size

I have tried again using SoapCalc. I want to make my castile batch smaller because sometimes I won't have enough EO or FO for my 2 kg batch. It's my

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Soap Molds and Sodium Lactate

I have made some custom molds for making cold process soaps and I am having inconsistent results. The molds are 1/4-3/8 thick and I have altered my recipe

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Soap will not harden

I live in Mauritius an island in the Indian Ocean. I am very keen to learn soap making though it's quite difficult too get raw material. I will have to

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Coconut Oil Soap Recipe

I have been given a soap recipe that the guy swears by - so I ran it through the soap cal and it comes out differently - here is his recipe: 935 grams

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Very soft oily soap

I am a newbie to soap making. I used 2 pounds of sunflower oil, 1 pound of Olive oil with 6.156 ounces of lye. I converted the lye into grams which was

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How to distinguish a conditioning soap?

I'd like to know how you can simply identify a soap without its packaging if its a conditioning soap or not assuming that the bubble and lather is not

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Using glitter in soap

I am about to experiment with glitter. I make my soaps in silicone molds and what I need to know is - will the glitter soak into the soap like the lavender

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Whipped Shea Butter

Hello-love your website! I have a question about the whipped shea butter recipe. Is it a little runny in the beginning and how long should it sit

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Soap Did Not Gel

I made a lovely batch of Lemongrass soap and it did not cure. I believe it was because I did not have it hot enough. Looking back I should have combined

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Extremely Fast Trace Time

I recently have been hand whisking my lye solution and oil mixture to what seems to be a stable emulsion in under 5 minutes. My conversion to hand whisking

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Butterfly Swirl Soap Recipe

Learn how to create a your own beautiful butterfly swirl soap. Watch the video and follow the simple, step-by-step instructions.

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Questions About Lye

I am new to soap making, and have ordered two pounds of beaded lye. After reading about all the dangers of lye I'm kind of freaking out. I literally

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Hot Process Soap Making Recipe

Hot process soap making: Start making your own soap using the hot process method of soap making. Recipe, easy instructions and a how-to video.

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Rebatching single oil soap

If I make soaps from different fats, in a specific ratio, would I get the same result if I make those same fats into soaps (having) 100% of each fats and

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Soap Scum On My Skin?

I'm a new soaper and would like to know, what can I add to my soap so that when I rinse off, I don't feel like there's a film left on my skin? I've tried

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Yoghurt Swirl Soap Recipe

Try your hand at making a tone on tone swirled soap using this yoghurt swirl soap recipe.

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Taiwan Swirl Soap Recipe Tutorial

Taiwan swirl soap recipe: Step-by-step instructions, recipe and a short video will walk you through this fun soap making technique.

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Store Goats Milk Beeswax Soap

How long can soap be stored if I'm giving them as a Christmas gift? Can they be put into the covers for the bars without the covers getting greasy?

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Pomace Oil vs Extra Virgin Olive Oil

First I wanted to let you know that I popped out the wee olive oil soaps from their rose shaped silicon molds this morning. They are beautiful and the

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Adding Essential Oils

I bit the bullet today and did the soap recipe you checked for me, the one with just goats milk or water, olive oil instead of lard and lye. You are

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Hot Process Soap Recipe - Marbled Mint

Here's a fun hot process soap recipe that's scented with a minty blend of essential oils and would make a great Easter weekend project.

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Soap Has No Lather

The soap I recently made has absolutely no lather. I did a water discount of 34% and superfat of 7%. Added 1.5 Tbsp sodium lactate to the lye and frozen

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