Tutorial: DIY Silicone Soap Mold for Novelty Soaps (+ How to Make Melt and Pour Soap Seashells)

Weighing the two parts of the silicone compound to make the DIY silicone soap mold.

Since I live on an island surrounded by 300 kilometers of white sand beaches, I love to go shell hunting with my kiddos. My customers can’t get enough of anything that looks, smells or feel like the ocean. So, I decided to create a DIY silicone soap mold from a Northern Moon Snail shell. They are the perfect size to fit in your hand once turned into soap! To make a DIY silicone soap mold, I … [Read more...]

Understanding SoapCalc’s Soap Quality Numbers

SoapCalc's Soap Quality numbers of a standard beginner soap recipe.

A lot of soapmakers start formulating on their own based on SoapCalc's soap quality numbers, even though they are surrounded by mystery. Most soapmakers aren't exactly sure where the numbers come from or what exactly the numbers mean. So much so that students in my Formulating Soap Recipes class were blown away to learn what contributes to the numbers listed in SoapCalc. This article talks a … [Read more...]

7 Safety Measures No Soapmaker Should Be Without

Prepping your ingredients and creating a flow with help you make handmade soap safely

When many soapmakers first start out, they don't give much thought to how to make handmade soap safely. And when they do, their efforts are typically focused on the caustic nature of lye, and not on any of the other ingredients or important safety measures. And even still, misinformation runs rampant on something as universally important as dealing with sodium hydroxide. I was no exception! I … [Read more...]

Tutorial: Triple ITPS Lavender Soap Recipe

Triple Lavender Swirl

When it comes to cold process soap making, I have a deep passion for all things swirl and I just can’t resist the “in the pot swirl” (ITPS) technique. I know that this technique can seem a bit intimidating, especially when dealing with lye, a slurry of colors, containers, and oils. But I assure you, when you make it through, and you will be left with a beautiful loaf of soap when it is all is … [Read more...]

Tutorial: Layered Basil Tomato Soap Recipe (Using Food in Soap)

The basil tomato soap recipe has big ole bubbles!

There is nothing more exciting than going to a farmer's market in summertime. So many amazing fruits and vegetables are available and at their peak! I live in Florida, and can pretty much get most things all year, but fruits and vegetables taste the best and cost the least during their real season. And there isn't much better than a ripe tomato in summer! Pair it with some fresh basil and … [Read more...]

Creating a Masterbatch of Oils for Soapmaking in Soapmaker 3

Soapmaker 3 Tutorials

When I originally wrote Efficiency in Scaling: Introduction to Masterbatching, Soapmaker 3 didn't have a lot of the great features it does now, so the workaround for creating a masterbatch of oils for soapmaking in Soapmaker 3 was a little messy. Nowadays, it's super easy to create a masterbatch of oils and account for inventory, all while making your recipes seamless and easy to … [Read more...]

The Latest Soap Design Techniques are Beautiful, But Are They Worth It?

Black-Raspberry-Vanilla

A lot of folks found Modern Soapmaking through one of my tutorials or YouTube videos, and that's fabulous - really, it is! I love playing with new soap design techniques and of course, challenging myself with difficult color schemes (rainbows!) I've noticed lately that there is a hot new soap design technique coming around every month or two, and it will continue to grow and trend as long … [Read more...]

10 Tips & Tricks for Swirling Hot Process Soap

Swirling Hot Process Soap

The most common misconception I hear about hot process soap is that they are "rustic" - I am pretty sure that means plain, simple and a little boring! While I appreciate the elegance of single colored soaps, it is mighty fun to make cool & beautiful designs in most of my soaps! And, you can, without a doubt, make gorgeous hot process soap with beautiful swirls! Tips for Successfully … [Read more...]