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What You Need to Know About Using Essential Oils When You Make Soap soap science and info

Every week or so, I receive an email with a question about using essential oils in soapmaking and it's high time I round them up into a blog post for the whole Modern Soapmaking tribe! (Don't miss...

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How to Stop Guessing at the Essential Oil Usage Rate When You Make Soap soap science and info

Now that I've dished on my top ten recommended essential oils for soapmaking, I want to dig into the age old question of:

How do I figure out the usage rate of XYZ essential oil? How much...

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Kenna's Top Ten Essential Oils for Soapmaking & Starter Essential Oil Blends soap science and info

A few dozen fragrances houses make all of the soap-safe scent blends available on the market. Striking out on your own is one way to make your products stand out from the crowd. Since you've read...

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Join Jo: Using Natural Colorants in Soap with Your Lye Solution guest contributors soap science and info

One of my favorite ways to use botanicals in soap is to make soap with the plant colorant directly in the lye solution!

Madder (Rubia tinctorum), indigo (Indigofera Tinctoria), and manjistha (Rubia...

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Join Jo: How to Use Plant Infusions in Soapmaking guest contributors soap science and info

Great, now I have jars full of pretty plant infusions - exactly what do I do with them? I use them, that’s what!

I love clear bright colors in soap. I used to use mica many moons ago,...

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How to Resize a Soap Recipe for Your Mold (U.S. Standard and Metric!) soap science and info

One of the most common questions I receive is how to resize a soap recipe here on Modern Soapmaking to fit a different mold than what is used in a tutorial. To resize a soap recipe, we first...

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Join Jo & Her Botanical Love: Coloring Soap Naturally guest contributors soap science and info

My name is Jo Haslauer, and I LOVE soaping with natural colorants, botanicals and essential oils. I love to infuse herbs for their color, their herbal properties, and to enhance essential...

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What Fatty Acid Profiles in Soapmaking Are the Most Popular? soap science and info

Back when I wrote how to create the absolutely best soap recipe ever, I had no idea the post would become so popular.

My biggest piece of advice in that article, however, is to learn your...

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What Method of Soapmaking is Right for You? soap science and info

I recently received an inquiry from a lovely reader (I'm waving if you are reading this, PM!) about what method of soapmaking is the best one to get started with. And as all my perfectly amazing...

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The Most Commonly Mispronounced Cosmetic Ingredients soap science and info

Over the years, my other half has gotten more involved with my love of soapmaking. At first, I had to convert him from being in love with the convenience of body wash, which wasn't so difficult -...

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