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Critical Safety Measures Every Smart Soapmaker Should Know soap science and info

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...

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How to Efficiently Create a Masterbatch of Oils for Soapmaking in Soapmaker 3 soap science and info

When I originally wrote Efficiency in Scaling: Introduction to Masterbatching, available exclusively to Next Level members, Soapmaker 3 didn't have a lot of the great features it does now, so the...

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10 Simple Tips & Tricks for Smoothly Swirling Hot Process Soap guest contributors soap science and info

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...

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Using Hot Process Soapmaking for Production Soaping guest contributors soap science and info

This article comes to you courtesy of Molly.

Like many of you, I learned how to make soap using the cold process method. My soap story actually started with a large jar of coconut oil that I wanted...

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10 Surprising Facts About My Soapmaking History & Philosophy soap science and info

When I teach soapmaking classes and workshops, I always share little tidbits about my soapmaking that surprise students because they don't tend to follow the norm for soapmakers. I like to share...

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Updated: Lather Lovers Additive Tests, One Year Later! soap science and info

In 2012, I participated in the Lather Lover's Additive Testing swap on the Dish Forum, hosted by the fabulous Shannon of Scenter Square. I kept the samples from the testing for a couple years...

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Pure Soapmaking is the Perfect Companion for Natural Soapmakers (& I Want to Hand You a Copy!) news and updates soap science and info

When I found out Anne-Marie Faiola was working on a follow-up to her uber popular soapmaking book, Soapcrafting, I about died from excitement. 

I chatted with Anne-Marie about how the new book...

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How to Extend the Shelf Life of Base Oils for Soapmaking soap science and info

A couple months ago, I was asked how to extend the shelf life of base oils for soapmaking. Since I realized I haven't ever written about it here on Modern Soapmaking, I made a mental note to...

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The Best Ways to Control Trace When You Make Cold Process Soap soap science and info

Every time I work with soapmakers, I find that a large number of them allow the soapmaking process to control them rather than taking control of the process themselves. This usually manifests in...

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Create Your Own Essential Oil Blends for Soapmaking soap science and info

My most popular eBook is definitely my fifty essential oil blends compilation, and I totally get wanting blends that are tried, true, and tested for use in soapmaking. However, it's not as...

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How to Find the Best Essential Oil Suppliers (& Who to Avoid) soap science and info

Curious about where you can find quality essential oils to get started on using natural fragrances in your soapmaking and bath and body products? I've got you covered! Here's how to find the best...

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Using Essential Oils Safely When Formulating Bath and Body Products soap science and info

I'm a big old safety nerd, and students are always happy to find sections on safety in my soapmaking and formulating classes. Since I'm currently in the middle of writing a whole series about using...

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