What Are the Best Soap Molds for Every Level?

When you get bitten by the soapmaking bug, just about *everything* starts to look like a potential mold. However, with experience, you narrow down what kind of soap mold works best for you. Whether you are a hobbyist, a teacher, or a soap business owner looking to scale up, this list of pros and cons […]

Soap Visor Review: A New Kind of Safety Gear

Wearing Op-d-Op visor for soap making

Safety gear in soapmaking is an absolute necessity, but goggles can be a huge pain. Especially for those of us who sport glasses. Is there another option? There is now with the Soap Visor! When Alegna Soap approached Modern Soapmaking to review this new product, I wasn’t sure what to expect. 100% of the time […]

4 Ways to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Essential Oils

Do essential oils expire?

Essential oils are a pricey investment for any soap and cosmetic formulator. It’s one of the biggest complaints we see among makers who first tackle using them. And if you want to get the most bang for your buck, you need to know how to care for your essential oil collection so that they last […]

How to pH Test Soap the Right Way & Why It Matters!

One of the common questions that come up on Modern Soapmaking, especially in hot process tutorials and liquid soapmaking tutorials, is how to pH test handmade soap. It’s easy to understand why when there is so much conflicting information on the internet pH testing soap! I hope to clear up a lot of common misconceptions […]

Easy & Quick Tips for Making Liquid Soap Successfully

When soapmakers jump into making liquid soap, they often have trouble with the process because it’s quite different from bar soapmaking! Boundaries cannot be pushed in liquid soapmaking as easily as in cold process or hot process soapmaking, but there are certain tips and tricks that can help you make awesome liquid soap! I typically write articles […]

How to Better Understand Water Discounts When You Make Soap

My favorite stickblender model at work!

One of the most common issues I run into with soapmakers is not understanding how the lye solution in soapmaking works. For instance, a soapmaker might take one of our recipes and incorrectly use the “water as a percentage of oils” option instead of the “lye concentration” option and think there is something wrong with […]

Is Creamy Lightly Colored Hot Process Goat’s Milk Soap Possible?

Creamy Lightly Colored Hot Process Goat's Milk Soap

Think goat’s milk is just for cold process soapmaking? Think again! Today, we’re diving into how to make a creamy hot process goat’s milk soap! I adore goat’s milk as an ingredient in soaps: the sugar adds wonderful bubbles to the lather and the cream is a skin-softening moisturizer. Goat’s milk also adds a ton of label […]

The Best Soapmaking Supplier(s) in the Country

The Best Soapmaking Suppliers in the Country

A few weeks ago, I asked y’all to vote for your favorite soapmaking suppliers in the country and boy, did you respond! Almost a thousand soapmakers cast their votes! We narrowed down the best soapmaking supplier by product category, plus the best soapmaking suppliers for customer service, quality, shipping, and prices! I hope this list serves as […]

How to Replace an Oil in a Soap Recipe Accurately

How to Replace An Oil in a Soap Recipe

One of the most common questions I get here on Modern Soapmaking is how to replace an oil in a soap recipe. I know and understand that not everyone uses or stocks the same oils in their soapmaking studio, so I figured it was high time I wrote about it! If you have made the soap […]

How I Started Making Big Batch Hot Process Soap

I love to hear stories from other soapmakers about how they started their businesses, and what the turning points were that made a big difference in their growth. So I thought I would share a little about my own experiences with my business! I started out as a cold process soapmaker. After getting really frustrated […]