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 […]

Essential Oil Calculator Product Categories Explained (+ Updates)

Place a drop of each essential oil on it's corresponding fragrance strip.

It’s been about a month and a half since the launch of the essential oil calculator,which means it’s time for an update! Essential Oil Calculator Updates (December 2016) Changes & Updates Fixed a typo causing¬†Anise (Star)‘s methyl chavicol amount to always be over IFRA limits New Additions Anise n’ Mint¬†– anise and peppermint blend submitted¬†by¬†Eulandria […]

Critical Safety Measures Every Smart Soapmaker Should Know

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 […]

Create Your Own Essential Oil Blends for Soapmaking

Create Your Own Essential Oil Blends for Soapmaking

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 difficult as it’s made out to be to create your own essential oil blends! In this article, I break down¬†a few easy exercises […]

How to Find the Best Essential Oil Suppliers (& Who to Avoid)

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 essential oil suppliers. If you are looking for more information about using essential oils in soapmaking, I’ve written about my top […]

Using Essential Oils Safely When Formulating Bath and Body Products

Using Essential Oils Safely When Formulating Bath and Body Products

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 essential oils, I figured it’s high time we address some ingredient and formulating safety as well as using essential oils […]

What You Need to Know About Using Essential Oils When You Make Soap

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 my other posts about essential oils.) Below, I answer common questions about using essential oils in soapmaking, including […]

Favorite Essential Oils for Beginners From Industry Leaders

Favorite Essential Oils for Beginners in Soapmaking

Now that I’ve dished on my ten recommended essential oils for beginners¬†(as well as recommended usage rates for essential oils in soapmaking), I figured I would add more options to the pile by reaching out to other industry experts, such as soapmaking & bodycare teachers, aromatherapists, and authors! This roundup of fabulous recommendations should help […]

How to Stop Guessing at the Essential Oil Usage Rate When You Make Soap

Esssential oil usage rate for soap

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 essential oil do I use in soapmaking? Unfortunately, this is never a straightforward answer, but let’s decipher the in’s […]

Kenna’s Top Ten Essential Oils for Soapmaking & Starter Essential Oil Blends

Basic Essential Oil Blends for Soap

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 past the title of this post, I’m guessing you want to create your own essential oil blends for soapmaking. […]