Tutorial: Spicy Lime Soap with French Green Clay, Nettle Leaf, & Comfrey Leaf

Tutorial: Spicy Lime Soap with French Green Clay, Nettle Leaf, and Comfrey Leaf

My husband has been requesting a soap that features some of his favorite scents: West Indies Bay, Dark Patchouli, and Mexican Lime. I decided to whip up an extremely simple palm-free formula for him, with the lather boosting love of Aloe Vera, and skin-friendly colorants, like nettle leaf, comfrey leaf, and french green clay. Since the […]

How to Make The Best Wet Shaving Soap (Recipe Included)

no palm shaving soap lather

Shaving soap. It’s a big deal in the world of wet shavers, and now, having made it, I can see why. I ran into some issues when I first started to research shaving soap. Stearic acid is considered to be one of the best ingredients to use at high percentages in a shaving soap – […]

Tutorial: Cranberry Pomegranate Elemental Swirl with Gold Mica line

When I discovered a Cranberry and Pomegranate fragrance oil at Aussie Candle Supplies, I couldn’t resist. Two of my favourite smells combined together! I immediately began design planning: green, white and red just seemed a logical choice. Now, elemental swirls! I didn’t know that’s what they were called until I read Kenna’s Rainbow Elemental Swirl […]

Tutorial: Rainbow Elemental Swirl/Double In-The-Pot-Swirl Soap

Pour both sides of the ITPS at the same time. I used a divider, but you don't have to - in fact, it can create a pretty cool effect to skip the divider!

I recently chatted with another soapmaker about all the different types of swirls and their names, and we battled a bit about the difference between the elemental swirl and the in-the-pot-swirl. Eventually, we agreed that an ITPS became an elemental swirl if it had more than one layer and maybe a pencil line. (Maybe?) So, it’s basically a modified ITPS, […]

Tutorial: Goat’s Milk, Honey and Avocado Oil Soap

Everybody loves a goat’s milk soap. With all the good press goat’s milk has been getting lately, I figured it was time to venture into a few goat’s milk soaps. Milk soaps aren’t new to me, so I was quietly confident nothing would go wrong. However, then I had to try and source some goat’s […]

Tutorial: All Natural Cucumber And Yogurt Soap

I’ve been dabbling in a few all natural soaps lately. Say it isn’t so! I can hear you crying, but it’s true. I have. I have some regular customers who are allergic to fragrances and so I like to keep a select range of fragrance free soaps in stock. Cucumber and yogurt go together perfectly. […]

Tutorial: Rainbow OmbrĂ© Soap with Bramble Berry’s LabColors

I’ve been wanting to harness the powers of bleeding soap colorants for sometime now, so I decided to snag myself a set of Bramble Berry’s LabColors to create a stunning rainbow ombrĂ© soap. This recipe is one of my favorite palm-free soap recipes using babassu oil and coconut oil together. If you don’t have babassu (it […]

Tutorial: Modified Hanger Swirl Rainbow Soap with Activated Charcoal (ISC)

Rainbow Hanger Swirl Soap with Activated Charcoal

It’s time for another Inspiration Soap Challenge tutorial! Dana from New England Handmade Artisan Soaps received one of the ISC kits, and made this beautiful soap inspired by Bobby McFerrin’s song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” using at least four of the ingredients included in her kit. Dana challenged me: I would like to see you do a rainbow soap with red, orange, […]

Video: Lavender & Cedar Split Tiger Stripe Soap

Soap Design Technique: Tiger Stripes can be modified and combined with plenty of other techniques, too.

I’ve been spending a lot of time playing in the soapy workshop this month, swatching colorants for a new edition of Swatch Mania and creating tutorials for y’all. When I got my hands on the new Bramble Berry colorants, I could not wait to share them! This tiger stripe soap was created using a little […]