How to Better Understand Water Discounts When You Make Soap

Adding lye solution to soap oils

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 […]

How to Replace an Oil in a Soap Recipe Accurately

pouring substitute oil in handmade 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 […]

How to Better Understand SoapCalc’s Soap Quality Numbers

A lot of soapmakers¬†start formulating on their own based on SoapCalc‘s soap quality¬†numbers, even though they are surrounded by mystery. Most soapmakers¬†aren’t exactly sure where the numbers come from or what exactly the numbers mean. So much so that students in my Formulating Soap Recipes class were blown away to learn what contributes to the […]

The Best Ways to Control Trace When You Make Cold Process Soap

handmade soap that has reached heavy trace

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 being afraid of trying new design techniques or creating intricate and¬†complex formulas. Getting comfortable with the soapmaking process and understanding how each […]

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

How To Resize Your Recipe for Your Soap Mold

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 need to know how much soap or oil your mold will hold by calculating your mold capacity. There […]