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 […]

10 Simple Tips & Tricks for Smoothly Swirling Hot Process Soap

Swirling Hot Process Soap

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 single colored soaps, it is mighty fun to make cool & beautiful designs in most of my soaps! And, you can, without a doubt, […]

Using Hot Process Soapmaking for Production Soaping

Swirled Hot Process Soap by Ridgeway Soapworks

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 to find a use for, and after a google search of “uses for coconut oil” learned that it is a wonderful oil to use in soap. […]

10 Surprising Facts About My Soapmaking History & Philosophy

A look back at Kenna's first company, Amathia Soapworks

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 these surprising facts because I think they help soapmakers realize that their path in learning the craft is personal to them, and that […]

Troubleshooting: Partial Gel in Cold Process Soap

Cut bars from a 2.5 lb loaf of soap with partial gel

In the Modern Soapmaking Troubleshooting Talk series, we explore various soap making problems and find out what went wrong plus share some tips and tricks to put the smack down on issues that pop up. Today we’re talking about… Partial Gel in Cold Process Soap What is partial gel? The central area in the soap is […]

Troubleshooting: Volcano Soap & Soap Cracked on Top

In the Modern Soapmaking Troubleshooting series, we explore various soap making problems and find out what went wrong plus share some tips and tricks to put the smack down on issues that pop up. Today we’re talking about… Volcano Soap & Soap Cracked on Top What are volcano soaps and/or soaps cracked on top? Soaps that […]

Tutorial: Shining up Cold Process Soap (How to Get Rid of Ash on Soap)

One common issue among soapmakers is soda ash, which happens during the initial saponification process and sometimes, throughout the curing period. Soda Ash is caused primarily by any free sodium in sodium hydroxide interacting with oxygen, various fragrance constituents, and even heat, which forms sodium carbonate on the surface of the soap as it comes […]