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 […]

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 […]

Botched Batch? Let’s Fix it! ($50 Gift Certificate Drawing!)

The bane of all soapmakers worldwide? Whacked out batches of soap! Sure, when all else fails, there’s always rebatching… but that’s not any fun! I bet you never thought your failed batches of soap could ever do anything good for you, did you? I have news for you. Really good news. At the Sweet Sixteen Alabama […]

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 […]

Troubleshooting: Crackling & Glycerin Rivers in Soap

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… Crackling and Glycerin Rivers in Soap What is crackling and glycerin rivers in soap? The crackling effect […]

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 […]