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Smart Soapmaking
The Simple Guide to Making Traditional Handmade Soap Quickly, Safely, and Reliably

Milk Soapmaking
The Smart and Simple Guide to Making Lovely Milk Soap From Any Animal or Plant Milk

Smart Lotionmaking
The Simple Guide to Making Luxurious Lotions

Castile Soapmaking
The Smart and Simple Guide to Making Lovely Castile Soap

Cool Soapmaking
The Smart and Simple Guide to Low-Temp Tricks for Making Soap with Special Ingredients


Creative Soapmaking

Projects, Experiments, and Investigations

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Cucumber Soaps

Low Temperature Soapmaking


Citrus Soaps

Soapmaking as a Business


Natural Herbal Soaps

Working with Trace Accelerants



Cucumbers in Soapmaking: Why?

Avoiding Burned Cucumber Odor

Basic Recipe and Variations

Cucumber Yogurt Soap

Cucumber Puree Soap

Cucumber Juice Soap

Cucumber Soap with French Green Clay

Cucumber and Apricot Soap

Cucumber and Avocado Soap

Color--Natural and Artificial

Does Cucumber Accelerate Trace?

What Would I Do?

Low Temperature Soapmaking



Citrus in Soapmaking--Why?

Fading and Citrus Essential Oils

Basic Recipe and Variations

Orange Yogurt Soap with Peel

Lemon and Honey Soap

Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Soap

Lemongrass, Coconut, and Almond Soap

Creamy Orange Soap

What Would I Do?

Soapmaking as a Business



Herbs in Soapmaking--Why?

Botanicals in Soap

Infusing Oils with Herbs

Herb Teas

Herb Essential Oils and Herb Fragrances

Botanicals and Lye

Basic Recipe and Variations

Olive Oil Variations

Lavender Cucumber Variation

Coconut Almond Soap with Herb Tea

Chamomile Tea Variation

Mint Tea Variation

Triple Calendula Soap

Tomato-Basil Soap

Lavender, Shea, and Almond Soap

Working with Accelerants

What Would I Do?



Oatmeal Soaps

Selecting Vendors



Beer and Wine Soaps

Experimenting in Soapmaking



Natural Colorants in Soapmaking

November Pumpkin Pie Soap

Taming the Soda Ash Monster


Oatmeal in Soapmaking--Why?

Rolled Oats and Oat Flour

Honey and Beeswax

Liquids--Oat Milk, Milk, and Cream

Cinnamon and Other Spices

Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Fragrance Oils

Basic Recipe and Variations

Oatmeal, Wheat Germ, and Buttermilk Soap

What Would I Do?

Selecting Vendors





Beer and Wine in Soapmaking--Why?


Basic Beer Soap Recipe and Variations

Chocolate Ale Variation

All Veg Beer Soap

Wine Soap

Wine Soap Experiments and Recipes

What Would I Do?

Developing Recipes for Yourself







Natural Colorants in Soapmaking--Why?

Using Natural Colorants

What Would I Do?

Colors, Oils, and Soap

Mineral Colorants

Plant Based Colorants

Teas and Other Liquids

Oil Infusions

Dry colorants

Experiments with Plant Based Colorants

Other Colorants

Basic Recipe I

Basic Recipe II

November Pumpkin Pie Soap

Taming the Soda Ash Monster



Wood Products and Scents

Shaving Soap

Soap Gifts



Soaps from the Sea

Tips and Tricks for Soap Equipment

Ingredients FAQ



Chocolate Soaps

Discoloring Fragrances

Enlarging or Reducing Soap Recipes


Wood Fragrances and Ingredients in Soapmaking--Why?

Basic Recipe and Variations

Soaps from the Past: Pine Tar Soap

Pine Tar Soap Made Easy

What Would I Do?

Wood Essential Oils and Wood Fragrances

Sandalwood EO vs. FO--Is the difference worth the price?

Evergreen and other Wood Essential Oils

Holiday Fragrance Oils

Soap Gifts and Packaging

Scenting Gift Soaps

Soap in a Hurry

Melt and Pour

Shaving Soap

Packaging Soaps for Gifts

Home Fragrancing





Sea Products in Soaps--Why?

Salt Soap

Pink Salt Variation
Black Salt Variation

Seaweed Soap

Types of Seaweed for Use in Soap

100% Coconut Oil Soap

Sand Soap Variation
Coconut Milk Variation

What Would I Do?

Tips and Tricks for Soap Equipment

Safety Equipment


Heating and Melting Equipment



Stick Blenders and Other Mixing Equipment


pH Testing

Saving Money on Equipment

Cleaning Your Equipment

Ingredients FAQ--The questions I've been asked over and over about ingredients

Soaps from the Past: Aleppo Soap



Chocolate Soap--Why?

Different Kinds of Chocolate for Soapmaking

Baking Chocolate
Cocoa Powder
Chocolate Chips
White Chocolate
Semi-Sweet/Bittersweet Chocolate
Chocolate Milk
Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Butter as a Soapmaking Fat

Using Chocolate Food Products in Soapmaking

Does the Scent of Chocolate Survive Saponification?

Dark Chocolate Soap

Cocoa Butter Variation
Milk Chocolate Variation

Cocoa Butter Soap

White Chocolate Variation

Chocolate Coconut Soap

Chocolate-ish Soap

Chocolate Scents

Discoloring Fragrances

Resizing a Soap Recipe--Do you really need to recalculate?

Soaps from the Past: Marseille Soap






Castile Soap

(For People and Dogs)

Laundry Soap

Increasing Lather



Egg Soaps

Designing Soap Types
Bath, Hand, Facial, Scrub

Help! What went wrong?
Analyzing and Fixing Problems


Silk Soaps

Floral Fragrances and Essential Oils

Fruit Fragrance Oils


Castile Soap--Why?

Homemade Laundry and Dog Soap--Why?

Ingredients for Homemade Laundry Soap

Grating Soap

Laundry Soap Basic Recipe I

Laundry Soap Basic Recipe II

Dog Soap

Castile Soap Experiments

Castile Soap Made Easy

Castor Oil Variation
KOH Variation
Grated Soap Variation
Laundry Soap Variation
Dog Soap Variation

Increasing Lather

What Would I Do?

Soaps from the Past: Laundry the Old Way

Soaps from the Past: Historical Castile Soap




Egg Soap--Why?

Egg Yolk Soap

Swedish Egg White Soap

Whole Eggs in Soap

Cool Egg Soap

Egg White Soap Variation

Does Egg Soap Spoil Quickly?

Designing Soap Types: Bath, Hand, Facial, Scrub

Help! What Went Wrong? Analyzing and Fixing Problems

Soaps from the Past: Additives in Soap


Silk in Soap--Why?

Using Silk Fiber and Fabric in Soapmaking

Other Silk Products

Florals--Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils

Blending Floral Fragrances


Flowers and Silk Soap

Floral Soap with Coconut Milk

Fruit Fragrance Oils

Blending Fruit Fragrances

Soaps from the Past: Soap Advertising and Bizarre Claims for Soap



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