New Vertical Soap Mold – Swirl

I purchased the new vertical mold at Brambleberry and finally had some time to play with it. I made a batch of Exotic Amber (eo blend with frankincense, myrrh, and patchouli, among other things) with goat’s milk and shea butter.  It has vanilla in it, so I had to use a stabilizer.  So between the fact that it will darken slightly …

Resources for Chandlers

Resources for Chandlers

Candle making is a wonderfully artistic craft, and to provide you with inspiration and instructions, this list of candle making resources should give you everything you need to get started or to pursue more advanced techniques.  The descriptions for the books are taken from editorial reviews and book lists.  No book or course is being promoted, nor is a great …

Natural Resources – Soap, Bath and Body

This guide is a compilation of references for all things natural from soapmaking to essential oils, from herbs and botanicals to all natural body care.Included are books for beginners to the more advanced and a few online places to find courses and certifications to become an herbalist or aromatherapist. The descriptions for the books are gleaned from editorial reviews and …

Going Natural – Part 5 – Choosing Organic Ingredients

Organic can be defined as of or involving the use of fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin and raised or conducted without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals. Regulations regarding organic products are strictly enforced by the USDA in the United States. Other countries have government organizations that oversee organic certifications in their …

Going Natural – Part 3 – Using Fairly Traded Ingredients

Besides helping the environment by purchasing oils that do not promote deforestation or the destruction of habitats, helping under developed countries obtain fair wages for ingredients needed for your products is another positive approach for your business. Remember that you need the farmers/ gatherers, processors, and more to get the ingredients you need to make your products. One such organization …

Becoming Sustainable - Other Side Palm Oil Debate

Going Natural – Becoming Sustainable – The Other Side of the Palm Oil Debate

Becoming Sustainable In a recent post, we discussed sustainability. Here is a brief synopsis to get you up to speed if you missed the article. A sustainable business is a company that leaves no negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy. The business strives to ensure that all processes, products, and manufacturing activities adequately address …

Brambleberry Seeks Soapers for Summer SOAP Panel

I love Brambleberry’s idea for a SOAP panel.  Never heard of it?  Check out their post (click here). First, they get everyone talking about them.  Soapers are blogging, tweeting, and facebooking (is that a verb?) in an attempt to be selected for a coveted spot on the panel.  Then 8 soap makers are chosen and sent the newest fragrance oils that Brambleberry is …

The Search for Sustainability in Soap Making

The Search for Sustainability in Soap Making

Sustainability Sustainability means “to endure.” A sustainable business is a company that leaves no negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy. The business strives to ensure that all processes, products, and manufacturing activities adequately address current environmental concerns and that it “meets the needs of the present world without compromising the ability of the future …