Soap Crafting Book by the Soap Queen – A Review

Photo from www.SoapQueen.com The much awaited Soap Crafting book by Anne-Marie Faiola (AKA The Soap Queen) has just been released and finally reached my home on the East Coast.  I could barely wait to tear open the package and see what was inside.  I’m kind of impatient with some things, and waiting for a new book or movie happens to …

SoapMaker 3 Professional Software Review

I am terrible about the office work of my business.  It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s that I don’t have time so I cut corners and tend to not take it as seriously as I should.  I’m also unorganized in that aspect of my business.  My recipes, pricing, ideas, and plans were all penciled in several volumes of journals.  I didn’t calculate profit …

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 …

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 …

SOAP – Brambleberry’s Soap Panel – First Impressions

Brambleberry requested panelists for their second round of fragrance tests, and I was lucky enough to be picked along with 6 other lovely ladies.We are testing 10 floral fragrances. I finally got my package today. I’m about as far from Brambleberry’s warehouse you can get and still be in the same country, so I always have to try to be …

Book Review: Soap and Cosmetic Labeling

While I attended the HSMG Conference earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the Soap and Cosmetic Labeling lecture by Marie Gale, which highlights some very important labeling guidelines set forth by the FDA and other governing organizations. While the course was very brief, it was enough to get me to buy Marie’s book, and then give it …

Product Review – Soaps and Bubbles

I love getting packages from other countries. And I love when those packages from other countries contain soaps. There are subtle differences between countries that somehow make the products more special. Needless to say I was especially thrilled to receive a package containing two lovely soaps from Soaps and Bubbles in Belgium. Along with the soaps was a lovely 2 …