Knowing Your Trace in Soap

Knowing Your Trace in Soap One of the most difficult concepts for new soapmakers to grasp is trace.  Until you see trace for yourself and know for sure that you have it, it is not easy to understand.  Then once you do have an understanding, you may have trouble controlling your soap recipe so you can get the trace you want. Trace is when …

Your Questions Answered - Ricing in Soap

Your Questions Answered – Ricing in Soap

Your Questions Answered – Ricing in Soap Q – What is ricing and what do I do when it happens? A – Ricing is when your soap separates to look like rice floating in a pot of oil. It is almost always caused by fragrance oils, but some other additives can do this as well. You can often save the …

Slowing Trace Plus 5 Slow Moving Soap Recipes

Controlling Trace There are a few factors to controlling trace in your soapmaking.  If you want a light trace or an emulsion, try these tips: Work at low temperatures Increase the water in your formula Use a whisk instead of a stick blender Use sodium lactate Avoid butters and use less hard oils Use oils that trace slowly, such as olive or canola oil Test …

Scenting in Soapmaking eBook and Contest

Scenting for Soapmaking eBook Not everyone needs a classroom setting to learn. That’s why we have taken our comprehensive manual from our popular Scenting in Soapmaking class and turned it into an eBook. Our class manuals are simply text documents. This new eBook contains all of the manual’s text as well as nice photographs, and some added appendixes including worksheets …

Gelled vs Ungelled Soap – What’s the Difference?

Vivid colors achieved by gelling soap – www.BathAlchemyLab.com I get lots of questions about a variety of soap topics.  The other day, I was asked what the differences were between gelled and ungelled soap.  They had read some confusing and misleading posts on forums about the differences, including that cure times were shortened and fragrances were stronger in gelled soap. …