New Online Gourmet Autumn CP Soapmaking Class

We are working on some special seasonal soapmaking courses with Bramble Berry. Our first seasonal theme is inspired by fall. It contains 5 soap designs that demonstrate one or more intermediate to advanced soapmaking techniques. Pumpkin Spice Swirl – uses drop swirl technique Twisted Licorice – layering followed by soap decorating Salted Caramel – layering with salted top Indian Corn – uses nonpareil design Turkey …

Beginner Soapmaking Series – Soapmaking Process Step by Step

These instructions explain how to make Cold Process soap from scratch. Prepare your work area Before beginning the soapmaking process, select a recipe and print a copy. Choose your work area. Typically an area of the kitchen is a good place to work, since there is access to the sink and stove. Any place that has good ventilation, a clean …

Formulating Your Own Soap Recipes eBook

Formulating Your Own Soap Recipes eBook

We are very excited about our newly released eBook.  It is a comprehensive guide to creating your own soap recipes and formulations. It walks you through everything you need to know and more on the subject. Nothing is left to guessing – know exactly what you are doing it and why. Topics include: Saponification and why you need to understand …

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 …

Hot Air Balloon Soap Tutorial

This hot air balloon soap is featured in our Online Advanced Scenery CP class with a full length video demonstration.  You can learn more about that class on our website.  We had the pleasure of making this design in MP soap for a guest post on the SoapQueen blog.  You can use the same basic directions for both MP or …

Perfect Man Hanger Swirl Chevron Soap

Looking for that Perfect Man?  You know, the fragrance that smells oh so manly?  Well you can find it at Nature’s Garden, and it is sure to please.  It has ‘fresh, daring notes of Japanese grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon; followed by middle notes of peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine notes, and a hint of peppermint; sitting on expensive base notes of …

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. …

Spoon Swirl Lavender Soap Tutorial

Spoon swirling is a very simple technique with a big impact.  I have seen some gorgeous spoon swirls with just 2 colors that really stood out.  In this tutorial, more for my beginner readers, I will show you exactly how easy it is create this soap.  This lavender soap uses 3 colors and lavender essential oil.  I made a five …