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Creating a balanced formula

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Creating a balanced formula

This is a spill over post from my post about acne and skin care which you can read about here. Proper skin care formulations are measured by weight in either grams, ounces or (for really big batches pounds and kilos). If you want to formulate your own products invest in a good scale that can do these functions. I have a regular scale that only measures out to the tenths place (0.1g or oz) and a smaller, more precise scale that can do smaller amounts out to the hundredths (0.12 g or oz) I write my formulations out in percentages as do most formulators...

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Calculating the size of a soap mold

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Calculating the size of a soap mold

Hi There! Today I am going to give you 3 ways to figure out the size of your soap mold today.  Method #1: Sometimes when I need to know the size recipe I can fit into a mold I cheat and look it up on the site I purchased it from. But for those times that I either can't remember where I got a mold from, if it's been discontinued or even if it is a homemade mold like a milk carton or pringles can for instance there is a calculation for figuring this out. AND it's quite simple :) Method #2:...

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Oat Milk Soap (palm free!)

oatmeal oatmilk palm free soap soap recipe

Oat Milk Soap (palm free!)

This is part 2 of the great oat caper! I've always wanted to partake in a caper, this may be the closest I get so let's just roll with it. To read about part one in which I made home made oat milk for this project click here.  Recently I formulated twelve, yes, TWELVE new recipes and will be working through them all and writing (and possibly making videos if I remember) of the adventures. I am also going to be working with additives that I typically do not work with, it's a sort of learning and growing experiment that I...

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Making oat milk in preparation to make an oat milk soap

otamilk recipe

Making oat milk in preparation to make an oat milk soap

Howdy Soapsmith Nation! I am working on some new recipes with additives I have been wanting to try out. After 10 years of making my tried and true recipes I have decided it's time to, once again, spread my wings and make some new awesome recipes!  I wanted to work with oatmeal for a recipe so I decided to make it into oat milk first. Let's take a step back and look at the skin care benefits that oats can impart for us. There are properties that will carry through saponification and some that will not carry through but are present...

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The first E-Book is finished!

e-book education how-to soapmaking

The first E-Book is finished!

Well I finally did it! I wrote a soap making book. I have been wanting to start writing books related to bath and body product making for awhile and I am really pleased with the final result. I went through and detailed out all the big important parts that every beginner should know such as safety, equipment, supplies and provided a couple of basic recipes that can easily be made using oils and fats found at a local grocery store. I also included other information that I wish I had known as a beginner (you don't NEED to have every...

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