When it comes to soaping the odds are stacked so that mean, eventually, every soaper will have a fairly major issue to contend with. It might be a batch overheating or separating in the mould, or some issue with fragrance oils reacting badly and causing the soap to seize solid in the pot before it is even poured. This happens most often when trying out a new recipe or technique and not so often with something tried and tested. As it happens, I had a pretty major issue with a batch of soap that I was making. While it was a slightly different recipe, the problem came from something that can strike at any time – soaper error. (more…)
For my ninth soap I decided to revist one of my first soaps again. It is something I think is worthwhile as I would rather have made a few recipes that I am happy with rather than a lot of recipes that I don’t feel are really quite there yet. (more…)
This batch of soap was planned from the beginning with The Admirable Lady in mind. That might seem a little sexist, of course, but there is something about it that I feel is just very lady-like – I think it could be the associations of bathing in milk and Cleopatra, or the inclusion of honey which lends it a more softer, feminine appeal. (more…)
In Austria, a lot of people use Pumpkin Seed oil on their salads or in other ways when cooking. It has a rich, nutty flavour and the colour is a deep green. As is the case since I started soap making, I now look at all oils and wonder if it can be used in a soap! I was pleased to see that it is one of the options in the online soap calculator that I used (soapcalc.com) and so I set about coming up with a recipe using Pumpkin See oil, but still have a useable soap.
This was a type of soap that I was particularly looking forward to making. I had read a lot of good things about Salt Bars before, looked in to what made them so special and was eager to try it out for myself.
An average soap will not lather in salt water – the salt saturates the water and inhibits the way that the bubbles are formed. With that in mind, it seems strange to add salt to a soap.
Salt bars counter this issue by (more…)
When on holiday in England, visiting the family, my sister gave me a recipe for something that is proving quite popular here in Austria. It’s a moisturising bar made from Shea and Cocoa butters. My lady wife was so impressed with it that we decided to also make products aimed not only at gentlemen, but also ladies. From this moment, The Admirable Lady range was born! This range will be used for all things made specifically for the fairer sex, who often require different formulations or scent combinations. (more…)