Teaching the World to Make Soap – A Soapmaking Trip to Haiti

finished soap in HaitiIt began with an email from a stranger that had an idea of how to transform a village of women’s lives – through making soap.

Marla Bosworth of Back Porch Soap Company and Amanda Griffin of Lovin’ Soap traveled to Haiti to teach a wonderful group of women how to make soap. Their story shows that no matter how rich or poor, there is something just plain joyful in making soap – and that soap making, in the hands of two innovative teachers and a group of hope-filled women, can indeed change lives.

Soap Making in Haiti

Teaching the World to Make Soap – A Soapmaking Trip to Haiti originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 23:30:31.

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How to Make Pine Tar Soap

A soap, made and celebrated for centuries, that is surrounded by some controversy, pine tar soap has been often touted to help with help with skin conditions like eczema, and psoriasis – but the controversy over whether pine tar contains the carcinogen creosote has stifled its manufacture and sale by home based soap makers. Whether you use a creosote-free pine tar, or disregard the controversy, adding some of this gooey pitch to your soap recipe, with its smoky, pungent, woodsy, leathery scent, is a wonderful soap making adventure!

How to Make Pine Tar Soap

How to Make Pine Tar Soap originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at 23:18:32.

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Open Question: What to get my aunt for 39th birthday?

I really don’t know what to get her. She likes purple, lavender candles,soap and lilac anything but I wanted to make her something and she loves when I bake. I don’t want to go all out with the baking her a real cake, I’m eleven, but maybe like a single cupcake with purple icing. Anyway any ideas would be pleasant and I’ll answer any questions you’ve asked in return. THaNK yOu!

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Chunks, Chunks, Chunks

Perhaps it’s the new energy of the new year – full of organizing the craft room and trying new projects and recipes – but I tend to find myself using a lot of chunks this time of year…both in soap and in candles. You can use leftover (or specifically designed) wax chunks in chunk votive or chunk pillar candles…and you can use leftover soap in both melt and pour and cold process chunk soaps. In all of them, it’s a not just a great way to use up a bar of soap or a candle that didn’t come out quite right – it’s a cool design feature.

Chunks, Chunks, Chunks originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 21:24:26.

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Resolved Question: Who do I complain to now? (School)?

Hi, I hate to be one of those people who complain but 3/4 of the sinks in my high schools bathroom’s sinks don’t work.

The bathrooms also NEVER have soap! Especially since the flu is going around I want to wash my hands but can’t!!! I told the teachers and they said they contacted the janitors and nothing has happened. One bathroom doesn’t even have a soap dispenser !

Do I complain to the health department? Who do I contact???

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Open Question: Physical Sciecne help? Need ASAP.?

I feel bad asking for help but I need it right now. Please and thank you very much!

1.
A base is a substance that accepts protons.

True
False

2.
A base increases the OH- ion concentration of water.

True
False

3.
When HBr combines with water, it produces H3O+ and Br- ions. This shows that HBr is a base.

True
False

4.
An acid is a substance that donates protons.

True
False

5.
Acids have a sour taste.

True
False

6.
Since acids are so corrosive, they are not found anywhere in the human body.

True
False

7.
Some types of bases are used to make soap.

True
False

8.
A substance with pH 2 is ______ times more acidic than a substance with pH 4.

2

10

100

9.
On the pH scale, which value represents an acid?

2

8

12

10.
If a substance has a pH of 7, that substance is

acidic

basic

neutral

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Open Question: Dry, cracked, bleading hands!?

I have never had my hands this bad before, ever. My Knuckles are dry and cracked they start to bleed. :(
Im a care giver therefor I washy hands all the time and I use hand sanitizer as well but it makes it worse the only thing that feels good is cold water. I have tried many lotions and even Vaseline. I even switched soaps and different hand sanitizer and I see no change even my wrists are dry and they are getting worse what can help? Please and thank you.

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Infusing Oils for Soap & Bath Products

Herbal Oil InfusionIn the cold of winter, I tend to cook more, bake more, and use the crock pot more. One of the things you can use your crock pot for that’s not dinner-related is making infused oils. Like making a cup of tea, letting herbs or other botanicals steep in fresh oil transfers some of the scent and other properties into the oil. You can infuse calendula petals, lavender, eucalyptus, patchouli and others. It’s a wonderful way to add some extra herbal goodness (and some marketing interest) to your soaps, lotions, bath oils, massage bars and even bath bombs.

Infusing Oils for Soap & Bath Products originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at 12:44:37.

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