Great Soap and Candle Gatherings All Over!

May and June are great months for soap and candle conferences!

In addition to the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild’s conference, the Tennessee Soap and Candle gathering is also in May. It’s an annual gathering of soapmakers and candlemakers from Tennessee and the Southeast region, and this year’s lineup features some of the best and brightest teachers and soap/candle making personalities in the country including Amanda Griffin, Benjamin Aaron, Kayla Fioravanti, Donna Maria Coles Johnson, Marla Bosworth and more.

June 13-14 is the Lone Star Soap & Toiletries Seminar,  deep in the heart of Texas and will feature the wonderful Elin Criswell, ​Stacy Durham, Theresa Mendez, Pat Potter, and Kathy White. Also in June is the Alabama Soap & Candle Association’s gathering featuring Lela Barker, Kenna Cote, and several other great speakers. I’ve been to both the Texas and Alabama gatherings and they are truly wonderful!

A “gathering” is a truly marvelous place to share ideas, share tips, visit vendors and see in-person demonstrations. If you have not been to one you are really missing out! If there’s not one in your area…create one. It just takes a few (two or more?) soap makers in a kitchen or recreation center to make a gathering. It just take a gathering to make a basket full of great soap and candle making memories!

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Great Soap and Candle Gatherings All Over! originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 22:05:11.

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Three Milks Make One Great Soap Recipe

While most everyone in the U.S. is feasting on desserts and pies, I thought it appropriate to bring back a yummy recipe that was inspired by a famous dessert. You have likely tried making soap with goat’s milk, coconut milk or even cow’s milk. But have you ever used all three? That’s what I did when I developed this recipe using three different milks inspired by the yummy tres leches cake. I used my colleague Amanda Griffin’s “milk in oil method” for adding milk to the soap recipe – and it works splendidly.

Tres Leches Soap Recipe

Three Milks Make One Great Soap Recipe originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, November 28th, 2013 at 22:02:04.

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Keeping It Super Simple – Great Soapmaking Starter Recipe

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You know, sometimes I get so caught up in creating the perfect soap recipe, or adding it the optimum amount of some luxury oil or butter, that I forget that simple, plain, humble soap recipes, carefully made, can be quite wonderful.

That’s the case with Sandy Maine’s 3-Oil Recipe – yes, just three oils – Crisco (more about the debate over Crisco), olive and coconut. If you’re looking for a great “starter” recipe to test out if you really want to get into making your own soap, this is a great one. There’s time for luxury oils later. Just get into the kitchen and make some soap!

Sandy Maine’s Super Simple 3-Oil Soap Recipe

Keeping It Super Simple – Great Soapmaking Starter Recipe originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Sunday, July 14th, 2013 at 00:16:19.

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Three Milks Make One Great Soap Recipe

You have likely tried making soap with goat’s milk, coconut milk or even cow’s milk. But have you ever used all three? That’s what I wanted to try when I developed this recipe using three different milks inspired by the yummy tres leches cake. I used my colleague Amanda Griffin’s “milk in oil method” for adding milk to the soap recipe – and it works splendidly.

Tres Leches Soap Recipe

Three Milks Make One Great Soap Recipe originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 08:25:04.

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