Mailbag Monday – How to Size a Soap Recipe to Fit a Particular Soap Mold

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Shelly from Cincinnati recently asked, “My family is in love with these new greek yogurts that come in short round plastic containers. I think they would make interesting round soap bars, but I don’t know how much soap to make to fill them. (I’ve saved 10 of them.)”

Great idea Shelly – you get yummy yogurt and soap molds at the same time!

I’ve seen those containers. They’re short and round, but taper a little from the top to the base, so you’re not going to be able to use the standard “height X length X width” formula. You’re going to need to use the “water method” – which calculates the total volume of the mold using water – I cover it in methods of calculating the volume of a soap mold. I happened to have one of those containers handy, so I went ahead and calculated the volume and the recipe that would go into 10 of them. Here are my results.

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Mailbag Monday – How to Size a Soap Recipe to Fit a Particular Soap Mold originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 05:00:54.

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Oatmeal & Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe

oatmeal and goat's milk soap So in a “what’s in my shower this week” report – I got out one of the last remaining bars of this batch of oatmeal/goat’s milk soap. After unmolding, it continued to turn an even deeper brown due to the vanilla-containing fragrance oil. The oatmeal gives a wonderful light scrub. Much gentler than other natural exfoliants. This week, I’m getting back into the soap kitchen with two “food-inspired” batches – one cold process and the other melt and pour. Stay tuned!

Oatmeal & Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe

Oatmeal & Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 10:00:45.

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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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Double Butter Luxury Soap Recipe

double butter soapIt’s just a month away from Christmas, so I’ve been busy making soap to be ready for Christmas gifts. I’ve really been in love with my recent batch of 100% coconut oil soap, but I wanted to make a batch of soap that would be – and would be perceived as – real “luxury” soap. Many people equate “luxury” with oils like shea butter and cocoa butter, so I created this recipe, called Double Butter, that uses 25% butters in the recipe. It’s otherwise a pretty straightforward recipe. I did this batch with an “in the pot” swirl. It is certain to delight your friends and family – but be sure to save a bar for yourself!

Double Butter Soap Recipe with cocoa and shea butters

Double Butter Luxury Soap Recipe originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 20:05:05.

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Oatmeal & Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe

oatmeal and goat's milk soap Soaps that contain goat’s milk and oatmeal are good for your skin. The goat’s milk contains extra fat, vitamins, alpha-hydroxy acids and minerals; the oatmeal is a great natural exfoliant. This recipe uses them both, but uses them in two layers, along with a vanilla-containing fragrance oil to make a soap that’s visually cool, and wonderful in the shower.

Oatmeal & Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe

Oatmeal & Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at 17:39:45.

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A New Bar of an Old Traditional Recipe

A number of months ago, I made a soap recipe that while made for centuries, is still surrounded by some controversy – pine tar soap. It has been often touted to help with help alleviate 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! And it’s even better after it’s been sitting on the soap rack curing for 6 months!

How to Make Pine Tar Soap

A New Bar of an Old Traditional Recipe originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 21:25:19.

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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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Soap Recipe for Babies or Sensitive Skin

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Good soap recipes are generally balanced between cleansing, moisturizing and hardness. Each soap making oil contributes its own unique qualities based on its fatty acid makeup – resulting in the properties of your final bar of soap. If you (or your baby) have sensitive skin that is irritated by even normal homemade soap, you can further tailor your recipe to be even more mild. A pure castile soap can be made with 100% olive oil and is very mild, or you can make “bastille” soap, a recipe that has a preponderance of olive oil, but also includes other oils as well. This mild soap recipe uses mostly olive oil, but adds in a bit of coconut, shea butter and castor. It also adds sugar to help boost the lather that is lost by reducing the percentage of coconut oil in the recipe.

Baby Soap Recipe – for Mild or Sensitive Skin

Soap Recipe for Babies or Sensitive Skin originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 20:34:59.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Soap Recipe

Poppy seeds are one of my favorite natural exfoliants in soap recipes. They’re scrubby enough, but not too scrubby or “scratchy”. I wanted to make a batch of “lemon poppy seed soap” but wanted to experiment with some lemon-ish essential oils – that smell sort of like lemon or citrus, but aren’t lemon or orange. This recipe, which uses three different essential oils – cedarwood, bergamot and niaouli – is indeed bright and citrusy, but it’s also crisp, a little bit woodsy, floral and green as well. I love it!

Lemon Poppy Seed Soap Recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Soap Recipe originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Sunday, March 24th, 2013 at 21:49:09.

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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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