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Simple Secrets: Embedding MP Soap Into CP Soap

Soap embeds allow soap makers to add fun shapes and designs to soaps. Silicone column molds are often used to create the desired shape, and then the soap column is embedded into a loaf. When the finished soap is cut, the column shape will appear in each soap slice. There are a variety of column molds available from simple shapes such as circles or hearts to more elaborate shapes such as butterflies or gingerbread men. In this article, we will share some tips for embedding melt and pour soap embeds into cold process soap loaves.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Simple Secrets: Incorporating Wine Into Cold Process Soap

The use of wine in soap adds market appeal and some believe the sugar content adds a luxurious lather. Caution must be exercised when using alcoholic beverages in soap because this is an advanced soap making technique that if done improperly can lead to a soap volcano or seized soap. We took extra care in creating these lovely bars of soap made with Merlot. In this article, we will share tips and tricks for creating Wine Soap.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Simple Secrets: Using Soap Color Bars

Soap Color Bars are color-concentrated soap bars that add appeal to finished melt and pour soaps. Many prefer using soap color bars as they are less messy than liquid colors or powdered colors which inevitably seem to leak out of bottles or become airborne and cling to hands. Soap color bars vibrantly and evenly color melt and pour soaps when used properly. Read further for three techniques for using these soap coloring products.

Pictured: Soaps made with Crafter's Choice Premium Crystal Clear Soap and Soap Color Bars, and molded in a Milky Way® Star Soap Mold.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Simple Secrets: Rebatching Soap

The Goal:
Rebatched soap is a soap making method that involves working with a previously made cold process soap batch. We typically rebatch soap when a soap batch went wrong, but we don't want to waste the ingredients. For example, maybe we realize that we forgot to add an oil and now the soap is lye heavy or maybe it is simply because we didn't like the finished design. We reuse the ingredients from the botched batch to make a new soap that people will love. Read more to learn how to rebatch soap.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Simple Secrets: Incorporating Coffee Into Cold Process Soap

The Goal: 
Many of us start our day with a rich cup of hot coffee as we ponder what the day holds. It's not surprising that this coffee drinking leads to the idea of putting coffee in soap! We love the smell, and coffee gives soap a creamy brown color. In addition coffee is thought to provide unique and beneficial properties to formulas. Here's how we ran with this idea, and how we incorporated coffee in soap.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Simple Secrets: Enhancing Bath Fizzies and Bath Bombs

The Goal: 
Only two ingredients are needed in bath bombs to create the fizzing action we love, but that doesn't mean you should only use two ingredients. Additives enhance bath bombs and bath fizzies, helping you bring the best bath time experience to your customers. Here are tricks and tips for creating the best bath bombs!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Simple Secrets: Incorporating Milk Into Cold Process Soap

The Goal: 

Old Fashioned Milk Soap has been popular for ages and continues to be preferred by soap makers and customers alike. Finished soap bars are ultra moisturizing, skin softening and can have a creaminess to them that will keep you lathering! As with most things, there are different ways to include milk in soap. In this article we will teach you three methods.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Dangers of DIY Sunscreen

Formulating sunscreen is complicated, challenging and expensive. In the United States, cosmetics that claim an SPF are viewed as over-the-counter drugs and highly regulated. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a measure of a sunscreen's ability to prevent Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from damaging the skin. Here's how SPF works:  If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer, or about five hours.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Simple Secrets: Blending Custom Colors

The Goal
While soap and cosmetic suppliers carry a plethora of different colors, sometimes the exact hue you are looking for isn't an option. This is when you create your own custom colors by blending different powders together to create the perfect shade to complement your soap and fragrance. We blended neon powders to create the pictured orange and green colors for our Muddled Melon scented melt and pour soap.

Cantaloupe Orange: 3 micro scoops Neon Yellow Hello Powder + 1 micro scoop Neon Orange You Glad Powder

Cantaloupe Green: 2 micro scoops of Neon Yellow Hello Powder + 1 micro scoop of Blue Bye Your Powder 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Simple Secrets: Integrating Pureed Foods Into Cold Process Soap

The Goal
Integrating food into skincare regimens is thought to add beneficial properties and also adds label appeal. Many foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and it is thought that by adding this to cold process soap, you are also adding these benefits. Additionally, adding natural and organic produce entices customers who are eco-conscience to buy your soap.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Simple Secrets: Herbal Infusions

Herbal infusions are a great way to incorporate natural ingredients into your bath and body products. We recommend using only dried herbs and powders. Using fresh herbs can be done but requires extra preparation with acid washes to prevent the risk of botulism contamination. Dried herbs and powders do not have the risk of such disease. 
There are three basic ways to infuse oils. They include cold method, solar method and heat method. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Simple Secrets: Swirling Melt & Pour Soap

The Goal: Swirled soap is not just for cold process soap makers. In this article, we discuss one method for swirling melt and pour soap. Complement the swirled soap with you favorites colors and fragrances for your own unique design!

Ingredients Used: Crafter’s Choice® Premium Extra Clear MP Soap Base, Premium Ultra White MP Soap Base, Crafter's Choice® Azurite Sky Fragrance Oil, La Bomba Blue Mica Powder and Celestial Blue Mica Powder.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Simple Secrets: Detailing Melt & Pour Soaps

Milky Way Molds™ are known all over the world for having unsurpassed detail. Giving color to these details is not only attractive but often just enough to get customers to pay top dollars for a bar of soap. This article looks at three popular techniques used to detail soap molds.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Simple Secrets: Suspending Additives in Melt & Pour Soap

Suspending additives is gaining popularity among handmade soap buyers because it is an interesting way to show off natural additives. Using the simple techniques described in this article will help your scrubby exfoliants remain evenly distributed while helping clays and milk powders stay fully dispersed.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Troubleshooting: Making Lotion From Scratch

1. Challenge: The water and oils separate.

Lotion is made up of waters and oils. The two naturally want to separate so an emulsifying wax is used in the formulation to help them stay together. If not enough emulsifying wax is used or if water is added to a really thick lotion the marriage breaks up and the oil will float on top of the water.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Simple Secrets: Tips for Dealing With Grainy Shea Butter

There is nothing more pleasurable than using a creamy lotion on your skin that contains luxurious shea butter. One of the biggest challenges when formulating with shea butter is its natural tendency to become grainy when it cools. This happens because shea butter contains several different fatty acid profiles. When these acids are melted and slowly return to a solid state with cooling, they have a tendency to clump together causing small granules.   

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Simple Secrets: Coloring Bath Salts

Salt has been added to bath water since ancient times. It is thought by many to cleanse and detoxify the body. Regardless of why people use bath salts, it is often the role of a handmade producer to make them attractive and aromatic to a buyer. 

Coloring salts is just one way to make them appealing to a buyer. We have found that there are three tried and true ways to infuse color into handmade bath salts. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Troubleshooting: Common Issues With Cold Process Soap

Customer Question: I am having difficulties making a good Cold Process soap bar. Do you have any advice to help?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Simple Secrets: How To Achieve The Perfect Curl In MP Soap

Goal: The Perfect Curl
Soap made with curls is often the source of conversation with shoppers. Potential buyers love to pick up bars of soap and try to figure out how the soap is made. Curls can be small or large. The techniques are not that different. This Perfecting the Craft article will help you with the most common problems.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Color Additives - Self Test

We understand that starting a new craft of hobby is fun but can also be scary.  This self tests help you gain the confidence in learning about the different applications for cosmetic colors.

Click here to take test >> Color Additives - Self Test

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Layered Bars of MP Soap - Self Test

We understand that starting a new craft of hobby is fun but can also be scary.  This self tests help you gain the confidence in learning how to make layered bars of melt and pour soap.

Click here to take test >> Layered Bars of MP Soap - Self Test

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Learn to Make: Face Care Products

Making and marketing face care products can be quite lucrative. Customers tend to see higher value in products marketed toward facial products so you can usually charge a bit more for face care items.

Face care products are formulated with ingredients beneficial to the skin and generally suitable for use on sensitive skin. When formulating face care products, choose oils, butter, additives and essential oils that provide your products with added properties such as higher fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, astringent, antibacterial and gentle exfoliation. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Packaging and Labeling Melt and Pour Soap

This article will walk you through packaging melt and pour soap and understanding labeling requirements.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Learn to Make: Bath Salts

Bath salts are a fun and simple project that is great for any age! They are an excellent add-on to your product line. You can add many different things to bath salts including milk powders, botanicals and even citric acid/baking soda to make fizzing bath salts. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Learn to Make: Bath Fizzies

Bath fizzies are little bundles of fun for the tub. They can be formed into spheres or shapes. When dropped into the tub, they fizz and release the pleasant aroma of scent used. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Getting Started: Scenting Melt and Pour Soap

This lesson will walk you through the process of using scent in your MP Soap Base.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Learn to Make: Whipped Lip Butter

Hydrate and soften lips with whipped lip butter.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Learn to Make: Lip-Gloss

Lip-gloss is fun and easy to make. It varies from lip balm in that it is usually colored and softer than lip balm as it doesn’t usually contain wax. Castor oil gives it shine and mica/pigments give it color.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Learn to Make: Bubble Bath from Base

Who doesn’t like soaking in the tub surrounded by decadent bubbles? Making bubble bath from a base is simple and fun to do. Your customers will love it!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Learn to Make: Whipped Body Butter

There is nothing more decadent than whipped body butter. It moisturizes and nourishes the skin.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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