Where Do You Buy Essential Oils For Soap Making?

essential oil flasks in a display shelf

There has been a lot of hype about essential oils in the late years, but do you really know what are they? And how to choose the right ones to buy in case you want to use them in soap making? Essential oils are used in several handmade beauty products, like soap, creams, lotions, lip … Read more

What Does Lard Do In Soap?

wooden spoon with white lard

Lard is a popular soapmaking ingredient, probably a bit misunderstood. It refers to pig fat. Many love using lard for soap making to add a creamy lather, conditioning properties and some hardness to the finished product. Because of these properties, lard is a common substitute for palm oil. Lard can be purchased from the store, or … Read more

Glycerin vs Vegetable Glycerin

Blue crystal glycerin soap

Glycerin is a humectant substance, that is, it absorbs water from the atmosphere and helps to retain moisture in the skin. It is also a by-product of the production of handmade soap. I repeat, glycerin is a by-product of the production of handmade soap !! Like this: Oils + Lye => Fatty Acid Salt (Soap) … Read more

What Is a Fragrance Oil?

two ambar bottles of fragrance with slices of lime and orange

What is a fragrance oil? The market is filled with these products, also called essential oils. But is there a difference or they are all the same? Which ones are “good” and which ones are “bad”? Fragrance oils are a blend of synthetic aroma compounds, and/or essential oils (!), diluted in a carrier like propylene … Read more