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DIY Bath Salts: An Ancient Trick for Health and Beauty
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/20/2013 to Soaps
Bathing is a long-standing health and beauty ritual. From the ancient Japanese onsen tradition to Cleopatra’s cosmetic regimen, baths feature prominently in the customs of people who know and care about health and beauty. A great way to make your bath an extra-luxurious event is with DIY bath salts. 

At RainShadow Labs, we highly recommend you use our wonderful Dead Sea Salt for your DIY project. Dead Sea salt contains 21 different minerals that improve your well-being at a cellular level, including magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, zinc, and calcium. It’s known to heal skin issues, relieve muscle pain, reduce joint inflammation, soothe stress and detox illness. RainShadow Labs offers both Dead Sea salts and additional spa-grade bath salts if you are looking to make different blends!
Top 5 Skincare Myths... Busted!
Posted by Julia Sanders on 8/26/2013 to Soaps
5) ALL OILS CLOG PORES AND PROVOKE ACNE
False! It is a common belief that oils or products with oils are comedogenic and pore-clogging. This is just not true! Some oils can potentially suffocate the skin, such as mineral oil, but many oils are very good for the skin and won't clog pores and cause acne at all. In fact, many of them clear up acne and reduce your natural oil production, making you less shiny and reducing the amount of pore-clogging material upon your complexion. Oils such as Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Safflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Macadamia Nut Oil are all safe and effective for facial and body skin care.


4) CHOCOLATE AND GREASY FOODS CAUSE BREAKOUTS
False! There is no evidence indicating that consuming chocolate and greasy foods...
Skin Care Terms You Need to Know
Posted by Julia Sanders on 7/29/2013 to Soaps
Getting familiar with common skin care terms is important when creating your skin care products! Understanding the following words will help you to understand what you need, and what you are using, to make the best private label skin care line you can.
History of Soap #2
Posted by kevin1234 on 11/27/2011 to Soaps
By the 1600s, most Europeans were using soap. Soap maker guilds were formed, who carefully guarded the secrets of their trade. Not only did they cook vegetable and animal oils with the ashes of plants, they also added fragrance. Their soaps were used for washing clothes as well as their bodies.

In France, Italy, and Spain, soap manufacture was one of the largest businesses of the time.  This was in part due to the fact that they had a steady supply of olive oil, a favorite for soap making. In 1622, King James the First accepted $100,000 per year from a major soap maker to allow the soap maker a monopoly.

Soap was considered a luxury item for some time. Taxes were heavy on soap products. So, many commoners were not able to afford it. When the taxes were lowered, almost everyone started buying soap and England became a more hygienic place.

In the American Colonies, in 1608, several soap makers came over on the second ship from England to Virginia. As the new colonies were very small, soap making was something each homemaker did for herself until professional soap making took off.
Until the late 1700s, soapmaking was done exclusively with the ashes of plants (lye).

But in 1791, Nicholas Leblanc, a chemist from France, developed soda ash (sodium carbonate), a derivative of table salt. This brought the price down for soapmakers and expanded the soap making business extensively. This led to the shift from soap as a pleasurable item to a must-have for every home.
History of Soap #1
Posted by kevin1234 on 11/19/2011 to Soaps
Human beings have been concerned about cleanliness, to some degree, for as far back as we can tell. The earliest known proof of the existence of soap came from as early as 2800 BC. A soap-like substance was found inside clay cylinders in ancient Babylon. The cylinders had carved inscriptions on the outside that indicated that ashes were boiled with fats, the same method used today for soap making.

In ancient Egypt, the Ebers Papyrus of 1500 BC detailed the process of combining oils derived from vegetables and animals with alkaline salts to use for washing and for treating skin disease. In ancient Greece, bodies were washed with oil and ashes or oil and dirt, but actual soap was not made.

In Rome, the legend tells that the word soap came from Mount Sapo, a place where the ancient Romans sacrificed animals. Because the animals were sacrificed with fire, melted animal fat (tallow) would run down with the wood ashes into the clay soil of the Tiber River. The women, after discovering how helpful this clay mixture was, began washing their clothes at this site.

In 312 BC, the Romans built their aqueduct baths and bathed in large groups. During the 100s AD, Galen the Greek physician taught that soap was helpful for cleanliness as well as medicinal purposes. Back in Rome in the year 467 AD, when the nation fell, bathing ceased in much of Europe.

Europe fell into an unhygienic period leading to many plagues during the middle ages including Black Death in the 1300s. However, this condition was mainly exclusive to Europe. For example, the Japanese continued bathing daily during this period. Finally, in the 1600s, Europe became interested in bathing again and soap making became big business.
Soap Chemistry
Posted by kevin1234 on 11/9/2011 to Soaps
Understanding soap chemistry begins with a basic knowledge of the washing agent, water. Water has surface tension that can be noticed by simple observation. The reason water beads on a surface, rather than spreading flat, is that the water molecules underneath the surface water molecules pull at the surface molecules.

Unfortunately, this makes it more difficult to thoroughly wet a surface and thus to clean the surface. Soap is, in part, used to reduce the surface tension, allowing the water to spread more effectively. Chemicals that allow this to happen are surface active agents, termed surfactants.

Surfactants are also important because they help loosen soil, distribute the soil throughout the soapy water, and trap the soil until it is washed off. Lastly, surfactants are helpful because they increase the alkalinity of the water, aiding in the removal of acidic soils. Surfactants are what make the soap slippery, bubbly, and slimy.

Genuine soap is made from fats, oils, or fatty acids, combined with an alkali (alkaline substance) such as lye. The combination of the fat with the alkali produces soap with an addition of glycerin, a mild, moisturizing substance that makes true soap bars soft and helps the skin retain moisture after washing.

In natural bars of soap, the ashes of plants produce the alkali used for soap making (lye). But, in commercial production, alkalis used in soapmaking are derivatives of sodium or potassium. The most common are sodium hydroxide (NaOH), often referred to as caustic soda and potassium hydroxide (KOH), caustic potash.

The saponification process involves the heating of the fats and oils (scientifically referred to as triglycerides) and then adding the alkali. This triggers the chemical reaction that creates soap. In commercial production, the moisturizing glycerin is usually removed from the product and sold to lotion making companies, leaving the bar nice and hard, but also very drying. These bars are often sold as beauty bars, body bars, and the like, because they are technically no longer soap.
Typical Soap Ingredients
Posted by kevin1234 on 11/2/2011 to Soaps
In soaps, there are a variety of ingredients used for different purposes. Starting with the basic formula, alkalis are used for mixing with oils to make the basic soap. Alkalis also enhance surfactants, neutralize acidity in other ingredients, and increase the alkalinity of the final product. Examples are lye (made of plant ashes and used in natural soaps) and sodium carbonate (used in some commercially-produced soaps).

Abrasives are often added to soaps with the purpose of refining or smoothing skin. Coarser particles are for purposes like softening the feet, while very fine abrasives can be used on the face. Examples of natural abrasives are ground peach cores, sugar, and salt crystals.

Antimicrobial agents are added to many types of soap now, including dish soap and hand soaps. These antimicrobial products kill germs and inhibit the growth of germs on the soap and on the area washed. Triclosan is an example used in commercial production, with pine oil used in natural antibacterial soaps.

Colorants are added to make the soap attractive. Natural soaps often make use of food coloring to create aesthetically pleasing bars of soap for home use. Fragrances are also for the senses. Some are meant to sooth, like lavender, while others energize, like citrus.

Preservatives are used in commercial production of soap for preventing discoloration, oxidation, and/or bacterial growth. Examples are butylated hydroxytoluene and glutaraldehyde. Natural soaps do not usually have the years of shelf life commercial soaps do, but they do not contain chemical preservatives. Instead, natural soaps are generally made in fresh batches and purchased by consumers as they are used.
Natural Soap vs. Commercial Soap
Posted by kevin1234 on 10/23/2011 to Soaps
Commercial soap is in ready supply, in every supermarket, in every city. But is it even soap? Theres a reason why so many of these products are called beauty bars, body bars, or moisturizing bars.

It is against the law for these commercial bar makers to call their products soap, if in fact they do not contain actual soap. The nature-based ingredients that have been used for decades, even centuries, of soap making are not often used by big manufacturers because they cost more than cheap chemical detergents.

Synthetic lathering agents are used in combination with harsh chemicals, like Triclosan. And while lye is used, as in natural bars, the best part of it is removed. To get a good hard bar, the manufacturers remove the glycerin content (created as a byproduct of mixing lye with the other products).

Glycerin is what makes a natural bar of soap soft and is also what moisturizes the skin. In fact, commercial manufacturers sell the glycerin they remove from their detergent bars to makers of moisturizing products.

A natural bar of soap contains none of the artificial ingredients found in commercial bars. Real soap moisturizes your skin with glycerin and leaves no toxins on your skin, which can absorb through your pores.

Natural soap is made of lye and fat (oil), but the caustic nature of the lye is destroyed in the saponification (soap making) process. The byproduct is the moisturizing glycerin.

Additives are scents, beneficial ingredients like oatmeal, and/or coloring agents. Look for those that use only natural versions.

One last important consideration is that using natural soap helps protect the environment. The UKs Royal Society of Chemistry released a report announcing the finding that chemical byproducts of detergent bars persist in the water supply even after filtration. These byproducts include parabens, known carcinogens, and phthalates, which can lead to reproductive disorders. Spending the extra money to buy a natural bar of soap can thus lead to healthier skin and a healthier environment, at the same time.
Safety Tips for Making Lye Soap
Posted by kevin1234 on 10/15/2011 to Soaps
Lye has been used in soap making for centuries. It begins as a dangerously corrosive alkaline that, when mixed with oils, is chemically altered and becomes harmless soap, with gentle cleansing properties and the mild and moisturizing byproduct of glycerin.
However, before it goes through the saponification process, it remains caustic. Often used in drain cleaning products, for example, the corrosive properties of lye allow it to burn through tough drain clogs, dissolving what stands in its way. Soap makers must practice caution when working with lye.

Only pure lye should be used for making soap, without any additional ingredients. For protection, when working with pure lye, make sure to always use safety goggles, thick rubber gloves that cover your forearms, an apron, and hard close-toed shoes in case of spills.

You will need a very heat-resistant container for stirring lye with water, before it is added to the oils. Use a pitcher or handled pot with a lid. Make sure this container is large enough for safe stirring. Also, do not use tin, aluminum, or zinc for storing or stirring lye, as lye will corrode these metals. Stainless steel is best, but a thick heat-resistant plastic will do.

When mixing the lye with water, it is imperative to remember to add the lye to the water, not the other way around. Add lye slowly and carefully to the water as you stir. Pouring water onto lye can cause a dreadful accident. Mix the lye into the water, while the container is in your sink, in case of a leak or spill.

Breathing lye fumes can burn your lungs. So, as you work with the lye, make sure the room is well-ventilated preferably with an open window and a fan to cycle the air. Try to stand back while you stir the mixture.

As with adding lye to the water, add the lye-water to the soap oils. Make sure that lye is always added slowly and carefully. Keep vinegar, an acid, on hand to quickly neutralize any lye that spills on you and then rinse the affected area with cold water.

For soap making at home, lye is a necessity that can be intimidating to would-be soap makers. But soap making can be a pleasurable and safe activity, when safety guidelines for working with lye are carefully followed.
Soap Making Supplies
Posted by kevin1234 on 10/7/2011 to Soaps
Soap making at home is a pleasurable and popular activity that requires some specific equipment. While much of what is necessary may be found already in your own cupboards, there will likely be at least a few items you need to purchase before you can start. Review this list of important items to ensure that you have everything you need.

1) Start with safety in mind. Make sure you have quality rubber gloves and a pair of safety goggles. The lye you will be working with is caustic during the early part of the soap making process.

2) A food scale will help you measure ingredients that are added by weight.

3) Use stainless steel for as many of your soap making supplies as you can. Lye is highly acidic until it is processed. It will corrode other metals and poor quality utensils. Purchase a stainless steel pot that is large enough to process the batch size you intend to make.

4) Other stainless steel necessities would be measuring spoons, whisks or stirring spoons, and a ladle. Quality plastic supplies will also work as a substitute for stainless steel.

5) Select a 2-3 quart stainless steel or heat-resistant plastic pitcher for mixing the lye solution. Mark this pitcher with a permanent warning like Danger- Caustic Lye! and cover it with a lid. You dont want any potential for accidents.

6) Depending on your preference, you can use ramekins, measuring cups, beakers, or small ingredient bowls for holding and pouring fragrance, color, and other additives.

7) Use a stick blender for mixing the lye with the oils, initiating the saponification process.

8) A thermometer will help you keep an eye on the temperature levels.

9) You will need a rubber spatula for scraping out the remaining soap from the pot.

10) Soap molds of either the loaf or individual soap size will help you finish the soap making process.

11) Finally, make sure you have some dishcloths that you can dedicate to cleaning up the soap making mess when youre done.
Benefits of Natural Soap
Posted by kevin1234 on 9/20/2011 to Soaps
Natural soaps are suitable for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin. Natural soaps dont contain chemical additives such as alcohols, esters, low grade oils, wax and fillers. Natural sops dont contain animal fats, so they cut down on the soap scum often found in the shower or bath.

A natural soap wont strip your skin of its natural oils, so your skin will be left feeling soft and smooth. Natural soap bars are made with coconut, palm, sunflower, rice bran, castor or soya bean oils. You will notice a difference in the way your skin feels when you switch to a natural soap when youve been using a commercial soap.

Natural soaps are made using the cold process method. This means all the ingredients are mixed at a low temperature. This helps them retain all the natural goodness of the base and essential oils.

Natural soaps are loaded with glycerin. Glycerin prevents skin dryness and irritation and is a great moisturizer. Commercial soaps often have the glycerin removed in order to make a harder bar of soap.

Currently there are many different natural soap products available. Check out user reviews to see which soaps will best suit your skins needs. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and caring for your skin will help you feel better all over.
Use Hand Soap as an Anti-Fog
Posted by kevin1234 on 8/29/2011 to Soaps

If you swim in chemically treated pools you have three options. Option 1 is to wear goggles under water to keep your eyes from getting irritated by chlorine. Option 2 is to simply swim without goggles underwater and suffer the consequences of dry, red eyes. Number 3 is to simply not swim under water.

There are several anti-fog products that are currently on the market. They range in price and quality. Many of them use chemicals that can be just as irritating to your eyes as chlorine. Some are actually strong enough to strip the primary layer of plastic off of the goggles over time. Do you really want this near your eyes?

There are alternatives. One of the easiest and cost friendly alternatives is to use simple hand soap from a soap distributor as an anti-fog. The best hand soaps for this have no color or scent added to the solution. They can be easily stored in a gym bag next to your swim goggles.

To use the soap for an anti fog, simply put a small dab onto your fingers and rub a light covering over the outer eye area of the goggles. Water and fog will not be able to penetrate the surface. After swimming, you can simply rinse the goggles off. This is an easy and inexpensive anti-fog product that will keep your eyes safe.

How Soap Can Prevent Cold and Flu
Posted by kevin1234 on 7/29/2011 to Soaps
A cold or the flu can cause loss of work, unavailability for social events and overall unpleasantness. There are many methods that you can apply to your daily life to help you to prevent colds and the flu. These include diet, getting enough sleep and using soap regularly.

Soap is a great flu prevention method because it releases bacteria from your hands. We use our hands to put food in our mouth, hold telephones to our ear and put on lip balm, among many other daily activities. Hands come into contact with our nose and mouth many, many times per day.

It is crucial that our hands remain clean, especially during flu season. We could touch a door handle in public and later put our hands near our face. This will cause contact that could lead to infecting us with a cold or flu virus. Influenza or a cold could be airborne, but chances are we are at a higher risk if our hands are not kept clean.

Both antibacterial and regular soap are helpful in preventing sickness. They both are effective at getting rid of germs and bacteria on the skin. Warm water is also helpful and should be used every time hands are washed. During flu season we all need to remember to wash our hands more than we normally do.
Does Soap Kill Bacteria?
Posted by kevin1234 on 7/6/2011 to Soaps

Regular bar soap and liquid soap dont actually kill bacteria. That does not mean that the soaps are useless. These soaps help to get rid of bacteria and other germs by loosening the bond between the bacteria and the skin. Water, during the hand washing process is then able to release the bacteria from the skin.

Antibacterial soaps, on the other hand, are able to get rid of many types of bacteria. These soaps not only will reduce bad bacteria, but good bacteria as well. The uses of this type of soap are controversial in the medical community.

Many in the health community do agree that it is best to use antibacterial soap when the hands are very dirty, have touched food or other substances that contain bacteria. Other soaps without antibacterial elements can be used for bathing and frequent hand washing.

All soaps are useful for removing dirt, germs and getting rid of bacteria. Antibacterial soap with alcohol will kill some, but not all germs. It is important to have good hygiene and use soap regularly to avoid immunity deficiencies.

3 Important Steps to Cleansing your Face
Posted by kevin on 6/24/2011 to Soaps
Keep Your Hands Soft Through Washing
Posted by kevin1234 on 5/20/2011 to Soaps
Hand washing is crucial for overall health. It is the single most preventative health promoting activity that works well for everyone. But, if you have to wash your hands often or if you live in a climate with dry air, your hands could become dry and cracked.
5 Tips to Get Rid of Acne
Posted by kevin1234 on 5/18/2011 to Soaps
People of all ages are prone to skin blemishes, pimples and acne. There are a few tips that can help teenagers and adults alike to reduce acne and help to revitalize healthy, beautiful skin. Here are 5 of the top tips.
Skin Care on a Dime
Posted by kevin1234 on 5/13/2011 to Soaps
The skin care industry is a billion dollar industry. Anti-aging creams, serums and lotions are just a portion of the product lines that make up the industry. Soaps, cleansers, toners and exfoliants are also very popular among todays consumers.
Pack Your Own Amenities when Traveling
Posted by kevin1234 on 5/9/2011 to Soaps
Do you remember the days of fancy hotel soap? Many travelers would forego using the high quality soaps so that they could take them home as a souvenir or to give to a loved one when returning from a trip. Sadly, those days are long gone. The quality of soap and other amenities has lowered tremendously in the last ten years in even some of the best hotels in the country.
Creative Additions for Bar Soap
Posted by Gravitate Master on 4/22/2011 to Soaps
The craft of making bar soap has been around for thousands of years. Soap making is one of the oldest professions. For centuries craftsmen have found ways to create special blends that are unique and true forms of art. These helped others to tell their soaps apart from others.
The How To of Carving Soap
Posted by kevin1234 on 4/15/2011 to Soaps
Soap carving is a fun hobby that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. There are a few tips to creating a great and useful soap carving that can be enjoyed at home or given as a thoughtful gift.
Soap Making Can Be Fun
Posted by kevin1234 on 4/8/2011 to Soaps
Soap making can be an art form. Soap crafters can learn many techniques that are both traditional and new to incorporate in their own batches. There are so many ways to make soap unique and special for gifting or for your own use at home.
Liquid Soap Versus Bar Soap
Posted by kevin1234 on 4/4/2011 to Soaps
Do you prefer liquid soap or bar soap? Most people have strong preferences. Others use liquid soap near the kitchen sink and the bar variety near the bathroom sink. Many people simply grew up with a certain type of soap that helped to shape their preference.
Making Soap for Holiday Gifts
Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/28/2010 to Soaps
Soap making is a very popular way to make gifts for the Holidays. It's fun because it allows you to use your creativity with each bar you make. There are many ways to make soap and there are many ways you can embellish your soap.
Top Ways to Ruin Your Soap Batches
Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/22/2010 to Soaps
Ruined soap batches can really make me grumpy. Soap making is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of hard work. There are common soap making mistakes that can happen to ruin a bath of soap. Below are top mistakes people make during the soap making process.
The Main Types of Homemade Soap
Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/11/2010 to Soaps
Soap making is a unique opportunity for a person to create their own soap. Soap making allows you the chance to use the exact ingredients that you like, so you dont ever have to settle. Homemade soaps often have the same exact basic ingredients, but then there are certain differences that really set them apart from each other.
Top List of Homemade Honey Beauty Products
Posted by jeff on 9/2/2010 to Soaps

Soap making allows you to save money and make soap recipes so your beauty and skin products are the way that you like. Soap making can also ensure that your products are 100% organic. Soap making allows you to have homemade products with professional results. Below are some easy-to-make homemade honey beauty recipes.

 

1. Facial cleanser – Make your own facial cleanser by mixing honey with a little bit of milk powder. Apply the mixture on your face. This mixture works to clean your face. Rinse off with warm water.
Properties of a Body Scrub
Posted by jeff on 9/1/2010 to Soaps

There seems to always be a huge variety of beauty products on the market. Most of these products boast that they are necessary to own if you really care about your skin, hair, body or beauty. While this may not necessarily be true, many beauty products can greatly improve your appearance.

 

A body scrub is one beauty product that can really improve the beauty and look of your skin. There are a few ways it does this. The main way is because it exfoliates your skin and gets rid of the dead skin layers that have built up on your skin.

 

The Hibiscus Plant
Posted by jeff on 8/30/2010 to Soaps
The hibiscus plant has a lot of different species. That also means that hibiscus plants are called by a lot of different names. A few of these are Jamaica Sorrel, Sudanese Tea, Red Sorrel, Hawaiian Hibiscus and Chinese Hibiscus. There are around 300 different species of hibiscus in the world currently. They originated out of Asia, and have grown in many different regions around the world. Most grow in tropic or subtropical areas in the world.
How to Get Beautiful Feet
Posted by jeff on 8/29/2010 to Soaps

Are you plagued with dry, cracked feet? Do you dream of one day having soft, beautiful feet? If you do, this is the article for you.

 

A sugar scrub is an amazing beauty treatment that can be used to smooth and exfoliate your feet. It is a natural spa treatment that contains healthy ingredients that wont harm your skin. Sugar has natural acids that will dissolve dry skin.

 

The granules in the sugar polish the feet and make it softer. Sugar exfoliates skin really well. You can use the scrub by massaging it on your feet.
Fixing Acne Issues
Posted by jeff on 8/28/2010 to Soaps

Acne can really affect your appearance. Acne affects more than half of the population currently. Treating acne is very important since acne damage can greatly affect the way your skin looks.

 

When you deal with acne you need to search and find treatments that will work with your particular skin type. Some people can eliminate acne easily, while others need more advanced measures. Some people still have yet to find something that works for their skin type.
Why Natural Skin Care Products Are Better
Posted by jeff on 8/24/2010 to Soaps

Has this experience ever happened to you? You pick up a beauty product that promises to treat wrinkles and give you immediate results for a more beautiful, flawless face. You get very excited about it until you turn it over and find that it contains chemicals. Bummer.

 

Chemicals can actually do more harm than good for your body. They often contain toxins or preservatives that are not only bad for the environment, but they aren’t good for the body either. If you see that a product contains synthetic chemicals, your best bet is to turn around and look elsewhere.

Taking a Break at the Spa
Posted by jeff on 8/23/2010 to Soaps
Some times a girl just needs to pamper herself. A day spa can be a great opportunity. Here are some great spa treatments to try. Massages are wonderful. They are found in almost every spa, and price is usually determined on the type of massage and the time spent. Massages work to loosen up tense muscles and can be quite relaxing.

 

There are many types of massages that people can choose to do. They can relieve physical ailments or problems as well. When a massage is done right, your body can get detoxified and rejuvenated.

 

How to Make Your Skin Look More Radiant
Posted by jeff on 8/19/2010 to Soaps
Do you want beautiful, scrumptious skin? Beautiful skin takes effort, but it is well worth it. Here are some ways to keep your skin beautiful, exfoliated, and healthy.Skin needs to be clean, but should be moisturized as well. Soap makingallows you to create your own soap. Soap making is a great choice for people who want to enjoy a healthy glow by putting in their own moisturizing ingredients inside the soap.
Treatments For Body Acne
Posted by jeff on 8/18/2010 to Soaps

Body acne can be a real pain. Getting rid of body acne can be hard for certain people. It can take a lot of work on your part to get to the point where you no longer have to deal with body acne issues. Here are a few tips for helping get rid of body acne.

 

Practice good hygiene. Take a shower or bath regularly. Everyday your skin is going to be exposed to bacteria that will continue to cause the body acne. Showering everyday is recommended.

 

Coconut Milk Soapmaking
Posted by jeff on 8/4/2010 to Soaps
Goat milk is a popular ingredient people use when soapmaking. Homemade soap with goat's milk is well worth it. If you are soapmaking, another good ingredient to try out is coconut milk. Coconut milk soap actually is one of the best types of soap to make, and if you are experienced with soapmaking you know that coconut milk adds a lot of moisturizing properties to the soap.

There is a difference between using coconut oil and coconut milk. The soaps they produce are very different from each other. You can tell simply by the feel of them both.
Products That are Good for the Shower
Posted by jeff on 8/4/2010 to Soaps
There is no better time to restore the nutrients to your skin than the summer. Your skin will look much better when the nutrients are restored, and it will produce a beautiful, summer glow. Here are a few products you should use when you shower.

Body wash - Body wash is necessary when it comes to showering. Body wash works great because you can quickly lather it on your skin, and it usually has a delicious smell to it. The best body washes produce a thick lather.
Moisturizing Soap Ingredients
Posted by jeff on 8/3/2010 to Soaps

Soap has a tendency of drying out skin. A lot of people choose to do soapmaking because they know exactly what ingredients are going in to the soap. Soapmaking allows you to choose your own ingredients, so you can create a more moisturizing soap than many of the commercial bath soaps that are available at the store.

Taking showers and keeping clean is very important. It is important, not only for our health, but also in our interactions with others around us. If you are constantly using a harsh soap on our skin every time you take a shower or bath, you can imagine how your skin will look after only a few uses.

Natural Soap is Best
Posted by jeff on 7/28/2010 to Soaps
What goes on with the soapmaking process? We know that soap is needed for washing hands and for bathing. Is there anything else we should know about soap?

Soap comes in a few different forms. It can be made out of liquid or be made as a solid soap bar. It is up to you to determine what type you prefer. A lot of people choose to use a bar of soap in the shower, and use liquid soap to wash hands, but it is entirely up to you what type you like best.

Making Colored Soap With Kids
Posted by jeff on 6/29/2010 to Soaps

Making soap with kids can be a fun summer project. The best part is that when you're done, they can enjoy their creation in the bathtub. Here are some ideas on how to make colored soap with your kids.

I know What Soap Is, But How Does It Actually Work?
Posted by jeff on 6/23/2010 to Soaps

A popular activity for many people is soap making. Soap making is a fun way to make your own, unique soap. But how does soap actually work, and will you be doing it the right way if you make it on your own?

The most simple way I can think of to explain how soap works is that soaps have sodium and potassium fatty acids salt in them. The fatty acid salts produce a chemical reaction known as saponification. They have strands of molecules that like water, and some strands that don't like water. Because they are able to work with and against water, soap is able to work well with both water and oil.

The Ever Popular Soap on a Rope
Posted by jeff on 6/21/2010 to Soaps
There are many good reasons for soap making using a rope. I think it's great for camping since it helps keep your soap out of the dirt. At home it's nice because with your soap hanging to dry, you don't end up with all that slimy soap mess in your soap holder. When soap is securely attached to a rope, you have an easier time finding it and catching it when it lands in the tub!

So, how do you make soap on a rope?  It's really easy, and lots of fun! If you already have a favorite soap recipe, start your soap making like you would normally do. You will also need about 18 inches of some kind of rope.

Soap Carving Fun
Posted by jeff on 6/18/2010 to Soaps
Carving bars of soap can only be considered good clean fun! One of the projects my cub scouts looked forward to was the day they got to carve a bar of soap into whatever they wanted. They soon learned that carving soap took more talent than you might think.

So where did carving soap get started? What prompted people to spend their time carving soap? Is soap carving really an art?

Making Glycerin Soap with Kids
Posted by jeff on 6/17/2010 to Soaps
Glycerin soap is a great craft to do with kids. The extra glycerin in the soap produces a very moisturizing bar of soap. The clear soap also gives you the opportunity to add extra fun by putting things into the soap.

Clear soap base can be purchased in large blocks to be melted down. This melted soap can be colored, and fragrance added as desired. This melted soap is then poured into soap molds and is known as "melt and pour" soap making.

The History of Soap Making
Posted by jeff on 6/16/2010 to Soaps
Long ago people figured out that water is good for cleaning things. It also didn't take long to learn that water alone can't clean everything. At some point, someone figured out how to make soap, probably from animal fat that mixed with the ashes of the fires the meat was cooked on.

No one knows where soap making began. Clay tablets dating back to 2500 BC suggest that soap was first used for styling hair, as well as to aid in healing wounds. Ancient Greeks were said to use a combination of lye and ashes to clean their pots and the statues of their gods.

How Old is Soap?
Posted by jeff on 6/15/2010 to Soaps

Soap is a beautiful substance.  It is what helps us keep our friends, family, and jobs.  With it we feel clean, happy, and healthy.  So when exactly was soap created?

The art of soap making dates all the way back to the Babylonians.  When ancient Babylon was being excavated, a clay cylinder that was dated 2800 BC had a soap like substance within it.  There is also a clay tablet that had a formula for making soap that was dated 2200 BC.

Sensitive Skin and Soap
Posted by jeff on 6/14/2010 to Soaps
Soap and sensitive skin do not always work well together. There are going to be certain ingredients that make soap harsher on the skin. Soap making is a refined process, so be sure to know what is in your soap before you buy it.

Natural soaps are usually soaps that people have homemade that may contain synthetic ingredients. Soap making can be made with organic essential oils, but it can also include synthetic fragrances that can be harmful to your skin. When you are at the store buying your natural soap because you have sensitive skin there are a few things to look out for.

Cold Process or hot process soap?
Posted by jeff on 4/27/2010 to Soaps

In the soap making process, making cold process soap and hot process soap is quite different. Often the end products look alike and it is difficult to tell them apart. The usual commercial soap purchased at a store is made using the hot process, as it is much faster to make.

In the hot soap making process larger batches can be made in a shorter processing time, thus maximizing profits. In manufacturing the soap, the glycerin in the soap is removed as a by-product from the heating process, along with the waste product, lye. This cooked soap lacking glycerin dries our skin.

Making Your Own Natural Soap
Posted by jeff on 4/22/2010 to Soaps

Whether youre pinching your penny or looking for a new hobby, the process of making your own homemade natural soap has attracted many.  A starter kit designed for beginners might be the best option for you if youre just starting out.  If you want to take on a bigger challenge, however, you might consider searching out recipes and trying one on your own.

Starter Kits for Natural Soap

Soap making starter kits contain all the soap supplies you will need, and are the simplest way to go.  Complete with molds and detailed instructions, you will be guided every step of the way.  Look for a kit in a craft store, or shop online.

Five Tricks for a Better Natural Soap
Posted by jeff on 4/20/2010 to Soaps

Natural soap making has become more common with our increased awareness of what harmful chemicals can do. Good natural soap requires the right combination of ingredients. Here are five tricks for better soap.

1. Get the basics right. High priced ingredients aren't really necessary to make good soap. Often high-priced ingredients try to make up for an inferior soap recipe.

The Difference between Natural and Regular Soap
Posted by jeff on 4/20/2010 to Soaps
If ever given the option, it is always better to use natural or organic products.  Organic food is better for your body, and with soap it is no different.  Knowing the differences between the soap making process of natural and regular soap will allow you to make yet another better choice in your day-to-day life.
Soap Mold Suggestions
Posted by jeff on 4/8/2010 to Soaps

Are you tired of giving the same boring presents to your family and friends? Are you tired of doing the same crafts that everyone else also does? I was as well, and I recently found a great new one - soap making.

I know there is a lot of work that goes in to the soap making process, but it is worth it. Things need to be done a specific way during the soap making process to have it turn out just right. There are also a lot of safety precautions that you need to take in the soap making process.


Safety Precautions You Should Take When Making Lye Soap On Your Own
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/7/2010 to Soaps

Lye soap has been around for thousands of years. However, lye is a very harmful substance and proper precautions and safeguards should be taken before trying to make soap on your own. Here are a few safety precautions to be aware of when taking on homemade lye soap.

Protect your eyes. Wear protective eye gear or goggle to keep your eyes from harm. Goggles will shield your eyes from coming in contact with lye. Be sure the goggle completely cover the eyes.

Supplies You Need When Making Your Own Soap
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/7/2010 to Soaps
It can be very rewarding to make your own soap. However, there are different soap supplies that you need to have handy when making your own soap. Having the proper soap supplies is essential if you want to have a good experience.

Making lye soap can be fun. It also is a dangerous hobby since lye can burn like an acid if it touches your bare skin. Having the proper soap supplies can prepare you in case of any spills.