Top Five Reasons you need to use Rebatch Soap Base

Are you looking for that Cold Process Type finish for your soaps but don’t want to handle the hazardous chemicals that are involved? Maybe you just want an all-natural Melt & Pour Soap Base! If you haven’t then now is the time to use our Rebatch Soap Base. Here are a few reasons why.

Easy to Use Product

Like the other Melt & Pour Soap Bases the Rebatch Soap Base is easy to use. It is far less complicated than making soap using sodium hydroxide or lye. Follow these detailed processing instructions for the best results!

It’s a true Cold Process Likeness

You make soap and you have a pretty good eye for soaps and can point out how it was made with high accuracy. The finished product made from our Rebatch Soap Base will test your ability! Make a batch of Cold Process and then make a batch with the Rebatch Soap Base and see if you can tell the difference.

Cut Costs

Save some money with Rebatch Soap Base! It’s always great to save money, but when running a business the saying “Time is Money” always applies! It takes less time to make a batch of soap using the Rebatch Soap Base than the Cold Process method with similar results. You can use that extra time to make more batches or even market you’re newest creation! You will also save money because you won’t have to worry about the cost required to buy and ship Sodium Hydroxide or Lye. With the Rebatch Soap Base you won’t have to worry about finding special storage either, Rebatch can be stored in the box it was shipped in with your other soaps.

No Hazardous Materials

One of if not the very best reason to use Reatch Soap Base is that you won’t have to deal with any hazardous chemicals such as Sodium Hydroxide or Lye to make your soap. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you won’t have to worry about storing the Sodium Hydroxide in a designated safe place because you won’t have the need to.

100% All Natural

Rebatch Soap Base is made from 100% RSPO Certified Segregated Sustainable palm and palm kernel oils! All-natural products are in demand, so if you have a line of all natural products then this would be a great addition. Maybe you’ve been looking to start selling an all-natural product, start here!

Here are just a few more reasons you should start using Rebatch Soap Base. It has a great foaming performance! More foam means that it’s doing its job! It leaves the skin feeling great due to its excellent moisturizing properties! It is also suitable for slicing or molding depending on your preferred method of soap making!

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Making the Perfect Soaps for Easter

Many people enjoy assembling an Easter basket for the children in their lives or even for their friends, spouses and other close family members. While a chocolate bunny, jelly beans and marshmallow treats are the usual suspects to find tucked within the basket, consider some practical gifts such as soaps in special Easter designs.

Cheerful Egg Soaps
Coloring Easter eggs is a longstanding tradition for many families. With color gels and custom Milky Way soap molds offered by the Chemistry Store, you can recreate the look of an Easter egg using the soap base of your choice. There’s no limit to the designs and color combinations you can create. Consider a striped egg using different colors of soaps layered upon one another. Or try a swirl pattern using two or more colors to create a tie-dye effect.

Bunny Designs
The bunny is a perfect symbol of Easter and spring. The image of a bunny invokes the hope, inspiration and joy of new life. Inspire those closest to your heart with traditional bunny designs for your Easter soaps. Use pastel hues to color your melt and pour soap base. Consider spring colors such as daffodil yellow, sky blue, mint green, blushing pink and lilac.

Flowers
A flower shaped soap or a bar with an imprinted flower design is just right for an Easter gift for older girls, women and house guests. Use a single color such as baby blue or light yellow to color the melt and pour soap base. The Chemistry Store’s flower mold collection features many spring flower designs, such as daffodils, rose blossoms, bouquetsfloral hearts, ovals and circles. For an extra special touch, consider including some dried flower petals in your soap base. Rose petals or another favorite make a beautiful seasonal addition to your springtime soap making projects.

Scented Soaps
As people prepare for Easter celebrations, flowers are often brought into the home to add color, vitality and the aromatic scents of the new season. When making your Easter soaps, don’t forget to include some fragrance oils such as coconut cream, fresh lilac, clean cotton or fresh lavender. These scents are reminiscent of the spring cleaning and tabletop blossoms that are so widely enjoyed.

While it’s lovely to get some candy for Easter, the gift of handmade Easter soaps will be both practical and touching to anyone in your life.

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Choosing the Best Soap Molds

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Soap molds give products a polished and unique look. Choosing the right materials ensures that soaps do not come out with indentations or blemishes. High-quality options result in high-quality products. When looking for molds, amateurs and professionals alike should consider their shape, porousness and lining.

Consider the Shape of the Mold
One of the first things to consider is the shape of the mold. After all, once the mixture is poured in, it will dry out and harden to the shape of the mold. A person can go for a traditional bar form by looking for rectangular, rounded or square-shaped molds. Other soap makers like uniquely-shaped molds. For example, some people want to market their items towards women or children and thus may want to create fun-shaped soaps to draw attention with its unique look.

Porousness of the Container
Molds need to be secure. This means that there cannot be any perforations, holes or gaps in the container. If there is even the smallest gap, the soap can pour through and affect the general shape and quality of the product. Using molds that are specifically designed for soap making is the best choice. A mold made from a material that absorbs the soap mixture will affect the overall result.

Inspect the Lining of the Mold
Some molds have small blemishes or indentations on the sides or bottom. For example, some containers have markings or grooves. The soap will form to the mold, so these indentations or markings will appear in the soap. Smooth wood or plastic molds produce smooth soaps without blemishes. The container’s lining should make it easy for a soap maker to remove the soap once it has hardened.

Molds are the finishing touch of any soap. Thus, it is important to consider the container’s shape, materials, lining and quality. The best molds are secure and allow people to safely remove products. Though practice makes perfect, smart soap makers will make sure their molds are clean, without holes and easy to use.

Molds should be able to hold the soap’s shape and produce smooth and polished items. When experimenting with different options, it helps to envision what the soap will look like after it has hardened. Soap makers’ preferences develop over time and with practice.

Creative Crystal Jelly Soaps

The Chemistry Store is proud to offer the latest in handmade soap products: crystal jelly soap base. This innovative melt-and-pour soap base that sets within hours is made of vegetable materials. The naturally neutral odor of the soap allows added fragrance oils to work well, and the jelly base easily takes on color, allowing for especially bright and vivid finished soaps that smell great. These tips for soap making will get you started on some creative new products for you or your customers. Take a look at some of our crafting tutorials!

Layered Soaps
For a unique, finished product, consider layering jelly soap bases with other soap bases offered by the Chemistry Store. To do this, pour a layer of the jelly soap base, allow it to set, then pour a layer of another soap base of your choice. After it sets, top it off with another layer of the jelly soap base. A layered soap allows you to produce soaps with multiple colors for a rainbow effect, and the see-through jelly soap base allows the middle layer to stand out for an interesting effect.

Peek-a-Boo Soaps
With the jelly soap base, it’s easy to make soaps with an embedded object or treasure. Much like vending machines that have a transparent plastic egg with a small toy inside, the jelly soap base can be used to secure a small toy such as a figurine, toy animal, dice or anything else you can think of. Other items can be embedded into the jelly base for a decorative peek-a-boo effect, such as flowers and flower petals, cinnamon sticks or even a sea shell.

Soaps That Look Good Enough to Eat
The jelly soap base can be used to make soaps that look good enough to eat. Choose a vibrant color such as deep purple or pink to add to the soap base. Use a round soap mold or a oval style mold, and once the jelly soap has set, make a small batch of another type of soap with a white base. Drizzle the white liquid soap over the colored jelly to make it look like icing or frosting. Alternatively, make a soap that looks like gelatin dessert. Pour a thin layer of base with just a drop or two of the color of your choice. Let it set, and add a few more drops of the same color, repeating for each layer.

Don’t miss out on the Shampoo Bar market!

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Are you missing out on the Shampoo Bar market?

While the finished product can resemble the appearance of a typical bar of soap, Shampoo Bar Soap Base is formulated specifically for hair. Many individuals prefer a shampoo bar because so many liquid shampoos are often made with synthetic ingredients.

Our Stephenson Crystal SS Shampoo Bar Melt and Pour Base is the best available and it’s pretty simple to make a few bars. This Melt and Pour base is vegetable based, free from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. It also contains soothing Aloe Vera, Conditioning additives, and has a high glycerin content giving the skin a pleasant feel.

We took one pound of Crystal SS Shampoo M&P Base melted it down. We sprayed any bubbles with alcohol to remove them. Next we added in our Fragrance, Cool Water, stirred until they were blended together. Then we poured the soap into our Professional Circle Soap Mold, sprayed any bubbles for a smooth finish and then let the soap cool and harden.

This time around we chose to keep the bar white in color! You may choose to add color to the Crystal SS Shampoo Bar Base to give it a unique or signature look. Our Gel Colors are a great place to start! We have them categorized in Basic, Blended, and Caribbean! The Black Cherry Gel Color seems to be a popular color for the shampoo bar base. The Sunflower Gel Color is one of the brighter colors. It’s an overall popular color so we are confident that you’ll enjoy it in your Shampoo Bar as well!

Any fragrance you wish to add can be added, but several popular ones are Amber, Citrus Splash, and Forest Pine. You’ll probably want to stick with the more masculine fragrances since the Shampoo Bar is really designed for men.

If you’re not selling a shampoo bar here is why you need to start! Shampoo Bars are long lasting, they keep their shape, and consistency longer than a normal bar of soap! For the traveler it’s easy to pack! We recommend keeping the shampoo bar modest in size; this makes them convenient for traveling and won’t affect the allotted liquid carry on amounts! They create lots of foam! You get a great lather with excellent performance each use!

I wanted to test one of the bars we made before posting. If you have never used a shampoo bar before it may feel strange at first but you’ll be glad that you tried it, I know I am! After rinsing my hair I rubbed the bar on the top of my head in two circular motions and I had never had so much foaming action with any of my liquid shampoos! With average length hair for men, it was more than enough lather! If you typically follow up with conditioner each morning you may be able to cutback due to the conditioning additives in the Shampoo Bar Base. Of course the extra use of conditioner will help, but it may not be necessary. Check out our Chemsoft Conditioner Base if you are interested in making your own hair conditioner, it pairs great with the Shampoo Bar.

The time to start making Shampoo Bars is now! Many high end soap and cosmetic companies are already selling them and you should too! The Shampoo Bar is an essential part of any men’s grooming product line! By supplying your customers an affordable Shampoo Bar that will meet their needs and surpass their expectations, they are sure to spread the word about the great things you’re doing!

You may want to Market and sell the Shampoo Bar as part of a Men’s Grooming Kit, as they are more likely to try the product if it comes with other products they use and need. This would also make a great idea for a Father’s Day gift!

Understanding the Difference Between Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are both surfactants and are added to products to increase the foaming action when the product used. This is done due to the widely accepted notion that foam equals product performance.

Both SLS and SLES are also used in a wide variety of personal care products such as soaps, shampoos, body washes, toothpastes, and many other products where you would expect to see foaming action. These ingredients lower the surface tension of water and act as a dispersion agent to properly mix the ingredients in fragrance oils and body sprays. Due to these properties SLS & SLES are also popular in moisturizing lotions and sunscreens.

So what’s the difference between SLS and SLES? The major difference is in the manufacturing process. To make SLES, SLS goes through a process called “ethoxylation.” Why go through this process for chemicals that appear to be the same? While both are very similar, SLS is a skin irritant. This can cause some minor skin irritations like dry, itchy skin. SLES is formulated be much milder and not irritate the skin.

Many manufacturers prefer to use SLES rather than using SLS because SLES is supposed to be gentler on the skin and hair! If you’ve ever compared products made with SLS versus those made with SLES I’m sure you’re aware the difference is easily recognizable!

If you’re still using SLS, you really need to give SLES a try! We’ve got a large shipment of Sodium Laureth Sulfate arriving and are able to bring you some great savings! Not only did we reduce our prices, but you won’t find a better price anywhere on the web! Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is also less expensive than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) so if you aren’t using SLES then the time to try it out is now! You’ll understand why so many of our customers are using SLES!

We’re always glad to hear about what you are doing so please share your thoughts!

Restore Your Lips with Handmade Balm

The dry, cold air of winter combined with wind can wreak havoc on the health and appearance of your lips. Many people experience chapped lips as well as peeling of the skin and cracks that may bleed. This can be a painful and unsightly experience. With handmade lip balms made from ingredients offered by The Chemistry Store, you can nurse your lips back to health and enjoy a fresher and more beautiful smile as well.

Lip Balm Base

Our vegan lip balm base features vitamin E oil to moisturize and protect damaged skin. Shea and cocoa butter promote healing and help to lock moisture into the lips. Apricot oil adds a natural sheen. No additional preservatives are needed for preparing balms from the base. Just 8 ounces of base is enough product to make 53 traditional tubes of balm.

Lip Balm Flavorings

While our lip balm base alone provides a natural and tasteless layer of protection, sometimes, it’s fun to change things up a bit and add some flavoring to your lip balm. We offer a variety to suit your moods. If you’re feeling tropical, try pineapple, strawberry, banana or watermelon flavor. For those with a sweet tooth, try bubble gum, chocolate, caramel apple, cotton candy or vanilla bean flavor. For a rich and savory experience, try peach, cherry or coconut butter rum flavor. Of course, there’s always the classic fresh mint to awaken your senses.

Essential Oils

Essential oils can be added in small amounts to your homemade lip balms. Spearmint may help reduce feelings of fatigue, nausea, stress and headaches. It can also help stave off colds and the flu. Peppermint offers these same benefits. Lavender oil may reduce lip pain and dryness associated with wintertime sunburns. It’s safe to use for children and the elderly and is a top choice for use in cosmetic products like lip balm. Tea tree oil can also help restore broken and sensitive skin. It can aid in the healing of cracked and chapped lips. Inhaling the scent of tea tree oil may help those with asthma and bronchitis that are aggravated by cold and dry winter weather conditions.

How to use Coffee in Suspension Soap Base to Remove Unwanted Scents

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If you’ve ever cooked with onions, garlic, or even if you’ve been working on your car or the lawnmower you know that your hands pick up unwanted and often unpleasant scents. When you have finished you’re work you wash your hands, then again, and then a few more times because you can’t rid your hands of that unwanted unpleasant smell!

Below is your solution!

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When you make that next pot of coffee set some extra coffee grounds off to the side, make sure the extra coffee grounds are unused! You’ll need roughly 2 oz. We used coffee grounds from the prepackaged bags of the Maxwell House brand. You can use any brand or grind up your own beans to make the grounds.

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Once you have the coffee set aside, take your Suspension Melt and Pour Soap Base and cut off one pound.

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Melt the soap down using a soap melter or a microwave (we chose microwave). Try to keep the soap from boiling but if you do get any bubbles remember to spray them with alcohol. Add the coffee grounds and stir. The coffee tends to stick to the side of the bowl so make sure you get the grounds that are sticking.

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Once you feel that the coffee grounds are mixed well with the soap base pour the base into a mold. We used a Professional Rectangle Mold for this project. If you get bubbles while pouring, remember to spray them with alcohol. Now wait for them to harden.

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Trust me you did not just waste your coffee! The coffee acts a deodorizer, so not only will the coffee deodorize your hands from those unwanted scents but the coffee grounds also act as an exfoliant. It’s a win-win!

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Whether you keep a bar of soap in the kitchen or the garage it’s perfect for removing those unwanted scents!

Try it out for yourself and give us a call, message us on Facebook, Tweet us on Twitter, we’d love to hear how it turned out for you!

Creating Signature Soaps and Lotions

With so many creative ingredients and tools, it’s easy for home hobbyists to create soaps and lotions that have a personal signature. From soap products with a romantic appeal or earthy look to those with a more whimsical design, the possibilities are endless.

Romance It with Color, Texture and Scent

You can use highly concentrated gel colorants to create a romantic shade for body washes, soaps, lotions and shampoos. Drop by drop, you can experiment and determine the right color saturation. Choose a hyacinth gel colorant for a romantic “Gone with the Wind” look or a sapphire gel colorant for a more passionate expression. Add some creamy butters like Shea, olive, jojoba and aloe for a silky and luxurious feel. Capture love in the air by incorporating fragrant oils like sweet vanilla lavender.

Develop an Earthy Product for Naturalists

With tones of natural brown, earthy black, green and iron oxide pigments, you can create a product that is Mother-Nature perfect. Natural butters are ideal ingredients for those who prefer an earthy texture and mild odor. Kokum butter comes from the fruit of the Kokum tree and makes a great addition to skin lotions and bar soaps. Soy butter is highly refined and ideal for conditioning dry skin. Finish your soap using a well-suited butterfly or flower mold to produce a nature-inspired shape.

Spread the Seasonal Cheer with Scented and Decorated Soaps

Apple berry spice oils, autumn fragrance oils, candy cane oils, gingerbread oils and forest pine oils add a scent of seasonal fragrance to your products. With the soothing aroma of gingerbread mixed with orange peel, ginger and spicy nutmeg, users will enjoy the scent of freshly baked cookies when they wash. Autumn harvest oils deliver a delicious aroma of crisp orchard apples and fresh oranges. It’s easy to integrate nature’s best into your soap products. Add a sparkle-dust glitter for some twinkle and brilliant shimmer.

With professional ingredients and the right tools, your homemade products will look picture-perfect right off the shelf. You’ll be able to create a signature product to call your own.

In The Lab with Crystal SLES & SLS Free Soap Base

We just spent some time in our Lab where we were experimenting with the new Crystal SLES & SLS Free Melt & Pour Soap Base we offer! It was such a great product to work with; we are extremely pleased with the outcome!

Crystal SLES & SLS Free is a Stephenson Personal Care product that we just added to our line of Melt & Pour Soap Bases.

To make your work flow more efficient make sure you have all of your tools, fragrances and colors ready before you begin. Our expected outcome was a transparent bar with cubes of blue and red in the middle of the soap. We decided that we were going to use a geometric egg mold from our line of professional molds that we will offer soon! The molds are made from a heavy duty PET Plastic that can withstand heat better than most other plastic’s for outstanding durability. You’ll also be able to enjoy a fourth cavity rather than the typical three cavity molds.

We first determined what amount of Soap Base was needed for the project, and then we opened the box and made our cuts. The box opens up to a flat surface, easy for cutting and also folds up, back to its original state to keep our remaining soap free from damage and possible contamination. This “Built in Bonus” is great for clean-up and storage!

We took our small blocks and melted them. These were going to be used for the cubes. For this experiment we used a microwave, but you may prefer to use a crockpot which may reduce the amount of bubbles during the melting process but will most likely take longer for the soap to melt. Once the entire block was melted color was added. We chose Royal Blue and True Red for the colors of the small cubes at the center of our soap.

We only used three drops of Blue to obtain the desired color, a likeness of the bright clear blue water of the Caribbean. For the True Red we used more than five drops to obtain a bright pink look to complement the Blue!

As we poured the colored soap into a tray we sprayed the soap with alcohol to eliminate any bubbles that were created during the heating and pouring process. It is important not to agitate the tray or mold; doing so may cause unwanted bubbles. Once the soap had cooled and hardened we removed the soap from the tray and cut the cubes to our desired specifications.

The mold we were using called for about four ounces of soup per cavity. We melted down a one pound block that we had cut earlier. When the soap was melted it was in a crystal clear liquid state. We had planned to add our Sandalwood Rose fragrance but decided to wait as some fragrances have a light yellow to orange tint that can affect the color and opacity of your clear soap base. Always check your recipe but typically for every pound of soap you’ll want to use nine grams of fragrance.

We placed the cubes in the cavities of the mold and sprayed them with alcohol to help adhesion between the layers. Then we poured soap into the mold and then sprayed the bubbles one last time. We let the soap sit until it had hardened enough to be pushed out of the mold.

If you’re looking for a clear SLES & SLS Free Soap Base that is easy to use, high in quality, low in price, then your search is over!

Click here to see all of the sizes available.

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Getting Creative with Homemade Soap Products

Whether you’re a hobbyist or at-home commercial soap maker, there are plenty of ingredients and tools to spruce up your soaps and lotions. From attractive molds and fragrance oils to specialty butters and a wide array of pigments, create soaps and lotions that are effective, smell good and are picture-perfect.

Using Natural Butters in the Mix

Natural butters are great ingredients for lotions, skin creams and soaps. Natural butters make products creamy and act as great moisturizers. Choose from a wide variety of natural butters like aloe butter, jojoba butter, Shea butter, mango butter and olive butter. Aloe butter comes from aloe barbadenis and is well-known for its moisturizing and healing properties. Shea butter is obtained from the seed of the karite tree and is effective for burns, skin dryness and dermatitis. Mango butter is derived from the fruit seed of the mango and is an excellent moisturizer. It is very effective for counteracting the common dryness of soaps.

Fragrance Oils Create an Attractive Smell

Make your soaps and lotions unique and appealing with a wide range of fragrance oils. Blueberry fragrance oils are sure to create a surprise. Often, this type of fragrance oil has the sweet smell of fresh blueberries along with hints of cinnamon, maple and rose. Add a citrus fragrance oil to a soap or lotion and capture the fresh scent of tangerine, grapefruit or lemon. A lavender-vanilla fragrance oil is sure to add some pizazz with its romantic appeal.

Add Some Eye-Capturing Color

For an earthly look to soaps and lotions, iron oxide pigments are ideal. You can choose from a color range of black, red and yellow, and tone it up or tone it down. There are also pigments for other attractive colors, such as lavender, blue and pink. Many of these pigments are made by grinding lapis lazuli into a powder and are sold by the ounce.

Creating Dimension with a Mold

In addition to the typical geometric molds like oval, rectangular and square, molds with a dimension can add texture and beauty to a soap. Go sporty with a boots and spurs mold or Old World with a detailed Egyptian or camel mold. Make soap fun for kids with spaceship and cartoon character molds. Holiday molds with Santa, stars, ornaments and angels also make great festive gifts for the season.

Learn About Our Newest Melt and Pour Products

We carry a variety of Stephenson Personal Care Melt and Pour products. The melt and pour line is ideal for anyone in the craft market because it requires little in the way of specialist equipment keeping your investment minimal. Users of Melt and Pour typically need only to add color and fragrance to achieve outstanding finished soap bars.

We want to highlight just three of our newest additions to the melt and pour soap bases we offer. The first, Crystal SLES & SLS Free Melt and Pour soap base is ideal for the crafter looking to make a SLS & SLES Free transparent bar! If you’re going after the clear bar look, just add a fragrance from our vast selection. If you’re interested in keeping the bar transparent but colorful, add a splash of color to achieve the look you desire.

Crystal SS Solid Shampoo Bar Melt and Pour soap base is free from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and made with soothing Aloe Vera and conditioning additives. Very high in glycerin content the shampoo bar is a great moisturizer providing a pleasant skin feel. You may choose to leave the bar white but you can also add color to give the bar its own unique appearance.

The Crystal Natural HF Melt and Pour Soap Base creates a bar with lots of foam. Natural HF offers superior color stability even if kept at a high temperature for extended periods of time. Along with the superior color stability this base has a neutral odor that provides for an excellent fragrance lift.

Not only are our Melt and Pour soap bases great for the crafter they are also popular with large scale, automated manufacturers wanting to produce mass market innovative soap lines to differentiate themselves from their competition. Stephenson is the premiere global soap manufacturer with over 100 years in soap making innovation serving customers in 50 countries. The professionals are buying these products to stand out over the competition and so should you!

Since melt and pour soap is so easy to use it can be explained in a few easy steps! Cut off the amount of soap base you need (amount will vary depending on the batch size you are making), melt it down using a microwave or in a double-boiler, add fragrance, color and then pour. We know you’ll be an expert in no time at all!

Making Soap for Men

When it comes to specialty soaps, women aren’t the only ones seeking an interesting, unique or natural product. Handmade soaps can be marketed to men too. While the floral scents and infused petals that appeal to girls and women may not appeal to adult men, there are ways to customize handmade soaps for men to enjoy and look forward to using each day.

Creating a Manly Bar of Soap

Men have different skin care needs than women do. Due to their hormones, men may be more prone to getting acne and other skin problems. For most men, a good bar of soap is all about the effect it has on how their skin looks and feels. Consider a natural exfoliating soap that includes coffee grounds, oatmeal and pumice for hardworking men who get their hands dirty all day long. Natural essential oils like eucalyptus offer moisture without adding to the oil or grease burden while soaps with vitamin E and goat’s milk powder offer a boost to dry wintertime skin and chapped hands from working. These ingredients also make a superb lather for shaving. Soap makers can put all these ingredients into every soap to make a single, multipurpose product, or you can create separate lines of shaving soaps, washing soaps and repair soaps for men.

Manly Soap Scents

Most men will not want to go around smelling like roses or lilacs all day. Selecting an array of manly scents will draw in more customers, including men shopping for themselves as well as women shopping for their brothers, sons, boyfriends and husbands. Scents like sandalwood, lime, spice, licorice, bayberry and patchouli are perennial favorites. You might also think outside the box and consider scents like bacon or freshly mowed grass for your soaps.

Packaging Soap to Appeal to Men

When packaging soap to appeal to males, less fuss is definitely better. There’s no need for fancy ribbons or sparkles. Simple packaging will showcase the product instead of the box that it comes in. Stick with basic soap shapes as well, with solid rectangular blocks or substantial ovals as the two leading options. A clear cellophane or plastic wrapper around the bar and a bow tied with twine makes for a sharp-looking, manly bar of handmade soap.

Protecting Your Skin with Natural Homemade Soaps

The winter months can be harsh on the skin. The dry air wicks away the skin’s natural moisture. The winds leave skin chapped and flaky. Spending time indoors around allergens and dry heat from the furnace only adds to the misery. Instead of suffering with dull, itchy and red skin until springtime arrives, you can create handmade soaps with natural ingredients that heal and protect the skin.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that can both protect the skin and repair it from the ravages of the weather. Antioxidants like vitamin E can correct damage caused by free radicals produced by chemicals in the air and in preservatives sometimes included in packaged foods. When vitamin E is applied to the skin, it can reduce damage from ultraviolet lights, medications and pollution. The use of vitamin E on skin that has been scraped or scratched may reduce the risk of scarring. It can even work its magic on older scars, reducing redness and making that area of the skin less noticeable. Liquid vitamin E can be added to soap before it is poured into the molds.

Lanolin

Lanolin is produced by sheep to protect their skin and wool from cold weather. People have been using lanolin as a method of skin protection for thousands of years. Lanolin moisturizes the skin and is even safe for those who have a wool allergy. Nursing women know that the application of lanolin to the skin can reduce pain from breastfeeding. Adding lanolin to homemade soap allows all of your skin to enjoy the moisturizing and protective effects of this natural substance. As an added bonus, lanolin is shelf stable for two years, which makes it effective as a natural preservative for your handmade creations.

Goat’s Milk Powder

Goat’s milk is the closest milk to human milk. It contains essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B-6, B-12 and E. It also contains protein and triglycerides, all of which are important to healthy skin. The goat’s milk powder is a good foundation for making natural homemade soaps. The soap made with goat’s milk powder will have a creamy texture that leaves the skin looking shiny and healthier.

Give the Gift of Handmade Soaps

The holiday season can be a hectic time of the year. With long shopping lists, cleaning and decorating to do, finding the time to purchase the perfect gift for each person in your life can be a real challenge. However, if you give the gift of handmade soaps, you can avoid harried trips to the shopping center and instead enjoy a peaceful and creative experience in your home.

Creating Unique Holiday Soaps

With the wide range of supplies and ingredients offered at the Chemistry Store, there is no end to the combinations of holiday soaps that you can make. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Shapes: Use molds so that you can create unique shapes for your soaps.
  • Scents: Try fragrance oils as well as holiday scents such as candy cane and gingerbread.
  • Colors: Experiment with dyes and colors to create solids, patterns and other custom mixtures.
  • Glitter: Add some sparkle to the season by putting some glitter in the soaps.
  • Packaging: Wrap up the finished soaps in festive packaging to help preserve and protect each finished piece.

The Benefits of Giving Handmade Soaps for the Holidays

When making soaps is something that you enjoy, giving them as presents for others can instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. In addition to the satisfaction of creating something useful and beautiful, there are many other benefits to giving handmade soaps as holiday gifts.

  • Handmade soaps are an economical gift. When made in batches, the cost for each gift drops to a reasonable amount of money.
  • You can specially formulate each bar of soap to meet a person’s needs (for example, avoiding allergens or creating soaps free of dye).
  • Instead of giving a gift that will just add to the clutter in someone’s home, handmade soap is a practical gift that will be used.
  • You can make soaps as your schedule allows. Instead of dealing with long lines, crowds and scant parking spaces, you can stay at home and create the soaps as your schedule allows.