A Guide to Crafting Sugar Cube Soap Scrubs

Mid to late fall is rush time for soap-crafters who plan to sell handmade soaps or give them as gifts for the holidays. Sugar cube soap scrubs are a creative idea that will make a fantastic addition to your holiday gift giving or holiday soap product line. These soap cubes look like they took a long time to make, but in fact, the process is very straightforward. The result is colorful soap cubes that look good enough to eat!

Supplies
To make 24 1-ounce cubes of soap, you’ll need to gather some supplies:

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Mixing the Soap Base
Melt the melt and pour soap base. Add the oil to the soap base. Now is the time to add up to 20 drops of your favorite fragrance oil. Mix in the fragrance and add several drops of gel color as desired. If you would like to add some mica glitter to your sugar soap cubes, add it now. Add the sugar to the liquid soap base and mix thoroughly until the sugar is fully blended. Do not make double batches as the mixture will thicken too quickly.

Pouring and Drying
Pour the sugar soap mix into the Milky Way soap mold. Use a wooden spoon to do this if the mixture is too thick for pouring. Let the mixture harden for several hours. Pop the cubes out of the soap mold. If you’re packaging the soaps for sale, be sure to wrap the cubes in plastic as paper wrapping will allow moisture to seep into the soap cubes. You will have 24 1-inch cubes of soap if you use the Milky Way cube soap mold.

Storing and Using Sugar Cube Soaps
Keep the sugar soap cubes in an airtight container away from moisture and humidity. The soaps store well for up to three months. When using the soaps, bring just one of the cubes into the shower at a time. The sugar cube soaps dissolve slightly in the water to create a creamy mixture that offers gentle exfoliation and a rich lather.

Tips and Techniques for Making Swirled Soaps

Swirled soaps offer a fun take on the traditional rectangular or oval bar of handmade soap. Making a swirled soap allows you to experiment with different color combinations and soap additions such as mica glitter. The finished bars of soap are a perfect addition to your holiday product line, great to give as hostess or holiday gifts and fun to use in your own home. These tips and techniques will get you started on making swirled bars of soap that are as fun to make as they are to use.

Preparing the Soap Base
To make swirled soaps, prepare your cold process or melt and pour soap base as usual. Add any of your favorite fragrances or essential oils as you normally would. Set aside a portion of the soap base to make each batch of color. If your finished bars will have two colors, decide what proportion you want to have for each color. If your secondary color will have mica glitter in it, add it now. Use no more than three colors to make your swirled soap. Once the soap base has cooled to between 100 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit, you’re ready to start swirling.

Pouring the soaps
Pour your base color into the soap mold. Immediately pour the colored soap base into the mold. Make a zigzag pattern and be sure to cover as much of the area of the soap base as possible. If you’re using a third color, pour this in now as well.

Making the Swirls
Select a long, thin tool to do the swirling. The end of the mixing spoon, a chopstick, skewer or straw all work well. Spread the colored soap through the base color. Move the swirling tool slowly from the top to the bottom of the soap mold. Use a different tool for each color. Be sure to move the swirling tool throughout the entire length and width of the mold to ensure that all areas of the finished bars will have a nice mixture of the colors.

Finishing the Bars of Soap
Wrap the soap mold in a towel and allow the soap to cure for at least 24 hours. Remove the soap from the mold and cut into bars if you used a loaf soap pan. Allow your swirled soaps to cure for 3 to 4 weeks before wrapping them for sale or to give as gifts.

A Guide to Making Invigorating Coffee Soaps

Many people have a morning routine that consists of taking a shower and then brewing coffee. While it’s not possible to make the coffee in the shower, you can create handmade soaps that use coffee as an ingredient. These handmade soaps provide a fresh and invigorating start to anyone’s morning. In addition, coffee is a natural antioxidant and sunscreen, which will help to protect your skin after washing with it. Make these handmade soaps for yourself, for holiday gifts or as a fun new addition to your product line of soaps for sale.

Brewing the Coffee
To make a coffee-infused soap, begin by choosing your favorite brew and making 2 cups of the strongest coffee possible. You’ll need to brew it using distilled water so no unwanted reactions take place when the water is added to the lye in the next step. Choose an espresso, a breakfast blend or even a seasonal blend such as pumpkin spice coffee. Allow the coffee to cool to room temperature.

Preparing the Soap Base
Melt 2 cups of coconut oil and 2 cups of olive oil and heat to 100 degrees F. Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder if desired. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, add 4 ounces of lye flakes to 1 1/2 cups of cooled coffee. Stir the lye and coffee mixture with a wooden spoon until it’s well-mixed.

Finishing Touches
You may want to add some additional fragrance oils or colors to your soap. Although the coffee will create a natural warm brown hue, you may want to add additional brown color gel or some mica glitter to the soap. Other ideas for additional ingredients include essential oils such as jojoba and fragrance oils such as a few drops of vanilla or spice to create a seasonal coffee soap. The soaps will smell like coffee and cream.

Mixing the Soap
Pour the lye mixture into the oil mixture. Stir constantly for a minimum of 30 minutes. Once the soap starts to trace, it can be poured into the mold of your choice. Wrap the mold in a towel and allow it to rest undisturbed for at least 18 hours. For loaf soaps, the solidified mixture can now be cut into bars. For individual mold soaps, the soaps can be popped out of the mold. Allow the soaps to cure for three to four weeks.

Wow Your Customers With Out-of-the-Box Holiday Soaps

This holiday season, take your soap-making out of the box with these creative and fun ideas. These fun soaps are great to give as gifts to your friends and family and will also make the perfect addition to your product line. Not only are these handmade soaps festive, but they are cost-effective and fun to make as well.

Scrubby Soaps
Make bath time more fun for kids and grown-ups by creating melt-and-pour soaps with a scrubber in the center. To do this, you’ll need to purchase nylon scrubbies with a holiday-themed sponge handle. Use a soap mold that is at least 3 inches in diameter and 3 inches deep so it can accommodate the scrubby. Make your melt-and-pour soap base as desired and pour it into the mold. Release when set. The user holds onto the sponge top and washes with the soap part. When the soap is used up, the scrubby will still be useful.

Almond Bark Look-Alike Soaps
Think of this as calorie-free almond bark. Perhaps you had a batch of red, green, gold or silver colored soap that didn’t turn out quite how you had hoped it would. Instead of throwing those chunks of soap away, recycle them into new bars of holiday soap. Make a base of melt-and-pour soap that is clear, white or cream in color. Cut the colored soaps into chunks no larger than 1/2 an inch in diameter. Make them all the same or different sizes as you desire. Arrange the chunks in your loaf-style mold or in the mold tray. Once your melt-and-pour soap base has cooled to 120 degrees F, pour it over the chunks and allow the bars to set as usual.

Don’t “Leaf” These Soaps Alone
If you’re not a fan of touching the same bar of soap that everyone else at the Thanksgiving feast has used, these soaps are for you. Head to the craft store and purchase bunches of silk florals or greenery that is dye-fast. Make a batch of melt-and-pour soap base. Add any colors, glitter or fragrance oils you desire. Use tongs to dip single leaves into the liquid soap base. Lay each leaf on a sheet of wax paper to dry. Each leaf is a single-serve amount of soap, and the leaves can be tossed or reused when finished.

The Best Ways to Add Fragrance to Your Handmade Soaps

One of the pleasures of creating handmade soaps for yourself, your friends and family, or to sell is experimenting with different fragrances. When you’re trying out the fragrance of the month, such as October’s Autumn Harvest, you might be wondering how to make the most of the scent. This guide explains the best ways to use fragrances in your handmade soaps.

Selecting a Fragrance
When you’re getting ready to create a new batch of soaps, you might already have a fragrance in mind. You can start by selecting a fragrance and then choosing a mold and color. Another way you can get started is by choosing your mold or color first and then selecting a coordinating fragrance afterward. Either way, choosing whatever combination pleases you is a great way to get into the soap-making mood.

Adding Fragrance to the Soap
There are two main ways to add fragrance to your melt-and-pour soap base or your cold-process soap. The first way is to add fragrance oil. The second way is to add an essential oil, such as eucalyptus oil that also happens to have a scent. Some people prefer to use essential oils to add a scent to their soaps as the scents tend to be stronger and last longer. Others prefer fragrance oils because they are an affordable option and because the scent remains the same after the soap has finished processing.

How Much Fragrance to Use
The amount of fragrance oil or essential oil to use for scenting your soaps depends on how you want the soaps to function. If the soaps are to be used for decorative purposes only, go ahead and add up to 3 percent oil by volume. If the soap will be used as a foot scrub, a 2 to 3 percent concentration is ideal. If the soap is for general-purpose use for washing the body, use a 1 to 2 percent concentration of fragrance to volume.

When to Add Fragrance to Soap
The fragrance should be added to your soap as soon as it begins to trace, unless your recipe specifies otherwise. Once you put the fragrance into the soap, only stir it a few times so that the batch of soap does not seize.

A Guide to Reducing Illnesses by Using Essential Oils in Soaps

As the cool and crisp air approaches, so do those unwanted guests that are invisible to the naked eye: germs. The fall and winter months are prime time for respiratory infections such as colds and the flu along with other illnesses. By making handmade soaps that include immune system boosting essential oils, you can enhance your resistance to infection and enjoy a healthier fall and winter season. This guide will introduce you to some beginner essential oils to try in your products for your own use or in handmade soaps that you intend to give away or sell.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil is used in Eastern and Western medicine to treat sore throats, chest congestion and coughs. The oil is easily absorbed through the skin to work on these ailments. This oil is antimicrobial and will continue to protect your hands and the rest of your body from invading germs. Use 5 to 10 drops of eucalyptus oil per ounce of finished product in your cold press soaps, melt-and-pour soaps, or liquid soaps.

Redistilled Spearmint Essential Oil
Spearmint redistilled oil has undergone the distillation process twice to ensure that all impurities are removed. This is a gentle oil that is similar to peppermint oil but better suited to the maladies of children. It helps to prevent or treat respiratory infections such as bronchitis and sinusitis and helps the immune system rid the body of colds, influenza and fevers. Use spearmint oil in a concentration of 1 to 2 percent in your cold press or melt-and-pour soaps.

Tea Tree Essential Oil
Steam distilled tea tree oil has many properties that are protective against a variety of infections. This type of essential oil is anti-fungal and antiseptic in nature. The oil can be used to help open the breathing passages in people with asthma and bronchitis. Tea tree oil also works to relieve sinus problems, sore throats and chest congestion. This naturally antimicrobial oil also helps rid your skin of germs. Use it in a 1 to 3 percent concentration in your liquid or bar soaps.

These essential oils also invigorate the senses and help get more oxygen to the brain and body tissues. Each of these oils can be combined with other oils such as rosemary, lavender or lemon for enhanced sensory and healthy effects. Take the time to experiment with combinations that are pleasing to your senses.

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Dress Up Your Seasonal Soaps with New Milky Way Molds

During the fall months, there are many opportunities to offer your handmade soaps for sale or to give them as gifts. Farmer’s markets, crafts fairs, holiday bazaars, office parties, pumpkin festivals, open houses, fall birthdays and Oktoberfest celebrations are just a few of the events where you can showcase your unique and high-quality soaps for sale or as a handmade gift for someone you care about. You can differentiate your products from the rest by using some of the newest molds released by Milky Way. This guide will help you get some new ideas to expand your repertoire.

The New Spooks Tray Mold
This fun mold features a slightly spooky design that is just right for the Halloween and Day of the Dead season. This soap mold lends itself to the use of layered effects and other enhancements such as mica glitter. Try using a layer of yellow, white or clear to make the faces, and then add a solid dark layer of purple or black for the background. Some silver mica glitter adds a fun effect to the finished product. These soaps would be an excellent alternative to edible treats for Halloween.

Try the Brocade Soap Mold
Many people switch out their linens during the fall, bringing out their favorite colorful quilt. The tray brocade soap mold is reminiscent of many quilting patterns. Experiment with colors such as rich reds and oranges as well as golden brown hues. These soaps would make a lovely hostess gift or addition to your fall product line of soaps for sale.

Cornucopia Soap Mold
This oval-shaped mold features that unequivocal symbol of Thanksgiving, the cornucopia. Use rich fall colors such as pumpkin orange, butternut yellow or chestnut brown for a beautiful seasonal addition to your guest bath or as an addition to your fall soaps for sale. This soap mold offers three cavities that each produce a 3.5-ounce bar of soap. These soaps would make a lovely hostess gift if you’re invited to a friend or family member’s home for Thanksgiving dinner.

Sand Dollar Soap Mold
Are you dreaming of a tropical island getaway as the temperatures cool off? If so, the sand dollar soap mold by Milky Way is just right for you. Use a light beige or brown gel color and perhaps a bit of coordinating mica glitter for a dazzling effect. It’s hard to tell the finished soaps from the real thing.

A Guide to Homemade French Soap

French soaps are known for their luxuriant lather, rich texture and deep moisturizing. This type of soap is an excellent way to expand your product line as a seller, to make as gifts for the upcoming holiday season or to prepare your own skin for cooler and drier weather. To get started on making your own French soaps, you’ll need some basic soap-making supplies along with a little extra time for this process.

Supplies for French Soaps
In addition to your usual cold-press soap-making supplies, you’ll also need 6 cups of very cold water (40 degrees F), two large pots and some rubber gloves. If you’d like to imprint a French saying or special design on your batch of French soaps, consider a specialty mold.

The French Soap-making Process
Pour 5 cups of cold water into a large pot. Slowly add 14 ounces of lye to it. Use a wooden spoon to stir the lye into the water. Once the temperature of the water and lye solution has reached 105 degrees F, begin to warm the oils. In the empty pot, mix 42 ounces of olive oil, 64 ounces of palm oil and 3 ounces of cocoa butter over low heat. Once the mixture reaches 100 degrees F, place the pot into a metal basin or sink. While wearing gloves and goggles, pour the lye mixture into the oil mixture. Slowly stir the mixture for 20 minutes. Check to see if the soap traces. Once it holds an indentation, the soap is ready to pour. Allow the soap to solidify for 24 hours. Wrap it in butcher’s paper and allow it to cure for two to four weeks. Grate the soap. Add the shredded soap to a large pot and mix with 7 ounces of water. Melt over low heat. In a separate pot, melt 1 ounce each of cocoa butter, glycerin, jojoba oil and the essential oil of your choice. Add this to the melted soap. Pour into your soap molds and freeze for a minimum of two hours. Take out of the freezer, wrap in butcher’s paper and cure for at least two weeks.

Adding a Special Touch to Your Finished Products
For a special touch, consider adding color gels during the second melt. You could also add natural mica or a seasonal fragrance oil.

Exploring New Scents for Fall Soaps

Change is in the air as the fall season brings about cooler nights, migrations of birds and butterflies and a sense of urgency to batten down the hatches and make home a cozy and inviting place for the upcoming months of colder weather. Fall is a great time to explore new scents for handmade melt and pour soaps. Draw upon favorite fall recipes for comfort foods, festivals and holidays to gain inspiration for the next time you make a batch of soaps.

Spicy Scents
After a long and hot summer, many people look forward to the comforting scents of fall. The cool weather is a great time to explore spicy hot scents for soaps. One new fragrance oil to try is the chai tea oil. This fragrance offers mild spice, hints of citrus and notes of coconut, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla. Bars made of this soap would be a perfect addition to a kitchen or bathroom and would make a great product to have for sale during the fall months.

Sweets
A mug of hot chocolate, tea or coffee and some biscotti is a fabulous way to warm up on a chilly fall morning. The almond biscotti fragrance oil features the scents of anise and almond alongside of maple, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. This soap makes for a gentle start to the day. It would be perfect for scenting a textured soap for cleaning the hands after a long day of raking leaves or picking apples in the orchard.

Festival Fun
The autumn harvest fragrance oil is an excellent choice for scenting soaps made with specialty leaf shaped molds. Users will notice the scents of apples, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and wood reminiscent of the offerings at town fall festivals. A trace of the oil is all that is needed to create aromatic soaps.

Holiday Aromas
From caramel apples to sweet potato pie and glazed pecans to buckets of Halloween candy, the aromas of fall holidays are rich and tempting. The chocolate fragrance oil adds to this tasty atmosphere. Pair this fragrance oil with a fun Halloween mold or use it in a loaf soap mold along with a moon embed for extra fun.

All fragrance oils are packed in dark glass bottles to preserve the intensity and freshness of the oils. Just add a few drops to each batch of melt and pour or liquid soaps.

Making Hand-washing Fun with Handmade Soaps

While many children are drawn to water when it comes to splashing and playing, hand-washing is usually a totally different situation. To make the hand-washing experience more fun for kids, consider making handmade soaps with fun shapes, designs, colors and smells that appeal to children of all ages. Whether you make the soaps for your own kids or to sell as a part of your product line, the soaps will be certain to inspire young ones to keep their hands clean and free of germs.

Fun Soap Molds for Kid Soaps
Our new breakaway dogs soap molds are sure to be a hit with the kids. These fun designs may even help kids to remember to wash their hands after touching the family dog or cat. The three fish soap mold is another fun option and features a smaller bar that is perfect for little hands to hold. Some other fun options to try include our frog soap mold, the carved hearts tray soap mold and our holiday soap molds for keeping clean during special events throughout the year.

Groovy Colors that Appeal to Kids
Once you have selected the soap molds for your kids’ soaps, it is time to think about colors. Our vibrant gel colors are ideal for catching the attention of youngsters. Consider a bright green for the frog, pink with some mica glitter for the carved hearts soap mold and bright orange for the three fish mold. If you have some extra time, you could create layered looks by using brown for the dogs and then filling the rest of the mold with another color such as green for grass or blue for a bright sky. Another option to consider is making a loaf-style soap with embeds such as trees or dinosaurs. These soaps will certainly capture the attention of any child who needs to wash his or her hands.

Scents that Make Good Sense
To make the hand-washing experience even more fun for kids, add a great-smelling scent to your soaps. A few to try include our phthalate-free succulent strawberry fragrance oil and Brazilian mango fruit fragrance oil, which are great for any time of the year. Our butter cream frosting fragrance oil, candy cane fragrance oil and chocolate fragrance oil would be excellent options for seasonal soaps.

High-Moisture Soaps to Enhance Your Skin’s Summer Glow

As summer winds down, it’s time to put away the swimsuits and beach towels and swap out the tank tops and tees for longer sleeves and skirts or pants. Even during the early fall, there are plenty of opportunities to show off that summery glow so long as you take the steps to preserve it. Handmade soaps with a high moisture, anti-oxidant and fat content enhance the color and glow of skin. Whether you make these skin-enhancing soaps for yourself, to give to others or to sell, you’ll be thrilled with the high-quality ingredients for your soaps available from the Chemistrystore™.

Selecting a Soap Base and Shape
Both cold process soap and melt and pour soap bases are excellent choices for a high-moisture product. If your time is limited, the melt and pour soap base produces soaps at a faster pace. The shape of the bars is also a highly personal choice, but a rectangular or oval shape is classic, especially for a soap that will be used to moisturize the face.

Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter reduces the skin’s dryness while at the same time boosting the skin’s elasticity. Cocoa butter enhances glowing summer skin and imparts a warm, tropical odor. The cocoa butter brightens any tan developed over the summer and even makes untanned skin glow without being greasy. Use cocoa butter at a 3 to 6 percent concentration in your moisturizing soaps.

Shea Butter
Shea butter is used to treat dry skin and other cutaneous problems such as eczema, solar erythema and sunburns that may have flared up or developed during the summertime. Shea butter melts as it touches the skin, resulting in great moisturizing. Use it at a concentration of 2 to 6 percent.

Natural Oils
Our fractionated coconut oil is an excellent choice when moisture, vitamins and fat are needed. The coconut oil forms a luxurious bar of soap that is not greasy but intensely moisturizes the skin. With the even bubbling and neutral odor, coconut oil can work wonders on the skin. Another natural oil to add to your moisturizing soap is our high-oleic sunflower oil. Featuring concentrated monounsaturated fats, high-oleic sunflower oil enhances the glow and health of the skin and is easily absorbed by the body. Because fractionated coconut oil can help to carry and enhance other essential oils, these two will work together to make a stand-out soap.

Creating Painted Melt and Pour Soaps

While all handmade soaps are a work of art, you can create something truly unique by using your artistry skills to paint bars of soap. With the professional micas, pigments and oxides available on Chemistrystore.com™, you can create a masterpiece on each bar of your handmade soaps. Making these soaps does take more time, but it is a fabulous way to catch the eyes of new customers or to please the recipients on your gift list. These tips will help you achieve success for painting on melt and pour soaps.

Supplies to Gather

To add painted overlays to melt and pour soaps, you’ll need to start with a supply of soaps that are finished. You’ll need another supply of clear melt and pour soap base that is about half the amount of each bar of soap. So if your soaps are 4 ounces, you’ll need an additional 2 ounces of soap base for the overlay. You’ll also need the micas and oxides in your choice of colors, distilled water, fine-tip paint brushes, a small container, paper towels and cotton swabs for touching up your painting.

Painting

You’ll be painting the prepared finished soaps. Get your paintbrush damp and start with the darkest color you plan to paint onto the soap. Clean your brush between colors. If the mica or oxide got onto any areas where you don’t want them, use the cotton swab to remove the color. Meanwhile, melt the soap base for the overlay. Pour it into the same mold used for the soaps you painted. Spray the melted base with witch hazel or isopropyl alcohol so the painted soap will adhere to the new soap, which will be a clear overlay.

Putting the Layers Together

Holding the painted soap at an angle, slowly place it into the mold so it rests atop the new layer. Press the painted soap into the mold so any air bubbles escape. Pour a little additional clear soap base on top to create a smooth finish. Spray the soap again with the witch hazel or alcohol. Allow the soap to set. Remove the finished soap from the mold and wrap it in the packaging of your choice. The finished product will be larger than your usual bars of soap.

A Spotlight on Kokum Butter

While you are likely familiar with some of the more common butters offered here on ChemistryStore.com™, such as jojoba butter, shea butter and our proprietary aloe butter, you can also find more unusual butters for use in your handmade soaps, lip balms and cosmetics. Kokum butter is obtained from the fruit of the Garcinia indica tree, commonly referred to as the kokum tree. This tropical plant is grown in the central east region of India and is revered for its mild scent and rich, silky white butter. Learn more about how you can put this moisturizing ingredient to work for you in your next batch of handmade soaps.

Uses of Kokum Butter

Kokum butter is used as a pharmaceutical, cosmetic and culinary ingredient. The butter comes from kokum fruit kernels and seeds. It is stable when exposed to sunlight and has a slightly higher melting point than other types of butters, which makes it able to withstand higher storage temperatures or use in hot baths and showers. The high stability of the product also means a longer shelf life for your finished soaps; they’ll be usable for up to three years after processing.

Kokum Butter as an Ingredient in Handmade Soaps

Kokum butter is an excellent emollient. It’s high in antioxidants, particularly vitamin E. The high amount of fats in the butter helps to moisturize, soften and condition the skin. If you have a favorite soap recipe that uses cocoa butter, you can use kokum butter in its place. Use the kokum butter at a 2 to 5 percent concentration in your handmade soaps.

Benefits of Kokum Butter Soaps

The kokum tree doesn’t require the use of any fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides or herbicides, which makes it an environmentally friendly resource. It thrives in areas with low rainfall and grows well in evergreen forests, helping to create environments in which animals can thrive. When using kokum butter in your soaps, you or your customers will benefit from its cooling effects on the skin. This makes kokum soaps great for use during the hot summer months of the year. Kokum soaps are also excellent for use on the feet. The kokum oil penetrates through the thick skin of the feet to add moisture and soften calluses. Soaps made with kokum butter are also ideal for treating chapped lips and dry or cracked hands.

Soaps for Stress Reduction

Even on the lazy and hazy days of summer, your skin may be suffering as a result of stress. Perhaps you’re worried about what your kids are up to, or you’re anxious about an upcoming presentation at work. Using handmade soaps that include stress-reduction ingredients can help to calm your nerves, relax your body and soothe your spirit all as they work to enhance the look and feel of your skin.

Essential Oils for Mood Enhancement
Eucalyptus oil is well known for its cooling and refreshing feel and aroma. It also has antimicrobial properties to help boost your immune system. Add eucalyptus essential oil at a concentration of 1 to 3 percent in your cold press soaps. Another good choice of essential oil for mood enhancement is lavender. This plant has long been used for its sedative and antidepressant properties. It can also help act as a therapeutic pain reliever for bodies weary from worry. The relaxing scent helps you get to sleep and stay asleep so you’re ready to start fresh each day. Use it in your soaps at a 3 to 5 percent concentration.

Soothing Ingredients
Sunflower oil adds healthy fats to your cold press soaps. It promotes healing and soothing of the skin, especially if stress causes you to scratch. Our palm kernel flakes or palm kernel oil provide a thick and lustrous lather and solid finish to your soaps. Soaps made with palm kernel flakes or oil glide over the skin and add a bit of luxury that can help to promote resilience and relaxation even in difficult circumstances.

Relaxation and Calming
Castor oil makes a lovely addition to stress reduction soaps. It acts as a humectant to moisturize rough and dry skin. Castor oil works well along with other vegetable oils such as palm kernel oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil to soothe the body and relax the mind. Our proprietary LiquaShea oil is another wise choice for calming weary souls as it offers anti-inflammatory properties that help to combat the effects of stress throughout the body. Sweet almond oil helps to superfat soaps and produce a rich lather. The moisturizing and conditioning properties of sweet almond oil combine to promote a restful and peaceful state of being after each use.

Going Organic with Your Liquid Soaps

You’ve likely heard about the benefits of going organic with your grocery shopping. Organic produce, dairy and meat products offer optimal nutrition without unwanted additives and chemicals. But have you ever thought about going organic with your soaps? With high-quality certified organic ingredients from ChemistryStore.com™, you can treat your body as well from the outside as you do with the food you put inside.

Organic Liquid Soap Base
The organic liquid castile concentrate is a unique blend of coconut and olive. It’s a 45 percent concentrate that works well with essential oils to create cutting-edge liquid soaps. As one of very few sulfate-free liquid soap bases on the market, this product allows you to create healthy and safe liquid soaps for washing your hands and your body. This soap base features a low, light fragrance to which you can add other scents or leave it as is. Dilute the concentrate as desired to produce hand soap, body wash and other liquid soap products. You can also thicken it with rheology modifiers such as guar gum. To retain certified organic status for these soaps, be sure to make sure the finisher is also certified by NOP USDA standards.

Optional Ingredients for Organic Liquid Soaps
Aloe powder is a great addition to your organic soap products. When using it in liquid soaps, you’ll want to mix the powder into the distilled water you use to dilute the soap base. Use a 1 to 99 ratio of aloe powder to distilled water. Organic jojoba meal is another excellent addition to organic liquid soap products. Jojoba meal acts as an exfoliant and detoxifier, making it excellent for use after gardening, cleaning and working on projects around the home or garage that result in oily or greasy hands. Rich in proteins, jojoba meal also helps to soften skin toughened by callouses and hard work. If you choose to add any essential oils or fragrances, be sure that they’re certified organic.

Preparing Organic Liquid Soaps
To make a batch of organic liquid soap, first measure out all your ingredients, preferably with a gram scale. Blend the organic liquid soap concentrate with any essential oils or fragrances you want to use. Gently add the distilled water that you’ve already pre-mixed the aloe powder into. Stir in the organic preservative of your choice, such as Optiphen Natural. Add the thickener and continue to stir for about five minutes.

Rehydrate Summer Skin with Handmade Lotion

Lotion Base creates a wonderful final product.

Hydrate Summer Skin with Handmade Lotion

The intense summer sunshine, humidity, frequent visits to the pool and exposure to sand can all wreak havoc on the skin. In addition to the summertime acne that many people experience as a result of clogged pores, a loss of the skin’s natural moisture is also a problem. Dry summertime skin can itch, look dull and cause difficulty when shaving and applying sunscreen. With natural and restorative ingredients from the Chemistrystore™, you can create handmade lotion to moisturize and beautify the skin. Whether it’s for your own use or for sale, this product is sure to be a winner.

Lotion Base

Lotion Base CM is a totally cold process product that’s free of wax and alcohol. Our formulation is mixed at a 10 percent base to 90 percent distilled water ratio. Add 3 to 9 percent thickener concentrate, Polymer SP. Many people prefer a lightweight, spray-on lotion for summer use; for this, use 3-4 percent. Now the base is ready for the addition of rehydrating oils and minerals to restore the skin to its usual splendor.

Jojoba Butter

Instead of trying to mix beeswax, jojoba butter and soy oil into the lotion base, our jojoba butter offers all three of these in the perfect proportion. This excellent moisturizer helps to rehydrate the skin while forming a barrier against the drying ultraviolet rays of the sun. Use the jojoba butter in a 3- to 5-percent concentration in the finished product.

Aloe Vera Powder

Aloe Vera is known for its healing and soothing properties and restoration of injured skin. Our powdered concentrate of Aloe Vera gel can be added directly to your prepared lotion base. A 0.1- to 1-percent concentration of Aloe Vera powder is recommended for lotions.

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E oil is an active ingredient that helps prevent free radicals from harming the skin. This is especially important during the summer months. Use a 1- to 5-percent concentration of this oil.

Preservatives, Color and Fragrance

Our Germaben II helps to preserve lotion bases and maintain the desired consistency. It dissolves at a 1-percent concentration over a wide range of pH levels. Add it slowly and stir constantly. Then you’re ready to add any colors or fragrances you desire. Hawaiian Breeze or our Apple Mango Fragrance Oil is perfect for summertime lotions.

The Benefits of Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Butter

If you’re looking for an ingredient that brings year-round benefits, works well on any type of skin and has profound positive effects on the skin, cocoa butter is a wise choice. Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter offered by the Chemistrystore™ has many cosmetic, medical and pharmaceutical applications and is a fantastic addition to homemade soaps for your own use or to sell. Understanding the benefits of cocoa butter soaps can help you educate your customers about making the best decisions when purchasing products.

Treats and Prevents Skin Problems
Cocoa butter contains substances such as cocoa mass polyphenol which act upon cells of the body’s immune system. As the cocoa butter is absorbed into the skin, the immune system produces less immuno globulin IgE. IgE is known to initiate problems such as dermatitis and eczema as well as asthma. People who are prone to these conditions may benefit from regular use of a cocoa butter soap.

Moisturizes
When applied topically, cocoa butter creates a barrier between the skin and the environment. This barrier helps to protect sensitive skin from exposure to pollutants. It also allows the skin to retain its own natural moisture without the skin feeling greasy or oily.

Protection Against Chronic Diseases
Research into the medical benefits of cocoa butter is ongoing, but recent studies suggest that cocoa mass polyphenol may be active in reducing the risk of chronic diseases. It reduces internal inflammation and oxidative processes that increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. It also lessens the body’s production of inflammatory cells, which may provide relief from joint pain caused by arthritis.

Improved Elasticity
Cocoa butter has been the secret remedy of generations of pregnant women. The elasticity that cocoa butter provides helps lessen the appearance of stretch marks on the belly, breasts and other areas of an expectant mother’s body. The moisturizing effects also help reduce the itchiness that comes with stretched out skin. This natural ingredient also offers a light tan color and a chocolaty tropical scent that isn’t overpowering.

Recommendations for Using Cocoa Butter in Soap Making
When you’re using cocoa butter in handmade soap, a 3 to 6 percent concentration of cocoa butter by volume is ideal. The cocoa butter is solid at room temperature but melts upon contact with skin. It works with melt and pour or cold-press. Cocoa butter soaps should be stored in a cool place.

Relieve the Itch from Poison Ivy with Handmade Soaps

Goats Milk Soap

 

 

 

 

Along with the summer sunshine and barbecues comes the proliferation of the infamous three-leaved plant. When the leaves of three aren’t left alone, they cause many people to develop an intensely itchy rash that can sometimes worsen and cause hives, blisters, and significant discomfort. Instead of reaching for prescription medications with unwanted side effects, homemade poison-ivy relief soaps can cool and calm the skin. Whether you make this soap for your own use or to sell, it’s certain to be a winner this summer.

Soap Base

To soothe irritated and burning skin caused by the itch of poison ivy, a cooling and gentle soap base is essential. Chemistrystore™’s goat milk melt & pour soap base offers these properties plus essential moisturizing and vitamins to help the skin heal. Other options to try for skin relief include the crystal olive oil base or Shea butter melt and pour bases.

Essential Oils

The addition of tea tree essential oil to your homemade poison ivy soap helps to protect injured skin from infection. It works as a topical antiseptic and is especially good for those who have had a strong reaction to the poison ivy. You can also try essential oil blends such as tea tree and lavender or tea tree and peppermint. These therapeutic blends offer the healing properties of tea tree oil with the calming properties of the additional herbs.

Calming Ingredients

A few additional ingredients in your handmade soaps will help the skin feel cool and promote faster healing. Aloe butter cools irritated skin while helping to heal open wounds caused by scratching or severe allergic reactions. Honey, ground oatmeal, and jojoba butter work to calm the skin and reduce irritations. These ingredients can also help to remove harmful oils from the skin if the soap is used within a few minutes of touching a part of the poison ivy plant.

With handcrafted soaps produced with the high-quality ingredients offered at the ChemistryStore™, the itch and annoyance of poison ivy do not have to be inevitable. These ingredients also help to heal summertime skin after exposure to poison oak or sumac as well as after getting bitten by hungry mosquitoes.

Achieve Healthy Skin with Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and other Natural Butters

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As your skin ages its health becomes more important to your overall health. Using Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and other Natural Butters can help you achieve healthy skin that will look great, feel great and promote overall health.

Shea Butter

The Shea Butter offered by Chemistrystore.com™ is obtained from the seed of the Karite Tree (Butyrospermum Parkii) common to West Africa. From these seeds a soft, pliant “butter” is expeller pressed without the use of solvents, making it suitable for use in soaps, cosmetics, toiletries and OTC Pharmaceuticals.

Shea Butter is often used in hair conditioners, creams, lotions, soaps, balms, and cleansers for its moisturizing qualities. Shea Butter is quickly absorbed into the skin, which makes it excellent for cracked, dry skin, sunburns, stretch marks, and to even skin tones.

Using Shea Butter daily can improve your overall skin health in just a few weeks. It works well with healing Eczema, minor burns, and reducing acne, and restores nutrients to damaged hair. Whether you are making soap or just in the market for a great soap that will moisturize well, Shea Butter is one of the best ingredients.

Cocoa Butter

Your skin is exposed to the damaging UV rays of the sun every day, even more so in the warmer months due to the heat, an excellent way to combat the sun’s drying effects is to use cocoa butter based soap whether you buy or make it. Along with providing excellent moisture Cocoa Butter is known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines and restore the elasticity of the skin.

The Deodorized Cocoa Butter available at Chemistrystore.com™ is obtained from the fruit of the Cacao tree (Theobroma Cacao) which grows in tropical regions throughout the world. The butter is extracted from the seed kernels and is further refined to yield a tan colored butter.

The velvety texture and emollient properties of cocoa butter have made it a popular ingredient in products for the skin, such as soaps and lotions. Cocoa butter is also known to create a barrier between the skin and the environment and helps to retain needed moisture, which is great for everyone but especially for those who have sensitive skin.

Other Natural Butters

Several other natural butters used in cosmetics and soaps that have great health benefits for your skin is Aloe Butter, Lanolin Anhydrous Butter, and Mowrah Butter.

Aloe Butter is suited for a variety of skin care applications such as lotions, soaps, skin creams and lip balms to enhance moisture with the legendary properties of Aloe. This soft-solid butter melts immediately after coming in contact with the skin.

Lanolin Anhydrous Butter increases skin moisture. Lanolin acts a barrier to protect the skin and often used in high end cosmetics and skin care products. The Chemistrystore.com™ offers Ultra Refined Lanolin which has a high level of purification. This particular grade of Lanolin exhibits a relatively lighter color and lower odor than most Lanolin grades.

Mowrah Butter like the other butters is used in cosmetics and skin care products. The key features of Mowrah Butter are that it prevents drying of the skin and works to hinder the development of wrinkles. Mowrah Butter also reduces the degeneration of skin cells and restores skin flexibility.

Whether you are making products for personal use or selling to your customers, or are in the market for new soap, the benefits of Natural Butters are undeniable. Healthy skin not only promotes a great outward appearance but it is also the base for good general health because your skin is what protects your body from many harmful things.

A Guide to Using Foaming Bath Butter Soap Base

Foaming Bath Butter

Whether you’re looking to expand your product line or try something new in your beauty routine, the foaming bath butter sugar whip offered here at Chemistrystore.com is an ideal choice. Perfect for summertime skin care, the foaming bath butter base is an innovative product. You can use this base to create a diverse array of items, including simple whipped-foaming, colored or scented bath butters, a sugar scrub, a body soufflé, or a bath salt scrub. This guide will help you enjoy success with this unique product.

Preparing the Base
The first step to using foaming bath butter is preparing the base according to the finished product you want to make. Add at least 2 pounds of the foaming bath butter mix to your vessel. Add 2 ounces of oil per pound of foaming bath butter base. Choose from your favorites such as grape seed, almond oil and others. Begin by using a dedicated soap-making hand mixer to beat the base. Slowly increase the mixer’s speed. You should see stiff peaks forming when it’s fully beaten.

Adding Ingredients to Customize Your Product
Now that the base is ready, you can add additional ingredients depending on what you want your finished product to be. For a bath salt or bath sugar scrub, add up to 60-percent salt or sugar by weight. Add up to a 5-percent volume of fragrance along with any colors or glitters you desire. Continue to mix the foaming bath butter until it’s reached the consistency you desire.

Finishing the Bath Butter
Once you’ve added all your ingredients, the bath butter needs to rest. Remove the mixer and clean its accessories while the bath butter rests for about an hour. Now, your product is ready to scoop into small pots or tubs for use or to sell.

The Benefits of Foaming Bath Butter
Our foaming bath butter leaves skin feeling smooth and luxurious. The finished product is nearly identical to what one might find at a high-end beauty salon but at a fraction of the cost. You can also customize your oils to create specialized products for healing the skin, soothing summertime skin ailments, or for calming and relaxation. Aloe, tea tree oil and lavender are just some of the options that you can add to your foaming bath butter whips and scrubs.

Liq101N: New, Innovative Shampoo/Body Wash, Sulfate Free & Organic Ingredients.

Liq-101N

Are you looking for a shampoo/body wash base that is sulfate free and made with organic ingredients? Liq101N Organic Castile Concentrate fills both of those requirements! Get connected with two of the biggest buzzwords in the market right now, sulfate free and organic ingredients, with Liq101N.

Liq101N comes in the form of a soap base concentrate where one gallon will make four gallons of a finished shampoo/body wash.

Formulating this product is very simple. Complete the 5 easy steps in as little as 10 minutes!

Take the Liq101N Base, add a fragrance or essential oil, add water, add preservative, add thickener, and you are finished! Now you’re ready to bottle, no heat required! You’re batch is ready in 10 minutes.

This innovative soap base is life changing! Liq101N isn’t like other liquid soap bases. It’s made from NOP USDA Certified Organic Coconut and Olive Oil and other all-natural ingredients!! This one of a kind concentrate makes sulfate free shampoo/body wash! Yes, you’re reading that correctly, sulfate free and organic ingredients!!

A sulfate free shampoo/body wash with all-natural organic ingredients is the next big thing! Guess what?! It’s happening right now! Provide your customers a body wash that is prefect for sensitive skin and a shampoo that doesn’t damage colored hair. Tout your shampoo/body wash as being sulfate free (does not contain SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and made with all-natural organic ingredients. It’s what people are looking for!

Use this formulation as a guide.

INGREDIENTS:

45oz Batch

90oz Batch

Ounces

Grams

Ounces

Grams

LIQ101N Concentrate

10.7

300

21.42

600

Fragrance or 

Essential Oil

.85

24

1.71

48

Distilled Water

32.14

900

64.28

1800

Preservative:  Germaben II

.64

18

1.28

36

Tylose HS 60000 Thickener

.64

18

1.28

36

Homemade Soaps for Soothing Sunburned Skin

Perhaps the sunscreen wasn’t quite as effective as promised, it wore off in the water or it didn’t get put on in the first place. No matter what the circumstances, sunburned skin is fragile, painful and especially sensitive. Instead of using harsh, store-bought soaps to cleanse sunburned skin, soothing handmade soaps are perfect for this important job. These tips for making soothing handmade soaps for sunburned skin are perfect whether you just need a batch for yourself or if you’ll be selling the soaps to others.

Shea Butter
Our shea butter is known to help soothe and heal the skin after injuries such as burns. The shea butter melts at skin temperature which makes it easy to lather and glide across the body. At Chemistrystore.com, we recommend soaps consisting of 2- to 6-percent shea butter for use as sunburn soaps.

Crystal Goat’s Milk
Our easy-to-use Crystal Goat’s Milk soap base is rich in vitamin E and fats to help heal and moisturize skin dried by the sun. The rich mineral content makes it ideal for nourishing skin after burns. This soap base contains no added colors or scents, making it ideal for tender skin right after sun exposure.

Aloe Butter
Our proprietary Aloe Butter™ is an extraction of Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe vera) that uses coconut oil in the manufacturing process. It enhances the skin’s moisture while cooling and comforting skin that’s painful and burned. Use a 3- to 6-percent Aloe Butter™ content for your bar soaps.

Essential Oils
To help with healing of sore and burned skin, our essential oils can be added to handmade sunburn soaps. Eucalyptus oil has historically been used for its healing properties. Tea tree essential oil acts as a topical antiseptic for skin injuries and can also relieve summertime cold and allergy symptoms. Just a few drops of our essential oils go a long way in treating a wide variety of summertime skin ailments.

In addition to handmade sunburn soaps to cleanse and calm irritated and painful skin, related handmade products such as lip balms and hair conditioners can help to soothe sunburned lips and the scalp. The gentle, handmade sunburn soaps make a perfect addition to a gift basket for a summertime birthday, wedding, graduation or as a going-away gift for someone headed to a sunny or tropical destination.

Surprise the New Mom with Handmade Baby Shower Gift Soaps

‘Tis the season for baby showers as new and expectant parents prepare to welcome and show off their new bundles of joy. While most parents these days establish a baby registry, there’s something special about including a handmade gift along with something from their registry list. All new babies need a bath, and handmade soaps using gentle, natural and fun ingredients from Chemistrystore.com™ will ensure that your gift is as unique as the new babe. These ideas are perfect whether you’re making a small batch of soaps to give as gifts or you plan on making a larger amount to sell.

Soap Molds
Before selecting any ingredients, you’ll need a soap mold. For a fun touch, consider one of the new Kid Critters soap molds that feature sweet animal faces. Another option is Under the Sea soap molds. You can coordinate the soap with the theme of the nursery to make a delightful gift for new parents.

Selecting Bases for Baby Soaps
Babies have sensitive and delicate skin that deserves pampering. A soap that includes a high percentage of fats and glycerin and a lower amount of fragrance, color and essential oils is ideal for an infant. Our Crystal Olive Oil base is a fantastic choice for use on babies. It’s made from pure virgin olive oil and produces a rich lather and superior moisturizing. Our Crystal Natural HF is another excellent choice and is free from most additives.

Ingredients for Baby Soaps
In addition to the soap base, a few added ingredients can help boost the health, feel and texture of a baby’s skin. Consider the addition of a small portion of castor oil to boost lathering and help the skin retain moisture. It also hardens the soap to help it last longer. Our Pomace B Olive Oil also aids in moisture retention while allowing the baby’s skin to do what it needs to, such as shed vernix.

Be sure to label soaps for infants with all the ingredients in case the baby or someone else in the home has a known allergy. The finished soaps can be wrapped in colorful cellophane and tied with a ribbon that coordinates with the baby’s gender or with the nursery decorations. New parents will cherish their gift of handmade baby soaps and will remember the creativity and love that went into the gift.

Making Soaps to Combat Summer Skin Problems

Spending hours in the hot summer sun can leave the skin with UV damage that causes fine lines and wrinkles, acne, loss of elasticity and painful and potentially dangerous burns. In addition to using a physician-recommended sunscreen, handmade soaps created with ingredients available Chemistrystore.com™ can help you and your customers enjoy great looking skin all summer long.

Restorative Soaps
Even if sun exposure didn’t result in a burn, the skin may feel tight and dry due to the effects of the sunshine. An excellent way to combat the sun’s drying effects is to make a cocoa butter-based soap. Cocoa butter is known to restore the elasticity of the skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It also functions as a moisturizer. Add cocoa butter in the amount of 3 to 5 percent of the total content of your handmade soaps.

Exfoliating Soaps
Walking around the neighborhood or along the beach can result in uncomfortable and unsightly callouses on the feet. These thick layers of dead skin cells can be effectively removed with soaps including our exfoliating ingredients. Our jojoba meal and colored jojoba spheres help to slough off the old skin and restore a smooth and vibrant appearance to the skin’s surface.

Cleansing Soaps
A day spent outside in the heat or humidity can spur the development of acne, blackheads and other skin imperfections. The sweat, dirt and air pollutants all build up on the skin and clog up the pores. Making soaps with our French clays is an effective solution to eliminate excess oils and dirt from skin. Our French clays are free of contaminants and come in yellow, red, pink and green. The natural and unscented clay absorbs oil from the skin’s surface and gently whisks away dirt and particles. Use this soap after any sort of outdoor physical activity or exposure to air that is high in ozone and air pollution.

In addition to using ingredients attuned to the unique needs of summer skin, you can also take it up a notch by using some fun summer-oriented soap molds, fragrances and colors. A star-shaped mold with red or blue gel color and some silver sparkle glitter dust is just one idea for a fantastic summer-themed soap that will enhance the appearance and health of the skin.

Using Technology in Your Soap Making

Although the art of making handmade soaps is thousands of years old, originating in ancient Babylon, technology is making this craft more accurate, affordable and easier than ever before. There are many ways in which a hobbyist, occasional soap seller or regular seller of handmade soaps can use technology to enhance the quality, durability, aesthetics and ease of soap making.

Infrared Thermometers
You’ve likely used a digital thermometer to check a child’s temperature or to check the temperature of meat while cooking. You might be surprised to learn that you can also use a digital thermometer to ensure that you reach the ideal melting point on your soap base. Our infrared thermometer offers an instantaneous reading in degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius. Instead of putting your fingers and the entire batch of soap at risk, all you need to do is pull the trigger, aim the laser at the soap and you’ll get an accurate reading of the temperature. The thermometer functions at temperatures ranging between -26 and +716 Fahrenheit. This multipurpose tool can also be used for your other crafting projects, such as candle-making.

Timers and Measurement Converters
Ever start a batch of soap and then forget when you started it? There’s an app for that. Use any handheld device or smart phone and set an alarm when it’s time for you to return to the batch of soap. You’ll never let it go too long again. On our website, you can use our measurement converter to adjust your favorite recipe from metric to units in ounces or pounds.

Digital Scales
While creating handmade soaps is an art form, it does also require a bit of science and mathematics. You might be able to get away with a dash of this and a sprinkle of that while throwing together a stir-fry for dinner, but soap-making requires more precision. Our digital scales at Chemistrystore.com allow you to weigh fractions of a gram of additives to your soap. Concise measurements mean better results. It also means that you won’t waste as much product or have to throw out a batch of soaps that didn’t properly set due to an improper mix of ingredients.

With our helpful technological soap-making tools at Chemistrystore.com, you can enhance the quality of your soaps and optimize production. Our products can also help you yield higher profits on your soap sales.

A Guide to Making Soap with Embeds

When it comes to soaps with personality, style and panache, you can’t go wrong with embeds. At Chemistrystore.com, the newest Stephenson Melt and Pour soap embeds have arrived and are ready for you to get started crafting products that your friends, family and customers will love. This guide to using embeds will help you get the best possible results with your new line of handcrafted soap.

Selecting an Embed
Stephenson Melt and Pour soap embeds include a variety of designs. From the whimsical cupcake to the cheerful pink flower and the delightfully ferocious dinosaur, each embed fits perfectly into a loaf style soap mold. To further enhance the usefulness of the embeds, they can also be used in the Milky Way molds offered at the Chemistrystore.com. If you decide to use the Milky Way soap molds with the Stephenson soap embeds, you’ll need to do a little preparation first by slicing the embeds into slices about 1/2″ thick.

Coordinating Soap Bases with Embeds
While many of the products offered at Chemistrystore.com can be mixed and matched with one another, the Stephenson soap embeds should only be used with the Stephenson soap base. This is because both the embeds and the base have the same melting point and set point. Once you’ve selected your embeds, mold and prepared the base, you’ll be ready to create some of the most aesthetically pleasing soaps on the market today.

Achieving the Best Results for Embedded Soaps
Using the new Stephenson embeds in your soaps isn’t difficult but it does take a little longer to set up and prepare. First, you’ll need to chill the embed in the freezer overnight. This helps to ensure that the embed adheres well to the soap base. Be sure to keep the embed wrapped in its original packaging when placing it in the freezer. Depending on the look you want to achieve and the size of the embed, you’ll need to pour a shallow layer of soap base into your mold. Let the liquid soap cool to room temperature. Set the embed into the mold upside down. Lightly spray the poured soap base and embed with rubbing alcohol. This helps the layers of soap seamlessly stick together. Now you’re ready to pour the second layer of base over the embed. Allow the soap to set as usual. You’ve just created a spectacular product that will wow all your fans!

Step It Up With Professional Molds

Handmade Professional Mold

Once you’ve mastered the basics of soap making, such as making melt-and-pour soap from kits or making large soap loaves, it’s time to step up the creativity and put your soap making to the test. One way to do this is to try out some of the professional molds we offer at the ChemistryStore.com. Our professional molds will help you create high-caliber soaps that will wow your guests and impress your clients.

Types of Professional Soap Molds
Professional soap molds are aesthetically pleasing and feature imprints and shapes that are unusual and fun to work with. Our pebble-shaped professional soap molds may be plain solid or include impressions of butterflies. We also carry teardrop molds, rectangular and round with and without images. The molds include four cavities and are made of 100 percent recyclable plastic. If you’re looking for a unique professional grade soap mold, consider our professional teardrop massage soap mold. It features raised areas that create a massage effect when used on the skin. Soaps made from professional molds are fully functional and fit well inside the hands.

Using Professional Soap Molds
When using our professional soap molds, keep in mind the maximum temperature for the melted soap base is 75°C or 167°F. The molds are sturdy and will not crack or warp under normal use. Each finished bar of soap will weigh around 4.5 ounces. These professional soap molds can be used with our other products such as fragrances, gel colors and even glitter for creating custom effects in the finished soaps.

Getting the Best Results
When using professional molds with impressions, pour the soap base carefully. You don’t want to get any air bubbles in the areas of the design. If adding glitter to your soaps, wait about 30 minutes after pouring. Putting the glitter in right away will cause it to sink to the bottom. Even after your soaps are poured, the reactions in the chemicals of the soap continue to take place. Allow the soaps to rest undisturbed until they’re fully set. Always make soaps in a well-ventilated room using tools that are just for making your soaps. Make sure the temperature in your soap-making area is consistent and not prone to extreme cold or warmth. Extreme temperatures could cause the molds to change shape during the curing process.

A Guide to Making Glitter Soaps

Sparkle Dust Glitter

Adding glitter to handmade soaps can put a glamorous and fun touch on a thoughtful gift. The ChemistryStore.com offers a wide range of glitters that can be added to the different types of soap bases already in your supply cabinet. Learn how to make the best use of glitter and create bars of soap that will be sure to catch the eyes of anyone who receives them.

Selecting Glitter
The ChemistryStore.com carries several colors of glitter. These can be mixed and matched with gel colors to create a vast array of combinations. For the best results, select complimentary glitter and gel colors, such as sapphire gel color alongside of moon beam sparkle dust glitter. Another option is to select gel and glitter that match each other, such as a vibrant red gel color paired with regal red sparkle dust glitter. There is no end to the combinations that can be achieved with all the colors of gels and glitters.

Glitter Melt and Pour Soaps
Melt-and-pour soap base is the easiest type of glitter soap to make. Even beginning soap makers can find success using this method. Follow the directions on the melt and pour soap base up to the point where the base is liquid but starting to thicken. This is the time to add up to one tablespoon of glitter per pound of soap base.

Layered Glitter Soaps
Layered glitter soaps take a little longer to make but the finished results are spectacular. If using melt and pour soap base, only melt a small amount of the base at a time. Add one color of gel, allow the base to thicken slightly, then add the correct amount of glitter. Once that layer has set, prepare the next layer.

Multi-colored Glitter Soaps
Some molds lend themselves to creating multi-colored glitter soaps. A star-shaped soap mold would work well using yellow gel and gold glitter in the star shape with blue gel and moon beam sparkle dust glitter along the periphery.

Tips for Using Glitter in Soaps
Be sure to use an accurate thermometer when melting the soap base. If the base becomes too hot, the glitter will not suspend well in the base. This could result in the glitter clumping or sinking to the bottom.

A Guide to Making Exfoliant Soaps

After a long and brutal winter, many people are noticing that their skin needs some work in order to get ready for spring and summer clothing styles. During the winter months, old skin builds up in unsightly layers, resulting in thick, scaly patches that itch and flake off. Instead of buying expensive exfoliants at the store, you can use supplies from ChemistryStore.com and control what goes into your products. Exfoliant soaps are perfect for your own use or to add to your product line during the warmer months of the year.

Jojoba Meal
Organic Jojoba Meal is an exfoliant derived from the jojoba shrub. It’s comprised of fine particles from the seed that are extracted during the process of producing jojoba oil. Jojoba meal works well in convenient melt-and-pour soap making kits as well as in cold-process soap bases. This natural, effective yet gentle ingredient enriches the skin with proteins. In addition to exfoliating the skin, jojoba meal also detoxifies, softens and cleanses. At the same time, jojoba meal retains the natural moisturizing properties of jojoba oil.

Ground Walnut Shells
Ground walnut shells gently exfoliate the skin and are considered a soft abrasive that is safe for use anywhere on the body. The ground shells are light brown in color and are very fine in size. These shells are completely biodegradable and non-toxic. They can be added to melt-and-pour as well as cold-process soap bases. They do not need to be processed and can be added in at up to a 50 percent concentration to the soap base.

Baking Soda
Baking soda is readily available and is often overlooked as a natural and inexpensive exfoliant. It works well in hot-process soaps but can also be added to melt-and-pour soap making kits. The fine particles provide effective microdermabrasion and work especially well on the face and the thick skin on the feet.

Dead Sea Salt
A little bit of Dead Sea Salt goes a long way in making an exfoliating soap. This natural mineral refreshes the skin while gently sloughing off those old, thick skin cells that have built up. Just add a small amount of the sea salt to any process type of soap. This soap works well on the feet, knees and elbows.

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