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Soap Heroes and Celebrities – 2017 HCSC Conference

July 3, 2017 The 2017 Hand Crafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild (HSCG) Conference was in Las Vegas this year. Except for a foray to see a Cirque du Soleil performance and a spin around MGM Grand and New York, New York, I pretty much feasted on the glory of making and selling soaps and cosmetics…

Soaping Safety

Soaping Safety   July 2, 2017 Most often I make something called cold process soap. It’s called cold process because it doesn’t require any cooking in an oven or pot. All of the cooking comes from a lye and liquid solution that heats the oils and turns them into soap. Lye solution is very caustic…

Raising the (Soap) Bar at a Soaper’s Conference

Since I started making soap, I’ve met a few soap makers at classes and farmer’s markets, and connected to many more through YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. But none of those online meetings beat the rush of mingling with 500 soap and cosmetic makers in person at the 2016 Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild conference in…

Heads and Tails or How Soap Cleans

We don’t think about it much, but soap and water have an amazing ability to clean skin and wash away dirt and grease. You’ve heard it said that washing with water isn’t enough, but you may not know why that is so. Here’s the scoop. The tail of the soap molecule embeds dirt and grease,…