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Melanie Teegarden

Melanie Teegarden has been proprietor of Althaea Soaps & Herbals for 14 years. She has run an international website selling bath and body products to individuals and spas since 2006. In addition to her home-based business, Melanie also teaches soap making classes in her community of Johnson City, Tennessee.
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Articles by Melanie Teegarden

Soap Making Troubleshooting
January 21, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Part of the art of creating good soap is being able to control the batter and produce a consistently pleasing result. Granted, most soap mistakes can be salvaged to create usable, if not beautiful soap.

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Making Shampoo Bars
January 12, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Making shampoo bars is a very different process from making body soap in a lot of ways. Unlike body soap, it is important to limit the number of unsaponifiable substances in a bar made for hair.

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Homemade Exfoliating Soap Recipes
January 1, 2020 · · Soapmaking

From exfoliants as gentle as powdered oatmeal to a powerful, grease-scrubbing pumice soap recipe, there is something for everyone in homemade exfoliating soap recipes.

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Using Kaolin Clay in Soap
December 22, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites The use of kaolin clay in soap occurs for many different reasons. Among soap additives, it is one of the most common. Especially in shaving soaps, kaolin …

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DIY Sugar Scrub: Coconut Oil and Caster Sugar
December 19, 2019 · · Soapmaking

In this article on sugar scrubs using coconut oil, I will offer two different DIY sugar scrub coconut oil recipes. We will also discuss the best sugar for sugar scrub recipes.

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A CBD Bath Bomb Recipe that Works!
December 1, 2019 · · Soapmaking

When formulating and testing for a CBD bath bomb recipe, I realized that just about any recipe you like will do the trick. The best CBD bath bombs are the ones you can custom craft to suit your preferences.

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How to Make Body Wash
November 8, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Making body wash is an easy and rewarding experience. Learning how to make body wash is a simple and fun activity, well-suited to small group projects or craft time with the kids.

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An Easy Lotion Bar Recipe
October 29, 2019 · · Soapmaking

A luxurious solid lotion bar recipe, chock full of luxury butters and skin-loving beeswax — that is the objective. A DIY lotion bar may seem surprising, but there is nothing better to keep inside of your knitting bag for small finger snags and scratchy places.

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How Does Soap Work?
October 27, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites How does soap work? It is a question people have explored since ancient times. As early as 2800 B.C., a soap-like substance was found in cylindrical clay …

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The Easiest CBD Soap Recipe
October 25, 2019 · · Soapmaking

In researching for a CBD soap recipe, I found a plethora of information on CBD soap benefits, as well. Here’s how to craft it without losing valuable benefits.

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2-in-1 Laundry Butter and Foaming Bath Butter
October 10, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Laundry butter is just soap without any extra fat. It’s a wonderful cleanser for your hand-wash items, can be scented however you like, and leaves your fabrics …

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Using Fresh Produce as Soap Ingredients
October 7, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites There are many botanical ingredients you can use as cold process soap ingredients. Lavender and rose petals are classics, and Himalayan Pink Salt soaps are trendy and …

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Soap Scents in Home Soap Making
September 29, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Cosmetic-grade soap scents can transform the experience of using handmade soap. There’s nothing like the simple luxuriousness of a good, gentle bar of natural handmade soap. Except, …

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Make a DIY Soap Mold – Instructions With Video!
September 28, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites If you look around your home, there are probably dozens of items that can serve as a DIY soap mold. From potato chip cans to reclaimed wooden …

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Making Natural Soap, and Other Soap Myths
September 26, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Do you dream of making natural soap at home? Unless you are willing to collect ashes to make your own lye, chances are that at least some portion of your natural soap will be laboratory created, or at the very least refined.

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