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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 Oil Chart
May 19, 2019 . · Soapmaking

In creating a soap making oil chart, I am hoping to clear up some confusion regarding which are the best oils for soap making. Different oils have different fatty acid content and give different properties to the finished soap.

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Does Soap Go Bad?
May 6, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Does soap go bad? Whether it is due to rancid coconut oil in your recipe, too many wet additives such as fruit purees or fresh botanicals, or just the ravages of time, eventually all soap will develop the dreaded orange spots that show you how to tell if oil is rancid.

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Handling Lye for Soap and Other Safety Precautions
April 28, 2019 . · Soapmaking

It is critical to follow a few simple safety precautions when using lye for soap. Proper ventilation, along with gloves and eye protection, will help to prevent any kitchen mishaps …

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Inexpensive Cold Process Soap Supplies
April 26, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Buying cold process soap supplies doesn’t have to be a major expenditure. Most items can be found locally, at grocery and hardware stores.

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Making Soap Dough for Decorating Body Bars
April 12, 2019 . · Soapmaking

This recipe uses the heat transfer method to melt the oils. This means that the fresh, hot lye water is used to melt the coconut oil completely, then the other two oils are added to help further cool down the batter.

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A Tutorial of Soap Swirling Techniques
March 13, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Once you have mastered the basics of home soap making, learning soap swirling techniques can be a fun challenge. It is also a great way to increase the appeal of your handmade soaps.

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Lye Pockets in Soap: How to Save a Botched Batch
February 13, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Lye pockets in soap can occur when a batch of soap separates. This separation can be due to overheating, insufficient mixing, or misbehavior caused by a fragrance or essential oil. …

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Stamping/Embossing: A New Way With Soap Designs
February 13, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Soap designs can elevate the sophistication and beauty of even the simplest soap recipe. Imagine a classical, ivory-colored olive oil castile soap with a lace pattern, delicately stamped with gold …

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A Simple Soap Frosting Recipe
February 13, 2019 . · Soapmaking

There is a lot of disagreement in the world of soap making over the proper soap frosting recipe. While some use a soap frosting recipe that requires chilling the lye …

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Using Kaolin Clay in Soap
February 13, 2019 . · Soapmaking

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 clay in soap …

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Make a DIY Soap Mold – Instructions With Video!
February 13, 2019 . · Soapmaking

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 drawers — with …

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2-in-1 Laundry Butter and Foaming Bath Butter
February 13, 2019 . · Soapmaking

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 fragrant, clean, and …

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How to Make Tomato Soap
February 13, 2019 . · Soapmaking

In August, hopefully your garden is in full swing. Tomatoes are ripening, and the fresh herbal snap of tomato leaves fills the air each time you brush past them. Why …

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Making Shampoo Bars
February 13, 2019 . · 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 …

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Enjoy Egg Whites for Skin Tone with Egg Soap
February 13, 2019 . · Soapmaking

There are many recipes using egg whites for skin, as it is a natural and effective astringent and pore tightener. Astringents are ingredients that tighten the skin and give a …

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