About the Author

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

Hot and Cold Process Lard Soap Recipes
March 30, 2020 · · Soapmaking

A lard soap recipe, in addition to containing a significant quantity of lard, should also contain complementary fats to bolster bubbles and skin conditioning properties.

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How to Make Homemade Soap Lather Better
March 10, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Coconut or castor? Add sugar or add beer? People are constantly searching for how to make soap lather better.

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Using Modern Soapmaking’s Essential Oil Calculator
March 4, 2020 · · Soapmaking

In this article, I will briefly address the art of perfumery as it applies to essential oils in soap. I will then conduct a step-by-step exploration of the Essential Oil Dilution Calculator and how to use it to keep your products both fragrant and safe.

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Hot Process Soap Stages
March 2, 2020 · · Soapmaking

In this article, we will examine the hot process soap stages that you can expect to see as your soap cooks. Hot process soap stages are a good indicator of where in the process your soap is currently as far as completion.

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A Tutorial of Soap Swirling Techniques
February 18, 2020 · · 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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How to Make Natural Deer Repellent
February 16, 2020 · · Growing

Perhaps your garden had some unwelcome attention from foragers last year, and your crops suffered. Maybe you have tender, young trees on the property and worry about deer stripping bark from their trunks in the cold, bare days of early spring, or pushing them over as they rub the velvet from their antlers in the fall.

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Lye Pockets in Soap: How to Save a Botched Batch
February 16, 2020 · · 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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Soap Making Troubleshooting
February 12, 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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Evergreen Tree Care and Diseases
February 9, 2020 · · Growing

Learning the basics of evergreen tree care can yield a bounty of useful products for your homestead. In addition to shade, wind insulation, and oxygen production, various evergreens can yield nuts, edible buds, as well as inner bark and needles for tea.

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Make a DIY Soap Mold – Instructions With Video!
February 4, 2020 · · 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 a few key pieces of information in mind, you can get started exploring a range of shapes and sizes of materials for a DIY soap mold, including wood, some plastics, silicone and corrugated plastic sheeting.

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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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