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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

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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How to Make Tallow and Lard
September 10, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Learning how to make tallow was once a regular yearly task during slaughter. The white, firm fat produced could be used in cooking, candle making, and salves, as well as soap making.

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A Basic Tallow Soap Recipe
August 31, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Tallow soap has many wonderful qualities to recommend it, such as a hard, long-lasting bar and creamy lather. It has similar qualities in soap as palm oil. It can also be very emollient when combined with other soap making oils, such as olive oil.

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How to Make Tomato Soap
August 24, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Coloring Soap Naturally
August 16, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites When learning how to make homemade soap, will you use dyes, micas, or try coloring soap naturally? There are many ways to achieve beautiful colors in your …

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Making Shampoo Bars
July 31, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites 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 …

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