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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

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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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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Enjoy Egg Whites for Skin Tone with Egg Soap
July 18, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Make Milk Soap: Tips to Try
July 7, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Learning how to make milk soap provides another use for that excess goat milk. It’s not as hard as you’ve probably heard! It’s a popular misconception that …

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Jewelweed Soap: An Effective Poison Ivy Remedy
June 19, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Jewelweed soap is fun to make this time of year, when the plant is just starting to send up tender, young shoots full of soothing juice. Jewelweed …

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Rebatching Soap: How to Save Failed Recipes
June 9, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Rebatching soap is an excellent way to prevent waste and turn your valuable oils and fats into a useful product, even if mistakes have left the soap …

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Beard Balm and Beard Oil Recipes
June 5, 2019 · · Soapmaking

When I was designing this beard oil recipe, I spent a good amount of time studying and comparing ingredients in a beard balm recipe as well. If I am going to compare beard oil vs. beard balm, it only seems appropriate to design a beard wax recipe as well.

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Beard Balm and Beard Wax Recipes
May 31, 2019 · · Soapmaking

I wanted to formulate a beard balm recipe that would be simple to put together, hopefully from whatever materials you had on hand, and would require minimal shopping. For this reason, I divided the beard balm recipe into three parts — wax, liquid oil, and solid butter.

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Soap Making Oil Chart
May 26, 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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Can You Make Goat Milk Soap Without Handling Lye?
May 25, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites The idea of making goat milk soap without handling lye is certainly appealing, but the truth is that somewhere along the line, someone has had to use …

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