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

Tips for Selling Soap
June 2, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Selling soap can be a rewarding and potentially lucrative part of your homesteading income streams. When it comes to selling soap, there are many factors to consider.

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A Basic Tallow Soap Recipe
May 24, 2020 · · 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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Leftover Soap Hacks
May 13, 2020 · · Soapmaking

What can you do when you have leftover slivers of used soap, or cut off scraps and heels from soap loaves? These leftover soap hacks will help you to use up every last morsel of your handmade soaps.

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Making Soap Dough for Decorating Body Bars
April 12, 2020 · · 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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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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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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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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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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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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