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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

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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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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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