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

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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Salt, Sugar, and Sodium Lactate in Soap
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Sodium lactate in soap is commonly used to harden the resulting soap bar. There are many ways to affect the hardness of your bar, but sodium lactate …

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How to Make Goat Milk Soap in 7 Easy Steps
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Learning how to make goat milk soap doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow our step-by-step goat milk soap recipe and see for yourself. I will demonstrate one …

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