So you have a shaving soap recipe that gives you a good shave and a rich, stable lather – but that’s it. For now, it’s unscented and far from extraordinary.
This is part of the process, though. It’s easier to establish a foundation and manipulate one or two things at a time in subsequent batches. When something goes wrong, this limits the number of possible culprits.
Now that we’ve got a solid foundation, it’s time to get a little more creative!
Continue reading How to Personalize Your Shaving Soap Recipe: Fragrance, Fats & More
Looking for a shaving soap recipe? I’m going to show you how to make your own, even if you’ve never made soap before.
If you’re new to soap making, it’s still a good idea to start with a base recipe to work from. That way, you can make small adjustments and observe their results.
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You want to start experimenting with shaving soap, but you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. Locating, buying, and handling lye and a myriad of oils can be confusing.
If you just want to experiment with different fragrances and/or superfats, melt and pour soap can be a great way to go. In this post, I’m going to sum up the pros and cons of melt and pour shaving soap.
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Lather is the most important thing about a shaving soap. It’s got to be rich, long-lasting, slick, and moisturizing – and it can’t dry or irritate skin.
If you’ve been looking into how to make shaving soap, you’ve probably heard some off-putting numbers about how many recipe variations people have gone through to get a good lather. It’s my goal to help you skip some of that expensive and time-consuming process. In this post, we’ll get into the characteristics of an awesome lather and some of the fats soap makers use to achieve it.
Continue reading How to Make Shaving Soap with a Great Lather
Have you ever seen a fancy looking soap that boasts ‘triple-milled!’ and wondered if it’s actually better, or just a buzzword?
Maybe you make your own soap, and you’ve wondered about the process of triple milling soap and whether it’s worth your time?
Continue reading What Is Triple Milled Shaving Soap? Is It Better?
Hello, shavers & soapers! In this post we’re going to discuss the two predominant methods of small-scale soap making: cold process and hot process. As you’d guess, the difference between the two is the temperature the fat and lye react at.
We’re going to cover the differences between hot process and cold process, the benefits of each, and which one is better for shaving soap, as well as a bit about stearic acid.
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Last time, we discussed the basic process of making soap, and talked about how a lye solution and fat react during the saponification process.
This time, we’re going to go beyond the basics (ha!) of lye. Remember, there are two types of lye used in soap making: sodium (NaOH) and potassium (KOH) hydroxide.
These two alkali salts, when mixed with water and added to the same fats, can produce considerably different end products. In this post, we’ll figure out the differences between NaOH and KOH, talk about ratios when mixing both, and cover superfatting/lye discounting.
Continue reading NaOH vs KOH: Ratios & Discounts (Superfatting)