Subbing Oil in Cold Process Soap Making

Oils and butters add a lot to soaps in order to create moisturizing properties and silky lather. However, there are times which you may want switch out oil for a substitute ingredient to change things up. What are some options?

Well, first you have to determine the oil’s purpose in the soap: does it provide the soap’s firmness or contribute to the lather or provide moisture? After that is determined, replace the other with a substitute that can fulfill that role. For example, a soft oil soap can have butter replace the oil in order to keep the soap’s softness and silkiness. For more on oil substitutes in soap, please click here:: How to Substitute Oil in Cold Process Recipes

Breaking Down Baking Soda for Soap Making

Baking soda is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a number of bath and beauty products. It can an exfoliation factor into soaps and is used a primary ingredient in bath fizzies. Why is that the case?

Baking soda, known to chemistry buffs as sodium bicarbonate, can create a “fizzy” reaction when missed with citric acid and water. Without it, the bath fizzy would not fizz at all and the additional ingredients will have trouble spreading throughout the bath water. Baking soda also provides friction for a gentler scrub than sugar or salt based scrubs for hands, faces, and feet. For more about how baking soda is a great ingredient for soaps and scrubs, click here:: Sunday Night Spotlight: Baking Soda

Master Your Soap Shop Daily Routine


Most humans are creatures of habit and routine for a good reason. Knowing what to expect and when can allow a person to properly prepare mentally and emotionally. Having a haphazard schedule can create a haphazard life of stress and missed opportunities that can make your soap shop suffer. What are some ways to keep you days organized?

First, develop a schedule that is right for you to concentrate on your work while getting moments of play in-between. Write up a schedule in a daily planner, either a physical notebook or phone app, and stick to it. You’ll be able balance your work life and play without slacking off too much or working yourself to the bone. For more tips on how to balance your daily schedule, click here:: Get Your Day Organized