Considerations in Setting Up a Soapmaking Business
Considerations in Setting Up a Soapmaking Business
Soapmaking in the American Colonies: Tallow Soap
Soapmaking in the American Colonies: Tallow Soap
For those hardy colonists who were the first Europeans into North America, life was hard and required a great deal of ingenuity, hard work and innovation to keep going. The average American colonial housewife was no less ...
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History and Benefits of Castile Soap
History and Benefits of Castile Soap
As an excellent basic soap, Castile soap has a reputation as a fine quality soap with a long history. Originally developed and used in the Roman empire around 100 A.D., it was brought to Europe after the dark ages by Crus ...
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A Brief History of Soap
A Brief History of Soap
Soap goes back a long way into our history. Legend has it that as animal sacrifices were burned on a mountainside, the mixed fats and ashes ran down towards a river, where the locals realized the clothing they washed ther ...
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Broke the Mold: Selecting Quality Soap Molds
Broke the Mold: Selecting Quality Soap Molds
When we started making soap, it was easy to get drawn to the many beautiful cheap (notice I did NOT say inexpensive!) soap molds on the market. You could spend a few dollars and end up with beautiful looking bars of soap, ...
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Pulling Off Your First Craft Show
Pulling Off Your First Craft Show
Now that you've had a chance to investigate and find a good craft show, develop your display and otherwise put together what you need for your first craft show, it's time to figure out what you need to pack and how to pul ...
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Cottage Industry Potash/Pearlash Process, Part 2
Cottage Industry Potash/Pearlash Process, Part 2
In Part 1, we covered the potash/pearlash making process through step 3, comprising the ash leaching process. In Part 2, we cover the rest of the steps comprising purification process. This is shown in the updated diagram ...
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Cottage Industry Potash/Pearlash Process, Part 1
Cottage Industry Potash/Pearlash Process, Part 1
We are going to walk through the process of leaching ash for soap-making in a cottage industry setting such as a cabin or farm. Most people refer to the product as KOH or potassium hydroxide, but it is actually a mix of ...
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Glycerine In Soap Making 101
Glycerine In Soap Making 101
You can be a successful soap maker without knowing much chemistry, but understanding the soap process can make you a better soap maker. Here we talk about glycerine/glycerol, what it is, where it comes from, and how it af ...
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Booth and Display for Your First Craft Show
Booth and Display for Your First Craft Show
So you've found a craft show that looks promising for your first adventure into selling soap. Now you need a booth and display! Let's talk about some easy and inexpensive ways to set up an awesome booth, starting with a f ...
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Craft Shows: Getting Ready for Your First
Craft Shows: Getting Ready for Your First
You've given soap to your family. And your friends. Your coworkers, too! Maybe you've even sold a few bars to some local people you know. But now you're looking at taking your hobby soapmaking into a whole new realm: the ...
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