• What is Castille Soap

    This is the batch of Castile soap I’m in process of packaging right now. Castile soap is a simple soap that is made with olive oil. Although the history of Castile goes way back, it is believed that the soap was first made in Castilla, Italy. This makes sense when you understand that in that […]

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  • Castor Oil Bubbles

    When I re-batched the soap I talked about in yesterday’s post, I learned something. I needed to add the oil I’d forgotten to add when I first made the soap. I was initially going to use avocado, but had recently read something that reminded me that castor oil helps give great lather. When I read […]

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  • Saved Soap Batch

    Several months ago I made a batch of soap and forgot to put the avocado oil in at the trace stage to superfat my soap. This is a pretty important step if you want a soap that is mild and not lye heavy. I don’t really want to be making “Grandma’s scary lye heavy soap”. […]

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  • Growing Comfrey

    Comfrey is one of my favorite herbs to use in my herbal balm. It is known to help regenerate skin cells, making it a great plant to promote healing. The caution with comfrey, or any product containing the plant, is that you must be sure a wound is clean before using it. You wouldn’t want […]

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  • Back to Soapmaking

    Once a soapmaker, always a soapmaker. Three years ago I made a really difficult decision to close SkinTastic Creations. I had to for personal reasons. The business had reached the point that I needed to hire somebody and let it get bigger or to make it smaller. In the end I closed it and sold […]

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