Soap Making Safety

Soap Making Safety

One of the most important parts of making soap is safety

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When making soap and using lye (sodium hydroxide) safety is a very important part of the soap-making process. Continue reading

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These are the Best Soap Boxes

Soap Boxes

 

 

There are many ways to label your soap; soap in boxes is another way to present your craft.  I have used the cigar label for years and I like it because you can see the colors or additives in your soap bar and potential customers can pick it up and smell it.

In today’s times with the coronavirus, I have decided to put my soap in boxes.  I don’t really want people at the market to be picking up and smelling all the bars displayed.

My soaps are now put in boxes and one of each is left out on the table.  I cut up small pieces of soap and place them out for people to take, smell and keep.

Soap in a box looks professional and the boxes can be labeled or even written on if you are better than I at handwriting lol.

Here are a few soapboxes that I found online.  The prices are reasonable and there is a great variety of sizes and shapes to choose from. Continue reading

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The Flash Point of Soap Oils

Flash Point of soap oils

What is the flashpoint of oils

Flashpoint is the temperature at which a combustible or flammable substance will burn when it is exposed to a spark.

  • Flashpoint can be used as a rough measure of how volatile a flammable/combustible substance is, but it’s good to also note that not all volatile substances are flammable or combustible. Some soapers use the flashpoint to safely add fragrance or essential oils at or below the flashpoint. I don’t really pay much attention to that because once mixed with the soap it won’t burn and you shouldn’t be handling your fragrances around an open flame. When adding fragrance or essential oils to my soap the temperature is at 100.  The soap oils I never heat above 120 I have never had a problem and don’t soap make around open flames.For your knowledge here are a few flashpoints.

    Coconut Oil Flash Point is 450 degrees
    Olive Oil Flash Point is 468 degrees
    Canola Oil Flash Point is 400 degrees
    Castor Oil Flash Point is 392 degrees
    Lard Flash Point is 390 degrees

    So you see the oil would have to be heated to such a high temperature that it would surely take all the benefits of the oils away as well.  When making soap the oils should never reach these temperatures making soap making oils safe from becoming flammable.

    Essential Oils Flash Point

Angelica Root113° F
Anise200° F
Balsam – 200° F
Basil164° F
Bergamot125° F
Calendula200° F
Carrot Seed117° F
Cedar Leaf135° F
Cedarwood – 200° F
Chamomile – 127° F
Cinnamon  -190° F
Cinnamon Leaf – 190° F
Citronella – 170° F
Clove Bud – 200° F
Eucalyptus 80 / 85 – 118° F
Eucalyptus Lemon – 118° F
Frankincense104° F
Geranium Leaf185° F
Grapefruit Pink  – 142° F
Lavender156° F
Lemon – 110° F
Lemongrass160° F
Orange  – 110° F
Oregano145° F
Peppermint – 151° F
Rosemary110° F
Sage – 125° F
Spearmint122° F
Tea Tree134° F
Thyme  – 131° F

Looking at all the flashpoints you can pretty much make soap without worrying about them.




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Favorite Natural Baby Powder Recipe

Natural Baby Powder

First – What is in Baby Powder – well for years baby powder was made from talc a substance that is known to contain asbestos.  We know the asbestos has been linked to cancer.  So we certainly don’t want to use Talc on our babies.

Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder was the most used powder and in May of 2020 they announced that they will no longer be using Talc in their baby powder.

So today what is in baby powder is some or all of the ingredients listed below.

There are other safer powders that can be used to make your own baby powder, some of the ingredients found in natural baby powder can be:

Here are some great natural baby powder or go to the recipe at the bottom of the page and make your own. Continue reading

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Vaseline or Natural Non Petroleum Jelly Recipe

Is Vaseline Safe for you Baby


Vaseline Healing Jelly for dry, cracked skin Original 100% pure petroleum jelly 375 g

The ingredient in Vaseline is 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly – which is White Petrolatum, USP.  Petrolatum is used In industry, as a lubricant for machinery. Whereas we use it to relieve diaper rash, soothe chapped lips and relieve dry skin. The (EWG), which is a non-profit US organization doing environmental and safety studies, says that petrolatum is an ingredient in one of every 14 cosmetic products on the market, this includes some lipsticks and about 40 percent of baby lotions and oils. I wonder why I see products being listed as Petroleum Free?  Is it safe or not? Continue reading

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Excellent Benefits of Oregano Oil

Oregano Oil

The Oregano is growing like crazy and I’m ready to start harvesting it.

Oregano is one of my most used herbs, it is a very hardy plant that is easy to grow and has many uses. We live in a cold climate and my Oregano thrives here. The leaves can be dried, eaten raw, or soaked in oil for oregano benefits of health.

Oregano oil has been used for thousands of years for health benefits, traditionally it has been a great remedy for colds and flu, inflammation of the mouth and throat, upset stomachs, and respiratory problems.

Joy of the Mountains 100% Wild Organic Oregano Oil – 30 milliliter
The Chinese have used this herb to treat fever and itchy skin problems as well as diluting the oil for and using it externally for headaches, muscle, and joint pain as well as for stings and bites.

Oregano oil has become increasingly more known today as a natural remedy for colds and flu.

This herb has strong fungicidal, bactericidal, and antiseptic properties which are just a few of the health-improving properties this incredible herb has. Continue reading

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A Great Place to Buy Soap-Making Supplies

Buying Soap supplies online

All the changes going on in the world over the last few years have got me looking elsewhere for my soap-making supplies.

Some suppliers are being stretched with containers being stuck on ships or just not getting here and of course the lack of supplies to begin with.

Recently I have started doing some shopping on Amazon.  More and more soap supplies that can be bought through their site and the prices are not that bad at all!  Shop around though, but with Amazon Prime and free shipping in some cases the price is right.

Just starting out with soap making or are just wanting to make some soap for gifts, Amazon really has some fairly good prices on supplies.

Doing some of the research I have found some reasonably priced soap supplies.

The top 5 soap-making oils to be exact!

Soap Making Oils

The 5 top soap making oils

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Soap Kills Viruses

Soap kills viruses – yup that’s right!

Plain old ordinary soap actually works better than disinfectants for killing viruses because ordinary soap destroys the viruses structure.

Soap is the best thing to use in the fight against viruses but when it is not available use alcohol wipes.

The reason soap is better is because it dissolves the fat membrane and the virus just simply falls apart and becomes inactive. That is simply put because I’m not a scientist and don’t want to bore you with science and chemistry. If you want to know more about that you can follow this link Deadly Viruses are no match for soap Continue reading

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Hand Sanitizer Recipe

Hand Sanitizer

With the shortage of hand sanitizers in stores in our area, I wanted to find something for our family to use.

After doing research and reading WHO Recommended Hand Rub Formulations  I found this recipe that you can easily make.

Hand Sanitizer Recipe

This recipe has been scaled down by Kevin Lee Jacobs – the prep time is about 5 minutes and it only required 3 ingredients plus water. Continue reading

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Water and soap making

How much water in soap recipe?



You have your oils all picked out and are creating your first recipe!  Now you are wondering about the water/lye mix.  How do I find out how much water to add the lye to?  Does it have to be exact?

The addition of water is a little different from that of the oils and sodium hydroxide.  The oil and lye measurements need to be pretty exact, but with the water you have room to play.

When creating your own soap recipe make sure you use a calculator to determine the amount of lye that needs to be added to the water.  This calculator will also give you a range for the amount of water to use.
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