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Superfatting... what it is and why it's a good thing

Superfatting... what it is and why it's a good thing

Superfat. Sounds like a strange word to be using, but this is a very common term in the soaping world. Superfat is the measure of how much free oil you have in your soap bar. When soapmakers create a recipe, they must use the correct amount of lye for the amount of oils and butters their using. The lye and the fats will undergo saponification to make soap!  But, when we're creating this recipe, we can also add in extra oils and butters that won't be saponified and will stay as moisturizing fats in the final bar... this is what makes natural...

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Easy DIY Scrubs

Easy DIY Scrubs

As the weather gets colder and drier, I find myself with skin that needs a little pampering. A good homemade scrub made with nourishing ingredients can be just the thing to treat yourself, your senses, and your skin! Plus these recipes use ingredients you have around the house and that you could eat! The basic recipe I like to start with is 1 part oil to 1 part scrub, so there are unlimited ways to experiment with ingredients here. Here are a couple of my favorites:   Lip Scrub 1 tsp coconut oil 1 tsp white sugar Mix together and...

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Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter, and More: Which Oils I Use and Why

Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter, and More: Which Oils I Use and Why

There are so many choices for oils to use when making soap, so how did I choose which ones to use? Soap is a very simple reaction between oils and lye. However, there are hundreds or thousands of oil combinations you can choose when crafting your recipe!     As a soapmaker, this is great as we have a lot of options when choosing which oils we use and in what quantities. Each different oil provides different properties to the finished bar. For example, oils that are solid at room temperature (coconut oil, cocoa butter) make the finished bar harder. ...

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Let's Talk About Labels

Let's Talk About Labels

Did you know that each L&C soap bar is hand made, and hand packaged by me! When I was designing my packaging, I wanted something simple, beautiful, and also environmentally friendly. I also wanted something durable that could protect my soap.     I knew plastics were out, so I went with a paper based label. This way, the entire wrap can be recycled in your blue bin! The custom designed wrap has my namesake lilacs and clovers on it. I finish this off with a sticker label that tells you the weight, scent, and all the ingredients I used....

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My Go To Homemade Hand Scrub

My Go To Homemade Hand Scrub

When my hands are feeling really dried out, I tend crave the exfoliation and moisture a good hand scrub can provide.

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