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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Books For Handcrafted Bodycare...

I have always had a great love for books and reading! Most of the time I read books that motivate and teach. This week I have been reading a couple of great books on Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. The next book I plan to study on this subject is The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual. Why not check this book out as well as others we offer regarding Handcrafted Bodycare on our Books page.

I would love to hear what you've been reading and what books interest you.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Benefits Of A Custom Soapmaking System

Increase Production
A Soap Making System designed Just for You, will provide your business with the right equipment and layout for your space and production requirements. Our systems are designed to help you grow as business increases.


Save Time & Money
With a custom designed soap making system you will become more productive and can work smarter to help you save money and time.

Increase Profit
Less labor and time means less cost per bar-Equals More Profit!

Full Production
Our systems can provide you with everything you need to get up and running quickly and efficiently.

Custom Designed for You!
We work with you to design a system that works into your budget and production needs.

Built to Last
All of our equipment is designed to last you for years. We don't skimp on quality, after all, your success depends on it.

Versatile
Our systems are designed to fit into your work area and some equipment can do more than one task.

Click here to see Sample Soap Making System Layouts and Equipment Needs.



Thursday, April 14, 2011

An Update on The Safe Cosmetics Act

The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild gives an update on the still evolving Safe Cosmetics Act in the 112th Congress. Check out the Blog Post with all the details and how you can help.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Laundry Detergent Recipe Using Homemade Soap

Below is a recipe for Laundry Detergent using your homemade bar soap.

We would love for you to share your recipes for homemade cleaners and natural household solutions.

Laundry Detergent Recipe

Ingredients:
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
2 large bars or 4 small bars homemade soap, grated.
This should equal about 1½ cups.
Instructions:

Heat 2 quarts water over low heat and mix in grated soap. Stir until fully melted.

Pour into 5 gallon bucket and mix in the Borax and Washing Soda. Mix until the powders are fully dissolved. Add in additional warm water until the bucket is about ¾ full, leaving room to stir. Stir until fully mixed and then cover with lid.

The mixture will gel and need to be stirred before each use. Use ½ cup to 1 Cup per load. Experiment for desired results.

You can also add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Tips on Lining Soap Molds

To Line or Not To Line...

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post…I am a product and equipment tester. I’d like to hear your thoughts on lining soap molds. Tell me what types of molds you use and whether you line or go just go with it!
I have to admit that lining soap molds is not my favorite thing to do in the soap making process, but I do it because I love the end results. My soap comes right out of my mold with little or no effort. The liner paper is easily peeled away revealing beautiful smooth soap!

Lining my soap molds used to be a very frustrating task until started planning ahead. Using a quality liner paper, I pre-cut several sheets at a time to fit my molds. Then I pre-fold them so that I can just place them in the mold. I store them for future use so they stay nice and neat - like under a large book. Then when I make soap, I just put a light coating of shortening on the inside of the mold and place the liner paper right in. I smooth it just a little with my hands and then take a plastic spatula along the bottom and sides to remove any bumps and bubbles. There you have it… A perfectly lined mold without any frustration.

Check out our Specials on Liner Paper this month on Soap Mold Liner Paper. This is the perfect opportunity to save some money and try out a great product.


Monday, April 4, 2011

OHIO SOAPERS GATHERING - APRIL 9 - CEDARVILLE, OH

SoapEquipment.com will be a vendor at the Annual Ohio Soapers Gathering in Cedarville, Ohio this year! We hope to see you there!



We’ll be bringing a variety of things for you to view and purchase. Visa and MasterCard will be accepted. This is a great opportunity to save on shipping costs!


If you would like to place an order in advance or there is a particular tool or piece of non-custom equipment you would like to see, please send your requests and inquiries to brandy@soapequipment.com.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Tips For Leaving Corporate America

Donna Maria has a great post and audio Podcast on her blog today that I think you should check out...How To Leave Corporate America (Audio Podcast)


Donna Maria interviewed Rhonda Cook, author of Transitioning From Corporate America to Entreprenurship. This interview covers proactive steps to take and big mistakes to avoid.