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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Soap Pot Tipper

The ultimate way to mix and pour soap. When used with our Soap Pot Whipper and one of our Oil Heaters; one person can produce hundreds of pounds of soap per day easily and perfectly.

  • The heavy gauge, 80-quart (76 L), stainless steel pot swings freely, 315 degrees on a sturdy steel frame.
  • Height adjustable; six positions for easy use & convenient mixing heights.
  • Left or right hand use is very easy to adjust.
  • Mix over a 140 pounds (64 Kg), perfect for large batch production.
  • Rolls easily on 4” (10cm) casters, even when fully loaded.
  • Has a 16” x 22” (41 x 56cm), expanded metal deck for use as a dolly to move buckets of oil, etc., or even to stand on while mixing.
  • Works with our Double Jacketed Oil Heaters for efficient multiple pours and with our floor scales for easy weighing of materials.
  • Pour directly into the mold.
  • Oils can be heated in the pot if required.
  • No Maintenance, easy to clean.
  • One year warranty parts and labor but built to last a lifetime.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Soap Making Tools and Accessories

Stainless pitcher
Pitcher - 2 Quart Stainless
Perfect for your EOs & FOs, mixing lye for test batches, or anything that can discolor or degrade plastic.

Bain Marie Soap Pot 6 quart
HANDcraft™ Stainless Steel Soap Pot
You will not find a handier mixing pot for mixing batches of soap up to 8 or 9 lbs (3.5-4kg).

Stainless Steel Work Table
Table - Work - Stainless Steel
This is a wonderful work surface, strong, tough, easy to clean and maintain, and it comes with a sturdy adjustable shelf.

Check out our Tools and Accessories Page for more great Soap Making Equipment

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Seeded Computer PaperHandmade Plantable Paper - Lotka Fiber - Computer Paper

HANDcraft™ Plantable Computer Paper  - It's Seeded Paper that can be planted in soil to produce a gift of flowers for the recipient!

This paper that keeps on giving is great for printing paper sleeves for your soap or even printing Thank You Notes to include with your orders!

Great for...
  • Printing Your Paper Sleeves
  • Printing Your Candle Labels
  • Printing Your Own Thank You Sheets
  • Planting around Your House
  • Printing Invitations
  • and Much More!
Click Here to View More Details and Order Yours...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tips on Lining Soap Molds

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 our Pro-Mold Release Liner, 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.

Most of the time I use a Single Loaf Mold, but there are times when I use a larger block mold or Manual Cutter Mold. I remember the first time I had to do this, I thought it was going to be a daunting task, but it was even easier to line than a small mold! And of course the Tube Molds have a cool Teflon liner that just slides right in!

Check out this VIDEO on the Pro-Mold Release Liner!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Soap Making...
Safety Tid Bits…

Always wear Eye and Protection and Gloves when making soap. We offer a full line of Safety Equipment.

Work in an organized area and make sure you know your procedure before starting. Give yourself plenty of time so that you aren’t rushed.

Get your workspace set and organized...

The last thing you want to do is to have to run into the other room to get an ingredient or utensil that you've forgotten. Make sure that all of your utensils are in good working condition and/or clean

Make sure you understand the procedures...

Remember that your Lye Solution is caustic and hot so be careful.

Lye is potentially a really nasty, dangerous chemical. But it can be used and dealt with completely safely. You shouldn’t be afraid of lye, but you must respect it - Keep away from Children and Pets.

Avoid distractions of all kinds when making soap.

Wear proper eye and hand protection...

Safety glasses and rubber gloves are a must

Have a large bottle of white vinegar on hand... The vinegar will neutralize any lye spills

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Soap Making Package Deals

Soap Making Start-Up Packages
We have a Soap Making Package to meet your needs.

Our Soap Making Package Deals...

Take the guess work out of shopping and provide the equipment you need to do what you love..Making Soap! Read on to find the one that’s right for you…

We offer a complete Cold Process Soap Making Kit perfect for the first time Soap Maker! The HANDcraft™ Cold Process Soap Making Kit has all of the supplies (measured and ready to go) that you need to make one 38oz batch of soap. The kit includes a complete instruction booklet as well as an instructional video on CD. We even include tips and ideas on where to go after you’ve fallen in love with making your first batch.

Maybe you’ve already made your first batch using ingredients and equipment from your kitchen and you need something more. Then the Single Loaf Soap Making START-UP Package or the Round Loaf Soap Making Package may be right for you.

These packages include...
  • Light Commercial Power Wand
  • Soaper’s Scale
  • Pocket Dial Thermometer
  • High Quality Single Loaf Mold or a 3” Round Tube Mold and Tube Mold Funnel
  • Single Bar Soap Box and Smooth Blade Cutter
  • “The Soap Book: Simple Herbal Recipes”
  •  Instruction booklet that includes tried and true Soap Making recipes.

For the SOAP MAKERS That Need To Ramp Up Production…

If you’ve gone beyond beginner and hobbyist Soap Making and are ready to ramp up production in your Soap Making then we can help you make soap quickly and efficiently with either the TRIPLE LOAF Soap Making Package or the QUAD LOAF Soap Making Package.

Both packages include...
  • Light Commercial Power Wand
  • Soaper’s Scale
  • Just Point” Infrared Thermometer
  • Two great Soap Making books
  • The Loaf Soap Cutter™ with your choice of one of three stock sizes
  • Either a Triple Loaf Soap Mold or a Quad Loaf Soap Mold
  • Instructions and recipes are also included in these great packages

For those of you ready to go beyond these Soap Making Package Deals, check back next month when we highlight our Pro Package Deals.

We have a Package Deal For Most Every Phase of Soap Making! 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Soap Making Equipment Specials

On Sale at SoapEquipment.com

Single Loaf Soap Mold
Single Loaf Mold - Perfect for the small production Soapmaker making
Cold Process, Hot Process or M&P soap. Also great for sample batches

Triple Loaf Soap Mold
Triple Loaf Mold - Great for pouring multiple loaves of Cold Process,
Hot Process or M&P Soaps. This mold is also great for test and sample batches.

Quad Loaf Soap Mold
Quad Loaf Mold - Pour four (4) three-pound loaves at one time. Then, just cut
into bars!Great for pouring multiple loaves of cold processed, hot process or M&P Soaps.


For a limitied time only -so click HERE now for more details!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Soap Cutting Systems Highlighted

Today we are going to look at the highlights of our two popular soap cutting systems...

  • 640 Bars of Soap Per Pour (approx. 160 lbs, 72.57 kg) Approximate time to mix, weigh oils, mix lye, heat oils, measure EOs/FOs, herbs, etc; 3 to 4 hours.
  • Manual Soap Cutter™, Comes standard with Loaf and Bar frame, cutting time 15 to 20 min. per 160 bars, includes de-molding and racking on trays. Total time for cutting 640 bars, allowing for breaks, startup and pickup, avg. labor output, re-lining (preparing for next pour); approximately, 3 to 4 hours.
  • 13 Gallon Oil Heater, heats your oils and holds for pouring.
  • Two Manual Cutter™ Pro Molds, two cells, approx. 40 lbs (18.14kg) each side.
  • Soap Pot Tipper, holds 80 quarts (75.71 L), will hold ingredients for both sides of a manual mold.
  • Soap Pot Whipper, best way to stir your batch. Approx. trace time 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Need to double the above to 1,280 bars? Just add two soap molds; Model MCM2C.
  • Want to go beyond this? Get a WW35 or WW65 Oil Heater. This will allow you to pour 400 to 500 lbs (181 to 227 kg) by yourself, easily in one day.

AIr Soap Cutter and Mold     Basic Air Soap Cutter System

  • Want to really plan for the future….make life easier, find more time to package, sell, design or just have more time.
  • 3660 Bars of Soap Per Pour (approx. 800 lbs, 363 kg) Approximate time to mix, weigh oils, mix lye, heat oils, measure EOs/FOs, herbs, etc; 8 hours.
  • Air Soap Cutter™, Comes standard with Loaf and Bar frame, cutting time 25 min. per 450 bars, includes de-molding and racking on trays. Total time for cutting 3660 bars, allowing for breaks, startup and pickup, avg. labor output, re-lining (preparing for next pour); approximately, 8 hours.
  • 60 Gallon Oil Heater, Heats your oils and holds for pouring.
  • 8 Air Cutter™ Pro Molds, One cell, approx. 100 lbs (45.36 kg).
  • Soap Pot Tipper, Holds 80 quarts (75.71 L), will hold ingredients for one Air Soap Cutter™ Mold.
  • Easy Weigh Floor Scale, Fast, accurate way to weigh your oils right out of the Oil Heater and can be used for large batch, measurement of lye.
  • Soap Pot Whipper, Best way to stir your batch. Approx. trace time 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Need to increase the above? Just add soap molds; Model ACM2C.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Soapmaking System Layout

Why Should You Have The Proper Tools?  How important are the tools of your trade? Why is the proper equipment critical?
Say you have 10 small tray molds that you paid $250 for and they make 400 bars, a few months later you have more new customers and you need to double this. Do you spend another $250 and plug the gap or do you see, this is going nowhere? If you grow and hopefully you are planning to, eventually you will be forced to change. Maybe it would be better to look at making it easier to grow and finding a more profitable way to supply your customer base.

What about your own time in dealing with an inefficient method?
Is it worthwhile to make, 10,000 bars, twice as fast, over the course of a year….a month? Can you take this time and focus it into sales? Would it be worthwhile?

All you have to do is consider the role tools have played in the advance of our species.

There are many, things that can boost production, save time, make life easier. TOOLS are to us what claws are to a lion or speed is to a gazelle. A broken claw on the fore paw of a lion is a loss of 10% of it’s probability in having lunch that day. We as humans have the advantage of going beyond what we were born with. The invention of the wheel definitely increased our status in the scheme of things but imagine how much quicker things moved with the rubber tire.

Why Should You Have A Plan?
This is where Willow Way can help. Once you have established the main system components, it is easy to step up production and volume without having to make major, formula, method and equipment changes. The last thing you want to do is change your production methods every time your needs increase. With a Willow Way system, going from 600 bars per day to 1,200 bars or 2,000 to 4,000 is a snap!

Why these materials and methods?
First off, we have extensive experience in wholesaling, CP, M&P, Liquid and HP soap. Producing large quantities forces you to invent and experiment. We have tried it all and the resulting processes and materials won out time and again.

Why don’t you use wood?
Won’t last; soaks up oils and retains contaminates, wood breaks down. It is grainy, splinters, warps, and is difficult to clean.

Why not use silicone liners or molds?
Silicone is expensive to replace. It tears and breaks down over time. It can shrink if not taken care of. It retains scent and must be washed periodically. Silicone does little good on large block pours since soap sticks to about everything. Overall, to the Professional SoapMaker it is inefficient and not cost effective.

Why not sheet plastic liners?
In the long run, it’s slower and sometimes costly. We tried this too but found that they still require a method to hold them in place, and soap had to be scraped off between pours. Wrinkles can occur, soap can slip in behind and lift them out into the pour, ruining entire loaves of soap.

Why not Plexiglas?
First material we tried. Cracks over time due to the oils affecting the molecular structure of the Plexi. To weak for large molds.

Why not larger tray molds?
Very labor intensive. Top layer of ash has to be scraped off, hence lots of waste, tricky to pour right depth, hard to move right after pour. Poorer saponification than block molds. Per bar, a tray mold is double the cost, both in the initial mold cost and in the production and waste lost.

For more information visit our Systems  & Design Page.

Next Post....Systems Highlighted

Monday, June 4, 2012


Mighty MixerMighty Mixer

We have designed The Mighty Mixer™ to be extremely versatile and durable. It will mix your Soap, Lotions, Dry Materials, Oil blends, Body Washes and much more.

Just about anything that you need to mix, can be handled quickly and effortlessly with, The Mighty Mixer.

With its variable speed control you can go from barely moving to very fast (2500 rpm), with just a turn of a knob.

We have been manufacturing the Mighty Mixer for a good while and know that it will become one of the handiest tools in your soap making shop. They work very well with our Pot Tippers and Oil Heaters.

Friday, June 1, 2012

One of My Favorites - The Soap Loaf Cutter™

 Soap Loaf CutterLoaf Soap Cutter

Whether I’ve made soap in a Loaf Soap Mold or in a Tube Soap Mold, I LOVE cutting it with my Soap Loaf Cutter™. This is probably my favorite soap making tool ever! I normally make several loaves at time and this piece of equipment makes cutting it all a breeze – Perfect, uniform bars every time!

But don’t just take my word for it. Check out what HennaSooqhad to say about The Soap Loaf Cutter™in her Video.