Getting started with soap making
Anne L. Watson on soap and lotion making. A lot of soap making info on the internet and in print is incorrect, wrong, and sometimes even dangerous. Anne will get your started safely and sensibly, and her books are very reasonably priced. Buy her books on Amazon.com...
Soap Making Forum. Very little drama and lots of good info. Beginners and advanced soap makers are welcome
Auntie Clara's blog. Clara Lindberg has been studying how differences in water content can dramatically affect the appearance of soap. Posts that relate to this topic include:
Soapy projects and ideas
CPOP after the fact. How to firm up soap that didn't gel or to reduce the bullseye look of partially gelled soap
Making Pine Tar soap. Tips for making this classic but tricky soap
Laundry soap mix. My thoughts making an effective laundry soap and an outline of how I make it
Salting-out soap scraps. An alternative to rebatching soap scraps and mistakes
Felting bar soap. How to covering bar soap with wool fiber -- useful for travel and fun for kids
Curing soap. It's not just about water evaporation. And yes, HP soap needs to cure just as much as CP soap.
NaOH and KOH
Zap test. How to check your soap for excess lye
Containers for lye storage. Best containers for making and storing lye solution
What is "lye"? Hint -- it is not just sodium hydroxide, NaOH
High oleic, mid oleic, and regular oil. Not all sunflower, safflower, or canola oil is the same
Glycerin made by saponification. A quick way to calculate this.
Product packaging, labeling, and photography
Acids and Salts
Chelators (chemicals than bind up metals)
Antioxidants (chemicals that prevent oxidation)
Safety and First Aid
Zap test (how to check for excess lye)
If you have a question, suggestion, or correction, please send an email to DeeAnna at email@example.com. I can also be found at the Soap Making Forum and various soaping groups on FaceBook -- look for my name.