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Soapmaking: soap making information, methods, soap recipes and reference sites



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Soap Naturally - Ingredients, methods and recipes for natural handmade soap answers all questions about natural soap.

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First published on the Internet in September 2000, the Natural Soapmaking (once Soap Naturally) soap making information section hosts a regularly updated collection of links and short descriptions of reliable sources on soapmaking.

With the advent of "commercial Internet" and the resulting disappearance from the Web of personal (non-commercial) pages, contributions from Natural Soapmaking (once Soap Naturally) members now cover an increasingly wider area of topics of interest.

During our most recent review of the links in this page, we have highlighted in yellow entries associated with broken links. If you know where to find the current links for those entries, please let us know, so this index to everything soapmaking can be further improved!

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M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Natural handmade soap recipes and reference resources on the Internet

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A

Amber / Ambergris


Aromatherapy


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B

Blending suggestions


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C

Calculators - conversions, pricing, saponification values etc.

  • Therese Lott's "standalone" sap calculator is now available in four different file formats. Very handy, thank you Therese!
  • Ida describes in wonderful detail how to recalculate a given recipe for different batch sizes or different units of measure. Simply precious!
  • List member Kathy Arenz is generously sharing her special calculator for creams and lotions, available as a downloadable Excel spreadsheet.
  • Majestic Mountain Sage (MMS) online calculator
  • Listmember Lisa C has put together 2 useful batch cost calculators: Clicking on these links will ask you to save a copy to your computer. May we suggest that when you are using the calculator for your own batches, that you select "Save As" and rename your new file. This will ensure that your original copy remains as the Master copy. Of course, you can always come back here to obtain another copy of the Master.

Chemistry and safety issues


Color cosmetics, mineral makeup


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Colours and clays - reference and suggestions

  • Listmember and supplier Rebecca offers usage suggestions for color additives.
  • FDA's (US Foods and Drug Administration) approved color additives listed for use in the United States in foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • Position of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists on colouring agents used in cosmetics and toiletries; [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource] also includes a list of colours approved for cosmetic use in Europe. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • Straight from the horse's mouth, the European INCI list of approved colours for use in cosmetics [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource] and in hair dyes. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • Discussion about Cosmetic Grade Color Additives.
  • A list of herbs and spices that offer natural ways for colouring soap.
  • See also: Commercial guidelines and regulations

Commercial guidelines and regulations, INCI sites

  • [AUS] The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission's Web site is a good start for understanding the Australian rules. In particular, you can download from here, as a PDF file, the official guidelines for labelling cosmetics and toiletries. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • [AUS] The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration is probably more relevant to those who make toiletries, however there are a few sections relevant to soap, especially medicated and "aromatherapy" soaps. From 2007, cosmetic regulations for Australia need to be looked up both at the TGA section for Cosmetic Claims Guidelines, and at the General Information on Cosmetics section of the NICNAS Website.
  • [AUS] For specific information on chemical substances used in soap and cosmetics, check out the NICNAS site, which is part of Worksafe Australia.
  • Of particular interest to all those who would like to sell soap and toiletries in Australia, the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists position paper on cosmetic safety and manufacturing guidelines is recommended reading for all those who have commercial manufacturing in mind. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • [AUS] Ready to go commercial and register a business name? Search the Australian Securities Commission's database to make sure the business name you've chosen is available!
  • [AUS] For business information in general, don't forget to check out the Australian government resource Website for small businesses.
  • [USA] FDA sets the rules for cosmetics in the US.
  • [USA] US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition - Cosmetics is the starting point for those who sell soap and cosmetics in the US. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • [USA] The current list of colourants approved by the FDA for use in cosmetics sold in the US can be found here. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • [USA] Another interesting link from FDA is their Cosmetic hand book. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • [USA] Interesting information, particularly for US soap and toiletry makers, from the former Cosmetics, Toiletry & Fragrance Association (CFTA), now renamed Personal Care Products Council.
  • [Europe, UK] The European INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) index is also an excellent starting point for investigating European requirements for soap and cosmetics makers.
  • [Europe, UK] The Soap Naturally Book includes quite detailed information on European and UK requirements.
  • International: Information about fragrances and the levels at which they should be used, and other standards from the International Fragrance Association.

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D

Dragon's Blood


F

Fragrance and essential oils reference


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H

Herbs and plants reference

  • A good start for your investigations on herb and plant properties is Botanical.com, the Home Page of Mrs M. Grieve's "A Modern Herbal". This book, originally published 1931 and entirely available on the Internet, is now considered a bit outdated, but the basics are good and the site offers lots of other interesting (and more up-to-date) links.
  • Herbal skin care chart from the Natural Soapmaking (once Soap Naturally) Natural Skin Care Handbooks section.
  • Henriette's Herbal Homepage, Herbal medicine and culinary herbs is one of the oldest and largest herbal information sites on the net. Includes a searchable database for plant names. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • Searchable database of 7,000 useful plants from PFAF - Plants For A Future, a resource centre for edible and other useful plants.
  • [CA] Up to a couple of years ago, Richters, Canadian supplier of herbs and herb seeds, used to maintain *the* reference site for herbs. Due to economically rational reasons, they decided to deprecate the service (pity!). However, they still have some interesting links.
  • Neem "The Village Pharmacy", information about neem oil in Ayurveda.
  • See also: Natural remedies

History of soap and traditional soapmaking methods


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Natural remedies


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Properties of some oils and soap additives

  • Kathy Miller has extensive information on this subject.
  • Mary Anne describes the difference between hard oils and soft oils, and how to decide how much of each oil to use in order to obtain a nicely balanced recipe.
  • Ron's shea butter nut articles on Natural Soapmaking (once Soap Naturally) (shea butter is also known as karite butter).
  • Fatty acid properties of some (not so common) soap making oils, kindly supplied by Mary Anne [sudsylady] and other members.
  • A table that compares fatty acid content between different oils, which might be useful when looking for causes of DOS to see if there might be some link.
  • Rita Scheu's carrier oil descriptions from TLC Soaps has interesting information about common and not so common soapmaking oils. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil - Natural Plants Products offer extensive information on this rare oil, extracted from a herbaceous winter annual plant native to the pacific Northwest area of the United States. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]

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R

Recipes: handmade soap & shampoo recipes, skin care recipes


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S

Soap information - general

  • First thing - Check out the Natural Soapmaking Handbook, and all other books in the Making soap... naturally series, as they provide the most complete guide to learn about natural handmade soap.
  • Kathy Miller's is a very good site to start with, and includes saponification charts, properties of oils, how much liquid to use etc. (although in general we don't agree with using crayons for colour).
  • If you would like to start making your own soap, but are really worried by the idea of having to work with strong alkalis (lye, caustic soda), the soap safety suggestions described by ListMum Marina will hopefully help you overcome your fears - and give you precise directions on how to avoid problems.
  • Refer to the Properties of some oils and soap additives section for information on how to choose and combine base oils and fats.
  • Listmember Debbie Vidinha, of Coconut Coast Natural Products, has put together the Glossary for the Modern Soap Maker.
  • Castile Soap: Patrizia Garzena's Web magazine. Where Patrizia narrates about soap, its history and places; and interviews notable people of handcrafted soapmaking significance.
  • Listmember Marie Chandler's Glossary of terms of soaps, soapmaking, cosmetics and body care products. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • A "soap site" written just for kids; includes a few simple fun recipes. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]
  • Information about soap from the American Cleaning Institute, formerly known as Soap and Detergent Association of North America. It is interesting to note that their soapmaking history incorrectly gives the non-existent Mount Sapo as the reference for the origin and derivation of the word "soap".
  • Sabrina's Soapmakers Resources Site
  • (From Mary Anne) There is a webpage for an american chemical engineer who makes soap, it includes some info I'm not happy with (like colouring soap with kids tempera paint powder!!), but it has a wonderful animated picture of the chemistry involved in changing lye + oils to glycerine + soap. He actually uses and recommends DPG to speed trace, especially when doing large quantities at demonstrations. See Making Soap With James Hershberger. [please let us know if you have the current link for this resource]

Soap making methods


Soapmaking tools (molds, cutters etc.): designs, instructions, plans etc.


T

Trade publications

  • [AUS] Markets and Fairs. Australia's online guide to Markets, Events, Festivals, Expos and Fairs.

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