Have a Merry Craftmas

  Say no to mass-produced Christmas It is becoming more and more apparent that our traditional ‘mass produced’ Christmas that we have all been so used to over the last few decades, is getting far less fashionable. In light of the recent startling affects that plastic consumption has had on our environment, a ripple affect […]

Frankincense Cold Process Natural Soap

Announcement… Today is an important day here at the Soap Kitchen, with only 6 weeks to go until Christmas, this is your last chance to make any Cold Process soaps that will be cured and ready to go for Christmas day. So we’ve got an extra festive yet very traditional Cold Process soap- Frankincense. Below, […]

The Difference Between Artisan Shave Soap and Artisan Hand Soap

The Difference Between Artisan Shave Soap and Artisan Hand Soap No two soaps are created equal and one size does not fit all. A soap that performs well at removing engine oil grease from a working man’s hands would  be unlikely to be the soap of choice for your pre-date shower. Still, many men continue […]

Firework Swirl Soap- Technique Focus- Lazy susan swirl

Remember, remember, the 5th November! In honour of Firework night we thought it’d be appropriate to show off a random, fun and colourful soap design technique. If you’re an experienced soap maker, why not give this method a try? You’ll uncover all sorts of fabulous patterns upon un-moulding.  Once cut, each bar is completely unique! […]

Product Development- with Dartmoor Skincare Co

Our next instalment with The Dartmoor Skincare Company is here. This week Tara Leader, founder of the company, gives us an insight into how her new products get from the kitchen and onto the shelves, we hope you find this useful. Product development After perfecting our recipes, as with all cosmetic products to be sold […]

Jewel Coloured Pine Cones soaps

These exclusive Pine Cone moulds are great for adding a bit of seasonal nostalgia to Christmas. They are great for easily experimenting with colour and make unique gifts as well. What you’ll need: Melt and pour soap base Vegetable glycerine (optional) Your choice of Essential or Fragrance oil Soap Colourants (we used coloured micas and […]

Blackcurrant and Rose Petal Skull Bath Bombs

Just in time for Halloween and the ‘Day of the Dead’ Festival, this #makeit is a re-fresh on last year’s ‘Loaded Bath Bomb’ recipe that showcases our popular skull bath bomb mould. We’ve had some recent feedback asking us to demonstrate how to use our 2 piece plastic moulds, so hopefully our re-vamped step by […]

Palm Oil Substitutes for Cold Process Soap Making

Due to a rapid rise in environmental concern amongst a lot of our customers, it is important that we as suppliers offer the best advice and support we can when choosing the right ingredients for certain products. A question we have been asked most recently is ‘What is the best alternative to Palm Oil in […]

Understanding Labelling Legislation

Some of our most frequently asked questions are regarding labelling, it seems to confuse the best of us, how to list ingredients and what information needs to be included especially, so here’s a quick guide to simplify things.   All cosmetic products in the UK are covered by the REGULATION (EC) No 1223/2009 OF THE […]

Linear Swirl – Cold Process Soap Technique Focus

For our recent winter campaign, we were inundated with lots of soapy inspiration and it made us makers in the creative team eager to try out some new techniques! One technique we were yet to try was the ‘Linear Swirl’. So, kitted out with Christmas-y coloured micas, we put it to the test. Our first […]