A Guide To Pigments, Micas, Coloured Clays and Powdered Dyes.

Colour is a brilliant way to give your products your own flair, and to really personalise your makes. But, with so many options for powdered colours it can be hard to know which one is the best for your needs. In this blog we will break down the basics of the differences between the different […]

10 uses for Isopropyl Alcohol

Isopropyl Alcohol or Rubbing Alcohol, as it is commonly known, has many uses. For the soap maker it is most useful when spritzing your newly poured melt and pour soaps to remove surface bubbles, but it is also a powerful solvent with many useful applications. It evaporates quickly, leaving near zero traces and is relatively safe, compared […]

Fantasy moulds

Soap and Toiletry Making Fun for the Holidays

It’s hard to keep coming up with new and original activities to entertain your little ones over the Summer, especially when the rain persists like it has this year! The Soap Kitchen has a whole host of easy and fun options that are not only brilliant activities but will get your little ones excited about […]

Orange Spot

The Dreaded Orange Spot

What is dreaded orange spot? If you are an unlucky cold process soap maker you might have experienced the Dreaded Orange Spot aka DOS. It is precisely as it sounds… orange spots in your soap. There are several factors that can contribute to dreaded orange spots. DOS can appear in cold process soap while curing, […]

Expiry Dates

Expiry Dates and Certificates of Analysis

We are often asked about the problem of expiry dates on all the many and varied products we have and there seems to be a great deal of confusion over this subject, so it would seem extremely useful to explain the process of expiry dates in cosmetic products and the difference from those used for […]

Fragranced Candles

Make your own Fragrant Candles

There are several candle kits available from The Soap Kitchen and they make the perfect gift for Mothers Day, birthdays or any other special occasion. They are really easy to use so we thought we would show you how to make your own fragrant candles using one of our kits. The Lavender Soy Candle Kit […]

An introduction to Preservatives and Product preservation

An introduction to Preservatives and Product preservation by Scott Grainger of Cosmetic Safety Consultants Ltd Why preserve cosmetics? Many cosmetic formulations can support microbiological growth by providing the two main conditions required – a source of food (fats, carbohydrates, proteins etc.) and a source of water. ‘Microbe’ is the general name given to microscopic organisms […]

weight v volume

Weight v Volume

Is there a difference between weight v volume? Is weight and volume not the same thing? The simplest and easiest way to answer the difference between weight v volume is to think about a cup of feathers and a cup of rocks. You know these two things don’t weight the same even though they have the […]

Face Skin

Avoiding Skin Allergies

My work as a medical herbalist leads me to examine all facets of modern living and the gamut of symptoms emanating from this is quite extensive. One of the most challenging aspects of my clinical practice is treating or more pertinently, managing the wide range of skin complaints and disorders, many of which are simply […]