Essential and Fragance Oils

Essential and Fragrance Oils

Our sense of smell is a powerful ability and it conjures up emotions and memories. It also affects our brain which has an effect on our stress levels, hormones, breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. Fragrance is highly subjective and we don’t all like the same scents and smells. What you like might not be […]


Plastic mould design and production at The Soap Kitchen

Meet Colin Fox the mould designer (aka Clive) In this article Colin talks us through and describes the way vacuum-formed moulds are designed and produced for sale at The Soap Kitchen. These moulds are suitable for melt-and-pour soap production. Our “in-house” mould designs, are identified by a number of influences: these can be current and future […]

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 […]

tea tree oil

Tea Tree Oil

Extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, Melaleuca Oil or Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odour and a colour that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colourless. Indigenous to Australia, Tea Tree Oil is widely used in low concentrations in cosmetics, skin care and useful for treating […]

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 […]

Jasmine Flowers

The Health Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine has various scientific names including Jasminum Grandiflora (Royal Jasmine) and Jasminum Officinale (Common Jasmine). The essential oil is extracted mainly from the flowers of the Common Jasmine. The flower has a strong yet sweet, pleasing and romantic fragrance, which is very common in flowers which bloom only at night. The Health Benefits of Jasmine […]

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 […]

Cold Process v Melt & Pour

Cold Process v Melt & Pour

What is Soap? The definition of soap in the dictionary is – a substance used for washing and cleansing purposes, usually made by treating a fat with an alkali, as sodium or potassium hydroxide, and consisting chiefly of the sodium or potassium salts of the acids contained in the fat. What is the difference between […]

Ingredients for Hair Products

Ingredients for Hair Products

When we pick up a bottle of shampoo or any other hair product we are hit with many multi-syllabic words on the packaging. With so many ingredients out there it would be nice to know what they are doing for our hair. Each of the ingredients in these various products – either on their own […]

Palm Oil

Sustainable Palm Oil

The production of palm oil has had an impact on forests and endangered species such as the orangutan, but there is a solution that doesn’t harm anyone or nature. Palm oil that has been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) according to specific criteria is Certified Sustainable Palm Oil. By respecting the […]