• Beginner,  Soaps,  Tips and tricks,  Tutorials and recipes

    “Honey, I saved the soap!”: how to save botched batches

    Finally, a way to save your botched batches! Whether the colour was poorly dispersed, the scent too weak, or the design off centre, your less-than-perfect soaps can now be given a second lease on life! You can also save failed attempts that ended up being too drying because you miscalculated the amount of sodium hydroxide or forgot to add oil (for example: forgot to add superfatting at trace!). You can also use this technique to recycle leftover soap bits. Rebatched soap has a rustic, grainy appearance – it’s not as smooth as regular soap. One advantage of this technique is that the added essential oils and aromatic essences hold better…

  • Advanced,  Gift ideas,  Soaps,  Tips and tricks,  Tutorials and recipes

    Colour scale: the ultimate guide to colouring glycerin soap

    It’s a question we’ve often been asked: how much liquid colorant should you add to glycerin soap? The answer depends on the effect you’re looking for, and to save you time and trouble, we’ve done the testing for you! Glycerin is a popular choice for soap makers because it’s fast, easy, and ready to use immediately! But it can happen to the best of us: we have visions of the perfect outcome dancing in our heads, but the reality doesn’t quite meet our expectations. Below, we’ll give you some tips on how to get as close as possible to the colour you are dreaming of. Do you measure drops or…

  • Advanced,  Gift ideas,  Soaps,  Tips and tricks,  Tutorials and recipes

    Rainbow melt and pour soap

    How to make rainbow soap? Sometimes you want to make a few special soaps to offer as gifts or to fill the little basket in your guest bathroom. A good way to give your imagination free rein and create a work of art is to take advantage of the simplicity of glycerin soaps. To learn more about glycerin soap, click here. To have some fun with colours, we decided to show you a layered soap reminiscent of a rainbow – both the one in the sky and the one on the gay pride flag. A few tips and tricks Begin by assembling all the tools and ingredients needed to make…

  • Body,  Tips and tricks

    7 alternatives to microbeads

    Have you heard the latest news? The United States has come to a decision about microbeads: as of now, they’re banned in rinse-off cosmetics. What is the problem with microbeads? Microbeads are tiny plastic balls used in many cosmetics for exfoliating or cleansing. When rinsed off, they go down the drain, but they’re too small to be caught in treatment plant filters and make their way into oceans, lakes, and rivers (including the St. Lawrence) Microbeads are made of polyethylene, known to attract bacteria and viruses. As they make their way along waterways, they can thus add pathogens to ecosystems. And of course they can also be ingested by certain…

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    Coop Coco coconut soap paste

    What is soap paste? Black soap in liquid or paste form is well known for its many benefits as a skin care and household cleaning product. Today, we’re pleased to introduce you to the less well-known coconut soap paste. Just as black soap is made by saponifying olive oil with potash, coconut oil can be saponified with potash. This process creates a compact, milky-white, semi-transparent paste. With greater cleaning power than black soap, coconut oil soap is well suited for household cleaning products such as dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent. For body use, it’s a good idea to mix it with black soap to combine the cleaning power of coconut…