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Melanie Teegarden

Melanie Teegarden has been proprietor of Althaea Soaps & Herbals for 14 years. She has run an international website selling bath and body products to individuals and spas since 2006. In addition to her home-based business, Melanie also teaches soap making classes in her community of Johnson City, Tennessee.
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Articles by Melanie Teegarden

Can You Make Goat Milk Soap Without Handling Lye?
January 11, 2021 · · Soapmaking

The idea of making goat milk soap without handling lye is certainly appealing, but the truth is that somewhere along the line, someone has had to use lye in order to make soap.

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Soap Making Oil Chart
December 31, 2020 · · Soapmaking

In creating a soap making oil chart, I am hoping to clear up some confusion regarding which are the best oils for soap making. Different oils have different fatty acid content and give different properties to the finished soap.

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How to Make Goat Milk Soap in 7 Easy Steps
December 28, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Learning how to make goat milk soap doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow our step-by-step goat milk soap recipe and see for yourself.

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Coloring Soap Naturally
December 27, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites When learning how to make homemade soap, will you use dyes, micas, or try coloring soap naturally? There are many ways to achieve beautiful colors in your …

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Soap Scents in Home Soap Making
December 10, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Cosmetic-grade soap scents can transform the experience of using handmade soap. There’s nothing like the simple luxuriousness of a good, gentle bar of natural handmade soap.

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Rebatching Soap: How to Save Failed Recipes
December 8, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Rebatching soap is an excellent way to prevent waste and turn your valuable oils and fats into a useful product, even if mistakes have left the soap imperfect or unsafe to use.

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How to Make Tallow and Lard
November 28, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Learning how to make tallow was once a regular yearly task during slaughter. The white, firm fat produced could be used in cooking, candle making, and salves, as well as soap making.

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Making Soap Dough for Decorating Body Bars
November 26, 2020 · · Soapmaking

This recipe uses the heat transfer method to melt the oils. This means that the fresh, hot lye water is used to melt the coconut oil completely, then the other two oils are added to help further cool down the batter.

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How to Make Milk Soap: Tips to Try
November 24, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Learning how to make milk soap provides another use for that excess goat milk. It’s not as hard as you’ve probably heard!

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A Simple Soap Frosting Recipe
November 13, 2020 · · Soapmaking

There is a lot of disagreement in the world of soap making over the proper soap frosting recipe. While some use a soap frosting recipe that requires chilling the lye water and whipping the hard oils, others prefer using soap batter that has naturally come to a firm enough state for piping.

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A CBD Bath Bomb Recipe that Works!
November 1, 2020 · · Soapmaking

When formulating and testing for a CBD bath bomb recipe, I realized that just about any recipe you like will do the trick. The best CBD bath bombs are the ones you can custom craft to suit your preferences.

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DIY Sugar Scrub: Coconut Oil and Caster Sugar
October 28, 2020 · · Soapmaking

In this article on sugar scrubs using coconut oil, I will offer two different DIY sugar scrub coconut oil recipes. We will also discuss the best sugar for sugar scrub recipes.

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Evergreen Tree Care and Diseases
October 25, 2020 · · Growing

Learning the basics of evergreen tree care can yield a bounty of useful products for your homestead. In addition to shade, wind insulation, and oxygen production, various evergreens can yield nuts, edible buds, as well as inner bark and needles for tea.

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How to Make Body Wash
October 25, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Making body wash is an easy and rewarding experience. Learning how to make body wash is a simple and fun activity, well-suited to small group projects or craft time with the kids.

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The Easiest CBD Soap Recipe
September 27, 2020 · · Soapmaking

In researching for a CBD soap recipe, I found a plethora of information on CBD soap benefits, as well. Here’s how to craft it without losing valuable benefits.

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