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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

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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How to Make Natural Deer Repellent
August 30, 2020 · · Growing

Perhaps your garden had some unwelcome attention from foragers last year, and your crops suffered. Maybe you have tender, young trees on the property and worry about deer stripping bark from their trunks in the cold, bare days of early spring, or pushing them over as they rub the velvet from their antlers in the fall.

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Making Natural Soap, and Other Soap Myths
August 30, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Do you dream of making natural soap at home? Unless you are willing to collect ashes to make your own lye, chances are that at least some portion of your natural soap will be laboratory created, or at the very least refined.

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Making Shampoo Bars
August 22, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Making shampoo bars is a very different process from making body soap in a lot of ways. Unlike body soap, it is important to limit the number of unsaponifiable substances in a bar made for hair.

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How to Make Tomato Soap
August 11, 2020 · · Soapmaking

In August, hopefully your garden is in full swing. Tomatoes are ripening, and the fresh herbal snap of tomato leaves fills the air each time you brush past them.

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Using Kaolin Clay in Soap
August 8, 2020 · · Soapmaking

The use of kaolin clay in soap occurs for many different reasons. Among soap additives, it is one of the most common.

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Make a DIY Soap Mold – Instructions With Video!
July 20, 2020 · · Soapmaking

If you look around your home, there are probably dozens of items that can serve as a DIY soap mold. From potato chip cans to reclaimed wooden drawers — with a few key pieces of information in mind, you can get started exploring a range of shapes and sizes of materials for a DIY soap mold, including wood, some plastics, silicone and corrugated plastic sheeting.

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Using Fresh Produce as Soap Ingredients
July 16, 2020 · · Soapmaking

There are many botanical ingredients you can use as cold process soap ingredients. Lavender and rose petals are classics, and Himalayan Pink Salt soaps are trendy and inviting.

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Jewelweed Soap: An Effective Poison Ivy Remedy
July 10, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Jewelweed soap is fun to make this time of year, when the plant is just starting to send up tender, young shoots full of soothing juice. Jewelweed uses lots of water to make this wonderful juice, and is often found in very wet environments near running water.

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Inexpensive Cold Process Soap Supplies
June 28, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Buying cold process soap supplies doesn’t have to be a major expenditure. Most items can be found locally, at grocery and hardware stores.

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Tips for Selling Soap
June 2, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Selling soap can be a rewarding and potentially lucrative part of your homesteading income streams. When it comes to selling soap, there are many factors to consider.

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A Basic Tallow Soap Recipe
May 24, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Tallow soap has many wonderful qualities to recommend it, such as a hard, long-lasting bar and creamy lather. It has similar qualities in soap as palm oil. It can also be very emollient when combined with other soap making oils, such as olive oil.

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Leftover Soap Hacks
May 13, 2020 · · Soapmaking

What can you do when you have leftover slivers of used soap, or cut off scraps and heels from soap loaves? These leftover soap hacks will help you to use up every last morsel of your handmade soaps.

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Hot and Cold Process Lard Soap Recipes
March 30, 2020 · · Soapmaking

A lard soap recipe, in addition to containing a significant quantity of lard, should also contain complementary fats to bolster bubbles and skin conditioning properties.

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How to Make Homemade Soap Lather Better
March 10, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Coconut or castor? Add sugar or add beer? People are constantly searching for how to make soap lather better.

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