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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

Hot Process Soap Stages
March 2, 2020 · · Soapmaking

In this article, we will examine the hot process soap stages that you can expect to see as your soap cooks. Hot process soap stages are a good indicator of where in the process your soap is currently as far as completion.

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A Tutorial of Soap Swirling Techniques
February 18, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Once you have mastered the basics of home soap making, learning soap swirling techniques can be a fun challenge. It is also a great way to increase the appeal of your handmade soaps.

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Lye Pockets in Soap: How to Save a Botched Batch
February 16, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Lye pockets in soap can occur when a batch of soap separates. This separation can be due to overheating, insufficient mixing, or misbehavior caused by a fragrance or essential oil.

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Soap Making Troubleshooting
February 12, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Part of the art of creating good soap is being able to control the batter and produce a consistently pleasing result. Granted, most soap mistakes can be salvaged to create usable, if not beautiful soap.

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Homemade Exfoliating Soap Recipes
January 1, 2020 · · Soapmaking

From exfoliants as gentle as powdered oatmeal to a powerful, grease-scrubbing pumice soap recipe, there is something for everyone in homemade exfoliating soap recipes.

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An Easy Lotion Bar Recipe
October 29, 2019 · · Soapmaking

A luxurious solid lotion bar recipe, chock full of luxury butters and skin-loving beeswax — that is the objective. A DIY lotion bar may seem surprising, but there is nothing better to keep inside of your knitting bag for small finger snags and scratchy places.

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How Does Soap Work?
October 27, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites How does soap work? It is a question people have explored since ancient times. As early as 2800 B.C., a soap-like substance was found in cylindrical clay …

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2-in-1 Laundry Butter and Foaming Bath Butter
October 10, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Laundry butter is just soap without any extra fat. It’s a wonderful cleanser for your hand-wash items, can be scented however you like, and leaves your fabrics …

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Enjoy Egg Whites for Skin Tone with Egg Soap
July 18, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites There are many recipes using egg whites for skin, as it is a natural and effective astringent and pore tightener. Astringents are ingredients that tighten the skin …

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Beard Balm and Beard Oil Recipes
June 5, 2019 · · Soapmaking

When I was designing this beard oil recipe, I spent a good amount of time studying and comparing ingredients in a beard balm recipe as well. If I am going to compare beard oil vs. beard balm, it only seems appropriate to design a beard wax recipe as well.

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Beard Balm and Beard Wax Recipes
May 31, 2019 · · Soapmaking

I wanted to formulate a beard balm recipe that would be simple to put together, hopefully from whatever materials you had on hand, and would require minimal shopping. For this reason, I divided the beard balm recipe into three parts — wax, liquid oil, and solid butter.

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Does Soap Go Bad?
May 6, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Does soap go bad? Whether it is due to rancid coconut oil in your recipe, too many wet additives such as fruit purees or fresh botanicals, or just the ravages of time, eventually all soap will develop the dreaded orange spots that show you how to tell if oil is rancid.

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Handling Lye for Soap and Other Safety Precautions
April 28, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites It is critical to follow a few simple safety precautions when using lye for soap. Proper ventilation, along with gloves and eye protection, will help to prevent …

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Stamping/Embossing: A New Way With Soap Designs
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Soap designs can elevate the sophistication and beauty of even the simplest soap recipe. Imagine a classical, ivory-colored olive oil castile soap with a lace pattern, delicately …

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Salt, Sugar, and Sodium Lactate in Soap
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Sodium lactate in soap is commonly used to harden the resulting soap bar. There are many ways to affect the hardness of your bar, but sodium lactate …

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