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« on: June 08, 2007 07:05:51 PM »

i've been trying to find sites on making bath and body items for three days, but to no avail. i can only find sites that sell supplies, or have recepies (often one in the same, as every supply site i go to has their own recepies). i've found more soap-making sites than i could possibly ever need, but i'm not making soap.

my google-fu is mighty, but alas, it is failing me. so, can you guys suggest sites for bath and body item-making techniques? thanks. Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2007 10:33:52 AM »

soapdishforum.com and http://forum.soapdelicatessen.com/ikonboard.cgi are both really good one's. They are soap making forums but have huge toiletry and b&b sections.
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2007 11:33:37 PM »

I second the soapdishforum.  Yes, their soaping section is da bomb, baby! but the other sections are also great.

But be warned - they can be a bit unfriendly to newbies who show up, ask questions, do no research, and don't give back.  They'll point you to the search feature.  Just so you know.  Smiley

« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007 05:04:39 AM »

the Soapdish is a great place to learn but the warning about how they treat newbies is spot on.

I also recommend www.herbarie.com. They sell products for cosmetics but also have oodles of information on the ingredients and provide recipes and even kits to get started.
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2007 05:13:33 AM »

oops, that should be www.theherbarie.com

The other one takes you nowhere!



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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2007 06:28:05 AM »

I also recommend the Soap Dish forum. Seriously, get yourself over there. I spent nearly 2 weeks just reading the archives full of great ideas and recipes, and I make it my first stop every morning. There is a wealth of information there and you will get addicted to trying out new recipes. (I visited there for information on why my bath bombs failed last year...now I'm making all my own bath & body stuff from shampoo & conditioner to lotions to face washes to you name it...so beware! It is addicting stuff!)

Also check out Voyageur's website -- http://www.voyageursoapandcandle.com/soap.asp (click on the links at the bottom of the page for recipes) -- as they have some great recipes there. The body wash and bubble bath are staples for me now.

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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2007 09:52:41 PM »

Does anyone know of some good websites that tell you the benefits of different oils and such you can add to your products, like avocado oil, coconut oil, etc?

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2007 06:00:08 AM »

There doesn't seem to be one big chart with all the information on it. I've had to go through dozens of pages myself, because I have yet to find all the information I want on one website or link! So check out all the various links to put together a single chart with all the info you need! If you want to get really detailed, check out wikipedia for information on the various fatty acids contained in the oils -- it is very interesting stuff!

As a suggestion, think about the various weights of oils when substituting one for another as it can make a huge difference. Olive oil, which is heavy and a great humectant, will make a lotion feel very different than sunflower oil, which is light but contains lots of good moisturizers. When you are making up your own chart for reference, consider the weight or hardness of the oil or butter, its benefits, its shelf life, and the cost!

This is a great, detailed chart:

Some basic information:

Another great chart, including comedeogenicity, sunscreen, shelf life, and SAP values of oils:

More information (more of a summary):

Some information on butters (hardness, for instance):

These ones are more for soap makers:
http://www.soapcalc.com/calc/oillist.asp - this allows you to sort by various properties.

This is a great list detailing the shelf life of various ingredients you might use:

And here's a list of oils and their comedogenicity:

Finally, if you want to get into the chemistry of oils, I suggest this PDF:

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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2007 07:33:16 PM »

I second www.fromnaturewithlove.com
There selection is great, prices awesome, quality superb and they have a resources/library section with recipes, techniques etc.  They are my one-stop-shop for soaping and body product crafting.

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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2007 01:45:33 PM »

Another great place for a big variety of skincare recipes is:


They have hundreds and hundreds of recipes, with everything from lip balm, to scrubs to fresh lotions. Top notch!

Natural Skin Care Recipes, Articles, & More on my Blog:

FromNatureWithLove.com - Over one thousand ingredients for skincare and soap making.

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