Mary’s Monkey

As one of my personal projects, I am scanning and correctly, archivally storing the family collection of papers and documents.  Yesterday I scanned a collection of 400 post cards dating from 1908 to 1920. One little series mentioned soap, so I read it carefully … and I just have to share: Mary has a little Monkey Just as cute as it … Read More

Liquid Soapmaking by Jackie Thompson

Jackie Thompson’s long awaited book, Liquid Soapmaking, is finally here – and more than worth the wait. For those who make handcrafted soap bars, transitioning to making liquid soap can be daunting. While the chemistry is essentially the same, when it comes to the finished product, opaque bar soap is much more forgiving than liquid soap that should be completely … Read More

Making Soap, 1955 Style

I recently found a marvelous brochure, Making Soap at Home from February, 1955. Prepared by Irene Crouch, Extension Agent Home Management, and published by the Extension Service (North Dakota), this little document outlines how to make soap at home. “A thrifty housewife can save many dollars a year by making soap of good quality.”

Soapmaker’s Handy Reference Guide

Not one to rest on my laurels, I’ve produced another book for soapmakers (also for cosmetic makers, even though that’s not in the name).  The Soapmaker’s Handy Reference Guide was released at the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild’s 2013 Annual Conference last week and was very well received. This little book contains the formulas, facts and stats that come in … Read More

Castor Oil Toxicity?

I was recently asked about castor oil, and whether there was a need to buy “detoxified” castor oil for use in soap.  I’ve used castor oil in my soap for a long time because  it makes marvelous creamy lather (use level 4 to 10%), but I did some checking into the toxicity issue.

Making a Difference with Soap

Soap, at one end of the spectrum it’s a luxury item, at the other it saves lives. Did you know that more than 5 million lives are lost each year – the majority of whom are children – to diseases such as acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease caused by improper hygiene and lack of soap?  Just regular hand-washing with … Read More

Amazing and Unique Soaps

We’ve all seen bar soap (which can be stunningly beautiful with swirls, embeds and colors), and liquid soap, and even soap that looks like food.  But how about soap that looks completely like something else? Check out these amazing soaps!

Banning Anti-Bacterial Soap?

Students at the University of Texas voted last week to ban anti-bacterial soap and other products containing triclosan from the university entirely.  The bill was authored by five UT students and unanimously approved by the students. Now, of course, it will be up to the university administration (and their purchasing department) to decide if they will implement the students’ decision. … Read More

Giant Soap Bubbles

Did you know there are huge soap bubble artists?  They make AMAZING bubbles – some are 15 feet (yes, FEET) high!  The bubbles show all colors of the rainbow and come in spectacular sizes and shapes.  Depending on the wind, they may move and travel some distance before popping (which looks like something from a cartoon as the walls disintegrate … Read More

“Soap Bubble” at Milky Way Center

Scientists have discovered gigantic bubble-like structures 25,000 light-years tall ballooning above and below the Milky Way. Within each curved “bubble”, extremely energetic electrons of unknown origin interact with lower-energy light to generate the gamma rays that define these bubbles.

“Soap” by Martin Gardner

Just look at those hands! Did you actually think That the dirt would come off, my daughter, By wiggling your fingers Around in the sink And slapping the top of the water Just look at your face! Did you really suppose Those smudges would all disappear With a dab at your chin And the tip of your nose And a … Read More

Proctor & Gamble Out of Soap Operas

As the World Turns, Proctor and Gamble’s last soap opera is going off the air with it’s last episode (the 13,661st!) to air in September. Their other remaining soap opera, Guiding Light, was canceled in April, 2009. That ends their 76 years in the soap opera business.

Harsh Lye Soap

I am reading a series of books by S. M. Stirling about what happens when civilization as we know it loses electricity, internal combustion, and gunpowder, as the result of an event the author calls “The Change”.  In the years after the Change, the inhabitants of the Willamette Valley in Oregon have learned to cope, to raise crops, build water … Read More

Clean Hands Week, Sept 20 – 26, 2009

International Clean Hands Week is September 20 – 26, 2009. This is part of a bigger campaign by the Clean Hands Coalition to help people, especially children, understand the importance of handwashing to stay healthy. As Martha would say, “This is a good thing.”

Soap for Teeth

I was looking through my book of Hall’s Journal of Health (1859), and found an interesting article in the August issue of that year. It piqued my interest, so I did a little research. Here’s the article: Best Tooth Wash On one occasion, a correspondent for a water-cure journal inquired if a statement of ours was true, that washing the … Read More