Beldi Soap aka Moroccan Black Soap aka Savon Noir – the full cross-cultural experience

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Only a few months ago I had never heard of Beldi Soap or Moroccan Black Soap or Savon Noir. The topic came up in a discussion about natural exfoliants when somebody mentioned a Moroccan gel-style soap made not only with … Continued

Intentional Crop Circles: Water Discount As A Design Tool

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The world is full to the brim of beautiful pictures of soap. They are the backbone of soaping sites, Pinterest pages and soaping groups worldwide. Beautiful images of extraordinary masterpieces are a joy, a pleasure and very inspirational, but often … Continued

Soap On Holiday

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When soapmakers go on holiday we tend to bring along our own soap. Why? Firstly, we tend to have substantial stashes of soap at home and since we aren’t the kind of people to waste good stuff, it makes sense … Continued

Limpet Mould Tutorial: Handmade Soap Imitating Nature

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Only a few minutes from where our soap is made is a beautiful beach. Strand Beach, once known as Melk Baai (Milk Bay), where the African Continent ends and the ocean begins rolling itself out of False Bay until it … Continued

Glycerine Rivers: Trying To Understand Them

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My previous post, Glycerine Rivers: Secret Revealed, about water concentration as a contributing factor to the formation of glycerine rivers, got lots of feedback all of which I’m very thankful for. Many said that they had never made the connection … Continued

Glycerine Rivers: Secret Revealed

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Most seasoned soapmakers are well familiar with the phenomenon commonly known as glycerine rivers, TD (titanium dioxide) rivers, TD crackle or glycerine separation. The terms are all descriptive of what the phenomenon looks like: translucent rivers or streaks in a … Continued

Silver Dapple: Bespoke Soap

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A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to make her a grey soap. This friend is a lovely lady passionate about nature conservation and animals, horses in particular, and she has a large, immaculate and very … Continued

Tutorial: Inverted Stamp Technique – Lattice Tops & More

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I’ve often been asked how the inverted stamp technique tops on my handcrafted soaps are made. A while ago I promised to write a tutorial with pictures about this so here we are. The inverted stamp technique is a method … Continued

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