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  • Finish Your Soap Edges Video – Quick and Easy Method

    Rene Whitlock

    Posted on June 17 2015

    Helpful Video for Soap Edge Finishing   When I began soap making 18 years ago, the finishing techniques were not at the top of my list.   I liked the rustic look and thought it looked very natural.   Over the years I have changed my soap style and do enjoy a pretty finished bar [...]
  • Beauty Bars and Cleansing Bars vs Soap

    Rene Whitlock

    Posted on June 10 2015

    Beauty Bars, Cleansing Bars and Soap One of These Things is Not Like The Other   Beauty bar and cleansing bar companies cannot use the term soap on their labels.     Why is this and what is the difference between beauty or cleansing bars and real soap.       Let’s begin by exploring [...]
  • Is There Glass in Your Store Bought Commercial Soap?

    Rene Whitlock

    Posted on May 27 2015

      What We Don’t Know About Commercial Soap   Glass is only one shocking ingredients that might be in that store bought soap.   Over the last 18 years of making soap, the question I get asked most:  what is the difference between commercial soap and handmade natural soap?     There are several differences, [...]
  • The Dangers of using Glycerin and Glycerol in Skincare and Soap Making

    Rene Whitlock

    Posted on September 02 2014

    Glycerin and Glycerol in Skincare and Soap Making           Over the last few years I have noticed more and more participants in my classes have been concerned with using glycerin in their hand made products. This surprises me since I have always thought of glycerin as one of the major reasons [...]
  • Soap Making and Wabi Sabi – The Art of Finding Beauty in Imperfections

    Rene Whitlock

    Posted on January 29 2014

    Wabi Sabi and Soap Making   What is Wabi Sabi? It sounds a lot like a sushi condiment, but it’s quite different. Wabi Sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfections. This is a Japanese phrase and is usually related to nature.   I was introduced to Wabi Sabi in a feng shui class [...]