The Best Must-Read Soapmaking Resources

SoapCalc lye calculatorWhenever I try a new recipe, no matter how trusted the source, I always run the ingredients through a lye calculator first. Typos and other printing errors do occur, and wouldn’t you rather know that a recipe needs modification BEFORE you’re elbow-deep in it with the sneaking suspicion that something is not quite right here?

There are loads of accurate lye calculators on the internet–SoapCalc happens to be my own personal favorite–but soapmaking books also teach you how to make these calculations with pencil and paper, so you should never be bereft of appropriate ratios, especially when you start to get interested in creating your own recipes.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.

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