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Technical Section

This section contains the MSDS sheets, Analysis sheets and more.  Plus information about our products and the cosmetic world.

Using Titanium Dioxide

Monday, 2 January 2017 11:36

Titanium Dioxide is the ingredient that turns a clear soap base into an opaque soap base.

It comes in powder form with the look and texture of flour.  It is also known by the Colour Index number of CI 77891or Pigment White 6.

So how do you add it to melt and pour soap?  Firstly do not add it directly as a powder - it will clump and lump and not disperse in to the soap base well.

It is best to mix it with either water or vegetable glycerine to make a paste before adding to the melted soap.

Add up to 1% of the melted soap base to make it white.  Be careful not to add too much as it will sink to the bottom when the soap is set.

If you are using this in cold process soap making, then you can also disperse it into your base oils.

Fragrance Oils - will they discolour my soaps?

Monday, 2 January 2017 10:50

As you may know already, Fragrance oils are a mixture of natural and synthetic ingredients.  With these combinations manufacturers are able to produce amazing scents such as dark chocolate, baby powder and many more.

But there can be an ingredient in there that does a bit more than give your product a lovely smell and actually discolour the soap.

It goes by the name of Vanillin - this is a common ingredient in many fragrances which has the side effect of turning soaps brown over time.  You won't notice anything to start with, but in a few days the soap will take on a lovely shade of light brown and can go even darker.  It can happen in both cold process and melt and pour soap bases too.

To make it easy for you, our aim is to stock vanillin free fragrances so that you don't come up against this issue.  So you will see that our Vanilla Cream and Coconut fragrance oils are non discolouring.  Where we are 100% sure of a vanillin free fragrance we do put it in the fragrance description.

However, sometimes when we do have a fragrance that has vanillin in it and we will put it on the website.  eg Vanilla, Sandalwood & Patchouli fragrance oil does have a small amount of vanillin in it and so we like to tell you so you can take a view.

Using a fragrance containing vanillin isn't a problem - but if you're not aware of how it can discolour your soaps you may be in for a surprise.

But if you're not sure - just send us an email and we'll get a definite answer for you.

How much Soap Do I Need?

Monday, 2 January 2017 11:23

This is a question we are asked a lot - how much soap will this mould need?

With a pre made mould you should be given the weight of the finished bar.

If you are unsure, fill the cavity with water and then measure the water in a jug.

1ml of water is roughly 1g of soap so this will give you a good idea.

Remember to allow for wasteage when melting and pouring your soap base.


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