19 responses

  1. Jeanee
    November 4, 2011

    Love your recipes. I shared them on my blog today!



    • SnappyLiving
      November 4, 2011

      Thank you! :)

  2. David P.
    December 28, 2011

    Nice recipes, but just to let you know, palm kernel oil is probably even more destructive to animals than just using animal fat – the land where it is grown is illegaly cut down rainforest in Indonesia, resulting in the extinction of many important and iconic animals. (Tigers and Orang-Utans, to name 2 well known ones, not to mention the many kinds of insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds etc. that share their homes)

    • sandy
      April 25, 2012

      Palm kernel oil is not the same thing as palm oil which is what you are referring to with regard to the depletion of rainforests. And most of us who do use palm oil in our soaps are careful to buy sustainable palm which is obtained without destroying precious animal habitat. Definitely good to be conscious of where our ingredients come from.

      • liz
        April 22, 2013

        Actually, Sandy, while palm oil is different from palm kernel, they both come from the SAME TREE! Palm oil is from the fruit, palm kernel is from the kernel (inside the fruit). So David P is correct in his assessment.
        It is far more sustainable to use a product that would otherwise be wasted (animal fats) than to deplete our earth’s rainforests of resources and driving endangered species into extinction.

  3. amber
    February 23, 2012


  4. Liz
    March 12, 2012

    I’m allergic to coconut–can you recommend any alternatives to use in soaps?

    TIA! :)

    • SnappyLiving
      March 12, 2012

      Basically, any vegetable oil might make a good substitute for coconut oil. Olive oil and palm oil should both work, but I’m thinking avocado oil might be the most similar in texture to coconut oil – it’s got that creamy, slippery feeling.

  5. Cameron
    April 20, 2012

    How long do the soaps have to sit before use if using lye?

    • SnappyLiving
      April 21, 2012

      Read the very first link in the article – it explains everything you need to know.

    • Sophia Marie
      December 31, 2012

      Soap bars must cure for 3 – 4 weeks before use.

  6. Dee
    June 20, 2012

    I love making soap. Thanks for giving me some additional recipe ideas. Coconut oil adds suds to your soap. If you delete it you won’t get as many bubbles. But that’s fine because bubbles don’t determine how well the soap cleans. We are just programmed to think they do. Thanks again. Dee

  7. Loretta
    July 30, 2012

    Ivory and dove are not soap, they are detergents. They contain a lot of chemicals with questionable affects. Dressing them up in a rematch doesn’t undo the bad for you stuff. Stick with sls free all natural soap if you want to treat the skin, largest organ on your body nicely.

    • J.
      December 12, 2012

      actually, Ivory is soap. It’s made with lye.

  8. Charli C.
    July 19, 2013

    I tried to make glycerin soap, but it smelled nasty. is it supposed to? now i can’t even go downstairs without feeling like i have to barf. please help!

    • SnappyLiving
      July 19, 2013

      Glycerin is odorless – what else was in your recipe, Charli? I don’t think plain glycerin soap making should ever smell, but maybe one of the other ingredients did. Otherwise… I don’t know what would happen if you overheated it or something, but I think you’d know if that happened.

  9. Vickie Trujillo
    July 25, 2013

    I would like to know how to rebatch

  10. Nancy
    August 27, 2013

    I am trying my hand at soap making I tried it years ago with no luck, so I need HELP! any help will be welcomed thank you Nancy

    • SnappyLiving
      August 27, 2013

      Any help in particular, Nancy? We all wish you good luck! :)

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