Meet Nic, the new co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap

Meet Nic Oberneder, co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap
Meet Nic, the new co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap I would like to introduce you to Nic Oberneder, the new co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap. As many of you may know, we hired a warehouse manager last August to assist with creating products, staying organized, shipping orders - doing basically everything I needed help with. My previous assistant met the love of her life and moved to...
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What Does Artisan Mean To You?

What is Artisan?
Many of you often ask the question 'what is your favorite artisan soap?' or 'what is your favorite soap, non-artisan?' in reference to shaving soap. I thought I would touch on the subject of 'what is artisan' tonight. No one starts out making soap in large vats to begin with, unless they are given a large sum of money to purchase a business or they begin with a business plan of...
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Tea Soap

Tea Soap
Soap is made by mixing alkali (lye - NaOH or KOH or both) with fats, oils, and butters, however the alkali has to first be dissolved in something - most of the time this something is water, however alternative liquids are also often used in soapmaking. These alternative liquids could be goats milk, cow milk, almond milk, tea, wine, beer, fruit juice, fruit purees, coffee, or te...
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What Type of Shaving Soap is This?

I have received the question 'what is soap?' and 'what type of shaving soap is this?' on multiple occasions, so I thought the best thing to do would be to simply write a series of blog posts about these topics for anyone who is curious. While my chemistry background gives me the ability to do this on a super technical level, I will try to keep it as simple as possible. I will h...
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Product Spotlight: Pumpkin Lager Shaving Soap

Pumpkin is one of our favorite ingredients to use in soap and bath and body products
One of our newest fall offerings is our pumpkin lager tallow shaving soap, which is made with organic oils and butters including extra virgin pumpkin seed oil and unrefined shea butter. This formula is different from our standard tallow soap, and it actually contains real pumpkin puree as well as pumpkin ale (we replaced all of the water in the formula with pumpkin lager). ...
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Product Spotlight – Davey Jones’ Locker

Davey Jones' Locker
Today's product spotlight highlights a new offering, called 'Davey Jones' Locker'. The idea started out as a custom request from a local customer (isn't that how everything happens?!?), who wanted the scent of a famous soap in our vegan formula. Affectionately dubbed 'Dracula's Coffin' by one and 'Goth Bait' by another, this is certainly a deep, mysterious, strong, and alluring...
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My favorite artisan bar soaps

Wonderland Cats
One of the main reasons I started making soap is because I honestly love using handmade soap. One thing I didn't expect was that I would enjoy using soap made by others just as much as I enjoy using my own soap! I really do love participating in swaps and purchasing soap from local soapmakers. I am also involved in both the Alabama and Tennessee soap and candle associations, an...
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Summer Scent Pre Release

As days are getting longer and hotter that means it is time for pool parties, softball games, hiking and outdoor activities, and going to the beach. All of the outdoor activities and hot weather calls for shaving products as well as bath and body products that are cooling and refreshing rather than thick and heavy. For this reason, and because of the continued request fr...
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Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild 2014 Meeting

As many of you know, I am spending the week at the 2014 Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild Conference in Tuscon, AZ with a wonderful group of talented, like minded individuals from all over the world who have come here to socialize, learn, share, and grow their products and businesses while encouraging one another in their journey. Many wonderful speakers, too many to name, a...
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Tennessee Soap and Candle Social

Swirled Soap
I just returned from the most relaxing and uplifting weekend in the beautiful Tennessee 'wilderness' about 30 miles from Nashville, at Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee. I was there for the Tennessee Soap and Candle Social, where I gave a talk on formulating oils and butters for skin care and soap making applications, as well as an informal discussion of essential oil analysi...
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