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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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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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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Brambleberry Soap Swap Entry

Ginger Ale - a top view of the soap, with the swirls evident.
I love participating in soap swaps, not only to showcase my products but also to see what others are creating! This gives me fresh new ideas for packaging, it has helped improve the way I ship orders now based on feedback I have received, and finally it allows me to sample new fragrances and formulas that I would otherwise not have been exposed to. For the 'winter product swap'...
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Chemistry and Stuff

Soap!
Since I started Tiki Bar Soap, LLC. in 2011 I have received lots of chemistry related questions from fellow soap makers, customers, and farmers market patrons. I have provided consulting services for formulation (get in touch with me if you would like me to help you develop a formula, my rates are very competitive!), helped customers and vendor friends with chemistry homework (...
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About Us

My shampoo bar talk
Hello, and thank you for stopping by to browse my online shop! My name is Amanda and I have a PhD in chemistry and am also very health conscious, which lead me to create Tiki Bar Soap, LLC. in 2011. I chose the name Tiki Bar Soap because I have always been really into tropical, Tiki inspired wares.  I love rockabilly inspired fashion and anything that looks like it cam...
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Design Inspiration: Making Black Cherry Bomb Soap

Black Cherry Bomb Design Inspiration
If you have ever seen my soap at a local craft fair you may have stopped to ask "how do you come up with all this?" Well, I am hoping to shed some light on the subject by taking you through idea to design concept all the way to implementation. I even filmed myself (OK, my arm) making the soap, and will post a video plus pics of the cut soap tomorrow. Making soap can be both ...
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It’s Market Season!

At the Market
This weekend marks the opening of the farmer's market I participate in, and I could not be more excited! I will have soaps, lotions, lip balms, and other goodies on Saturday. The market runs from May 18th until August 31st. I will be there every weekend except June 8th, when I will be speaking at the 15th annual Alabama Soap and Candle Association. If you would like more inform...
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