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Friday, November 6, 2015
All About the Trace
When I first got started in making my own bath and body products, the first class I took was in melt and pour soap. It took me a long time before I took a cold process class and finally start making my soaps by this method. The most important thing in cold process soap making is trace. It is the most tricky for a newbie to learn and recognize what it is\ and it can be really confusing. One batch I made I thought it traced and the it did not gel correctly so the soap was soft. So what is trace? It is the point in the cold process soap making process when oils and lye have emulsified. Once your soap batch has reached a thin trance, it will continue to thicken over time. So want to learn more? A post from The Soap Queen called All About the Trace will explain the topic in full detal.
I have a B.A. in Mass Communication and took my first melt and pour soapmaking class in 2002. Since then I got hooked making my own bath and products. I have taken various courses in Soapmaking (Melt & Pour, Cold Process, Hot Process), lotion making (lotions, creams, lotion sticks), bath products (bath salts, body scrubs), body products (lip balm, body butters, body balms, whipped butters) and more. Most of all of my classes were taught by Lori Nova of The Nova Studio in Point Richmond, Ca. I have taught courses since 2004 at various locations. I have worked as an Event Coordinator at Michaels Redwood City.