Denver, May 2010

The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild 2010 Annual Conference

April 30 – May 2 2010, The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center, Denver, Colorado

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With Melissa Flick, of BodyBalms, just after my presentation

With Melissa Flick, of BodyBalms, just after my presentation

The safe and effective use of essential oils in soap (Saturday, May 1st)

This should be a simple matter, but in fact requires some knowledge of chemistry, skin safety, and perfumery principles. With time, essential oils chemically degrade, mainly through oxidation. Those high in phenols (clove, thyme, oregano..) keep better than most, because phenols are effective antioxidants. Unfortunately they are chemically changed during soapmaking, which reduces their antioxidant effect. Safety issues include the possibility of adverse skin reactions, and adverse respiratory effects from habitually inhaling essential oils or fragrance oils during soapmaking. Having discussed how to avoid such hazards, Robert will elaborate on aromatherapeutic oils and blends for soaps – antibacterial, skin soothing, skin protecting and feelgood, with examples of historical and current blends, and how to make blends that last and have fragrance impact.

Your presentation at the Soap Conf was very helpful & my fav of this year! Thank you for coming.
Kristin Bauer

Robert, it was an amazing opportunity to hear you speak at the HSMG conference. I’ve had your books in my collection for some time! Thank you for sharing your knowledge of aromatherapy, it is greatly appreciated!
Allison Kontur

I loved your speech at the HSMG so much!
Ela Heyn McAdams

I just wanted to say great job on your presentation. This was an area that many soap makers need information on, so thank you for sharing what you know!
Lori Nova

I really enjoyed your talk yesterday.
Kat Dellaport

Was wonderful hearing you talk at the conference. I learned so much and look forward to see you in Miami!
Rose Cunfer, Sugarloaf Soaps

We LOVED your presentation!
Kelly Bloom

Robert Tisserand’s talk shows us how important it is to follow the story, read the research and get to the facts.
Kayla Fioravanti


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