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Hey y'all, how is everyone doing on say summer hydration!? Don't forget lotion and conditioning soap is needed for chlorine and beaches just as much as winter heat!

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KMC? Introduce yourself! What all do you make!?

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Oh yeah...my worst was one that riced, looked like a brain and had lye pockets inside that looked like cave stalactites. Scary stuff! I did the same recipe before and after that....and it was just fine. Like umm....did I not hold my left index finger at the right angle in the air?

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funny I started with the butters and salves first and then started doing M&P five years ago. Just started CP about six months ago. I'm sure I will be needing your advice. I've had some interesting batches...

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Welcome Ally! I've made soap for going on 45 yrs so feel free to pick my brain whenever you want. It's certainly an addiction. Then you move on to body butters, liquid soaps, lotions, bath bombs........

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hi everyone. I'm new to Sparkpeople - Just signed up two days ago. I've been making soap for five years - started with basic M&P and eventually started making CP soap which I love love love.

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Welcome Lady! If you need any verbal assistance let me know...I've worked in some form or another making soap for 40+ yrs.

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Hey, new here and new to soap making, and when I say new I mean I haven't made any. I'm slowly gathering supplies for my first batch. Got a little herb garden going and am looking for more ways to use the produce I'm getting from it. I'm a little nervous about making my first batch so I'm getting the stuff a little at a time while I read up and get psyched up for it.

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Thanks for the tip!!

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welcome! Hey I even after multiple things still prefer the old palm 70%, 20% coconut, and 10% castor!

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Hi all -- I have been making my own laundry soap for a year and decided I would try other soaps too. Look forward to getting to know you all and learning everything I can!

Any recipes for an easy first timer?? All help is much appreciated!!

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Fae? heck with slush...I make mine with rock hard frozen cubes! :D

I get my emu oil from various sources. Gallon at 125 bucks is the best deal but for small quantities I go to www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com

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Thanks for the info. I need to find a recipe. Where do you order your emu oil?

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hello, just joined this team. was on a belly dance team & saw a link to this one.

i've been on sparkpeople seriously since beginning of year & i'm serious on my lifestyle change.

i've been making soap about 10 years now and full time as a biz since 2002 ... my husband is working with me now and that's been really cool. allows me more time for formulating & focus on marketing & sales.

another way to make fresh goat milk soap is to freeze to slushy state then add lye slowly to it. takes a while but the milk doesn't get burnt.

I am a maker of things ... I make natural handmade soaps/body care, toxin free nail polish & botanical perfumes ... And a fiber artist who weaves textiles & spins yarn obsessively. Pack leader to 6 dogs, 1 cat & an assortment of humans.

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I make one....my main thing is goats milk and emu oil. I also have to use my body butter which is whipped shea with emu. Soap alone don't cut it always.

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Good morning! I have just started making soap and love all of the information I am getting. I have a friend that has eczema and I would love to make some soap for her. Do you have one I can use? Thanks so much and have a great day.

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Sherry? freeze the goats milk to mix with your lye and again it won't burn...no orange at all.

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One more thing, I add stearic acid to my soap & it makes it a harder bar. I also water discount. I love it!

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I just joined this board today, but wanted to give you a tip on goat's milk soap. Don't add the milk until after it comes to trace. The milk won't turn orange; it will stay a milky white.

And I love using ice cubes w/ the lye. It doesn't heat up & I can make more soap (less cooling time).

SoapCalc is my best friend! :)

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Things that will affect how long a bar of soap lasts are various. For example how long have you let it cure? I'm well known for discounting the water down to the level where soapcalc says it's dangerous because I don't want to wait for the water to evaporate out of it. The longer you've let it sit before using the longer it will last. Another is how "hard" a soap is it using soapcalc? I've had soaps that about took a chainsaw to cut but lasted nada in the water because I used it right after making it. Are you letting it dry out between uses by using a draining soapdish? You really need to. It's a natural product and laying in water between uses softens it so that it will melt quickly the next time you use it. Canola is not a hard oil and depends on the formulation you are using if that is having an effect--I've found soybean to be a better substitute for olive than canola. That 10 degrees in hardness difference really adds up quickly. Did you read my soapcalc 101 post? As for GM remember it always smells burned until it cures UNLESS you freeze the goatmilk then mix your lye onto it and stir stir stir. Using frozen cubes the lye will melt it and it won't heat up to the point of scalding the milk to death. It will still smell some but not as badly. Also best if you are using GM is to NOT HP the soap or insulate it. I stick mine right into the fridge and let it stay there. But then I stick all of my soaps into the fridge.

Remember you can make a GREAT bar os soap using cheap oils so there's no need to pay an arm and a leg to do this. Heck I've made excellent soap out of Aldi's version of crisco!

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Thank you for the welcome!
I use coconut,palm,olive ,caster,almond. I think maybe its to superfatted.I got on teach soap and soapbuddy has helped me some with this ? too.She told me to cut the almond oil down and I really think I have used to much GM fo this recipe.
I have used soapcal, but did,nt on this recipe.
I did a HP today,the beginners recipe.One of susan cavitch on miller site and it turned out good.
I have to get away from useing so much OO. Its sooooo expensive,and this beginners recipe only has coconut and palm,castor and canola in it and I loveit!
Purrballs, I have another ? This beginners recipe I just told U about does,nt last long in the shower.Why is that? Its pretty hard when I cut it.
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Depends what oils you are using as well as a number of other things. Can you tell me what oils? Do you know their hardness rating? Have you ever used www.soapcalc.com? Hardness is why almost all of my formulations include coconut.

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Hello All,
I am a new soaper, started around Thanksgiving of last year and have had some really good batches and some really BAD. like yesterday I am crying over my stinky batch. I made some goat milk soap and I used canned goats milk ,(did,nt have access to fresh)And I thought I would color this with ultra marine blue and Sea Island cotton FO and it morphed into this butt ugly stinky way to soft bad loaf of soap. It also is way to soft after I let it sit in the mold overnight before I cut it.
So I guess this batch is a total loss.
I have been having trouble alot lately with my batches comming out to soft.Anybody have any suggestions.I even used 2 tsp of liquid sodium lactate in my vegan batch and it was soft???????
Any way hi everyone it,s nice to see a soaper site on here who would of thought!
Deb emoticon Oh I hot process most of the time

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You do NOT have to keep it warm if the process of saponification has begun. Once begun it will continue until complete whether you keep it warm or not. A few of my pals will even shove it in the freezer as soon as it's poured and it still saponifies. Then there are those that will speed it up by putting it in a low oven. There are even those that continue to cook it in a hot process method (as you do)either on the stove or a crock pot. Personally I prefer the texture of mine when put in the fridge. And after 40 yrs of making soap I've made a LOT of it. When I had the shop and sold it all the time I made about 40 lbs a day. I have even used it the next day and the only true difference is that it lasts a shorter amount of time and doesn't lather as well. There is NO lye burn...if it's hard with no soft spots in it the process of saponification is complete and time only takes the excess water out of it. When you discount water as I do down to warning labels on Soapcalc.com then that is less of an issue.

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Really?! I've heard about putting the molds in the refrigerator to help in getting the soap out. But, I thought soap had to stay very warn and with a towel around it. And I wrong?

I am very open to trying new ideas and end up with a great soap. :)

But, for now, I will stay with hot process because I have the patience of a 5 year old! LoL

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welcome Enigma! My favorite is cold process to the point I stick mine in the fridge immediately after pouring. I find it creamier and lathers even more for me.

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Welcome, Welcome.
Glad to have someone else here. Hopefully we can get past member's to check in and let us know how they are doing and revive this board.

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Hey! Just wanted to say hi to everyone.

I've been making hot process soap for years. I'm glad I came across this message board.

Here's my sparkpage if you'd like to know more about me:
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Great to have you join us. Fortunately it doesn't take being thin to have great skin. Nobody ever knows I'm going on 50 and I credit it to homemade soap for forever.

Anyone make anything fun over the weekend? I did some pine tar soap again!

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Hi I joined SP yesterday. I've been making toiletries as a hobby for about 6 years now but started crafting and selling full-time about 6 months ago.

I sell every weekend at an indoor market but have always felt strange selling "beauty" products when I'm 100# overweight! That's not the reason why I joined SP but it's part of my motivation.

I've decided to go on a journey to search for my Skinny Self. She's been around before but has been in hiding for the last few years. I do have other characters that are traveling with me at the moment - Large Marge (that's me now), Self-Doubt, and Self-Preservation. Mad Cravings usually shows up late at night and he has proven to be the most challenging thing to deal with so far!

Anyway, nice to know you guys are here. Looking forward to getting to know you.

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Welcome newcomers...please make sure to introduce yourselves.

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Thanks for the suggestion, esp with the improvised candle molds. I will check out the website as well.

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I've tried to make candles in the past - with mixed results. The scents I came up with were nice - my fave was a spice-based scent. I took kitchen spices (Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Allspice) and added them to plain wax (I cheated and just melted some dollar-store candles - hense the mixed results!) and poured them into home-made pillar-candle molds. I took a small carton of milk for one (quart-sized), and I also cut a large plastic pop-bottle - cut it top and bottom, and up the middle, then taped the middle together (so I could "peel" it off afterwards), and set it on a glass plate, hung a wick off a pencil, and poured the wax in. The spices settled towards the bottom, but looked gradually faded towards the top, so that one turned out pretty good, and I gave them away as Christmas Presents.

www.about.com has some great info on all kinds of stuff - including candle making, soap making, scents, etc.

Scents are pretty simple - take a "carrier" oil like Almond, and experement with combinations of scents to add to it. You can use fragrance oils (which can be natural or artificial), or you can use Essential Oils (which are natural). Get some small containers (baby food jars are good) and some cotton swabs, and put a drop or two of fragrance on a swab, and put 3 different swabs together to see how the scent would play out. Cap and sniff after first combined, after 5 - 10 minutes, and after 20 minutes. When you get a combination you like, use that mixture for whatever you are scenting.

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Hi!
I am new to the team. How is everyone doing? Happy Friday!!!!

Okay so I am looking to pick up some new hobbies...esp candle making. What can anyone tell me about making candles? I am curious about making my own body scents as well.

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Ewilfong,
Are you willing to share your recipes? I sure could use some.

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Hey All,

I am just wondering if there is anyone who know how to make a sugar scrub.

I have only know about the really really oily sugar scrubs until i received a very creamy whipped one for christmas.

I am having a hard time finding ones like these in stores, and even if i did, i find that it can get expensive to maintain my bath products. hehe

i am really interested in making it, so if there is anyone who know, i would appreciate any help.

thanks

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Hey - my MIL grows roses & marigold (calendula), and my SIL grows lavender... Sounds like a good summertime project for me! emoticon

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Here's a bath tea blend I really like: Lavender flowers, Rose petals, Calendula petals and Strawberry Leaves. It smells so good and is very relaxing. Have fun!
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Sounds like FUN!!! I GOTTA try that!!!

What are some yummy combos?

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Bath teas are made using herbs and/or dried flowers and fragrance or essential oils, if desired. These are combined and put into specially made bath tea bags which are ironed closed after filling. The ingredients can also be placed in small cloth bags that have string-tie closures. A paper tea bag or cloth bag prevents the herbs and/or flowers from clogging up the drain! After filling a tub with warm water, you put the tea bag into the tub and let it "steep". It's fun experimenting with different combinations of herbs and flowers. Hope this helps.

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Bath tea sounds interesting!!! How's it made?

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1/16/08 6:13 P

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Hi, I joined SP a little over a week ago. Didn't know until just now that there was a group of soap makers too! Wow! We raise dairy goats and I love making goat milk soaps and lotions (I also make goat milk cheese but that's another topic). Although I've made soap a few times over the years, I've just purchased supplies to begin making soaps and lotions on a more regular basis. I'm also making bath salts, bath teas and lip balm. It's such a nourishing hobby!



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1/4/08 3:06 P

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Emu oil! Or anything containing it. Calendula infused olive oil is also great. My whipped body butter recipe is listed and is what I use for my eczema and hub uses it if his plaque psoriasis acts up. Hey....do you have any comments on the new wood wicks? I'm considering learning to make candles other than my gel ones I've done for forever!

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“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison

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The Seven Dwarves of Hypothyroidism: Itchy, *itchy, Sweaty, Sleepy,
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KOZMIKCHIK Posts: 1
1/3/08 9:26 P

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Hi I make candles but never had a go at soap or other products. My daughter suffers from psorisis and i would be very grateful for any advice or products you can recomend or teach me how to make for this. emoticon

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I've made soap and body products since I was 4 yrs old and taught by my grandmother-I'm now almost 46. I have eczema but noone would ever know it because I can control it with my product. I own a bakery now but have owned a bath shop in the past and have a wide variety of formulations for all skin types. This would be a great place to share ideas, recipes, or just general chatter or even if you are interested in learning how to do this....we can teach you!

If you get stressed out eat some catnip and go to sleep

“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison

If you soap or make bath/body/candle products join us at the soapers and chandlers sparkteam!

The Seven Dwarves of Hypothyroidism: Itchy, *itchy, Sweaty, Sleepy,
Bloated, Forgetful and Psycho


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