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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
6:48 pm - Hello :)

I'm gathering the supplies I need to make my first batch of cold process soap. One of things my book suggests having is kitchen gloves. I'm uber allergic to latex, so kitchen gloves aren't an option. Is there a good substitute?

While I'm here, any other advice for a newbie?

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Saturday, January 1st, 2011
10:14 am - Recipe for deadlock soap?

I am a newbie at this, so i was wondering if anyone had a good recipe for a soap that is non-moisturizing and doesn't leave a residue (and it doesnt hurt if it smells nice either, lol)?  thanks ahead of time!

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Sunday, May 9th, 2010
5:10 pm

hey guys, ive never really made soap before, but i can't wait to give it a go. any tips would be apreciated. also i was wondering if those silicone ice trays and muffin trays and bend would be suitable as a mold?

thanks for the help. xox

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
4:04 pm - cheap olive oil

I started making soap a few months ago. I recently did my first craft show, and there was a lot of interest in my soap. I use about 60% olive in and make 2 lb batches of soap, and still go through the oil very quickly. I know wholesale clubs are a better way to go. Where do you get your olive oil and how much does it come out to per ounce?


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Monday, November 16th, 2009
3:35 pm

I could not figure out how to edit my previous post, but I just thought: If I were to try to use the pot I have set aside for making soap in as a mold, would that not work? Would getting the soap out be a bitch and a half? Or Could I just slide a knife along the sides and loosen/free it that way?

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3:29 pm - molds and re-doing

So, I tried my first batch of soap a year ago--I suspect I was not patient enough and it had not yet saponified when I poured it into the crappy 'mold' I'd slapped together from scraps in our basement.

It obviously sucked and leaked =\ Also the soap is not in the least healthy looking, so I was planning on making a new mold eventually, and then remelt it and be more patient this time in waiting for it to saponify...

Is it easy to remelt it, is my first question--do I just put it back in the pot and very slowly and carefully heat it up?

Secondly, how would yous recommend making the mold? Do you have any useful tips or plans?

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Sunday, September 27th, 2009
1:24 pm - soap for psoriasis?

Has anyone ever made soap for someone with psoriasis? I am not necessarily looking for something to treat it, but at least something that won't aggravate it further. I know pine tar is good for it, but I am not familiar with that ingredient. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
1:17 pm - Newbie! What About Soap Trays/Dishes???

Hi all :)
I am new to this community (also to soap making in general I suppose!). I'm really loving the results of my soap making and am of course looking for neat ideas to "spice" things up.
I was wondering what people could use to make soap trays/dishes? Some times in the past on Etsy when I'd buy handmade soap, they'd send along a free crochet soap holder, which is very nice of them, don't get me wrong! And they look cute but of course after a couple use they get soaked in the "soap slime" stuff :/
I was thinking about making soap trays out of thick silver wire, perhaps stringing some colorful beads throughout the wiring to add a nice touch. Do you think it would be worth it? Would they rust? I think I might try my hand at one before too long and possibly post some pictures so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about (heck, it's probably already been done :P).
Thanks for reading ^_^

current mood: chipper

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Thursday, August 27th, 2009
11:43 am - making liquid castile soap

I am interesting in some liquid castile soap. I have never made soap of any kind.

I was thinking of using this recipe:

Has anyone made this type of soap before? Am I right to assume the finished product will be about 14 cups of liquid soap?

Thank you!

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Monday, August 24th, 2009
3:52 pm - Question about scent oils

This is probably a really stupid question, but... can I use essential oils or fragrance oils meant for those oil warmers to scent my soap? I can't find any good soap scents at my local craft stores and it will cost so much for shipping to order it online when I only need a little.

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
11:30 pm - I dont know what I did...


Hello! I wanted to start making our own soap and did my first batch last night... After letting it sit for 24 hours I went to go cut it and it looked good until I cut into it. On the bottom was a brownish orange gel that had an ammonia smell.  What is this? What could I hve done wrong? is it a lost cause or should I wash/cut away the contaminated parts? Once rinsed the soap itself has no smell at all. Its a milk based soap if that matters

pictures....Collapse )

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Friday, July 31st, 2009
3:05 pm - Soap-y Questions

Hello soapmakers!

I am completely and utterly new to soapmaking (as in, I've read books/watched videos/have the supplies, but I've never actually made any soap!). I just have a couple questions:

When using SoapCalc, I totally understand how it calculates the percentages of oil and tells you how much lye to use, but after it has been calculated, I'm still not sure how much water to add. Do I just calculate 38% of the weight of oils myself -- and that's how much water I should be using? :S

Also, how much essential oils should I be adding? I'm worried about adding too little (no smell at all?) or too much (overpowering smell or a general waste of essential oil, which can be pricey).

Thank you lovely ladies and gentlemen for any advice you can share! :)

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
8:58 pm - Another Soap Question!

    I know that carrots have lots of good vitamins that are wonderful for your skin. I know that carrot seed oil has lots of vitamins that are wonderful for your skin. Will adding carrot juice or carrot puree to soap  have the same effect, or do I have to use the essential oil? If I do replace the water in my soap recipes with carrot juice, will the lye mess it up, or will it retain some of the qualities of the carrot juice? Can I put things like fruits, mashed up, into soap, or will they rot?

   These are probably really dumb questions, but I couldn't find any answers online. I would love to add blueberries to my soap, because I have very sensitive skin and blueberries help keep the redness down. (I don't remember HOW, but that's what I know from workin at Lush, lol.)  But I don't want rancid soap full of rotting fruit. :(


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Friday, June 26th, 2009
2:10 am - First post...

  I've been lurking here about a month now, seeing everyone else's beautiful soaps and being really jealous. So tonight I made my first cold pressed soap! I'm terribly excited about it- I can't leave it alone. I keep running over to the cabinet and pulling it out and swishing it around. I'm sure that's not good for it...but I want to see it. :)

   I know it dosn't look like much...but so far it seems to be real, honest-to-goodness soap!


    I scented it with vanilla and cream cheese frosting scents from Brambleberry. It's in a ziploc container cause that's all I have right now. I know it looks gross, but I'm hoping it'll be good in six weeks.



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Sunday, June 21st, 2009
4:57 pm - Question!

How many of you own your own soap business?
How long have you done it?
How do you make it work? What are your profits like(if you feel like sharing)?
Do you work mostly through the Internet, craft fairs, or?
How much were your startup costs? Do you produce soap or other products as well?
What kind of quality products do you use(organics, spendy clays, etc)?
Tough times might just call for a change of plans and I'd like to hear from the pro's what it's like :)

Here's my humble offering:Collapse )

current mood: busy

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Monday, April 20th, 2009
10:56 pm


after my soap seized i couldn't bring myself to toss it out.
so, tried rebatching for the first time... success!

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Thursday, March 5th, 2009
2:44 am

orient express

the last loaf of the week. my nose is shot :)

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
7:27 pm - more soap

zen zen (wintergreen, star anise, french vanilla +)

lemonzilla (lemon, pink sugar, vanilla +)

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
6:06 pm - lurker turned member

new to soap making. (started a few months ago) here are some of my mp soap loaves.
castile mp soap base.

kiss the cook (coffee bean and butter cream mocha)

pop princess (french vanilla and japanese lotus blossom +)

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Sunday, December 7th, 2008
8:08 pm

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Little Odd Forest (for example), or, if the winner chooses, somewhere else!
1st prize is $20 worth, and 2nd prize is worth $5.

Cost .50 for the first ticket and then .05 for every other ticket after that.
You will be e-mailed your ticket numbers. 100% of the ticket sales goes directly to charity,
everything else comes out of my pocket.

Click here to see the Kawaii Food Drive Official Entry for 2008

This charity fundraiser is hosted by owlmuffin

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