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  • Posted in thread: Riceland oils-pouring out of wide mouth jug? on 07-23-2017 at 11:44 PM
    Also, if you put a smooth stick (like a drinking straw, chopstick, or dinner knife) across the
    mouth, you can pour the oil down the stick with less chance of dribbling. See my post in this

  • Posted in thread: All Natural on 07-23-2017 at 09:51 PM
    The caramel smell can depend on the type of honey. Very dark floral sources like buckwheat can
    smell like caramel. But you are right - it should smell very floral usually. True. There are
    unusual type...

  • Posted in thread: Which of the two is better on 07-23-2017 at 03:18 PM
    I've never used lanolin in soap before so have no idea if that affects anything I just wrote!At
    5% in shave soap, lanolin leaves a faint but definite coating on the skin. Mind you, this soap
    stays on ...

  • Posted in thread: Salves appearance unusual on 07-23-2017 at 01:48 PM
    "...Oh I see isn't oil soluble maybe it is the alcohol. Ok so for these ones I might have to
    add like a cocoa butter to the mixI could add a solubilises but I just didn't want to add any
    extras, keep ...

  • Posted in thread: Temperature Question on 07-23-2017 at 01:40 PM
    Temperatures aren't the only reason for a fast trace. A too-heavy hand with the stick blender
    is a common beginner thing.

  • Posted in thread: Salves appearance unusual on 07-22-2017 at 04:09 PM
    Alcohol is not oil-soluble, so this still isn't a good idea.

  • Posted in thread: Salves appearance unusual on 07-22-2017 at 02:35 PM
    If it's not condensation as Obsidian suggested, then it appears to me that you are pouring your
    salve into tins when it's still fully liquid. A thin layer of beeswax is solidifying on the top
    and maki...

  • Posted in thread: Had to use a Knife to get the soap out of the mold on 07-22-2017 at 02:21 PM
    ...What I read is that it can start to melt as low as 180F....From your reference, the temp
    range for melting HDPE is 180-280 CELSIUS. That translates to 356-536 FAHRENHEIT.

  • Posted in thread: sodium carbonate and sodium sulphate in laundry bar soap on 07-22-2017 at 02:11 PM
    "...the main reason [to use sodium sulfate] is for the [larger] quantity of the final product
    ... to maximize profit...." Yes, I understand this. But you also say --"...the products are not
    that cheap...

  • Posted in thread: Body Butter:Beeswax or No on 07-22-2017 at 01:59 AM
    Based on making "un-petroleum jelly" which is basically a mixture of beeswax and liquid fat, I
    learned you absolutely must keep stirring the mixture until it cools well below the melting
    temperature o...


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