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Old 06-10-2017, 04:02 PM   #1
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The place where I make my soap (CP) is holding summer camp, and I've agreed to make soap with the kids (12-15) in a couple of weeks. What I'm wondering is whether I should mix up a batch of CP soap and let them play with scent and some herbals for color, or whether I'm better off going with MP, which I've never used. Any thoughts?


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Old 06-10-2017, 05:10 PM   #2
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Perhaps I am just paranoid, but the word "liability" booms in my head every time this comes up. I would just stick with melt and pour if it were me. This thread also comes to mind...

http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showt...ghlight=safety


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Old 06-10-2017, 05:38 PM   #3
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I just ordered some MP for the event. Maybe I'll do a demo of the CP, then we'll do the MP together. Even though it says over 15, I think that with proper supervision, it'll be okay. I got little fishes they can put in. should be fun.
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I think, besides MP, you could mix up some soap dough ahead of time, and let the kids make what they like. That should be enough "hands on" for them without risking NaOH being around them.

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That looks like fun! I never heard of it before.
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If you use Bee's process you can make pure mold-able soap that will harden when left out to dry and wont mold when it gets wet
http://sorcerysoap.com/recipes/
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That's really cool. Looks like all she does is make a basic CP batch, then not let it cure until she's molded it into whatever she wants. I'm going to try that myself!
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That's really cool. Looks like all she does is make a basic CP batch, then not let it cure until she's molded it into whatever she wants. I'm going to try that myself!
I think she seals it up air tight and puts it in the fridge to prevent gel too. So when you get it back out, saponification is complete, but it hasn't gelled and since it's been sealed up, it's still pliable.
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I think 12-15 is old enough to handle CP soap. My question would be, how many kids and how many helpers? DoriettaFarm did a class and I assisted. Granted, these were adults. But she planned out a combination of MP and CP and it went really well. We made the CP, talked about chemistry, safety, etc, then we made MP, which they could take home and use the next day. Dorietta got a bunch of individual clamshell molds with snap-on lids. Each participant got a Solo cup with 4 oz of MP and a popsicle stick to stir. They added fragrance, herbs, mica, etc - whatever they wanted.
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That's really cool. Looks like all she does is make a basic CP batch, then not let it cure until she's molded it into whatever she wants. I'm going to try that myself!
I've tried both my recipe and the recipe she uses specifically for the soap molding and hers is way easier to work with, for what its worth.


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