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Old 05-19-2017, 12:59 PM   #5601
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I'm supposed to be soaping tomorrow and ...

... it's not just raining down the east coast of Australia. It's a set of storms (major rain) coming in from two sides. Olive oil soaps go to goop with a storm front on the way ... and there's two! And I'm doing a demo ...

Did I mention I've found a really cool thing to do with olive oil soap (that gets all funny and goopy about setting in stormy conditions)? ...

It's a bit like wicking beds ... (for you gardener folk out there) ...

Still soaping ...


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I Piped my 1st soap and I am so proud of it. 1st time piping anything to be honest.
That's gorgeous! You did a great job!


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And ... anyone that's interested ... it's not just raining down the east coast of Australia. It's a set of storms (major rain) coming in from two sides. And I'm an Olive Oil soaper. Sheesh. Anyone that soaps this knows that it goes to goop with a storm front on the way ... and there's two! And I'm doing a demo ...

Did I mention I've found a really cool thing to do with olive oil soap (that gets all funny and goopy about setting in stormy conditions)? ...

Still soaping ...
Olive oil soap gets goopy? When you're mixing? That sounds both fascinating and appalling.
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Olive oil soap gets goopy? When you're mixing? That sounds both fascinating and appalling.
Yes, it is.
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Yes, it is.
Oh please tell me you have pictures?? Or even video?

I'd love to see this incredible transformation!
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Oh please tell me you have pictures?? Or even video?

I'd love to see this incredible transformation!
Soap gel on a spoon ... under one month old, so various testing/replication to be done yet.

(The rules of the "game" I set myself was, other than the lye itself, there are no things that are chemically processed). Most of the oils are cold-pressed and/or organic, with the exception of castor oil, which is BP grade (I would not like to get cold-pressed of this oil).
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Checked soaps that are almost three years old (give or take a few weeks). I have at least one of each, some batches has two. But none of my soaps have developed dos to this day. But I don`t expect to never experience it, it`s probably around the corner, charging towards me as soon as I feel safe...O_o

I am also surprized that they have a faint smell of the fragrance still, as I used so little in the beginning.

The one that smells the strongest is a soap that is made from olive, coconut, castor and almond oil. I added Cedarwood and Geranium essential oil, and it still smells lovely, albeit much weaker than when I first made it. But the soap is FANTASTIC though. I sneezed and it started to bubble!

Ok, water from the tap may have been the reason... But I DID sneeze! (>.<)

Will check it again in 6 months next...
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Soap gel on a spoon ... under one month old, so various testing/replication to be done yet.

(The rules of the "game" I set myself was, other than the lye itself, there are no things that are chemically processed). Most of the oils are cold-pressed and/or organic, with the exception of castor oil, which is BP grade (I would not like to get cold-pressed of this oil).
That is so cool!! I'd like to follow your soap gel experiments. I have so many questions.

I wonder how long it will stay in gel form? Does it zap? What happens if it gets warmer/colder? Will the upcoming storm change its properties?

You can tell I'm fascinated...
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Old 05-20-2017, 05:48 PM   #5609
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Default Made soap for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Supposedly (tried it and it works great) lemongrass essential oil is great for arthritis so I made coconut oil superfatted 10 % with shea butter, castor oil and aloe vera gel into a soap and I am now waiting for it to set. Made my whole kitchen smell awesome!!!
I am also waiting on an order of unscented organic shampoo/body wash base and conditioner base to mix with lemon verbena all natural fragrance oil from Bulk Apothecary. So I have two projects going.
I couldn't help but try the aloe, castor, shea and coconut oil soap with lemongrass. I want to see if it helps my arthritis that seems to be crippling me with pain. The soap seems to be turning out really good in the molds. Here is the recipe just in case anyone wants it:

10 oz. coconut oil (92 degree)
4 oz. castor oil
2 oz. shea butter
8 oz. aloe vera gel (chilled)
2.34 oz. lye
1 oz. lemongrass therapeutic essential oil (high amount to combat the arthritis)

Also is a great mosquito repellent.
Can't wait to see how the bars turn out of the mold. Got to wait 24 hours, though.
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10 oz. coconut oil (92 degree)
4 oz. castor oil
2 oz. shea butter
8 oz. aloe vera gel (chilled)
2.34 oz. lye
1 oz. lemongrass therapeutic essential oil (high amount to combat the arthritis)
Hi Vonnie, Quick question, the way I read this, you used Aloe Vera Gel to make the lye solution, yes?


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