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    Low pH ingredients in soap.

    Thanks everyone! I tried adding about 10% Camu Camu powder and let's see what happens. I ordered a pH meter online that should be coming soon, and I'll let you guys know at what pH the soap is currently at. Does anyone know the lowest pH a soap could have by adding acids without being destroyed...
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    Low pH ingredients in soap.

    Hi! I recently purchased some liquid african black soap (pH around 10-11) which I use as a facial wash. I would love to incorporate some camu camu powder into this soap for a c-vitamin boost and scrubby effect, but this powder has a pH of 2,5. I've heard that you can't mix citric acid with...
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    Shampoo epic fail..

    Thanks for the advice, I invested in some Cocamidopropyl betaine, I was thinking of using it as a primary surfactant with lower doses of the glucosides, since glucosides tend to have a very high pH (this might be the reason to why my hair feels so dry when using this shampoo). I also purchased...
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    Shampoo epic fail..

    Thanks! I've been looking at chrotix before but it contains both PEG 150 and PEG-6 which I'm not too keen on using in my products. I've seen that Lush apparently only thicken their shampoos with salt so maybe I should just add more (which is strange because I've already added so much salt). Do...
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    Shampoo epic fail..

    Hi everyone! I made my first shampoo recently that became a complete fail. It is extremely thin and runny in consistency, makes my hair feel like straw when I wash it (it's really nice afterwards when it dries but I need loads of conditioner to get the straw feeling away) and it has separated...
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    My cream is separating :(

    I couldn't wait so I did it now! :D The blender trick apparently worked, I mixed it for a long while but it was still very liquidy, so I transfered the mix into a bowl and whipped it by hand until achieving a thicker consistency. I only made one small jar since I didn't want to risk making a bad...
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    My cream is separating :(

    Thanks for the tip! I will try this out tomorrow and let you guys know how the cream turned out. :) And I'm really super grateful for any more info, tips and tricks about e-wax, emulsifications and using Optiphen correctly.
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    My cream is separating :(

    Hmm, do you think I can take my grainy failed cream and mix it with new water in a jar blender, even though it's cold or would that destroy the preservative? I'm getting kind of scared of Optiphen now, I think I really need to invest in Germall plus :-P I have an old blender, it's a plastic...
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    My cream is separating :(

    Do you mean the whisk blender? I tried it actually, and I even tried adding more water to thin the cream out, and whisked it vigorously. It helped for a while and the consistency looked smooth, but the result 5 hours later was something really grainy, it looked as if I had poured sand inside the...
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    My cream is separating :(

    It happened again! This is so frustrating! I just spent the morning _very_ carefully mixing a new cream up, this time I used one of Swift's recipes for lotion, and I was super careful with the measurements and exact step by step. I added the Optiphen at 120F this time and started mixing it...
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    My cream is separating :(

    Thank you! I suspected that it had something to do with my preservative. I normally add Optiphen at around 120F, but this time I accidently waited too long, and I guess this is what happened. :( I still have a large bottle of Optiphen though, so it feels bad throwing it all away. Does anyone...
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    Lots of newbie questions!

    Really great advice, thank you for all the answers! I think I feel ready to start melting soap :D I think the best first step would probably be to do a fragrance oil test, right? I couldn't resist ordering a bunch of them from NG so it would be nice to see how they behave inside the soap. I...
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    My cream is separating :(

    Hi everyone! I made this recipe here a while ago: http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/item/00nafani/-Natural-Facial-Night-Cream-Recipe.html and I realized quickly that it was way too moisturizing for my skin, and I wanted to make a facial cream that was more...
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    Lots of newbie questions!

    Thank you both so much for the answers, that was very helpful! I was concerned about mixing mica powders into the base and getting clumps, but I will try the glycerin tip! :) Also I remembered one more question I have but maybe this only applies for CP soaps, in all the recipes and video...
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    Lots of newbie questions!

    Hi everyone! I'm very new to this forum, and quite new in the soap making business. Actually, I have never made soap before and I should be getting my first pounds of MP soap in the mail soon, and I'm quite nervous (still very excited though!) I ordered the mango butter melt and pour base...
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