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    Soda ash inside loaf?

    Were the oils and lye water at cooler temperatures? I have had that happened and when I looked it up, what explained it the best was “uneven crystallization” or “deep soda ash”, caused by uneven or low temperatures. Did your soap go through gel phase by chance?
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    Your favorite item(s) from New Direction Aromatics

    Thank you so much for sharing that, I like to blend fragrances as well so that is good to know.
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    Your favorite item(s) from New Direction Aromatics

    Good to know. Their lemongrass verbena is one of my favorite fragrances of all times and it stays strong. And their coconut cream was good but nearly seizes the soap. The one fragrance that faded for me was their Frankincense & Myrrh but they do not carry it anymore. I have been considering...
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    PayPal Dispute - I'm stunned! Is This Normal??

    I meant to type Paypal actually, but I guess it is a happy accident, you should definitely report them to fb if you can. I know my husband has reported transactions done through the marketplace but I guess that is different, but regardless, I would try.
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    Your favorite item(s) from New Direction Aromatics

    Thank you! I have bought fractionated coconut oil (usually if on sale) from WSP. However some of their oils can be competitively priced (I get their babassu oil for example) if buying enough amounts.
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    PayPal Dispute - I'm stunned! Is This Normal??

    I am curious how long it had been from the time of the purchase to your report to Facebook. Over 30 days? I had never heard of them asking for a police report. I wonder if it is a new thing.
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    Equipment For Sale UPDATED - Moving and Need to Pare Down Equipment - DONATIONS ONLY

    It seems both cuisinart blenders are spoken for, if any become available again let me know. I would also be interested in the 10-oz Natural Tapered Oval Container with Euro Oval Cap and the utensils, if available.
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    Soap Planer?

    It is to bevel the edges. However, since it removes such a thin layer, I removed it and do not use it. I use a vegetable peeler instead for beveling
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    Your favorite item(s) from New Direction Aromatics

    I was confused by the IFRA sheet from NDA as well. Usually if something is safe at 100% they put that. What I did in eocalc is that I made a blend and when selecting Ho wood as 100% of that blend the results were on red. They say not to use if anything is red. Then I put it at 20% of the...
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    Your favorite item(s) from New Direction Aromatics

    @Vicki C I noticed that Ho wood in Eocalc that it had a low usage rate, so I am guessing it is mostly used in blends? Thanks for sharing about the alternative name! My husband likes a pear ginger sorbet that gives me an idea of the warmth note you are referring to, in the orange ginger...
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    SMF September 2021 Challenge - Weather Event or Life Event Inspired soap

    Sign-up List: 1. Tara_H - wedding bells ahoy 2. Vicki C - going to have to ponder this one… 3. linne 1gi - H 4. Peachy Clean Soap's -- I'm In 🙌🏼😉 5. glendam - Need to pick between an Earthquake or a Hurricane
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    Your favorite item(s) from New Direction Aromatics

    thank you @Vicki C! I had actually already added their orange ginger from a search I did here and found your post. I like most citrus Fo’s so it would be good to try. I will definitely check their bergamot! Is ho wood an actual thing or did auto correct mess it up? (Edit: I just looked it up...
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    Silica in CP soap

    It could be for a smooth feeling similar to adding tussah silk; or they may have added a clay, like Rhassoul clay to it, which has natural silica.
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    Another "How many of you ... ?" questions.

    I plane and bevel all of my soaps. Initially I did not, but I prefer the smoother corners now. After getting the planer, and wanting to plane every soap I had, I realized I am very tactile and prefer the smooth feeling it gives to soap bars. I do not sell at shows, and most of my soaps are...
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