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    Keeping Indigo Blue...

    In last year’s soap making, layering indigo and white in one soap seems to have been the least successful, especially when the combination was an insert. I started out pouring a batch in layers (2, blue and white; or 5 blue and white 3 and 2). Later on I would pour a fraction of a recipe in...
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    Indigo Goes Red

    Early in the year, pre-Covid (remember when?) I made a three layer cp soap by coloring the first layer with indigo, then diluting the next two with plain white batter. Months passed with the soap curing out of sunlight. Late this summer I gave a bar (which had still managed to fade...
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    Where To Find The Science

    See? You hit the nail right through the board, without even bending it! I’m referring to CP soap formulated for shampoo function. None of the sites I found indicated that much of a difference existed “just add more castor! Higher super fat! Essential oils!”. Nowhere among all the sites I’ve...
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    Where To Find The Science

    A friend has requested I try making shampoo bars (for dry hair, like hers). Ok. Why not? I went looking on the internet, and once again (although even more so than with CP soap itself) I found myself wondering “where is the science”? Lots of claims about this or that ingredient, but no sense...
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    Infusing Oil For Color

    Thanks for replying. Isn’t that a diffusion? You’re diffusing the colorant in oil, a small quantity with a slightly larger yet still small quantity. Isn’t infusion putting an amount of colorant (in this case) into a significantly larger quantity of oil, and adding an element of time and/or...
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    Infusing Oil For Color

    One website insists one ALWAYS infuses oil with a colorant at a ratio of 9:1. Soap Queen by contrast seems to argue (in what seems more like diffusing than infusing) 3:1, or 1t to 1T of oil (3tsp=1T of course). I’ve generally used the 9:1 but as quantities grow, the amount of paprika or...
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    Beer Soap?

    I made my beer soap this weekend, using a Presidio Pale Ale—-and as one post predicted, it came out an off white. Hmmph! Nice yeasty smell on cutting. I set the beer out to de-carbonate on wednesday and froze it Friday night, making the soap Saturday night. Any suggestions for getting a...
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    Beer Soap?

    Ah. That is my problem with soap making. A book with science behind soap making turned out to be a science course I didn’t need or want, with few of the answers I did. I’ve been adding castor under the belief it was producing suds but you say it does not. If it was, and beer makes a sudsy...
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    Beer Soap?

    Do you use castor for suds in your regular recipe, and use it with beer then, or omit it?
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    Beer Soap?

    I’m going to make a beer soap next weekend, setting out a medium colored beer, probably an IPA or Pale Ale, on wednesday to begin conditioning. Questions abound. A lot of the recipes I see call for oils I don’t use (avocado) or colorants so sparkly and “pretty” they just seem out of place in...
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    Best CP Soap Books?

    Their customer service isn’t anything to write home about either! But, I have seen and used her posts. I’ve also put some and those of other sites on Pinterest as a reference. There are still gaps though, answers to questions like “how do you know what (natural) colorant works best diffused...
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    Best CP Soap Books?

    I am finding that to be very true, this site and its members is a very good resource. I don’t have kindle, or an ereader but that’s good to know. Thanks.
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    Best CP Soap Books?

    I bought “Scientific Soap Making” out of an abiding respect for Science, and figured it would make a good research and reference tool, answering why things went south, with a scientific explanation of what was happening. I was wrong. It is more of a science course in soap making, and goes off...
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    Indigo Uncertainty...

    Ah. After I’d posted here I went back to the ‘net and found a website with a page dedicated to Indigo three ways, and with three types of indigo. But, they didn’t indicate it was so sensitive. I’ll try to watch the temperature of the lye when I add the indigo and see if I note any...
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    Haunted by lard/tallow

    Dark bread was once looked down upon, and Wonder Bread was seen as progress, so was polyester. Freeways were also seen as good, mass transit bad. Shooting bison you had no intention to eat from the back of a train, a legitimate past time, till most of them were killed... Making soap at home...
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