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  1. Jessika Thompson

    Coconut Oil and Shampoo Bars?

    Thank you both for your input! I've never gone down this path before because I am nervous about soap in hair - but lately there have been a lot of requests. I'll check out the recommended thread. Thank you for confirming on the CO!
  2. Jessika Thompson

    Coconut Oil and Shampoo Bars?

    I want to make a batch of shampoo bars this weekend. These will be a first for me, and from what I am reading online most recipes that I have found seem similar to other basic CP soaps. I am just questioning the CO in the shampoo bars. I am not sure of whether this ingredient is being included...
  3. Jessika Thompson

    My bathbombs crack! WHY??

    The density of the ingredients do a lot to the float factor also. I load mine with more oils and butters, which are going to be heavier than the water - even packed gently and after drying. They sink but then again I am not going for the floating color show as much as I am going for the skin...
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    My bathbombs crack! WHY??

    Mine will sink too, but I think it is the weight of the oils that I use. You could play with the wet/dry ratio now that they are sticking together. I would recommend making minor changes and keeping a log of your changes and test results. So happy for you and the progress!!
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Are the micas strong enough for coloring or do you use them as accents? I tried micas WAY WAY long ago and the beautiful colors were lost and left only a sheer sparkle to my lotion bars but no color. I've stayed away from micas since then, but if I could figure out how to use them properly I...
  6. Jessika Thompson

    Another hello from North Carolina

    Everyone - THANK YOU ALL so much for the warm welcome.
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    Another hello from North Carolina

    Any time that you are up for some soapy fun, let me know! City of Medicine - is that Durham?
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    My bathbombs crack! WHY??

    Wanted to share a picture of my bath bombs using the recipe I shared. I unmold them halfway at about 10 minutes, fully at about 20 minutes, and then open air dry under a ceiling fan for about a day.
  9. Jessika Thompson

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Today my soap drying trays arrived!! So happy!!!
  10. Jessika Thompson

    My bathbombs crack! WHY??

    Please do! Let me know if it works for you. Make sure you liquify those oils or butters before mixing in. Other than that it is pretty forgiving for modifications. Edit: I've never had to use witch hazel or alcohol with this mix
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    My bathbombs crack! WHY??

    I weigh my oils and fragrances for bath bombs and usually add a bit more oil. Especially if I'm using Polysorbate 80. I go with 3 cups Baking Soda and 1.5 cups citric acid, 2 oz of oils (usually Shea and coconut and hemp seed to get to the 2oz total), 1 oz polysorbate, and whatever FO or EO. I...
  12. Jessika Thompson

    Another hello from North Carolina

    In my defense, Essential Depot just ran a sale for buy one get one free on 32lbs of lye. So 64lbs for $38+shipping... who could pass that up?
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    Another hello from North Carolina

    Nope - no reselling. Just a friendly offer if I have any local hobbyists. One day my hopes are to get my mom retired enough to market some of my end creations, but I am just a hoarder ;)
  14. Jessika Thompson

    Another hello from North Carolina

    I knew this would be a place where people would understand me :D
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