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    Weird spots on solid conditioner

    Hey, guys! I've made this solid conditioner using my usual recipe, stored it in a cool, clean place, and less than 48 hours later it had those weird spots that, to me, look like a petri dish!! I used 10x orange essential oil and all the other solid conditioners I made the same day (with the...
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    Natures Garden FOs scent retention

    I don't think so, Lin. I never gel or insulate my soap. And I soap at room temp. Maybe it's my recipe, but it's a simple and "classic" recipe. I'm gonna do my search. Thank you! <3
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    Natures Garden FOs scent retention

    At least it's good to know that other people go through the same problem. Do you have a favourite brand that really sticks? :)
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    Natures Garden FOs scent retention

    I use all of those at 6%, save for black raspberry, that has a lower IFRA. Orange chilly pepper is amazing but won't last at all. I really don't get it.
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    Natures Garden FOs scent retention

    Hey, guys! I love NG fragrance oils, and they are in fact cheaper than, say, BB FOs, but I can't make them stick in CP. I haven't had a single one (maybe black raspberry vanilla a bit) lasting more than a week before fading to nothing. I absolutely love Fruity Rings, a best seller for them, but...
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    Annual Conference Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild

    Thank you, guys, you gave me a lot to think about. I like the idea of going to Texas (never been), but the price is hard to swallow, it's true. I'm gonna check out Soapalooza. :)
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    Annual Conference Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild

    Hey Dixiedragon, I live in Brazil. And you're right, we don't have almost anything soapmaking here. We have tons of oils of all kinds, and chemicals are not difficult to come by. But I already import my fragrances and colorants, so that part would not be a problem. My main concern is to know is...
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    Annual Conference Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild

    Hey, guys, So, I'm relatively new to soapmaking and I would love to attend a soap conference, fair, etc. Last night I found this conference, but since I don't live in the US, it's kind of a big deal for me and I would like to know if this one is worth it, if there're better options, etc etc...
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    fragrances % question

    DeeAnna, you're absolutely right. It's just that sometimes is easier to use terms everybody recognizes. But I'm gonna correct myself! :) I use a water/lye ratio of 1.5/1, and I never get soda ash, glycerin rivers or unwanted gel.
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    fragrances % question

    Hendejm you can do a water discount to avoid TD glycerin rivers. I discount my water and use the minimum humanly possible of water to disperse my TD. Never had any glycerin rivers, ever.
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    fragrances % question

    That's an interesting idea, but I feel the whole soap would have the right amount of fragrance and the unscented parts would compensate for the overscented. I don't know. I sure wait 1 month to 6 weeks to consider my soap ready, but since many fragrances fade with time, I always like to use the...
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    fragrances % question

    Hey guys, What do you do when a fragrance oil discolors the soap, but you want a white/light lets say swirl. Do you up the % of fragrance of the rest of the batter or simply reduce the amount of fragrance oil so the soap will have a milder smell? Thank you!
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    How does your palm oil look like?

    Hey, Lin and cmzaha, thank you! Lin, my palm kernel melts like there's no tomorrow, same way my coconut oil does. Go figure. But your description of palm oil is perfect. It's what I use. cmzaha, I'm glad to hear that your soap is super hard. I'm begining to realize palm makes the soap softer...
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    How does your palm oil look like?

    I think mine is the same, cmzaha. At least that's written on the box. But the palm guy at the company says it's the same. I'm pretty sure my palm guy exports to the US, so maybe we even use exactly the same one. But do you feel that even in "shortening form" it hardens your soap? Shunt I would...
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    How does your palm oil look like?

    oh, that's interesting! I'm sure gonna experiment with this recipe. Thank you! :)
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