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  1. John Harris

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Made a 12 bar batch last night. Used Crisco for the first time (I got a brick of it for my birthday.). And I used a new fragrance - Cedar Patchouli. Again, this one went to heavy trace very quickly once the scent was added. Just had time to pour it. Seems to have come out ok tho. Probably...
  2. John Harris

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I made a 12 bar batch of my usual soap and added a new scent: Bay Laurel. I didn't get soap on a stick, but I came close. Was trying to pour into a 12 cavity mold. It didn't go too well. The surfaces were squeegeed and look great, but I can imagine the bottoms are filled with crevices...
  3. John Harris

    What did YOU do today?

    Off to Maine today (from Montreal) to visit with my father for a few days. (He's 87 and still going strong.) We will go down to New Hampshire to be with my sister and her family for Thanksgiving. On Sunday, it will be back to Montreal.
  4. John Harris

    What did YOU do today?

    Today is my birthday! I am 65. No idea how I got that old. And what did I do today? Went to work as usual. My colleagues sang Happy Birthday, and one of them brought me something from a bakery.
  5. John Harris

    I don't know what to say

    The last few batches have been 12 bars each. That is my idea of scaled down. How does that sound to you? The problem with gifting is that I think it is key to know what scent a person would like. When you hit the right scent, you can see the person's face light up. I'd almost have to carry...
  6. John Harris

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    The stick blender worked fine.
  7. John Harris

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    So, it has been six weeks since I have returned to soaping. My first effort was a 40 bar batch of Patchouli. It came out perfectly and has retained its scent very well. So I tried a bar in the shower this morning. It took a few minutes before it started lathering, but once it got going it...
  8. John Harris

    I don't know what to say

    I've made about 200 bars of soap in the last 6 weeks. I was talking to my father this morning and he asked, "John, what are you going to do with all that soap?" I had no idea what to say. What AM I going to do with all that soap?? And I have enough raw materials to make 200 more. Are any of...
  9. John Harris

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Yes, the resinoid was a deep brown thick liquid.
  10. John Harris

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Just did another 12 bar batch of my Perfect Soap recipe. Olive, canola castor, palm, coconut, lard, bee's, shea. Scented with Peru Balsam plant resinoid. Gonna be a brown soap. Here are a couple of pics of it in my adapted 40-bar slab mold - just poured.
  11. John Harris

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Made a 12 bar batch of my Perfect Soap recipe. Poured it at just the right time. Used a version of the recipe to make 15 bars but used a mold for 12. I like my bars thick. Scented with Bay Rum. As usual, the scent accelerated the trace.
  12. John Harris

    I don't mean to brag, but

    Hmmmm... There's a strange silence in here. ;)
  13. John Harris

    I know I asked something like this before, but

    I was just trying to understand what people were talking about when they would say, for example, they had a 3 pound mold. But, based on the discussion we've had on this thread, I understand now. (See? My $15 donation is worth every penny! ;) )
  14. John Harris

    I don't mean to brag, but

    I recently donated $15 to the Forum. Anyone want to join me? Heck, access to DeeAnna's input alone is worth that much! :thumbs:
  15. John Harris

    How do you clean after Soap making ?

    Wearing rubber gloves, we just "do the dishes" the way you would after preparing a meal. Nothing fancy or complicated. Haven't had any problems yet.
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