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    This turned out to be an ugly soap.

    We're always our own worst critics, aren't we? No matter how ugly you *think* your soap is, there's always someone who will like it. It amazes me how I can't seem to make "pretty" soap to save my miserable life, yet everything else about it is absolutely wonderful -- fabulous lather, great...
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    Can I restart my week?

    Thx, @IrishLass That's the one I wanted, but the one I got has just a flat cutter for beveling and doesn't make the pretty edges you get with yours. I'm gonna have to be a really good girl for the rest of the year and hope Santa will trick me out lol!
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    Soda ash! And a few other things!

    I'm not ready to sell any soap yet, but I did some research on packaging and came up with a cheap and easy plan for that. I'm using recycled, brown kraft paper to make a sort of matchbox-type thing, with a little open-faced box inside and a wrapper going around the outside. I punch a hole in the...
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    Can I restart my week?

    @IrishLass I can't even put into words how jealous I am of your beveling! I hope you kneel down and thank the Soap Gods for shining their light on you (instead of cursing them, like I do lol!)
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    Coronavirus

    Some of the dumbest things I've heard are, "I'm not gonna wear a mask because I'm a Christian, and I should be willing to die for God," and "I didn't think I had to worry about the virus. I'm only 29." Cases and deaths in my part of the US are through the roof. Masks are being given out for...
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    Failed attempt at marble texture :\

    The colors and design are gorgeous, even though they aren't what you were shooting for. Personally, I'd make that "mistake" again intentionally since it's so pretty!
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    Confetti Soap Ideas

    Here's a confetti soap that was a last-ditch effort to save a nightmare batch of coffee soap. After using a bar of it for a while, I realized it looks a lot like my kitchen countertop, which you see in the background. The bars are horribly ugly because, one, I can't seem to make pretty soap to...
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    Neem Oil Accelerating Trace

    Years ago, I made an acne soap for my son using neem, tea tree, and some other additives I can't remember. With only the neem and tea tree oils for scent, it came out smelling exactly like Noxema medicated skin cream. I wouldn't add those two to a bath bar, but the medicine-y scent seemed...
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    Tentative query about castor oil and soda ash - Becoz it can't be true!

    Reducing your water and keeping cold air off your soap should help. Here's a good read that could shed some light on the situation: https://auntieclaras.com/2014/08/intentional-crop-circles-water-discount-as-a-design-tool/
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    Expert advice needed on shampoo bar....

    I'm so glad I found this thread! After looking back at older threads about Genny's shampoo bar, I'm going to give this a try. I've been looking for something that's gentle and nourishing on post-chemotherapy hair. There's nothing available commercially (that I know of) that would work for this...
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    Some improvement on my recipe is needed

    Here's a link with a great explanation of why glycerine rivers occur, how to prevent them, and how to use them as a design feature: https://auntieclaras.com/2014/05/glycerine-rivers-secret-revealed/
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    Let's play Good News / Bad News

    Good news: I found a ball of soap I made 20 years ago that I had repurposed for a different craft. Now I remember that after seeing something about a lady spinning yarn and making beautiful sweaters from her dogs' fur, I thought I'd try spinning my cats' fur, so I used the soap ball as a...
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    No freezer paper, can I line cardboard with...

    Contact paper works well, but once you stick it to your box, it'll be there forever.
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    DIY soaping supplies?

    Way back in the mists of time, the man I eventually married built a wooden loaf mold for me. After adding removable inserts for one side and one end, the mold became adjustable in all three dimensions. This is still my go-to mold. Without the inserts, it holds 6 lbs of soap, but I can adjust...
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    Quarantine fun

    Soap made with coffee does a good job of removing odors from hands. I have some soap made with AC sitting at my kitchen sink, but never thought to check if it removes odors. I should go chop some onions and give it a try...
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