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  1. xoticsoaps

    How do you make a gel creme for hair?

    Does anyone know of any blog posts or videos on how to make a gel creme for hair like Sunsilk Hydra TLC 24/7 Creme? I'm trying to figure out the procedure so that that I can formulate one.
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    Question about determining sap value number

    Using the chart below, what would be the sap value of Bacuri butter if you're using sodium hydroxide?
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    Quick Question About Adding Extracts to Emulsions...

    Some websites list various extracts as being 'soluble in water', but I've always thought of plant & fruit extracts as additives. My question is this, when using a water soluble extract is it necessary to count it as a percentage of the water phase? Or, can I just add it after mixing the oil and...
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    Black Walnut Powder on scalp/hair

    I'm trying to find out if I use black walnut powder or oil mixed into a paste on my scalp 1-2 times per week, will that darken my hair color? I am not trying to dye my hair, by the way.
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    I have some questions about bubble bath...

    Is bubble bath just a less cleansing, more bubbly version of general liquid soap? Are there any specific do's and don'ts when making you're own from scratch?
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    Question about chrome wire soap rack

    A couple of days ago I found a storage rack that immediately made me think of soap curing. Sadly, after researching soap curing, it seems that using a chrome wire rack may cause DOS. On Soap Queen's blog, there's talk that a protective coating that can be applied to certain metals to prevent the...
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    I'm looking for a baby oil fragrance

    All I've seen are fragrance oils reminiscent of baby powder. I'm looking for a fragrance oil that smells like baby oil. The two do not smell the same. So have any of you ever come across a fragrance oil that reminds you of baby oil?
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    Can You Help Me Find Mango Seed Oil?

    I was working on a recipe late last night and I accidentally picked Mango Seed Oil instead of Mango Seed Butter. I didn't realize it until an hour or two ago. After I discovered this, I initially thought that they were the same, but when I checked back on I found that they have...
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    Can You Identify The Soap Mold Used?

    I tried to do a reverse image search on Google, but that just gave a list of sites that use it as a stock photo, not sites that may sell the mold. I don't even know what you would call the shape other than a 'rounded rectangle'. Searching that won't get me anywhere either, I promise you.
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    How do you count vegetable glycerin in a lotion?

    If I were to add vegetable glycerin to a lotion recipe would I count that as part of the water in the recipe or as an additive?
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    Need help finding an ingredient

    Does anyone know where I can buy pyrithione zinc? I've looked online, but I can't seem to find anything other than Alibaba and I have no clue how to use that site.
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    Lip products with water based ingredients

    I have been searching the net all day and I just wanted to double-check to make sure I've got this right. I know that general lip care products don't usually require a preservative, but based on the ingredients I intend to use, I'm certain mine will because I plan to use water based...
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    What preservatives do I add to keep oils from turning?

    I'm in the process of creating a pre-shampoo treatment for myself, consisting of Jojoba oil - red palm oil - & avocado oil, but I don't want the oils to go rancid after only a few weeks. I plan on using an amber or black bottle for storage, but what preservatives should I add to prevent the...
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    Coconut oil is still a cleanser without lye, right?

    If I wanted to make a soap-free shampoo, then I should just be sure to include coconut oil in the recipe, right? Maybe with a drop or two of tea tree oil?
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    How do I Make my Soap Smell Like Strawberry without FO?

    There is no such thing as Strawberry Essential Oil, but there is a such thing as Strawberry Fragrance Oil. But, I don't use synthetic fragrances in my soaps. So, how do I get my soap to smell strawberry-ish without using fragrance oil? Is there an essential oil combo that will come close? If so...
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    I want to make my own launrdy detergent

    I've tried making my own powder laundry detergent before with a homemade recipe that said I needed to grate 1 -2 bars of soap (any kind) and mix it with baking soda. Then use the mixture in my next load. So, in my head I'm thinking in a Patrick Star voice, "Wow, is that all I have to do?! Oh boy...
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    How Much Sodium Lactate Should I use in M&P Soap?

    I've just discovered the uses for sodium lactate in beauty products. It adds hardness and works as a humectant, among other things. So, if I were to use it, how much should I add per 1lb of base? I tried looking online, but it seems this may not be all that common with m&p soap. I suppose some...
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    What's the best weight for sample soap?

    I want to make oval-shaped sample versions of my full-size bars of soap, but the soap mold I want to use stated that the soap cavities were 104g each. This translates to about 3.6oz! My full-size bars of soap are going to be 4oz, so the weight of the sample soap needs to be much less than 3.6oz...