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  1. Mistrael

    Soapmaking Forum Giveaway - Amazon GC, Membership + Decal

    I've been in migraine hell all winter, but hoping it starts to ease up now that we're well into spring. Seeing everyone's soaps reminds me why I love this craft! That's one of my beloved salt bars. I need to get back in my soapmaking groove before we run out! These are uncolored, with BB's...
  2. Mistrael

    Glycerin rivers?

    Nope! I do my best to take accurate notes as I work, but this batch accelerated so quickly I lost my cool entirely and went into "chef in the weeds" mode. It wasn't pretty and I completely forgot to note the things I hadn't put down in advance.
  3. Mistrael

    Glycerin rivers?

    Alas, this IS the settled down version. 🤣 That bowl of ice is an idea though, I'll have to try it. I'm sad to say the biggest problem isn't my kids, it's my mother. She's only in her 60s and overall quite healthy, but she had a trauma in 2020 and hasn't been quite right since. She's a newly...
  4. Mistrael

    HELP, messed up :(

    Only those of us with the time and will to hand crochet them!
  5. Mistrael

    Glycerin rivers?

    Nope! There are 6 people in this house and the fridge that came with it looks to be 20 years old. We're planning to get a chest freezer eventually, and also a fridge for my future soaping space in the garage, but for now we're still in chaos. These supply chain issues are making it very...
  6. Mistrael

    HELP, messed up :(

    Feel free to set it aside for a while and deal with it later. I hope you have enough supplies for the baby shower soap.
  7. Mistrael

    Glycerin rivers?

    About my impatience... I have very limited time and space for soaping, plus kids, critters, and my mother's questionable sanity, so masterbatching lye isn't an option yet. There simply isn't a safe space to store it because wherever I put it and however I label it, I don't trust that everyone...
  8. Mistrael

    Glycerin rivers?

    Thanks Ali & Zing! And yes, the lather is glorious, which shocked the heck out of me. My husband has threatened to take some to his work buddies and I just want to hide them away b/c i just hate the way they look. At the same time I don't want to be wasteful by throwing away usable soap...
  9. Mistrael

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Wrapped & labeled soaps and stored them in my linen cupboard. If I'm able to make more before spring I may need to add another box to my storage system! 🤣🤞
  10. Mistrael

    Mountain Rose Herbs catalog

    Same! 😁😁😁
  11. Mistrael

    When a batch Seizes aka Soap on a Stick

    I wish I'd known this last year! :beatinghead:
  12. Mistrael

    Glycerin rivers?

    I've been incredibly fortunate with my soaping - I've only had a couple batches go sideways and never so badly that they can't be used. (Friends & family only, selling is still a dream.) This batch has plagued my mind for about a year because it went missing during our move last winter. It was...
  13. Mistrael

    Too Much of a Good Thing!

    Muahaha! Looms for everyone! This is why backstrap weaving is amazing. All the components can be packed into one of those mailing tubes when not in use!
  14. Mistrael

    Mountain Rose Herbs catalog

    If anyone figures out how to acquire this book of ingredient pron, pls let me know! 😍😍😍
  15. Mistrael

    Needing some validation

    Yes, we're all mad here! 😂
  16. Mistrael

    Too Much of a Good Thing!

    I collect things that I love, with very little resistance from my husband unless it's a live critter. Even then I can often wear him down, but no one trusts me alone in pet stores anymore. There's always some sad critter in need of rescue! That's how we got 3 dogs and a guinea pig. I'd like to...
  17. Mistrael

    Soap thieves

    Oooh, marketing thought! Stickers with your logo & contact info and a cheeky "please don't steal the soap" sign. You could have them available for customers who have had their soap snatched! 🤣
  18. Mistrael

    Glass and lye; truth or myth?

    I mostly make 1 & 2 kilo batches, so mixing bowls & cups & silicone utensils from Dollar Tree work great. If I'm ever able to go bigger I would buy good restaurant grade containers. The Webstaurant store seems to have a lot of good stuff and reasonable prices, so if I didn't have a local...
  19. Mistrael

    Is it a good idea to make CP soap with an active kitten in a small apartment?

    I make all my dogs go into another room while I'm soaping, and especially the beagle. Sometimes critters follow their noses & ears more than is healthy for them. Mine seem to associate the scent of warm oils with food and will absolutely get underfoot looking for snacks. I imagine a kitten would...
  20. Mistrael

    So annoyed with myself

    You have my sympathies. I've been wanting to soap for weeks but haven't been able to have time & energy & a migraine free day all at the same time. It gets harder to resist the temptation to say "I can do this, it will be fine" the more time passes. 😖
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