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  1. Katie68121

    Elderly skin CP recipe help

    Hello fellow soapers I am trying to formulate a recipe for my grandparents. Here is what I'm thinking for ingredients: Palm 40% Cocoa butter 25% Olive 20% Coconut oil 10% Castor 5% SF 5% LC 33% I was going to add coconut milk for half my water content. No fragrance. Also was thinking of adding...
  2. Katie68121

    HELP, messed up :(

    I made a batch of soap just now for my sisters baby shower...but I'm pretty sure its not going to make it there. I noticed the batter getting REALLY thick so my plans for a nice in the pot swirl went out the window right away. I didn't even get to add my fragrance oil...I went back to look at my...
  3. Katie68121

    Ugh, can’t seem to get it right.

    Hey soapers I’m struggling to nail down my recipes and techniques. I keep coming up with cosmetic issues. This time I think is my first experiencing stearic spots... I also struggle with soda ash on almost every batch :( maybe someone can help inform me what I’m doing wrong? This batch I wanted...
  4. Katie68121

    CPOP questions!

    Hello soapers! So I want to try the oven process, but after watching many videos and reading posts about it I still have some unanswered questions. 1. Do I turn oven on to lowest setting, and then turn off right before I put the soap in? OR do I leave it on the lowest setting and leave ON for an...
  5. Katie68121

    Help, how should I cut this?

    I just made this zig zag cosmic wave pour for the first time, I’m unsure how to cut this because I want the design to be on the main part of the bar. I’ve only cut my soaps vertical so far, should this be cut horizontally? ty!
  6. Katie68121

    Clean up, measuring and spills...

    I really wanted to enjoy making my last batch of soap but I seemed to get more frustrated than anything... so I need some advice on some things. 1. Measuring oils without spilling! I’ve ordered some smaller containers to put my CO in But I really struggle to not spill when pouring from a bigger...
  7. Katie68121

    Fir needle and trace

    I want to use this Fir Needle EO I got from Brambleberry in my CP batch, however I’m a bit nervous because I’ve never used it and I’ve read it can speed trace. Does anyone have experience using it and have any advice? My batch will be mostly coconut and olive oil with some castor oil and mango...
  8. Katie68121

    Essential oils!

    I’ve searched up and down, read the articles posted about essential oils and how tos but I’m still confused on usage rates and using the calculator. If I’m making a blend for example lavender, juniper berry, and eucalyptus can I use the max usage rate for each oil in the blend? If the usage/PPO...
  9. Katie68121

    Essential oils calculations

    Hi all, I’ve searched on here for the answer and online but I can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. So my question is when calculating the amount of EO for a soap batch, are we basing this on oils or total batch size? Also what is a good EO calculator to use? Some you tube videos say to use...
  10. Katie68121

    Shea and cocoa butter

    Hi everyone! Im about to make my fourth batch! Woohoo! I’ve already learned so much about soap making from videos, to articles and forums, and making my own batches. It’s definitely an art form that I’ve come to love. I haven’t worked with butters yet and I would like to put Shea and cocoa in...
  11. Katie68121

    Help first batch cracking...

    I just made my first batch of soap, and it’s been sitting for about 2 hours, I checked on it and it has big cracks on one side! how can I save it? Should I put it in the fridge? Thank you.
  12. Katie68121

    Temperature

    Hi all, Questions about what temperatures to soap at. 1. Lye solution and Oils/Fats I’ve read they should be around 120-130 F within 10 degrees of each other. But I’ve also read you can soap at a lower temperature. I watched one video and she made the soap with the lye solution and oils at room...
  13. Katie68121

    Where to make soap/hazard to pets?

    I’m about to make my first batch of CP soap, but my housing situation isn’t ideal. I have a small apartment, no yard, no garage. Small deck (where I plan to make the soap). I have a dog and two cats that frequent the deck daily, but obviously they will not be allowed out there when I’m soaping...
  14. Katie68121

    Calculating batch/essential oil amount

    Hi all, I bet this has been asked already and I searched for it on here but couldn’t find anything. So when calculating my batch for my particular soap mold what I did was LxWxD In inches which got me 10.25x2.75x2.75=77.515 Then x.40=31 So 31 is the amount of Oils in ounces. Yes? Or am I doing...
  15. Katie68121

    Hello! Newbie here.

    Hi! I haven’t created my first batch of soap yet, but I am very excited to do so. I’ve spent a good amount of time researching about CP soap making. I love watching how to videos on it, especially when they get pretty creative! I live in Hawaii and some soap making materials are quite hard to...
  16. Katie68121

    Cost of Lye

    New Soaper here! So I live in HI and sodium hydroxide seems to be extremely hard to find, except one place. Lowe’s. They have the brand called Crystal drain cleaner 100% Lye. However the price seems high to me and I’m just wondering what the average price is for Lye. I got 2lbs for $17! Also if...
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