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  1. Zany_in_CO

    Hi from Lancashire UK

    How's that working for ya'? 😁 I made my first bar of soap in 2003 at age 60. After 19 years I still get a rush when unmolding another batch! It's a wonderful hobby that not only saves $$$ but keeps on giving! When you're ready to go "all in" we're here for you. 🥰
  2. Zany_in_CO

    Lilac & Rose with Tussah Silk

    Good to know! Thanks for the update!
  3. Zany_in_CO

    So excited - my first soap is ready today!

    Truly amazing soap for a first batch! Well done! Keep up the good work!
  4. Zany_in_CO

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    😂
  5. Zany_in_CO

    Soap has not lost anymore weight. It has been less than 4 weeks.

    This is just me, but I haven't had that experience with fragrance. The lather and conditioning remain the same -- and since I make the same recipes year after year, I have the opportunity to try a new scent with every batch. The only thing you have to watch out for with fragrance is...
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    Soap has not lost anymore weight. It has been less than 4 weeks.

    So true! I've saved bars in a cigar band that is loose years later! I still have a 100% Olive Oil Castile bar I made in 2005! I take it out annually and wash my hands with it. :nodding:
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    Help with hair

    Same here. I rarely do the vinegar rinse any more and I don't need to condition at all. If anything, I rub a few drops of argan oil on my palms and smooth it over my hair for control and shine.
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    Help with hair

    When I first started soaping in 2004, I shampooed with whatever soap we happened to be test-driving in the shower at the time. My early mentors told me to expect an adjustment period. For some people, there's no adjustment period. For me, it took a good long while. After years of perming and...
  9. Zany_in_CO

    Help with hair

    I DO remember that! Thanks for mentioning it! It's a reminder that there isn't a "One Size Fits All" when it comes to skin and hair. Everyone needs to find what works for them. Just like buying shampoo off the shelf, you might like J & J's Baby Shampoo (my dad used that) while I might choose...
  10. Zany_in_CO

    Help with hair

    Grapeseed Oil is readily available at the grocers here. It's known to be astringent. You might want to try it instead of stinky ole Neem in either of @contrinokathy 's recipes. Just a thought. I like grapeseed oil but don't use it much in soap. NOTE: When testing a new recipe, I make a small...
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    Soap has not lost anymore weight. It has been less than 4 weeks.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe, Steve. That helps us immensely. Your recipe above looks lovely to me. :thumbup: If it's soft, I'd be surprised if it stayed that way for long. Give it some time. It should harden up the longer it cures -- at INS 149 it will take a little longer than INS...
  12. Zany_in_CO

    Help with hair

    That may be true for your hair, but get this... my 50/50 Lard & PKO liquid Hair and Body Shampoo is a friends and family favorite. From my 96-year-old geezer pal back in New England, to all 9 family members, spread out from Florida to Hawaii, kids & stepkids with totally different hair. I'm not...
  13. Zany_in_CO

    Soap has not lost anymore weight. It has been less than 4 weeks.

    Hi Steve, That's hard to determine without seeing a printout of the recipe. Many factors weigh in to determine the softness of a soap and whether it will eventually harden over time. A good example is traditionally made 100% olive oil soap. It's soft in the mold, soft after unmolded, it is...
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    Help with Goat Milk

    Making goat milk soap is an advanced technique. You need to soap cool for one thing. The thread @FrayGrants recommended is a good one. Before trying it again, I suggest you develop a Tried and True recipe like the Basic Trinity of Oils to get you off on the right foot.
  15. Zany_in_CO

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Good one!
  16. Zany_in_CO

    Milk and Oatmeal in Soap

    Goat milk contains nutrients that are good for hair and skin. Oatmeal is soothing and good for relieving itchy skin like eczema. Honey is an additive that is also soothing and beneficial to skin. I often see the three together in 100% olive oil handcrafted castile soap for sensitive or problem...
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    Milk and Oatmeal in Soap

    Beer soap as well as Goat Milk soap are said to contain beneficial vitamins and nutrients for skin and hair. I believe that to be true. I grew up in the '50s and '60s. At that time, washing your hair with beer was all the rage. Copious lather! A beer rinse was left in to use to set the hair. It...
  18. Zany_in_CO

    Is this a good recipe and amount of water and lye?

    I use Manteca in the blue box. BHT & BHA added to protect flavor with no issues. Lard is cheap. Shea butter is more expensive but it is the best sub. Shea for lard or lard for shea. TIP: One day I was weighing my oils when I came up short of shea butter. I went to SoapCalc and did a...
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    Help with hair

    Me too! Good luck!
  20. Zany_in_CO

    Goat milk and lavender bad smell :-/

    @Quilter99755 Well, we are nothing if not enablers! 😂 Maybe you'll discover a soap batter quilt design.
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