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  1. M

    First lotion attempt

    Thanks for all the replies. I used this guide from brambleberry. I’ll play with the percentages and oil and butter types. Thanks again.
  2. M

    First lotion attempt

    Sorry for the confusion. What kind of shelf life does homemade lotion with germall have made with distilled water? If I used goats milk and honey what kind of shelf life would it have?
  3. M

    First lotion attempt

    What kind of shelf life does your lotion have if it’s only distilled water? What about goat milk?
  4. M

    First lotion attempt

    I gave my recipe a whirl and definitely thick. It absorbs good though. I scented with peppermint EO. Different subject but is germall plus and germaben the same thing? I bought the germall off Amazon and was expensive. Other preservatives are cheaper
  5. M

    Sun essential oils/“The Candle Store”

    Anyone use either of these suppliers? Thanks
  6. M

    Sun essential oils/“The Candle Store” FO

    Anyone have any experience with either of these suppliers? Thanks
  7. M

    Sun essential oils/ “The Candlemakers Store”

    Anyone have any experience with these two brands? The candlemakers store has lots of bizarre scents and they claim they’re safe for skin and cold process soap. Thanks
  8. M

    First lotion attempt

    I definitely want fast absorption. I raise bees and lotion bars were some of my first skin care products. Some people complain about their oily feel. I upped my percentage of beeswax and it’s better but I figured I’d try real lotion now.
  9. M

    First lotion attempt

    Hi, I’m going to try taking the plunge into lotion making. I’m using brambleberry’s guide on formulating a recipe. So far I have 70% distilled water, 6% emulsifying wax, 5% stearic acid, 5% Shea butter, 5% cocoa butter, 6% sweet almond oil, 2% olive oil, and 1% preservative (germall 2). I’m...
  10. M

    Another shave soap attempt

    Thanks for the replies. You were the one that recommended that video I believe. I combined oils and lye really hot. Like as soon as the lye cleared. I believe it was in the 168 range. It set up pretty quick.
  11. M

    Another shave soap attempt

    Haven’t tried the lather quite yet. Was going to give it a try after about a week. I looked through a bunch of the archives. After rewatching that video I seen her lye concentration after the fact. Live and learn.
  12. M

    Another shave soap attempt

    Zap test was good after 24 hours so I guess it’s just ugly not bad.
  13. M

    Another shave soap attempt

    . This is the process I used which I guess is a modified hot process/cold process way of doing it.
  14. M

    Another shave soap attempt

    Sorry I’m actually still trying to decipher some of the soaping language. I used soapee’s calculator for the recipe. It gives you options on lye concentrations. I punched in 33% concentration and it gives you the option of changing the water ratio which I was suggested to make it 5:1. Further...
  15. M

    Another shave soap attempt

    I think I know what I did wrong but thought I’d ask. My recipe is 60% stearic acid, 15% lard, 15% coconut oil, 5% castor oil, 5% Shea butter. I added silk fibers to the lye water and 10% glycerin after mixing. I used a 33% lye solution with a 5:1 water ratio. The mixture seized up pretty quick...
  16. M

    Pine tar/charcoal soap

    I used Bickmore brand which is way more fluid than others. It also says 100% pure light pine tar on the can. When I bought some for my horses it was the brand withe yellow horse shoe. That stuff was like roofing tar so maybe that’s the difference?
  17. M

    Pine tar/charcoal soap

    I used this recipe and brought the oils to emulsification and then added the pine tar. Used Bickmore brand. Definitely moves fast but it turned out ok. Curious with the amount of lard I used will this be soft with the pine tar? I purposely added a lot to firm it up.
  18. M

    Pine tar/charcoal soap

    That makes sense. I’m going to add the pine tar to the olive oil and get the other oils to light trace and then mix by hand with the olive oil and tar. Seems like that’s the most recommended way.
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