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    Sun Pure Botanicals Essential Oils

    Thank you so much for responding, Zany. You were the one I was thinking of who had used this company. So you can confirm that their eo's are good? I wasn't confident with the quality compared to the oils I've been buying from The Plant Guru. Their eo's come in 4 oz bottles and I go through them...
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    Sun Pure Botanicals Essential Oils

    I've looked at New Direction Aromatics. They have pretty good prices, but shipping is high. I missed a free shipping promo by one day. I'll definitely check out Camden Grey.
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    Sun Pure Botanicals Essential Oils

    There was another thread in this forum about essential oils purchased from a company called Sun Pure Botanicals. Based on recommendations from another member, I purchased Patchouli, Lemongrass and Orange 5x from this company. (I also ordered Ylang Ylang, but it never shipped and I had to ask...
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    Avery label # for lip balm tubes?

    I'm late to the game, but I use Avery 94233 1 13/16 x 2 13/16 rectangle labels for my lip balm tubes. I used to use Online Labels, but I bought too many labels and didn't finish them within a year, so they cut me off from the Maestro label designer because I didn't make a purchase within a...
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    Another batch of CP soap accelerated

    I think I added too much because I couldn't smell it under the tangerine eo based on the recommendation in EO calc and added some more. Sometimes I can still smell the soaping oils through the eo's and I'll add more to hide the oil smell. Maybe my eo's aren't good? I use Handcraft Blends and...
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    Another batch of CP soap accelerated

    I've been adding my eo's to the oil mixture before adding the lye solution for a few months because I read somewhere that doing that will disperse the eo's and prevent rapid trace and seizing. I haven't had a problem until recently. I think I'll go back to adding them in after reaching trace.
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    Another batch of CP soap accelerated

    I've been making and selling salves and balms for three uears using the same oils and butters that I use in my soaps. I'm familiar with clove oil and it's properties, but not in soapmaking. It doesn't misbehave when making salves. Of course, lye is a different animal. I've been making soap for...
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    Another batch of CP soap accelerated

    I was thinking it was the clove eo, because I didn't add the powders yet and it was already seizing. I'll have to rethink my eo combination for this one again. It's supposed to be sunset colors, so I'm looking for a warm scent. Any suggestions? I haven't cut it yet. It's still a tad soft...
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    Another batch of CP soap accelerated

    Hello soap family, I had another problem with my batter accelerating last night. I was trying to do a four color soap using turmeric, paprika, TD and AC. I poured the essential oils (clove and tangerine) into the oils before I poured the lye solution. The oils came to trace after 2 or 3 very...
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    Dandy dandelion soap and more…

    Indeed, very satisfying! They look wonderful. And I love the swirl soap. Is fhat an easy to find mold?
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    Help with CP soap and acceleration

    I think I'm realizing that I was going to long with the stick blender. The coffee batch did not come out well. But I made a different batch last night with TD, activated charcoal and coffee grounds and did the tiger stripe design. I upped the water:lye ratio to 1.8:1 to make sure it didn't...
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    Help with CP soap and acceleration

    Really? Just throw it in the oven? Will it melt into something that looks dedent? The batter was so firm when I put it in the mold and really didn't look good when I took it out of the mold the next day. But the bottom layer was super hard and difficult to cut.
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    Help with CP soap and acceleration

    I really like my recipe and have used it several times without any problems. This is first time using my recipe that I experienced acceleration. I did one other swirl recipe that came out beautifully. I wonder if the coffee water had something to do with it.
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    Help with CP soap and acceleration

    Thank you so much for the info. I will definitely look for videos on mixing to emulsion.
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    Help with CP soap and acceleration

    Absolutely...I'm always learning, but have forgotten to delete failure from my soap making dictionary ;). But another question about the oils. I have a vegan in the house who won't use anything with animal products or palm oil, no matter if it's sustainable. I've fiddled with other oils on...
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    Help with CP soap and acceleration

    Do you think if I increase my water ratio, the batter will hold on a little longer? I didn't know the TD and cocoa accelerate.
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    Help with CP soap and acceleration

    I'm fairly new to soapmaking and have made a several successful recipes, but today's soap was most likely a failure. I was trying out a recipe using coffee. I've read many of the current blog posts about substituting coffee for the water in the lye solution and thought I would give it a try...
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