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  1. KigerKat

    Anyone in Georgia?

    I'm in the Atlanta area, and I'll order from Soap Goods a lot. Their selection varies, but they've improved a lot since I found them a year ago and have added more to their inventory. They don't have a retail store, but you can pick up your order and save some money. Their office isn't in...
  2. KigerKat

    Is It Always Nearly Impossible To Buy Lye?

    That's the only place I've been able to find it as well. $3.99 for 1 pound, not bad for a local store.
  3. KigerKat

    Nip/Tuck Premiere

    I LOVE Nip/Tuck!! I've watched it since the first episode. And I agree, it was better when they were in Miami. I've had a hard time getting used to them being in LA. A funny story about this show...Not long after I met my husband's parents when we were dating, we were all over at his house...
  4. KigerKat

    What is with the drama????

    I can honestly say that I haven't noticed ANY drama here! :D Perhaps I'm missing those threads or not browsing the right forums, but I'm here to learn about soap. If I wanted drama, then I could just watch soaps on tv. (HAHAHA!! :lol: :lol: :lol: I crack myself up!)
  5. KigerKat

    First batch question...

    You can find some essential oils at your local crafts store. They don't have much of a selection, maybe 3 or 4 EOs. You'll probably find more FOs there, but still not a lot.
  6. KigerKat

    How do I make a whiter soap?

    My very first batch was with lard, and yes, it's very white. But I know people can feel a little grossed out when they see 'lard' on the label, so I wanted an all-veggie oil recipe, so I use palm instead. I haven't made an unscented batch yet, but I suppose that would be very helpful! As...
  7. KigerKat

    How do I make a whiter soap?

    I just realized that I have a sample of TD from a sample pack of colors that I purchased from BB a couple of weeks ago, so I'm going to give it a try tonight! After reading other experiences, it seems like it does work best when added to the oils. Some people do add at light trace, but it...
  8. KigerKat

    How do I make a whiter soap?

    I am using different kinds of FOs. I know anything with vanilla in it will add a more brown color to the soap. The last one I used was "Wedding Day" from WSP. The FO was clear, contained no vanilla, but the soap still had a yellow/creamy color in it. The olive oil I'm using is just a basic...
  9. KigerKat

    How do I make a whiter soap?

    Thank you so much! I looked this up on WSP, and a customer commented that they added it with the oils and not at trace. Is that a good time to add it?
  10. KigerKat

    How do I make a whiter soap?

    I've made several batches now using a basic Palm, Coconut and Olive oil recipe, and they have all turned out to be a creamy color. I definitely don't have a problem with the creamy color, but I want to make a white batch of soap so that a swirled color will stand out more. Can I just use...
  11. KigerKat

    can I use mica's? Oxides?

    The liquid colors will most likely bleed in m&p soaps. In my experience, micas and oxides won't bleed, but the Michael's by me doesn't carry any - I have to order them online.
  12. KigerKat

    Made my second batch tonight - not looking good!!

    I'm hoping it turns out as well!! The recipe was a little larger than I had planned - I'm wondering if anyone has found a good way to resize recipes? I would rather just use the silicone mold so that way all of my soaps come out looking the same. I got the mold on Ebay for $40. I really...
  13. KigerKat

    Made my second batch tonight - not looking good!!

    Here's what I've got this morning I poured into 2 different molds. The first one is a silicone mold with a clear lid. The other is a cardboard box, and you can see the top of the soap much better. I didn't peek at that one last night, since I could check the first one without taking the lid...
  14. KigerKat

    Made my second batch tonight - not looking good!!

    I poured it in the mold about 2 1/2 hours ago. I lifted the towel to take a peek (clear lid on top) and there is a bunch of oil pooling on the top and the mold feels much warmer than when I poured. The only thing I did differently between this batch and the first batch I did a couple of...
  15. KigerKat

    Maple Swirl

    Beautiful! They look good enough to eat!
  16. KigerKat

    Do you get along with your mother in law?

    Wow! I'm sorry to hear that some of you guys got stuck with nasty mils. I absolutely LOVE mine! I love all my in-laws. Is it sad to say that I get along better with my in-laws than I do with my own family?
  17. KigerKat

    Am I ready??? (Pics added!)

    I've been reading A LOT of tips online and watched several videos before I decided I was ready. I can't wait to make more!!
  18. KigerKat

    Am I ready??? (Pics added!)

    Cutting my soaps What do you think??? I hate that I have to wait 4 weeks before trying them out, but I guess good things come to those who wait. ;-)
  19. KigerKat

    Am I ready??? (Pics added!)

    Well, I'm all done!! I might have tried too much at once, but we'll see... I mixed the lye water and oils with a hand mixer in bursts of 10 secs, and then 10 secs of general stirring. I saw a trace after just a few minutes and then I added my FO (Lily of the Valley). I kinda wanted to...
  20. KigerKat

    Am I ready??? (Pics added!)

    Thank you so much for the tips and advice! I'm currently waiting for my oils to cool down, and then I'll start mixing! I'm using a couple of rectangular paper mache boxes for my molds. They are lined with parchment paper and ready to go! I'll be sure to post some pictures of my first...
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