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  1. Malleebird

    Using really old oils?

    I was going to ask that question when I got back into soaping after 4 years....but I was afraid to because I thought I'd be told "NO WAY" :shakinghead: I didn't want to throw everything out as I had such a lot. So I just used my nose instead of looking at dates. The only ones that had to go...
  2. Malleebird

    Preservative for hand cream question...

    Thanks @DeeAnna & @msunnerstood ..... made it today with 0.5%. All good :)
  3. Malleebird

    Attempt #1 Pine tar

    Just re read your response @DeeAnna.... sorry I had meant that I didn't stir the container of pine tar before I used it.
  4. Malleebird

    Attempt #1 Pine tar

    Thanks @DeeAnna... I'm thrilled if you think my soap is Okay :) I was just so worried that I'd done something major wrong when......after I added the lye I had to stir for 45 minutes before I noticed any change at all, and even then it just change from dark chocolate to milk chocolate and was...
  5. Malleebird

    Preservative for hand cream question...

    I'm about to make my first ever hand cream and the recipe calls for 6gms Optiphen Plus. I only have Germall Plus so wondering if I can substitute and if so can I use the same amount ?
  6. Malleebird

    Attempt #1 Pine tar

    DeeAnna, I wondered if you would have any idea why my pine tar did what it did last week ? I posted in "What soapy things...." #16,352. As I said in the post I followed your instructions to the letter, only tweaking the oils a bit according to what I had. The pine tar I used was 100% Pure...
  7. Malleebird

    Anxiety lol

    I certainly did last week when I was making my first batch of pine tar...!!
  8. Malleebird

    Alkanet advice anyone?

    Perhaps it's not going to be as bad as I thought :) A friend has just been around and said "...what a beautiful colour...!" It's actually a really dark navy... not quite as black as the pic.
  9. Malleebird

    Alkanet advice anyone?

    I was so looking forward to cutting my tube of alkanet soap this morning...you can see why... and what the result was :( Was really expecting to have all these magnificent royal blue bars ! Trying to trouble shoot myself, I decided perhaps I shouldn't have insulated ? Also I used 15% alkanet...
  10. Malleebird

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Just attempted my first Pine Tar soap tonight...now anxiously waiting till morning to see if it's turned out 😬 Not at all confident though. I found DeeAnna's recipes and very detailed instructions on her website and thought I followed them to the letter.... but I obviously did something wrong...
  11. Malleebird

    Did my first pencil line!!

    I did my first pencil line the other day too. Was so excited that it actually turned out ! Thanks to @dibbles for fluid recipe and to @Jillyb for trick re pencil line. My batters were all quite pourable, I lightly dusted between the two layers with charcoal... it was a very light dust because I...
  12. Malleebird

    Coronavirus

    I was encouraged yesterday by an email I received from a friend in Dongguan, China. The virus seems to be under control there now...when I say under control I mean the lid is being kept on. She said it's back to business as usual and a lot of people have even stopped wearing face masks ! The...
  13. Malleebird

    Hand Sanitizer

    Thanks.... I'd better check up on that...I get it from a friend with a printing works who buys it commercially in big drums and I'm sure he told me it was 99.9 %. I've printed that on the label, but not critical as I don't sell it... but I may have heard him incorrectly, I'll certainly check. I...
  14. Malleebird

    Hand Sanitizer

    I mix my own...no special formula. Using a 100 ml spritz bottle, I measure in 2 parts isopropyl alcohol, 1 part aloe juice and a about 1/4 tsp of lemongrass. I've given it to lots of people so I hope it's OK .
  15. Malleebird

    Homemade soap beveler

    Just tried this...and it works brilliantly ! A great tip, thanks CathyB 🤩 Perfect for someone like me who doesn't like hard sharp edges, but doesn't like the look of a really bevelled edge either....and can't do the vegetable peeler thing evenly enough 🙄...
  16. Malleebird

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Lol... me too ! That's how I ended up with annatto in my additive stock pile. Bought it because I went through a brief Brazilian cooking phase ! It gets more use in soap than it ever did in cooking 😊
  17. Malleebird

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    So that's what red palm oil does... lovely ! I've seen it in recipes but just thought it was another oil that I didn't need ! Maybe I do after all 🤗 . Not sure that I can get it here though... checked my suppliers and it only seems to be available in specialty grocery shops.
  18. Malleebird

    Masterbatch lye/water

    Lol... yes it sure is. Rellies from the coast can't believe how cold it can get inland at night...we usually have lovely sunny days though. Hadn't thought of doing that with box & blanket....but DH says it would still be too cold...might work on the coast. Thanks anyway. Perhaps I'll just have...
  19. Malleebird

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    They are lovely ! Love that they smell of lemongrass too...is that all the fragrance you used ? Is that a bubble wrap impression or do you have the right mold? It's come out so well ! Colour is great too...annatto or turmeric or something else ?
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