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  1. MadScientist

    Alfalfa Leaf in soap?

    I read the OP and suddenly felt like a kid in a classroom who had the answer: "I know! Ooo! Ooo! Pick me! C'mon!" About a month ago, I did some research on a similar topic. I became curious about making my own plant-based shampoo. I dug into what made soap berries... soapy. Plant-based...
  2. MadScientist

    SoapCalc is under new management

    Like you, I was using SoapCalc daily. As DeeAnna mentions further up the thread, SMF has their own calculator and it is very user friendly. It's not the same interface, but all the information plus additives are there. Quoted for your convenience:
  3. MadScientist

    CP Nutmeg Butter: Suggested usage %

    I'm going to give it a shot. I finally found a study excerpt on Google Scholar that addresses irritation in relation to Sodium Laurate and Sodium Myristate: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02545635 Granted, I don't have access to the full study but it's definitely something I can...
  4. MadScientist

    CP Nutmeg Butter: Suggested usage %

    Hello SMF! I was wondering if anyone had info on Nutmeg butter usage and caveats in CP soap. I'm a research junky and have scoured the internet, but the information available is scant. Even SMF has remarkably little to say. I've read that ingesting it can be dangerous, but nothing about dermal...
  5. MadScientist

    Hops in CP??

    I did not know that. I will edit my post to check local laws. Thanks for the info! EDIT: Too much time has passed to edit. But let me reiterate, check your local laws to make sure you are within the law to use hemp. My apologies, the last thing I would want is to get anyone in trouble.
  6. MadScientist

    Hops in CP??

    FWIW: Now that you can buy industrial hemp legally in all 50 states, I've actually put finely powdered hemp in my last three batches. It is a good exfoliant and (being purely subjective here) I feel like it lends to the creaminess of the lather. You must be thinking: "This is a thread about...
  7. MadScientist

    The elusive perfect bar of soap

    Doh! I shoulda had more coffee before looking at the forums. My brain missed your link.
  8. MadScientist

    The elusive perfect bar of soap

    I've been using SoapCalc. I will take a look at Soap Making Friend. I love all the information I get here. :D
  9. MadScientist

    The elusive perfect bar of soap

    Bookmarked. Thank you!
  10. MadScientist

    The elusive perfect bar of soap

    And how much extra lye do you use to compensate for vinegar neutralizing it? And does the sodium acetate add any smell to the bar?
  11. MadScientist

    The elusive perfect bar of soap

    I wasn't trying to scare you off. I was just shrugging. I might not agree with you but I don't want you to stop talking.
  12. MadScientist

    The elusive perfect bar of soap

    Different strokes for different folks I guess. :smallshrug: I do too. From what I've read, the smell of Tamanu oil has a polarizing effect.
  13. MadScientist

    The elusive perfect bar of soap

    At the nose, I barely notice it with the tea tree, lemon grass, cedar, and dragons blood. It's when I walk into the shower, when everything is dry, that I notice that odd nutty smell. After the bar lathers though, the soap goes back to the EOs. I happen to like things that mask it, but I would...
  14. MadScientist

    The elusive perfect bar of soap

    The bars are softer and don't last as long in the shower. I use them right at four weeks and a bar lasts me 1.5 week. You are right, it's probably anecdotal, but it's what works on MY skin. This is the elusive perfect bar thread and since perfection is unattainable, we have to work with what we...
  15. MadScientist

    The elusive perfect bar of soap

    My go to is Lard, Babassu, Grapeseed, Hempseed, Tamanu, and Castor. I add sodium lactate, activated charcoal, and EO infused diatomaceous earth (DE). Infusing the DE seems to protect a portion of the essential oils, enhancing scent strength. I usually pick tree sap based EOs (dragons blood, tea...
  16. MadScientist

    First go at CP soap making

    I think you have a good grasp of what you can do to improve your craft. Please don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with light trace. It gives you more "open" time to pour and style. I just wanted you to be aware of "false trace" which can happen before light trace. You are definitely...
  17. MadScientist

    First go at CP soap making

    It's always good to see other people taking on the art and science of soapmaking. :D Just taking a stab here and I will always defer to the experts but at a glance: Looks like the soap partially gelled in the center (the tale-tell center ring) which indicates that the temperature during...
  18. MadScientist

    Long time lurker stepping into the light. :D

    So many wonderful people. Hello all! :D Or perhaps a Vangelis album title also. I'm familiar with your posts and you have guided me across new ground more than once. Thank you for the warm welcome and useful info. :D I regularly bite off more than I can chew so I will make sure I share it...
  19. MadScientist

    Long time lurker stepping into the light. :D

    Thank you! Oh definitely. I made full use of everything I could find and will continue to do so. :) I will have to post some pics soon. I have a few at the moment I can share. Activated charcoal has been my go-to recipe lately.
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