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  1. Cal43

    Lotion , body butter’s & bacteria

    I’m new at making lotion, still in the research stage. I’ve read that lotions must have preservatives in order to avoid bacteria growth. 1. Is there a natural preservative that I’m not seeing? 2. Would body butter grow bacteria seeing that it has no water? What type of body lotion can be made...
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    Safe soap cutting tool

    A friend of mine will be assisting her 13 year old to learn the art of soap making. I want to get her the cutting tool. My options are a knife or a wavy /straight cutter. The knife is scary for me and I’m not sure if the wavy/ straight cutter is a good uption.
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    100% coconut oil soap/100 coconut milk

    Can you share your tips and tricks for 100% coconut oil and milk cup soap. I’ve done it 100% coconut oil and water but I’ve read it tends to over heat because of the sugar content. Any other suggestions would be great. Obsidian gave me her tips in on this topic. So I just wanted to include...
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    Guar gum

    I’m look for coconut milk to make soap. However all the coconut milk I find have guar gum. Can the milk still be used?
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    Smooth and Silky looking 🧼

    What gives CP bars that smooth and silky look? I’ve seen some bars that looks soo smooth. They also have the look of a chocolate bar. I’ve tried a few recipes but that “look” not happening for me yet. Is it the higher amount of of liquid oil? Tell me your experiences and tips please.
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    My weight ultra vs kd 8000

    I’m trying to decide between these scales. I want to up grade from the one I have. The lye melted the plastic. I see that the My weight is plastic also. Can any give me some advise?
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    Master batch oils

    Is there a length of time master batched oils can sit? Should it be used within a certain time frame? TIA, Cal
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    What a scare!!

    Found this bad boy in my barn house storage area on Friday. I glad I didn’t need to pee at the moment. This big boy sure scared me to peices.
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    Well water

    What has been you experience with using well water for making soap? I’ve read that’s it’s not good to use. I’ve never used it but I often wonder what reactions are caused by using well water.
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    Creative soap lining

    What are some ways you lined your wooden soap mold that worked?
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    Soap supplies in Missouri/Arkansas

    Good afternoon, For those who live in Missouri or Arkansas , is there any place you can suggest for soaping oils, etc. locally? Im close to WestPlains, Spring Field , Popular Bluff Missouri or Pocahontas, zMountsin View, Arkansas .
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    Dandelion soap

    In what ways can I use dandelion leaves and flowers to make soap?
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    Honey oat soap recipe

    Hello all, I’m looking for a recipe that was posted a while back. I was a honey oat recipe that used oats that babies would eat. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Cal
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    Rosewater soap

    Has anyone ever used Rosewater in soap? What was the outcome? Did the color survive?
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    What to do???? What to do...

    Someone asked me if I can join them to sell soap in October. This gives me lots of time to perfect a recipe. But the option are ...1. Come sell my own soap 2. Sell her some of my soap 3. Let her sell my soap and she gets a commission. She is saying about 300 or so soaps. I would love to go and...
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    Palm kernel vs palm oil

    Does palm kernel gives a different hardness to soap than palm oil? Can both be used interchangeably?
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    Warm weather... softer soap

    Does the warm weather contribute to soaps firming up long. I seems tome that during the winter time, Ieas able to unmold sooner? Any help or suggestions welcomed.
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    What can I do to prevent stickiness in my soap?
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    New soaps

    These are a few soaps I did. The honey oats smells delicious naturally. The other is coconut charcoal swirl.
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    Lemongrass soap suggestions please

    I want to make CP soap with Lemongrass EO, but I want to use a natural light green colorant. What can you suggest? I also read the Litea EO will anchor the lemongrass scent. If so, what’s the ratio? TIA