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  1. maryloucb

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Ok, my ginger turmeric soap is in the mold. I was inspired by a turmeric latte mix I had, so I added 2 Tbsp of that to the essential oils. The mix has turmeric, coconut milk powder, coconut sugar, cayenne pepper and black pepper (very small amounts of these.) I used orange, litsea, lemon...
  2. maryloucb

    New little man

    OMG I love him! 😍 We had a rescue pitbull and she was the best dog ever!!! She died almost 3 years ago and I still miss her so much. And yes, she snored!
  3. maryloucb

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I have been lacking motivation to make soap lately. It's been months. But I have the house to myself this weekend and I'm working up to making a turmeric-ginger-honey soap this evening or tomorrow. I'm also going to make some sourdough bread (which I have been unmotivated to make as well!)
  4. maryloucb

    Christmas 2022

    Well, at -40, Celsius and Fahrenheit coincide. I guess we we pretty close to that this morning!
  5. maryloucb

    Christmas 2022

    -26 here this morning 🥶
  6. maryloucb

    Shea butter questions

    I use unrefined from Baraka Shea, and I think the smell is pleasant (I definitely don’t smell feet or death.) I don’t notice it coming through the finished soap.
  7. maryloucb

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Here’s the result. Colored with indigo, it’s called Wintermint
  8. maryloucb

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Attempted to make a one pot wonder today, but my batter really thickened up. I'm sure it's not what I envisioned, but hopefully it comes out with a cool design!
  9. maryloucb

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Ok, I was going to get some tins, but decided I'm going to try little kraft paper pillow boxes.
  10. maryloucb

    First attempt at a feather swirl 🪶 and an acceleration rescue! 👍

    It's lovely! I had issues with a secret feather swirl and acceleration today as well!
  11. maryloucb

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Well, I had intended to do my own "O Christmas Tree" secret feather swirl, but I had to abandon that plan mid-pour because my white layer was thickening up, while my green layers were still very fluid. I just shoved it all in there and did a hanger swirl. Not gonna lie, there was a little bit of...
  12. maryloucb

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Okay, so next question: how do you package these? I used rectangular molds (because that's all I have) and cut them in half. Maybe little tins?
  13. maryloucb

    good blend for a honey & oat CP soap?

    Hmmm, I go to spicy when I think of that combo. My oatmeal honey soap is unscented, so I'm not much help. Cinnamon? Lemon?
  14. maryloucb

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Thank you! Simple and easy are exactly what I’m after!
  15. maryloucb

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Ok, I need your recipe! I want something new to add to my repetoire!
  16. maryloucb

    Caffe Latte drop swirl

    I use cocoa powder to get a nice brown color.
  17. maryloucb

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Next up for me will be Christmas/holiday soaps. Making a fir needle scented "O Christmas Tree" with a secret feather (tree) swirl, and the other will be "Wintermint." Trying to decide between a one pot wonder or an ombre for that one. I won't actually be able to make it for a couple of weeks...
  18. maryloucb

    3 batches with stearic spots!

    I've had success in heating my shea/cocoa butter up to 170 to help eliminate stearic spots. I don't use palm, but I think it's the same concept.
  19. maryloucb

    Fall is here!

    Here is what I've been working on! Pumpkin spice (pumpkin puree, orange, clove, cardamom and cinnamon leaf EOs and a little bit of turmeric) Fall Forest (turmeric and cocoa powder for color, bergamot, cedarwood, cinnamon leaf and vetiver EOs) Spicy Chai (allspice powder, EO blend Chai Masala...
  20. maryloucb

    My coconut oil is melting in the heat!

    There are multiple threads about palm substitutes. I took this info from IrishLass: "While fiddling around on SoapCalc one day a few years ago, I was able to come up with a unique combination of specific veggie butters and oils whose combined fatty acid profile was so close to palm oil's fatty...
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