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  1. SideDoorSoaps

    Embracing the Brown

    I fragranced the whole batch, just added the clay to half of it. I didn’t get any bleed through. Although the clay half had more water in it as well from when I mixed the clay before putting in my oils. I’ve found that the clay thickens the batter too much without additional water to hydrate the...
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    Embracing the Brown

    I made my first vanilla soap with Tahitian Vanilla from NDA and was aware it was going to go brown so I worked with it by splitting my batter and whitening with white kaolin clay. It came out pretty I think. I didn’t expect it to be so white.
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    Hanger swirl hanger sizes

    I use a thick plastic hanger for my swirling and depending on the batter thickness, I usually get wispy swirls. The batter was kinda gloopy in the white and brown soap, fluid in the purple and black soap (those had circular movements around) and thick in the red and black one with just one swipe...
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    Not rendered Frozen Tallow

    Great ide! Thank you!
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    Nobody wants to try shampoo bars unless they're free...

    @KiwiMoose your bars are oh sooooo smoooothhhh.
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    Not rendered Frozen Tallow

    @AliOop, I’ve never purchased tallow (although did pay for our part of this cow) but have checked out prices at other suppliers. It’s crazy to see how pricey it is! I don’t know what to do with the cracklins. I just put them in the fridge for now. No one I know has chickens at the moment. That...
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    Not rendered Frozen Tallow

    The Rendering! I’m going to wait to do anymore because this is quite a bit of tallow and I’m going to be revisit g some recipes to use it up. Halfway after the first pour second half the end nice and creamy! I don’t know how much I started with and my scale doesn’t weigh more than 7lbs. I...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Ohhhhhh it was yesterday and I lost about a gallon of castor oil. thought I’d make soap while tallow is rendering. Still rendering btw…went to measure out castor. I have a cubit container that started with 37 lbs that I got from SC. Should last me a while! I thought. I left the spigot on. For...
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    Nobody wants to try shampoo bars unless they're free...

    What a great thread, everyone!! @KiwiMoose i saw another maker who made small travel sizes in 1” cavaities and she sold lots of them like this Wilton mold. It’s perfect for sample sizes! I have lots of hair, thick, ethnic, waist length. I wash my hair once a week. I don’t use a lot of shampoo...
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    Not rendered Frozen Tallow

    I started a batch. Hardly made a dent in the bag. I think there’s still like 30 pounds in there 😳 and I only have 4 - 8 lb buckets to store it. During my purging I didn’t think to keep all the pails I’ve been collecting the last dozen years. Oh well, I suppose there’s gonna be a ton of tallow...
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    Not rendered Frozen Tallow

    I have finally dug out my toaster pan amidst the rubble of holiday storage. I have yet to render. 🙁 things have been a bit nuts with holidaze, Covid family members, death cleaning and closing out the books for the year. I just purged my soap room and am prepared to start the new year’s work...
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    2022 (too soon?) Soap Making Goals.

    Great thread and ideas, everyone! 1 - Get a multi-bar cutter. I’ve snapped my single bar cutter several times this year. My husband made it for me when we started soaping so it’s sentimental but I need to cut 2 - Get a slab mold. I’m thinking 20 lbs sounds good. 3 - Find a couple more places...
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    Picking a Font

    What soap boxes are you using? What does the rest of the label look like in terms of elements? What's your "brand" mood board look like? If you want something cohesive, just showing a font isn't really going to resolve the whole packaging designing. Mid-century / Mid-century modern is soooo my...
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    I did not confess why our dishwasher broke

    I recently had my dishwasher serviced when my husband wasn’t sure what was wrong with it not working and leaking. The dishwasher guy took it apart and dig out all the particles of not broken down dishwasher packs. He said that is the number 1 thing he runs into with dishwashers. We did get a new...
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    Dog Soap?

    I made a dog shampoo once out of the soap berries. I boiled them in water, then strained the solution and added some neem. Our dog had sensitive skin that she had a special diet. She was an Alaskan Malamute/golden Retriever mix so she was verrryyyy furry. It worked pretty well and didn’t bother...
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    A little bath bomb help? Not fully hardening?

    I also use a modified recipe based on the Cada Molds recipe. I can’t keep bombs in stock and my kid loves them as well. I use 76 coconut oil instead of a liquid oil because i find it helps keep the bomb together when it all solidifies. I also lowered the SLSa and add just a bit of Pibk Himalayan...
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    Post your Gripe

    Ahhhhaaaaauugghhh … How do vitamins survive saponification???? Just frustrated over what constitutes claims and marketing. it’s not been my week. I feel like I had so much to do and barely anything was done. I have hundreds of things that need labels and more things that yet need to be made...
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    SMF October 2021 challenge - Entry thread (butterfly hanger swirl)

    I usually don’t attempt soap challenges more than a couple times because I’m so behind on other things but this one I realllllly wanted to get! I LOVE butterflies!! I have several tattoos and decor of butterflies that I knew I was going to have to have soap in it. I don’t think I’ve ever...