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  1. Anstarx

    Infusing orange peels?

    I was given a bunch of very nice oranges by family and got the idea of infusing oils with orange peels. I know the scent won't last in soap so I plan to make lip balm, hand lotion, or maybe shampoo bars with it just to see how it works. I figured infusing fresh orange peels directly with oil...
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    January 2023 SMF Challenge – Pick a Color, Any Color

    Sign up list: 1. dmcgee5034 - I am HUE-gly excited to try this challenge 🌸 2. McKherring Farm - sounds fun! 3. CreativeWeirdo - So many choices! Don't know how I'm going to decide. 4. Phoenix - Sounds simple enough 😜 5. basti - time to stare at my mica collection until I get dizzy 6. dibbles - I...
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    Burned soap paste - what did I do wrong?

    Thanks, I think me keep heating the pot while blending lye and oil made the temperature too high is the problem. I will try your method and add glycerin to the oil first, and reduce the use of heat.
  4. Anstarx

    Can menthol crystal be dissolved by EOs?

    Noted, thanks for the confirmation
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    Can menthol crystal be dissolved by EOs?

    Been wanting to make a batch of a shower steamer with menthol. I only have access to 75% alcohol at the moment which will make my bath bombs/shower steamers expand. I read somwhere you can dissolve menthol in essential oil, which made me think maybe I can just dissolve it with some mint EO?
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    Ginger Lemon Beer Soap

    Hahaha thanks;) Pour at emulsion and a mint tin under the mold should do the trick!
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    End of year wrap-up

    Beautiful soaps and stunning photos!
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    Ginger Lemon Beer Soap

    It was supposed to be alternating layer of yellow and white. Oh well at least you can still see the layer. Absolutely love the EO and FO combo! Ginger is a good addition to citrus. Youtube
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    I will NOT buy any new fragrance oils!

    Are those from Natures Garden?
  10. Anstarx

    Burned soap paste - what did I do wrong?

    I wanted to make a batch of liquid soap to use as hand soap. I used to make liquid soap paste in crock pots but I no longer have one, sp I want to make it in a stainless steel pot on an electric stove. I also want to add glycerin thinking it will make the soap milder. First of all, here are the...
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    Water solubles in SOLID anhydrous lotion bars?

    Emulsifing waxes such pola wax? I used it for my shampoo bars and lotions but haven't try them in body butter bars yet. They came in pellets form and need to be heated to melt and mix with other ingredients. After cooling down they will be solid again.
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    Recipe critique - high palm soap

    I have tried an end piece at the 2 months mark. Not a whole lot of bubbles but it does lather if a little slow. It is mild tho. I would consider using it as a facial soap for summer. Overall a decent soap.
  13. Anstarx

    Stevia as sub for sugar in soap?

    If no one had I think I will! Could be just a video of me testing different sweetners (cane sugar, stevia, honey, syrup/dissolve in lye, etc.)
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    Stevia as sub for sugar in soap?

    I used to use cane syrup both for my soap (to boost lather) and in kitchen. Recently I've been using stevia and other sugar substitute (such as erythritol) in cooking and enjoyed them, so I wonder if these sugar substitutes can also boost lather in soap?. I recally seeing people using sorbital...
  15. Anstarx

    Peach Perfection

    I want to try more soap dough technique and I have the peach perfection FO from NG so here we go! I could use some better placement tips but overall I'm pretty happy with this batch. Youtube
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    Oils for Unscented or Lightly Scented CP Soap

    100% Coconut soap. I made one test batch of it for dish soap, and it smells just like that, clean and fresh detergent smell. Somebody may not like the smell but I was amazed. I usually throw in some light herbal or citrus scent and they mix well. Also I found different olive oil smells...
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    Whats the best way to store soaps for drying??

    It's not exact science worked well so far in my scenario. Sure i got some DOS occasionally but that's usually from botched batches instead of environment reasons. I'm no soap scientists, but I think the humidity get to the soap more than the heat. If you don't have/want a dehumidifier, a fan...
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    Whats the best way to store soaps for drying??

    My place got hot and humid in summer but not as hot as yous (goes as high as 38C ish). I used to keep them in a room that has AC but since my collection grew larger I had to move them into the living room with no AC. I set up a small fan that points at the soap shelf and is on pretty much 24/7...
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    Whats a good way to add hardness without changing your oils/butters?

    Do you want the soap to be harder and last longer in the long term or just harden faster so you can cut faster? I've used sodium lactate and salt, which does the latter and doesn't change the long term hardness IMO.
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    Recipe critique - high palm soap

    Hi yall I just had the time to make the soap and write down notes. I made a 600g batch and the final recipe is: Palm oil - 60% Coconut oil - 15% Castor oil - 5% Rice Bran oil - 20% SF at 5%, 1:2 lye water ratio, added sodium lactate, cane syrup as usual. Added 2% to oil weight sweet rice flour...