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  1. Malleebird

    Preservative for hand cream question...

    I'm about to make my first ever hand cream and the recipe calls for 6gms Optiphen Plus. I only have Germall Plus so wondering if I can substitute and if so can I use the same amount ?
  2. Malleebird

    Alkanet advice anyone?

    I was so looking forward to cutting my tube of alkanet soap this morning...you can see why... and what the result was :( Was really expecting to have all these magnificent royal blue bars ! Trying to trouble shoot myself, I decided perhaps I shouldn't have insulated ? Also I used 15% alkanet...
  3. Malleebird

    Re-batch success !!

    So excited to report that my crumbled gardener's soap successfully re-batched ! I had been looking at it everyday as it was getting drier and more crummy looking... literally, so it was dump it or try and re-batch. I found Zany's method and it seemed pretty straight forward, so I followed it...
  4. Malleebird

    Gardener's bar crumbling ?

    Can anyone suggest why my new gardener's bar might crumble when I cut it ? A bit of background - the first one I made on 29/4 with my formulation looks great...but haven't tried yet. Second one - using pumice & borax and very old and dodgy "palm"oil (Frymasta)... looked okay until I cut it when...
  5. Malleebird

    Expert advice needed on shampoo bar....

    I've been going back through old posts and read some pretty scary stuff about CP shampoo bars 😬 I haven't used a commercial shampoo or conditioner since I started on soap making about 4 years ago. In fact that was the main reason I got back into soaping... my supply had almost run out. I've...
  6. Malleebird

    Soleseif & shine ?

    After breaking the ice yesterday with my first posting, I'm probably going to bombard the forum with all the questions I can't find answers too.... First one ...made my first ever batch of Soleseif last week. 25% pink Himalayan brine ( I know....I've read not to use Himalayan, but that's what I...
  7. Malleebird

    So happy to have found this forum too....

    Just getting back into CP soap making after three and a half years off. Not that I was very experienced, but I had been addicted for 12 month...thanks to the wonderful Anne Watson ! Then circumstances changed... we sold our farm...which had the perfect soap making lab.... an old poultry...
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