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  1. Primrose

    Not soap

    Hello all, just thought I'd check in. Life has been, well life. Getting in the way of soaping and all things soap related sadly. Hope to get back to it soon. I had so many ideas for the welded challenge and didn't get to make any, but the entries were awesome! Well done to everyone Here are...
  2. Primrose

    Is lye soap a synthetic detergent?

    I'm curious to hear thought on this statement. The poster appears to suggest that because we use lab made sodium hydroxide, which is synthetic, we are not making soap, we are making synthetic detergents. I think a syndet is a different thing to a soap bar and I don't follow the logic here ...
  3. Primrose

    Emu oil soap

    Last September at an event I did there was a stall selling camel milk soap and a stall selling emu oil soap, so I swapped a bar of my goat milk soap with each of them. I actually then misplaced the emu oil soap and forgot all about it until earlier in the week when I stumbled upon it Oh my...
  4. Primrose

    SMF February 2020 Challenge (Ione Swirl) - entry thread

    This is the Entry Thread for the February 2020 SMF Challenge - Ione Swirl This thread is limited to challenge entries only. Please post all comments in the original challenge thread ( Thank you. Please post...
  5. Primrose

    SMF February 2020 challenge - Ione swirl

    Welcome to the February 2020 Soap Making Forum’s challenge. This month’s challenge topic is technique based – the “Ione Swirl”. This is a swirl created by Ione from Eve’s Garden Soaps; it has been discussed here on the forum a few times with IrishLass giving it the name “Ione Swirl”. Both Ione...
  6. Primrose

    Is a failed clarity test actually a problem?

    This is only my second attempt at LS. The first I did a CP method. It acts like soap but is dark, with a white milky layer on top, and thinner than I prefer I attempted a HP method today using a dual lye recipe. The paste doesn't zap, but dilutes milky. Is it actually a functional problem...
  7. Primrose

    Exotic fats that don't have SAP value

    What do you do when you want to play around with a bizarre fat but you can't find a SAP value? I'm getting some kangaroo tallow ...
  8. Primrose

    Might have to rethink my opinion on salt bars

    So I've made several variants of salt bars using the advice given on this forum ... and hated them all. Gave it a long (1 year) cure and still hated it. Wasnt sure whether I just didnt like salt bars, or if I'd made some bad salt bars. So I got some from a lady who makes and sells very popular...
  9. Primrose

    New baby

    Since my ex husband took custody of our dog when he left me, the house has been noticeably empty of canine companionship. Never mind the fact I have 3 cats a horse and about 20 goats hahahahaha Here's my new baby who will be coming home end of November. Tentatively named Lola for now
  10. Primrose

    8 day show debrief

    I am back from an 8 day show and my goodness I am a wreck. It was our state's Royal Agricultural Show and not only did I exhibit my dairy goats and coordinate the goat section as I have been doing for the past 6 years, this year I also came on as a 'commercial exhibit' with a stall for selling...
  11. Primrose

    Another reborn rim

    Similar to Kiwimoose, I threw my failed rim from the last challenge into a batch a few days ago. The FO has high vanillin so it will be fun to see this change colour
  12. Primrose

    Textured tops

    Is it weird that when I'm waiting for my soap to thicken in the mould to texture the top, that one end of the mould firms up quicker than the other? lol
  13. Primrose

    Lightning fast soap :O

    I just tried a new recipe, went from emulsion to medium trace in about 20 seconds, poured into individual moulds which actually partially gelled and were rock hard and unmoulded in a couple hours :O I Made it with goat milk ... and a FO that is apparently well behaved though I've not actually...
  14. Primrose

    Something odd happened to my comment

    Heya, just wondering if I could please ask a question about what happened to one of my replies from today. If this is more appropriate via pm I am happy to discuss it there instead. This morning I commented on a thread in which someone was asking to buy Avengers and Game of thrones soaps...
  15. Primrose

    Show opportunity - would you do it

    I have an opportunity to attend a 7 day show, approx 350,000-400,000 attendance. The slot would cost me $600-700 likely. The fee doesn't worry me; I know the foot traffic and the customers and it should be well worth it on a historical basis. However - I may be situated pretty much next to a...
  16. Primrose

    My tardy January soap

    I missed the challenge deadline for January but wanted to participate as I'd had a spotty soap in mind to make for ages. Finally had time a few weeks ago ... and it's been sitting ever since as I didn't have time to take a photo. Scented with monkey farts, goat milk soap as usual for me. Not...
  17. Primrose

    We have found a house!

    Oh I am so so so so so so so so so so so so (can I add more so's?) relieved I have just got off the phone from the real estate agent that we have been accepted for a new rental property. Its very old and run down and will need a lot of work from us to get it back up to scratch but it has...
  18. Primrose

    Product photography will be the death of me

    I am about this close to paying a professional because I just cant seem to get decent shots of my soaps :( I have tried the proper DSLR camera. I've tried my smartphone. I've made a DIY home light box. I've tried props and without. I've read hundreds of blogs, tips and tricks, watched you tube...
  19. Primrose

    Challenge threads

    Heya, Is it at all possible to have the challenge threads (sign up and entry) put back up at the top of the forum as the little banner thing? Or - if you cant have two and want the soapmaking friend one to stay - could challenges maybe have their own sub-forum (ie. Soap Challenges instead of...
  20. Primrose

    Essential soaps

    First soaps in … I think three months :( Pretty sure the last soap I made was the dancing funnel challenge. How sad! Goat milk soap with essential oils and natural colourants. The first attempt at soaps for my "natural" vs "artisan" line. Lemongrass with lemon myrtle and yellow clay. Lavender...