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  1. Greg Hartman

    Soap is crumbly

    Gotcha, thanks. What is zap-testing?
  2. Greg Hartman

    Soap is crumbly

    That's a good question. I assumed it got all crumbly because it's too dry. I'll let them sit awhile and see.
  3. Greg Hartman

    Soap is crumbly

    I tried a hot process recipe the other day. The soap lathers up and feels wonderful on your skin, but it’s pretty soft and a little crumbly. I looked up hot process tutorials and they basically said to heat up the oils in a Crock Potr, add lye/water mix and stir until it starts to show traces...
  4. Greg Hartman

    Curing rack ideas

    Do temperature extremes make any difference? I live in northern Arizona; nowhere near as hot as Phoenix but my garage can get pretty hot in the summer.
  5. Greg Hartman

    My curing rack.

    My wife is really sensitive to fragrance and essential oils and would swell up like a balloon if I had that much soap curing all at once! I've been fiddling with ideas about a rack something like yours, but in a closed cabinet or a way to vent it outside.
  6. Greg Hartman

    Transparent soaps: Melt and pour or DIY?

    My wife is a massage therapist and wants to have some soaps to offer clients. She's interested in trying a transparent soap. Is it worth the time to do it from scratch or are the melt and pour kits a good option?
  7. Greg Hartman

    Help! Soap has a weird consistency

    I'm totally open to suggestions! Thank you all for the great feedback.
  8. Greg Hartman

    Help! Soap has a weird consistency

    Near as I can tell, the bar I was testing and the other bars are all about the same hardness.
  9. Greg Hartman

    Bentonite didn't dissolve

    Got it. Should I replace the water used? In other words, if the recipe calls for, say, 10 ounces of water and I use 2 ounces to dissolve the bentonite, do I put the 2 ounces + bentonite back with the water and then add lye? Or should I replace the 2 ounces of water and add the 2 ounces +...
  10. Greg Hartman

    Help! Soap has a weird consistency

    Okay, thank you!
  11. Greg Hartman

    Help! Soap has a weird consistency

    Almost three weeks now.
  12. Greg Hartman

    Bentonite didn't dissolve

    I made some shaving soap and the recipe includes bentonite: 2 tsp. in about 3 lbs. of soap. I was following a tutorial for the recipe and it said it doesn't matter when you add the bentonite, so I added it to the oils just before I added the lye/water mixture. I figured it would get mixed it...
  13. Greg Hartman

    Help! Soap has a weird consistency

    I made a batch of honey soap using the recipe below. The soap came out great: It lathers up really well; it’s moisturizing and it smells wonderful. The issue is that the soap isn’t very hard. If you squeeze a bar it’s the consistency of a room-temperature chunk of caramel. Is that to be...
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