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  1. Carolyne Thrasher

    Made my first soap

    That is a great first soap!
  2. Carolyne Thrasher

    Um? My apple soap is naughty.

    When I cut this I wasn’t too happy about the general shape but I was amazed at how well I place the seeds. Until my husband saw it… Should I call it Forbidden Fruit?
  3. Carolyne Thrasher

    What Bath & Body Thing Have You Done Today?

    I made a restock of syndet bars scented In Brambleberry’s Emerald Agave. I am trying to see if I can ever get to the point where I have reached a limit in sales on these. Right now they are my most popular item and I have a solid repeat customer base.
  4. Carolyne Thrasher

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    My husband is down to a smidge of his dual lye shave soap so today I mixed up a new batch. I don't know why I wait so long to make this stuff. I put some in some stainless steel cups and then molded a few pucks so I can sell them at the consignment story and market. The problem with shave soap...
  5. Carolyne Thrasher

    Melting SCI temp?

    @MelissaG try the SCI powder from Natures Garden when you run out of noodles. Grinding is a PIA. The time you same definitely pays for itself.
  6. Carolyne Thrasher

    Nobody wants to try shampoo bars unless they're free...

    I know you posted awhile ago @KiwiMoose but I can’t keep up with the demand for my shampoo bars. I drag my feet on making them because soap is so much more fun. But to your question-I would say all the people who buy my shampoo bars buy them to avoid plastic. I have a very loyal following who...
  7. Carolyne Thrasher

    Is it impolite to apply to a farmer's market that already has a soap seller?

    It's up to the market. If they have more than one spot for soap sellers, I would apply. If you don't someone else will fill that spot. Also do you sell something other than soap that the other vendor does not? We sell body butter and syndet shampoo bars. My soap style is pretty distinct from...
  8. Carolyne Thrasher

    Researching ingredients and a green tea cleansing oil recipe

    Update: Here is what Lotioncrafter sent back to my email inquiry. I have to give them 5 stars once again on customer service. Hi Carolyne, Cromollient SCE by Croda is manufactured from raw material feed stocks of vegetable (coconut, palm) and petrochemical origin. There are no animal derived...
  9. Carolyne Thrasher

    Researching ingredients and a green tea cleansing oil recipe

    Wow! Thank you so much for this information! Next time I will know how to break down the parts of the inci and get a deeper look. \Wish I had paid more attention in chemistry. I'm kinda disappointed from a personal point of view. It's a lovely ingredient.
  10. Carolyne Thrasher

    Researching ingredients and a green tea cleansing oil recipe

    Apologies in advance, this is a long post. Normally there is more info on the web than I want or need about ingredients. I like to do research before I add an ingredient to a product I plan to sell because I want to make sure it is in line with my personal values. I am not a "natural" maker and...
  11. Carolyne Thrasher

    Syndet shampoo bar recipe help needed

    I use Bespoke Formula's book for my syndet bars. I purchased both hers and Swiftcraft Monkey. I do not have dry curly hair but I would back the slsa down and increase the sci. SLSA can be irritating at too high a percentage. 10% kokum would definitely be moisturizing. You might consider adding...
  12. Carolyne Thrasher

    Oregon Groves LLC saying hello

    Hi Oregon Groves! I'm in Salem. And I also recommend Shay & Co if you have to come up to PDX for anything. Ikea ;) maybe.
  13. Carolyne Thrasher

    Happy SoapDay To Me 🧼🍰

    Hey Peachy Clean! Happy Soap Day! My husband talked me into making soap 3.5 years ago. He wanted us to start a small home based biz together. He works full time outside the home but is always needing to be doing something and we used to work together and he missed doing that. Ha ha. I'm a full...
  14. Carolyne Thrasher

    How popular are your salt soaps?

    They sell well for me but I pour them into flower or snowflake molds not loaves. I also market them as Sea Salt Spa Bars. I think the men’s soap idea is a good one.
  15. Carolyne Thrasher

    Naming your soaps

    I like to get creative in naming soaps. Sometimes I will use local place names or something that is associated with where I live to connect to the shop local crowd and because I feel really connected to places. Other times it might be a literary reference. I like to lean into my cultural...
  16. Carolyne Thrasher

    Bramble Berry Cranberry Cocktail Fragrance

    I have tried it and I like it. To me is smells just like Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail. I gave out some samples at my last market and everyone that smelled it thought it was great. It is sticking great. It was easy to work with and no discoloration. I never used the other fragrances so I can't...
  17. Carolyne Thrasher

    My Christmas Soaps

    Well this is my 3rd year making and selling soaps. Here’s my Christmas/Winter line. Autumn Fig (BB) is a really good seller again, that’s in the one with purple, teal drop swirl. I added cranberry fig (BB) and it’s been popular too. It’s the first one, layers of “hills.”
  18. Carolyne Thrasher

    Trial by fire: I can't make it work!

    Did you add td to your base or lye water? I use coconut milk and a fairly light colored base recipe and get a good red from Trial by fire. But I’ve seen other people on Facebook mention having problems with it.
  19. Carolyne Thrasher

    Any coconut milk tips?

    I use Thai kitchen brand (comes in cans) from Costco. The additives are not an issue. I rarely overheat soaping at 80-90 F. If it’s a bakery fragrance then overheating is a possibility. I don’t use powdered because it often had dairy milk products in it. You can get powdered coconut milk that...