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  1. GuacamoleSalad

    are fragrances just hideously expensive?

    Thank you, @Mobjack Bay - could you say a little more about resins? How would I learn about what resins are/ how to use them? Also, is there an easy way to know whether something would make a good base note vs. top/other note?
  2. GuacamoleSalad

    are fragrances just hideously expensive?

    These and the rest of your comment are wonderful details, @not_ally . I really appreciate them. What I want to end up with eventually is a list of fairly simple fragrances that stick in cold process soap-- @Mobjack Bay 's links are going to be helpful too I think. Some of the scents I know I...
  3. GuacamoleSalad

    are fragrances just hideously expensive?

    That's a fabulous list, thank you so much.
  4. GuacamoleSalad

    are fragrances just hideously expensive?

    Thanks. I'd love to hear your recommendations.
  5. GuacamoleSalad

    are fragrances just hideously expensive?

    The only places I've purchased from so far are Brambleberry (where I started) and Candle Science. Would love to hear recommendations for other sources!
  6. GuacamoleSalad

    are fragrances just hideously expensive?

    I've been doing some math about the cost of materials for each bar of soap I make. I've heard a lot about oils being expensive, and they are, but it kinda seems like fragrances are off the charts. Is this other folks' experience too or am I just too attracted to essential oils and fancy smells?
  7. GuacamoleSalad

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Update: it was not fully incorporated! The appearance is mottled and I got my first positive zap test (did not enjoy) from one of the lighter spots close to the surface. Guess now I get to learn how to rebatch!
  8. GuacamoleSalad

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Today I learned I like the smell of pine tar. I only hand mixed it, will be interested to see whether it's fully incorporated. From lye pour to mold pour in 1 min 35 sec.
  9. GuacamoleSalad

    fragrance oil calculator huh?

    Okay gotcha, thank you. Doesn't that affect IFRA numbers? And make it impossible to compare "3%" across batches that were calculated with their calculator vs. other ones?
  10. GuacamoleSalad

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Today I am learning about CHELATORS, which is so exciting. That sounds like a joke but it's pretty cool actually.
  11. GuacamoleSalad

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Today I'm washing dishes. 😄 But over the weekend, a friend and her 7-year-old daughter came over and I helped the daughter make her first soap ever. She chose the colors and the fragrance (which we forgot to put in, oops!), she did the stick blending, she did the pouring. And she learned how to...
  12. GuacamoleSalad

    Testing liquid soap?

    Thanks, @DeeAnna . This is actually the same liquid soap you saw the recipe for in another thread. You kindly explained that it could have fully been "done" in 15 minutes since there was glycerin in the recipe (which I hadn't known was an accelerant). This is the recipe: 185 g KOH 907 g olive...
  13. GuacamoleSalad

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I did that just yesterday! I posted about it here but it got moved to another forum cause there was a photo in it-- I made a very pretty white, green, and blue unscented soap. Sympathies!!
  14. GuacamoleSalad

    12th Batch

    Made my 12th batch overall today. First one with beeswax, so it was hot-- I was so pleased with myself for making a bit of a swirl happen despite the thickness and I totally forgot to add fragrance. Oh well! It's pretty.
  15. GuacamoleSalad

    batter color - less yellow?

    Thank you. Lard isn't going to work for me but I do intend to get tallow in my life at some point, and I'll put rice bran oil on the list.
  16. GuacamoleSalad

    batter color - less yellow?

    Ah, that makes sense. Thank you!
  17. GuacamoleSalad

    batter color - less yellow?

    I made what was meant to be a purple/white ombre the other day and had a difficult time getting my white batter white. Some of that was an issue with undispersed titanium dioxide but I think my soap was also just extra yellow. Too much olive oil? 35% olive oil 33% palm oil 20% coconut oil 7%...
  18. GuacamoleSalad

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    That's how I cut soap. :) I think he did great!
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