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    Low pH ingredients in soap.

    Thanks everyone! I tried adding about 10% Camu Camu powder and let's see what happens. I ordered a pH meter online that should be coming soon, and I'll let you guys know at what pH the soap is currently at. Does anyone know the lowest pH a soap could have by adding acids without being destroyed...
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    Low pH ingredients in soap.

    Hi! I recently purchased some liquid african black soap (pH around 10-11) which I use as a facial wash. I would love to incorporate some camu camu powder into this soap for a c-vitamin boost and scrubby effect, but this powder has a pH of 2,5. I've heard that you can't mix citric acid with...
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    Shampoo epic fail..

    Thanks for the advice, I invested in some Cocamidopropyl betaine, I was thinking of using it as a primary surfactant with lower doses of the glucosides, since glucosides tend to have a very high pH (this might be the reason to why my hair feels so dry when using this shampoo). I also purchased...
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    Shampoo epic fail..

    Thanks! I've been looking at chrotix before but it contains both PEG 150 and PEG-6 which I'm not too keen on using in my products. I've seen that Lush apparently only thicken their shampoos with salt so maybe I should just add more (which is strange because I've already added so much salt). Do...
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    Shampoo epic fail..

    Hi everyone! I made my first shampoo recently that became a complete fail. It is extremely thin and runny in consistency, makes my hair feel like straw when I wash it (it's really nice afterwards when it dries but I need loads of conditioner to get the straw feeling away) and it has separated...
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    My cream is separating :(

    I couldn't wait so I did it now! :D The blender trick apparently worked, I mixed it for a long while but it was still very liquidy, so I transfered the mix into a bowl and whipped it by hand until achieving a thicker consistency. I only made one small jar since I didn't want to risk making a bad...
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    My cream is separating :(

    Thanks for the tip! I will try this out tomorrow and let you guys know how the cream turned out. :) And I'm really super grateful for any more info, tips and tricks about e-wax, emulsifications and using Optiphen correctly.
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    My cream is separating :(

    Hmm, do you think I can take my grainy failed cream and mix it with new water in a jar blender, even though it's cold or would that destroy the preservative? I'm getting kind of scared of Optiphen now, I think I really need to invest in Germall plus :-P I have an old blender, it's a plastic...
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    My cream is separating :(

    Do you mean the whisk blender? I tried it actually, and I even tried adding more water to thin the cream out, and whisked it vigorously. It helped for a while and the consistency looked smooth, but the result 5 hours later was something really grainy, it looked as if I had poured sand inside the...
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    My cream is separating :(

    It happened again! This is so frustrating! I just spent the morning _very_ carefully mixing a new cream up, this time I used one of Swift's recipes for lotion, and I was super careful with the measurements and exact step by step. I added the Optiphen at 120F this time and started mixing it...
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    My cream is separating :(

    Thank you! I suspected that it had something to do with my preservative. I normally add Optiphen at around 120F, but this time I accidently waited too long, and I guess this is what happened. :( I still have a large bottle of Optiphen though, so it feels bad throwing it all away. Does anyone...
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    Lots of newbie questions!

    Really great advice, thank you for all the answers! I think I feel ready to start melting soap :D I think the best first step would probably be to do a fragrance oil test, right? I couldn't resist ordering a bunch of them from NG so it would be nice to see how they behave inside the soap. I...
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    My cream is separating :(

    Hi everyone! I made this recipe here a while ago: http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/item/00nafani/-Natural-Facial-Night-Cream-Recipe.html and I realized quickly that it was way too moisturizing for my skin, and I wanted to make a facial cream that was more...
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    Lots of newbie questions!

    Thank you both so much for the answers, that was very helpful! I was concerned about mixing mica powders into the base and getting clumps, but I will try the glycerin tip! :) Also I remembered one more question I have but maybe this only applies for CP soaps, in all the recipes and video...
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    Lots of newbie questions!

    Hi everyone! I'm very new to this forum, and quite new in the soap making business. Actually, I have never made soap before and I should be getting my first pounds of MP soap in the mail soon, and I'm quite nervous (still very excited though!) I ordered the mango butter melt and pour base...
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    Body wash & Shampoo help

    Thank you both for the tips, I loved that makingcosmetics site by the way, so inspiring! I think I will wait a bit more with cold process soaping, right now I'm more into lotions, body butters, scrubs and products that easily can be custom scented. But I'll make sure to try that shampoo bar...
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    Body wash & Shampoo help

    Thank you so much for your quick reply! I'll make sure to check out her site. I have the impression that shampoos are the most difficult thing to make, I've been successful with body butters and solid lotion bars so far, but doing liquid shampoos and soaps without chemical surfactants appears to...
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    Body wash & Shampoo help

    Hi! I just found this interesting forum and since I'm very new in the cosmetics making industry I would like to please see if anyone can help me? I'm very interested in creating both a liquid soap that isn't runny or watery, as well as a shampoo that works well for most hairtypes. I just have...
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