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    LS help needed

    I messed up! I was diluting my GLS tonight (I should not do this stuff at 3am!) and instead of using 3% SL, I somehow used 15%! I knew the mount looked too large, but I was using a calculator, so I thought it must be right. Arg. Has anyone used this much SL in GLS before? Any idea what it will...
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    Chemist needed!

    Completely not about soap, but I wonder if someone could tell me the result of a particular chemical reaction? It would be ascorbic acid with chloramine. I'll find the chemical names for them. BRB. It would be C6H8O6 + NH2Cl in water. It's my understanding that the ascorbic breaks down the...
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    Citric acid as a chelator

    I live in an area with very hard water, and I wondered if it is advisable to use a little citric acid in with the KOH? Would that act as a chelator for hard water? I searched the liquid soap board but the only references I found were for using CA to neutralize. I did look up potassium citrate...
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    Dilution issue

    I went to dilute my first batch of LS, as mentioned in a recent thread, and have run into an issue. I used 100g paste and 75g water (way to small an amount, I know now), and used Irishlass' tip about adding sodium lactate. It took awhile to soften the paste but I was eventually able to stick...
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    I did it! Thank you, Irishlass et al!

    I finally made liquid soap tonight using IL's CP method and it seems to have worked. I was absolutely gob-smacked when the bubbles started to fly. (Nope, not English, but I love the phrase.) It went through all the stages just as described. So thank you, it was so much simpler than I had...
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    d-limonene usage

    I make a laundry stain bar that is 100% coconut oil soap and was thinking of adding d-limonene for extra power. Has anyone done this? What were your results?
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    Hemp oil

    I have been given some hemp oil to play with, and I have not used it before, although I've been wanting to. The search function has failed me- I was thinking of trying 10% and subbing it in for apricot kernel in a recipe I like. Has anyone worked with hemp oil? Is 10% a good starting point?
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    Painted on pencil line?

    I was brainstorming for a new look for a new scent of my soap, and thought of mixing cocoa powder in a bit of oil to make 'paint' and then brushing or smoothing it on to make a pencil line, instead of using a dry powder. Has anyone done this? Does it help to avoid the perils of separation at the...
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    pH challenge by Dr. Kevin Dunn

    This was posted on Facebook this morning. It applies to both bar soap and liquid. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1080560095293056&id=123574497658292 Hopefully that link works. You might need to be on Facebook to see it.
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    Felted castile soap

    Hi all, I looked through the old threads on felted soap but didn't find an answer. Has anyone felted 1-year old Castile bars? A friend wants to try it and I didn't know if it would make the lather better or worse?? Has anyone tried it?
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    Neem Oil in Canada

    I've searched the threads but can't find this mentioned. I have some neem oil and I would like to make soap to sell but I'm wondering if this is a good idea. Why? Because we aren't allowed to make any therapeutic claims on the labels and I don't know if the average Canadian will even know what...
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    On the soap 2go topic...

    Look what I found in a gift shop in Calgary, Alberta, Canada!
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    Carrot leaf in CP

    I made a test batch last night with dehydrated powdered carrot leaf. It made a pretty green speckle. It held its colour through the process. Not sure yet if it will stay green or be scratchy. Next time I have carrot greens I will dehydrate and make an oil infusion to see how that works.
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    Avocado Coffee Soap

    Just sliced it, not cleaned up yet. Scented with cocoa absolute and peppermint. Coloured with green clay. Smells divine! the colour is a little more green than the photo shows.
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    A cool article on how water-discounting effects cp

    http://auntieclaras.com/2014/08/intentional-crop-circles-water-discount-as-a-design-tool/ I thought the ash observations were really neat. But, I have not had coffee yet this morning so I will have to re-read it in a bit to really absorb the data. Enjoy! And I look forward to hearing what...
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    My first lye volcano!

    I decided to shortcut the process because I was in a hurry and added my honey to the cold water, then stirred in the lye rather quickly and blammo! Luckily I had my lye/water container inside a stainless steel pot full of cold water. Only a little bit got on the stove and none on me. Cleaned up...
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    Queen Elizabeth's Hats-not spam!

    I thought the titile looked a little spammy. :mrgreen: I saw this article on canoe.ca and all I could think of was soap! Wouldn't soap based on QEII's hats be gorgeous? I'm obviously completely mad....:crazy: http://lifewise.canoe.ca/Microgalleries/Royals/2014/04/21/21617011.html#1
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    Carrot tops

    Has anyone tried using the green leafy tops of carrots as a colourant in CP? I have two bunches and wondered if I could use it like spinach powder.
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    CP soap as shampoo

    I have tried now for weeks at a time on three different occasions to wash my hair with CP soap. I tried Gennys recipe, I've tried various of my own recipes, but I can't do it. Not because of poor results, it makes my hair clean and lovely- it makes my hair fall out!! Has anyone else had this...
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    Ash on Castile

    I've noticed something and just wondered if anyone else had. I accidentally bought non-organic EVOO and made a batch of Castile. Didn't realize until I made a subsequent batch, but switched that one out before it was too late. What I noticed is that the one batch with regular EVOO went very...