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  1. David Gregory

    My Attempt At Pears Soap

    It was pricey but I learned so much, DeeAnna. I still have glycerine left and may do a clear glycerine soap in the future, so each attempt seems to feed the next.
  2. David Gregory

    My Attempt At Pears Soap

    Thanks. My oversight. I did include it in the video description but not here. D'oh! Thanks, Dawni. Not so sure about it but it seems to be turning into a very hard bar. It's messy [well for me, it is] and proved pretty pricey once all the parts are gathered. It made about 10-11 4 [4.5?] oz bars...
  3. David Gregory

    My Attempt At Pears Soap

    Using ISG's recipe here on Soap Forums I made the attempt. More complicated than any other recipe I have tried. It's not pretty, not translucent. My fragrance died [2 oz] within one day even though I let the slurry cool to 128 degrees and when I took the bars out of the mold they were sticky...
  4. David Gregory

    My Version of Pear's Soap

    Well, it's on. Gathered all the ingredients but need a few more ounces of castor oil. Have to pick that up and everything will be set. I measured everything out last night. I am not happy with my EOs [not very potent] or the fragrance profile I adapted from your adaptation ISG. I may just use...
  5. David Gregory

    My Version of Pear's Soap

    What size are the bars this recipe makes ? My molds are approx 4 oz. I guess it won't matter. Just ordered powdered pine rosin. Gathering the rest of the ingredients and have been obsessing today. I have used Pears for years and I may take a stab at pine tar soap as well. Nose bleeding.... way...
  6. David Gregory

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Thanks. I saw that on the computer while I was on my Air Climber [As Seen On TV...I've worn one out already] and nearly fell off laughing. It still slays me. It's just so.... demented. There are others with Mr Bean as Mona Lisa that cracked me up too.
  7. David Gregory

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Made a 2 lb HP batch to use my new loaf mold. Filled that and two cavities in a bar soap silicone mold. Vegetable shortening, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil. Aloe vera juice and some distilled water to top off. Went to trace very quickly, made a creamy light color. Kicking myself for...
  8. David Gregory

    Latest soaps and HP fluidity lessons

    Book marked and will study up tomorrow a.m. Thank you for the link from the other thread !!!
  9. David Gregory

    Third Batch HP

    I'll try that and stick to just doing aloe vera for the liquid before trying to get cute with the recipes.
  10. David Gregory

    Third Batch HP

    Another valuable tip. Perhaps just covering then turning the slow cooker off. It was on low but I had melted the lard first on the stove and added the other oils in the warming crock pot.
  11. David Gregory

    Third Batch HP

    Well, I can't thank you enough for that. I keep waiting for it to fold in on itself like the pictures, but it's just the edges. Yes, it sets fast on the edges of the mold, even while I'm filling it. Tsp it is from now on. Half hour. I'm on it now. Checking your tip link as well.
  12. David Gregory

    Third Batch HP

    Many thanks to you all. The soap came out fine, but soft. It's been in front of a fan all night and seems to be quite firm as of now. I will try to get pictures with my phone [not used to using it for that purpose] as my camera has died [six pixel.... how old could THAT be ?]. Do y'all think...
  13. David Gregory

    Third Batch HP

    Thank you. Yes, I set the timer for on 10 minute intervals to check for volcano action and 45 min on the oven timer. Then add another five after stirring. Too much time ? I also overcook meat, so there may be a long embedded habit here !
  14. David Gregory

    Third Batch HP

    I wondered if that was the hemp and castor oils separating and stirring it made it go away thankfully. Will use the plastic wrap. Thank you
  15. David Gregory

    Third Batch HP

    Excellent suggestions. Thank you. I will take some pictures. Only doing 2 lb batches at the moment. I've been wondering if I have been cooking too long. The "batter" seems sort of "dry" when I glop it in to the mold
  16. David Gregory

    Third Batch HP

    Tried to get fancy and use aloe vera liquid [drinkable] as the water substitute plus small amounts of hemp oil and castor oil with the majority ingredients lard and coconut oil . Freaked me out when after cooking for 45 minutes there was oil on the top. Mulched it all back together with the...
  17. David Gregory

    Looking for a Class ...

    What they all said. I just made my second HP batch. Used just the recipe I had and knowledge gained from SMF and the internet and watching You Tube videos [some better than others]. Failed several times when I tried to make soap a few years ago, but came back to it. Many more resources out...
  18. David Gregory

    Stealing someone’s recipes

    I've probably spent hours on a lye calculator [Thanks Wholesale Supplies Plus: The only one I found immediately easy to use] plugging in various oils in different combinations to discover aspects which gave: hardness, cleansing ability, bubbles, conditioning, low linoleic and linolenic [to avoid...
  19. David Gregory

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Just started the cook on my second batch of HP. Timer set for every 10 minutes to check the stew pot, [Crock] but I keep hovering over it anyway. Possibly no colorant and carnation scent. It looks like a pretty beige color anyway. Get to use my new silicone/wood loaf mold for the first time...
  20. David Gregory

    Alternative sweeteners for bubbles?

    Is saccharine a viable bubble enhancer ?
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