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  1. EllieMae

    Vanilla Stabilizer Affecting Unmolding Time?

    I tried searching for this on the forum but came up short. Does anyone else find that vanilla stabilizer affects their unmolding time? This is my first time doing a lot of "Christmas" scents so this is the most I've used stabilizer at one given time. I'm noticing all my batches with the VS (in...
  2. EllieMae

    Master Batch Lye - Quantities Help

    I'd like to start master batching my lye to save time for each batch. I understand most but I can't seem to figure out how you determine the quantity per batch when everything is already pre-mixed at my desired rate (33% in my case). I've noticed that my water weight plus lye weight does not...
  3. EllieMae

    Ugh! Is this DOS?

    I’m wondering if I have DOS on some areas of two batches of soap that I unmolded and cut on June 4. On the red/pink/yellow swirl soap I’m seeing some discolouration on the tops that almost look like rust puddles. But I’m wondering if this could be due to a weird mixing of the red and yellow...
  4. EllieMae

    Discolouration due to vanilla content in FO

    Does anyone know of a good "rule of thumb" for discolouration due to vanilla content? For example, if the FO has less than 1% vanilla content will it typically discolour to a light tan, whereas up to 3% goes medium brown, etc. I'm trying to determine in which instances I can skip the...
  5. EllieMae

    What’s this discolouration?

    Just cut this loaf. The recipe is the same I always use with familiar EOs, but there’s some odd discolouration (the lighter areas) on some bars, and only in the yellow (which was the top in the mold) later. Any ideas at what causes this? Hopefully it’s just appearance and doesn’t mean the lye...
  6. EllieMae

    Titanium Dioxide - water or oil dispersible?

    I've only ever used oil dispersible TD and micas to colour my CP soap. But it's time for some new purchases and I'm wondering what are all of your preferred products for colouring - oil dispersible TD and micas, or water dispersible TD and oxides? Are some easier to use than others? Does one...
  7. EllieMae

    Palm Oil vs Red Palm Oil vs PKO

    I have never used palm oil for soaping before - I love the way lard makes my bars feel and function and my base recipe is quite high in lard. However, I have some vegan friends who have asked me if I could make some vegan bars for them. I haven't committed but said I would look into it. By...
  8. EllieMae

    Fragrance Oils in Canada

    I hope this is the right section to post this - it's been a while since I've been around! Does anyone know which companies selling/shipping FO to/within Canada are "up to date" or not SUPER backlogged right now? Or perhaps there are Canadian sites (or US sites that ship with reasonable costs to...
  9. EllieMae

    Homemade Multi-bar Soap Cutter

    Has anyone been bold enough to make their own multi-bar soap cutter? I've been eyeing them (on Etsy and sites such as BB) but I just cannot bring myself to spend $170-300 on a cutter since I'm only doing this as a fun hobby. But, on the flip side, I'm lazy as heck and my bars are always cut...
  10. EllieMae

    Citrus Scents in CP

    This may be a silly, basic question but...I know citrus EOs do not fare well in CP because the scent tends to fade/not make it through the saponification process. Would using an FO take care of that problem? If citrus FOs do well in CP - what are some of your faves/go-tos? I currently use...
  11. EllieMae

    Secret Feather Swirl Technique

    I attempted my first secret feather swirl last night. I watched every YouTube video I could on the subject and eventually attempted the thin layer, multi colour, hard as heck version that Handmade in Florida makes look SO EASY! I haven't done the cut yet but I know already it was a big ole...
  12. EllieMae

    First Goat Milk Soaps!

    I finally got around to trying goat milk soaps and they actually turned out successful!!! I was so nervous about scorching the milk, or getting too hot by using honey for the first time. But it all worked out and I’m so relieved. thank you to everyone on this forum for all the advice!!! You’re...
  13. EllieMae

    Safe FO Use Percentages...

    I will preface this by saying that I know I should follow the supplier details to determine safe percentages for all FO's...problem is, the ones I just bought do not list this. Anywhere. So I'm wondering if there is a "general" rule of thumb I can follow for these specific FO's. I recently...
  14. EllieMae

    How to use Goat Milk in CP recipe

    I *think* I now have a favourite CP recipe after about 10 batches that I would like to now try making with goat milk for the first time. I have some questions that I *think* I know the answers to, but would love confirmation before I attempt! 1. To use goat milk would I simply replace the water...
  15. EllieMae

    Bath Bomb Questions

    I've now made a few batches of bath bombs and they fizz nicely, smell great and don't leave the skin feeling oily. But now I'd like to make some tweaks to accomplish foaming and floating. I found this website (http://howtobathbombs.com/wp/2018/08/22/make-a-bath-bomb-float-like-lush/) that claims...
  16. EllieMae

    DOS...already?!

    I did my first swirl attempt earlier this week (Wednesday - 2 days ago) and added lavender flowers for the first time. Just checked on it in the mold (first time since pouring) and it appears I already have DOS (pretty sure...), specifically around the lavender flowers. Is this typical when...
  17. EllieMae

    Lip Balm Fragrance

    I'm hoping someone with some lip balm experience can help me out. I've recently made 4 batches of lip balm (only about 8-10 tubes each, keeping it small batch while I work out which recipe I like the best) and I'm having a huge issue getting any scent to "stick". So far I've tried grapefruit...
  18. EllieMae

    Glycerine Rivers

    I just unmolded my second batch in a row that is full of glycerine rivers. I’m hoping (as a total newbie) that I can get some advice on how to best avoid in the future, when I want a full gel. Both batches were soaped around 120 (admittedly the first one was closer to 130). Should I be...
  19. EllieMae

    My First CP Soaps!

    My first batch of cold process soap was finally *almost* firm enough to unmold! Split the batch into 4 little molds to play with colours. Two molds barely released from the mold after over a week, the other two didn’t fully gel properly. But all in, not bad for a first attempt. The most...
  20. EllieMae

    Weird gel phase?

    Hi all! I just unmolded my third batch of cold process soap ever and it looks WEIRD! I’m assuming this has something to do with the gel phase (maybe?) but I haven’t been able to find anything about this particular weird pattern. Can anyone help me out with what could have happened here...
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