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  1. J

    Soapmaking Friend - Part 4

    ah, I never saw a Save button anywhere. Will look again. Thanks!
  2. J

    Soapmaking Friend - Part 4

    Sorry to be stupid, but I can't figure out how to save my recipes. When I hit "load", they disappear. I don't see a Save to my recipe option. New Batch? New Recipe? Please help.
  3. J

    What's Left with Soapmaking Friend?

    I just discovered it and I like it more than soapcalc. I see that you have "longevity" as a property. Which common oils influence this positively or negatively?
  4. J

    How to make my soaps dark and glossy?

    CP. When you say add black, do you mean mica or activated charcoal? I want to try HP next. Thanks for the tip!
  5. J

    How to make my soaps dark and glossy?

    I am making a dark brown, chocolate scented soap. I added dark brown mica to it, but it still didn't end up as dark or shiny as I wanted. I want it to look like dark chocolate. Any suggestions?
  6. J

    Chocolate!

    Chocolate from Camden-Grey. It's almost too good. It messes with your mind, because it smells so edible. Really dark and fabulous.
  7. J

    Syndet Shampoo Bar Recipe?

    Wash with clothes?
  8. J

    Syndet shampoo bar - any tips for forming a smooth looking bar?

    Dahila, Would you post a picture?
  9. J

    Syndet Shampoo Bar Recipe?

    Excellent idea. Thanks.
  10. J

    Syndet Shampoo Bar Recipe?

    Okay, that makes sense. I'll have to find a lighter container for the main dough, though, because my scale that measures small amounts only goes up to 100g. Oh, the complications! :)
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    Syndet shampoo bar - any tips for forming a smooth looking bar?

    DeeAnna and KC, you guys are the bomb. Thanks so much. You are right, DeeAnna.. Susan aka swiftmonkey got the recipe from Cathy at the Dish and modified it. I had thought yours was a modification of Susan's, but thanks for the clarification. I like your recipe better because it calls for...
  12. J

    Syndet shampoo bar - any tips for forming a smooth looking bar?

    DeeAnna, I noticed a few differences between your shampoo recipe and SwiftMonkey's: She calls for Incroquat BTMS-50 specifically. This drove me crazy, as there is such variation between suppliers, even in the chemical name of what BTMS stands for. Your recipe simplified it to "Conditioning...
  13. J

    How to weigh very small amounts

    You guys are the Bomb! I've complained to Brambleberry, to other soapers, etc. and never found anyone who could answer this question. I see now that scales are geared towards higher weights or lower weights and work best within those ranges. Makes total sense. I just need to get a cheap...
  14. J

    How to weigh very small amounts

    I have a KD7000 Scale, which should measure down to 1g. When I am adding liquid very quickly, it will read as each gram is added. But if I have to measure out 1 gram only in a new container, I start with an eyedropper, but it does not register the first few grams. So I don't get a reading at...
  15. J

    Syndet Shampoo Bar Recipe?

    GREAT info. Thanks. I did it! It's in the refrigerator now. Not that hard. Are these ingredients that one should not touch with one's bare hands? Some of that stuff is pretty awful to breathe. I could even tell with a mask on. I need to find a small, smooth bowl for the cool-down...
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    Syndet shampoo bar - any tips for forming a smooth looking bar?

    Wait.. are those BRAIN molds?
  17. J

    Syndet Shampoo Bar Recipe?

    Thanks, all. So if I go with a 100g recipe, some of the ingredients will only weigh a gram or two. Does anyone know where to get a dome mold that holds about 100g? I've never heard of kokum butter... will have to look that up. The problem with making 100g of this is that my scale won't...
  18. J

    Syndet Shampoo Bar Recipe?

    Okay, here is what I came up with for a 500g batch of syndet shampoo. There are a few questions sprinkled in, too, but I think I got most of it! Syndet Shampoo, 500g (All ingredients found on http://www.saveoncitric.com) Heated phase: 15g Shea Butter (does it have to be a solid fat...
  19. J

    Syndet Shampoo Bar Recipe?

    Thanks, all! I found some of these ingredients at LotionCrafter.com. Any other recommendations for suppliers (in the US)? Here is the kind of thing that trips me up, as a beginner: [[30% SCI (with stearic acid)]] I had to look up what SCI stood for. And "with stearic acid"... does that...
  20. J

    Issues with Hair Conditioner Bar recipe

    I found this recipe for a hair conditioner bar in various places on the internet: 15 gm (30%) Cocoa butter 15 gm. (30%) Incroquat (a.k.a. BTMS 50) 10 gm. (20 %) Cetyl alcohol 10 gm. (20%) oil (argan, olive, or similar) 30 drops of hydrolysed keratin Instructions are to melt all...
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