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  1. HowieRoll

    EOCalc.com Blend Reviews

    I wanted to start a thread for anyone to post a review or notes about a blend they tried from EOCalc.com. If you aren't familiar, EOCalc.com can calculate safe usage rates for essential oils in cosmetic products (including soap), and they have also very generously shared dozens and dozens of...
  2. HowieRoll

    Microfiber for Cleaning

    Hi All, A couple years ago the internet convinced me that I needed microfiber cloths in my arsenal to clean the house (Dust will leap off your table onto the microfiber, only to be locked away and never to be seen again! Have a spill? Simply wave a microfiber in front of it and the spill will...
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    Liquid (syndet) Shampoo Viscosity Issues

    Hi All, I'm hoping to get advice from those who have made liquid syndet shampoo. It's something I started research on a few months ago (mainly using SwiftCraftyMonkey and It's All in My Hands for guidance), and then gathered ingredients from both LotionCrafter and Ingredients to Die For to...
  4. HowieRoll

    Christmas Gift Soaps

    I haven't posted photos in a while, so thought I'd show the good, bad, and ugly soaps I've made for gifts this season. First up: (left) Holiday Spice with Orange & Cinnamon EO (right) Snowfall (or maybe blizzard?) with Cedarwood, Patchouli, & Spearmint EO. This one is my attempt at Auntie...
  5. HowieRoll

    Cedarwood & Peppermint Blend Suggestion

    I was hoping to get a little guidance regarding ratios from anyone who has made a cedarwood and peppermint blend (EO) soap before. I've put drops on paper and really like a 2:1 blend (cedarwood : peppermint), as it really evokes a smell of chocolate peppermint. But sometimes soap smells take...
  6. HowieRoll

    Oh, Deer

    These pictures were taken recently from our trail cam, one right after the other. Thought I'd share the cuteness!
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    Used Vinegar Today - Have Questions...

    Hi All, I finally used white distilled vinegar (5%) today, in an attempt to derive 2% sodium acetate. The calculations I used were so generously provided by TopOfMurrayHill from this thread, although I read many other threads on the subject, too. So thank you, everyone, for all this...
  8. HowieRoll

    Good Deal on CO at Costco

    Today I was at a Costco in SE Wisconsin and found a new (to me) brand of coconut oil for sale, in addition to their usual Kirkland Organic Unrefined coconut oil. The new one is called Tropical Plantation Organic Refined Coconut Oil (on the pail it says expeller-pressed, chemical free, and...
  9. HowieRoll

    Poor (Wo)Man's Coffee Scent: A Goofy Experiment

    Hi All, Firstly, I would like to apologize if this has been covered before. I have a hard time imagining that in the history of soapmaking this has not been tried, but I was unsuccessful in finding posts about it. Anyhoo, back in November I was at the tag ends of a bag of ground Starbucks...
  10. HowieRoll

    New EO Blending Calculator

    Hi All, I may very well be late to the party here and missed a previous post about this (so hope I'm not being redundant!), but just today I came across a new Essential Oil Blending Calculator that has been put together by Kenna at Modern Soapmaking. !! My early impression is a positive one...
  11. HowieRoll

    NDA Lavender Options

    Hello All, This is a bit of a tricky question to ask, since it involves smells and that can be so subjective, but thought I would ask anyway... I'm getting ready to place another order from New Directions Aromatics and need more lavender EO. They offer many options and I've only tried 2 of...
  12. HowieRoll

    Aloe Vera Gel without Aloe

    I just read an article on Bloomberg that says an independent lab tested some of the Aloe Vera Gel from Wal-Mart, Target, and CVS and found there was no indication actual aloe was present in any of the products. As there are many on this forum who may use aloe vera gel, I thought it would be an...
  13. HowieRoll

    Soap Snot

    Hi All, I've been using my first batch of LS for a few months, diluting enough to fill the soap dispenser as we need it and storing the paste in the refrigerator. It's now been used in two different pump dispensers (non-foaming) but both had the same issue: the soap comes out very liquid but...
  14. HowieRoll

    Making multiple pastes to combine

    Firstly, my apologies if this has been covered before (I was unable to find anything, but with my technology skills, that doesn't mean much). I was down the soapy rabbit hole on the internet today and came across an interesting blog where the person made separate liquid soap pastes comprised of...
  15. HowieRoll

    Travel Through Saskatchewan

    Howdy, In late September Himself and I are going on a road trip that will last 3-4 weeks and take us from Wisconsin out to the Canadian Rockies and back. A part we're fumbling with is the outbound leg through Saskatchewan. The original plan was to take Trans Canada Hwy 16 for the westbound...
  16. HowieRoll

    Liquid Soap - Take One

    I tried my hand at making liquid soap today, and it's been a roller coaster of emotion. I'm currently in the befuddled stage and am hoping for some expert advice... Recipe (used SoapCalc, checking the 90% KOH purity box. 3% SF) 10oz Olive oil (50%) 4oz Coconut Oil, 76 deg (20%) 3oz Sweet...
  17. HowieRoll

    It worked! Well, kinda...

    I had this thought in my head where I wanted a paw print in soap (and my apologies if this is an old technique - I'm pretty new to soaping and haven't come across it!). Well, this turned out to be more of a "paw print abstract," and it should come as no surprise that I've never piped anything...
  18. HowieRoll

    Are these all the ingredients?

    Hello... Several months back I purchased a liquid hand soap from Whole Foods. Since then, I've gotten into bar soap making and also have an interest in trying to make liquid hand soap at some point. I've done a little bit of cursory research into LS making, but not much. We recently started...
  19. HowieRoll

    A Hello and Thank You

    Greetings, All, As a lurker for many months on SMF, I wanted to step forth to introduce myself and give thanks to all the many dedicated people who tirelessly provide invaluable information on the wonders of soapmaking. As a new soaper (4 months/23 batches, both HP & CP), there have been...
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