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  1. BattleGnome

    Deodorant Duping

    I love the deodorant I made from the giant funky pits thread (https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/de-funk-de-pits.60682/) but my plumbing has other ideas. Instead of cleaning my pipes every month I picked up a Tom’s of Maine product without wax aluminum, or baking soda that I’m enjoying...
  2. BattleGnome

    Compressed Catnip

    I have tons of loose catnip lying around that I feel like I’ll never use up. I figure if I make some sort of co pressed catnip toy I’ll have better luck using it all. Has anyone attempted anything like this? Should I wet the dried stuff and press it into a mold like a bath bomb?
  3. BattleGnome

    Aloe Lotion Bar

    I’m very out of practice making lotions of any kind but I’m heading to Greece next month and I have a feeling I’ll need some sort of sunburn relief. To avoid triggering the TSA when I check in and out of concern for the language barrier, I was figuring a lotion bar might be the way to go. With...
  4. BattleGnome

    Small batch of CP soap to go

    I think I’m overreacting again but I’ve never made such a small batch that I’d like to confirm with everyone. Olive oil 56.7g Water 21.9g KOH 13g Citric acid 1.5g I am reasonably comfortable with my scale, it’s a jewelry scale and reads to 0.000. It has also been only 45 minutes. Currently my...
  5. BattleGnome

    Benzalkonium Chloride based hand sanitizer/cleanser?

    I usually go to Elements Bath and Body but it seems she’s changed her shipping to FedEx which is a might too expensive (it might just be for the one product I need but it’s kinda relevant). BB doesn’t seem to have hand sanitizer base, Essentials by Catalina doesn’t have an appropriate size for...
  6. BattleGnome

    Foamers and unsaponifacables

    I recently purchased some foaming pump bottles for my LS and I noticed a difference in foam quality after a week. I used diluted soap and further diluted it to the manufacturer’s suggestions. My soap was cloudy (not a concern) and the foam was thin and watery. I was expecting to use less water...
  7. BattleGnome

    Silicone molds, m&p, and food

    One of my friends just gifted me some molds for Christmas but they’re super cute and I want to use them for both candy and soap. Do you think it would be ok for me to use the molds as candy molds if I use unfragranced m&p? I mostly use micas but do have some lab colors, would uncolored m&p be...
  8. BattleGnome

    Marmite

    I needed a teaspoon on marmite for a recipe but of course the jar I bought is 4oz (doubt I could have found smaller if I tried). I found a recipe for a Chex mix but two recipes will only take up so much of the jar before we get sick of them. Anyone have any good recipes for the rest? Also...
  9. BattleGnome

    Andalusian Soap

    I had a 6.5 hour sidetrack reading this thread about Andalusian soap. It's a 69 page, 3 year old thread and I figure I'll start a new one to hopefully not confuse things. Main summary: a member found a recipe that combats "castille slime" by using an extremely low super fat, -40%. It looks...
  10. BattleGnome

    Pump bottle tops

    I have a super adorable fox soap dispenser for my liquid soap. The problem is that the soap shoots out like a water gun and is angled to hit you hip when it's placed on the counter. I have to pre-warn guests and people are still a bit shocked at how fast it shoots out (aka hits them in the...
  11. BattleGnome

    Tiny bottles

    We tried Blue Apron (one of those meal services) this week. The sauces came in adorable tiny bottles with a 2 on the bottom. As far as I can tell they only hold 30ml but I want to use them for something. I just can't think of what. Any suggestions? I'll note here: I have no actual attachment...
  12. BattleGnome

    Bath bombs and cats

    I like using bath bombs but one of my cats likes to join me in the tub. Right now I'm miffed that I can't use bath bombs due to cat safety and would like to figure out an alternative. I know most scents and essential oils are a no go for kitties but can I use coconut oil or Shea or something...
  13. BattleGnome

    Hair Mask

    For the first time in a long time I have an actual weekend and don't feel completely dead - hoping for a pampering kind of day. Does anyone have any suggestions for some sort of emulsified hair mask? Without being at home (at the moment), I'm thinking a mix of coconut, argon, and hazelnut...
  14. BattleGnome

    Gluten Free - Nutrition Density

    I've been looking at my diet the past few days and it could due with some improving. I don't eat very much bread so I figure replacing nutritionally sparse bread products with nutritionally denser options would be a good way to start. I found a yummy looking replacement for hamburger buns...
  15. BattleGnome

    Comment Cards

    Do you have comment cards for your testers? I'm working on making pretty little cards for my testers but am drawing a blank. Does anyone have anything specific they look for? What I currently have: Initial Impressions: Look: Scent: Size: Packaging: After Use: Scent...
  16. BattleGnome

    Texas Natural Supplies

    http://www.texasnaturalsupply.com/default.asp Has anyone used them? Is there an super special something that you would only get from them? There is a deodorant base at Texas Natural Supplies I wood like to sample but it's nearly $12 shipping for $8 in product. Checking through the site...
  17. BattleGnome

    How many items to start?

    As I am starting to do the research into opening my own business I've been wondering... For those who have practical experience, do you find it's better to open with more product options (e.g.: lotion, lip balm, soap, misc) or more scents/flavors? I have three products in mind and am...
  18. BattleGnome

    Legalese Help?

    I'm not in any trouble, I'm just trying to set up a business the "right" way. MSU summarizes the basic steps of what I need to do to register a business in my area. This particular article is old but from what I can tell the steps are the same. Added to those instructions are getting...
  19. BattleGnome

    Base Recommendations?

    Background: my friends and I go to a anime convention every year. One of my friends is an amazing artist and would like to have a booth in the vender area, but so does every other artist who attends. We were thinking to use my soaping as a way to possibly give her a hook and finally get her a...
  20. BattleGnome

    Emergency/Impromptu Molds

    Just wondering if anyone has used anything "crazy" to mold extra soap batter or if anyone has even created a mold out of an unusual object. I realized the other day that tictac containers are PP5 and thus suitable for soap batter. I let it sit extra long and then it took some doing but I...
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