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    can the battery dying in scale effect accuracy?

    Soap_rat, I didn't know about the Anise EO being a regulated EO. I found a recipe for the activated charcoal soap on Soap Making Resource (http://www.soap-making-resource.com/charcoal-soap-recipe.html) and they actually said to use 50 grams of Anise EO and 25 grams of Peppermint EO. Those...
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    can the battery dying in scale effect accuracy?

    I just put a nickel on the scale to check it. It says '4g' not '5g.' Is this a minor enough difference though that it wouldn't mess a batch of soap up? Could the activated charcoal powder have been what made the soap a bit crumbly? This is the first time that I've used this in my soap. The soap...
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    can the battery dying in scale effect accuracy?

    hello, two nights a go i made a facial soap with activated charcoal powder. i made 4lbs of soap and used 1 and a half tablespoons of charcoal powder. i used my handy digital kitchen scale to make sure everything was measured properly. i unmolded and cut the soap today and it seems a tad...
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    Is this a partial gel??

    You were all right. In just a matter of days, the soaps have faded drastically. The partial gel ring is barely visible anymore at this point in time. Will it fade even more as the weeks pass during the curing stage? The actual color of the soap seems to have changed a bit, too. It went from a...
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    Is this a partial gel??

    Thank you all for your responses. I thought a partial gel might've been the case, unfortunately. Should I have left it in the freezer longer than 12 hours? Is there any way to minimize the appearance of the partial gel? I have a nice soap stamp that says "Handmade Soaps" with a floral...
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    Is this a partial gel??

    Hello, Last night I made a Lavender Chamomile Greek Yogurt CP Soap. I poured it into the mold at 9PM and put it into the freezer with a thin piece of cardboard covering it- to prevent gel. I left it in freezer for 12 hours. Then I moved it to the fridge for 6 hours. Then I left it on counter...
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    Do you use PH test strips?

    how would one make soap that is safe/meant for dogs than if dogs need a soap that is 7ph? i am trying to figure out how to do this, but am getting confused. i see some places say you need 7ph for dog soap but then others say you cannot make soap with that ph. what type of soap making process...
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    Dog Shampoo?

    Ok. I will order potassium hydroxide from brambleberry today (that is what koh is, right?) so, what would i do then? combine the potassium hydroxide with water and heat some olive oil with neem oil.. and then combine all of it in a crock pot and cook it until neutral.. then add ground...
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    Do you use PH test strips?

    I am trying to make soap for dogs. i read for dogs, the ph should be 7. how would i do this?
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    Dog Shampoo?

    Thank you for your responses. I have found a DIY castile soap recipe that I'd like to use. Let's say I use this recipe: 1/2 cup liquid castile soap (made from scratch, from a bar of it) 1/4 cup baking soda 1 cup ground oatmeal 1 quart distilled water 1 oz neem oil pup-safe essential...
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    Dog Shampoo?

    Hello, I have been trying to find a recipe online for liquid dog shampoo, but cannot find one from scratch. They all include already made dish detergent or store bought castile soap. I want to make a recipe from scratch. I have already made dog shampoo/soap bars, but I am trying to make this...
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    Lye heAvy?

    Also.. like I had said, since yesterday, the inside of the soap has started to darken more. It's beginning to match the outside. My question is, would it have eventually done this if I hadn't cut it open? Or would it have just stayed light?
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    Lye heAvy?

    Thank you all for your responses. I tongue tested the outer brown part of the soap and no zap. Then, I touched the tip of my tongue to the inner light brown part and got nothing. I put my whole tongue on the light brown part for a few seconds, just to be sure, and felt a little trickle go up my...
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    Lye heAvy?

    Hello I made gingerbread soap two weeks and it's been curing since. It has felt much softer than the other soaps I've made so I decided to cut it in half today to see what it looked like inside. It has a much lighter brown color evenly throughout the middle and it smells kind of funky in the...
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    How long do I leave coconut milk soap in mold?

    Thank you. I took the soap out of the fridge about 30 minutes a go and have it under a fan. It has been in the mold now for a total of 22 hours - 17 in freezer, 4 and a half in fridge and 30 under fan. I will attempt to unmold it tonight around 8PM. Thank you all again for your help
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    How long do I leave coconut milk soap in mold?

    Once I take it out of the fridge in a few hours, will it most likely be ready to unmold and slice? Or should I let it sit in the mold out of the fridge for a few hours first?
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    How long do I leave coconut milk soap in mold?

    Hello, I made 3lbs of Citrus Shampoo Bars last night. I used coconut milk in my lye mixture, instead of water. I am including the recipe below so you know exactly what is in it: 2oz Cocoa Butter 9oz Virgin Coconut Oil 11oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil 7oz Castor Oil 4oz Jajoba Oil 1oz Sweet...
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    My soap exploded in the mold??

    Ok, so I ended up putting all the mixture from the exploded soap into my crock pot this morning. It's small, but everything fit (phew!) I turned the heat on low and left the mixture in for about 3 hours, stirring it occasionly. After about an hour, it was like thick mashed potatoes. After 3...
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    My soap exploded in the mold??

    How long do I put it in the crockpot for this morning? Do I leave the heat on low or medium or high? How long do I keep it in there before remolding? Thanks
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    My soap exploded in the mold??

    Thank you all for your responses. I had assumed the explosion was due to overeheating. After reading all of your comments, it certainly makes sense why it happened. I used a combination Pumpkin Pie FO, Gingerbread FO, Cinnamon EO and Clove Bud EO in this soap! Being that they are all known for...
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