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  1. Sonya is soaping

    Superfatting cream soap?

    Thankyou both. I'll take both advise and see how I go.
  2. Sonya is soaping

    Superfatting cream soap?

    Hi, I want to make a batch soap using a full fat cream frozen slushy in my lye. Just wondering if you usually superfat at 0% because of the fats in the cream? My other oils will be Tallow, olive, shea butter, coconut and castor. Normally I would superfat at 4 or 5%
  3. Sonya is soaping

    Help please! Frustrated, Discouraged, but refusing to give up!

    I'm still new at this but I have had no problems like this at all. I think you lye to water ratio is too strong. You said you're using 1 part lye to 1 part water? Brambleberry calculator uses 1 part lye to 2.4 parts water for a 5% superfat recipe. I could be wrong but my gut is saying you need...
  4. Sonya is soaping

    Help please! Frustrated, Discouraged, but refusing to give up!

    I don't understand as a beginner, why don't you just use other peoples recipes, there are literally hundreds of them online. Once you have made quite a few successful soaps and understand the process better then go onto trying your own recipes. Just a thought, as it seems like diving in the deep...
  5. Sonya is soaping

    Titanium Dioxide

    Okay all good, I was surprised when I read it that's why I wanted some other feedback.
  6. Sonya is soaping

    Old norsca fresh soap scent?

    So I asked hubby what smelling soap he would like me to make him and he replied something that smells like the old norsca fresh green soap from the 80 s or 90s? I've never used it, just wondering if anyone knows what EOs or fragrances would be in that?
  7. Sonya is soaping

    Titanium Dioxide

    The book is Called 'Milk Soapmaking' by Anne L Watson. It talks about making your milk soap whiter by using titanium dioxide, which " might give you a prettier soap when adding colorants, but there's a tradeoff: titanium dioxide reduces lather and moisturizing significantly".
  8. Sonya is soaping

    Titanium Dioxide

    I read in my soap book that titanium dioxide can make your soap less moisturising. Has anyone found this to be true? I'm wanting to use some in my next soap but wondering if I should superfat a little more to compensate or not?
  9. Sonya is soaping

    Working on Stain Removal soap bar

    I'm thinking of infusing the oil with it beforehand.,just because I feel like it.
  10. Sonya is soaping

    Working on Stain Removal soap bar

    I think I might go your way with the simple softer soap reciepe just add in a few bits of citrus peel and my essential oil and that's it then! thanks everyone! Just want to ask how soft on the scale should I go. I'm use to trying to make harder bars for myself for the shower.
  11. Sonya is soaping

    Working on Stain Removal soap bar

    Interesting! I was interested in fels-Naptha because of all the orange and citrus in it. I know people who own a dry cleaner and they say they use an orange shower cleaner on stains and works wonders, but it has to be orange. I've never actually used fels-Naptha. I don't think they have it over...
  12. Sonya is soaping

    Working on Stain Removal soap bar

    I have to admit I'm still tempted with the laundry washing soap. I guess I won't know if it works until I actually try it. I read an old post, can't remember who wrote it, but they said they make laundry butter, and as long as you have soft water, the laundry soap works fine. So, I'm indecisive...
  13. Sonya is soaping

    Working on Stain Removal soap bar

    So first I wanted to make a laundry washing soap, but ive read too many horror stories about rings of fat and grime left in the washing machine and then there's a whole blog about people soaking their clothes after years of using handmade laundry soap and the tub being filled with grotty water...
  14. Sonya is soaping

    Getting ready for first HP soap

    I'm also interested in a doggie soap bar, but I know a lot of people are going to say not to use soap on dogs, due to ph levels of animals skin being different to ours. I saw a recipe with vinegar place in after trace, wonder if that makes a difference? Anyway I will be interested to see if...
  15. Sonya is soaping

    Small individual soap moulds not working

    Sorry if this came across wrong. I totally agree that during curing all sorts of things happen. I just meant that if a soap is SAFE to use and Hard, it can be used with no worries. I am leaving my HP to cure for upto 3 weeks or more if I don't need straight away. Anyway, the simple question was...
  16. Sonya is soaping

    Small individual soap moulds not working

    I disagree. I've read a lot about it and most people say hot process normally cures for 1-3 weeks. I've just made a hot process soap that I cured for 4 days and it's a perfectly hard bar but I guess it depends on what oils you are using. I guess if you used a lot of water to make your batter...
  17. Sonya is soaping

    Small individual soap moulds not working

    Yes I quickly changed to hot process technique as I'm way too impatient to wait 4 to 6 weeks for soap to cure. Hot process doesn't need to be insulated just place straight in freezer or fridge for an hour or two, unmould and ready to use. I use the stick blender technique using very hot oil and...
  18. Sonya is soaping

    M&P in hot process?

    Just wondering can I put Melt and pour clear cubes into hot processes soap in mould or will it melt?
  19. Sonya is soaping

    Small individual soap moulds not working

    I've just changed to stick blender hot process and no more soda ash!
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