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  1. JoyfulSudz

    Leftover mica question

    I mixed a little more mica and oil than I needed when I made soap today. It's a bit cakey and dry now, but I'm wondering if I can save it to use another time (maybe adding a bit more oil) or should I just toss it? I know it's sounds like I'm being really cheap, but it's really more about just...
  2. JoyfulSudz

    Homemade Dividers

    After creating a total mess with some cardboard dividers, I came up with another idea that works pretty well. I went to our local hardware store where they sell and cut sheets of acrylic. I was very lucky to get help from a worker there who was also into crafting. I showed her a drawing of...
  3. JoyfulSudz

    Tried something new yesterday...

    ... and cut it this morning. This is my first attempt at One Pot Wonder, and I'm very pleased. We've been housebound here in Portland since Friday night with a snow and ice storm, and a long power outage, and it was so nice to have something turn out well in the midst of all this! I call it...
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    Do you use the oat milk pulp?

    I just made some oat milk using Lisa from I Dream in Soap's method. I'm planning to make soap with it in the next day or two. Lisa says not to use the pulp that is left over because it is not as fine as colloidal oatmeal. Other oat milk soap videos I watched dumped some of the pulp into the...
  5. JoyfulSudz

    Misbehavin' soap batch

    Just finished a batch and all went well until I added the FO, and it seized the moment I poured it in. I used Crafter's Choice Cool Cucumber. WSP says no acceleration, but there were at least 1 or 2 reviewers who said it accelerates (there may be more, but I didn't read all 123 reviews). I...
  6. JoyfulSudz

    What caused this discoloration?

    Made a 34 oz. batch using: 48% lard, 31% olive oil,16% coconut oil, and 5% castor oil. Fragrance is Crafter's Choice Guava Fig which is expected to discolor to "light yellow" after cure. I added goat milk powder and 2 Tblsp honey at trace. To the main batter I added 2 Tblsp dispersed TD...
  7. JoyfulSudz

    Partially soft bars

    A batch I made about two weeks ago has sections of the soap that are still very soft. The problem is with the bottom of each bar where I used a lot of batter colored with mica dispersed in oil. The less colored soap in the rest of the bar is fine. I'm guessing that either I added too much...
  8. JoyfulSudz

    Just airing some soapy thoughts after a multi-bar very scientific shower study

    This morning I grabbed a handful of soap samples and end slices and used them in my shower. All were made with a variety of different FOs and EOs and 2 or 3 recipes. I loved the way all the soaps felt on my skin, but what I noticed most is that the scents are all very mild or even nil. All...
  9. JoyfulSudz

    Working with Discoloring FOs

    If I'm using a FO that is known to discolor to tan, for instance, I might divide my batter in two and add FO only to half. If I do, would that mean I should use only half as much FO and therefore create a very mildly scented soap? I'm guessing that if I used the full amount for my total...
  10. JoyfulSudz

    EO oil problem. What happened???

    I'm beginning to use more EOs instead of FOs and encountered a weird problem on my batch yesterday. I mixed Crafters Choice Sweet Orange (1.2 oz) with Sun Pure Botanicals Patchouli (.35 oz). They seemed to mix okay, but a short time later when I went to add them to my batter, it had separated...
  11. JoyfulSudz

    What to do with stinky soap?

    Trying to be thrifty, I made a batch of soap using some of my leftover little of this, little of that, fragrances. Mostly Monkey Farts (which is not all the nice even on its own), Vanilla, and some unidentified floral. Now I have a 10-bar batch of unpleasant smelling soap. So much for being...
  12. JoyfulSudz

    Superfat vs high conditioning numbers

    Can you help me understand the different goals or outcomes of increasing the superfat of a recipe vs using a recipe with a very high conditioning number? How would a high superfat soap compare on my skin to a soap with a very high conditioning property? I notice that if I increase the superfat...
  13. JoyfulSudz

    Fragrance Oil Amounts

    I'm a bit confused about the usage ratings for FOs. If the IFRA use rate for CP soap is a higher number, does that imply that it is a weaker scent and I need to use more? For example, if the IFRA on one oil is 5%, does that imply that 5% of that FO will provide the same amount of fragrance as...
  14. JoyfulSudz

    Choosing a soap cutter

    I've made about 12 batches of soap so far, and each is getting better. At first I cut the loafs by hand and the bars were all wonky, so my husband built me a cutter box, but his "craftsmanship" makes bars that are all different sizes. So I've decided it's time to buy an official soap cutter...
  15. JoyfulSudz

    Using titanium dioxide and micas

    I just received my first order of micas and am excited to start using them. Can someone tell me if, in order to create lighter shades of a particular color, do I simply use less mica powder or do I mix it with some titanium dioxide to whiten it a bit?
  16. JoyfulSudz

    Soft crumbly soap. What happened?

    I'm newbie and have had success with my first three soaps, all with an olive oil base. I decided to try using lard for my fourth batch and it seems to be a total flop. I ran the recipe through Soapmakingfriend lye calculator and measured carefully. My recipe was: 65% lard 20% olive oil 15%...
  17. JoyfulSudz

    Formulating Recipes

    I'm a newbie learning to use a lye calculator and create my first recipe. Can you tell me if two recipes with different proportions of the same ingredients calculate to have the same property values (ie, bubbly, cleansing, etc), will they both create similar feeling soaps? The ingredients I'm...
  18. JoyfulSudz

    Brand-new Portland soaper

    So pleased to find this forum and all the helpful information. I'm trying to be patient and wait a full 24 hours to unmold my second batch of soap. (Three more hours to go!) My first question for you experienced folks: Colorants like micas are sold by weight, while directions for use suggest...
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