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  1. hyperhounds

    M&P embeds in CP soap

    If I wanted to add M&P embeds into a CP soap do I have to avoid gel phase? I'm wondering if the embeds would melt if I gelled my soap. Anyone have any experience with this?
  2. hyperhounds

    fragrance oil question

    Do fragrance oils containing vanilla only turn soap brown or will it turn sugar scrubs brown too? I have a black raspberry vanilla FO that I want to use in a scrub with some pink mica, but I don't want to end up with a brown scrub. The website says it will turn soap tan, but mentions nothing...
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    Dog Shampoo bar: CP vs M&P

    I would like to make a dog shampoo bar for my four dogs. I have read a lot of posts on the subject and it seems it can be done with both CP and M&P soaps. Is there an advantage over using one method or the other? I was thinking that M&P probably has a longer shelf life than CP. The dogs...
  4. hyperhounds

    distilled vs demineralized water

    I know it's best to use distilled water when making soap. However, I often have trouble finding it. But I seem to be able to find demineralized water much easier. Will this work just as well as distilled water?
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    DOS question

    I made a bunch of soap back in the fall. Around October - November. I was checking on some of them and noticed the DOS on my Anise bars. All the other soaps seem to be fine. Is it possible the Anise essential oil caused the spots? I used distilled water, and a very basic recipe with palm...
  6. hyperhounds

    lab colours in melt and pour

    I have recently started making some melt and pour soap and made a few batches of clear soap coloured with lab colours. I was just adding a few drops of the concentrated lab colour into the melted clear soap. Everything seemed fine until I left a pink soap out in the sunlight on a table. I...
  7. hyperhounds

    sugar vs salt

    I have seen several recommendations for adding sugar or salt to the soap batter at trace. I'm wondering what the difference would be between salt and sugar? do they both create more bubbles or do they each do something different? Also I have seen recommendations for 1 tsp or 1tbs PPO. Which...
  8. hyperhounds

    scent fading

    Is there scent fading in MP soap? Is EO or FO preferred in MP soap?
  9. hyperhounds

    MP imbeds in CP soap

    I was thinking about trying some MP imbeds in CP soap and I was wondering if the final product has to be wrapped in saran wrap or will it be fine with just the small amount of MP in each bar?
  10. hyperhounds

    What percentage should water be in CP soap?

    I have just started using SoapCalc to make some soap recipes. Up to this point I was using recipes from beginner books. My question is what percentage of the oils should the water be in a regular soap recipe? what should it be in a salt bar recipe? I feel like the recommended 38% water is high?
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    what is a zap test?

    I see a bunch of posts saying to "zap test" soap if you are not sure that the lye ratio was correct. What is a zap test and how is it done?
  12. hyperhounds

    What's wrong with Palm Oil?

    I seem to find a lot of soap vendors online that post all their products are "palm free". Why are they avoiding palm oil? Is there something wrong with it? is it because of allergies?
  13. hyperhounds

    first time designing a soap recipe

    So I wanted to make soap tonight but I pretty much had no coconut oil, and it seems like all recipes have tons of it. After a bit of reading I came up with this recipe. Does it sound ok? what type of soap will I get? Sweet Almond Oil 10% Cocoa Butter (deoderized) 10% Coconut Oil 10% Olive...
  14. hyperhounds

    what to do with soap of super fat 1%

    So I made my first batch of soap on Friday from a recipe in the simple soap making book. It turned out great and I was really happy with it. My second attempt at soap making has not gone so well. I did another recipe from the simple soap making book. This one is: 18oz olive oil 12 oz palm...
  15. hyperhounds

    Recipe for beginner

    Hello, I am brand new to soaping. After watching several videos and reading many articles I plan on trying out my first CP batch this weekend. My question is what is a good beginner recipe (with exact measurements). I have olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, avocado oil, almond oil, shea...
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