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  1. Dharlee

    What to use to make soap brown

    I did a frosted type look for a soap a while back and both skipped the FO for that part plus used a tiny bit of TD in the soap batter. Be aware that TD also causes a bit of acceleration.
  2. Dharlee

    Simple Recipe for a Beginner

    My early recipes all had 30% co and they are great for us. I have read that many cannot use co at that rate, but we had been used to store soap previously so for us it was a wonderful change.
  3. Dharlee

    Official entry thread: SMF Soap Making Challenge November: Drop and Skewer

    Been MIA a few days due to Holiday orders in my Jewelry shop, but wow you guys ROCKED this! Well deserved winners!!!
  4. Dharlee

    Getting frustrated at how fast my soap thickens

    This is a brilliant idea!
  5. Dharlee

    Milestones: I have my first staple recipe

    I haven't tried lard yet, but have right much tallow to use first and found that my very favorite is like Susies except with tallow. I add shea at 5% for a nice butter addition. I can really feel that, but it's not absolutely necessary so I don't always use it. What did you go with? Edited to...
  6. Dharlee

    Slimy soap?

    I got a bar of soap for an early Christmas gift from a person and wondered about it. The ingredients listed are only olive oil, water, coconut oil, lye and fragrance. The soap is really soft and extremely slimy. There is zero lather, but tons of "slime". 2 showers and it's half gone. I just...
  7. Dharlee

    Input on Exotic Butter Heavy Soap

    Have you tried all these various butters and oiks alone after developing a simple recipe you love? I personally would make a simple recipe and know I love that one first, then add the butters one at a time to the recipe so you will know what each brings to it. This way you don't make a batch you...
  8. Dharlee

    Henna in soap?

    I understand a bit about henna from my hairdressing days. It's not something I would want to use in soap at all. It can color many things, including you and your hair. No idea what would happen in soap, but it's an odd colorant to be sure. Known fact, hair colored with certain types of henna...
  9. Dharlee

    Shea butter?

    I was surprised that shea turned out to be my favorite "extra" to add to my soap. It's nicer than cocoa butter to me, and just 5% can really be a luxurious addition. For my skin at least.
  10. Dharlee


    I have never had any issues with my silicone molds deforming over time. The ones I have are similar to the 1 pound that was previously posted, but are the 10 inch. I don't see any difference in the shape at all.
  11. Dharlee


    Personally I like the 10 inch one better than the 1 pound. I know everyone says to start with 1 pound, but for me it was easier to start with the 10 inch mold.
  12. Dharlee

    Has anyone else read this article?

    Just wow. Oh what a tangled web, huh? And Gent, yes, I agree with your statement. :)
  13. Dharlee

    Has anyone else read this article?

    I see both sides, but I have to lean more toward agreeing with Dixie here. I am a silversmith and sell jewelry. I make some pieces that are gold filled and will eventually work my way into gold. I buy my supplies from whole-sellers I trust and have checked out to the best of my ability, but I...
  14. Dharlee

    SMF Soapmaking Challenge November: Drop and Skewer

    commoncenz, what did you do to the top of your beautiful soap? It is SO pretty!!! BTW I don't know if I will make the challenge or not. This is my busy time with my jewelry store.
  15. Dharlee

    Has anyone else read this article?

    Phooey. Well this is what I get for trying to save money. I ordered several EOs from them, but now I am afraid to use them. 80.00 down the drain. I also got my Tallow from them. I have used it and it seems fine, but I honestly I don't know what to do about that now either. I should have known...
  16. Dharlee

    My newbie soaping adventure and things I've learned along the way...

    This is HILARIOUS! And sadly soooo true. I just finished writing down all mine and I am such a FO ho...
  17. Dharlee

    Coconut Oil Category

    My fractionated CO is clear liquid as well. I don't know if it always is- mine came from WSP (I *think*) Edit: That sure looks repackaged to my eye.
  18. Dharlee

    Mica/glitter particles

    I *think* there is another thread going somewhere on this as well. I said thrre I never used anything and thought it was fine, but now I am wondering. I am also a silversmith and it's just too easy to grab my particle mask from my bench not to go ahead and do it for this too. Like Steve said...
  19. Dharlee

    Coconut Oil Category

    I am interested to know as well. I have a bit of fractionated cco I got for another project but it is nothing like the 76. It is completely melted at room temperature. That might help you eliminate that one?