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    Best time for soap stamping?

    Thank you everyone, this is really fantastic info! I had never heard of the plastic wrap tip, so I will be sure to try that. After I read these responses I remembered that I had a pile of edge slice discards for my own use from a 3-week-old batch, so I was able to do some practice stamping on...
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    Best time for soap stamping?

    I just ordered my first two acrylic soap stamps and I'm wondering, ballpark, when the best time is to stamp cold process soaps? I tried it out on a bar that's about 2.5 months old and it cracked, which I expected. The batch I just unmolded this morning is going to be a gift, so when I stamp it...
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    Home-rendered bacon fat for CP soap?

    I've gathered a little information on this from the forum, but some tips & tricks all in one place would help me out... I personally go through soap very slowly, so most of my batches are for my husband, who goes through bars very quickly. Through trial & error I've found a good basic recipe...
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    Using home-grown lavender in CP soap?

    Thanks all! Sounds like it would probably be a waste of time, so we'll just have to find something else to do with it.
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    Using home-grown lavender in CP soap?

    My mother-in-law is home-growing some lavender plants, and while she was showing them to me she wondered aloud if I would be able to use them in my soap. Has anyone had experience in using fresh lavender plants to scent their CP soap? We thought maybe if we let the leaves (or maybe even the...
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    Mineral makeup to pigment CP soap?

    Well, I finally got around to trying this for the first time at the end of May. The color I chose was a beautiful shimmery red-rust color. I added it to the liquid oils and it was gorgeous, so I was excited to see the end result. Unfortunately the lye ate the color completely, so by the time...
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    Mineral makeup to pigment CP soap?

    Awesome, looks like it's worth a try anyway. Thanks! I do own quite a bit of makeup, but I tend to be most drawn to the colorful things - nail polish, eye shadow. Many of the shadows were purchased as sets/kits, which is how I've ended up with some colors that aren't a good match for me...
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    Mineral makeup to pigment CP soap?

    I have A LOT of bareMinerals loose powder eye shadows and I am trying to pare down my collection. I've sold the sealed ones off on eBay, but I have a number of colors that I opened to try out and they're just not for me, so they are sitting there unused and it seems a waste to toss them, but I...
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    INCI labeling question - sour cream?

    Thanks. I have a few that will be labeled "scrubby soap", which I figure indicates exfoliation, so they need to be labeled. They're really all just Christmas gifts for close friends and family, so it isn't that big a deal, but I thought I may as well do it right.
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    INCI labeling question - sour cream?

    Can someone tell me the correct way to label a CP soap made with sour cream? None of my INCI lists have that specific ingredient. Would I just consider it "cream" and label it as such?
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    Question about coloring soap.

    Yes, usually my recipes have had olive oil. I did get one nice pale batch from a lard soap, but for that one I used the lightest colored olive oil I could buy at the store. It was great for the soap, but expensive to buy it that way. Usually I buy the big jugs at BJ's Wholesale, but...
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    Question about coloring soap.

    Rai, I have the same questions! I just made a batch of lavender oatmeal soap that came out great except that the purple is such a gray color. And it's much darker at the center where it gelled. I also have a previous swirled batch that I used oxides and ultramarines to color, but they came...
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    Still new to this - clear lines/streaks in my soap

    Well, here's a photo, see what you think. This is the batch that I listed the recipe for earlier, with lard and 191g of canola oil. It also contains 1 Tbsp of ground oatmeal, I colored half of it with cocoa powder, and I left it unscented. You can see I had some divider issues, as the colors...
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    Still new to this - clear lines/streaks in my soap

    Thank you! The container that the palm oil came in is like a squirt bottle, so there was no way to stir it, though I did shake it. I'm wondering if, since it was hard to see inside, it maybe wasn't completely melted like I thought it was. Next time I will be extra careful to mix it fully and...
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    Still new to this - clear lines/streaks in my soap

    No zap. I'm pretty certain the color was completely incorporated - I added it to the oils once they were all liquid and used a mini electric whisk to blend.
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    Still new to this - clear lines/streaks in my soap

    Hi all! Let me preface this by saying that technically I've been making & researching soap for over a year, but given the expense and the fact that I'm at home with a 2 & 4 year old, I've only just completed my 7th batch, so I'm still pretty new to this. So far I haven't had any real issues or...
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    ETSY low sales + insurance

    Yes, but it takes into account words in the title as well as your tags, and it seems to change from day to day, as my items move up and down in the search results without me making any changes to them. And I'm not talking about them moving because of other shops' listings and sales that are in...
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    ETSY low sales + insurance

    Just an FYI, Etsy recently changed this and the default search is now by relevancy, not recency. There is still the option to see listings by recency, but I don't know how many buyers change to that sorting option, or even realize it's there. This means you don't have to space your listings...
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    ETSY low sales + insurance

    Just an FYI, Etsy recently changed this and the default search is now by relevancy, not recency. There is still the option to see listings by recency, but I don't know how many buyers change to that sorting option, or even realize it's there. This means you don't have to space your listings...
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