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    Sharon Johnson E book worth it?

    Just wondering if anyone here has purchased her book and did they feel it was worth the money. I'm recalling a time when alot of opinion was less than favorable but she was showcased by WSP recently and will be a featured speaker at this year's conference. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks
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    Just an observation....

    I've been making bread lately and for the second rise of 1.5 hours I've been putting it in my oven with the light on. It's an electric oven so there's no pilot light. When I remove the bread loaves to start baking the oven is showing a temperature of over 120 F. Just wondering if this would be...
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    Looking for beeswax and tallow suggestions..

    So I've got a good amount of beeswax here that I've made candles out of in the past. We all know what THAT costs. I've got a lot of self rendered tallow as well, beef, deer and sheep. I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for how much I can cut the beeswax with tallow. I've only found 1 recipe...
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    Problems with unicorn mold....

    `Needless to say, the problem lies in getting the horn out of the mold.I've had a similar problem with rabbit molds getting the ears out of the mold. I'm thinking several possibilities: change in pour temperature.Freeze for a period of time Lubricate with Q Tip and mineral oil Any other...
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    Home Depot shelving unit

    This is why I hate shopping...I alway find something else to purchase! Anyway, Home Depot has 4 shelved all plastic shelving units for20 dollars. I just assembled one and stacked it full of soaps. Seems to be holding quite well and was a piece of cake to assemble. Somewhere I read it was a...
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    Transparent color agents?

    I've been using Zenicolor 5 in my soaps and love it. There appears to be no supplier on this side of the pond so Im having it shipped from the UK. I'm wondering if there exists a viable alternative in the US that is somehow escaping me.
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    Best Red for melt and pour

    I'm looking to make some M and P red embeds for Valentine's day. Any strong opinions from you all on a true red?
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    Third year anniversary!

    Well today is my three year anniversary of making soap.I remember that first batch of 100% olive oil with coconut milk as the liquid. I still have a bar kicking around... I just want to say and thank you ALL for the most valuable source of information available to me. It's an odd day that I...
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    Victoria's Secret recommended dupes

    I know a pretty savvy 18 year old women who LOVES just about anything from what Victoria's Secret puts in a bottle. I'd like to scent some Valentine's Day soaps targeted for her age bracket.The feminine scents I have ,well, they're more in line with 40 something women. I'm looking for something...
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    Soaping temp question

    I had a request for a soap that I haven't made in over a year. A year ago I recall no problems with it setting up too fast. I was even able at that time to do a swirl. This time no such luck. It's cool in the house so I soaped around 110F for the oils and a tad warmer for the lye...
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    Yogurt melt and pour base

    I was poking around online finding the recommended rate for yogurt powder for my CP soaps. I was surprised after poking around more there are no major suppliers for yogurt melt and pour base. Anyone know of a source or d you incorporate the powder? There is a person selling 8 pounds of yogurt...
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    olive oi infused with alkanet

    ok i've read that for some adding the askant to your lye solution is the way to go. nonetheless, i have a mason jar of infused olive oil ready to be used. of course it would be easiest to subtract out the amount of infused oil from the total olive oil amount in the recipe. i get that. but i'm...
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    The word "purported"....

    Well I visited 2 of the retail shops that carry my soaps. here's a new soap vendor in one of them, claiming all the beneficial properties of the variety of variously formulated soaps he makes. I am a product of this forum and proud of it. I understand unless this guy has his soaps registered...
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    aAny really good pumpkin oil soap recipe out there?

    I've got 16 oz. of pumpkin seed oil that I ordered months ago and I'd like to start using it up. There's also a can of pumpkin puree in my soap room looking tone utilized. From what I've read you shouldn't use more than 15% of the pumpkin seed oil in a recipe but barring that the field seems...
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    Looking for larger shrink wrap bags

    I've got a bevy of baskets that I'm looking to make Christmas baskets with. My friend the coffee roaster had baskets last Christmas with the regular plastic wrap that looked like cr*p to me. I promised I'd do some foot work for him before Labor Day. I'm thinking the shrink wrap bags might give...
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    OMH soap quandary

    The below is Lovin' soaps recipe for OMH. Coconut oil – 20 oz Olive oil – 20 oz Rice bran oil – 5 oz Avocado oil – 5 oz Castor oil – 4 oz Shea butter – 5 oz Sweet almond oil – 5 oz Fresh goat’s milk – 9 oz Oatmeal – 4 tablespoons Honey – 4 tablespoons For whatever reason I'm just not...
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    Raw/processed Illipe Butter...group sale

    DISCLAIMER: SMF is not responsible for any sale, trade, co-op, pre-buy, fast buy, garage sale, ad or other transactions between members. All parties enter into transactions at their own will/risk. Ive been in contact with the people behind the Masarang Foundation in Indonesia. They are finding...
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    HSCG conference...worth going to?

    First off, I would have probably gone by now if the annual conference didn't take place during the busy horticulture season.Next year it's in Atlanta and they do have a wonderful botanic garden there..hmmm I'm not a registered business currently but I see myself slowly inching in that...
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    Happy with my dual lye tallow soap!!

    Just a little background: I rendered a whole lot of deer tallow this past fall. Needless to say, I wanted to use it as a primary ingredient (over 50%) in some soap. I was attracted to soaping with a local product that would otherwise head to the trash. The problem for my testers and ultimately...
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    vetiver essential oil suggestions for supplier

    I searched the archives unsuccessfully looking for a suggestion for a supplier of good vetiver essential oil. Seems Haitian and Indonesian are the 2 major sources for the oil, don't know if there's any dramatic difference. I've also seen light and dark listed as 2 different offerings from at...
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