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    Rattan Reed diffuser assistance

    G'day all, I am experimenting with Rattan Reeds in a passive capillary type aroma diffuser. I especially want to use Sandalwood EO (Australian of course) but am aware that this EO has a fairly high viscosity. In order to overcome this problem I am considering using 40% Di propylene glycol...
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    trading for soapmakers far away countries

    Aussie Soaps are in Perth. You will find them very reliable and their prices are good http://www.aussiesoapsupplies.com.au/
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    Low pH melt and pour "soap".

    Many thanks, good suggestions. I am now trying a batch at 85C and plan on leaving in MW for an hour. Last batch was 30mins and it is by far the best pour yet, but there are still traces of SCI dust.
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    The advantages of making anhydrous products

    Susan Barclay-Nichols is from BC in Canada and has recently lost her mother to lung cancer so is taking a break but I can strongly recommend reading her blogs. I have learned a great deal.
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    Low pH melt and pour "soap".

    Doesn't "difficult to disolve" mean insufficient heat? That is really the reason I moved away from the double boiler as I was simply not getting a complete melt. In fact on one occassion a lotion bar actually made me cough because of chemical dust traces that were trapped in the bar and escaped...
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    The advantages of making anhydrous products

    1. Easier to formulate and make 2. They appeal to people’s desire for preservative free, 100% natural or organic products 3. There are a wide range of anhydrous products that you can make and a huge number of luxurious ingredients you can use 4. You can create more potent products. No water...
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    Low pH melt and pour "soap".

    UPDATE: After making several batches we have made two improvements. Firstly we put all the solid ingredients through a Bamix and reduced them to a fine powder. Then we extended the time in the Microwave Oven to 20 minutes. This gave us a very smooth cleansing bar. Early editions foamed well but...
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    Low pH melt and pour "soap".

    That's the big advantage of living in Canada. Unfortuately BSB and LSB are custom blends and can not be purchased anywhere else that I can find.
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    Low pH melt and pour "soap".

    Thanks, that is exactly what I am hoping for so that grand parents can share with their baby grand kids. In other words sensitive and damaged skin.
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    Low pH melt and pour "soap".

    Not quite, it is one Susan helped me put together. It is more the method we used that is new. We got rid of the double boiler in favour of the Microwave.
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    Low pH melt and pour "soap".

    We have been experimenting with producing a cleansing bar (soap) for use on older skins. We wanted a lower pH and still haver lots of lather with a nice aroma. Try this: 30% Sodium cocoyl isethionate 30% Sodium lauryl ether sulphate 22% Cocaidopropyl betaine 7% BTMS Conditioning emulsifier...
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    Working with Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate - (SCI)

    If anyone is interested I have been toiling with a double boiler and am always battling to get ingredients up to and hold at the correct temperature. I have now purchased and tested a Panasonic Compact 20L Microwave Oven which is holding my melt and pour ingredients at exactly 85C using the 200W...
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    Working with Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate - (SCI)

    Thank for your input. Yes my SCI is in the large flake form and also mixed with stearyl alcohol which, I understand tends to lift the melting point. I have invested in a Microwave Oven which has one temperature setting of 87C. It seems as though this might be an almost ideal setting to melt...
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    Working with Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate - (SCI)

    Thank you again. The SCI that I have sourced from New Directions is in flake form and does have stearic acid so your suggestions of more heat certainly seem the answer. If necessary I will try short bursts in the Microwave. I will definately publish the full recipe when I have a good result.
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    Working with Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate - (SCI)

    Thank you for your answer. I am a great fan of Susan's (swiftcraftymonkey). The only version of SCI I have been able to source in Aus has been the flaked form. I have been using a double boiler but clearly have not been getting it hot enough. I am mixing on a 1:1 basis with Cocamidopropyl...
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    Working with Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate - (SCI)

    Which is the preferred method of preparing Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate - (SCI) before mixing with other ingredients, use a Coffee Grinder to make a powder or melt the SCI in a Microwave Oven or is there an even better method? Thanks
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    Low pH body bar using Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate

    Thank you for that DeeAnna. I am learning all the time. Also the end product is not as it should be with a very small lather. I half expected this so I shall reformulate.
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    Low pH body bar using Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate

    Thank you to everyone that contributed here. This has come out at a pH of 5.7 which is right where I wanted it. It is as smooth as silk and I will report any application problems if/when they occur. The sharp eyed will note that I have taken out the word tallow (animal fat) and used the...
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    Low pH body bar using Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate

    Thank you gentlemen. Good information and I have taken it on board.
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    Low pH body bar using Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate

    Thanks Carolyn, yes it is the one I am referring to and thanks for sorting the correct name for me. I should obviously be referring to my bar as a "solid shampoo bar". It seems that I am trying to make a solid shampoo bar with a pH of about 5.5 - 6.5 with a surfacant and lather for skin cleaning?
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