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    Turmeric Essential oil

    Clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg EOs are skin sensitizers and generally not suitable for soaps except in minute amounts. Also, this thread is eight months old, and the person who asked hasn’t been in the forum since February, so the original question is no longer at issue. It is good to check those...
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    The word association game

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    The 4-letter game

    “No!” Everett whined. “Boooo!” whin
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    Can anyone tell me if this shampoo bar has been made using lye?

    Yes definitely. If it were lye soap, you would either see sodium hydroxide on the ingredient list, or “saponified oils of…” or the saponified oil names: sodium olivate, sodium cocoate, sodium tallowate, etc.
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    Best Oatmeal, Milk and Honey FO?

    Search the forum for the OMH blend by @IrishLass. It is wonderful. Edit: it is at the bottom of post 5 in this thread
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    Getting soap out of Milky Way plastic cavity molds?

    Glad you got them out! You can still use the Milky Way molds for shower steamers or bath bombs.
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    July 2021 SMF Soap Un-Challenge - Confetti/Cubes

    I agree - the chunks look great!
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    Can anyone tell me if this shampoo bar has been made using lye?

    No, this is a very typical syndet bar - no lye soap ingredients at all.
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    Post your Gripe

    Ugh, what a bummer. We will be there tomorrow picking up grandkids. Thankfully only staying overnight before heading right back home.
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    The 4-letter game

    Ursula never doubted Everett. DOUB
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    The word association game

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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    You could use vinegar or aloe vera juice instead.
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    Opinions on recipe modifications

    Olive oil is cheaper and more available for me.
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    Has this happened to you?

    My last order from them was June 26. I received notice on July 26 that they were shipping it... minus the one ingredient that I really wanted (the other stuff was added to make the most of the shipping cost). The ingredient was in stock when I ordered it. Their notice didn't say when it is...
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    Getting soap out of Milky Way plastic cavity molds?

    The cooking spray may have saponified with the rest of the oils. Silicone release spray or a light coating of mineral oil is a better bet (doesn't saponify). For these soaps, try putting the molds into the freezer for about 40 minutes. Then take them out and let them sit on the counter for...
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    Opinions on recipe modifications

    To answer your question about lard v. palm, although they have very similar FA profiles, I can definitely feel the difference. Soaps with even 10% palm feel harsher to my skin; lard soap lather feels very creamy and soft, and my hands don't feel as dry after washing. I also like to limit the...
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    Colour Safe Syndet Shampoo bars

    Well that was an interesting rabbit hole. In a general web search for Sweet Blue Lupine Peptides, I found many products that contain blue lupine peptides, but only a few references to companies that appear to carry it, with no ordering information: 1. has a brochure about sweet...
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    Opinions on recipe modifications

    Unless cost is an issue, you can simplify your recipe by using lard OR palm - no need for both. I vote for lard, since it will give you a much slower trace, and for most people, a much gentler soap feel.
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    Skin irritations due to handmade soap

    Lemongrass EO in any amount is a known skin sensitizer for a good number of people.
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    Underrated spices for bread/brioche/pastry

    Rosemary + sage + fresh garlic in homemade ciabatta (GF for me). 😍🥰🤩