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    Soapmaker 3 Pro, a little overwhelming

    Thanks, I picked up a copy and am looking forward to trying it out.
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    EO combinations- which are best sellers?

    I'm gearing up for holiday soap making this weekend and next week. I would love some input on which EO combinations have show the best sales or customer feedback (combinations and proportions). I have the following EOs but have enough time to order more if needed: Lemongrass Lemon...
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    Wilton Icing Coloring?????

    My experience is that these will fade or change because of the batter ph. For your time and money, better off to stick to cp colors. If you're just goofing to see what you get, then by all means!
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    DIY Soap Tools

    And all this time I thought you were a Compulsive Lyer. ;-)
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    DIY Soap Tools

    this sounds interesting. To tension the strings would you also use a guitar tuning peg? It would be good to cut an entire log or two in one pass. On the lighter side, you could perhaps pluck the wires between cuts and create a soap maker's work song!
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    What is your 'Go To' all around recipe?

    That sound like a great recipe. I'm trying that this weekend! Thanks! JD
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    What is your 'Go To' all around recipe?

    thanks for the input. I'd like to find another standard, so I appreciate your input. I'm also considering making some Castille out of olive oil- have you made this before? Are the bars typically plain or have you done any swirls and designs on olive oil bars? Thanks! JD
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    What is your 'Go To' all around recipe?

    My 'standard' is: 35% coconut oil 35% olive oil 30% shea butter I am gearing up in the next two weeks to make several kinds of CP soaps for the holidays- for family gifts and to sell on a small scale to friends who give them as gifts. My two log molds each hold about two liters each 68 oz...
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    Soapmaker 3 Pro, a little overwhelming

    Does anyone still know if they provide a discount for HSGC, Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, members? I'm looking forward to using this software. Are you also able to include your Labor in the pricing models? Thanks, JD
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    Saying no to a custom order customer

    If you said that you could make soap without using Lye, you would be lying.* * Yes, I think this is really punny!
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    My new molds- feedback please

    Final Removal I've removed the large log- this is a full mold: Finished product weight 4.68 lb or 2120g Yield- 18 x 4 oz bars, (113g ea.) The removal took a few minutes longer than the partial mold removal. The end pieces removed with no problem and the log was removed by tapping a 2"wide...
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    My new molds- feedback please

    Update- I used the new molds on some soap last night. I rebatched some Lavender soap that I put entirely too much eo in the mix. I rebatched in a boiler and microwave and seeded the mold with spoonfuls of lavender soap. I poured a new batch of unscented shea butter/coconut/olive oil over it...
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    My new molds- feedback please

    I built them from a large cutting board that I bought from a local restaurant supply company. The liners and end pieces are of thinner similar material from a cutting board purchased from Walmart. I cut the boards on my Bosch compound miter saw, but would have used a table saw if I had...
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    My new molds- feedback please

    I have some Lexan that is fairly thin and strong and very smooth. Another option is to use push rods through holes in the bottom to push the liner up and break the friction on the walls. It will be interesting to see how the first batch comes out (or doesn't come out?).
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    My new molds- feedback please

    I'll try a batch and see how it goes. I can always drop them in the freezer before removing them.
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    My new molds- feedback please

    I just completed two new molds for my CP soaps. They are made from NSF cutting board material purchased from a restaurant supply store. The ends are removable with four anchor bolts and 10-24 stainless wing nuts on each end. There is a liner in each mold to allow for easy removal of the soap...
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