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  1. Rick Jarvis

    Butter in soap?

    Why isn't Mobil 1 listed on soap calc?
  2. Rick Jarvis

    Butter in soap?

    How about Mayo? ;)
  3. Rick Jarvis

    Rick's gone level crazy

    So I usually make slab mold soaps. If your mold isn't really level you get sloped soap. So have been re leveling the soap mold table every time. Not sure why it doesn't stay level. I think the molds are a bit off but it was time consuming and frustrating to re level after each batch...So this is...
  4. Rick Jarvis

    Farmer's Market cancelled because of nice weather

    Our market was cancelled without notice yesterday due to some weather reports that might have included t-storms. The day was beautiful, sunny and no t storms. Sigh...loaded the rig, drove there, no one was there, no notice....sigh. End of Rant
  5. Rick Jarvis

    Best lye brands

    Local suppliers might be best. Mine offers a 50lb bag at 95 cents a pound but has a weird 25 dollar environmental fee but still a bargain.
  6. Rick Jarvis

    Bigger masterbatch idea..will it fly?

    Thanks everyone for the insights and info....off to make soap.
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    Bigger masterbatch idea..will it fly?

    Thank you so very much. For now I have just the one recipe and I like it..so off I go to make more soap appreciate the time you took to explain.
  8. Rick Jarvis

    Bigger masterbatch idea..will it fly?

    Ok that makes sense. I don't have at present more than one recipe. I love the one I have. So off I go..thanks.
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    Bigger masterbatch idea..will it fly?

    So just to be sure. If my former single batch mix had x amount of water and x amount of lye= my lye water. When I make a masterbatch of 6x of lye and 6x of water when I go to pour off 1 batch worth of the lye water mix...it is the total of water and lye amount for a single batch that I would...
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    Bigger masterbatch idea..will it fly?

    WOW great idea..I just recruited one of my laundry jugs for the exact same purpose..thanks for the idea.
  11. Rick Jarvis

    Bigger masterbatch idea..will it fly?

    Thanks AliOop, Yes it has been doing well since I started doing farmer's markets. Online sales were too time consuming to "market" and the results were spotty. I love meeting people in person and talkin soap.
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    Bigger masterbatch idea..will it fly?

    So moving ahead with my production levels..taking it up a little notch. I have been "masterbatching" individual containers of lye and oils that make one batch for me. I make up around 12 sets at a time which lasts less than a week and is a huge pain to replenish. 12 containers of lye and 12 of...
  13. Rick Jarvis

    How Important is Sodium Lactate?

    I use it. Been so long I don't recall why I started. Probably a thread like this. My soaps come out of my silicone molds easily. I have never seen the chalkiness. It's inexpensive so whether or not it is a placebo or a real helper isn't worth the time to experiment. It seems to work. I have no...
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    Is it impolite to apply to a farmer's market that already has a soap seller?

    Not sure I'd characterize us as Contemporaries. I never heard of Chihuly when I took my first class in glass sculpture. Among the artists in the class were some vocal critics of both his work and how he treated the people that worked for him. That conversation led to the name of my business...
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    Is it impolite to apply to a farmer's market that already has a soap seller?

    Funny how competition is viewed. I am at a farmer's market now and I can only come in every other week because they have other soap makers. In days past when I was a glass artist I did large national shows where there were around 500 glass artists. 4 or 5 rows of them the length of a convention...
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    Does anybody like unscented soap?

    Came across this article, and thought I'd post to add another flavor to the discussion. It's hard while in Covid isolation to get a finger on the pulse of soap consumers. I had only a hint of those that avoid fragrance. Is this an unserved population...
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    Does anybody like unscented soap?

    This is one of my great challenges. I have played with scents and generally don't like them. I have a weak sense of smell and order what are well reviewed and top selling fragrances from Nurture and Nature's Garden. While no expert they seem chemically and fade pretty quick. I am anchoring them...
  18. Rick Jarvis

    First time this happened??????

    Just a weird add. I was making a batch of colors in white soap. In one funnel pitcher I used TD mixed with water( very easy mixing) and one with TD mixed with oil (much harder to mix). The weird thing is the TD mixed with water accelerated the batter pretty quick..the TD with the oil behaved. Shrug
  19. Rick Jarvis

    Any graphics people here?

    Kathymzr This wasn't my issue but really learned from this posting. Thank you.!
  20. Rick Jarvis

    The word association game

    Suit
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