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    Need reliable info on max use limits

    Hi all- Anyone know of a good website with recommended use limits on things like EO's, oxides, etc.? Each supplier I use offers them, but it would be nice to have one, bookmarked site that tells all. Thanks!
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    Rebatching Oatmeal and Honey Soap.

    Every batch of soap I've ever made was insulated and went through gel, until a few weeks ago. That was just the way I learned, and it worked well for me. Lyn (a member here) had suggested putting my soap in the fridge to preserve the look of some mounded tops I was trying to make. It worked like...
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    oops too much black oxide

    I used 4T. to 5 1/2# of oils. My supplier recommends up to 1 Tablespoon per pound of oils.
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    My very first batch of soap!!

    Scales are soooo important! Mine is a digital-- I've learned to keep an eye on it, though-- when the batteries are dying, the measurements aren't as accurate- even though the display looks fine. :cry:
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    Soaping with my Niece

    What gorgeous colors!! I especially love the glitter- haven't used it yet, but was actually just asking on the forum the other day about it... My daughters and I like to soap together too! They've actually created some of my customers' favorite EO blends. Anything we can do as...
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    Unmolded after only 4 hours...tell me it'll be ok.

    so, in a salt bar, is it the high % of coconut oil that causes it to set up so fast, or is it the salt? I assumed it was the salt!!! My first salt bar attempt a few weeks back, set up SO quickly-- luckily I cut it quickly- if I remember, it was only 5 hours after pour-- because the next...
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    Pomace vs. Reg. olive oil

    Does anyone use Pomace? I haven't tried it, but it seems to be just a bit less expensive than regular olive oi. What differences would it create in the bars?
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    I have DOS on my first batch I did on April 30th..??

    I guess I've been lucky in the DOS arena. I've never had bars develop them. I cure in my basement, with a dehumidifier running. There are several small basement windows, so there's light, but not much, and it doesn't shine on the bars. From what I've read about DOS, it's a matter of which...
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    Done Deal. First Batch made!

    I love lemongrass!! Just bought a new bottle to use in place of lemon EO. I'm not usually a fan of patchouli, but I bet in combination, it's probably nice. Can't wait to see pictures!!
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    What's Tooth Soap?

    My dad used a natural tooth soap when I was little. I think it was "Toms?" or something similar. The taste was certainly..... different from my Crest!! I'm intrigued though. Maybe if I see some at a craft show, I'll try it. oops-edited to say "tooth" soap :)
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    How much cocoa to use to color my 10lb batch brown?

    I made a chocolate soap last night, and used 4 T. to a 5# (oil) batch. The color was just like dark chocolate fudge pudding. I had made some before, and only used 2T. The color was almost the same- but the scent was mostly gone after 2 months.
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    oops too much black oxide

    My first attempts at a black soap colored with activated charcoal left black drips all over the shower and turned my washcloths black! Luckily, everything just washed right out. When I cut back on the charcoal, I didn't get the same intense black. I used 1/4 c. to a 5#(oil) batch. What...
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    Rebatching Oatmeal and Honey Soap.

    I haven't had much luck with getting my rebatches to look pretty. So, I agree that if these don't zap, I would just let them be their gorgeous little selves!! Great soap- just not the look you were going for. By the way, CPVC pipe (sold at Lowe's, etc) can withstand temps up to 220 F...
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    Shampoo separation :(

    Yay for you!! I haven't dabbled in shampoos yet. Are they every bit as nice as the commercial products you were using before? Or, do you have those "I wish it was more like...." moments? I remember trying to get my mom to try my soap when I was in college- she said it left more soap scum...
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    Cosmetic Database...What's In Your Shampoo etc.???

    Oh my... don't get me started. We were at Mt. Rushmore about a month ago, and a drinking fountain in the visitor center had a noted posted above it stating that the water at Rushmore was found to have higher amounts of arsenic than had previously been recorded, but that it was still safe to...
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    Graininess with Shea Butter in soap?

    I got spots last night too... but they turned out to be bubbles, afterall! Funny- they look identical until you slice the bars and can see the little hollow centers!!! Thanks Deda, for the stearic explanation- I've gotten THOSE spots as well, and always wondered which oil was responsible...
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    A few of my soaps

    Those are great!! I love your labels- they're fun! :)
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    Best recipe w/ these ingredients...?

    Right- it's not about saponification-it's about an oils' beneficial qualities. I'm such a science geek- I googled around a bit, and found this article (not the best writing, but good info) about differences between shea butter and cocoa butter. I found it interesting- thought I'd share with...
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    insurance

    I could only hope to not be able to qualify for their services in a few years!!! LOL! I didn't know they won't cover larger businesses. Hmm. One more thing to look into as I grow.... So, what does an over $5000 soapmaker do, besides HMSG?
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    Green Tea Coloring

    you're funny! My mom loves all my soaps with stuff in them- and she's a bath-taker... I can't imagine all the gunk floating around!! Then again, she likes "bath tea," too- The loose sort that you just scoop into the tub. not me. I like scrubby little blueberry seeds. They're probably my...
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