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  1. homesteaders

    Interesting Study: Essential Oils & Extracts as Preservatives

    Having that problem would turn my life upside down. So sorry you have to deal with that. I am just the opposite.
  2. homesteaders

    Interesting Study: Essential Oils & Extracts as Preservatives

    Earlier in the report, it acknowledges that the study was done in a lab, and that other factors come into play when other ingredients are used in different cosmetics. The study notes that most allergic reactions are from the preservatives, and this was an early study to find safe and effective...
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    Interesting Study: Essential Oils & Extracts as Preservatives

    Here's an interesting study comparing Essential Oils, Extracts, and Methylparaben as preservatives. I'll post the link rather than the entire study. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235988663_Essential_Oils_and_Herbal_Extracts_as_Antimicrobial_Agents_in_Cosmetic_Emulsion
  4. homesteaders

    DIY Tube Molds?

    I sort of did it, but it needed a bit of refinement. The silicone was rather expensive, and I didn't buy enough to practice as I should. The main problem I had was making the outside box in which to pour the silicone around the column of bears made from plaster of paris. I just made it from...
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    Stephenson Foaming Bath Butter vs. Crafter's Choice Foaming Bath Whip

    Also, is there much difference between using a hand mixer and a stand mixer? How many 8oz. jars of bath whip can be expected after fully whipping? Thanks!
  6. homesteaders

    New Stephensons Bath Butter vs Old Version

    Thanks for your honesty. I finally found more recent reviews about it. Most of the people liked it, but said they only got 2 to 2.5 8oz jars per pound of the Stephenson. I expected more than that. How many jars is generally expected from Crafter's Choice? Also, does it make any difference if a...
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    Stephenson Foaming Bath Butter vs. Crafter's Choice Foaming Bath Whip

    Have any of you used both -- the Stephenson Foaming Bath Butter, and the Crafter's Choice Foaming Bath Whip? Even if you've only used one, can you tell me what you like or don't like about them? Do they both double in volume once they are properly whipped? I read a review saying the...
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    Sub for Essence of Jesus by Rustic Escentuals

    Thank you all for the replies! I didn't receive notices, so I didn't know there were more replies. I will try the suggestions. I only have about half an ounce remaining. Probably not enough for another company to duplicate, but I'll give it a try. Thanks for the suggestions!
  9. homesteaders

    How to use these natural colorants in HP

    I have had the best success with madder root by adding it to plain, full fat yogurt, and then adding after the cook.
  10. homesteaders

    Sub for Essence of Jesus by Rustic Escentuals

    I have no idea, but that FO sure is Heavenly! :tub: Lol! Our posts crossed
  11. homesteaders

    Sub for Essence of Jesus by Rustic Escentuals

    Lavender EO gives me a headache and makes me feel really out of sorts for a day or so when I make soap with it. I'll give Arabian Spice a try. Thanks!
  12. homesteaders

    Sub for Essence of Jesus by Rustic Escentuals

    Can anyone recommend either a good replacement for Essence of Jesus from Rustic Escentuals, or a blend of FO's and/or EO's that comes close? I purchased 4 oz to try back when they still had a bunch, but I only recently got around to using it for some gifts. Everyone loved it, especially the men...
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    Can Sodium Lactate be added to FOs during prep?

    I only use Sodium Lactate when I do Hot Process soaps that I want to be more fluid. For that, I add it after the cook, along with the FO/EO, yogurt, clay and anything else I want to include. I don't use it in CP.
  14. homesteaders

    My first black colored soap

    I love your soap! So beautiful. The ITP swirl worked perfectly!
  15. homesteaders

    Fragrance oils

    Lavender essential oil is the only one that really gets to me. I love the fragrance, but after soaping with it, I feel terribly out of sorts for a couple of days. My dog sleeps a lot when I use it, though. :)
  16. homesteaders

    Anyone else?

    Thanks for the info. It only happens with the Nitrile gloves. Not latex or vinyl. Not a big deal, though.
  17. homesteaders

    de-funk de pits

    Mine have always been solid at room temperature (generally about 60 to 75 degrees F). I melt it by setting the jug in a sink with hot tap water. The babassu from Soaper's Choice stayed liquid for about a day and a half, but the babassu from Amazon became too solid to pour within a few hours.
  18. homesteaders

    Rose EO in CP soap

    My favorite is an EO blend of Rose Geranium, Bergamot, and Palmarosa in equal amounts.
  19. homesteaders

    de-funk de pits

    Thank you, Dahila. Where do you buy Babassu, or do you think that makes any difference. Just wondering because my recipe has worked great until I used the babassu from Soaper's Choice. All other ingredients were from the same source as previous batches. Maybe I don't need so much cetyl alcohol.
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