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  1. DawninWA

    HP Troubles - HP's Please Help

    I do it differently than most people, I don't use a crock pot. I use a big stainless steel bowl on a hot plate. I put the temp pretty low, leave it uncovered, and stir often. I'm a rebel. When it gets to applesauce, it's almost done, I stir it with my spatula at this point and when it comes...
  2. DawninWA

    How soon to unmold and cut 100% coconut oil soap?

    I've cut in 3 hours before (hot process though). The soap is still hot, it's a little weird. 5 or 6 hours max.
  3. DawninWA

    Making soap ultra white

    Ivory shea butter instead of the more yellow one, and high oleic safflower in place of olive. I like 100% coconut oil soap lately, and unless the fragrance discolors, it's very white.
  4. DawninWA

    Two base oils that are dirt cheap at the supermarket

    The one that is just vegetable is probably soybean. These aren't used much in soap because they go rancid easily and can contribute to DOS.
  5. DawninWA

    Diffusion of micas question

    I mix them with the fragrance oils, but that's mostly so I'll stop forgetting the fragrance oils.
  6. DawninWA

    All these little orange spots

    Yes, I just moved and made part of my new garage my soap studio. It gets hot in there. The oils were fairly young, the lard was new. I'll keep the oils in the house during summer. It's a really nice soap, it'll be fine for home use. I'm happy with the recipe, I usually use lard or tallow...
  7. DawninWA

    All these little orange spots

    I use bar soap for dishes, they'll work fine for that.
  8. DawninWA

    All these little orange spots

    Well at least it's not a fragrance I'm attached to. I'll put them with my kitchen soap rebatch scraps, they'll get used.
  9. DawninWA

    All these little orange spots

    Smells ok, but I don't like the fragrance, I don't want to be stuck with 12 of these that I can't sell. Oh well, not the end of the world. I made another batch the same day with the same ingredients (different fragrance, no poppy seeds, same mica, and it's fine).
  10. DawninWA

    All these little orange spots

    I know it looks like DOS, but I noticed it at 2 weeks old
  11. DawninWA

    All these little orange spots

    I don't think this is DOS. The soap is not done curing, it's 3 weeks old. Must be from the poppy seeds? Maybe they had some debris? Or the fragrance. Recipe is 50% lard, 25% each coconut and Safflower (HO), 6% superfat. Dragon Fruit fragrance from Aztec, same red mica I've used for a...
  12. DawninWA

    Patchouli Blend Ideas

    People keep asking me for patchouli too. The only way I can stand it is to mix with orange. I use essential oils, so eventually the orange will fade, but the patchouli remains strong. No one minds that it is mixed with orange.
  13. DawninWA

    Not sure what I just made

    I don't think so. It jumps around. If you bump the table or move what's on it it shows a new number. If you leave it alone and don't touch anything, it keeps changing. It was cheap, I'll get a better one. On a positive note, I tried some for washing dishes (hand washing only, don't use bar...
  14. DawninWA

    Not sure what I just made

    I just moved and can't find my good scale (that measures accurately and isn't annoying like the other old one I used as backup). So I bought a new one, bad idea. The soap has gelled and hardened already, but is still very hot. I'll cut it tonight. The original soap I started to make got...
  15. DawninWA

    Not sure what I just made

    It does appear to be soap though, so that's a good sign :thumbs:. I mixed my lye solution, the (brand new) scale was jumping around a bit, but nothing too bad, I thought it was weighing normally. When I got to my oils, I put the lard in, then I had to get something, when I came back, it was...
  16. DawninWA

    Getting a nice WHITE in CP

    Safflower oil, lard or ivory shea butter (some Shea is yellowish), and coconut oil makes a nice white soap. Not quite the brilliant white of titanium dioxide, but nice. Sadly, the orange blossom fragrance oil in the orange and white one discolored to tanish. But the root beer one doesn't...
  17. DawninWA

    New bunny, maybe

    She's a happy friendly bunny, rather playful. Not timid, doesn't care about the dogs or cat. She isn't litter box trained at all, but that's not unusual if she hasn't seen one. She does love hay though, so that's good. None of the rabbit breed profiles matched, so I've determined that she's...
  18. DawninWA

    New bunny, maybe

    I have a neutered male rabbit named Basil who needs a friend, so I've been on the lookout for a female that needs a home. I found a post on the local lost and found pets Facebook page. Someone found a rabbit, but had to go out of town real soon and it was in a rubbermaid tote. So I offered to...
  19. DawninWA

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I only sold 3 bars of soap at the market today, but one was pretty funny. It was scented with fruity pebbles and was 6 colors swirled together. A big tough looking man with a beard bought it. He almost bought a different one because he thought his wife would make fun of him for the fruity...
  20. DawninWA

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I finally made a 100% spearmint soap, I always mix it with peppermint for some reason, but I love spearmint by itself. I just moved and my new house has a little work shop in the garage that I've turned into a soap studio. I also can't find my molds or stick blenders since the move, so I...
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