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  1. Stacy

    Canadian Import Petition

    If you're on eBay you probably already know about this, but if not it may interest you. eBay is starting a petition that is of interest to anyone who imports supplies (or anything else really). In short, the minimum you can import before paying duty is $20. This number was set three decades...
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    Giant Panda vs. Snowman...Enjoy!

    :smalltree: Happy Holidays! :smalltree: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIAO4Htzn8M
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    Folded essential oils

    Looking for some advice if any has experience with folded EOs. I have a recipe I make with a lemon and Lime EO. In my most recent order I switched over to a 5x folded Lemon EO. Are folded oils generally used in the same amounts as other oils? Thanks as always!
  4. Stacy

    To the Lip Balm Gurus...

    First off, if you've ever posted advice on or troubleshooted a lip balm post, I thank you! I've decided to get into making balm and I've spent the last few days reading over archives. There is a lot of useful and interesting info amassed here. As always so many people are very generous with...
  5. Stacy

    Using Soap Bits

    Hi folks, I'm still around. In case I haven't mentioned, I'm a lurker at heart. I read all the time, but rarely post because either someone else already answered perfectly, or I'm interested in the answer myself ;-) But I do have a question. I realize it's been asked before, but I'm interested...
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    Cirtic Acid Math...

    My brain is on strike...I think I'm doing this right, but it's just one of those days where it doesn't LOOK right. I was also one of those kids who was tormented by the teacher in math so I already doubt just about any calculation I do. Here are my starting numbers... 10g of CA neutralizes...
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    Pine Tar INCI question

    Does anyone know the correct way to list Pine Tar in soap? My google-fu didn't give me a satisfactory answer. Google tells me that that INCI for Pine Tar is Palustris (Pine) Wood Tar. I list all my ingredients by the saponified name (ie Sodium Citrate, not Citric Acid, Sodium Cocoate, not...
  8. Stacy

    Castile Bungle

    About a week ago I made a bunch of Castile (100% OO, no scent or color). I tucked it away safe for a say or two so that I could cut it. Life had other plans. So now, even though the soap looks perfect, it's too hard to run through my cutter. Is rebatching my only option other than finding some...
  9. Stacy

    NDA FO Usage Rates

    I was looking at some fragrance oils from New Directions Aromatics and some of the usage rates are very low. For instance their Lavender FO (https://www.newdirectionsaromatics.ca/lavender-fragrant-oil-p-2291.html) has the following recommendations on their MSDS: Cosmetics (0.1 – 0.5%) Candles...
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    Soap Planer

    I was looking through old posts for tips on a decent soap planer and found this thread: http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=25412 I think you were the only two in that thread that said you used this one (and are still active that I can see). Do you still like it a few years...
  11. Stacy

    More Citric Acid questions...

    I want to try out citric acid for both solid and liquid soaps. There have been many thread, here is one: http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=27015_ I use Soapmaker 3 so what I'd like to do is enter Citric Acid as an oil and allow the program to calculate the lye amount. Quite...
  12. Stacy

    Label Tutorial

    Here is a guide to some basic techniques for image editing and design. I want to start out by saying that I'm fully self-taught, by no means is my way the best way, and it might not even be the most efficient. Hopefully I lead no one astray and if I give any misinformation, feel free to correct...
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    Label Tutorial - Info Gathering

    A few people were asking for a tutorial on labels. I am not an expert by any means, but I'm happy to try and put something together. It might take me some time, as I'm sure you know, life has a way of laughing at you when you make plans to do something like this. :Kitten Love: I'm not trying to be...
  14. Stacy

    Your favourite soapy resource

    This is just an idea I had feel free to ignore me if it's been done... Share a link to a website you rely on for inspiration or information directly soap related or not (for instance you might have a great photo site you look at that inspires you). I know all the newer folks will learn a lot...
  15. Stacy

    Drilling holes in stick blender?

    I ran across this idea in a couple of places and wanted to see if any of you wise and experienced people had input. If it's a bad idea for a reason I haven't considered, I'd rather not ruin a good sick blender. The idea is drilling a couple of tiny holes in the top of the bell to allow air to...
  16. Stacy

    Tab-Happy Shortcuts

    I was going to hijack Trix's thread about tab preferences, but then I remembered I'm incapable of brevity when talking about computers and that I'd probably get completely off topic as some of you may have already seen in the Windows 10 thread :P Anyway, In case you tab happy folks didn't know...
  17. Stacy

    Fun With Palm!

    Hey all. I'm finally introducing palm and palm kernel oil into my repertoire. I've been reading up on it and I just wanted to make sure I've got the basics right. Palm is good oil for adding hardness, like coconut, but without the drying/cleaning factors. It's often used in place of tallow or...
  18. Stacy

    PSA - If you have a website, Google is going mobile friendly

    Hey folks, for those of you that run your own website, here is a little reading that you may want to do if your site is search hit driven. In short Google is changing it's ranking system to take mobile browser access into account. Just an fyi in case it effects anyone here...
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    Flashpoint Clarity

    Hello, folks. I always feel like I'm hitting and running when I post. Truth is I don't post a lot because there are so many people here with better answers than me ;-) And is is the case with today's question, I'm worried about passing on misinformation. I thought that flashpoints were the...
  20. Stacy

    General Usage Rates of FOs

    Hello! I have a question about Fragrance Oils. I know the rule of thumb is 1oz PPO. But I've also seen mention of things like cinnamon being irritating (I think this was FO and not just EO but I could be mistaken). What about lotions and creams? Is it just irritation that I'm looking out for...
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