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  1. bat755

    Reverse engineering: Magnesium Carbonate

    Hi soapmakers, I’m trying to reverse engineer the soaps from a popular brand. The factor I want to replicate is the intensity and persistence of the fragrances. As far as I can read on the ingredients list they use EO to add scent. In this particular soap I read: Orange EO, Cedarwood EO...
  2. profadecaligrafie

    Activated Charcoal Tea Tree Soap Feedback

    Hello soap makers! This is my first post, and I'm among the first attempts at making natural soap using the cold process method. I need some clarification: I made this soap 2 days ago and noticed tiny sweat bubbles on its surface. Does anyone know if this is normal? I tested the pH yesterday...
  3. CelestialLizzie

    How much ice to use while keeping the soap hot?

    I recently made my first batch of soap as an adult, and… kind of a nightmare. First part of the nightmare I literally spent almost an hour trying to mix the lye with all my distilled water frozen in cubes since I heard (can’t remember where from) that 100% frozen liquids was a good idea, and I...
  4. Daaalyyynn

    I dont understand what is this

    Hi everyone! I’ve been trying to make cp soaps but I encountered this weird wet spots like upon cutting my soap. And the sides has holes as well as dark spots. It’s so frustrating. My recipe is attached. Hope somebody can help me figure this out and give me tips how to prevent
  5. L

    Can I cure soap in a sealed container?

    My assumption is no, but I figure it's worth asking. I've got a batch of cold process soap curing right now and the scent is a little overpowering. Whatever room I put it in becomes inundated with the [refreshing] peppermint scent of the bars and is difficult to spend any amount of time in...
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    There are a few pale yellow spots on this side of the bar
  7. B

    magnesium carbonate hydroxide tetrahydrate (chalk)

    Hello, I was wondering if I could use magnesium carbonate hydroxide in order to make my cold process soaps whiter. Any insights? I have a lot of it, thus if it works I would rather use it than buy titanium dioxide. If I can try to use it, I know its water soluble but is it also oil soluble...
  8. L

    Trying to recreate Purpose Brand Soap

    I'm trying to recreate this brand of soap so I can make it myself but I'm not sure where to begin. It's the only soap that my wife can use without issue but I think they're phasing it out because it's becoming increasingly difficult to find in stores. The ingredients are, in order: sodium...
  9. Rachel Barnhouse

    Soap recipe with No Coconut/No Palm?

    Hello! New here, I'm wondering if I can create a bar with no coconut or palm oil. I already don't use palm oil but want to create a facial bar without CO either. Coconut is extremely drying, and all substitutes I find is Palm . Any suggestions? Is this bar possible? Thank youuu!
  10. V

    Powered Goat + Buttermilk

    I am excited to start adding powered goat milk and buttermilk to my cold process recipes. Any advise on that? I usually do (in ounces): 15,3 lard 8.5 coconut oil 8.5 canola 1.7 castor 11 water 4.84 lye 1 fragrance oils Thank you!!!
  11. V

    Soda Ash in CP

    Hey guys, I am now into the CP soap making, I have done a few batches with differen results. I have a lot of questions but let start with this: What do you you with soda ash? I read a lot of things about spraying with alcohol, put sone steam, etc. What worked better for you? Thank you
  12. maria_merry

    Dog soap for shiny coat

    I made dog shampoo soap (cold proccess), and after trying the results were a bit different from what's expected: during washing you feel that the hair is getting very dull/dry touch, and after washing the coat looked rather dull and dry and matted. It seemed the soap took out all the natural...
  13. EllieMae

    Hello from total newbie!

    Just wanted to pop in here and say hello to everyone! I'm a complete newbie to soap making (attempted my first cold process batch last week and it *sorta* turned out) so I anticipate lurking on this forum a lot in the future! Thanks for having me :)
  14. A

    Planning First Swirl (CP)

    I'm a beginner, having made 4 batches of plain soap although one with the texture of ground dried orange peel, one with lavender oil (but not enough). Now I'm ready to attempt a swirl. I'm planning a very small loaf (680 g oil) as my first attempt. I bought a few micas and clays. Here are some...
  15. Mestiza Girl

    Need A Second Opinion - CP recipe

    My last batch was high in OO and I'm looking to reduce this by adding a new oil- sweet almond. I know everything is about trial and error, but I'm hoping to get some suggestions and opinions on this recipe before I jump into it. I want a decent lather and a fairly hard bar.
  16. R

    What is going on???

    Hi, am a beginner (just started last month!) and I’ve been looking for an answer about what I’m doing wrong. The last two batches of soap I’ve made have turned out with brownish greenish spots on all the bars, straight out of the mold. I thought it was DOS, but then I read it was too soon for...
  17. E

    Any benefits left after EO evaporation?

    Hi! We have all heard of the benefits of essential oils. Adding essential oils to soaps make them smell "natural" and good. However, we also know that the scent of essential oils will evaporate over time in soaps. Let say after a few months when the scent of the essential oils has faded or...
  18. M

    chamomile EO !

    hi everyone ! i made my list of ingredients for my first recipe with (50%OO, 28%CO ,12% Shea butter and 10% Castor oil ) i want to add some chamomile EO on it , but i'm little bitte confused . i read that EOs lost their scent after a couple of weeks or days , so i have some questions ? is it...
  19. earlene

    Aug 2018 SMF Challenge - Dancing Funnel Pour

    PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THIS FIRST (and ALL Rules)- General Rules: 1. The only members eligible to vote are those with their names on the sign up list - regardless of whether or not you have submitted an entry. 2. This month’s voting will be password locked. Passwords will be PM'ed to registered...
  20. cmzaha

    2% does make a difference

    Stupid me, I decided to up my CO/PKO by 2% to up bubbly factor, that did not work out well. Yep, it lathers better and faster than my 15-17% CO/PKO in most soaps but it is now going to require me to age it at least 3 months if not 4 before taking to market. Sadly I needed these for restocking...