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  1. M

    Panty hose for what exactly?

    I remember seeing someone say they used panty hose to smooth their soap or something. I’m curious, does anyone know about this technique and what it actually does? Or how to even do it. I am wanting my soaps to be super smooth without any perfections. I only do cold process. Let me know of any...
  2. B

    Cost per bar of soap

    Hello everyone, I am a newbie and was looking to get some other's feedback on your cost per bar of cold process soap. First of all, our soap is costing around $1.50/5oz bar, or $0.30/oz. This is using organic oils, non organic everything else. Using all natural ingredients, like colored kaolin...
  3. Garden Gives Me Joy

    Fresh & Other 'Perishable' Ingredients (& Natural Packaging Materials) in CP Soap

    In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, I am also keen on using dry ingredients like oat flour, corn flour, aloe powder, etc and packaging matterials that include cotton. 1. Am I correct in assuming that, provided they are very well pureed or ground, perishable ingredients are less likely...
  4. KaySteve

    Essentials?

    So i have been wanting to make cold process soap for like three years but got told its really difficult and to start with melt and pour, while that was fun it just wasnt what i wanted. im ready to finally get into CP and have done so much research and have my recipies and designs ready. My...
  5. ShelbbyLeighh

    Charcoal Soap has chalky white film ?

    Hi guys, I made my first batch of cold process Charcoal Soap last night & when i had a look at it this morning, there’s kind of a white chalky film over the top. I sprayed it with 70% isopropyl alcohol 13 min after pouring into the mold. I’m sure it’s harmless but just would like to verify...
  6. NaturallyPosh

    First post, First batch of soap in a mold, First bath bombs!

    Hello everyone, Have been lurking for a minute, reading all the experience and much needed tips and advice. Finally made my first batch of soap in a mold today along with many many unsuccessful bath bomb batches and only two really pretty bath bombs. I have made soap before but nothing pretty...
  7. Emily4028

    First cocoa butter soap

    Hi all, I’m a beginner looking to make a conditioning soap with a creamy lather that leaves skin feeling super soft. I came up with the following recipe using soapcalc and several forums on this site. It’s my first time using cocoa butter. I just tried it after 1 week of curing (I couldn’t...
  8. Kila

    Curing Question!

    Hey guys! I'm a beginner at making cold processed soap. I live in a fairly cool apartment with not much space to leave my bars to cure other than inside the oven (off, of course). Is this a sufficient place to let them cure? If so, how can I speed up the curing process?
  9. Ronda Stika

    My 4th of July Event Star Soap

    Since my red, white & blue cupcakes aren't what I envisioned, I decided to make a loaf of Stars & Stripes soap with the cute star embeds I had previously made. My piping skills are so-so, I hope to improve and have a new recipe just for frosting. I would love feedback! Since I will be selling...
  10. Stephd31

    Translucent and Opaque soap - how is it done?

    Hi Everyone, I have long been obsessed with opaque and translucent soaps together. So I have been working on making translucent soap without burning down the house, but working with everclear does terrify me. Have any of you done this type of soap? Is it just transparent soap poured on top...
  11. kelly2019

    help with layers in a sunflower mold

    I want to make a CP salt/spa bar and have a salt layer on bottom, but I want to do the reg recipe on top where the flower design is, (which means on bottom since I'll be pouring into the silicone sunflower molds.) Will I pour my reg batter in and then wait until it hardens somewhat.... add the...
  12. K

    Drying Cold Process Soap!

    I have made couple of batches of soaps already but all of them dries my skin. 1 was cured for 6 weeks The others 4 weeks. They are not lye heavy. I used soap calc and brambleberry calculators. These are unscented soaps. These are also a coMbination of gelled and ungelled soaps. My skin doesn’t...
  13. V

    Cold process soap - sweating

    Hi soapmakers, I have my cold process soap in storage and it`s winter here in Australia. I`ve noticed beads of sweat on all of my soaps. I store them in cardboard boxes with 2 holes on each side for ventilation. Will this clear up naturally on its own when the winter ends or what is the best...
  14. Josie

    Hello from London, UK

    Hi guys, I'm Josie, new to the website and semi-new to soaping. I've found lots of content on this site super useful and although I don't have much to share when it comes to advising because Lord knows I'm still learning, I will try to to get involved. A bit about my soaping experience -...
  15. L

    German Chocolate Cake with cold process and melt and pour soap

    my first cake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8MNfqmw96Y
  16. K

    Sticky Crumbly Layer!!

    Hi, soap pros. I've been making hot and cold process for about a year now, experimenting with different recipes to find one that works well for me. In my latest experiment, I attempted to make a three layer cold process soap - Peppermint Mocha. I used a recipe that I'd made 5 previous times -...
  17. candicec003

    CP salt soap

    Hi, I'm interested in making a salt bar but I'm a soaper who intentionally avoids gel phase. I'm wondering if the salt bars have to go through gel phase or not. Also any feedback on salt bars would be appreciated. Thanks
  18. T

    Coconut Oil separating during Cold Process?

    This is my second time making soap, the first time went perfectly, I used olive oil and my soap came out great. This time I used Coconut Oil and did the exact same thing. It was perfect once I hit trace, but then it thickened up extremely fast. The top of my mold looks like one big thick mess...
  19. CMars

    Want to buy shampoo bar by Canadian soapmaker

    Hi, I've been trying to find a good shampoo bar. I've never used any solid shampoos other than my own but I'm not happy with the recipe yet. I would like to try something that's tried and true so to speak just to see what a good quality shampoo bar is like. I'd prefer to buy Canadian if...
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