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  1. G

    Jewelweed Pine Tar best practice

    Newbie so sorry for ignorant questions. I've done a lot of research but need more clear answers. I began this adventure to create a great skin soap for my kids. Pine tar was the interest. This grew into a primary desire for a good acne soap for them which brought me to jewel weed. I'm honing in...
  2. R

    CP Soap seems much more expensive to make than melt and pour?

    Hi everyone, I'm looking at the costs of making CP soap (which is my preferred option) but comparing it to melt and pour it seems far more expensive, is that right? For instance, assuming I did some bulk buying I can get organic coconut oil for around £7/l, and that's one of the cheaper oils it...
  3. Zainab91

    Using single cell molds

    Hey every one. I’m new to soap making and have made 5 batches now trying out different recipes and how they react with the scents I have. I have made 4 batches in the loaf mold and recently did a batch in a mold with single cells trying to get a nice rectangle shaped bar of soap. Now I...
  4. M

    fragrance / essential oils

    is it safe to use fragrance oil in cold process dish washing soap? I made a soap that was intended for body use but just too drying for the skin. I’ve seen a good amount of dish washing recipes with 100% CO . I’m wondering if I could use up the soap for washing dishes so it doesn’t waste :) I...
  5. Ladka

    Goat tallow from a he-goat

    I've been just given goat tallow + sheep tallow in raw state. I'm going to cut and melt it. It is obtained from a he-goat and from a ram. The Soapmaking Recipe Builder & Lye Calculator gives SAPs for sheep 0.138 and for goat 0.137. I'm so grateful for the calculator to do all the calculation...
  6. C

    Newbie to the world of CP soap making - Help needed :)

    Hi guys. :) I am new to this whole wonderful world of soap making. I wanted to try it for a while after watching so many videos of people making such lovely designs and thought I would give it a go as a creative outlet. I made my first ever batch with melt and pour soup base, lemon (I think...
  7. Emma Cook

    Question about Colorants

    I’ve gotten several batches under my belt, but there’s still one thing I’m a bit confused about... Maybe it’s just me overthinking, but I’ve been wondering if there’s a “right” way to add colorants to soap. For example, I’ve read that it helps to mix colorants with a carrier oil, but my bars get...
  8. Emma Cook

    First Time Using Kokum Butter!!

    I used Kokum butter for the first time today. Used eucalyptus essential oil and textured the top. I love the way it turned out and I can’t wait to cut it with my new multi bar cutter! :) I’m 19 and I’ve only been soaping for a few months, but I’ve found my passion! I love experimenting with new...
  9. C

    Tallow soap very soft--CP

    My 100% tallow soap took forever to trace, and only after I put the bowl in hot water. 0% superfat 129.37 g lye 300 g water 2 lbs tallow After trace, 45 g water 2 tsp sugar 0.2 oz citric acid Combined at temps 117 for tallow, 120 for lye solution Stick and hand mixed for over 30 minutes...
  10. G

    Beer Soap?

    I’m going to make a beer soap next weekend, setting out a medium colored beer, probably an IPA or Pale Ale, on wednesday to begin conditioning. Questions abound. A lot of the recipes I see call for oils I don’t use (avocado) or colorants so sparkly and “pretty” they just seem out of place in...
  11. V

    What is this?

    I just cut this and got this spots. Please tell me that they will go away :(
  12. Emma Cook

    New Soaper Here! Any advice welcome!

    Hello all! My name is Emma and I have just recently started making cold process soap. I started as a way to cope with the stress of university and I have absolutely fallen in love with it! I am a newbie, so I have a few questions: Where can I find soap recipes? Or learn how to formulate my...
  13. L

    Questions about dilution

    Hi there! Hope all of you are having a great time! :) I'm ready to try my 3rd try for liquid soap (90% OO - 10% CO, 25% lye, 1% superfat). My first attempt was the cooking method, diluted a bit at a time until i ended up with a great clear and honey thick consistency LS. I was thrilled for the...
  14. TeresaE

    Immersion Blender w on/off switch?

    Hello All, Thank you for allowing me to join this forum, name is Teresa About 14 years ago I had a successful handmade soap and skin care business and made TONS of handmade cold process soap. I loved it but had to give it up and go back out into the workforce when my daughter went off to...
  15. K

    Help please! Soap smells like fish.

    Hi! I'm very new to this and just tested my first batch which was a peppermint and pine scented cold process. I used coconut oil, olive oil, and lard for this soap. The soap smells wonderful until it gets wet. Once wet it smells like fish. My husband says I don't smells like fish but the bar...
  16. C

    Fresh EO blend that holds up after cure

    Hello! I'm making an Activated charcoal brine soap and want it to smell herbaceous, minty, uplifting, fresh! However I've had a hard time making this EOs stick, even by the time I'm unmolding I can barely smell the blend. I've been using 3% of oil weight, which is what I use for my other...
  17. Mestiza Girl

    Room Temp Cold Process - have you tried?

    Unlike many others, I have been only focusing on the room temperature method for making soap. I feel that it is faster in the sense I don't need to track temperatures and wait for oils to cool. I make my lye water and let it sit until the next day. Once it is fully cooled, I weigh out and mix my...
  18. S

    Am I overly worried about lye?

    Hello, I’m a new soap maker, have studied up on it for years, and have made my first batch just last night, but since then, I’ve been scared that my house is a lye filled place and I’m going to go blind or die! I’ve washed my dishes with a separate sponge like I should and I cleaned my sink with...
  19. B

    Essential oils and temperature

    I have only made a few batches of soap, and have a few questions. First, I’m not really trying to promote my soaps going through the gel phase since I use essential oils and natural botanicals that I’m sure are heat sensitive. What should the temperature of my cold process soaps be? I’ve...
  20. Iseleigh

    Kind of new to soap, have a couple questions

    I'm fairly familiar with soap making and using, but also know that soapcalc is only kind of a guideline and the true values may not always be as the calculations say, especially if you're using liquids other than water and other additives. I've done some research into the oils and...