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  1. Megan Garland

    CBD oil in CP Soap

    has anyone used CBD oil in cold process soap? If so what were your results or any recommendations? Thanks! ❤️
  2. Madelyn Cole

    How hard is hard?

    Hello! Most store bought bar soaps are hard to the touch, meaning there is no give. I personally like this quality, but I'm unsure how to achieve this in CP soap. I've read a lot about the various soap properties - hardness, cleansing, bubbly etc. and have learned that solid oils greatly...
  3. Madelyn Cole

    What if your soap doesn't reach gel phase?

    Made my first batch in years today and it's been several hours and it does not appear to have gone through gel phase. Below is the recipe. Used's calculator. Total water: 190 g/ 6.7 oz Total lye: 70 g/2.47 oz Total Oils: 500 g/17 oz Eucalyptus Spearmint FO from MMS...
  4. Madelyn Cole

    How do you choose the right colorants?

    Just getting back into CP soap making after many years and trying to learn about all the different colorants appropriate for CP soap. Of all the choices - micas, oxides, FD&C, D&C, pigments, liquid lab colors - I don't know how to choose. Many sites that sell these products just don't provide...
  5. M

    Fast Curing

    hi everyone ! i want to cure my recipe faster (50%OO, 28%CO, 12%Beef Tallow, 10%Castor, 5%Super Fat) right now i use 38% water as a % of oils , and i read that the discount of water help to cure soap quickly. so how much discount i need to make ? Or do you suggest me to add any other...
  6. deebop

    P&J trading floral fragrance oils for CP?

    ive tried using the plumeria FO before and it came out too strong for my liking. I used the brambleberry calc that time and I had to ditch the batch. Anyone have any experience or opinions on how I might be more pleased with the outcome? I guess I’ll go light on the fragrance this time. It’s a...
  7. Melissa Torre

    Repeated False Trace

    Hello all! Thanks for having me! So, little background,I’m a chef, and have been soaping professionally for about three years now...I have never (other than some sweating) had a problem with production until now...for the past few months every batch of soap false traces! It happens as soon as...
  8. chachalaca

    pH monitoring in CP soap

    Hello, has anyone studied the pH in their soap from the day made throughout the curing process? I just started monitoring mine with a calibrated electronic pHmeter. I was assuming I would have a curve going downwards, since the reaction of lye and oils would cause the pH to tend more to neutral...
  9. D

    Aloe Vera gel - Feedback welcome

    Hi ! So, I'm new at this soap making thing. I was trying to do a soap using Aloe Vera gel directly extracted from the plant. I read that I could do a 50water/50aloe gel. Does it mean that in a recipe with for exemple 100g of water I could do a 50 g of water and 50 g of Aloe Vera gel right ? If...
  10. Sar

    Harder Longer Lasting Bars

    Hi all, All my CP soaps have a lifespan of approximately 3 weeks when used properly and kept relatively dry between uses. I've tried adding salt water, sodium lactate, water discounting to no avail, not a noticeable improvement. I want the bars to be harder and long lasting. Any...
  11. M

    Oh No! Is this DOS?

    This is my 4th batch of CP soap, and my first attempt at swirl. It has only been curing 3 hours in a warm oven and seems to be sweating an orange oil (I didn't use an orange oil). I can post my recipe & process if that helps. IMG_4461 by Michelle Gaylor posted Sep 12, 2018 at 3:37 PM
  12. KimT2au

    Do I need to dilute essential oils when I add them in cold process soap.

    Hi all I was following a recipe today that called for 14 g of lavender essential oil for 1,300 gm oil. When I ran the recipe through soapcalc to check the figures I had been given their recommendation was the same. When I came to add the oil I only had about 5 g so I used it all. I only made...
  13. S

    after making batch larger the soap gelled in the middle

    Hi. I need help with this. I have made a Room temperature method soap, same recipe for 4 yrs now. Have always made it in 500g batches. And then poured into single soap silicone forms after. Getting 20 single soaps out of the batch Now I wanted to make double as much. A 1000g batch with the...
  14. S

    Whipped Soap Help

    Hi Everyone , I'm trying to find a recipe for whipped soap. I've combed through the forum and can't find what I'm looking for. Maybe one of you has a recipe? I want the consistency of whipped frosting that DOESN'T get hard and still holds it's shape. My goal is to add sugar/salt and make a soap...
  15. DianaMoon

    Hot Process and Superfatting

    I thought I understood the concept of superfatting soap with respect to cold process soap. Here is my understanding and if I’m wrong, please correct me. You plug your values into a reliable calculator and the lye will saponify everything but the percentage you’ve chosen. You don’t add 5% after...
  16. G

    Loofah Soap... CP? Better molding system?

    Hey Everyone... I've been making Loofah soap for about 2 years now. I am now starting to have issues. Here is what I have always done. I have (2) approximately 12-16" piece of PVC Pipe (not sure of diameter. I'm thinking it's 2". I do Cold Process so it makes it a bit tougher. Anyway I...
  17. BattleGnome

    Adjusting superfat?

    I have a need to "say it out loud" since I'm not quite sure how to define the research to know if it works. I would like to make coconut soap stain bars for laundry and a "regular" batch but hate doing dishes. Is it possible to adjust superfat on the fly for CP? In theory, I would make a...
  18. C

    Fragrance Calculator Gone Awry

    So I just completed my 2nd batch of CP soap and both times I used Brambleberry's Fragrance calculator and both times the hallway outside of the room where I cure my soap is permeated with the EO scent. My first recipe I used peppermint EO at the recommended "medium" weight and my second recipe I...
  19. C

    Double Check Me?

    Ok I'm hoping to make my first ever batch of soap this week and I guess I'm just a little nervous about my math :/ I am planning on a 2# loaf for my first attempt. Here's my recipe I settled on (modified from a tried and true recipe given to me because I don't have any lard) Tallow 50%...
  20. C

    Newbie going all in

    Hello all! I'm spending my morning rendering beef suet to tallow. My butcher must have thought he was doing me a favor by giving me a TON of meat with my fat, but after 2.5 hours of trimming last night I think I'll have to explain it better next time. Does anyone else render their own...