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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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%...
  9. 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...
  10. Wolf_In_The_Wood

    Too much lye, quick rebatched, is it ok?

    On my first attempt to cold process, I miscalculated and added too much lye, which I discovered just before I intended to pour into my mold. :silent: I quick looked at YouTube videos to rebatch, so I threw it in a double boiler and added heat matched olive oil with a blender stick until my pH...
  11. R

    Soap to Rid Chlorine Smell from Swimmer

    A friend asked if I could figure out a way to make a bar of cold process soap that would remove the smell of chlorine. After swimming, he uses a shower gel made for this purpose, but wanted to know if it could be done in a bar. So, after looking around, it seems that citric acid or vinegar...
  12. vedwards

    First batch of CP soap!

    I've been lurking around here and trying to read as many posts as I can. This is a fabulous place! I made my first batch of CP soap and I LOVED it! Its been sitting out to cure for about two weeks now, but I wonder if I've done something wrong - can anyone take a gander and see? The soap is...
  13. C

    HELP! Silicone mold acting up

    I have a question about silicone molds. I have used mine for about a year now and I haven't had a problem with unmolding till the last 3 batches. Now it suddenly gets stuck to the bottom of the mold and I have a hard time getting the soap out. I checked my recipes over and over again and they...
  14. O

    Favourite Recipes - Shampoo, Etc.

    Here are some recipes that I thought other soapers might be interested in. They have been very successful for me over the past 8 years. Note: I take my water component, cut it in half when using milk, and mix my lye with only the water. I add the milk to the oils when I'm ready to mix in my...
  15. M

    Soap Issue

    Hi Everyone!! I am new to soap making - trying to make palm-free soap. there's not many recipes online.. I tried one using coconut, olive, shea and avocado.. I may have taken it out an hour too early or so. but the outside was hard and it was a nice color. but the inside looked like...
  16. lidia

    Where did I go wrong - no lather?

    OK, so this is about the fourth or fifth time making cold process soap with lye. I hate to do the same thing twice, so each time I mix different things in somewhat different proportions. One thing is constant: I always use tallow in my mixes. This time I used : 15 ounces tallow 15 ounces...
  17. C

    Distilled water?

    Hi fellow awesome soapers! Do you use distilled water & why? I have well water (but have never had its content tested) & it works great on my cold process soap. I wonder if using distilled would make a difference in my soaps...:?:
  18. F

    White speckle/streak in soap

    So lately, my bars have been turning out white and speckle-y after a day's cure. I don't believe it is lye, I used the soaps myself to check. I always use the exact same recipe as well... palm, olive, castor, coconut. Some days it is good, others i get the gross whiteness you see in the...
  19. M

    fd&c's...throw them out?

    Hi! These boards are amazing, thanks y'all for saving me time and money and keeping me from losing sleep about my soap fails- it's so easy to find out here what went wrong! Question: I have a few super concentrated fd&c pigment powders that I bought when I was a newbie from a food store (who...
  20. Cttx2ne

    Did i screw it upper?

    Did my very first batch CP soap a few days ago. 75% olive oil, 20% coconut oil and 5% shea butter. Since it was 5% superfat, I didn't add the shea butter til after trace and go figure, the finished product is somewhat hard but oil/clammy to touch. Is this salvageable and if so, how?
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