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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. akseattle

    Would you do it? Use more of a particular EO than is recommended? Any other recommendations?

    Ok soapers, I have to ask: Would you do it? Use more of a particular EO than is recommended? I am making only my second batch of cold process soap. I made my first small (5 bar) batch on January 6. I haven't used it yet as it hasn't cured for 6 weeks. In that batch, I just guessed at how much...
  3. chrismaldo

    LS, added essential oils

    Hello! First of all, I’m thankful for all of the information on this site! I tried my first liquid soap back during the early days of the pandemic and thought it would be a good use of my idle time-and it was! I mostly tried different oils, but kept the scents out. For this batch, I followed...
  4. TheCronesCauldron

    Question for UK based soap makers.

    (2nd attempt at posting this thread. First one got deleted though I'm not sure why. I re-read the rules to make sure I'd not broken any in my post and it didn't seem like I did, the only thing I could think of is perhaps I posted my question in the wrong part of the forum so I shall try again in...
  5. Dwilson9

    Where do you buy your essential and fragrance oils? BATHBOMB

    Where do you buy your oils? For bathbombs!
  6. S

    Essential oils in small percentage of batter

    Hi guys, I was making a loaf I normally make and I forgot to add the essential oils ( mix with geranium in) I had a small amount of batter left so I quickly mixed it in with this poured it onto the loaf. It was a two coloured loaf so I couldn’t just whisk it in ., I slowly swirled the batter...
  7. DucknBear Gracie

    Mixing essential oils and fragrance oils

    Helloooo again Anyone have any experience mixing essential oils and fragrance oils in CP soap? I plan on experimenting for myself tomorrow (very exciting! haven't experimented in almost a year now, used to be my favourite thing to do!) but I always love hearing other peoples experiences - I will...
  8. O

    IFRA usage rate for essential oil

    Hi! I've recently come up with a recipe that I would really like to be able to make regular batches of soap with, and the essential oil i want to use for this soap is Mystic Moment's Orange 5 Fold. Eventually I want to be able to apply for a CPSR and get a small soapmaking business started up...
  9. K

    Mixing essential/fragrance oils after dilution

    I have recently made my first batch of liquid soap (paste) but have a couple questions regarding mixing in essential/fragrance oils. I purchased some polysorbate 80 but should I mix the polysorbate 80 with the EO/FO before mixing it into the diluted LS or can I add the polysorbate 80 into the...
  10. I

    Beginners question including lye and overheating

    Hello all. My last batch of soap turned into a disaster and I was hoping to understand, learn and move on from it. Please do forgive for such basic questions, I have only just started recently. I used 468 grams coconut oil, 150 almond oil (sweet), 124 grams lye and 234 grams water after using...
  11. 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...
  12. A


    Hello. I recently made a batch of soaps with 1% sandalwood eo. Oils are sunflower, coconut oil, and a bit of shea. The end product smells a little spicy. Not like sandalwood. It's not unpleasant. Just strange. Has anyone had that happen with sandalwood? Thanks in advance!
  13. Jmaidhoff

    Curdled now foamy

    Hey guys! I’m brand new to soap making; well for about eight months now. I don’t know what is going on but my last two batches of lavender soap I’ve absolutely flopped! The first one is unsavable so we won’t even talk about that, I already threw it away after trying to rewatching it and it...
  14. B

    EO in dog soap

    Hi, I have recently started making soap and made a recipe for a dog shampoo. When it is slightly more cured, I am going to test the pH to make sure it is right for dogs but until then, I was wondering about the dosage of essential oils. I've made a lavender scented loaf, where I steeped dried...
  15. 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...
  16. AliciaE

    EO vs FO: Thoughts???

    Hey y’all! I just recently started soaping and I have been making A LOT lately while trying to get the lay of the land. My recipes in the soapcalc are calling for around 1-1.5 oz of fragrance give or take. That seems like a lot to me... I would really like to use essential oil to keep my soap...
  17. Anstarx

    EO percentage for spot treatment gel?

    I want to make a spot treatment gel for my acne and I plan to use tea tree oil in it. I've made a trial sample before and I like it, but unfornatunately lost the notes afterwards so I can't remember the exact percentages. However, I'm pretty sure the tea tree eo in there is over 10%. I was told...
  18. 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...
  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. Nyknits

    Photos of my oats, milk & honey hp soap

    (This is my 5th batch. I think I’ll stick with the simpler recipes for a bit.) The recipe has olive, coconut, sweet almond and castor oils. In addition there’s coco butter, beeswax and I added 5 % shea butter after the cook. The essential oils are cardamom, ginger, orange and a touch of black...