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    Questions About Oils: smell, color, shelf life

    I’d like to start a practical discussion about what certain oils that are common to soapers (on this forum atleast), but not common to all kitchens, should smell or look like so we can judge the quality of things we’re using but aren’t familiar with. I hope this isn’t too vague a topic to start...
  2. Deborah Knight

    Gritty butter.....HELP!

    I made a butter with shea and cocoa butters, coconut and olive oil, beeswax, and colloidal oatmeal. I did not realize I had to dissolve the c.oatmeal first. Is there a way I can fix it?
  3. BattleGnome

    First salting out/rebatch

    I've melted this soap down 4x and I'm starting to worry about its integrity. First melting: 1:1 soap to water. As it was heating I reread Deanna's tutorial about salting out soap. I should have used double the water but was too lazy to measure out more. I'm also sure I added my salt too...
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    Who is your Shea Butter Source?

    I have received 55 lbs of gritty shea butter from the same supplier twice now. It is refined and feels quite nice if it weren't for the grittiness/graininess which is driving me up the wall! I use it mostly for whipped shea butters, and I've found when I temper it, it A)Ends up getting grainy...