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  1. R

    Why isnt my soap hardening? Or am i being impatient

    Hi all, hope you're having a wonderful day. I'm fairly new to soap making. I made this recipe 18 oz pure olive oil 14 oz coconut oil 3 oz shea butter 2 oz mango butter 1 oz coffee butter 12 oz water 5.3 oz lye. 7% superfat Theres coffee grains in it However it's been 5 days since I made it and...
  2. slspencer


    I have been making soap for over a year now and have not come across any problems. That being said I had some issues with ricing today, I didn't blend it out (as I have not dealt with this before) and just put it into my loaf mold. Will I be able to use this soap or am I going to have to rebatch...
  3. GrannyTidbits

    Hello! New here - appreciate advice.

    Hello. I have never made my own soap but have always wanted to. I found a lot of advice on how to buy soap and melt it to pour into molds but that is not what I am looking for! I appreciate your help on good resources for learning, books, YouTube, supplies, and where to buy them. I am only...
  4. C

    Help with bath bombs

    Hi all I have recently started to perfect a recipe for making bath bombs. I have done research and looked at the type of bomb I want to create but I am really struggling to get it right. I have tried so much but it's not how I want it to be.. I want them to fizz but foam and for bursts of...
  5. N

    Rebatching, refined afriacan black soap.

    Hi all. I have bought some refined African black soap. (It looks like a brick) I’ve tried melting it in a broiler. No joy. I’ve microwaved it, it didn’t melt, just smoked and stank the house out. How do I melt it down so I can pour it? Ive Heard it’s hard to melt but this just seems...
  6. S

    Body Butter Blend and Dead Skin

    Hello I am in desperate need of assistance. I made a body butter blend that consisted of 1/4 cup of Mango butter 2tbsp of Flaxseed Oil, 2tbsp of Olive Oil 1tbsp of Manuka Honey, teaspoon of liquid vitamin k 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil and Essential oils lavender,lemon and helichrysum Butter...
  7. S

    Beer Soap Complication

    Hello, a couple of days ago I tried to make a beer soap. Now after 4 days it doesn't smell the way it should. I added a lot of cedarwood and blood orange essential oil, but the smell just went away. Can anyone tell me why is that so? This is my recipe: 87g lye 174g flat boiled beer (dark...
  8. S

    Tripled Oils, Tripled Lye, forgot to triple mixing space

    Halp! I made a bigger batch of soap than usual and didn't account for the extra space needed in my mixing bowl. So when I poured the oils in and then began adding the lye solution, I ran out of room in the bowl. In an effort to save my soap, I poured some of the already mixed oil and lye into...
  9. EllieMae

    Weird gel phase?

    Hi all! I just unmolded my third batch of cold process soap ever and it looks WEIRD! I’m assuming this has something to do with the gel phase (maybe?) but I haven’t been able to find anything about this particular weird pattern. Can anyone help me out with what could have happened here...
  10. Draugr Rekkr

    From New Zealand and jumping in the deep end

    Hi all. I've started this little venture because I wanted to make myself some shaving soap and spending $60 NZD on something that will last me a long time that I might not like is a little... Uncomfortable for me. So I decided I'll make it myself. I haven't found any answers to the questions I...
  11. B

    Coloring shaped candles/figurines?

    Does anyone know how to apply little separate areas of colour on a shaped candle like you would see on the Gurley figurines or those shaped tea lights found in dollar stores etc. ? The sections are too intricate for it to be dipping, unless maybe you cover over the parts you don’t want...
  12. A

    Question re bath bombs

    Hello all, I hope everyone is well. I was just wondering if anyone might have any insight in to this: I finally perfected my bath bomb recipe (or so I thought, recipe below), however, I recently had an issue whereby one of the bath bombs I had made and was drying suddenly expanded slightly and...
  13. H

    Gel Phase or something else?

    Oi, I'm relatively new to the whole "Fat + Lye = Soap" thing and I was wondering if someone could tell me if this is Gel phase or something else. I placed the soap in the after oven right after making it for 45 minutes and my hypostasis is that this is a partial gel phase, but I don't know if...
  14. StacyeCrowns

    Breakfast Soap gone funky

    I made an ambitious new batch of cp. I was using up all of my stored bacon drippings to make a lard and coconut oil "breakfast soap" and I added coffee, coffee grounds, heavy cream, maple syrup, egg yolk. It has swirls with td, cocoa, and brown oxide and was scented with coffee house fo from...
  15. I

    Tips on making dried flowers stick to CP soap

    I have been playing around with different scents and dried flowers lately For some reason every time I try to put dried lavender buds on the top of my cold process soap it does not stick. EX. I made a loaf two days ago after I had poured on the mold I added the lavender buds. Two days after...
  16. L

    Melt and Pour Vodka Soap Recipe

    Hello, I'm just getting in to making melt and pour soap. I've made a couple easy batches just adding some essential oils. I would like to start adding some liquor to a couple batches to do some more novelty type soaps. Was wanting to see if anyone had an idea of what kind of ratio to use and...
  17. N

    Newbie alert!! Dr bronners diy for shampoo??? Help I'm so confused

    Hi, I'm new to soap making and I'm really confused whats the best way to make liquid soap for shampoo? I'm told the bars don't work as good! In just changing from store bought shampoo as I'm having alot of hair loss! Of seem the Dr bronners and wanted to make my own? Does anyone have a basic...
  18. Omneya

    I think I had a "free" account a while ago. I tried logging in and couldn't.

    HI, I believe I signed up as just a lil member a while ago with the user Name Omneya'sWish. I tried to sign in and it wouldn't let me. I tried asking for a new PW and it said. "email is not in data" So I made a new account for one year. Used my "soaping" name Omneya'sWish and it said it was in...
  19. NaturallyYou

    White stuff on top?

    As a newbie, I dont know what the white stuff on the top of this soap could be. This was "too small" of a batch and I realize I could have probably messed up the ratio of lye/water/oils... But can anyone identify what it is so I know if it happens in the future? I do believe it happened after I...
  20. xoticsoaps

    Need help finding an ingredient

    Does anyone know where I can buy pyrithione zinc? I've looked online, but I can't seem to find anything other than Alibaba and I have no clue how to use that site.