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  1. Dwilson9

    Food grade, Cosmetic grade, Pharmaceutical grade.

    When it comes to ingredients 'grades', which is best for bath bombs? I would have assumed pharmaceutical grade would be better because of purity, but is it? Is it even safe? I was reading somewhere that some food grade ingredients are better suited as opposed to the cosmetic grade of the same...
  2. Dwilson9

    Bathbomb Ingredients

    What ingredients do you use? What TYPE of ingredients do you need? - Emulisers? (I think that’s how you spell it) - Surfacants - Carrier oils - Essential oils - Colourants - Solubilisers - Bicarb/Citric - Fragrance What other ‘TYPES’? Should I use Unrefined or Refined ingredients? - Cocoa...
  3. S

    Does the ingredients make a difference wrt skin care

    Hi, Thank you for this excellent forum. I have just typed up my basic recipe and have this basic doubt. Since, the chemistry involved convert the fats into soap, does the QUALITY of the fats in the ingredients make a difference wrt their action on the skin? I mean, apart from the physical...
  4. A

    Natural candles - let me know your thoughts

    What do you think of these ingredients I use to make candles? BTW - I am new to this forum. Hope we will get along and I will learn so much from you. Lavender Mandarin Ylang Ylang Petitgrain Lemon Neroli
  5. Juggsy

    Where to Find Ingredients (Australia)

    It's hard finding where to buy supplies especially if starting out, and because most forums and groups are based in the USA, it's truly hard to find out where to buy things. I've been building my own list - I thought I would share it. If it's the wrong section please tell me. I've tried to be...
  6. E

    Would This Formula Need Poly-20?

    I found a new bubble bath base, but it's a little different from what I am used to, so I am not sure if it would require something else before adding color or fragrance like poly-20. base formula is: Water/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis...
  7. U

    Are the ingredients still good to use?

    Hello! This is my first post on this forum. I had gotten into soap making a while ago but then I had to stop because of the time constraint and limited space. I kept all the butters/oils and the lye. I know it’s been at least a year since I ordered all the ingredients that I kept. Are the...
  8. Deborah Long

    Fit of conscience

    I'm torn, really. Recently I made a small purchase from a Youtube video soap star. Just some sample soaps and a lotion. (because - lotion) (lol) I was happy to get them. Her items are normally sold out within minutes of her release. Got everything, It seemed fine. Later that day/night/next...
  9. 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...
  10. Y

    Face soap ingredients for all skin types

    Hello, I’m making a tea tree and charcoal face/ body soap and am trying to find out what ingredients to avoid for the face. Also, how do I determine if my other soaps are safe for use on face? I only use essential oils and natural ingredients.
  11. Sony Sasankan

    Can Calcium Lactate be substituted for Sodium Lactate?

    Im wondering if anyone has any experience using Calcium Lactate in soap making (CP or HP). Does it break down to lactic acid like Sodium Lactate does?
  12. KimT2au

    Keeping track of ingredient costs across a number of suppliers - a spreadsheet.

    Hi all, I really did not know where to place this post as I am guessing those who soap for a business probably use various accounting / order tracing software, I don't think it is applicable under general chit chat but really this could be useful for hobbyists in any of our areas of...
  13. K

    Anhydrous ingredients to enhance lip balm active absorption?

    Hi there, I missed you guys and am so happy I'm back on the forum! I was an active forum member for a few years up until about 2016, and now I finally decided to re-join you guys after consistently being put off by not being able to remember my screen name/login (or even what email I used...
  14. ParadiseFarm

    Olive oil versus Rice bran oil - am I understanding this right?

    Hi, Just checking - I've read in some places that "you can replace up to 100% of olive oil with rice bran oil" and in other places "olive oil has unique properties that you can't really substitute". I'm guessing the unique properties are the hardness (like castille soaps) so if you were using...
  15. Butterfly777

    Ingredient proportions / percentages

    Hi I am a M&P newbie :) I do not know how to figure out how much (in weight / volume or percentage) of each ingredient to put in. Per kg, how much of the batch should be lye water, how much should be a combination of the oils, the solvents, fatty acids etc. I am trying to create my own recipe...
  16. Q

    Any soap maker from Pakistan?

    Hello all! I have been into soap making since one year. The major problem I am facing is the availability of ingredients particularly of Palm Oil. I would really appreciate if someone from Pakistan may suggest me any reliable source for soap making ingredients. Regards, Qasim Quaid.
  17. xoticsoaps

    Can You Help Me Find Mango Seed Oil?

    I was working on a recipe late last night and I accidentally picked Mango Seed Oil instead of Mango Seed Butter. I didn't realize it until an hour or two ago. After I discovered this, I initially thought that they were the same, but when I checked back on I found that they have...
  18. R

    Soap additives & specialty ingredients - what do you use?

    I'm looking to hear what ingredients/additives you use, have used or plan to use in your soaps. I'm not really looking for oils unless you have a passion for one and it isn't a well known oil (like cherry seed oil I just found - expensive stuff!!) - but more like clays, infusions (herbs or...
  19. MatthewDM

    Listing ingredients

    Hello, I want to sell a beer soap on sites like etsy and my own website. When listing the ingredients can I just list the beer itself or am I required to lists all of the ingredients in the beer?
  20. B

    Body wash & Shampoo help

    Hi! I just found this interesting forum and since I'm very new in the cosmetics making industry I would like to please see if anyone can help me? I'm very interested in creating both a liquid soap that isn't runny or watery, as well as a shampoo that works well for most hairtypes. I just have...