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  1. Iluminameluna

    Huge soleseif error I don't know how I can fix.

    Earlier this week, I created a modified version of a recipe I've already made before. A lard/OO/CO76/Castor (%: 50/30/15/5). I include a photo of my printed recipe with notes, because it illustrates the glaring mistake I made that I didn't see until just now. My oil percentages (amounts) are ALL...
  2. Garden Gives Me Joy

    Curing & other implications of hermetically sealing lye soap immediately after cutting?

    I notice that my brine soaps are at their lowest ever weight immediately after I have processed them. The weight only increases afterwards. I believe this is because I am in an extremely humid (tropical rainforest) climate that makes salty soap sweat endlessly, especially when it rains. So I...
  3. Garden Gives Me Joy

    Highlighting components features of ingredients

    When describing the beneficial features of lye soap, when would it be fair or a stretch to mention component elements of ingredients? Examples: perhaps mentioning 'phyto-ceramides' because grapeseed oil reportedly has over 70% ceramides; 'antioxidants' because you have added lots of an...
  4. Garden Gives Me Joy

    Soap in History

    I was unaware that this was ever done and couldn't help but share. Wonder whether the average person using the soap even knew and how they would react if they were unaware and then found out. Would love to hear your thoughts and any other soapy stories in history. Corpse Wax in Soap Making in...
  5. getagrip

    I'm From Missouri

    Good morning! Just changed my password so I could log in & share-it's been a while! Get a Grip Soap Co is my business name, inspired by my oldest son, now 40 years old! For the past 6 years, I've evolved (and hopefully) improved my product & small soap business. Gone from selling at local craft...
  6. M

    Preservative suggestions

    Hello, I am looking into adding preservatives into my liquid and bar soaps. From online research I have found names like Optiphen and Germabin etc. but it is difficult for me to access these brand names in Pakistan. Generic chemicals are easily available. Do you guys have any suggestion for...
  7. Iluminameluna

    Still working on recipes

    I wanted to share the last 5 batches of soap I've made. I'm still trying to figure out how to create colors without micas or oxides because I can't get them. So far they all seem to work out, except for one batch that seems to be drying, even though it has little CO. A possible error in choosing...
  8. Iluminameluna

    Issues with a veg oil soap that's palm and soy.

    Hi, all, I'm wondering what I did wrong with the formulation of a veg oil soap (experimental) that's 70% palm oil & 30% soy. I added some coconut oil, olive and castor. No added salt, sugar or fragrance. My issues are 2. I just unmolded and cut it tonight and, though I know it's raw, the...
  9. DeeAnna

    Geek Tips

    Geek Tip -- How much glycerin is in soap? I posted a "Geek Tip" in another thread today, and one of the participants suggested starting a thread. I don't think I personally can come up with a tip every day, but I know I'm not the only one with useful but rather geeky ideas, so please feel free...