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  1. K

    lye ratio, masterbatching and embeds?

    Hi guys, i have some questions about lye and masterbatching in regards to soap embeds ☻ I always use lye at a 2:1 ratio for a 32oz batch of soap using soap calc and adjusting the lye ratio and then getting my oil values etc. not sure why do this but I believe it was the ratio used in my first...
  2. G

    Which OO works best for your soap as per your own personal experience?

    Hi! Basically I want your perspective on which OO you use in your soap and how it works best for you. Ive been using cold pressed olive oil in most of my recipes and the quality of soaps is great, the only problem is it’s a bit too expensive imo. Ive also tried pomace which is cost friendly but...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. A

    Dog Shampoo with Lemon Juice

    I have done some research on making dog shampoo using CP method, it indicates to add lemon juice, I have read that the Lemon Juice can neutralize the Lye. The first batch I did I added the LJ at the end of saponification, but it appears to have come out of the soap box very wet, can I reduce...
  6. S

    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...
  7. B

    Safety regarding dogs

    Hello! I’ve just gotten into soap and made my second batch just a minute ago. I heard a tiny lye bead land on the floor, which panicked me a bit because I have a small puppy at home who has a tendency to taste everything he finds. I hoovered the kitchen and surrounding areas two or three times...
  8. E

    Cp+melt and pour in one batch?

    I've put a layer of melt and pour inside my cp soap twice and both times it made the cp part dry and crumbly. I know melt and pour can pull moisture out of the air so I'm wondering can it pull moisture out if the cp soap too? Do I need to use less lye in my recipe if I plan to do a melt and pour...
  9. Zoeybops

    I made a boob with my lye solution

    Hi I don’t know if I’m posting this in the right place, but I was making my soap but I accidentally got the quantity wrong for my water and mixed it with my sodium hydroxide. I realised as I was mixing it it felt like there wasn’t enough water so I made another lye solution with the correct...
  10. DanDan

    white spots....please help

    Hi guys, I made my 5th batch of soap today using a basic recipe of: 25% coconut 25% shea 40% olive 10% castor I decided to get a bit adventurous with this batch and swap half of the distilled water with pureed rice for my lye solution. I added 50g cocoa to my liquid oils and at the very last...
  11. WonderfulSoaps

    Temparture for lye and oils?

    Alright so I wanted to ask about the temperature of lye and oils, do they need to be certain degrees of each other? Do they need to be within certain temperatures? I thought the requirements I had were for safety but from my last post it looks like it a matter of opinion? I do not know and would...
  12. E

    Lye Burn

    Im new to soap making and was trying some piping today only the soap was hardening too quickly and the piping bag split, I got half set soap all over my hands and it started burning and itching, the surface burning stopped after I washed it off but im left with burning in the edge of my thumb...
  13. goat soap rulz!

    Best place to buy lye?

    Hello again!! When I first started making soap a few years ago, I was buying my lye from texas natural supply. I bought ALOT! It took me about 2 years to get through it, and when I came back to their website to get more, it had gotten a bit "sketchy" so, I started to get it from nurture soap...
  14. SpaceCorgi94

    When dissolving lye into a water/milk mix, can I add the milk after the reaction has taken place with the water?

    Let's say a recipe I'm using calls for 50g lye, and 100g liquid (50/50 milk and water). Because it heats up, I risk scorching the milk. As such, is it worthwhile combining the lye and water, and waiting for it to cool down before adding the milk? Or should I stick with the method of combining...
  15. sanjosedave

    HELP! Recipe fail!

    I designed the attached recipe using the SoapMaking Friend calculator. The "Recipe Properties" bar graph shows all green - everything looked good on paper. However, when I actually made the batch it went from liquid to a near-solid paste within a few seconds (literally) of adding the lye water...
  16. C

    Newbie to the world of CP soap making - Help needed :)

    Hi guys. :) I am new to this whole wonderful world of soap making. I wanted to try it for a while after watching so many videos of people making such lovely designs and thought I would give it a go as a creative outlet. I made my first ever batch with melt and pour soup base, lemon (I think...
  17. Clarice

    Free to a soaper in Atlanta Area

    DISCLAIMER: SMF is not responsible for any sale, trade, co-op, pre-buy, fast buy, garage sale, ad or other transactions between members. All parties enter into transactions at their own will/risk. Hi all - I have a 50 pound pail of lye (unopened, still sealed) that I am happy to give to any...
  18. R

    Is down or is it just my device?

    Is down for anyone else? Or is it just me? (2/29/20) It's killing me. I have so many ideas and formulas that I want to work through, but can't. Other calculators don't include all of the oils I've been experimenting with.
  19. Vgurer

    Coffee Soap

    coconut oil fractionated 150gr, cacao butter 30 gr, olive oil 252gr, palm oil 150gr, castor oil 18gr, NAOH 92gr, water 228gr, FO 19gr, 1 ts salt, 2 ts ground used coffee fm nesspresso capsules. I dissolved the salt in water, than the lye, the oils and the lye solution was 45 degree celsius...
  20. Emma Cook

    New Soaper Here! Any advice welcome!

    Hello all! My name is Emma and I have just recently started making cold process soap. I started as a way to cope with the stress of university and I have absolutely fallen in love with it! I am a newbie, so I have a few questions: Where can I find soap recipes? Or learn how to formulate my...