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    Separating (?) batter: is it dangerous?

    I've been trying to master trace so I can play more with swirling techniques. My fragrance does accelerate a little bit (first batch turned into a panicked plop, but I really loved the texture), so after watching a million more videos, this time I followed Tree Marie's method in her night...
  2. MrsZ

    Dyes, Micas, or Natural Colorants for Beginners?

    I apologize if this has already been covered. I tried searching and couldn't find what I was looking for. I would like to play around a little with simple swirls, or even solid color bars in my basic soap recipe. But, I have no idea what to use for Colorants. I've seen mica powders, liquid...
  3. SpaceCorgi94

    First soap bar.

    So I made my first bar of soap a few days ago! I used a milk carton and a makeshift vise to keep the sides from bending outwards, but have a proper setup now for future pours. It's an Olive+Coconut oil/Lard blend, which I added coffee grounds with, split into 3, and added cocoa to 2, before...
  4. ravenscents

    I can't swirl

    Newbie here, trying my hardest to learn how to swirl. I've watched months of you tube videos and I've been experimenting with known recipes from Brambleberry, and WPS. I have 10 bars curing with dreadful swirls. I've tried the spoon swirl, drop and hanger swirl. I've tried to make a thinner...
  5. katiemarie1986

    Butterfly Swirl

    So I am pretty excited about this soap! My design came through on enough bars to make it worth the effort LOL I used Atomic Orange, Love and Sunshine, and Titanium Dioxide from Nurture, and the scent is Awaken by Nurture. I call this bar Hello Sunshine! One of my best sellers with a new design...
  6. Black Cherries & Paprika - aka Black Cherries Soap #3

    Black Cherries & Paprika - aka Black Cherries Soap #3

    Made for SCC June 2019 challenge, advanced category, using 1:8 ratio of food to oils. I puréed the cherries, prepared natural colorants, created the water replacement drinks from scratch & made this soap via CPOP. Smells divine, like baked goods, no added fragrance. Link https://tinyurl.com/yxmkwecl
  7. Jenn Lee

    Help making beautiful swirls in CP soap

    Good morning all! I have been making cp soap for about 6 months now and it's definitely got me hooked! Every time I try to make swirls I fail in some form or fashion. I've read about starting at a lower temperatures, with a very thin trace, making sure to only use EO/FOs that do not...
  8. Salted Swirl

    Salted Swirl

    Swirling salt bars
  9. Flower


    Flower swirl
  10. ForTheDogs

    Thickening Shea Butter - Newbie here

    Hello everyone, My apologies straight away - I'm very new to this and I fear I'll be asking questions that some may find silly. I'm your classic, "Let's have a go at this" guy that fell in love with melt and pour, got halfway ok at it and now I'm obsessed. Many soaps I do are actually not bad...
  11. E

    CP Batch Not Heating Up - Will It Gel?

    Hello again everyone :) I've been looking forward to trying a swirl for SO long, and I finally attempted it this evening. I got to a light trace (I'm relatively new at this, but I'm pretty sure), added my essential oils, separated into containers to add colorants, molded it up (5 lb wooden...
  12. S

    Sunny Honey

    Hi, I've been soaping for a couple of months now - this is one my latest creation- 'Sunny Honey'- oatmeal, milk and honey fragranced (I know it has air bubbles mixed colours etc!) 1st attempt at posting a pic so not sure if this will work! Sunny Honey by Karen Adamson, on Flickr