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  1. Marissa Uhler

    Steeping herbs in lye water

    I have a question about steeping dried herbs in the lye water in soap making... I been making cold-process soap for several years. In order to infuse herbs into my soap at times when I don't want the ground herb directly in the bar (like a shampoo bar), I would usually make a hot-water infusion...
  2. soap_phobia

    What kind of soap would dissolve the easiest?

    I have this problem, it really bothers me - the feeling of leftover soap (or anything else than water) on my body when I shower. It's started to become a problem because I need to shower for a longer time to feel that all the soap is gone, and so I'm asking this forum for help since a lot of...
  3. Savonette

    Temps and H2O

    Hi all, I'm at the phase of TOTAL RE-EVALUATION! I posted a recipe on the Calculator that I'd love some feedback on. I'm giving up on stearic acid (spots), citric acid (grainy) and fast setup (increasing my H2O%). I want the middle-of-the-road formula that can swirl a bit, has great lather...
  4. shermluge

    water forming then Soda ash after during saponification on 3rd of my batches

    Oil % Grams Almond Oil, sweet 10 80 Avocado Oil 0 0 Castor Oil 8 64 Coconut Oil, 76 deg 10 80 Crisco, old 20 160 Olive Oil 42 336 Shea Butter 10 80 Walmart GV Shortening, tallow, palm 0 0 100 800 Soapee Lye Calculator Total Weights Total Water Weight 304 grams Total...
  5. Loralei

    Water, water, everywhere

    In going through some books, blogs, and the SMF, I'm seeing multiple types of water choices.. Recently, in a lotion making blog, I saw that reverse osmosis water is an option. I've been purchasing gallons of distilled water, and I also have a reverse osmosis filtration system.. have I been...
  6. Techie Joe

    Is SoapCalc for Hot or Cold Process?

    I have read that Hot and Cod processes use up different amounts of water during making, how can we account for this in SoapCalc? How would we know about the difference in evaporation rates, etc? Is there a general guide / rule of thumb that we can follow for hot and cold?
  7. BattleGnome

    How long should I wait?

    Some of you may have read my meltdown in the challenge thread. (For those that didn't read it, I messed up my lye and had to add a lot of extra water.) I took my soap out of the oven just before 12 hours (husband wanted food) and it still seems soft. My original measurements were 8.4oz water...
  8. P

    Liquid soap to liquid

    Hello, This is my second liquid soap test and everything whent perfect until the dilution part. I must have added to much water because its very liquidy, i seen that adding salt can thicken the soap ( but how much salt to use?) My recipe contains 39 oz coconut oil and 13oz olive oil 13oz...
  9. C

    Distilled water?

    Hi fellow awesome soapers! Do you use distilled water & why? I have well water (but have never had its content tested) & it works great on my cold process soap. I wonder if using distilled would make a difference in my soaps...:?:
  10. M

    Help with Fast Trace

    Hello, I need help with my soap. I made papaya cold process soap here's my recipe: 11oz olive oil 4.4oz coconut oil 6.6oz palm oil 3.047oz Lye 7.26oz Liquid (i use 50% water i dissolve lye here, and then other 50% was the natural papaya juice) with 5% superfat these was my...
  11. M

    Questions of a Newbie

    Hello my name is jane and I'm a newbie. I watched soap making videos and reading a lot on how to make soaps for almost a year until i have decided to make my first batch. It was moringga soap btw I made 2lbs only since this is my first time. So i already finished making and my soap was on the...
  12. X

    help! less water added

    hi guys, I'm new in making liquid soap. today I made a stupid mistake, I only added 1.4times water while dissolving the KOH, the soap has been made for 6hours, it is now traced and very sticky,I don't know what I can do now to make it up, or just leave it? what result it will be?