- Sep 19, 2011
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- Southern California
Hi there-Hi, for the 200x aloe powder, how much would you recommend for a 2lb batch?
Oh wow! These are beautiful! I use tussah also but I guess I've been using too much. I'll use like half cotton ball size LOL I still consider myself to be a newbie so I'm still trying to perfect a recipe.Hi there-
So sorry I missed responding to this earlier - I work in metric but I agree with atiz in terms of volume / pound I reserved a small amount of water and blended manuka honey powder, aloe vera powder and goat milk powder together then added it to the oils before adding the lye.
If you're looking for other additives you could also try adding silk for skin-feel? You use such a tiny pinch (dissolved in your lye solution)! When I came across it as an additive it was out of stock at my suppliers - finally tracked some down with a textile firm who sold beautiful tussah silk so I got carried away and bought 2 x 3.5oz (100g) bags - it will last me forever!!
It does add a lovely feel to the soap though and great label appeal for non-vegans - the soap on the right is my Goat Milk Aloe & Silk and the left is Goat Milk Aloe & Honey
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Thank you! I consider myself to be a newbie too So much to learn...notice my fail at a pencil line in the honey soap haha - btw I think that it doesn't matter if you use more rather than less in terms of the size of the "pinch" as long as it dissolves you're all goodOh wow! These are beautiful! I use tussah also but I guess I've been using too much. I'll use like half cotton ball size LOL I still consider myself to be a newbie so I'm still trying to perfect a recipe.
I use a cotton ball size or maybe just a bit smaller in all my batches except my vegan. I purchased 4 ounces 8-9 years ago and still using it.Oh wow! These are beautiful! I use tussah also but I guess I've been using too much. I'll use like half cotton ball size LOL I still consider myself to be a newbie so I'm still trying to perfect a recipe.
I'm so glad to hear your hands are improving! Thank you for explaining about the 94° tap water, not having access to cool running water changes things a bit. A few of my family members work in hospitals, so I occasionally hear horror stories. I'm relieved that it sounds like you'll be ok!Thanks for your concern and good advice.
Actually, I did start with cold running water. However, I live in Phoenix, AZ and the only cool water is what is in the pipes under the house. After that, it gets too warm to keep burned hands under. I changed the water that I was soaking my hands in every hour.
I just now ran a sink of cold tap water & checked the temp. It was 94 degrees. That’s not hot, but as I said, it is too warm to keep burned hands under.
My hands are fine today. They just still don’t like getting near anything warm. I have had unusually good luck in the past and now again. (I have a guardian Angel) I know it could have been worse.
Thank you so much for posting about your experience! I hope your hands are ok and you're feeling better. I'm planning to use AVJ for the first time on Monday, and I really appreciated your post. Not happy it happened to you, but happy I can use your experience to be a little more cautious than usual.Aloe Vera Juice/Lye EXPLOSION
Yesterday I decided to try using Aloe Vera juice instead of water as I read about here. I prepared all my equipment then went out to the garage to mix the lye solution. I put the lye in the juice and it started bubbling and turned pink, then it turned a deep red and started spraying everywhere within 3 feet. To make matters worse, for the first time ever I forgot to put gloves on! Stupid!! Both of my hands got covered. I quickly ran to the kitchen and yelled for my husband. He came & helped me get ice water to put my hands in. After the first excitement my husband prepared a dish pan of ice water & I sat in my recliner and dipped my hands every few seconds. I stayed there, adding more ice about once every half hour, until about 5 AM when I could finally leave my hands out.
I have no idea why it exploded. Any suggestions?
On a side note: when this first happened the ice water was not bringing much relief so I poured vinegar on them and it was a little soothing. I have read both the pros & cons about vinegar, but at the time I thought it couldn’t get any worse, so I tried it.
Today my hands are barely hot but the skin on a couple fingers seems to be hard & numb.