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ForTheDogs

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So, after much reading and much researching, I've made my first cold process.

It's currently under the obligatory 24hour cure after pouring, so will let you know how it goes.

I used:

840g Olive Oil
341g Coconut oil
168g Lye
393g water.

I've scented it with apple pie and cherry/alomnd and colored it to match, along with a "pie crust".

Very nervous, but in an excited way.

Tried to keep it really simple, so avoided aloe vera and frills like that.

Wish me luck!

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Congratulations and good luck. I'd check that soap after 24 hours to make sure it's hard enough to unmold and cut. With Olive Oil making up that much of a percentage of your oils, it's possible it may need a little longer to harden up enough.
 

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Congratulations! Now the tough part is letting the soap tell you when it's ready to unmold and cut.
Don't forget to post pictures!!
 

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Wait a sec, so you make and sell soap to aid rescue dogs? That's wonderful! If this is your first batch of CP though, have you been making and selling MP? I hope so, because if you're advertising CP that would be a reallllllly, realllllly bad idea, as many of us experienced soapers will chime in.

ETA, I see from your Etsy site you've been doing MP and it looks really nice, apologies about getting alarmed. Best wishes on your first CP batch, eager to see updates!
 
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Congratulations on your first batch! Remember, we love pictures!!
 

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Yep, we need pics of your first soap-baby both in the mold and when you cut. Ditto what others said about needing more time to unmold since it's a high olive oil batch. What type of mold did you use?
 

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sounds very similar to my first soap, only I used orange EO in mine. 7 months later, it's a really nice bar! And to parrot others, pics please!
 

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Very nice.

A little tip - cure is the part after the soap is cut and left alone for a month or so (much longer for this soap, with so much OO). In the mould a cp soap is saponifying and setting up.

Looking forward to cut pics
 

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Congrats! The beginning of the addiction begins. :)
 

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It's been around 14 hours and yes, I have no intention of doing anything with it until at least 24 hours has past. Maybe even 36. There was a lot of oil in there and I want to be sure.

The little mark in the middle is from the cling wrap I covered it with. It sagged and touched the soap, but no problem. This is a first attempt and will almost certainly be used by myself or given away for free with the MP orders I get.

It's a Cherry/Almond and Apple Pie scented soap and as such, is colored a red, green and I kept a little back of the natural color.

I shall check it again later this afternoon in 10-12 hours.

All very exciting this, isn't it? :)

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Very nice.

A little tip - cure is the part after the soap is cut and left alone for a month or so (much longer for this soap, with so much OO). In the mould a cp soap is saponifying and setting up.

Looking forward to cut pics
Yeah, I've bought a cute little standing.... thing. I actually figured on 6 weeks due to the high oil content, like you said.

I have no doubt my first attempt will be a little, well, crappy, but it's all a learning curve. Here's to learning! Cheers! **clink**
 

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I think it might be closer to 3 months cure time for this one as it is mostly OO
Hahaha! Then so be it! I'm a patient soul and have plenty of MP things to do and room to store my various creations.

Like I say, the learning curve may be a steep one and I don't don't that they'll be many failures along the way, but the same could be said for pretty much anything. I had my backside handed to me many, many, MANY times in the dojo before I got my first armbar submission. And much like that glorious feeling of "Yay! I didn't lose!", that first batch of CP that works perfectly will be a golden day.

:)
 

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Just as an aside, I noticed you're using evoo. Regular oo is just fine, and cheaper. Check Costco they sell it as well as CO, and other oils. Lucky dogs!! Happy soaping! Congrats!!
 

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Congrats! It looks very nice. I also think it's glorious you are patient! Once you cut it, you might want to keep a bar aside for testing so you can try it weekly while it cures. It's a wonderful way to see how much your soap improves with a good cure!
 

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Congratulations with your first batch!
Mmm, Apple pie type of soap, sounds lovely, made me want dessert:mrgreen:
Can`t wait to see pictures if you get a chance.
 

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