I made my 1st batch of soap!

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I finally made soap!! This is going to sound nerdy, but it was so exciting :D I used the shea butter recipe from Smart Soapmaking and it went really well. I'm going to upload a pic of the soap while it was in the mold. It's all unmolded and sliced and the next 4 weeks are going to be tough.

Anyway, this forum has been an amazing help and I didn't think anyone else would understand just how exciting this is.
 

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Congratulations on your first batch. We all get how exciting it is. There's no turning back now!
 

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Another one gets hooked, er ah, well you all know what I'm trying to say.:mrgreen:

Welcome to the addiction!
You'll be needing more room for curing soap. Trust me. Stackable cookie racks.

Congratulations on your first batch. Try and wait at least a week before test a sliver. I do know how hard it can be.
 

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Congratulations!!! Yes, the 1st four weeks are going to seem like forever!! Lol. I still go & look at the soaps on my curing rack everyday! I smell them everyday. Insanity! But I love it.
 

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No need to explain or apologize for your excitement here...we understand, believe me. I also used Anne Watson's recipe with shea butter for my first soap. I loved her book, and her way of teaching. I used a milk carton as a mold as she suggested, and the soap turned out beautifully, and I'm sure yours will too. By the way, if you have a Kindle, Anne's books are frequently offered on Amazon free, or for 99 cents.
 
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Here are the pics. I used lavender eo and no color. I actually couldn't wait so I cut up a bar into slivers and tried the 1st one before I read the posts. I'll wait a week to try the next one.

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Well done !!!:clap: I wanted to ask what you think of that crafters choice mold you used. Did it bulge at the sides? How much soap did it hold?
 
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:) Thank you. I loved the mold. It's a really nice strong silicone. No bulging whatsoever. Even with how thick and nice it is, I had no problem pulling the sides away from the soap and popping it out. This one was a 2lb mold, so 8 really good sized bars.
 
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No need to explain or apologize for your excitement here...we understand, believe me. I also used Anne Watson's recipe with shea butter for my first soap. I loved her book, and her way of teaching. I used a milk carton as a mold as she suggested, and the soap turned out beautifully, and I'm sure yours will too. By the way, if you have a Kindle, Anne's books are frequently offered on Amazon free, or for 99 cents.
I do have a kindle and bought a bunch already :D I really loved how easy she makes everything seem.
 

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