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itsmeroro

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Uh - well I have this small problem! I know just what I want to put into my CP soaps -- but how do I formulate a recipe?? I have checked out Lye Calculators and a few programs, but I really would like a way to do this and include the ingredients -- possibly knowing the type of results I will end up with... lather, moisture properties and so on. :shock:

I really, really want to make my own for my business instead of using the ones out there already -- sort of original ideas, I guess. What do you all think?

Thanks! Have a great evening. RoRo
 

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its funny, i just posted about pretty much the same thing last night, looking to figure out how to make the perfect recipe with some insight ahead of time...this link was suggested to me.

http://www.soapcalc.com/soapqualities.asp

yaay, now i feel like a helper instead of just asking a million questions! sounds like we are at the same place in soap making!
 

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SoapCalc

I LOVE LOVE LOVE SoapCalc! Did I tell you I love it? :lol:
Play with it, and when you get something together, post a thread and a " 8) Soap Jedi Master" will come in and help you tweak your recipe, if needed. That's what happened when I first got here.
 

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Thanks for the insight! I guess we all have a need for original ideas in some form! I think soap is the perfect outlet! That link is by far the best I have found (many thanks!)... my question is how do you know just what measure of oils to use? I think there are specific limits on certain oils, per recipe? Not too sure about that...



:) RoRo
 

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itsmeroro said:
Thanks for the insight! I guess we all have a need for original ideas in some form! I think soap is the perfect outlet! That link is by far the best I have found (many thanks!)... my question is how do you know just what measure of oils to use? I think there are specific limits on certain oils, per recipe? Not too sure about that...



:) RoRo
Since this post I have found a GREAT program - called Soapmaker v 2.8 located at www.SoapMaker.ca I would highly reccomend this program to anyone interested in making custom recipes! There is a free trial also at this site...

:) Cheers! RoRo
 

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I have checked it out and I am trying for free for the 30 days. Looks good! kel
 

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I am still not sure about the other amounts for ingredients which are dry -- I have EO at .5 to 1 oz per pound., but how and where can I see sugestions for how much to add at trace? Hmmm...

There is a really useful tool in that program - the resizer. Which I have learned how to adjust for the EO per pound. The help info on the soapmaker.ca website is full of great info. I have also just ordered my soap molds from Paul - and really excited to try them!

Yea! Cheers! roro :D
 

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We sell a soapmaking calculator too, called SoapMaker which includes an inventory control program. I created it with my hubby after wasting a fair bit of money using recipes that didn't work. It helps at income tax time if you use the inventory feature.
Now I can test my recipes before I make the soap.

You can find it at http://www.soapmaker.ca
 

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Woodi said:
We sell a soapmaking calculator too, called SoapMaker which includes an inventory control program. I created it with my hubby after wasting a fair bit of money using recipes that didn't work. It helps at income tax time if you use the inventory feature.
Now I can test my recipes before I make the soap.

You can find it at www.soapmaker.ca
Hey Woodi - I just purchased it last night... and have been playing all day with ideas... The question I have is what is the general rule per pound for dried flowers, natural colorants and so on? I am having a tough time with that one, but I think it will come with more time (and experience! Also, do you know if I add honey and discount water - or is that added in at trace?

Anyhow, I DO LOVE SOAPMAKER!!! Really great program!!!

:) Happy Camper! RoRo
 

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So glad you like it Rachelle!

for colorants, I use less than 1 tsp of powder ppo (per pound of oils), and if I want solid color, I mix it with a little of the oils before trace, and mix it into the pot really well to avoid clumps. My recipe uses 6 pounds of oils, and sometimes I only use 2 Tbsp color ( 1 Tbsp=3 tsps)
But lately, my fav coloring technique (cuz I do not like the soap to color my washcloth) is to take out a cup of soap at medium trace, add in the powders which have been mixed with a little of the oils first ( I find the powders don't blend well with water); stir really well, then pour the cup of colored soap back into the pot and stir it only 3 times. Then pour into the mold for a nice swirled effect.

as for dried herbs, I usually grind them well in a coffee grinder, and if I'm using lavender buds, mix in a tsp of colored powder before adding to soap; because lavender buds turn blackish brown in soap, looking like mouse turds. But with a little color in there, they are disguised as herbs.

When I add oatmeal and/or cornmeal (for exfoliation) I use 1/2 cup of ground stuff to my 6 pounds of oils. Could add more, but this seems sufficient for my tastes. Once I added poppy seeds and found the soap painfully scrubby, but my S-I-L loved it. Different tastes.

I have added honey in at trace, and also into the lye water (it turns bright orange and smells burnt, but works ok in the soap). I don't discount the water for the added honey. I love honey in soap.
It has a tendency to cause the soap to heat up more in the mold, so I cover it less heavily then, or not at all.

If you don't cover your molds, the soap will not turn gel-like but remain opaque in color. This is ok too, but the gelled soaps seem to get harder, in time, than the un-gelled.

I also find that adding sugar or honey to soap makes the bubbles in the lather bigger.

Just my personal observations. Somebody else may tell you different things.
 

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