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Tried a modified Three color mantra swirl yesterday. When adding my first main color (the teal), the batter moved the cardboard I was using as a divider. So, I Just removed my second divider, added my second main color (white) on the other side. Then I made alternating passes up and down the center of the two colors with my "accent color" (orange). Kinda figured the mantra was ruined, but attempted it anyway.

I was very pleasantly surprised (OK "EXCITED) with how these turned out. They are scented with VA Candle Supply's Pina Colada.

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Thank you all! I was trying for something that reminded me of the Carribean that was not the normal "Mardi Gras" color scheme. So, I hoped that those colors would represent white sands, blue ocean/sky and sunlight.
 

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I like the colors also... definitely beachy. How did the scent hold?
 

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I like the colors also... definitely beachy. How did the scent hold?
The scent held well. It was a strong scent to begin with.

On a side note Stacy, I think that the problems I had with some of the earlier scents may have been because of the addition of salt and sugar to my recipe. I was trying a new recipe and added salt and sugar as usual. But, this time I didn't use them and no problems. So, I will have to try those earlier two scents again and use them with my saltless/sugarless version of my recipe.
 

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Cenz, I've never noticed (or read anywhere, and God knows, I've read everywhere) that sugar or salt in small amts changes scent retention. Have you tried FO's from other places yet?
 

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The scent held well. It was a strong scent to begin with.

On a side note Stacy, I think that the problems I had with some of the earlier scents may have been because of the addition of salt and sugar to my recipe. I was trying a new recipe and added salt and sugar as usual. But, this time I didn't use them and no problems. So, I will have to try those earlier two scents again and use them with my saltless/sugarless version of my recipe.

Looking in my notes, I used sugar in the lav. euc., but not salt with my basic OO,CO and castor recipe. It seems I also made a note that in CP the euc. came through more, and the lav. came through in HP more... the things I learn when I flip over the paper...lol
 

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Cenz, I've never noticed (or read anywhere, and God knows, I've read everywhere) that sugar or salt in small amts changes scent retention. Have you tried FO's from other places yet?
I guess I didn't make myself clear. What I was referring to was an earlier conversation that Stacy and I had regarding VA Candle Supply Scents. I had noticed acceleration and ricing using certain scents and she had not. The only difference between an earlier recipe I had been using and the one that was accelerating/ricing when I added the FO was that I had started using sugar (1 tbs ppo) and salt (1 tsp ppo).

I have not used any other scents since I started soaping again because I bought a couple big batches of FOs from VA. I'll be trying nurture and some others soon though.
 

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Oh, sorry. B/t/w, if you are in the FO research stage, NG is a good place to order, their 1 ozers are reasonably priced - usually $2.65, and I think they discount 50c per bottle if you buy 10 or more - their scents are widely reviewed b/c so many people use them, they usually have lots of reviews on the NG site (although I take those as potentially being a little less objective) and they are generally well priced. So there is lots of feedback on A/D/sticking, etc.
 

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