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If you want a cost effective source for surfactants for making syndet bars, I recommend makeyourown.buzz. This is the version of SCI I recommend, too: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate Powder
They also have SLSa and CAPB and both versions of BTMS. They have cetyl alcohol and even silicones if you want to put some in conditioner bars. Everything is waaaaay less expensive than other sources. I mean some of the more expensive ingredients are like half what others charge. And their shipping charges are not outrageous, either. They have excellent quality products and responsive customer service people.

They didn't pay me to say this. I'm just a really happy customer. They messed up my order one time but they made it right really quickly.
I probably would never have started making shampoo bars if I had to pay what everyone else charges for the ingredients!
I second the love for MakeYourOwn.Buzz. The same folks also own Chemistry Connection and SaveOnCitric. Depending on where you live, it can pay to search all three sites to see which one will get you the best deal.
 

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I was up early this morning and ended up doing two batches of soap! (None yesterday, I guess I had to make up for it...)

Apart from the messing with column moulds for the challenge, I also tried an Ione swirl for the first time, with... interesting results.
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I was hoping for the dreamlike swirls I've seen in so many examples, but I think I got carried away with the gear tie and it has more of a nightmare quality, definitely something a bit creepy about it. I'll add it to my sinister soap portfolio I guess 🤭
 

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Today I finally cut the bars on my "oops, I forgot to swirl" rainbow soap. I used a recipe I hoped would give me a lot of working time for the 7 colors, and it stayed too soft to cut for three days. I think it might have been pretty if I'd remembered to swirl the rainbow colors back and forth thru the white. Next time...

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I love it! What soap recipe did you use as a rainbow soap is in my future for pride month!
 

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I second the love for MakeYourOwn.Buzz. The same folks also own Chemistry Connection and SaveOnCitric. Depending on where you live, it can pay to search all three sites to see which one will get you the best deal.
Oh, interesting! SaveOnCitric is one source I found recently in my attempts to find other options than just Brambleberry, and also find syndet supplies
 

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Hey - there you are! You've been crossing my mind as I've been missing your posts. Glad to see you back here and will be thinking about you.
Thanks. I’ve got a farmers market this Sunday. So, hopefully I’ll move some soap. Online sales have slowed to a crawl. So, I need to move some soaps outta here before I can keep cranking out new soaps.
 

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So far I have used Cedarwood & Sage, Orchid & Pink Amber, Orange Sapphire, and Living Coral Reef. I used 2oz for a 50oz batch and they all behaved perfectly - no acceleration or ricing and I soap at around 100 degrees. The Orange Sapphire is especially nice as it really smells like a fresh orange or tangerine. I mostly use WSP fragrances and have been happy with all but one (Tropical Vacation - had a raunchy chemical smell).
Thank you - that’s helpful.
 

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Sooo, I am in the middle of this soap.
I love this and can’t wait to see the cut or cuts!

I love this!!! 😍
Thank you! I got tired of making little bars with leftover batter and decided I would start making pieces to use as embeds or make flat slabs that are easy to cut uniformly. Pouring into a small test mold is a great option if the batter stays reasonably fluid.
 

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I love this and can’t wait to see the cut or cuts!


Thank you! I got tired of making little bars with leftover batter and decided I would start making pieces to use as embeds or make flat slabs that are easy to cut uniformly. Pouring into a small test mold is a great option if the batter stays reasonably fluid.
The design is really so unique and pretty. I love seeing your creations!
 

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I got my “quilt soap” ready to give to the friends who made squares for my son and wife’s baby, due today. Quilt and soap below. Soap is not perfect but I like it.
Awe - As a fellow quilter, I say that soap is PERFECT!
 

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I remade my pride flag soap! My last batch discoloured from the FO and the top was quite rice-y. I’m so happy with this batch! It smells like bubblegum ice cream too 🥰

I think I’m DONE with flat layers for a while though 😂
I love this! My daughter and I want to make rainbow soap for pride month! Do you have any tips? What recipe did you use?
 

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So after making the end cut (shown on the bottom right of the picture), I decided to do the rest by cutting the loaf into four and then each in half horizontally. I like the swirl much better. Just cutting the loaf the regular way made it look like an unruly pour LOL.

Satsuma Orange from NS. I really didn't like it OOB...but I love it in the soap. I only used 5% instead of my usual 6%. I personally like strongly scented soap, but some of my customers do not, so I bumped it down a notch, but it is still a fairly strong scent.

I cut a little early, so they are still fairly soft.

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So after making the end cut (shown on the bottom right of the picture), I decided to do the rest by cutting the loaf into four and then each in half horizontally. I like the swirl much better. Just cutting the loaf the regular way made it look like an unruly pour LOL.

Satsuma Orange from NS. I really didn't like it OOB...but I love it in the soap. I only used 5% instead of my usual 6%. I personally like strongly scented soap, but some of my customers do not, so I bumped it down a notch, but it is still a fairly strong scent.

I cut a little early, so they are still fairly soft.

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These are beautiful! For me Satsuma fades some after cure. It should be perfect for the light scent lovers.
 

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Had a Dream " Soap Nightmare" saw my Grandson walking up stairs holding soap & ( It Wasn't Mine ) I Thought Oh No he doesn't like my soap anymore!! lol. bahaha 🤣🤣🧼💫🙃

On a different "Real Dilemma" Ive got a " Soda Ash Problem" thats returned UGH' Im not liking it' I'm gonna try to figure out why all a sudden its back...
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Apart from a very educational attempt at the challenge, I discovered that my planer can also be used for beveling, and beveled all the things.

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This is the batch of Zany's no slime Castile I made on the 8th of March. It's simple but it's so pretty! Definitely up there on my list of favourite soaps.
Soap looks so perfect & pretty. 🧼💫

I try hard to make nice pictures for my Instagram page. It is not for sale though. It is for markets. When I apply to attend a craft event, I send my soap page to an owner of event. Last 2 times I was not accepted. I feel soooo sad. If anyone has time, please, take a look at my page, what I can improve there? My name on Instagram is exotictravelsoap.
I think your soap is beautiful. Ive never tried to sale at a craft market' I'm shocked to know your soap has to pass an inspection upon being accepted wow !
 

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I think your soap is beautiful. Ive never tried to sale at a craft market' I'm shocked to know your soap has to pass an inspection upon being accepted wow !
Some shows/events are "juried" meaning they want to see pics of your products and possibly your booth set up before they accept you. A lot of shows will also have limits on how many types of products they will allow so one area doesn't becomes over saturated. Once a product type gets "full" (like soap/jewelry/pottery) they may not accept any more applications.
 

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Well despite it being a long weekend, I only made one batch of soap today and it was a tiny one first thing in the morning! Challenge attempt so I can't show it 🤫
But I did a bunch of soap related things.
I learned how to make cute little bags that fit one bar of soap.
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The butcher told me he's been just throwing out loads of fat that he can't use! So I got more from him today and a promise of a whole box next week.
And I made a prototype soap cutter box to address some of the things I didn't like about the one I bought. For a start this one is a lot bigger!
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It can eat the other one whole 🤣
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How nice to get Tallow" I called a local butcher & asked if they sold tallow & they didn't, I'll try another meat market. Tallow is so expensive @ staters bro's super market its like 8-9 bucks for 8oz.

The only soapy thing today was at my work, a food pantry, I received 3 cases of soap loaf ends from my loyal soapmaker donor! Like 60 pounds! Our clients will appreciate the high quality soap. If you own BM Soap Company and are on this forum, bless you!
So very nice of them. 💫🧼

I’m still not to the point of selling soaps, but I do label everything I give away. Right now, the sizes are a bit of a hodge podge because I’m still undecided about cut widths for logs out of my various molds. There’s something very satisfying about having labelled soap in neat rows.

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Your soap looks "amazing" 💫🧼🤗

I made soap so today was a good day! A friend of a relative liked my "cocorange" lotion bars and wants a similar soap. So armed with great tips from you all -- especially @HowieRoll, thank you -- I came up with a recipe. Several firsts including using sugar in my lye solution (to boost lather since I'm using 30% cocoa butter) and benzoin resinoid for scent. I also used orange 10X essential oil. Since I wanted an orange bar, I used red palm oil at 5%.
It's part of my alternating wall pour series with baking cocoa as a "mica" line in between layers.
Everything is cozy under towels for the night.
Sound's like your soap is gonna smell amazing. I bet the colors turn out nice too.

I got these super cute mini crates from Michaels Online and im going to make them into little gift boxes. I believe they will hold 3 bars of soap and a soap dish.
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Now Im getting ready to make soap using Cedar Sage & Lavender FO from Midwest Fragrance. Hubby likes it oob so we'll see what it smells like in soap.

Edit: Here is the pour of Cedar Sage & Lavender. It behaved well. I tried to do a marblish mica top swirl. We will see what it looks like when its cut on top of the individual bars. The scent reminds me of mens deorderant. not over powering but nice.

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Stunning' 🧼💫

I made my first ever batches of soap this weekend! A handsoap kit from WSP in Pumpkin coconut cream, and a melt and pour batch in sugared Strawberry from Nurture Soap. My home health aid came today, and took two bars of the soap and one of the bottles. She wanted to show it off to her neighbors and ask if any of them wanted to buy some. I felt bad telling her she couldn't do that since I'm not selling my soaps.
Congrats on your 1st soap! very special indeed you'll never forget your first bar soap. 🧼💫🤗

I have to agree with @Zing, this stuff is amazing! I haven't had great success with BA, however, so I purchased mine from MakeYourOwn.Buzz, aka TheChemistryConnection.com, aka SaveOnCitric.com. All three of those sites are owned by the same folks, apparently, but the prices and shipping can differ, so it's worth comparing all three. I've also purchased MFSO from WSP before, but they take soooo long that by the time it arrives, I don't remember what I planned to make (seriously!). So I rarely order from them anymore.
Great tip' im gonna check them out... Always searching for them deals. Ive noticed Butters have gone up in price!.

Some shows/events are "juried" meaning they want to see pics of your products and possibly your booth set up before they accept you. A lot of shows will also have limits on how many types of products they will allow so one area doesn't becomes over saturated. Once a product type gets "full" (like soap/jewelry/pottery) they may not accept any more applications.
Thats understandable. On my bucket list' 💫🧼🤗
 
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