What soapy thing have you done today?

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Johnez

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Just started my soaping adventure by getting the things I need. 2 plastic pitchers, lye, stick blender, EOs, measuring cups. Everything else I have already. Can't wait! Super happy my local hardware store has lye and CHEAP.
 

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Do you know why you were not accepted at the craft event? Many times organizers limit the number of vendors in specific categories. For fairs I attend jewelry is almost always limited to a specific number and soap is often. It really doesn't help anyone to be a vendor at a venue with 8 other soap makers if they only expect a couple thousand attendees. It may not have had anything to do with your soap quality or soap page. I would encourage you to go to that event as a customer with an eye to understanding the types of vendors and their qualifications. If possible I would actually ask the promoter why you were not admitted.
 

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My individual moulds arrived today so I tried salt bars. I thought I was prepared for them getting thick super fast. I was not prepared. I got it to emulsion, turned around to put the SB in the sink, turned back - bam, it's too thick to pour 🤨

Still made some decent bars, I think. I blobbed it into the moulds, put some blue mica in oil on top and poked it with my gloved fingers to encourage it into the corners and make an interesting looking top (since smooth was out of the question).

Took an interlude for a challenge attempt and by the time I was done the salt bars were wanting to come out!
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I won't post the challenge attempt since it may actually be The One if it makes it through to cutting. If I tell you it took about an hour just for the pouring part and then the door fell off the oven when I put it to CPOP you'll have some idea of what that was like... But somehow the batter stayed fluid right til the bitter end, I managed to balance the colours just about right, and I didn't knock anything over! So fingers crossed...
Fantastic you were able to add the color' though it was setting up Fast. ( We all know that " Plop Plop" Soap Drill " ) 😂🤣🤗.
 

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My soapy thing today is shrink-wrapping a gazillion soaps. I have a lot that are already packed and sealed, just needed to shrinky dink them. It is my least favorite thing to do, but it has to be done.

My original plan for my day off was to go outside and compost/mulch my garden, but the neighbor is out and they will want to talk LOL I'm not feeling very peoply today. So I made a date with the heat gun.
 

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Just started my soaping adventure by getting the things I need. 2 plastic pitchers, lye, stick blender, EOs, measuring cups. Everything else I have already. Can't wait!
:nonono: Noooo! There's still time for you to turn back!! I'm warning you, one hit and you are hooked for life. Soon you'll find yourself realizing it's dawn and that you replaced a night's sleep with YouTube soaping videos, forcing your family to smell every possible EO combination, clicking 'submit cart' that's overflowing. Er, I mean, so I've heard....
 

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Got the vaccine and had a few more side effects than expected so the only soapy thing I did this week is buy a Cricut to make some specialty boxes for some of my products and some insert cards for orders
Take heart in that the side effects are very temporary. I wasn't gonna get it, despite my line of work. The most I had was flu-like symptoms and a lump (lymph node) in my armpit near my breast...which don't get me wrong, it freaked me out. It went away. Side effects mean that your body is doing its job.

I felt like crap for about a week. You will feel better...
 

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:nonono: Noooo! There's still time for you to turn back!! I'm warning you, one hit and you are hooked for life. Soon you'll find yourself realizing it's dawn and that you replaced a night's sleep with YouTube soaping videos, forcing your family to smell every possible EO combination, clicking 'submit cart' that's overflowing. Er, I mean, so I've heard....
In other words welcome to the cult... I mean club...
 

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Just started my soaping adventure by getting the things I need. 2 plastic pitchers, lye, stick blender, EOs, measuring cups. Everything else I have already. Can't wait! Super happy my local hardware store has lye and CHEAP.
Pretty soon you'll be buying 50 lbs of tallow, a $300 shrink wrap system, and more shelving units than you have room for. Its a slippery slope.. Have someone change your Amazon password STAT
 
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Finally broke through my funk and made some soap. Still in a funk, but at least I was productive. Hopefully the cuts will be fun!
Attempted 4 pull throughs. FOs are still new for me. So, I was seeing if they would work in my tried and true pull through recipe and process. Two of the FO worked well, and two accelerated. One of the accelerated ones still managed a kind of a pull through, the other one my disc broke and I had to dump it in a loaf. It still smells great! I’m soaping at 90. I haven’t tried to soap cooler. Maybe I will. It makes me nervous.
Giants (baseball) colors!
 

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:nonono: Noooo! There's still time for you to turn back!! I'm warning you, one hit and you are hooked for life. Soon you'll find yourself realizing it's dawn and that you replaced a night's sleep with YouTube soaping videos, forcing your family to smell every possible EO combination, clicking 'submit cart' that's overflowing. Er, I mean, so I've heard....
Simply reading recipes and perusing the forum has already hooked me. Maybe it's a contact high-heavily considered grabbing 32 lbs of lye from Essential Depot for nearly $2 a pound shipped? And my 1 lb bottle from Ace costs $4??? I mean it's a no brainer! I set my bergamot EO down to regain my senses...but it's only a matter of time.
 

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Simply reading recipes and perusing the forum has already hooked me. Maybe it's a contact high-heavily considered grabbing 32 lbs of lye from Essential Depot for nearly $2 a pound shipped? And my 1 lb bottle from Ace costs $4??? I mean it's a no brainer! I set my bergamot EO down to regain my senses...but it's only a matter of time.
Of course you won't be as foolish as me and peruse the shaving soap or syndet shampoo areas of the forum.. it's a slippery s(l)oap. (Excuse my humour!)
 

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Simply reading recipes and perusing the forum has already hooked me. Maybe it's a contact high-heavily considered grabbing 32 lbs of lye from Essential Depot for nearly $2 a pound shipped? And my 1 lb bottle from Ace costs $4??? I mean it's a no brainer! I set my bergamot EO down to regain my senses...but it's only a matter of time.
I bought that much lye from Essential Depot last year and now I only have a few bottles left! It truly is an addiction but it's so fun!!!
 

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Sydney shampoo......I've never heard of such a thing....you guys make shampoo too?! What the heck have I got myself into?
"Syndet" is short for "synthetic detergent". It is what shampoo is made of because you can make products with the ideal pH for hair. Soap has a minimum pH of about 9, which is far too high for hair. So we make shampoo bars out of syndets and the pH is between 4.5 and 5.5. There are threads in the Bath and Body area of the forum if you want to learn more.
 

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I made soap! I’m only doing about one batch per week at present. This is mango and pineapple:
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First rule of soap making club - never tell everyone what you had planned because they like it anyway, just as it is. You may be disappointed but everyone else thinks it's wonderful!
I think it is quite pretty. Haven't done any soap, few problems with my stupid lip, all is getting well except for my temper!
 
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