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Well, I've spent most of the weekend processing fat!

I found the easiest way to get it chopped finely was to freeze the sliced lumps and then run them through the grater attachment on the food processor, so basically my kitchen looked like that scene from Fargo for a lot of the day!

I did actually find time to make some soap too - I finally did a successful pull-through! 😄

This is about my 3rd or 4th attempt, and the first one that doesn't basically look like blobs. There's no stopping me now!
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Although I was then brought back down to earth a bit - I wanted to make another batch of ZNSC, and I thought I'd split out some batter to colour with natural infusions, since I seemed to remember it being slow to trace last time.... NOPE! Traced like a runaway train 😆

But I stubbornly persisted, took out the dividers and piled the batter up in stripes, then pulled a popsicle stick through in Taiwan swirl motion.

Much banging and jiggling later it actually looks kind of not bad... Will be very curious to see how it comes out. Now to go re-read my notes about the trace 🤔

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Well, I've spent most of the weekend processing fat!

I found the easiest way to get it chopped finely was to freeze the sliced lumps and then run them through the grater attachment on the food processor, so basically my kitchen looked like that scene from Fargo for a lot of the day!

I did actually find time to make some soap too - I finally did a successful pull-through! 😄

This is about my 3rd or 4th attempt, and the first one that doesn't basically look like blobs. There's no stopping me now!
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Although I was then brought back down to earth a bit - I wanted to make another batch of ZNSC, and I thought I'd split out some batter to colour with natural infusions, since I seemed to remember it being slow to trace last time.... NOPE! Traced like a runaway train 😆

But I stubbornly persisted, took out the dividers and piled the batter up in stripes, then pulled a popsicle stick through in Taiwan swirl motion.

Much banging and jiggling later it actually looks kind of not bad... Will be very curious to see how it comes out. Now to go re-read my notes about the trace 🤔

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Love those colors and that pull-through is indeed fantasticooo! I bet the taiwan swirl is going to turn out fab too.
 

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Photographed my Mother’s Day soaps today. Rose Garden (WSP), a light, realistic rose scent, Freshly Zested Lemon (WSP). Just recently got this FO and I love love love it! View attachment 55989Hope it sticks, and Lilac (NG) smells like the real thing!
Those are beautiful soaps! I'm wondering how you did the 2 sides... 🤔

I really love your staging and photography too, not easy to get them looking so professional...
 

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Photographed my Mother’s Day soaps today. Rose Garden (WSP), a light, realistic rose scent, Freshly Zested Lemon (WSP). Just recently got this FO and I love love love it! View attachment 55989Hope it sticks, and Lilac (NG) smells like the real thing!
I just got the Rose Garden from WSP but haven't used it yet. It smells great OOB and says it behaves well in CP soap.
 

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Those are beautiful soaps! I'm wondering how you did the 2 sides... 🤔

I really love your staging and photography too, not easy to get them looking so professional...
Thank you! I got the idea from @Mobjack Bay (thank you for the great idea @Mobjack Bay ) and used my Nurture mold with dividers. Did an ITPS in one third and the confetti layer in the other.

I just got the Rose Garden from WSP but haven't used it yet. It smells great OOB and says it behaves well in CP soap.
I had absolutely no problems with it and I use mostly hard oils. I don’t like rose scents, but this one is making me a convert. Lol
 

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Baseboards were finished today, so I finally got to unpack all the soapy things into their cabinets. Well, "all" meaning everything except the two 50lb buckets of oils, two large bags of baking soda, and one large bag of Epsom salt in the pantry, and the large box and small bag of lotion and potion containers in the my office closet. 🤣

Anyway, I'm excited to have everything organized and ready to soap. But I still have lots more putting away to do before I wouldn't feel too distracted to soap. Normally I'm fully unpacked and set up within days of a move, but so much had to wait until the flooring and baseboards were done, in order for things to be put into closets, etc.

So until soaping can happen, here are some soap cabinet pics for fun!


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This is supposed to be a formal living room at the front of the house, but it will be our exercise/soap supply room instead. My sweet hubby is already talking about making me a fold-down table that could go on one wall, so I could actually soap in here instead of lugging everything around the corner to the kitchen, and then back again when I'm done. Not gonna turn that down if he's up for it!
Oooh! Ahh!
 

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Did my second attempt at the Lollipop swirl tonight. Figured out that I can soap even on evenings when it gets a bit late, if I freeze some of my distilled water for lye solution so it cools down faster! I usually only have a full evening free every couple of weeks otherwise, because I have a baby. I spent forever hand stirring to avoid it thickening up again too fast, and I think it might have worked! I'm out of tallow now though 😫

I gave my mother-in-law some soap for her birthday yesterday, including a dual lye shaving puck, and she is so enthralled with it! Now my sister's-in-law all want some 😄
 

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Oh that's gorgeous! I have Somali otw, how do you like it?
Of the four I just tested with the pull throughs, Somali was the only one that didn’t accelerate when I added it to the batter, post emulsion, but before dividing and adding the mica. So, I’d say it had extreme “workability”. That is at 90-95F. And the scent has really softened over just a couple of days past CP. I am really liking it!
 

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Unmoulded my test batch, probably a little soon. Didn't want to colour the batter but did want some difference between the scents to tell them apart easily while curing, so brushed a little mica into the mould. I've scratched a note on the back of each bar too, so I don't have to remember what each colour represents.

Just for fun, I popped a little vanilla batter into the details on 2 of the paw prints then filled them with a floral scent that I was testing for acceleration. The toe bits are already slightly darker. I'm excited to see how these age...

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So, I had ordered those same molds (the rectangles and ovals) on Amazon, and Amazon lost the package. They made me wait for like a week just to make sure they didn't just find it and send it along, and after that Amazon let me ask for a refund. I reordered them and they should be here Tuesday. Only, I got tired of waiting for the molds and made soap in other molds and now I'm almost out of lye. So when I finally get those molds, I may not be able to actually make soap. 😆
 

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Photographed my Mother’s Day soaps today. Rose Garden (WSP), a light, realistic rose scent, Freshly Zested Lemon (WSP). Just recently got this FO and I love love love it! Hope it sticks, and Lilac (NG) smells like the real thing!
Those are mighty impressive.
 

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So, I had ordered those same molds (the rectangles and ovals) on Amazon, and Amazon lost the package. They made me wait for like a week just to make sure they didn't just find it and send it along, and after that Amazon let me ask for a refund. I reordered them and they should be here Tuesday. Only, I got tired of waiting for the molds and made soap in other molds and now I'm almost out of lye. So when I finally get those molds, I may not be able to actually make soap. 😆
I see Amazon got smart lol. My bro got an "extra" TV that was lost until it magically got delivered.
 

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I see Amazon got smart lol. My bro got an "extra" TV that was lost until it magically got delivered.
Tracking on the lost package shows that it left the Amazon warehouse and made it as far as an Amazon warehouse in my state, and that's where it stopped. It never left the second warehouse. I can still see the tracking for it as of this morning, and it's still there.

The replacement will be here tomorrow, supposedly. Tracking shows that it has been shipped (from a different warehouse this time) but it hasn't actually gone anywhere yet.
 

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I made 8 bars of soap yesterday. Two black and six orange. I tried to make a swirl in clear melt and pour and it failed, but worked well at the same time. I don't have the pictures on the computer to show them. But they ended up having really interesting patterns on the inside when you have the bars flat on a surface or up to the light it has starbursts of black and shapes inside of it. my aid and I saw a rabbit in the one bar. It was pretty neat. Just not what I expected for my first experiment at all.
 

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Well so much for sticking with bath soap....I got 10 whole pounds of stearic acid on the way.
Ummmm....can you tell which two soaps won’t be making it to the website for sale? An unfortunate drop swirl SNAFU caused my normal batch of 12 soaps to be reduced to 10. 😂😂😂😂😂😂
This is a first for me but I’ve seen some competitors. 😂
Those bars still look neat as heck, I wouldn't have thought anything was wrong with em.
 

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Ummmm....can you tell which two soaps won’t be making it to the website for sale? An unfortunate drop swirl SNAFU caused my normal batch of 12 soaps to be reduced to 10. 😂😂😂😂😂😂
This is a first for me but I’ve seen some competitors. 😂View attachment 56015
If you didn't know they weren't meant to be like that, it could totally be a feature, though!

For me, I'm still plugging through the huge fat haul, but I did get my oils masterbatch made so I found time to actually make some soaps too 😁

I cut the speedy tracing Castile from yesterday, it looks pretty cool in the end but half the bars are textured on top ;)
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The colours are alkanet, paprika and turmeric, as something of an experiment.

I've been daydreaming of smooth glossy bars so I decided to take another stab at the recipe. Just for fun I did the variation with a little coconut and castor oil. Coloured with the remains of the alkanet infusion so hopefully it will be pale purple in a few days.

It didn't trace fast at all this time - and I had just about got it to emulsion when I had to start work and join a call, so I ended up stirring it to trace while I talked!

It certainly came out smooth - it was so featureless I had to put a tool on the picture to give the phone camera something to focus on 😆

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Will cut in the morning, I'm hoping for great things.

Also tried an experiment that's been knocking around in my head:
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I'll let you all know tomorrow what it's supposed to be when I see how it turns out ;)
 
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