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Took first crack at lollipop swirl. Went better than expected. Need to make a few tweaks to my pouring technique but overall it was fun.

Also made some syndet bars. I’ve made two batches using what I call the “hot” process but it’s a PITA so I’m going to go back to using my mixer, or what I call the “cold” process of making them.
 

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Also made some syndet bars. I’ve made two batches using what I call the “hot” process but it’s a PITA so I’m going to go back to using my mixer, or what I call the “cold” process of making them.
Interesting. I could never get everything to combine properly when I made them cold. When I poured in the melted ingredients, they just solidify before I can stir them in. I found it was much easier to use SCI powder and heat it up with the other surfactants before mixing in the melted stuff.
What kind of mixer are you using, and what kind of beaters? Are you using dough hooks?
 

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I'll let you all know tomorrow what it's supposed to be when I see how it turns out
It worked! 😄

I love being in the phase of a craft where it's still exciting to see how something turns out! And given how much there is to learn about soap I hope to stay in this zone for a very long time...

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This was my first soap with my masterbatched oils, so far I would call that a success.

(Edit: funny enough the garden this morning was echoing the design:) )
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It's been a good soap-cutting morning, I'm also thrilled with how the new ZNSC batch turned out.
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Scented with lavender (my favourite!) And coloured lightly with alkanet, likely will end up a light purplish grey. They actually look a little green tinted in real life right now but I don't think that's showing in the photo.

Just washing the tiny bit of residue off my gloves produced quite a lot of lather! I'll be very curious to see what they're like when cured.
 
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It worked! 😄

I love being in the phase of a craft where it's still exciting to see how something turns out! And given how much there is to learn about soap I hope to stay in this zone for a very long time...


This was my first soap with my masterbatched oils, so far I would call that a success.

(Edit: funny enough the garden this morning was echoing the design:) )


It's been a good soap-cutting morning, I'm also thrilled with how the new ZNSC batch turned out.

Scented with lavender (my favourite!) And coloured lightly with alkanet, likely will end up a light purplish grey. They actually look a little green tinted in real life right now but I don't think that's showing in the photo.

Just washing the tiny bit of residue off my gloves produced quite a lot of lather! I'll be very curious to see what they're like when cured.
Beautiful soaps beautiful garden. Ahhhhhh. Looks like that tallow (right?) is giving you some lovely white soap!
 

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I’m now using soap to de-stress and avoid Stuff! I used the lollipop challenge to experiment with my pvc column molds and my colors dispersed with glycerin. Love the molds... the glycerin not so much. BB100DE0-A9C9-44D0-BFF8-89F9ED316819.jpeg
A couple weeks ago my washer broke and I spent over $2000 on a new washer and a dishwasher (old one was taken out by a power surge a couple years ago). A couple days before they were supposed to be delivered and installed my washer was put on back order until mid May. They were going to hold my dishwasher until the washer was delivered., so I canceled the washer. Just to get my dishwasher delivered today. But after installing we found out the outlet for the dishwasher is not working. So my dishwasher is sitting in the garage until I get an electrician here to fix the outlet. And still no washer.... and as I was cleaning out under the sink and floor under dishwasher I realized my sink, that I just replaced the drain a couple months ago, is leaking again. I think my soaping clean up is eating away at the putty. So I’m about to try and re seal the drain... or maybe...
I’m going to make some more soap! 😳🙄
 

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I realized my sink, that I just replaced the drain a couple months ago, is leaking again. I think my soaping clean up is eating away at the putty. So I’m about to try and re seal the drain... or maybe...
I’m going to make some more soap! 😳🙄
It could be the quality of the putty. Some of them don't last a year in normal conditions. I don't even know why that quality is still available. Just last year, twice I had to ask maintenance to come out and fix the leak caused by the putty they used between sink and drain. And I was only there for a few months! Worst stuff ever!

Bummer about being without either washers right now.
 
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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!
Your soap is just " Beautiful" OMGOSH Soap Love.... ❤🧼💫

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
Very Pretty still. 🤗💫
 

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It could be the quality of the putty. Some of them don't last a year in normal conditions. I don't even know why that quality is still available. Just last year, twice I had to ask maintenance to come out and fix the leak caused by the putty they used between sink and drain. And I was only there for a few months! Worst stuff ever!

Bummer about being without either washers right nos.
Good point about the putty... I’ll need to research some good putty!!!! It was kinda fun replacing the drain the first time...but I’m waiting until I’m in a more positive frame of mind this time! Thanks!!!
 

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I'm having one of them soaping Days were everything went wrong! trying to practice the Lollipop Design & forgot my C-Milk about an oz' used double the sodium lacate, thought I needed more SF oil I was short & replaced 10g w/ olive oil' after all that realized I had enough SF oil. now I have a mixture in soap & bottle, my micro scale stopped working due to needing a charge' so my FO / Preservative was a guesstimate. UGH' yep time to just thrown in the towel & call it a soaping day. Good Lord. 💫🧼🙃🤪.
 

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I'm having one of them soaping Days were everything went wrong! trying to practice the Lollipop Design & forgot my C-Milk about an oz' used double the sodium lacate, thought I needed more SF oil I was short & replaced 10g w/ olive oil' after all that realized I had enough SF oil. now I have a mixture in soap & bottle, my micro scale stopped working due to needing a charge' so my FO / Preservative was a guesstimate. UGH' yep time to just thrown in the towel & call it a soaping day. Good Lord. 💫🧼🙃🤪.h
Days like that! I call those bad 'whatever' days. Bad soaping days. Bad sewing days. Bad 'fill-in-the-blank' days. I've had days like that. Many. The first time I realized it was in my 20's and it was Bad Sewing Days. Everything that could go wrong related to a sewing project did go wrong. When it dawned on me I had those days, I quit making any attempt to sew that whole day. Sometimes 2, then when I did go back to it, everything was back to normal and no more fiascos. Over the years, I discovered all I have to do is take a day off from doing that particular thing where everything is going wrong, call it a Bad 'whatever-it-was Day' and let it go for a day. If it took me it took me all day to realize it, I'd take an extra day to give my mind and body some R&R.
 

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Double soap day! I've been looking through the Browsing soap pics thread and feeling all inspired 😁 plus it's Wednesday which means I need extra coping.

I was so happy with this fire-inspired soap until halfway through the swirl when it struck me that I had done the colours in the wrong order 😫

Like, it's fine... but it was days of planning and hours of prepping... Doh!
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I also had a go at getting back to my roots and making a grocery soap, which was a lot of fun! I was amazed at how slow my current recipe is to trace. I'm sure it's something to do with the home-rendered tallow. The industrial stuff I used to buy would trace fast enough, and go from liquid to solid in the blink of an eye. The new stuff is softer at room temperature and it's a more gradual solidifying, and takes aaaaages to trace.

Not that I'm complaining! But I presume it's a purity thing, which makes me wonder if there's a risk my more recent soaps are less superfatted than I thought 🤔
 

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It worked! 😄

I love being in the phase of a craft where it's still exciting to see how something turns out! And given how much there is to learn about soap I hope to stay in this zone for a very long time...

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This was my first soap with my masterbatched oils, so far I would call that a success.

(Edit: funny enough the garden this morning was echoing the design:) )
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@Tara_H, I have no words for this. This is amazing. I like minimalist designs. I have stared and studied these photos and can't figure out your technique. If it's not a secret, care to share? If it is a secret, just whisper and no one has to know. :)
I did this one last year
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@Tara_H, I have no words for this. This is amazing. I like minimalist designs. I have stared and studied these photos and can't figure out your technique. If it's not a secret, care to share? If it is a secret, just whisper and no one has to know. :)
I did this one last yearView attachment 56117.
No secret! The trick was using multiple gear ties so I didn't have to try to get it back to the bottom without leaving marks :) the idea was haunting me for a week or so and I just had to try it out!
I love yours too 😍 Seems like we have very similar tastes, our soaps could be cousins ;)
 

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No secret! The trick was using multiple gear ties so I didn't have to try to get it back to the bottom without leaving marks :) the idea was haunting me for a week or so and I just had to try it out!
I love yours too 😍 Seems like we have very similar tastes, our soaps could be cousins ;)
Aha!! That is brilliant!! It's on my bucket list. What's the name of this? The Tara Winter Tree? The Tara Triple Tie?
 
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Days like that! I call those bad 'whatever' days. Bad soaping days. Bad sewing days. Bad 'fill-in-the-blank' days. I've had days like that. Many. The first time I realized it was in my 20's and it was Bad Sewing Days. Everything that could go wrong related to a sewing project did go wrong. When it dawned on me I had those days, I quit making any attempt to sew that whole day. Sometimes 2, then when I did go back to it, everything was back to normal and no more fiascos. Over the years, I discovered all I have to do is take a day off from doing that particular thing where everything is going wrong, call it a Bad 'whatever-it-was Day' and let it go for a day. If it took me it took me all day to realize it, I'd take an extra day to give my mind and body some R&R.
Sounds like a great idea... Phew my "whatever Day" I threw in the towel and called it a Day. 💫😉👍🏼
 

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Today, aside from cutting the grocery soap and continuing to slog away at the tallow (omg so much!) I cut the fire soap. Some of it is quite acceptably fiery.

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I also tried an experimental pour but it is stubbornly too soft to cut so will need to wait until the morning.
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I’m laid out from my second COVID shot - seriously, Top 5 on the Feeling Awful scale - so I stayed home from my Job that Pays Me. I’m physically wrecked but mentally ok.....so I took the opportunity to obsess over fattty acid profiles, and I now have, if it turns out, what will be my go-to recipe! Now I just gotta wait for my stuff to come so I can take it for a test drive.....
 
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