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Only just, I have updated my personal stock and recipe inventory, first time including quantities. Since last october, I'm making soap at a quite constant rate of 20 g/day (oil input). This is highly unsustainable!

In another, no less tedious self-monitoring experiment, I found that I'm using up soap at a rate of 0.5 g per hand washing or about 5 g per shower.

Clearly, showering four times and/or washing my hands 40 times a day is obviously a bad idea. But which alternatives do I have? Making less soap? :eek:
Just hide it in plain sight like I do!

Here's a helpful diagram to follow... 🤣
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Thought I’d share how I gel my soap. No oven or heating pads required. Because the cooler is so well insulated, as the soap heats up, so does the internal temperature of the air in the cooler, which keeps building and puts the soap into gel phase. I soaped at about 90 degrees.

This batch is a bit hotter than normal (and got hot sooner) because I used coconut milk and a coconut FO. But, generally, this is how warm my soap gets using my low-budget method. I have a smaller styrofoam cooler for my smaller molds.

For smaller cavity molds, I use my seedling mat to get it started and then move to the cooler. View attachment 57
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Cut this AM. Used some calendula infused OO in this along with 40% lard, CO, Shea and castor. Scented with Lemongrass and Litsea EOs. It smells heavenly! The picture of the loaf came out lighter than it is IRL. Tested out a tiny sliver and oooooooh did it lather beautifully. Can’t wait til this one is cured. It was the simplest and easiest soaping experience ever. No color, no design. I need to do more like this especially since some of my customers tell me the soaps are too pretty to use. I hate hearing that. Lol. View attachment 57003View attachment 57004
So pretty! I love Calendula!
 

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This is also both how I dress and interior design our house. I think it all reflects the inner-workings of my brain. 🤪


Thanks, @Zing! It was not a peaceful process, let me tell you. Made the embeds using a column mold and a sheet of pliable plastic, of which I had to experiment with three different materials. Lots of wasted raw materials. Sadly, only a handful came out looking yinny and/or yangy. Embedded them into the red soap.

I'm still looking for the perfect material to take another crack at it.
These are cool but candle molds. Prob not soapsafe
 

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I couldn't wait quite the full 24 hours, but the poured silicone was completely set when I poked it, so it's unmoulded. I have to say I'm very impressed with how it came out!

The detail is perfect, down to the rough surface of the plaster and all the air bubbles in the impression 🙄 🤣

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Now that I've tried the process end to end, I'm going to make a set of 6 from the same cutting but making 6 separate impressions, so they'll be similar but not identical. I also have the little vibrating table now and some fresher wall filler so I'm hoping for a result without so many bubbles.

I also made a challenge attempt, and this tiny cosmic wave soap in an ice cube tray from the scrapings.
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I videoed myself soaping for the first time too, very curious to see what crazy things I do when I'm not paying attention 😜
 

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Making wedding soap for a friend’s daughter’s wedding. Cannot remember who here posted about making Castile soap on wedding day with an explanation on how the soap is timeless and only gets better with age. So that’ll be my gift to them.
I am probably not the only one here who has mentioned doing that, but I did. My Castile wedding gift soap was for my husband's nephew & bride. I colored it according to her wedding colors & gave her all but one or two bars (to keep back for posterity), wrapped in lace with a fancy label. I also gave them a set of towels from their wedding registry choice to pair with the soap. Sadly I missed the wedding, because in our travels to California, I came down with the FLU and stayed behind in our hotel while Hubby went alone. I hear it was a lovely wedding.
 

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I have to say I'm very impressed with how it came out!

The detail is perfect, down to the rough surface of the plaster and all the air bubbles in the impression 🙄 🤣
Silicone is truly merciless. The 3D-printed part I moulded with silicone, filled with chocolate, looks like 3D-printed from chocolate 😋. You can see EVERY SINGLE LAYER of filament deposition, including the surface texture (gloss) and any unsightly detail.

IME, soap is a lot less merciless than that: just try out how a soap comes off of this, if it is needed to redo the plaster casting at all, or if you like it that way (or if soda ash ruins the surface anyway).

In case of doubt, you still can use these as a relief for HP soaps that have the texture of demolition waste 😝
 

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Well I had my first disastrous lye water spill! Thank goodness it was a small batch for another attempt at a pull through. The container with the lid on slipped right out of my hands. Splashed every where! Most of it stayed in the container, but still a mess. And I’m sad to say... although my brand new dishwasher door is stainless steel, the handle is not! Also I feel that my kitchen floor is the cleanest it’s ever been with the lye solution and 3 washes and 2 rinses! Grrrr!
On a positive note, I think I’ve got my slow trace soap recipe down! Of my last 3 batches... soaping at room temp... my batter has stayed fluid throughout my intricate pours each time. Even with the clays, micas or FO. Pretty excited about that!
 

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Made a very special batch of soap today. I got this idea from @Primrose. My friend’s daughter got married this week. I wanted to do something special for them. Made Castile soap, which I will pass along to them with a note. The gist of it will be about the timelessness of Castile soap, how it has stood the test of time, the fragrance may wear off, they might wish that the soaps were prettier or smelled better over the years, patience required to allow the soap to change and evolve and improve, etc. This particular couple was at the country music festival in Vegas and both were shot. The now-husband of the couple almost did not make it.

Anyway, feeling a little choked up.
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I forgot to take photos of my gift basket for my best friend. I did mean too to post and for my journal (I love adding photos to my soap journal and have a portable printer just for phone photos etc).

Technically it's Sunday morning so, my adventures in Soapland are from yesterday and Friday but I made two batches of CP on Friday. As well as a clarifying shampoo, a conditioning shampoo, deep moisture conditioner, a nivea clay body wash dupe (love the smell, wished I purchased more of the FO), another body wash, a light body milk (lotion that sprays), a moisturising hand and body cream, a Fyah solid perfume, liquid hand wash (@IrishLass 's CP one), face sea salt scrub (finally got to use the citrus infused vodka I made two months ago) and two emulsified scrubs (one sugar one salt). Her present included 7 chakra bath bombs (each scented accordingly) and bath salts but I didn't make them on Friday. Yep, that was Friday. I also made soup and boiled condensed milk for caramel tart, which I did finish yesterday.

I'm not good at moderating my activity (FMS) so most of yesterday was spent writhing in pain and recovery.
In the afternoon, I cut one soap from Friday (will cut other this morning, I ran out of time) and boxed up my present for my dragon fire sister and then joined her for her epic mini festival party. Danced and drank a little too much.

But still on a high due to awe and praise people expressed over my gift basket. I know that's narcissistic, but, I will admit that even after years of gifting soapy things, I still get that endorphin high. Just seeing how happy people get is such a high.

I did go overboard with my friend's present (I even included a huge loofah that grew from seeds she gave me several years ago) but, we've been friends since we were 14 and we both turn 45 this year and she is a very special human.

Today is mother's day and I asked my family for raw materials. My 10 year old was under strict instructions not to buy soap from the school's mother's day stall as any soaps and soapy things were made (& donated) made by me.
I only donated four loaves/batches and 30 bombs this year. The expectation as crafters we get to donate our crafts and/or services from schools/clubs etc seems to get higher every year. Surely I'm not alone in that expectation?
I donated chutneys and pickled garlic years ago (2008) when my son was in prep and the next year I donated soap. Then was asked if I was giving them chutneys etc as well. They were disappointed and the following year they asked if I could donate both.
Stupidly I did and then kept it up until the two older ones finished at that school. My youngest goes to a different school; so when she was in prep I was smart enough to only donate soaps and bath products.
Anyone else have similar experiences with schools and sporting clubs etc?
 

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Made a very special batch of soap today. I got this idea from @Primrose. My friend’s daughter got married this week. I wanted to do something special for them. Made Castile soap, which I will pass along to them with a note. The gist of it will be about the timelessness of Castile soap, how it has stood the test of time, the fragrance may wear off, they might wish that the soaps were prettier or smelled better over the years, patience required to allow the soap to change and evolve and improve, etc. This particular couple was at the country music festival in Vegas and both were shot. The now-husband of the couple almost did not make it.

Anyway, feeling a little choked up. View attachment 57060
That's so beautiful. They must have a very close bond going through such a traumatic experience together. I'm sure they'd appreciate it.
 

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Made a very special batch of soap today. I got this idea from @Primrose. My friend’s daughter got married this week. I wanted to do something special for them. Made Castile soap, which I will pass along to them with a note. The gist of it will be about the timelessness of Castile soap, how it has stood the test of time, the fragrance may wear off, they might wish that the soaps were prettier or smelled better over the years, patience required to allow the soap to change and evolve and improve, etc. This particular couple was at the country music festival in Vegas and both were shot. The now-husband of the couple almost did not make it.

Anyway, feeling a little choked up. View attachment 57060
I'm not crying! You're crying!
Seriously, this is incredibly thoughtful and symbolic.
 

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I am taking a shot at my challenge soap tonight but I am doing it slowly as my back has decided to flare up. Just finished my soap dishes, ill sit till they dry, then measure oils and lye and sit again etc. Im determined to make soap tonight

ETA: 2 hours to make it but its done.
 
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I have successfully NOT purchased additional FOs, despite WSP having a sale. I just feel someone else should know of my restraint.
Also, finally got back into making soap. NG's Japanese Cherry Blossom fragrance accelerated a little bit, but then slowed down to medium trace if I worked with it, thick if I didn't. Tried some new techniques, I'll find out if they worked... Uh... Later today, I guess. Also made 2 new lotions, turned out lovely. Also, tried making some face mask with charcoal among other things, but my black iron oxide and my activated charcoal tubs are right next to each other, and I think I grabbed the wrong one. So, I'll have to try again on that one.
 

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I have successfully NOT purchased additional FOs, despite WSP having a sale. I just feel someone else should know of my restraint.
Save 25%? No, I'll save 100%!!!

Though, honestly, WSP doesn't make it too difficult for me (and Europeans) anyway:
Due to the high cost of complying with EU GDPR we have discontinued all marketing, services and sales to EU member states.
 
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