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I made an interesting coffee soap with the new fragrance oils from BrambleBerry. I have never been happy with coffee soap in the past, too scratchy for me but this time, I used “used” grounds which I blitzed (2X) in my coffee grinder. So they are really fine. I hope this time I’ll like the soap.
So how much coffee grounds do you put in your soap? I was using the same measurement as I do for oatmeal and its kinda rough on the skin.
 

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Not @linne1gi, but I put spent coffee into my Coffee Day soap. I used a generous 10% of the oil weight – but still wet from brewing. It came out very scratchy. The bad news is that when you use less, it isn't less scratchy, just fewer coffee particles that are scratchy. Incidentally I've asked how to get a speckled look without that much scratchiness not long ago.
 

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Thanks. Calling it refinishing is a stretch. I gave it a light sand, sprayed with Kilz primer, sprayed with turquoise spray paint and then varnish. Added some cute hardware- Done, all in an afternoon. At least you didn't pay for the dresser. Freebies like that aren't too hard to find...
Im definitely a trash picker lol.

this is the set i refinished. I used chalk paint and wax to make it look distressed.

edit…and thats when i got the idea that an old freebie and a little paint might change someones life lol. Im sure plenty of ppl cant afford a nice set and just pick up roadside.

Me, i was just moving out of a roommates house and had zero. I make money, but i couldnt afford to furnish the whole house all at once. Freebie throw away set and $100 in supplies.
 

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My wife does lots of this painting old stuff new. Some was cheap stuff and some was stuff we bought new 20 years ago and did not seem the least bit hurt to me. I always think she is nuts on times like that but then she proves to me that her work really made stuff unbelievably better.
I should feel bad, she did our propane tank just two days ago plus a table and four purple chairs that are now not purple. All in a three day warm spell around here.
Just goes to show that I married up. You go girls, your stuff looks great.
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My soapy thing today...I am trying to recreate a soapy accident from a year or two ago when I was learning wall pours. I suck at them. I get soap everywhere. The last soap that I did was a perfect fit as far as soap batter to mold ratio goes. I ended up spilling so much while trying to do a wall pour, that I ended up with half sized bars of super neat soap LOL. Kinda made me mad. Still mad cause I don't know if I can ever make something like that again. Plus my cutting bars was less than par back then, so my soap really took a hit on size.

So here I am with the challenge looming, trying to recreate that last bar of soap that I have left.

I made extra batter because of my spilling tendencies while doing a wall pour. And wouldn't you know that I didn't spill a drop. So now I have 200grams of soap batter that I don't know what to do with.

I know you are thinking to just put it in molds, but I always get so much ash on individual mold "extra" pours even if I cpop with the rest of the loaf, that I usually throw them away. So I'm probably gonna skip the extra step of pouring into cavity molds and just throw away the extra batter...it's unscented anyway, except for a small bit.
 

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So I'm just wondering what stages everyone's at. :) I'm a curious little cat, I am.

For myself, I'm waiting for my most recent batch of bar soap to firm up (trying to give it 24 hours before I even touch it, since the soapcalc numbers put it just shy of the 'ideal' hardness range). In addition I fiddled around with the liquid soap I made yesterday (a good chunk of it didn't dissolved, and I was seeing if that was because there wasn't enough water to dilute it all... sure enough that was the problem so it was diluted and added to the bottle holding the rest of it).

And right now I have a tea going that will eventually be strained and frozen, to be used when I make my shampoo bar. Still need to get to my aunt's to pick her citrus trees... But at least I can have the liquid ready to go! I measured out 1/2 oz of dried marshmallow root, 1 1/2 cups water (both weighed to the gram), and then for kicks I tossed in one bag each of Bigelow's Chammomile Lemon and I Love Lemon teas. I'm going to be infusing both chamomile and lemon into the oils, and needed to use the teas anyways (and I don't drink tea). Win-win, right? I might not need all of the tea for the shampoo bar (I'll only be using about 500g oils after all), but at least I'll have it done. :)
I just poured 10 lb of bear grease lye soap. It traced nicely and can't wait to see how it is set in the morning. This will be given to our 19th Century reenactment group and living history friends.
 

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Not @linne1gi, but I put spent coffee into my Coffee Day soap. I used a generous 10% of the oil weight – but still wet from brewing. It came out very scratchy. The bad news is that when you use less, it isn't less scratchy, just fewer coffee particles that are scratchy. Incidentally I've asked how to get a speckled look without that much scratchiness not long ago.
Wow, thank you very much. My wife wanted me to make another batch and use less coffee grinds. Not going to now. I have a friend that told me she uses a coffee scrub on her face and she really likes it and has a very nice complexion.
Not @linne1gi, but I put spent coffee into my Coffee Day soap. I used a generous 10% of the oil weight – but still wet from brewing. It came out very scratchy. The bad news is that when you use less, it isn't less scratchy, just fewer coffee particles that are scratchy. Incidentally I've asked how to get a speckled look without that much scratchiness not long ago.
 

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I made some fizzy bath salts and some sugar scrub cubes. The fizzy bath salts smell good and fizzed when I washed the dishes, so I think that one is going to work. The first sugar scrub batch was a fail, but I'm sure it will work as regular sugar scrub. The second one held together better. The recipe didn't say so, but I think the shredded soap was supposed to be melt and pour. I just used some shreds from beveling. I will give it and the fizzy bath salts a full trial tonight 😁.
 

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I didn't do anything soapy today but I did hear back from my contact at the winery. She's been off for the past two days and just got to see the soap this morning. She loves them!!

 

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Just goes to show that I married up. You go girls, your stuff looks great.
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Me, too!
I know you are thinking to just put it in molds, but I always get so much ash on individual mold "extra" pours even if I cpop with the rest of the loaf, that I usually throw them away. So I'm probably gonna skip the extra step of pouring into cavity molds and just throw away the extra batter...it's unscented anyway, except for a small bit.
Blasphemy! What is this throwing away batter??!! Just kidding. I too long had problems with ash on my leftover single cavity molds. Thanks to a tip from guess where, I don't unmold for several days, sometimes a week, and have not had issues since. After pouring, I also spray alcohol, cover with plastic wrap, and cardboard.
 

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So I read an old thread for a past 🧼 challenge for travel soap. I LOVE all things small, so even though I have no time for anything other than Christmas 🎄 preparation, I could NOT help but make a few single use soaps. Here is thread:
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Took the soaps to work & gave most of them away, but they (slightly bigger than a quarter) are definitely way too big for single use! However it was a fun fast & easy 🧼 project so I’m going to do some tiny ones!
 
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I posted this on my Instagram this afternoon:
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And by night I was already sold out. Yey!

Granted, it was a small batch, which I said was "limited edition" lol but still... I was worried I was too late for gift sets.

I'm actually envious of whoever gets these as gifts. 9mos cured triple butter soap is yum.
 

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I see a rose. Have I passed the Rorschach test?
Haha that's so cool! Well it is scented with geranium, among other things lol

Thing is, it's not that pink in real haha must be my camera/screen. And some of the cuts look like ham - hence why I offered it this Christmas. Here, for Noche Buena (Christmas eve meal), a lot of people serve ham so I figured yeah let's go with that. A bit of levity y'know. People (here at least) got it immediately and so, I'm all out in just a few hours. Makes me happy haha
 

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