What soapy thing have you done today?

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  1. Jan 12, 2019 #9,381

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    They look great! I have been waiting very patiently to see these and it was worth the wait. I haven't tried a drop swirl yet and might add it to my 'to do' list. I hope the impatient person is happy to see your pics. ;)
     
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    I'm in the process of diluting my latest batch of liquid soap. This one is made with Kombucha and honey; it called for apple cider vinegar but I didn't want to use my homemade cider vinegar in soap. I have plenty of kombucha and can easily make more.

    The soap is looking good so far, nice and thick, and a dark amber colour.

    Later, when I'm fully awake and the coffee has kicked in, I'll be making a batch of salt bars. I'm pretty much out of it and the market starts up again in May.
     
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    I know but thats what zing was saying was wrong with them. I think they look really nice and as you say just shows that they are really properly home made
     
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    Very nice rack! Your soaps should all be very jolly about this! Good-looking soaps they are, too. :)
     
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    Made my first batch of salt bars today! I think they turned out good so far and it smells great (first time using FO instead of EO; not sure I'll stick to it, but it sure smells nice. Apple scent from NG). No big color work because I like the clean look (plus... still newbie), but did add a teeny bit of alfalfa infused oil and another teeny bit of madder root infusion that you can't really see on the pic but it shows a little. I just wish this didn't take forever to cure...
    Observations: this was relatively easy with just 1 oil. Also, I have to make myself a miter box because it's kind of pain to cut straight without it.
    IMG_4904.jpeg
     
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    Went to the store for castor oil and, yay, it was on sale at 15% off so bought 2.

    I'm waiting for my lye solution and oils to cool down for my first rosehip powder soap. Now that I have a good sense of what quantities look like, it's the first time I'm using grams instead of ounces. Nice to not have to convert recipes for 22, 37, 53 ounces to my scale which is in pounds and ounces. Not sure if it will worsen or relax my OCD with trying to get that last drop of oil out of the measuring cup, and then from the melting pot to the mixing bowl (why won't that last drop ever come out?!). :)

    Side rant: Why oh why is the U.S. not using metric!! :mad: In elementary school in the 70s we were told metric is coming -- and it is 2019! I'm consulting with a client on new construction and converting inches to feet and inches to decimal inches and square feet, and back again, etc. is for the birds!

    Gentle snow all day, good day to be inside making soap.
     
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    You need to be bilingual, like Canadians: our weather is in C, but we bake in F. Our produce prices are advertised per pound, but calculated per kilo at the checkout. I do most of my weight-based cooking in g/kg, but weigh myself in lb! Most everyone talks and thinks in km, and of course signs are posted thus, but we talk about what kind of mileage we get. House/room sizes are in square feet. Our milk is measured in litres, but is often sold as a 4-pack (e.g., a gallon).....
     
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    LOL... you pretty much nailed it. Where I work (in a print shop), I can always tell the general age of a customer by how they tell me the size of their project. Anyone who's had their education in the age of metric gives me metric measurements for their business cards/postcards, whatever. I always ask them to give it to me in REAL measurements (inches). Metric is a second language for me and I'm not all that fluent in it. I get by but...... That said, for soaping, it's all metric. It's the only measurement language I know for making soaps and bath & body products.
     
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    Yeah the problem is that we were educated in metric (I was among the first), but everyone else lives in Imperial to some degree. So whatever my kids learn about in school, great, but they're still going to bake cookies at 350F. Just today, my 9 year old was talking about a drink and said that it took 8ml of coke...I said that was just over a teaspoon. He said he meant 80, that was probably closer to 1/2 a cup. So even his generation is saddled with it.
    AND, when I did my soap-making workshop, we measurement in grams, but then did temperatures in F, because the degrees were smaller and you could be more precise! AND, I was just on SoapCalc for the first time, which seems to be all in ounces.....can you switch it to grams, or do I need to do math? Am I just missing a button?
     
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    I did a 100% Coconut Oil soap today and tried to do a wood-grained 'swirl'. I got to emulsion - the first time I actually can say that, even though I've tried and missed before - a wonderfully liquidy thing! Added the EOs, still all okay, split up my wonderfully liquid emulsion into 4 pitchers, added micas and then had to hurriedly just dump it all into the mold as the new micas I got for Christmas immediately made everything turn to pudding! I'm weeping on the inside for the wood-grain but still oh-so-happy that I can get to emulsion successfully... *sigh* Try, try again...
     
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    I watch all these wonderful you tube videos where they are working at emulsion to do colours and swirls and glorious designs, but it never works for me. As soon as I add ANYTHING it starts to accelerate. Actually I do lie - the micas are fine. But while I was doing my recent project, using the mica coloured batter to do a design, the other batter (left sitting) started to set up. I gave it a stir to loosen but it was on its way and wasn't about to slow down. I knew I had some accelerating Essential oils in there, but I had tried to counteract that with equal quantities of slow moving ones. I blended them all with a little of the warmed oils before adding too. For me - I can't help but think it is my recipe ( I blame the shea butter and soy wax content because I suspect both of these need to be kept warmer rather than cooler).
     
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    Soap Calc gives pounds, ounces, and grams on the second page (the page you get when you say view/print).
     
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    Shampoo bars on a rope, easy use and easy drying :)

    And my latest swirled soaps, HP :)

    Shaving soap :)
     

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    I made sooooooaap :D :dance: Of course, it's only batter in a mold at this point .... :tub:

    It was a bit nerve-wracking getting it all set out and set up, but once I had it all laid out and started weighing stuff, ScienceGirl kicked in and it was FUN. :D

    Really glad I wrote out everything first, rather than relying on memory. Treated all the batter and things coated with batter like a very dangerous animal. Felt very comfy-confident in my Professional Chemical Splash goggles, but I did have Alien Face when I removed it, LOL! Of course, had long gloves on, too.

    Also glad I mixed the lye outside because when I brought it into the kitchen 4 minutes later, I couldn't smell any fumes but I did feel a slight "chemical swoon" for around 5 minutes. Went outside for air twice and turned a fan at the tiny galley kitchen, then i was 'fine' (or i think so, anyway).

    I had a single colorant ready, and Plan B was to abandon color if the batter accelerated; but I actually had to stick blend more than I expected, and also did a lot of stirring. It felt like around 5 minutes total to get slightly more than a light trace (I kept going to that point because I didn't want a false trace from my 2 hard oils cooling). Then I split the batter almost 50-50 and colored half. I think I will get one of those tiny stick blenders Brambleberry has for colorants because the mica was more time-consuming to blend into a small amount of the recipe oils than I wished. Lucky my batter was slow, or Plan B would have gone into effect.

    I did not take temps, but estimate my materials were at around 110 F. It was such a small batch that there was only 3.52 oz. of water, and man, did that look piddling at the bottom of my lye pitcher! OMG! Lye was 1.73 oz. and dissolved pretty readily. I checked a few times for undissolved lye, but it was fine.

    Final Recipe, after Soap Calc tweaks on the fly to remove excess decimal places (assisted by the wonderful Cee @Zany_in_CO -- As a newbie, I wouldn't have known to do this or how):

    Castor oil 6.25% for a total of .75 oz
    Coconut 76 degree 25% for a total of 3.0 oz.
    EV Olive Oil (Greek, Kalamata) 37.5% for a total of 4.5 oz
    Organic sustainable Palm oil 30% for a total of 3.75 oz

    12 oz of soaping oils, total
    .4 oz Sandalwood EO
    3.52 oz water
    1.73 oz lye
    1/4 tsp Emerald Green mica -- should have used more. Was not after the minty look, but that's what i got.

    Water as a % of oils worked out to be 29.34%, Iodine 56, INS 155

    Pictures 2 posts down and at the top of page 471
     
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    Wow on the swirls for HP soap!! I’m impressed! I’m afraid to try for fear that the soap will look like turds pressed into a mold!
     
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    2019-01-12_soap in 1 lb slab mold.jpg

    My mold lining technique needs a little work. :p
     
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    Woot! Exciting. Looks great!
     
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    Love that soap on a rope - did you have to cure it into the soap? The swirl looks awesome too.
     
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    Thanks. I'm not un-pleased with it, so far. I should get 4 bars of soap from this experiment in my tiny slab mold. :D
     
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    Replaced wax paper and skewers with parchment paper on my curing tray as advised by SMFers.

    Made a batch of @Zany_in_CO Zea Zoap. Now my stockpile is so big I wont be able to soap for quite awhile. Maybe Ill give a few bars away....
     

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