Discussion in 'Lye-Based Soap Forum' started by FlybyStardancer, Feb 12, 2014.
@Rune Excellent! Thanks so much
My husband might agree with the "keep(ing) me sane" part but not so much the "cheaper than therapy" part. But it's a whole lot more fun than complaining to a stranger and you've got something tangible to show for your efforts.
Thank you I made it a flat cut to show off the swirls.Used crinkle on my happy face soap cocoa soap.
They are beautiful, katemz. Just gorgeous looking!
Long, stressful week at the hospital, so I came home and unwound by making a quick loaf of soap. Just put this puppy to bed. More tomorrow....
Beautiful...the crinkle cuts were a great choice too.
I found and made what I think will be my go to bath bar--now just need to see how long it takes to dry. I tried the end piece and the bubbles were awesome--I used apple rose scent from BB what a lovely scent.
I have been thinking about making soap all day but wanted to get the bath bars down first--I miss making soap. and I have been busy trying to get the label thing down. and of course I re-organized all my soap stuff again
Tried out my 2-week old gardening soap today. Half scrubby, half smooth with some menthol added. Earthy smell. So far so good.
Clays are actually a good choice as far as natural colorants go. They tend to stick around more than plant powders or infusions is what I've learned, but alas, they are too expensive for me for now and some aren't available here.
I'd give it a go if I had access, I'm not liking my few experiences with mica either.
I unmolded a bar each this morning, of my soy wax vs. lard experiment, and left the rest in the mold.
I wanted to see if I could catch unmolding it too soon, and see what the outcome would be.
Right off the bat, unmolding was easier and slightly cleaner for the lard soap compared to the soy wax soap.
Here's a sneak peak but I'll be posting more pics and an initial comparison later in the gallery after I've unmolded the rest.
Edit: soy wax soap on the left, lard soap on the right
Which is which?
Sorry haha.. soy wax soap is the whiter on the left, lard soap is on the right.
Gosh - it's very white! Mine is never that white.
Is it covered in ash, Dawni? I haven't got ash on my soy wax soaps, but I was wondering if you do because it looks sort of rough on the surface.
But that color difference is amazing!
@KiwiMoose I think @earlene is right and the white is indeed ash. I was curious myself so I decided to sacrifice the side of one bar and shaved it some, trying for really thin pieces until I got to a part with significantly less ash. You can see in the pic below, I think I cut off about 2cm give or take.
The soy soap is still whiter than the lard soap, but not as white as the previous pic.
Why did I get ash on the sides touching the mold? And why none on the lard soap? Oh btw, I wiped both down with alcohol (I only have 70% isopropyl on hand) and it didn't help much, hence the decision to shave the soap.
I have three cubes each and these are the first, unmolded at about 20hrs. I will unmold another set after 28 and the last ones maybe at 36 and compare them to each other as well as compare lard to soy.
Y’all, seriously, I have a big bag of bentonite clay that I’ve never used, so I decided to add it to this batch yesterday. I watched a lady on YouTube. She added about a tablespoon to 2 Tbsp of water whilst soft music played in the background and stirred with her stylish rectangular measuring spoon...it emulsified immediately and looked so creamy and smooth. Well, you should have seen mine—it looked like I was gonna lay brick. I finally got it sort of paste like. Only the Lord knows what its gonna look like in the soap. Also, I used about 2 Tbsp in about 5 lbs of finished soap thinking that would be conservative. See all that nice greenish white on my beautiful top swirl? Well, it’s “gone with the wind” this morning leaving it looking more like a 3rd grade art project.
Y’all got any tips and tricks for incorporating clays in CP?
OK, I should probably know these things, but I don’t. What is DB and what is soap dough?
My charge nurse yesterday asked if she could buy a custom soap loaf from me! She's into essential oils and wants to provide her own, so we're going to discuss what she'd like and see if I can come up with something for her. She did mention she tends to like skincare that contains beeswax, which I've never soaped with, so I'm gonna do a little research to see how to go about that.
messin with my bath bomb bombs from x-mas. my son had bought me a kit that really did some weird things. I let them dry and they expanded a lot--when dry I put in baggies and threw in a drawer. today I was thinking about trying bath bombs again. took those out to see if I could re-do. didn't work but added additional EOs and some poly 80 as the one I did use the oil just sat on top of the water. the originals were lavender. I am using as powder with one batch added eucalyptus and one batch added neroli and one batch just the lavender. now I have to take a bath. if it works out I will probably send it to my other son as he takes a lot of baths and is in pain alot
Fifth time's the charm! Cut my fifth sample batch of my soaps that seem to go white...this one not as white as the other, but the prettiest of them all. Finally! I deserve some nice-looking soap!! Scent is NDA's Red Currant and Thyme.
Beautiful. How’s the fragrance?
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