What soapy thing have you done today?

Discussion in 'Lye-Based Soap Forum' started by FlybyStardancer, Feb 12, 2014.

Help Support Soapmaking Forum by donating:

  1. Jun 19, 2019 #12,221

    Tara_H

    Tara_H

    Tara_H

    Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2019
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Ireland
    Today I said to myself - hey, that was a stressful day at work, I need to relax... I wonder if we have any drain cleaner? :eek:o_O:confused::D
     
    Mobjack Bay and KiwiMoose like this.
  2. Jun 19, 2019 #12,222

    Nanette

    Nanette

    Nanette

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2019
    Messages:
    406
    Likes Received:
    311
    Location:
    Tucson AZ y
    Those are so Cute!! Love it!

    Where did you get the molds if you dont mind my asking? I like them!
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 22, 2019
    amd likes this.
  3. Jun 19, 2019 #12,223

    DWinMadison

    DWinMadison

    DWinMadison

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2012
    Messages:
    1,948
    Likes Received:
    2,430
    Location:
    Madison, MS
  4. Jun 19, 2019 #12,224

    mulline

    mulline

    mulline

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2017
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    113
    Location:
    Denmark
    I started here as a totally newbie from Denmark ( i´m still in Denmark :-D )

    I know I have been a quiet member, but i have been reading a lot, and made a lot of soap :)


    i just want to show you how far i have come and say thank you for all the knowledge you have given by letting me join here on the SMF :)

    Love you all :) :) gundestrup1.jpg gundestrup2.jpg gundestrup3.jpg gundestrup4.jpg
     
    jules92207, Lauren C, Lefty and 15 others like this.
  5. Jun 20, 2019 #12,225

    KiwiMoose

    KiwiMoose

    KiwiMoose

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2018
    Messages:
    1,743
    Likes Received:
    2,860
    Location:
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    Lemon Cheesecake soap! I did three colours - yellow mica, natural, and TD and did a hanger swirl. Can't wait to cut it. AND it smells just like a slice of lemon cheesecake - I can even smell the biscuit base!
    IMG_1134.JPG
     
    Lauren C, Lefty, Mobjack Bay and 6 others like this.
  6. Jun 20, 2019 #12,226

    Nanette

    Nanette

    Nanette

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2019
    Messages:
    406
    Likes Received:
    311
    Location:
    Tucson AZ y
    Wow! OUTstanding!
     
    Kari Howie and mulline like this.
  7. Jun 20, 2019 #12,227

    earlene

    earlene

    earlene

    Grandmother & Soaper Lifetime Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2016
    Messages:
    6,541
    Likes Received:
    5,893
    Location:
    Western Illinois, USA
    We spent the majority of the day yesterday in the cities, so no soapy stuff at home. But I did search for a surge protector/extension cord to replace the one I've been using (plain extension cord) all along in the soaping area.

    Since moving the configuration of my soaping area, the cord for my SB was creating issues while soaping, so I needed the surge protector and a longer than 3 feet cord. So I set that up this morning.

    Also got out my last box of shea butter, but haven't opened it yet. Just needed to verify I wasn't totally running out. A relief, as I didn't really want to order more just yet.

    I may not get much soapy stuff done today either, because I really have to deal with bills and that tends to take me more time than I expect. Mostly because I keep needing to take breaks (or in truth, procrastinate.)
     
    Kari Howie and cmzaha like this.
  8. Jun 21, 2019 #12,228

    Kari Howie

    Kari Howie

    Kari Howie

    Lifetime Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2019
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    297
    Location:
    Goldsboro, North Carolina
    You’re certainly not a newbie anymore! Your soaps and display are beautiful!
     
    mulline likes this.
  9. Jun 21, 2019 #12,229

    DWinMadison

    DWinMadison

    DWinMadison

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2012
    Messages:
    1,948
    Likes Received:
    2,430
    Location:
    Madison, MS
    Kiwi...as always, that is one beautiful batch of soap. I love the subtle look of natural-TD swirl, and you've added just enough yellow to create interest.

    You look like an old pro! Great job. I love the little card holders you can stick in the bars. Are those available on Amazon?
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 22, 2019
    mulline, KiwiMoose and Nanette like this.
  10. Jun 21, 2019 #12,230

    Mobjack Bay

    Mobjack Bay

    Mobjack Bay

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2019
    Messages:
    1,257
    Likes Received:
    1,760
    Location:
    Virginia
    I found the last bar of soap from an order I placed with Ozark Herbals over 8 years ago. It was tucked into the back of the closet when I moved in 2012. It’s been stored in the original paper bag. The scent is long gone, but the soap still looks pristine. The makers are retired now. I ordered their soaps for many years after discovering them at a music festival in Kansas.

    0208B0F8-9814-4734-8489-0A46F02347F6.jpeg
     
  11. Jun 21, 2019 #12,231

    Bladesmith

    Bladesmith

    Bladesmith

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2019
    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    218
    Location:
    North Louisiana
    Made a few batches over the last week. Decided to make it a little easier on myself and do solid colors on these. I'm getting everything ready to try some embeds to add a little character to my single color bars.

    OMH (no color added), Juicy Apricot, Rosemary Mint

    All hot processed

    PhotoPictureResizer_190621_132425595_crop_4032x1385-1612x554.jpg
     
    Lauren C, scard, Zany_in_CO and 7 others like this.
  12. Jun 21, 2019 #12,232

    amd

    amd

    amd

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2015
    Messages:
    2,903
    Likes Received:
    3,604
    Location:
    South Dakota
    Had 2 hours gifted PTO this morning, so got up at my usual time and tinkered in the soap lab. Did the small batch (4 bars) so I can say I am over halfway done with the 40 bar custom order. I need to MB more oil before I can finish (I think... I'll weigh out what's left in the MB bucket to verify). Otherwise have not accomplished my to do list at all this week. Will work on that this weekend.
     
  13. Jun 21, 2019 #12,233

    earlene

    earlene

    earlene

    Grandmother & Soaper Lifetime Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2016
    Messages:
    6,541
    Likes Received:
    5,893
    Location:
    Western Illinois, USA
    Big soapy To Do list today, I guess.

    So far today:

    ✓ Unmolded last night's soap (log). Actually done after midnight, so technically it is this morning's soap.
    ✓ Put another set of last night/this mornings soap into oven to gel (individual bars mold)
    ✓ Used up lard to test out Susie's 65% lard recipe (will give to family)
    ✓ Washed some soapy equipment
    ✓ Tossed/recycled more of no-longer needed soapy supplies
    ✓ Broke another wire on a different wire cutter & replaced it
    ✓ Attempted to prep another wire to be replacement, but can't seem to manage attaching the wire to the ball end beads
    ✓ Placed an order for some tools (to use for the above)
    ✓ Cut yesterday's soap into bars (3 bars)
    ✓ Emptied another container of soap confetti (used in one of the soaps)
    ✓ Prep colorant for next soap
    ✓ Dust-mopped, swept, mopped kitchen (soaping area)
    ✓ Emptied the de-humidifier reservoir (humidity has been much higher lately) hoping to bring down the internal humidity

    Additional soapy To Do:

    ✓ unmold the bars now in oven
    ✓ wash more soapy dishes
    - gather wire cutter wire making materials to set aside for when additional tools arrive
    ✓ continue inventory reduction (oils, other supplies, etc.)
    - transfer more micas to jars (I think I have 2 or 3 empty jars for the bins)
    - look through soap molds to assess for keeping, tossing, recycling, giving away or whatever
    - update soap recipes with notes/photos as needed
    ✓ make soap; videotape as I go along
    - continue soap lessons plan for granddaughter (materials to bring, recipes, etc.)
    - bring wire cutter back upstairs - got it as far as on the steps

    Edit: updated Additional soapy To Do
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
  14. Jun 22, 2019 #12,234

    MarnieSoapien

    MarnieSoapien

    MarnieSoapien

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2018
    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    314
    Location:
    Denmark
    I unmolded my beer and cherry soaps. I did an in the pot swirl for the cherry ones, but I don't think it is showing up very well now. They will need to be cleaned up after they cure. Hemp & Hops.jpg Cherry soap.jpg
     
    Dawni, KiwiSoap and KiwiMoose like this.
  15. Jun 22, 2019 #12,235

    KiwiMoose

    KiwiMoose

    KiwiMoose

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2018
    Messages:
    1,743
    Likes Received:
    2,860
    Location:
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    Hey Marnie - is your cherry one just an FO, or did you use cherry juice or puree in there?
     
    TAS likes this.
  16. Jun 22, 2019 #12,236

    MarnieSoapien

    MarnieSoapien

    MarnieSoapien

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2018
    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    314
    Location:
    Denmark
    Cherry FO and a small amount of red iron oxide to get the pink color.
     
    KiwiMoose likes this.
  17. Jun 22, 2019 #12,237

    earlene

    earlene

    earlene

    Grandmother & Soaper Lifetime Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2016
    Messages:
    6,541
    Likes Received:
    5,893
    Location:
    Western Illinois, USA
    This month I made soap with black cherries. When I used cherry juice (from the cherries) as my lye solution liquid, I was reminded about how quickly lye solution can boil over! It was faster than when I used Kombucha tea and faster than beer if I recall correctly. I also used puréed black cherries. There is a photo of the rimmed black cherry soap in my media albums.

    I plan to do more cherry soap because I ended up with a lot of purée!

    Done so far today:

    ✓ unmolded one soap (overnight gel)
    ✓ put away clean soapy dishes

    Update:

    ✓ wash more soapy dishes
    ✓ make soap; videotape as I go along
    ✓ deleted several files from camera memory card to make room for more video
    ✓ upload video to computer & started name identification of said video clips
    ✓ brought wire cutter back upstairs, but kept wooden mold for soap I made


    Soapy ToDo's:

    - gather together wire cutter wire making materials (started yesterday, but did not complete)
    - continue inventory reduction (oils, other supplies, etc.)
    - transfer more micas to jars (I think I have 2 or 3 empty jars for the bins)
    - look through soap molds to assess for keeping, tossing, recycling, giving away or whatever
    - update soap recipes with notes/photos as needed
    - continue soap lessons plan for granddaughter (materials to bring, recipes, etc.)
    - create soap recipe for son's request
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2019
    Nanette likes this.
  18. Jun 22, 2019 #12,238

    Mobjack Bay

    Mobjack Bay

    Mobjack Bay

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2019
    Messages:
    1,257
    Likes Received:
    1,760
    Location:
    Virginia
    Cool soap @earlene! Are the little bits of red in the center part bits of cherry?
     
  19. Jun 22, 2019 #12,239

    earlene

    earlene

    earlene

    Grandmother & Soaper Lifetime Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2016
    Messages:
    6,541
    Likes Received:
    5,893
    Location:
    Western Illinois, USA
    Yes, that does appear to be bits of the puréed cherries, possibly the skin or outer peel. The overall soap is much darker now. Even new I would not have called that red, more a reddish brown. Now definitely a duller brown. I just checked the little cube soap I made with plain uncolored batter, and it is still pretty light in color. The very very thin shaving from planing of the heart soaps I made with that batter also has those bits, which appear to be cherry survivors from the purée process. I'd say that it could be avoided by peeling the skin off the cherries, but until I use the soap I will not know if it creates an undesirable effect, such as bits left on the skin or sink. And I am yet unsure if the bits will dry out and become scratchy.
     
    Mobjack Bay likes this.
  20. Jun 23, 2019 #12,240

    Mobjack Bay

    Mobjack Bay

    Mobjack Bay

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2019
    Messages:
    1,257
    Likes Received:
    1,760
    Location:
    Virginia
    I made my first salt bars today using my apparently jinxed oval cavity molds. Can’t wait see how they look in a couple of hours.
     
    Dawni likes this.

Share This Page