What soapy thing have you done today?

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  1. Aug 13, 2019 #12,861

    Mistrael

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    There's a bit of a story behind my morning...

    My first soap attempt was on the 4th. It went okay, but I did a CPOP on a heavy OO soap, let it go too long to boot, so it separated a bit.

    I let it sit for a week or so while I read and YouTubed more, deciding what to do. I decided more CO would be helpful for my impatience, and a bit more castor would help keep my bubbles. So I recalculated my recipe with a higher percentage of both, subtracted everything I'd put in my original batch, and did a hybrid rebatch/hot process, and put it into molds, then sprayed the tops with isopropyl alcohol and did NOT CPOP.

    But then I wasn't happy with how it looked and thought I would just tinker with it a bit more, so it went back into the crock and, well... I accidentally made soap that's half clear liquid and half lumpy semi-creamed. Too much water, plus the alcohol and additional castor, extra cooking and stirring... Well, that's my guess.

    But it's all definitely soap and not at all hot. I've been handling it bare handed all morning, making a big mess trying to separate the two types into different containers so I can figure out what to do with both. I've washed my hands repeatedly with both types, and it's all pretty nice for a basic, unscented & uncolored first try.
     
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    Marilyn Norgart

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    WOW AWESOME. I hear ya on the bio and pics though. I was like that with my resumes. I am amazed how easy it is for younger people to sell themselves. are you going to share a link with us?? I would love to see it

    well I only got 2 small batches done yesterday so I got them cut this morning. a friend has been patiently waiting for a lemon poppy seed bar. I only had enough for half a batch so I found another scent with just enough for half and used my smaller silicone molds and threw poppy seeds in them both. those smaller molds seem to get harder to get the soap out every time I use them
     
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  3. Aug 13, 2019 #12,863

    Marilyn Norgart

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    made an Anise soap and got out of going to the Farmers Market as its pouring out--now I know why I was so achy and sluggish
     
  4. Aug 13, 2019 #12,864

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    Nothing today due to work, however this last weekend, I ended up having an impromptu packaging session and got all of my packaging of all products done with the exception of printing the name of the soaps that will go on the label. That will probably only take about 10 minutes, and I won't need them until October, so there's that. But that means that I may end up getting the challenge soap done this weekend. :)
     
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    I will once it go lives. I guess at the end of this month
     
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    Finished 8 batches tonight. Took longer because I changed my mind on which to soap
    :rolleyes: as usual. Only did 1 of the 8 I originally picked to soap.
    I am a bit late on making some but have enough for my 4 day show and maybe it will use up the ones I want gone.

    Cut hopefully tomorrow night
     
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    I have option paralysis when it comes to deciding what kind of soap to make next. The list of things I want to try is still long... honey soap, beer soap, different kinds of swirls, pours and carving techniques, shaving soap, liquid soap, and then there’s more Castile, more salt bars, and soap for the holidays. The only thing I decided today is that I need to start making my soap as smaller batches. It’s a step in the right direction.
     
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    wow i feel accomplished doing 3 in a day :) enjoy the cut :)
     
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    Wow, I’m in awe. It can take me over an hour to make one simple batch of soap. I can’t even imagine making more than two in one evening.
     
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    I have a list that I am kinda half ways following--well that's an exaggeration out of the last 4 I made one I was supposed to.
     
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    You have waaayyy more energy than me.
     
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    Getting things ready for a double batch of my rice soap... Which I've named Extra Rice. I get giggles from others every time they see it on my handwritten labels.

    Filipinos in general love rice (not me though lol) and if you come to our McDonald's or KFC they serve rice with the fried chicken and "extra rice please" is very commonly heard at the counters.

    I know some, boys mostly, who order just one piece of chicken, and order two extra rice (comes in waxed paper packets) to go with it, on top of the rice that comes with lol

    I use rice water total liquid replacement, rice puree and rice powder in my soap. It's the one soap I've been making over n over since I hit the perfect (for me) recipe and most my extended family is using it. It's a very hard bar, does not get as mushy as my others when left wet, the lather is silky, and my skin feels awesome after using it.

    First time I'm attempting a double batch though, 2400kgs total batch size. Wish me luck!
     

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    I bet that combo makes for a very silky soap. Another thing I need to try :rolleyes:
     
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    Good Luck--you are funny, sounds interesting though
     
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    8A3E158F-3310-48AA-BCE6-99FE4D234A90.jpeg E639FE59-45CD-4779-B0D3-C8B528D24661.jpeg Here’s the drop swirl soap I made. My first go at this technique.
     
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    Thanks, Mooicle!
     
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    I agree. Awesome first try @Kari Howie!

    So yeah.. Wasn't able to soap today lol Hopefully tomorrow. Gonna try my hand at making a balm instead
     
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    Thank you, Dawni!
     
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    Quite a few of us that sell use a base recipe and masterbatch our lye, so that makes it really easy for us to make a lot of soap when we have time. I can make a batch in 20 minutes or less when I need to. Usually when I do my wholesale soaps I will pour two batches at a time (I only have two large molds otherwise I would do more) and I can have batches made and cleaned up in less than an hour.

    I have used rice water to make a soap - I have one customer who has pretty much been the only customer for that batch and she loves it because it feels much silkier and lasts longer than my other soaps (she says). Well, at a year old now it probably is going to be a pretty hard soap, lol.
     
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