What soapy thing have you done today?

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  1. Oct 27, 2019 #13,881

    msunnerstood

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    The only soapy thing I did today was to put together a gift bag for my future daughter in law. she loves one of the fragrances I have so I gave her a soap, a lotion and a sugar scrub in that fragrance.
     
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    Good ol' batch of "Patchouli, Patchouli & Patchouli!", and a batch of Peppermint & Eucalyptus. The house smells so good! Love the days I get to make my favorites!
     
  3. Oct 28, 2019 #13,883

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    I made my first pipe divider swirl soap in a little 6” square slab mold. The pipes are small and maybe the batter was a little too thick, but the tops are pretty. I’m guessing the soap didn’t make it to the lines I will cut on. I think I used a skewer. Should I have used something bigger, like a chopstick, to do the swirling?

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  4. Oct 28, 2019 #13,884

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    very pretty but I am not quite sure what you are talking about with the soap not making it to the lines?? I would love to see the cut
     
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    That is something I want to try. I haven't made any slabs yet because I am afraid of botching the cutting. I figured I would made a slab out of one of the bazillion boxes I have.
     
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    I’m wondering if the soap on the inside of the bars was moved out enough from the vertical center lines of the bars to show up at the edges of the bars when I cut them.
    my fear, too!
     
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    gotcha. I have always wanted to try that swirl--the only thing I have done with my slab is column pours. cant wait to see pics of cuts

    I just finished my last market soap--hope it turns out this time!! now I am thinking of how to make baskets for sale--I have quite a few fruity soaps so am planning on making a fruit basket and then a unicorn type basket--thinking of putting them in a basket without a handle and tying a big ribbon across the top
     
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    It always takes me about 3 tries (or is that 7 tries :)) to get a soap close to what I planned. This is the first time I tried putting embeds on the top of batter in a slab mold. I worked about 10F degrees warmer than usual so the embeds wouldn’t sink and now the top of the white base batter is not going to be as smooth as I hoped. I also lost some of the side points on the anchor. It wasn’t until after I took all of them out of the mold that it occurred to me that I could’ve put the mold in the freezer :eek:. Learning, learning, learning!

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    I also used RBO in this recipe for the first time and now I’m thinking that the extra palmitic and stearic FAs in RBO compared with OO or HO Sun gave this recipe a little extra oomph. Despite using 35% lye, the soap is going through gel, which is very unusual for this recipe.
     
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    I have no suggestions on the technique having never tried it myself - I just want to clap for those soaps! SO pretty!
    Um .. all I see is perfection. :)

    I'm one week from a work trip out of state. Two weeks from closing on my house, and then the moving starts. So the only soapy thing I have been able to do is stare at my supplies and equipment that still need to be packed and think about how long it will be before the craziness dies down enough for me to make soap again.
     
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    Snow day here... so I made Tub Teas and Soy Wax Cuticle Balm just because. Haha. I also started inventory... Herbs, EOs, FOs... I need to make stuff just to use up what I have on hand and to fulfill "promises". heh heh. ;)
     
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    I spent the last couple days shrinkwrapping and labelling a couple hundred bars of soap for fall craft fairs. I keep finding boxes of soap tucked away that I forgot about :oops: I'm finally getting the hang of the heat gun!
     
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    I cut my charcoal green tea infused soap and unmolded my calendula infused soap. Still new, acceleration is a beast.
     

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    I made melt and pour soap for the very first time. I needed something fast for my church’s Fall Festival tomorrow. I used a chartreuse green that made the soap look like anti-freeze, so cool for Halloween. I also added Mm’s “Glow Green” for the glow in the dark. I used “Cotton Candy” FO with vanilla stabilizer for one batch. Then “Grapefruit Bellini” without vanilla stabilizer (didn’t need it) for the other batch. Today the grapefruit smells like celery and the C. Candy just smells. I wish I would’ve started way earlier and done CP.
     
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    Yes! yes! yes! a girl after my own heart!
     
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    No soapy thing today..

    I did restock on lavender-lemon lotion bars though. Mom's friends love em.
     
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    No soap again today. I tweaked my deodorant sticks once again. They work well but can not get past the melty, so I am adding in some Zinc Ricinoleate. Hopefully it will toughen them up just enough at a low percentage since it is pricey. Back too taking of labels and re-labeling or adding on a little label. That would be a tad tacky but I just might do it this time.
     
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    i unmolded my second "last batch" of unicorn soaps got 2 out of 6 that didn't break---not a good way to end my soaping for the year but I WILL NOT try again.

    thanks for this Dawni--you posted t the perfect time for me. I was planning on making lavender lotion bars this afternoon, these saw amazing. can i ask the ratio you use? i will be using either lemongrass or litsea :)
     
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    Great job on the soaps!
     
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    I did soap dishes. Still waiting for the sage smoke to clear in the soap dungeon. :D

    Son came to me with a request - normally he hogs all of my DB bars, but knowing I was almost out (at that time, I am out now) he was trying to extend the life of his DB bar by smooshing* it together with another soap I had made. *Smooshing in this case is just setting the bars on top of each other when they are wet until they form a single bar. There were no soaps harmed in the making of his experiment* He said he really liked the two scents together and asked me to make a batch of DB and NG's Werewolf mixed. I'm totally on board, but not sure what to call it... Dragonsbane? Lupin Breath? Furry Scales? Magic Sauce?

    I think tonight I will make the castile soap because that will be ok to sit in mold for a few days while I am out of town.
     
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    Awesome soapies ya got there Mtn5ro!

    @amd Dragonsbane ;)
     
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