I put together my Christmas wish list for family members. There are a lot of soap making items on that list. Getting excited about really starting into this sudsy thing. And now the cat's out of the bag with my family.
I am sorry about your having to sell your horses because of arthritis. I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and had to unload my beautiful Swedish Gimåkra loom. However, I am finding some substitutes such as a small table loom, knitting, spinning, and yes, making soap!Hestland Gård means Horse Country Farm in Norwegian. My mom’s family is all from Norway and her maiden name was Hetland: close to Hestland. The reason for the horse-related name is that up until last year we had two beloved horses who I had to sell because of my horrible arthritis.
Miss you, too! Are you sure you don’t have time for a soap making break? It’s very therapeutic Seriously, congratulations on the new house!My soapy thing today is reading as many posts from the last 24 days that I can. I have been so busy with moving into my new house that I haven't had a second to even sit and relax. Still lots to get done too and I will be scarce for a few more weeks at least (I do not multi-task very well; so until I am satisfied with the house I will have a hard time expending mental or physical energy on anything else.) I miss you all though.
The NGO event is over, thank God! Back to relative normality.After pondering who of our members is named Cella, it occurred to me that @sirtim was shamelessly in love with a shaving soap. I should have known. For others that may be interested. I looked it up. Here's what I found:
Cella Shaving Cream, Almond
Ingredients: cocos nucifera, tallow, stearic acid, potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide, aqua, potassium carbonate, parfum.
ETA: Uh oh. If you want to duplicate Cella, you're in for a whole new adventure. Cream Soap involves using both NaOH and KOH plus potassium carbonate, "rotting" for 2 months and other things like "whipping" your dear Cella. No worries. If you search "Cream Soap" you'll find lots of threads on the subject. Here's my favorite:
LINDY'S EXCELLENT CREAM SOAP TUTORIAL
The use of lanolin, at least in shaving soap, is the cause of fierce debates, schisms, accusations and counter-accusations of heresy and apostasy; something pretty akin to the the Protestant Reformation.What does lanolin do in soap?
Welcome back!FINALLY I can contribute to this topic again after 7 months (spent selling a beloved house, moving several states away, 2 short-term apartments, job hunting, starting a job, house hunting, buying a house with NO KITCHEN, renovating). Because I have no kitchen, I'm spending the weekend at a friend's house who has a stove and everything. I've missed soap-making like CRAZY and made 2 molds of my basic recipe with lavender eo and colored gray and pink to match our new bath. I love reaching in under the towels to feel the warm molds. The hard part is waiting 6 more weeks to use it. I long ago ran out of homemade soap and my skin is just not liking the store stuff.
It's too late to make soap for Christmas gifts so I'm kicking out a lot of lotion bars this weekend too.
Umm.. Lots. Soap, lil bit of drama, lots of giggles.... Did I say soap? LolI missed everyone too! What did I miss?
GLDA seems to have some other issues if I remember correctly.There is a thread about a biodegradeable alternative to EDTA here
I liked those pink tops too <3I think these will be ok. This is nowhere near the intended design.
Rose scented. Blue because the person they are being gifted to is allergic to red dye. I cannot convince this person that not all red dyes are the same, and micas are different. Sigh. They are a hardcore know it all.
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Oh, and the pink tops of the slab cuts, they are starting to morph back to blue. Which suits the fragrance, but I am going to miss the light pink top. Ugh. I hate surprises
These are great, good job on your first stone soaps!