What soapy thing have you done today?

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  1. Feb 24, 2020 #15,101

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    Hi
    I made a cp soap with 70% olive oil. 25% coconut oil and 5% castor oil.
    I left it over night and in the morning I noticed that it hit a partial gel phase so I heated the oven and helped it to reach a full gel phase. When it cooled down white dots appeared on it what do you think is that? And how its solved.
    Thanks ⚘
     

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    I am experimenting with changing over from Sustainably Grown Palm Oil to Tallow. So, for the first time, I am actually doing 1 pound test batches, this is the first one, 100% Tallow. Next will be half tallow 25% Olive and 25% Coconut. Etc. etc. I used a milk carton for a mold, it worked fine, but the sides are a bit rounded. There is absolutely no smell.

    I get the fat free from the butcher but it is quite a process to render it and clean up. However I found that kind of relaxing, so I don't mind. The fat is the dry crumbly kind from around the kidneys, in México where I live, it is called "cebo" I don't know what it is in english. My first try was a failure because I lacked that particular name and some kind person on this list gave it to me. Thank you. IMG_0445.jpg
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  3. Feb 24, 2020 #15,103

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    I just love, love, love the idea of reusing and recycling and not wasting things. So the idea that you're able to get the fat free from the butcher and then re-use it for sometime useful like soap is awesome, IMO.
     
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    My second attempt at making soap was not a success. The recipe called for oatmeal which settled on the bottom. When I took them out of the mold I was not happy with the look. I melted It down strained the oatmeal and added some color.

    Beautiful

    Love the colors
     

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  5. Feb 25, 2020 #15,105

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    I’m truly sorry for you. I had one go way out of whack and I was sad, but I tossed it and made another. Best of luck!
     
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    @Shereen maybe stearic spots? If you start a new thread we can troubleshoot with you.

    @Adobehead that actually looks awesome. I started with milk cartons too until we needed them for coffee takeaways but I like the rounded edges.

    @Claudette Carignan was your batter too thin? Could be why the oatmeal was able to settle on the bottom?

    As for me.... No soapy thing in a month ugh :(
     
  7. Feb 25, 2020 #15,107

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    Thank you very much. I am new so I will try to figure out how to start a thread‍♀️
     
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    I have been making salt bars for a few years now and yesterday I use one that had been curing 18 months. OMG...the lather was like silky shaving cream! I love it and still have 3 more :) Surprisingly, it still had some scent as well. I had tried one from this particular batch at 12 months and it was nice but nothing like at 18 months. I have played with different recipes and salt percentages as well. I will always have a batch or 2 curing.
     
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    My guess, soda ash. It’s from the unreacted sodium hydroxide reacting with the carbon dioxide in the air. The result is sodium carbonate. Or soda ash.
     
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    Salt bars are magical.
    They are the only soap bars my wife will use anymore :)
     
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    Received my very 1st order of fragrance oil! This will be my first time soaping and after watching so many YouTube videos and reading a bunch of blogs, I ended up ordering from Natures Garden! I am nervous but excited to learn more from everyone and begin my 1st attempt soon!
     
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    Lot’s of fun ahead! I am new, too, just 10 batches made, so far. I am trying a lard soap recipe today.
     
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    Will you report the time-to-trace please, and the amount/percentage of lard used?
     
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    I started CP soaping a little over a year ago. One of my goals this year is to clean up and organize my soaping area; and take care of a few loose ends, so to speak. Today, I finished going through my cured soaps and created 3 piles - give to friends, re-batch, and use for laundry soap. Yeah! Can ✔ that off the list!
    Still have other loose ends to take care of, but it feels good to get this far.
     
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    Impressive! I’ve been soaping over 7 years, not organized yet!
     
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    Yay-welcome! I keep finding excuses to not soap. I want to 1st start with MP but then my made a quick purchase from the M craft store only to now want to order online. I ordered FOs and now I just ordered some colorants and realized since nothing has arrived from my online order I should just wait... o_O
     
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    Posting late! Or early depending on how you look at it. But my day job gets in the way. My niece asked me to make some St. Patrick's Day soap for her children's teachers. Just finished making some melt and pour decorations. The soap is supposed to be CP! So, since I'm so late, I will probably make 2 batches; 1 M&P and 1 CP. My family won't mind getting some fancy soap and the teachers will enjoy the "other" fancy stuff! I will post pictures when they're done.
     
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    Batch 11 is done and no major disasters! This recipe is 40% lard, 30% co, 20% oo, 10%castor oil. I wanted to do the Ione swirl so left the water at 32%. It took 3 minutes to emulsify, using short burst of Sb alternating with stirring. Came to light trace quickly when I added the fragrance oil. I got the swirl done and added glitter WooHoo! I did learn a new thing...mixing fragrance oil with colors in a styrofoam cup is not good.
     

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    B74C7BE5-30F3-473D-9D53-4F95220D374A.jpeg Pipe divider pink’ and orange with swirls...was sooo happy. Got a little thick but still managed to get it done. Then i saw my fragrance bottle still full...*sigh*

    Beautiful, and awesome piping.
     
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