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Experiment #10
If this quarantine goes on much longer, I am going to have way too much soap! Just kidding, there is no such thing as too much soap.

I got this idea from someone here, you know who you are...... but I used goat's milk instead of water. It has cocoa powder, cinnamon powder, espresso coffee and peppermint EO. It is kind of a mocha cinn-a-mint latte.

View attachment 44972 View attachment 44970 I used my new wire cutter and loved the ease of changing the thickness of the bar and the precision. I have to wipe the wire each time to get a pretty surface.
Nice work adobe! Are you on Lockdown there too? I didn't think Mexico was hit too hard with the virus?
 

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Nice work adobe! Are you on Lockdown there too? I didn't think Mexico was hit too hard with the virus?
Thanks KiwiMoose! That's a big compliment coming from you.
We are supposed to be about three weeks behind the US and yes, we are staying inside even though there are only 2 confirmed cases in my town. But without much testing, who knows if that is right? and it doubles every week, we may catch up soon.
 

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I'm not sure I understand what you mean ?

The Photo Gallery has always been there and is for members to put the photos up of the soap they have made, yet a lot of people put those photos in ' what soapy thing have you done today ', so the Photo Gallery is not being used as it should. What soapy thing started as more of a chat thing if you look at the beginning ,of what you have made, but then everyone started putting up photos of their soap there. I was just trying to remind members about the Gallery, it would be nice to see more photos loaded in there, that's all.
Well.....as a relatively new member, I have not actually visited the photo gallery....and didn’t know it was even there (I’m not computer savvy), and I’ve seen photos in this section.....had no idea it was intended for chat and not pics....oops!
 

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If you click on the link here https://www.soapmakingforum.com/ , this takes you to the Home Page ( the front page), this has all the forums for different categories listed and tells you for each section what is posted in them.
 

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Well, like I stated on another thread?, I acquired raccoon fat, rendered it 3 times til scentless clear and today I cooked it up at 160’ w/cocoa b, coconut oil, and diffused frankincense, myrrh & DB in canola oil. I’ve been making HP using yogurt & coconut cream at end. Used MMS Christmas tree, peppermint & N ‘leather’. Nice brown like a raccoon. I used some oil on my hands: was not greasy nor smelled. Wow! I love using different oils especially renewable! Ha! I also ate it in a beefy burrito shell w/ onions & enchilada sauce. Yum. Yes, I’m a little experimental. Loved teaching science in class.
 

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I just unmolded the soap that had fallen out of the mold when I was first putting it in. In keeping with my finesse on this batch, I unmolded too early so it's dented and deformed and parts of it fell off and it's just...comically ugly.

BUT--rinsing my hands and the mold afterwards, I'm super excited for how it feels already. It's 50/50 olive oil and coconut, with 20% superfat, which I've never made before. Was lovely! I didn't think I was a bubble fiend, but I think I might be...

Crossing my fingers it hardens up to a nice texture and I love the final soap warts and all.
 

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I haven't been able to do anything soapy since the new Animal Crossings game came out. :lol: But I will be back periodically to see everyone's pictures.
I wish I could play that but, I tend to get very dizzy with a lot of games these days.

For your sake, I hope so too and I hope this happens soon.

Experiment #9
I am almost out to tallow, have used it all up. The butcher says he will have more sebo next Tuesday, so I can make some more. In México this could take a little more time, a few more trips to the butcher than planned, we shall see. At least he didn't use the word "mañana" which means probably never.

I didn't have a pink colorant, I usually use Rose Clay but it is on order. So I grabbed a littls sprinkle of the cochinea from my dye room and powdered it up and let it sit for a couple of days in a tablespoon of water. A very small amount was plenty to color this batch. I will make it again with more titanium dioxide for a lighter pink.

This batch has goat's milk instead of water and is scented with a pachouly/bergamot/ geranium EO blend. I topped it off with two drops of real Rose Otto, it's pretty nice. For speckles, I used cranberry fiber. These aren't gallery type photos, they are working photos, only good to illustrate the text, I hope that is okay.] View attachment 44933 View attachment 44934
Your soaps look fantastic. I do hope someone told you "mañana" means "tomorrow" (unless I missed a joke, I'm good for that). Wish ya well.
 
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I cut my latest batch, https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/latest-batch.78831/ and am officially researching cutters because I've had it with my inept cuts! Can't wait to use my favorite soap!

Also I tested what I've named "Third Place Winner" (seriously, I really am not bragging, I still can't believe I placed with super talented professionals I've watched for awhile!), https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-february-2020-challenge-ione-swirl-entry-thread.78335/ . It's scented with peppermint/lavender/tea tree/cedarwood essential oils, which is heavenly. I did cut back on the peppermint but it still gives a hoo boy ! wake you up in the morning sensation in the shower!
 

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Your soaps look fantastic. I do hope someone told you "mañana" means "tomorrow" (unless I missed a joke, I'm good for that). Wish ya well.
Since Adobehead is from Mexico I think she was kidding. Sometimes in Mexico mañana can mean "never". ;)
 
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First of all, Zing, I have to say that your essential oil blends sound amazing and I swoon just reading them. I want to use cedarwood EO but mine smells nasty and I am wondering where you buy yours, maybe it is better smelling than the two bottles I have but don't use.

Second, I spent some hours yesterday making another batch of tallow. It went pretty okay except that I cut my finger pretty good while separating the good fat from the bad before boiling. And, the butcher loaded me up with a bunch of sharp cut up bones that I did not need and that gave me a nasty disposal problem. This process still needs to be refined.

Fortunately I have a helper who can go bury all the leftover stuff in a field nearby....... but really! This was kind of intimidating and doesn't bode well for a lot of frequent repeat visits.
 

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First of all, Zing, I have to say that your essential oil blends sound amazing and I swoon just reading them. I want to use cedarwood EO but mine smells nasty and I am wondering where you buy yours, maybe it is better smelling than the two bottles I have but don't use.

Second, I spent some hours yesterday making another batch of tallow. It went pretty okay except that I cut my finger pretty good while separating the good fat from the bad before boiling. And, the butcher loaded me up with a bunch of sharp cut up bones that I did not need and that gave me a nasty disposal problem. This process still needs to be refined.

Fortunately I have a helper who can go bury all the leftover stuff in a field nearby....... but really! This was kind of intimidating and doesn't bode well for a lot of frequent repeat visits.
Make bone broth/soup!
 

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Yes, Adobehead, I sometimes find bone soup/broth even better than soup/broth from meat (and even that must have some bones in it). Also bones with marrow are usable. I'm meditating on making soap from bone marrow some day ...
 

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First of all, Zing, I have to say that your essential oil blends sound amazing and I swoon just reading them. I want to use cedarwood EO but mine smells nasty and I am wondering where you buy yours, maybe it is better smelling than the two bottles I have but don't use..
I hate to be responsible for your swooning -- are you upright? :) I get cedarwood from Brambleberry. I never use it alone but use it as a base note in blends.
 

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First of all, Zing, I have to say that your essential oil blends sound amazing and I swoon just reading them. I want to use cedarwood EO but mine smells nasty and I am wondering where you buy yours, maybe it is better smelling than the two bottles I have but don't use.

Second, I spent some hours yesterday making another batch of tallow. It went pretty okay except that I cut my finger pretty good while separating the good fat from the bad before boiling. And, the butcher loaded me up with a bunch of sharp cut up bones that I did not need and that gave me a nasty disposal problem. This process still needs to be refined.

Fortunately I have a helper who can go bury all the leftover stuff in a field nearby....... but really! This was kind of intimidating and doesn't bode well for a lot of frequent repeat visits.
Well hello you! Nice to see you.

Today I made me some soaper's moonshine. AKA Oatmilk. I used up the last of mine from the freezer a couple weeks back, and I don't like to be caught short without it. Unfortunately the lockdown sees me a little low on motivation, so not much soap has been forthcoming.
 
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