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I haven't been on for a while, but wanted to tell you all what a deal I have gotten from my local butcher! I got 100 lbs of LEAF Fat! Can you imagine that much? I have been rendering fat for 18 hours and going strong. He even ground it for me. So thankful! I brought him some eggs and soap. I am so lucky. Soaping keeps me busy and my mind off of things.
 

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No soap making, but I did just order a cabinet to hold all my FO/EOs. ahem.
And have been playing with a palm AND coconut free vegan soap recipe. HAHAHAAHAHA.
I'm not ready to make it yet, just playing with ideas and fatty acid numbers.
 

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I made a salt bar yesterday... it was a crazy afternoon - I felt very disorganized in my mind and in my work - come to find out last night, it was a fool moon! I don't know about you guys, but I usually can tell by how everyone around me is behaving but I think being inside so much, it wasn't reading things properly!
Anyway, back to the soap - I had a base soap that I was changing in terms of color only so didn't think it should be too difficult. I used an individual mold since I was told salt soaps can be hard to cut so didn't want to take a chance. I did an in-pot swirl but by the time I started pouring it was a bit too thick which made it difficult to get into those small openings without making a mess. In trying to clean it up, I ended up muddling the tops so much you couldn't tell there was a design at all. Then I wrapped it in a towel to insulate only to realize an hour later that the recipe said to refrigerate it - which I did! Long story short, I unmolded a few hours later and realized the tops were actually the bottom and the design came through beautifully... they look like marble. Every soap I've made so far has gone wrong in one way or another but the end result so far has tuned out just fine! Quite an amazing process.
Those look great! And I use those exact cavity molds for my salt bars, too. They are perfect for that. Great job!
 

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I made a salt bar yesterday... it was a crazy afternoon - I felt very disorganized in my mind and in my work - come to find out last night, it was a fool moon! I don't know about you guys, but I usually can tell by how everyone around me is behaving but I think being inside so much, it wasn't reading things properly!
Anyway, back to the soap - I had a base soap that I was changing in terms of color only so didn't think it should be too difficult. I used an individual mold since I was told salt soaps can be hard to cut so didn't want to take a chance. I did an in-pot swirl but by the time I started pouring it was a bit too thick which made it difficult to get into those small openings without making a mess. In trying to clean it up, I ended up muddling the tops so much you couldn't tell there was a design at all. Then I wrapped it in a towel to insulate only to realize an hour later that the recipe said to refrigerate it - which I did! Long story short, I unmolded a few hours later and realized the tops were actually the bottom and the design came through beautifully... they look like marble. Every soap I've made so far has gone wrong in one way or another but the end result so far has tuned out just fine! Quite an amazing process.

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Those look great! Oops, same as Alioop :)
 

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I made my Half-n-Half Unchallenge soap today. And before I could do that, I had to wash some of my soap stuff that I'd put to the side about two weeks ago. Oops. It's in a little mudroom that I hardly ever use, so I honestly didn't see it all this time! The EO blend that was left on the molds and stick-blender still smelled really good. Combined with the scent that I added to today's soap, my sink smells GREAT.
 

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I made a salt bar yesterday... it was a crazy afternoon - I felt very disorganized in my mind and in my work - come to find out last night, it was a fool moon! I don't know about you guys, but I usually can tell by how everyone around me is behaving but I think being inside so much, it wasn't reading things properly!
Anyway, back to the soap - I had a base soap that I was changing in terms of color only so didn't think it should be too difficult. I used an individual mold since I was told salt soaps can be hard to cut so didn't want to take a chance. I did an in-pot swirl but by the time I started pouring it was a bit too thick which made it difficult to get into those small openings without making a mess. In trying to clean it up, I ended up muddling the tops so much you couldn't tell there was a design at all. Then I wrapped it in a towel to insulate only to realize an hour later that the recipe said to refrigerate it - which I did! Long story short, I unmolded a few hours later and realized the tops were actually the bottom and the design came through beautifully... they look like marble. Every soap I've made so far has gone wrong in one way or another but the end result so far has tuned out just fine! Quite an amazing process.

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I love these! They really do look like marble. I would like to try this technique.
 

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I made a salt bar yesterday... it was a crazy afternoon - I felt very disorganized in my mind and in my work - come to find out last night, it was a fool moon! I don't know about you guys, but I usually can tell by how everyone around me is behaving but I think being inside so much, it wasn't reading things properly!
Anyway, back to the soap - I had a base soap that I was changing in terms of color only so didn't think it should be too difficult. I used an individual mold since I was told salt soaps can be hard to cut so didn't want to take a chance. I did an in-pot swirl but by the time I started pouring it was a bit too thick which made it difficult to get into those small openings without making a mess. In trying to clean it up, I ended up muddling the tops so much you couldn't tell there was a design at all. Then I wrapped it in a towel to insulate only to realize an hour later that the recipe said to refrigerate it - which I did! Long story short, I unmolded a few hours later and realized the tops were actually the bottom and the design came through beautifully... they look like marble. Every soap I've made so far has gone wrong in one way or another but the end result so far has tuned out just fine! Quite an amazing process.

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Whatever you’re doing wrong keep doing because they are beautiful 😍😍😍😍
 

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Thank you all for the nice comments! A couple of days ago I started noticing almost pin prick size spots on the bars and I think I'm experiencing DOS. I looked that up and not sure about the reasons for it... superfat was only 5% and I know my oils are ok. The other thing, they look rather dull and I'm wondering if it's because they set up in the fridge. I think I mentioned I first insulated it with a towel for about an hour then realized the recipe said to refrigerate so I moved it at that point. Would it have mattered if I just left if insulated? Any thoughts?
 

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Well, I made a soap at the request of my husband and it’s pretty cute. He’s a huge nerd and loves comics. My first experience with using m&p as an imbed. I learned a good lesson about the mold for imbed being too thin. Any suggestions about where I might find some deeper molds for this application?
I'm curious abt this technique... is this an embed that goes thru the whole soap? It almost looks like it's sitting on top of the soap. Thanks,
 

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Thank you all for the nice comments! A couple of days ago I started noticing almost pin prick size spots on the bars and I think I'm experiencing DOS. I looked that up and not sure about the reasons for it... superfat was only 5% and I know my oils are ok. The other thing, they look rather dull and I'm wondering if it's because they set up in the fridge. I think I mentioned I first insulated it with a towel for about an hour then realized the recipe said to refrigerate so I moved it at that point. Would it have mattered if I just left if insulated? Any thoughts?
The dullness is probably just ash. You can steam it off after the bars have cured.

DOS doesn’t usually show up this quickly, so the dots are likely something else. You can start a new thread with a close-up picture to ask about it. 😁
 

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I'm curious abt this technique... is this an embed that goes thru the whole soap? It almost looks like it's sitting on top of the soap. Thanks,
It’s just an embed that is pressed into the top. I wasn’t able to find a deep mold for this type of embed. I purchased it on Etsy and that shop is now closed and I’m trying to find another source. It’s just something I experimented with as he actually asked for it.
 

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Who else mixes honey into lye?
My question is... why? I add it to my oils, mix my oils thoroughly with a stick blender, and then add the lye solution. A much safer method, as well as keeps my honey from scorching.

I mixed up my lye solution over lunch... then noticed the overflowing tote of dirty dishes. Guess I need to wash some of those before I can make soap, so soapy gratification will be delayed. I'm going to do my unchallenge soap, which coincidentally will finish out my regular lineup of soaps. Whew! I've been working on this lineup since last September. I might have made too much soap -said no one ever.

I worked on labels during a long boring meeting this morning (thank goodness for working from home! haha). So I'll be printing those out later this week. My website needs updating. My inventory needs updating. And then I need to make some signage for the peddlers market. And probably remind my husband that he needs to build me another shelf for my show the end of July. I just got confirmation that it's a go, and it will be my first show of the year.
 

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My question is... why? I add it to my oils, mix my oils thoroughly with a stick blender, and then add the lye solution. A much safer method, as well as keeps my honey from scorching.

I mixed up my lye solution over lunch... then noticed the overflowing tote of dirty dishes. Guess I need to wash some of those before I can make soap, so soapy gratification will be delayed. I'm going to do my unchallenge soap, which coincidentally will finish out my regular lineup of soaps. Whew! I've been working on this lineup since last September. I might have made too much soap -said no one ever.

I worked on labels during a long boring meeting this morning (thank goodness for working from home! haha). So I'll be printing those out later this week. My website needs updating. My inventory needs updating. And then I need to make some signage for the peddlers market. And probably remind my husband that he needs to build me another shelf for my show the end of July. I just got confirmation that it's a go, and it will be my first show of the year.
Multitasking at the height of it..great job......
 

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Oh.My.Goodness. I am so excited! I found a Craigslist ad for someone who raises hogs and works with a custom butcher. I emailed him to ask about the fat, and he just called back.

Long story short, I'll be picking up 50-60 lbs of ground pork fat on Monday. WOOHOO. I do have to render it myself, but that's what my big turkey roaster is for. I just plug that baby in outside so the smells don't stink up the house.

Since the price of lard has recently skyrocketed around here, I'm just thrilled, because lard soaps are my most-requested. I don't sell, but do a lot of gifting or making batches for cost for friends.

If anyone else is in the Boise, ID area, and you'd like some of this as well, please message me privately and I'll connect you with the supplier.

ETA: he asked if I preferred "flake" lard, because other soapmakers have asked for that. I've heard of leaf lard, which is amazing for baking. I just looked up flake, but only found info about "tender flake" lard. It sounds like it is primarily a baking thing. Does anyone have any opinions or recommendations on that issue?
 
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