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I remade the very first soap I made. The first was a tea tree oil soap that I got from the web. I had no clue at the time what I was doing and it turned out the oil amt was 500 gr - I used a standard mold that was for 1000 gr! So they were very small bars. The recipe itself was high in coconut oil which I wanted to change. So I increased the batch, changed the recipe slightly, added coconut milk to the lye/water and some ground calendula flowers to the batter and some on top.. No colour but again added tea tree oil + lemongrass. CPOPing at the moment but I think it will be nice.
 

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I have some 3 week old soaps that I was VERY worried about when I made it. There were wet looking spots on top. I did the zap test and burned the crap out of my tongue. I sure they were awful and would have to be tossed. It must have all reabsorbed! I zap tested them all over the place and NO zap, much less burning. YAY! I think this is happening when I use a lot of activated charcoal. I haven’t seen this with any other formula.
 

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Do you weigh every single bar, or just one from each batch?
I weigh them all and then round down to the lightest even number for my labels.

I received some glitter to try out and although I told them I couldn't use it in soap because it's not biodegradable, I did use it to take some photos and I like how it turned out. (and I used my stamp as well)

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I received some glitter to try out and although I told them I couldn't use it in soap because it's not biodegradable, I did use it to take some photos and I like how it turned out. (and I used my stamp as well)
I like the pic. Good balance and contrast. The sprinkle of glitter and the rubber ducky says, "This is a fun soap!" Well done! :thumbs:
 

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Christmas soap. It is July.. hot, but thinking about Christmas.
Good for you Marina! :thumbs:
Which reminds me, I'm missing Relle's annual Christmas reminders, aka "Cute Bunnies Galore". Haha What's up with that? Does anyone know? Or am I just out of the loop? :smallshrug:
 

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@MarinaB are those real cranberries? They look beautiful! Do you know if they will mold or turn brown over time, like most botanicals? If not, I need to get some for my Christmas soaps!!
 

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I've been working on Fall/Christmas hot process soaps the last couple of days. The two soaps on the left (sun/moon & owl) are Orange Clove scented and the two on the right (the pumpkins) are Pumpkin Cider scented. These two batches are the first I made using Sodium Lactate and it made a huge difference in making the soap a little more fluid and went into the molds easier.

The dark lump in the front is my lump of coal soap. It has activated charcoal and an FO with 15% vanilla so by Christmas they will be even darker. I made some similar coal soaps last year using a melt and pour base and they were a hit at craft shows and they sold out.
 

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The coal soap is brilliant! That is such a cute idea! Did you use a mold?
I used an ice cream scoop for the coal soaps so would have that lumpy look. I have some cute Christmas organza bags (red with gold snowflakes) that I'm going to package them in. I got the idea from WSP's (Wholesale Supplies Plus) site last year.
 

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Revisiting the beginner forum and enjoying the rabbit hole of soap making videos. Trying to learn some new stuff. Sure beats a news rabbit hole!!!
 

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I made the tiniest batch ever! I think it was only 1/4 pound! I want to see if my soap will work for soap dough! So I filled 2 of those little condiment containers and some silicone madeleine cookie molds. But those I will just use for soap. I didn't fragrance or color it. I will probably just cut them up and use it for a confetti soap!
 

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I have to shrink wrap and label about 50 soaps later...and that doesn't really sound like a lot...but I am the slowest at wrapping, and I haven't even designed the labels yet!
 

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I am eternally jealous of you guys tat are so close to the border!
I'm actually a bit farther away than you are (depending how far north in Calgary you are....up Nose Hill way? ;-) ), about 300km. BUT, we have relatives in the US, so (used to) travel there a few times a year.
That being said, everything in SW ON does feel closer to the US ....like the 401 just draws you south... :)
 

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I weigh them all and then round down to the lightest even number for my labels.

I received some glitter to try out and although I told them I couldn't use it in soap because it's not biodegradable, I did use it to take some photos and I like how it turned out. (and I used my stamp as well)

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Very pretty 🥰
 

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Today was a disaster! I was making soap and had it in my 'pringles' can - ready for cpop. I picked it up not thinking and the bottom fell out! All over my counter, large cutting board, down my cupboards, on the floor - what a mess!!! I do have a tendency to clutziness but since starting to soap in May, have had nothing close to this happening. I had extra batter that went into an individual cavity mold that was fine and I managed to salvage about half from the cylinder - of course all the colours pretty much melded together. It will be interesting to see what it looks like. PVC pipe hunting for me next week!

On a brighter note, I made a batch 2 days ago that turned out really nice. Sort of a remake of my very first soap but with coconut milk added to the lye/water masterbatch; ground calendula flowers added to the batter and some sprinkled on top. I love it!
 

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