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Made my second batch today - Very dull compared to the creations shown here - Snowman Poop!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

I forgot to add the sodium lactate so it’ll be interesting to see how much softer it is and I wanted to add fragrance. Didn’t check how much I’d need and had about a quarter of the amount needed to scent my loaf. 😞 Never mind. One lives and one learns.

Am thinking that maybe I need to keep a soaping journal. πŸ™ƒ
Absolutely, yes! In whatever way shape or form you can manage, and in whatever way makes sense to your brain, keep a Journal. Keep track of what you did, how things went, any changes to the recipe, and anything else you can remember about what happened that did it didn't go according to plan. Check back and make notes on how it performs over time, both according to yourself and others. Your future self will thank you. And this goes doubly if your batches are spaced out over time, or if you make more soap than you need. You will not remember all the things, and it's amazing all the little things that can add up to big differences.
 

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I cut Fantasia. The flavor is Black Raspberry Vanilla from NS. It smells so much better in soap than OOB. Before it smelled like cough medicine lol. I am happy with how the swirl turned out. Again, i wish the white was whiter. This is winter white from NS. This is 6 full tsp of white mica to about 1000ml batter. I used olive oil from the batch. I think i am going to have to stick with TD for a good white, or maybe a combo of both.
This is fantastic!! I love the dark purple, and I think the not-bright-white goes really well with the gold color. I love the creaminess of it!
 

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I have supplies coming! But they're from Brambleberry, so I'll start soaping again in October.
Ok, I know this makes me sound like a "karen" but I emailed them after 7 business days of not hearing from them, told them many of my soaping friends (you guys LOL) have had the same bad experiences, and told them about my experience with them, and if their prices were so high they should at LEAST have better customer service!
Pretty much complained, but in a polite, slightly passive aggressive manner LOL and they shipped my order the next day and emailed me with a little apology and what have you. So it worked for me ;)... It may work for you. but of course, be kind, And hey! if they get more complaints, maybe they will work on fixing the issue!
 

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So HI! I haven't been here in a couple years, was just making large batches of my staple soaps for self use. Decided I want to give soaps for Christmas this year so tonight I made a test batch of a lard recipe I've used before, to check scent. Anyway, due to loss of my microwave and me not being willing to buy a new one, I thought I'd try the 'heat transfer method' of melting my lard (which came out of the fridge) and CO. Uh, yeah. That did not work so well for a 1-lb mold! πŸ˜‚ I had to put it on the stovetop to finish melting my oils and by the time everything was incorporated it was already at heavy trace. So my planned swirl was more a gloop. Next time I'll melt the oils first.... But, it's nice to be back!
 

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So HI! I haven't been here in a couple years, was just making large batches of my staple soaps for self use. Decided I want to give soaps for Christmas this year so tonight I made a test batch of a lard recipe I've used before, to check scent. Anyway, due to loss of my microwave and me not being willing to buy a new one, I thought I'd try the 'heat transfer method' of melting my lard (which came out of the fridge) and CO. Uh, yeah. That did not work so well for a 1-lb mold! πŸ˜‚ I had to put it on the stovetop to finish melting my oils and by the time everything was incorporated it was already at heavy trace. So my planned swirl was more a gloop. Next time I'll melt the oils first.... But, it's nice to be back!
Hi @Guspuppy, and welcome back!

Before I started using master-batched lye, I often used the heat xfer method, for up 2500g batches. I do agree that it works much better if all of the hard oils are at room temp - not so much when they are refrigerated. That meant I needed to take my lard out of the fridge the night before, which I didn't always remember to do, either. :)
 

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Experimenting with packaging. I’d been wrapping my soaps in tissue fixed with the label. I bought these biodegradable cellulose bags and thought I”d try them. I really love being able to see the soap! Eventually I think I”ll want to shrink wrap them, but this is what I have for now. My husband got real artsy with the labels too, and so we had fun together.
I also registered my business and will have registered my fictitious business name and have my insurance by the end of the week. That’s super exciting!
 

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Absolutely, yes! In whatever way shape or form you can manage, and in whatever way makes sense to your brain, keep a Journal. Keep track of what you did, how things went, any changes to the recipe, and anything else you can remember about what happened that did it didn't go according to plan. Check back and make notes on how it performs over time, both according to yourself and others. Your future self will thank you. And this goes doubly if your batches are spaced out over time, or if you make more soap than you need. You will not remember all the things, and it's amazing all the little things that can add up to big differences.
I did ask for a soap journal for my birthday last night - Hubby said no because I already have so many notebooks/journals/diaries already - I'm an addict. LOL.
 

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So HI! I haven't been here in a couple years, was just making large batches of my staple soaps for self use. Decided I want to give soaps for Christmas this year so tonight I made a test batch of a lard recipe I've used before, to check scent. Anyway, due to loss of my microwave and me not being willing to buy a new one, I thought I'd try the 'heat transfer method' of melting my lard (which came out of the fridge) and CO. Uh, yeah. That did not work so well for a 1-lb mold! πŸ˜‚ I had to put it on the stovetop to finish melting my oils and by the time everything was incorporated it was already at heavy trace. So my planned swirl was more a gloop. Next time I'll melt the oils first.... But, it's nice to be back!
Welcome back. Guspuppy! I've used a hot water bath as the heat to melt tubs of the softer hard oils. It may not work with cocoa butter, but it definitely works with the less solid hard oils like, babassu, lard, Coconut (although it's never really very hard here except in the winter), shea. You just have to be careful that your tub doesn't roll over on it's side in the hot water. A tight lid is great, but as the oil melts, it can still leak out and into the water. (I had that happen once, learned a lesson.)

Ooh YAY! I mailed a friend of mine some soap and she mailed me some roving wool from her sheep she raises, sheets, and processes herself. Wish I’d already made some soaps to felt! I suppose good soap, but nothing fancy would be appropriate.
How great to have a friend who processes the wool from her sheep and sends you some! Yes, actually any soap would be appropriate for felting. Even 'fancy' unless you don't want to hide the fancy. I prefer to use blandly colored soap (uncolored or plainly colored, even ugly colors). As for the shape of soap: Anything goes. See my avatar? That's a soap I made in the shape of a fish, then wet-felted the soap, and added details via needle felting.
 
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That's exactly what I did I poured a 3rd of the batter into a measuring cup And colored one blue and 1 white and then I took the blue batter and started from a little bit of height and poured it in a circular motion into the white batter and then as I continued this circle got closer. Then I just spun the bowl a couple of times to make sure it was good and swirly and poured.

I had to ask others how to tell when they were done and someone said that the top of the soap will feel like cheese and that is exactly accurate. If it feels sticky at all when you touched the top don't unmold it

I had to put my molds up on a shelf so that I wouldn't be looking at them because I am terribly impatient. I left them for A-day and a 1/2 before I was finally able to unmold the rest.
Any tips on using those molds? Did you do a ITPS?
 

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That's exactly what I did I poured a 3rd of the batter into a measuring cup And colored one blue and 1 white and then I took the blue batter and started from a little bit of height and poured it in a circular motion into the white batter and then as I continued this circle got closer. Then I just spun the bowl a couple of times to make sure it was good and swirly and poured.

I had to ask others how to tell when they were done and someone said that the top of the soap will feel like cheese and that is exactly accurate. If it feels sticky at all when you touched the top don't unmold it

I had to put my molds up on a shelf so that I wouldn't be looking at them because I am terribly impatient. I left them for A-day and a 1/2 before I was finally able to unmold the rest.
I’ll probably also pop em in the freezer for a bit before I unmold, and maybe I’ll add some extra SL. I’m excited to try!
 

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So HI! I haven't been here in a couple years, was just making large batches of my staple soaps for self use. Decided I want to give soaps for Christmas this year so tonight I made a test batch of a lard recipe I've used before, to check scent. Anyway, due to loss of my microwave and me not being willing to buy a new one, I thought I'd try the 'heat transfer method' of melting my lard (which came out of the fridge) and CO. Uh, yeah. That did not work so well for a 1-lb mold! πŸ˜‚ I had to put it on the stovetop to finish melting my oils and by the time everything was incorporated it was already at heavy trace. So my planned swirl was more a gloop. Next time I'll melt the oils first.... But, it's nice to be back!
Long time no see. The heat TF method is probably better done when it's way warmer than it is now. It may be that I live in an old build but it's been so cold in the house as of late.

As for my soap venture, My soap entries crumbled horribly (I used 15g of salt per 500g oils not thinking much of it initially). The kicker is that I have no butters in this recipe and it's mostly lard.
 

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@earlene thats great to learn! The one video I watched she suggested round or with no hard edges. I have JUST the soap!!! It’s a lovely ovalish shape, but ugly left over batter, but great soap. Should be perfect! Oh wow! Guess I’m doing this!
 

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