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Mobjack Bay

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I’d buy a curing shelf like that if he’s selling them! Great looking shelf!!!
Look for orchard drying racks. I was gifted one for my birthday last year. It holds a lot of soap!

I tested FOs today - Nag Champa, Dragons Blood and Sensual - all from MMS. My house smells like a head shop and I think I’m going to need to open windows soon. I used a lard/tallow recipe to help avoid trouble, but didn’t have any. I expected the DB to start getting dark right away, but a few hours later it doesn’t look discolored at all.
 
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Someone near me was selling an individual cavity mold on FB marketplace ($5!) so I went and got that yesterday. Of course I immediately had to make soap in it, so did salt bars because cavities! It came out looking and smelling like orange dreamsicle, which was not at all the plan, but it's not terrible either. 😂


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I am probably going to have way more batter than i need, but i have lots of smaller molds waiting.
My slab mold is 12" x 12" x 3 1/2" I've always used- (Length X Width X Hight) X .554- to find the total volume of any of my rectangular molds. So (12*12*3.5*)*.554 = 279.216 oz. It's usually pretty accurate!

I read an article once that if you multiple your L X W X H by .40 it would calculate your oil weight, but I've never found that calculation to work for me when putting a recipe into a calculator.

Soap looks good though!!!! 😍🥰
 

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I think MMS fragrance oils are tops! :thumbs: I think you will be pleased with the results.
Absolutely! I decided to give them a try after digging (deeply) here on SMF for comments. So far, I love Jacob, Green Tea, Sap Moss (Aveda dup), Somali Rose and Bay Rum. I use Osmanthus too, but for my sister.
 

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Look for orchard drying racks. I was gifted one for my birthday last year. It holds a lot of soap!

I tested FOs today - Nag Champa, Dragons Blood and Sensual - all from MMS. My house smells like a head shop and I think I’m going to need to open windows soon. I used a lard/tallow recipe to help avoid trouble, but didn’t have any. I expected the DB to start getting dark right away, but a few hours later it doesn’t look discolored at all.
I’ve looked at the orchard racks several times. They’re a bit pricy for me for right now. But, I may just wait and get them when I can.
 

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I’d buy a curing shelf like that if he’s selling them! Great looking shelf!!!
Right? If you were closer I'd send you over to him lol but I'm very sure there are a lot more options for racks where you are. I looked forever before I found someone who was willing to make this, and he was 2 hours away lol

Not quite soapy thing:
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People have started ordering gifts - I suspect for office colleagues, coz Christmas parties at work start as early as first week December - and the mini lotion bars are the popular choice coz they're affordable even if you buy double digits. I made 18 balms last night as well.
 

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I made lotion bars using a "poor mans" double boiler that I've used in the past to successfully make lotion bars. I put my ingredients in a glass mason jar, put the mason jar in a pot of water and heat/boil the water. Everything was looking good and melted, but when I went to lift the mason jar out the bottom broke off and all the melted oils and butters went into my water. BUMMER!

I didn't have another mason jar, and I don't have a double broiler, so I just decided to use the pot to melt the oils directly. I'm not sure why I couldn't do that in the first place, because it seemed to work out....okay. I just put the lotion in freezer and I'll see if they turn out okay.

Also, this weekend, I must have shrink wrapped like.....a million soap bars. And I'm not even exaggerating. LOL.
 

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I unmolded and cut my slab mold batch from last night. I am much happier using my own recipe than experimenting with a new recipe like i did with the last batch.

Which also prompted me to order a planer lol. I ordered the one that @Todd Ziegler mentioned on a previous post that i dug up.

I shrink wrapped a ton of soap today...and i am still going. I am in love with my new sealer now that i got it figured out. It is making a huge difference in my packaging. I even unwrapped a bunch of soap that i shrink wrapped without a sealer...i cant even believe that i thought they looked good lol.

Getting ready to wrap a loaf that somebody pre-ordered from me for xmas gifts. I told her that i would keep them curing for as long as possible. 10 weeks and now i feel like she should start paying me rent for them lol. Out the door they go this week.
 

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I made lotion bars using a "poor mans" double boiler that I've used in the past to successfully make lotion bars. I put my ingredients in a glass mason jar, put the mason jar in a pot of water and heat/boil the water. Everything was looking good and melted, but when I went to lift the mason jar out the bottom broke off and all the melted oils and butters went into my water. BUMMER!

I didn't have another mason jar, and I don't have a double broiler, so I just decided to use the pot to melt the oils directly. I'm not sure why I couldn't do that in the first place, because it seemed to work out....okay. I just put the lotion in freezer and I'll see if they turn out okay.

Also, this weekend, I must have shrink wrapped like.....a million soap bars. And I'm not even exaggerating. LOL.
Instead of using a mason jar for melting, try using a smaller pan in a larger pan, with the water in the larger pan. I don't have a "proper" double boiler either and that's what I do. OR I use a Pyrex measuring cup but put a paper towel or a dish cloth down in the pan with the water to absorb the vibration from the bubbles.
 

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Yesterday I made a CP w/ confetti its two tone in color' not happy the the white half w/ confetti turning light brown, on a positive soap smells good, no glycerin rivers or soda ash. I ordered a sealer & heat gun i'm so excited to get them started redesigning labels so I can try out my new tools when they arrive.
 

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Not soap, but I made a new batch of my face oil yesterday. It’s a formula I’ve been working on for years. I haven’t made it in awhile because the initial investment is a bit high. But, one of my customers is such a huge fan that she pre paid for 6 bottles, and with the addition of that I was able to get what I needed. I did tons of research and got even better quality ingredients at better prices. Same formula, but with different sourced ingredients, and it’s crazy how different it is! It’s so super good!!! I really excited about it!!!
And, it didn’t feel right to try and make it on my old janky countertop. My new stainless steel felt clean and much more professional.
It was such a big investment, and I wanted it to turn out really well that I was super nervous. But, all the planning paid off.
Anyway, not soap, back to soap today!
 

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Not soap, but I made a new batch of my face oil yesterday. It’s a formula I’ve been working on for years. I haven’t made it in awhile because the initial investment is a bit high. But, one of my customers is such a huge fan that she pre paid for 6 bottles, and with the addition of that I was able to get what I needed. I did tons of research and got even better quality ingredients at better prices. Same formula, but with different sourced ingredients, and it’s crazy how different it is! It’s so super good!!! I really excited about it!!!
And, it didn’t feel right to try and make it on my old janky countertop. My new stainless steel felt clean and much more professional.
It was such a big investment, and I wanted it to turn out really well that I was super nervous. But, all the planning paid off.
Anyway, not soap, back to soap today!
Your new SS top is beautiful' as is your workspace' awesome! Love how your soap is packaged as-well. Your oil sounds fantastic. 💫💞
 
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