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Finally got a 3rd 5 gallon bucket of tallow from my regular source. It was not rotten. But, it was definitely trim fat, not leaf fat, which I’ve now learned the difference between. In cold temps it is still soft, it’s much more yellow. But, it doesn‘t smell, and that’s good. It’s really been quite the fiasco! I now am currently using 3 brands, for 3 different products. Anyway, I wasn’t sure how this new tallow would soap. Would it be yellow, would it be soft?... And, since I’m out of my %100 bars, of which I have several loyal customers, I made a big triple batch. I waited a bit longer than normal, certain it would be soft. Well, I BARELY got through the cutting without breaking my wire cutter! I definitely have to cut it sooner next time. The bars are hard, and they definitely whitened up. So, yay. Now I can try it with more complex designs and see what happens.
Hoping my lotion bar molds and tins come today. WS is so slow! And, they put my silver tins on back order to 12/31 without anything but notice in the email shipping notification. Grrrr. Hoping I don’t hate the rose gold tins.
And, I “formulated” my first customization of my base facial mist I bought and I like it a lot! I maybe added more rosehipseed extract than I’d like, but I didn’t have time to test a small amount. They’ll get labels today and hopefully posted with my face oil to my site later. Whew!
 

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Finally got a 3rd 5 gallon bucket of tallow from my regular source. It was not rotten. But, it was definitely trim fat, not leaf fat, which I’ve now learned the difference between. In cold temps it is still soft, it’s much more yellow. But, it doesn‘t smell, and that’s good. It’s really been quite the fiasco! I now am currently using 3 brands, for 3 different products. Anyway, I wasn’t sure how this new tallow would soap. Would it be yellow, would it be soft?... And, since I’m out of my %100 bars, of which I have several loyal customers, I made a big triple batch. I waited a bit longer than normal, certain it would be soft. Well, I BARELY got through the cutting without breaking my wire cutter! I definitely have to cut it sooner next time. The bars are hard, and they definitely whitened up. So, yay. Now I can try it with more complex designs and see what happens.
Hoping my lotion bar molds and tins come today. WS is so slow! And, they put my silver tins on back order to 12/31 without anything but notice in the email shipping notification. Grrrr. Hoping I don’t hate the rose gold tins.
And, I “formulated” my first customization of my base facial mist I bought and I like it a lot! I maybe added more rosehipseed extract than I’d like, but I didn’t have time to test a small amount. They’ll get labels today and hopefully posted with my face oil to my site later. Whew!
WSP put Kokum butter (that I FINALLY got around to ordering) on back order...No warning, it just wasn't in my shipment with a note that it will ship when its available. That was over a month ago. The soaps that I planned on using it in are almost ready to be packaged and labeled (without the Kokum obviously lol). Kind of annoying...why did they take payment for it if it wasn't available?

My soapy thing today is making new labels for my soaps and rewrapping some soaps that I had previously wrapped without the impulse sealer. The sealer makes such a big difference.

Gonna play around with recipes on Soapcalc. I really need a lower Olive Oil based vegan soap, for no reason other than I want a whiter base, but I also like the recipe that I am currently using as far as performance. I made a whole slab mold batch of "naked soaps" with nothing but my oils and white kaolin clay and I hate the old-fashioned tan look of them. It's not very appealing. They will probably get lighter with the cure, but I don't have high hopes.

I really really love my Lard Bars, but the lard doesn't have much label appeal either lol. So I went on a vegan soap kick last week...going back to lard as my main soaps. Vegans got a couple of batches out of me, now I'm done LOL. And I say that lightly because I used to be strictly vegan... no meat, dairy, or eggs even. I have converted back to only eating chicken and seafood, turkey lunchmeat LOL. And dairy. Go figure with the lunchmeat, I guess it's the saltiness. I dunno. No real rhyme or reason behind my diet other than I am the pickiest person on earth.

And I am still giggling over the phallic molds. I need those in my life LOL. I am already planning a girl party in my head featuring cock-tails and *** soaps. See what I did there :nodding:. Thank you for brightening my day @TashaBird
 

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WSP put Kokum butter (that I FINALLY got around to ordering) on back order...No warning, it just wasn't in my shipment with a note that it will ship when its available. That was over a month ago. The soaps that I planned on using it in are almost ready to be packaged and labeled (without the Kokum obviously lol). Kind of annoying...why did they take payment for it if it wasn't available?

My soapy thing today is making new labels for my soaps and rewrapping some soaps that I had previously wrapped without the impulse sealer. The sealer makes such a big difference.

Gonna play around with recipes on Soapcalc. I really need a lower Olive Oil based vegan soap, for no reason other than I want a whiter base, but I also like the recipe that I am currently using as far as performance. I made a whole slab mold batch of "naked soaps" with nothing but my oils and white kaolin clay and I hate the old-fashioned tan look of them. It's not very appealing. They will probably get lighter with the cure, but I don't have high hopes.

I really really love my Lard Bars, but the lard doesn't have much label appeal either lol. So I went on a vegan soap kick last week...going back to lard as my main soaps. Vegans got a couple of batches out of me, now I'm done LOL. And I say that lightly because I used to be strictly vegan... no meat, dairy, or eggs even. I have converted back to only eating chicken and seafood, turkey lunchmeat LOL. And dairy. Go figure with the lunchmeat, I guess it's the saltiness. I dunno. No real rhyme or reason behind my diet other than I am the pickiest person on earth.

And I am still giggling over the phallic molds. I need those in my life LOL. I am already planning a girl party in my head featuring cock-tails and *** soaps. See what I did there :nodding:. Thank you for brightening my day @TashaBird
If I hadn’t seen it on the email notification from WS I would t have known and I’d have been mad!
the molds I used would not have been my choice, but they are hilarious! Especially with the way too realistic accidental skin color! Oh my!!! ☺
I’ll pm you a photo if you want.🤣
 

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Soap supply reorganization! 🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️

DH just completed some remodeling to move the washer and dryer out of a large closet in the kitchen, and into our mudroom. It's so nice to have a real laundry room that doesn't interfere with kitchen activities! The bonus is that the former laundry closet makes a fantastic pantry, which this house was lacking. We found some stainless racks that fit perfectly into the empty hole below the existing shelving.

It's not done yet; you can see one shelf bracket sitting by the cookbooks, and he will patch the sheetrock behind the center shelf sometime next week. But so far, even with all of our food stores, I was able to devote almost the entire rack on the left to my soaping oils and bath bomb supplies (some of which were previously in the spare bedroom closet - not convenient). The big empty spaces in the center rack area are reserved for the grandkid snacks that will be re-stocked before they arrive for Christmas. 🥰 I already have their favorite mac-n-cheese cups, cereal, oatmeal cups, and veggie pouches, but need to get at least one Costco container of peanut butter pretzels, some veggie straws, and assorted other items that they love. 😁

I'm already scheming how to get the rest of my soaping supplies and tools in there, except for the fragrances, which will remain in a closed dark cabinet in another area. The molds, lye, mixing bowls, etc., are currently in a living room cabinet, which will be going away when the custom bookcase units arrive in about 4 weeks.

Gotta say, something about reorganizing makes me so happy. 😁
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Oh....what I could do with that space! 😍
 

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I received my sealer today now I can wrap my soap w/ a new label design. Today I made soap scented it w/ Winter Wonderland FO it smells wonderful hints of Christmas Tree w/ a hinge of cool peppermint & a little sweet is the best I can describe it. no acceleration, ricing or separation I was able to pipe the top as well. Hope it all turns out, I put it in the cupboard on top of a heating pad on low once the soap was heated up I turned off the heating pad hope it turns out & looks good, what I have in my mindset can turn out to be completely different. I was hoping to have it ready for Christmas gifts but I'm a little behind my time frame. Ugh.
I'm happy to report my soap turned out nice' Thank God! lol here's a picture.
 

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Finally got a 3rd 5 gallon bucket of tallow from my regular source. It was not rotten. But, it was definitely trim fat, not leaf fat, which I’ve now learned the difference between. In cold temps it is still soft, it’s much more yellow. But, it doesn‘t smell, and that’s good. It’s really been quite the fiasco! I now am currently using 3 brands, for 3 different products. Anyway, I wasn’t sure how this new tallow would soap. Would it be yellow, would it be soft?... And, since I’m out of my %100 bars, of which I have several loyal customers, I made a big triple batch. I waited a bit longer than normal, certain it would be soft. Well, I BARELY got through the cutting without breaking my wire cutter! I definitely have to cut it sooner next time. The bars are hard, and they definitely whitened up. So, yay. Now I can try it with more complex designs and see what happens.
Hoping my lotion bar molds and tins come today. WS is so slow! And, they put my silver tins on back order to 12/31 without anything but notice in the email shipping notification. Grrrr. Hoping I don’t hate the rose gold tins.
And, I “formulated” my first customization of my base facial mist I bought and I like it a lot! I maybe added more rosehipseed extract than I’d like, but I didn’t have time to test a small amount. They’ll get labels today and hopefully posted with my face oil to my site later. Whew!
Looks really pretty. 🧼💫

I just poured the base for hot chocolate soap. Tomorrow I will pipe it with frosting and place my soap dough marshmallows.
I may try to pipe my soap the next day opposed to doing it all at once, do you ever have an issue w /pipped soap not sticking?.
 

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just poured what is supposed to be a gradient/ombre soap. While I am sure it will be SOME type of gradient...I lost track of my pouring so who knows how it will turn out. Hopefully when I cut it, it will be an OOooooo moment.

Since it is still early (for me anyways), I might do another loaf. I dunno. I just started drinking beer so it may or may not turn out so well. Sometimes I get more creative while drinking LOL.
 

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just poured what is supposed to be a gradient/ombre soap. While I am sure it will be SOME type of gradient...I lost track of my pouring so who knows how it will turn out. Hopefully when I cut it, it will be an OOooooo moment.

Since it is still early (for me anyways), I might do another loaf. I dunno. I just started drinking beer so it may or may not turn out so well. Sometimes I get more creative while drinking LOL.
I always forget something when SUI. (Soaping under the influence. 😆)
 
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