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Used honey in my CP soap for the first time yesterday and it...did not go as planned lol. I used honey powder instead of actual honey. I dumped it into my lye/almond milk mixture and stirred for a while, but it never fully dissolved of course. When I poured my batter, there were a ton of little orange honey chunks, but I decided just to go with it and see what happens. Well...this is what happens! I think these are either 1) pockets of undissolved honey that melted after pouring, 2) lye pockets and oil, or 3) both lye pockets and honey pockets! I have a feeling this batch is getting tossed, but I'm going to let it sit on the shelf for a while just for science.
 

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Well that didnt go as planned. Checked on my neon soap this morning and it was hard. popped it out of the mold and could barely cut it. Its only been less than 12 hours. had the bevel the snot out of it to smooth out the edges and no red showed up even though i equally split the colors. Lost two bars because of the crumblies.

hopefully i can polish them smooth
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I used honey in my CP soap for the first time yesterday and it...did not go as planned lol. I used honey powder instead of actual honey. I dumped it into my lye/almond milk mixture and stirred for a while, but it never fully dissolved of course. When I poured my batter, there were a ton of little orange honey chunks, but I decided just to go with it and see what happens. Well...this is what happens! I think these are either 1) pockets of undissolved honey that melted after pouring, 2) lye pockets and oil, or 3) both lye pockets and honey pockets! I have a feeling this batch is getting tossed, but I'm going to let it sit on the shelf for a while just for science.
I know the feeling! I used a puree for the first time in a cold process soap over the weekend. Everything seemed like it was going well. The bars are just way too soft. I am thinking that I may not have adjusted right for the water content. Anyway Best of luck with your next try!
 

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I placed orders for bath whip ingredients. I found an M&P I would have wanted for marshmallow soap, but it was sold out. Which is probably for the best, I'm really running low on space for crafting ingredients. I re-injured my shoulder last week, so I'm hoping it will have healed enough by this weekend to make more bath bombs. Also ordering some EOs for making a Thieves blend, and some to use in Face Balm (not the same EOs, mostly!)
 

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I placed orders for bath whip ingredients. I found an M&P I would have wanted for marshmallow soap, but it was sold out. Which is probably for the best, I'm really running low on space for crafting ingredients. I re-injured my shoulder last week, so I'm hoping it will have healed enough by this weekend to make more bath bombs. Also ordering some EOs for making a Thieves blend, and some to use in Face Balm (not the same EOs, mostly!)
I use Uncle Harry’s brand EO blend Four Thieves in a balm and hand sanitizer. They’re a great company!
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Cut my 5,403 failed attempt at slanted layer soap. LOL. But you can bet your bottom dollar I will try for the 5,404th time in a week or so.

I also tried making a tiger swirl soap, but I don't expect anything good to come of it since I think the batter may have been too thin :(
I think your soap is pretty, having said that' us soapers dont give up! 🤗🧼💫

We are on a similar trajectory today!

Question: can I OP my loaves in a couple hours after my pipping has stiffened and been applied? I always feel I have to rush to get them into the oven.
I just watched a few videos on Cupcakes & piping' in two of the videos they both mentioned to not " OP" piped CC heat is not our friend' fridge is best!. Id just pipped and had my CC sitting on a heating pad' lol. I removed it & luckily it didn't effect my CupCakes Pipping.

My 2nd ever cold process soap is in the mold and..put to bed I guess you call it lol. With my usual HP I just pour it, smack it down and leave it on the table for the night so this is all new to me.

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Beautiful Soap' Love your vibrant colors. 💞❤
 
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I use Uncle Harry’s brand EO blend Four Thieves in a balm and hand sanitizer. They’re a great company!
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I hadn't heard of Uncle Harry's! My mom sometimes buys Thieves from Young Living, which is like $20 for less than an ounce. I'm sure the labor of mixing is included, but I think I can mix it for a more reasonable price. Particularly since it is not entirely composed of Cinnamon Bark EO.
 

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My first try @ piping CupCakes' each CC has a different scent' the Chocolate is scented w/ NS Caramel Coffee' I used cocoa powder to color cause scent would turn to tan or brown in color. The pink CC is scented w/ NS Cherry Almond' it may of changed slightly in color too so I hopped it was less noticeable in pink shades' Green Cupcakes Is scented in Lime EO' it behaved the best no color change or acceleration as all scents had none. Base of soap I used TD & added just a slight little scent w/ corresponding color of soap. These will be Daughter & Friend's B-Day Gift Nxt Month.
 

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I hadn't heard of Uncle Harry's! My mom sometimes buys Thieves from Young Living, which is like $20 for less than an ounce. I'm sure the labor of mixing is included, but I think I can mix it for a more reasonable price. Particularly since it is not entirely composed of Cinnamon Bark EO.
What I love about all of uncle Harry’s products is that they’re what I’d make myself, for not much more than what it’d cost me to make them! Check em out.

You folks are probably the only people who know how hard it is to walk away from soap that you really want to cut! Sooooooo hard! But I already mooshed it a little unmolding. I want to blame my new tallow because it’s so soft. But my %100 tallow loaf was hard as a rock!!!
walking away....
Fortunately I had another very satisfying craft reveal this morning. Someone bought a crystallized cow skull from me. Will post in “other” when the light is better.
 

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You folks are probably the only people who know how hard it is to walk away from soap that you really want to cut! Sooooooo hard! But I already mooshed it a little unmolding. I want to blame my new tallow because it’s so soft. But my %100 tallow loaf was hard as a rock!!!
walking away....
Fortunately I had another very satisfying craft reveal this morning. Someone bought a crystallized cow skull from me. Will post in “other” when the light is better.
Looking forward to seeing your Chrystal Cow Head.

Merry Christmas to me' Just Ordered Dr. Keven Dunn book' Scientific Soap Making: The Chemistry of the Cold Process.
 

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Aack! Couldn’t wait. I thought the loaf was hardened, but it was still too soft. But by the time I realized it was too soft it was already on the cutter, so 🤷🏻‍♀️. They’re not quite what I wanted, but I love them!
I’ll wait to cut the other two.
 

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I managed to sell five single mold bars today and feel very successful. In fact I offered my soap to a dairy lady from whose relative I've been buying walnuts of excellent quality and who has been buying my soaps and creams. She surprised me by ordering as many soap bars as the entire worth of my two kilograms of walnuts.
 

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I just watched a few videos on Cupcakes & piping' in two of the videos they both mentioned to not " OP" piped CC heat is not our friend' fridge is best!. Id just pipped and had my CC sitting on a heating pad' lol. I removed it & luckily it didn't effect my CupCakes Pipping.
I don't know if it depends on the recipe or what, but I have oven processed my soaps for just about two years now, and even the high topped ones. I haven't had an issue with my piped portions "melting" or anything....and they have gone through visible gel. So YMMV.
 

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I don't know if it depends on the recipe or what, but I have oven processed my soaps for just about two years now, and even the high topped ones. I haven't had an issue with my piped portions "melting" or anything....and they have gone through visible gel. So YMMV.
This OP worked out fine. And, now I know I can wait. And, I’d have to OP to make sure they’re hard enough. I am trying to decide if I can use an electric roaster oven I have. Then I wouldn’t have to carry loaves up the stairs to the kitchen oven.

I managed to sell five single mold bars today and feel very successful. In fact I offered my soap to a dairy lady from whose relative I've been buying walnuts of excellent quality and who has been buying my soaps and creams. She surprised me by ordering as many soap bars as the entire worth of my two kilograms of walnuts.
Trading is so great!
 

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Today I actually made Juniper hydrasol and spruce hydrasol. The juniper is much stronger than the spruce but I plan on using them both in a soap with the goat milk. I’m pretty happy that it worked well. Thanks to @DeeAnna for the suggestion. I can get hooked on this . I have to wait to make the soap as I’m making masks now, but when I do I’ll let you know how it turns out.
 

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Today I actually made Juniper hydrasol and spruce hydrasol. The juniper is much stronger than the spruce but I plan on using them both in a soap with the goat milk. I’m pretty happy that it worked well. Thanks to @DeeAnna for the suggestion. I can get hooked on this . I have to wait to make the soap as I’m making masks now, but when I do I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Oooh nice! Do you have a still for making your own essential oils? Hydrasol is the water left after distilling essential oils, right?
 

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Oooh nice! Do you have a still for making your own essential oils? Hydrasol is the water left after distilling essential oils, right?
I don’t have a still. I actually watched some videos and read up on it and used the stove top method. It really works rather well if you take your time. It was very noticeable with the juniper using the needles and berries.
 

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My first try @ piping CupCakes' each CC has a different scent' the Chocolate is scented w/ NS Caramel Coffee' I used cocoa powder to color cause scent would turn to tan or brown in color. The pink CC is scented w/ NS Cherry Almond' it may of changed slightly in color too so I hopped it was less noticeable in pink shades' Green Cupcakes Is scented in Lime EO' it behaved the best no color change or acceleration as all scents had none. Base of soap I used TD & added just a slight little scent w/ corresponding color of soap. These will be Daughter & Friend's B-Day Gift Nxt Month.
Super cute! Nice Job.
 

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My lotion bar molds FINALLY came yesterday! Yay! I have to make sure I under fill them a bit to fit my tins.
And, I keep checking my NS tracking for my Black Friday order. I don’t usually Black Friday, but when I do it’s for 95 sample sizes!!! SO exciting!!! AND I’ve got a couple new pull through plates!
So, I ordered from NS recently and it has been an unmitigated disaster.

The shipment was supposed to arrive last Friday, not just the Friday that passed, but before that, it was supposed to arrive like November 27th. Nothing.

After not arriving on the 27th, I kept checking the UPS site which said it was "In Transit" and to check back later for a delivery date. On December 1st I called to see what was going on, and was told that it had been delivered to the post office and would be here on the 3rd. Nothing.

Called back on the 3rd and was told that actually it is on the back of a truck heading to Illinois. Bear in mind that in what, like a week it had not even made it from Indiana to Illinois. Now actually it'll be here on the 9th. Which sucks because had they just told me that initially I would have been annoyed but gotten over it because weather or whatever.

I sit here, on the 9th, waiting patiently for a package that I am sure will not arrive by 9pm (in the next 40 minutes).

Nurture Soap uses UPS Sure Post, which is the least expensive shipping option they seem to offer. USPS delivers the last mile, but this is not on them because they don't even have the package yet.

I ordered from WSP AFTER I ordered from NS, and I got that shipment on December 4th. WSP ships from about the same area, I believe, BUT they use UPS Ground service, which is more expensive but seems like a more reliable service. Brambleberry also uses UPS Ground and I have never had a problem with the delivery date being off.

anyways, long story short, I hope you have better luck than I do. I have to place another order with NS, but now at least I'll know that there is a good chance it'll be here.....maybe......sometime.
 
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well, im doing a redo of my neon soap except am trying the one pot wonder method. we will see how that goes. Left out the sodium lactate this time so hoping for a softer loaf
 
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