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JoyfulSudz

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So today I cut bars for two soaps I made as special requests for friends. The one on the left is Lavender/Spearmint/Orange EOs I poured using the Clyde Slide (love that name!). The one on the right is Eucalyptus/Peppermint/Rosemary EOs. I wish I liked the scents more myself, but sometimes you just gotta make what someone else likes, and I'm pretty pleased with the Slide.

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I had planned on making two soaps, but I had to catch up on some work so I only had time to make one. Circular Taiwan swirl. I like it, but hope the pink comes out brighter. This FO (mint and raw sugar from WSP tends to discolor the batter a little but it brightens up after it gels...in my experience)

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I’m having too much fun with these! I’m loving making and USING these shampoo & conditioner bars! I also got to try out my Mad Micas! They are some pretty awesome colors! I’m kinda glad I ran out of some supplies or I’d make more!
Do you have a good book or resource for recipes? I've made my own shampoo bars but will need to replace them and I'd love to try a conditioner bar. Thanks!!
 

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This is going to be a story LOL. This is a three day soapy thing.

I hope to be moving soon, and I have a lot of soap that needs to be wrapped, labeled, and packed. I got a bunch of soaps cleaned up and bagged. I start to seal them with the impulse sealer...about 12 bars in, and the stupid thing died. Like I did a few soaps, then next it just stopped heating. Did a return on Amazon. I opted for a replacement sealer, because I think it is a pretty reputable brand.

Hit the ones that I got sealed with the heat gun and started to make labels. I have printed hundreds of labels, with the same labels on the same printer. All of a sudden the printer decides that it doesn't like the labels and says that it is the wrong size paper. I mean really, you did it plenty of times before. I literally wasted my entire Saturday afternoon off screwing around with the printer and settings. I tried the computer, ipad, phone...error after error. And I KNOW I have made them both with the computer and ipad before.

Then the realtor calls and says that the houses I was supposed to look at are under contract. Ok, fine. I didn't like those ones anyway and I got some other issues LOL.

ALL of Sunday...trying to figure out this issue with the printer and my labels. It prints just fine on paper, but not the labels. It makes no sense to me. I've printed from both my windows computer as well as my mac. Now I get into a "session" and it doesn't want to print. Even stooped down low and tried tech support....absolutely no help. TODAY I had a thought and googled something. Rip the top part of the sticker off the SURE FEED Avery label...BAM I have labels.

And I got my new sealer in. Back in business LOL Kinda sucks losing three labels for each page. But for now i am gonna have to deal with it. If I can't find a permanent solution, I will have to get a new printer. It's a little time consuming to carefully rip off the top sticky part of the sheet.
 

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LOL Kinda sucks losing three labels for each page.
I really like onlinelabels.com. They seem to have all the comparable Avery Labels available and if you want to spend a bit more their waterproof seem to be indestructible! lol!!! I've never had problems using them in my printer yet. The labels also come with free access to their label designer which is fun to use.
 

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I planned on making soap tonight, but got on the phone with my friend and we talked for three hours, so soap was never made.

But I do have a little soapy thing...I took a picture of one of my soaps to show him, and we both saw the same face LOL. He says Ghostbusters, I say The Mask with Jim Carey (the dog)

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Except for the lighter bottom layer, it looks like the sister to one I made a few month back.

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More color testing... hydrated chrome oxide, annatto, ultramarine pigment, and yellow iron oxide. I decided I didn’t need 24 different samples as the higher % ones started to all look the same. I also made the % differences increase with each sample. If anyone would like to see / use my mad scientist spreadsheet for calculating % of colorant to oils I’m happy to share! I said this in an earlier post but I am trying to be more systematic in my soap making, since I usually am haphazard about adding colorants and don’t always get what I expect.

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This is so impressive to me! I don't have the patience to do this. Do you just make a batter and split it off into small portions then add colorants? |Are they all different colorants? And how does the concentration of colour equate to what goes into a larger batch?

Yes, you should have seen 1-4 attempts. Sad.
I have the same issue but it's always been issues with my mold to date. If I ever get that under control, maybe I'll get to see if I can actually do a lollypop swirl! 🤨
 

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I start to seal them with the impulse sealer...about 12 bars in, and the stupid thing died. Like I did a few soaps, then next it just stopped heating.
If your impulse sealer is like mine, more than likely the metal strip underneath it broke. It does happen and the replacement piece is fairly inexpensive. I say that but bear in mind that I haven't used my impulse sealer in at least 3 years since I found shrink wrap bands, so the replacement cost may have gone up since then. This is my impulse sealer:
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The arrow shows the strip I'm talking about, you take off the screws and underneath the sheath is a metal strip that's really easy to replace. I wouldn't have thought of this either but my hubby isn't afraid to take things apart and figured it out. Just a thought in case your replacement sealer does the same thing, it may not be the sealer itself.
 

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I’m having too much fun with these! I’m loving making and USING these shampoo & conditioner bars! I also got to try out my Mad Micas! They are some pretty awesome colors! I’m kinda glad I ran out of some supplies or I’d make more!
Do you make shampoo bars or syndet bars? Are they terribly difficult to do either way? I aspire!

I wasn’t going to do anything soapy today, but my new Soap Frosting Kit was calling to me... I had to see what I could do. Can’t wait to cut it and see what the ITPS looks like. I don’t think I used enough mica... my colors are going to be a bit wonky I think. Fun first try though! View attachment 53357
Is that pink Pretty Kitty??😍
 
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