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I wish I could be that glamorous! Yesterday my neighbor and his sister came over to get some Hot chocolate bombs and a couple bars of soap. I'd just poured a loaf of soap when my rude dog started barking at them. Scared the crap out of me. When I came back in I looked down and well per usual I was still in my pj's covered in Activated charcoal and mica... I hadn't even put a bra on, I was kinda embarrassed, Then my dog almost tripped me and stole my shoe and I got over it and cleaned my kitchen!
But at least my messy hair was all clean, shiny and smell good! The shampoo and conditioner bars are awesome. I cant brag enough! We all love them in my house. They are pretty fun to make now too! I'm not so intimidated 3rd time around.:rolleyes::D
Sounds about like how I glamour also. 😆 Are these the recipes from the etsy store DIYbathandbody?
 

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They are just silicone 'muffin' moulds. @JasmineTea I pour mine, not press them.
@TashaBird "Be Still my Bleeding Heart"
Sadly I already made labels for them before this brilliant naming idea. And, also sadly, I don’t feel confident selling them. Even if I give a very clear disclaimer. What if someone gifts them and the recipient is shocked. I could lose a future customer and it’s just not worth it. Mostly I’m out the time, work, and the EOs. I’ll gift them to folks who I know will be ok with the red/pink lather. Great thing about this batch is the essential oil blend lasted really well! Geranium, lavender, orange, ylang ylang, and patchouli. They’re just so pretty!.... sigh.... oh well.

Is it possible the cold humid weather is affecting my soaping?
 

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Omigosh! I just discovered if you write "lye calulator" (intentionally misspelled) it immediately gets linked to Soapmaking Friend! :eek:

ETA: I did not link the last two words above. The "whatever" automatically did that. Interesting? Or not?

Is this just a new thing? Or am I just out of the loop? :smallshrug:
 

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How? did you melt the surfactants?
Heres mine, they are pressed and i used the noodles for one surfactant.
I've heard you can melt the powder SCI, I've just not tried it. And when would you add the preservative, wouldn't it be too hot? I had a time pressing the powder shampoo bars with my moon cake press. It kept sticking to the top, so I switched to a lined plastic cup. The last batch I made with a mixture of powder and noodle and its my favorite yet! Pressed nicely and a lot harder then my noodle bars, and it seems more sudsy!?!?
 

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Omigosh! I just discovered if you write "lye calulator" (intentionally misspelled) it immediately gets linked to Soapmaking Friend! :eek:

ETA: I did not link the last two words above. The "whatever" automatically did that. Interesting? Or not?

Is this just a new thing? Or am I just out of the loop? :smallshrug:
Keep up Darl ;)
 

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Omigosh! I just discovered if you write "lye calulator" (intentionally misspelled) it immediately gets linked to Soapmaking Friend! :eek:

ETA: I did not link the last two words above. The "whatever" automatically did that. Interesting? Or not?

Is this just a new thing? Or am I just out of the loop? :smallshrug:
Its been there quite a while. Maybe a year. its the only one I use now
 

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I'm really intrigued by your syndet shampoo bars that you can pour.
The only recipe I've tried ended up being quite dry and the only way I could get the batter in the mold was to use a LOT of pressure, so much that I'm considering if I like the shampoo bar enough to do all that effort again (and possibly buy a press).
Do you mind if I ask if you got the recipe somewhere?
I've shared my recipe once with a woman from Germany and she was not able to pour it for some reason. Me - I'm scared of pressing so I'm sticking with pouring. You have to work swiftly or it sets up ( in fact the last one of every batch is for me because it's always a bit messy).
I melt the alcohol/s, BTMS, butters etc in the microwave, then move to a double boiler add the powdered surfactants ( I used to use a percentage of noodles but prefer without so I grind them into powder) and let them all melt in - also add the liquid surfactants at this stage. Remove from heat and quickly add cool down ingredients, but don't let it set up - pour immediately.
The recipe I developed by taking ideas from various sources and then tweaking ingredients to my liking. The foaming apple was a later addition once i found I could order it directly from a US supplier.
 

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Changing my pull through recipe was an interesting experiment. I should have only changed one thing and not two. It was too thick and moved too fast. Going to try again, comparing my tried and true recipe to a higher tallow%, but not as high as I tried yesterday! Here’s the two 50% batches. The were ready to cut, but the others are still soft so they’re in the freezer.
I love blue, green, brown together! The other one is very psychedelic, peace, man....
 

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At least one of my pull throughs turned out. The others I’m not stoked on my color choices at all. And one has weird white spots for some reason. And they’re the same recipe! Maybe I didn’t blend the kaolin clay/EO slurry? Stearic spots? *sigh*
At least packaging my Valentine’s soaps is a nice feeling.
 

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I love blue, green, brown together! The other one is very psychedelic, peace, man....
The brown and green one the batter was way too thick. The colors don’t pull through much then, each slice only shows two, maybe 3 colors. And, the colors are kind of muted to me. thanks though!
I’m going for major contrast next round!
 

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Maybe I didn’t blend the kaolin clay/EO slurry?
My kaolin clay always spots no mater how I add it to my soap. I’ve stick blended to oils, mixed it with warm batch water & added it at trace. Never tried to add it to the fragrance though. If I didn’t like it in my soap so much I’d stop using it.
Your soaps are beautiful! My favorite it the pink and red one!

Remove from heat and quickly add cool down ingredients
So do you not use a preservative? Would it not be too hot to add one before pouring? I do so like how smooth your bars are! Lovely!!!

I was read foaming apple’s description on the website...does “•excellent eye tolerance” mean it doesn’t sting the eyes? Is it year free? Lol 😂
 

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My kaolin clay always spots no mater how I add it to my soap. I’ve stick blended to oils, mixed it with warm batch water & added it at trace. Never tried to add it to the fragrance though. If I didn’t like it in my soap so much I’d stop using it.
Your soaps are beautiful! My favorite it the pink and red one!
I add FO to the clays and it comes out nice. But you need to add exactly the amount of FO and clay that you want or you waste it if doing designs etc, or not add enough fragrance. That's my experience anyway.
 
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