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  1. May 7, 2019 #41

    mulline

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    I use it and i love it :) I wish it had a language pack :)
     
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    I haven't checked it out yet!
     
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    Love the mold size recalculation option. Superfat and fragrance should have a recommended range. The recipe public button should toggle between recipe private and recipe public to make it clear which is which. Looks great, love the new site.
     
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    I like it, but it is not much different that soapee or SM3 which I use, Someone from Canada asked for CNF that's does not make sense in Canadian groups you have so much about CNF and this forum have mostly US people,
    I do not think it needs the INCI names they are available everywhere. The software looks very interesting . I am thinking about registering
     
  5. May 7, 2019 #45

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    Longevity was originally included in the Soapee calculator, created by a member here (mcnazar) some years ago.
    Mcnazar is GitHub account nazar and reddit account mcnazar (see https://github.com/nazar/soapee-ui & https://www.reddit.com/r/soapee).

    In this 2015 SMF thread: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/new-soap-lye-calculator-oil-and-soap-recipe-database.55570, @mcnazar credits the idea to @DeeAnna, who wrote about "long lasting" as being a combination of palmitic and stearic acids (or "Hardness" minus "Conditioning") in this 2014 thread: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/looking-for-certain-properties-in-soap.44463/#post-416216

    The value for this calculators oleic "longevity" percentage seems to be based on the value originally used in Soapee.
     
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    Maybe because people would rather tweek their “recipe” until it is to their liking before sharing it. I am not big on sharing my failures and would certainly not want someone to replicate my failure. Once it is a good recipe, share it. Until then, why not keep it private?
     
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    Regardless of common, scientific or a toggle, the text single label for cut and paste would be a real gem!
     
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    I don’t see vanilla color stabilizer on the additives list (there is one for soap and another for lotions/creams). Also, I don’t see a place to order/inventory either type of lye. That seems like it would be easy to either add to the additives list or, better, make a new category as it is fundamental to the process. Thanks again.
     
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    One other thing I'd like to see that really bugs me with all lye calculators is the ability to sort the final recipe (view & print) into desirable order.

    For me the desirable order is the highest percentage oil first and the least percentage oil last. That's the way I always right it down in my book and it's the way I prefer to see it when I prepare my soap. If there was a button to change how the sorting is done, that would be so nice.


    To Daryl: You can add vanilla stabilizer as a Custom Additive.
     
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    That’s true, but since it’s a fairly common additive, if it was on the supply list it could be calculated into the price per bar.
     
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    I looked at it, don't see micas or other colorants. No ability to make other than soap recipes. No packaging options. No inventory feature. Those are the items that I purchased SoapMaker for. Just my quick two cents.
     
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    You are right, Daryl. That's why I suggested more categories for supplies.
     
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    Could you provide an “Export to Excel” function? That way, I could price in any unique additives that aren’t included in the inventory of supplies.

    Is there a reporting function that I haven’t found, whereby I could print my entire inventory to look forward at what I need to be shopping for and planning to order, or in case I need to look at my quarterly/annual expenses?

    If I could create and manage a true inventory (as opposed to supply list), could I not also set par levels to tell me when to reorder? Perhaps a better approach would be to allow me create my “inventory” before I actually order and receive supplies. IOW, create an inventory “shell” of things I know I need to buy before I buy them. Think of it like setting up your supply room with empty shelves, so you know what you need to order and where it’s going to go.
     
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    me three!
     
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    I'd like to be able to import from a csv file, my ingredients so I don't have to hand enter them.
     
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    Additives: Again, aimed at inventory management, the additive item “clay” should, minimally, be expanded to include subcategories (e.g. Clay - Bentonite, Clay - Kaolin Rose, Clay - Kaolin, etc). Obviously, you can’t cover everything, so it’s always best to leave a catch-all “Clay - Misc” or “Clay - Unspecified.”

    My “big ticket” suggestion is to keep the normalized field for additive “CATEGORY” but add a higher ordinate for additive “TYPE”

    Additive Type: Lye
    Categories: NaOH, KOH

    Additive Type: Colorant
    Categories: Oxdide, Mica, Pigment, Aquamarine, Natural Colorant...

    Additive Type: Fragrance
    Categories: Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils, Combo EO/FO...

    Then, convert the Product Name field to a free text field that I can enter and manage either based on what the vendor calls that specific product (e.g.”Summer Rain Fragrance Oil”, “Teal Matte Pigment”) or whatever I want to call it (e.g. “That smell my wife likes”) or anything else that makes it meaningful to me.

    I’ll bet you’re thinking, “Why, oh why, did I ask for feedback?”
     
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    i'm trying to log in to use the calc and not getting through. I thought i'd test it with liz ardeleys shampoo bar but in liquid soap and i cant log in
     
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    Sorry, unable to help as I've never used it.
     
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    Where would this appear, on the recipe listing or print out?
     
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