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  2. I’m just wondering about your recipe though, your numbers don’t add up to 100%. Maybe recheck them on soapcalc. Also soapcalc will show you the quality of your soap by looking at their calculations once you’ve entered your percentages. Their recommendations are only a guide but I find it very useful. I’m not sure how hard your soap will be or how much lather you’ll end up with. Coconut oil will add both hardness and lather. A small amount of castor oil will also add lather. Large amounts of olive oil are great for the skin but won’t harden your soap or produce bubbbly lather. It’s true coconut oil can be very drying to the skin so a balanced recipe can remedy that. If you use harder oils, you won’t need sodium lactate. Palm oil is another hard oil that contributes firmness and lather. Many won’t beaches it’s unsustainable but it is excellent in soap if you balance it with nourishing butters like Mango or Shea. Its great fun trying and with so many variations! Good job!
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  4. You should try regular cold process with your recipe. Easy to pour and soap will look nicer. High oleic sunflower oil is nice. Coconut oil is vegan by the way and makes great lather. Rice bran oil is great for soap. It’s really nice for the skin. Maybe try a go at plain cold process. its easy to see when you should pour, it’s way more fluid than hot process and end result will look nice. I only hot process if I have made a flubbed soap. Just my humble soapy opinion. You need something for bubbles traditionally coconut oil, palm kernel, castor oil. Recipes online. Brambleberry three oil soap recipe something like that.
  5. Do you use the same kind of air freshener as Belinda?
  6. Great advice! I wish I would have done this too but I thought soy was the way to go. If only I knew this 14 yrs ago!
  7. Don't have soy oil (have lots of wax lol), but I'll be on the lookout! I have rice bran oil though, hmm... Yogurt is also a good idea, and I could see how that would help. 4th time is the charm, I guess? This is the texture I was aiming for. I know it passed the "mashed potato" phase, but I'm uneasy about knowing if it went into the Vaseline phase... the soap wasn't too translucent when I molded it, but I was afraid it'd dry out if I left it much longer. Will get some phenolphthalein tests to put my mind at ease. (Soap did pass the zap test lol.)
  8. I'm not an HP expert, but recipe #2 looks good to me! Do you happen to have soybean oil? It's Vegetable Oil at the grocery store. I like that oil so much more than safflower in soap. Sorry, I know I'm being nit-picky with your recipe!!😅😅 A couple tablespoons of yogurt will help with the fluidity too. Add after the cook. You're doing great! Experimentation is how we learn!
  9. ...I realized it might be about the same cost and get bigger bottles if you buy just the ones that appealed to you out of the set, since individual bottles are currently on sale. So I added 2 oz bottles of all of them except the four that didn't appeal to me, and yes, it turned out a little less expensive and for twice as much of each scent kept. The four that weren't appealing to me were described as smelling like beer or had some other unappealing (to me) note. So there's your dirty rotten enabling for the weekend. Now I have a WSP order to finish placing.
  10. It is my own monstrosity. I'm trying to make it vegan without coconut or palm oil. Third attempt attached. It was going SO well until the very end. I think I let it cook maybe 5 minutes too long. I used this new recipe. (I ran out of mango butter.) 70% olive oil 20% safflower oil 8.75% shea butter 1.25% sodium lactate I will be trying this recipe before giving up for today 50% olive oil 33.75% safflower oil 15% shea butter 1.25% sodium lactate... I think I added .25% more b/c I read it might help with keeping things fluid Fingers crossed
  11. I haven't tried that one, but it sounds lovely! What wax are you using? Candles or melts? Sometimes a FO won't work out in a candle for me, but does just fine in melts so I can still enjoy it. 😄
  12. @Ashley D The ABSOLUTE longest-lasting fragrance for me is Fillmore's Nutmeg Ginger. I have one in my car that I put in there last September, and it still is giving off a good scent especially with the sun heating it up now. Could smell it as well throughout the winter with the heater on although not as strong as when the sun heats it. GoldieMN
  13. Watching a video tutorial (or ten) helped me a lot. I definitely needed to see the stages. Also, I agree with @TallTayl, all that mango can't be helping the issue. Is that a recipe of your own creation? The proportions seem odd to me. Also also, I personally would skip the rose hip oil. That stuff costs a pretty penny, and between the low percentage, the soaponification process, and the fact the it washes off, I don't see how it would have much benefit. Maybe if you added it at like 5% after the cook... Just my opinion though! Where's @Sponiebr?? He's the Prince of HP! 😆
  14. Thank you for the explanation. I'm currently trying a formula with a way lower mango butter concentration, and it's cooking a lot more reasonably. I have pH strips but didn't think of phenolphthalein. Thanks again! Am also learning about "superfats," so that may also help! Yes, there are a lot of stages. The online tutorials make so much soap at one time, it's hard to compare what my 1 bar of soap looks like to their huge crock pots lol. Have been using soapcalc and Bramble Berry's to double-check. Intent on making this work... different beast than candles for sure.
  15. Does anyone use this FO? I bought it based off the reviews on their site .. and while it's great OOB, I'm getting absolutely no throw at all in my wax. Very disappointed!! Maybe it's my wax, so I am wondering if you get a great throw in your wax? (if you do, I'll keep trying in other waxes). Thanks for feedback
  16. Just saw this message. Definitely on the candied side. I use it in a blend mixture . I don't think I've ever found a scent of the actual fruit raspberry unfortunately
  17. Tag lies. I know it was a typo, but that’s pretty funny. And accurate.
  18. I am right there with all of you. I love my logo but really need a good tag line. I am also redoing my web site from the ground up and the colors I am choosing are a struggle. I have seen such clever tag lies out there and think why didn't I think of that. One I have found to be very clever recently is a guy from the Cape and it is "biggest wick on the Cape" I am taking any and all suggestions on a tag line. Karen in MA
  19. Ahhh, hot processed soap! 🌸 Made my fair share of this soap. Something that helped me was to find a recipe that was already successful, there are many on line I’m sure. Also, watching a tutorial, there are a few out there as well, because hot processed soap goes through several stages and it’s important know what they are. Once you learn the stages it’s all up hill most of the time! And of course run everything through soapcalc.
  20. This is exactly what my advice would be haha. Candle making is very easy to do, very difficult to master. Make it easy on yourself and pick a wax and a container and stick to it. Find the right wick for your wax before you switch waxes. Don't be like me!! 🤣🤣
  21. I think starting with parrafin wax is a great way to go. Or even a parasoy blend like 6006. IMO, veggie based waxes are so finicky, and a huge investment of effort. Why torture yourself so early on? Once you get the hang of making a great candle with paraffin, then you could expand to other waxes without such a steep learning curve. When I started out, I started with soy because I assumed that's just what everyone used. Seemed like it anyway! Boy, those candles were terrible! I'm so thankful that I was able to quickly switch gears and get a couple slabs of parrafin container wax. So much better! I had fragrant, beautiful candles in a matter of weeks as opposed to months. Pick an easy wax, pick a container to practicing wicking it in, pick a wick series, and pick 2-3 fragrances. In that order. Make your first candles super basic while you learn. If you do other crafts, treat candle making just like anything else - learn to sew the pot holder before the flying pinwheel quilt, learn to make a clay pinch pot before you throw a vase, learn to bake cupcakes before the 4-tier wedding cake. 😁😁😁
  22. Hi and welcome to a new obsession. The best wax to start with is not easy to pinpoint. Every wax has its strengths and drawbacks. For a total newbie, paraffin waxes tend to get the quickest early results. 4627 and 4630 are pretty easy to get and learn. They’re not finicky about fragrances and don’t require long cure times like soy and soy blends. Wicks are fairly common and straightforward. Good luck!
  23. Part of the texture issue, IMO is the high stearic content on the mango butter. It’s just a hard, dry ingredient in soap. I keep those high stearic types low... like 5%. hot process is “done” when phenolphthalein tests with no pink. That indicates no free lye. To use pheno drops, take a pea sized amount of soap from the pot and smear on a paper towel. Add a drop of the pheno. If pink it’s still lye active. If clear it’s done. I find with hot process, though, even if it tests a little pink by the time it cools it’s a non issue since saponification continues after the cook, just faster than with cold process. Note about pheno: don’t touch it bare handed. Toss the test soap with pheno right in the garbage immediately. You don’t want to contaminate your self or soap with it. If I remember right it is sold with pool chemicals. IMO, you don’t really need it, but newbies sometimes like a tool available to help learn timing. A couple of tricks that may help (assuming your saponification calculator is right, and measurements are right): you can try adding a tablespoon of sugar dissolved in water at the beginning for a more fluid pour. You can try adding a milk, like goat, coconut or yogurt at the end of the cook. The fats and proteins can sometimes help loosen the mixture a bit.
  24. Hello All, I am new to the idea of candle making and have been doing tons of searches on all information I can. (I am a crafter so I always start with research before diving in) There is tons of information out there and it's almost a little overwhelming. I am not looking to start a business or make a profit (right this second). Its purely for my enjoyment and another way for me to be creative. I've read some of the forums already on here and theyve helped. However, there are things I'm still unsure of. What is the best type of wax to start with as a beginner? (If there is one) I've read the basic supply list of wax, container, wick, color and fragrence. What else is needed for those who have done this before? What tips and tricks could be provided to help get me started in this craft? Thanks
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