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  1. Everytime I look at my back room where I keep my soap racks and supplies I want to cry uncle! Just looking at the disorganized mess I get depressed and overwhelmed. I just keep adding stuff and trying to keep it organized but there is just too much stuff! That's when I play around with the idea of hiring a professional but in the back of my mind I am thinking no way could I afford one either! Or could I? Is it way too pricey, like in the thousands, or can it be done for a couple hundred? I really have no idea.
  2. Never tried to blend it myself. I just remember the old scent mixing chart that Peak used to have posted to the old craft board forum back when they were maintaining the forum. Have you tried C&S candy corn? I really like it. Used to use it in my parasoy candles.
  3. My fav CC is from Candles & Supplies. BTW, candy corn is a blend of vanilla and honey.
  4. Try pouring at 135 - 140. I agree don't heat so high, 185 should do fine and is also a good temp to stir in your fragrance.
  5. Glad I had advice to give that was helpful to you. It's really a good thing to test out your soap at various times during its cure time. It gives you the opportunity to observe firsthand the difference between soap that is brand new to soap that has had a long cure time and any in between times you test it out. My favorite is to test at 1-2 days old verses 4-8 weeks. I just take a bar out of my batch, try it, then put it away to test later. My fav soaps tend to be a year old or longer. So sudsy, moisturizing, and gentle. Re how your skin feels. Now you know the difference between using a commercial brand soap vs handmade from scratch. There is no comparison when it comes to a well made cold process soap. Your skin can feel the difference and the comfort level of your skin using a cold process soap is so much superior compared to a commercial bar. I find commercial soaps like Dove to be drying. It also leaves a film on my skin, my skin feels dry, filmy, dirty, itchy, and uncomfortable using it. I only wash with my handmade soap as I can no longer tolerate commercial soap.
  6. It can be a confusing lesson to learn for some chandlers when they see suppliers that sell candlemaking bowls and coconut shells and list them as candle containers. If a supplier sells them they must be safe, right? I assume that is what some chandlers believe. So at least part of the blame can be the bowl and coconut shell sellers.
  7. Seriously? Someone made a candle out of that???!!!! I am speechless!
  8. Is it just with that particular fragrance? If so, maybe with this one you have to heat the wax a bit higher before adding so it incorporates better. I don't think I have seen that before. From the pic it reminds me of a murky pond water, like the contents are not emulsified or blended thoroughly. Not saying you did that, but it appears they could have become separated on their own.
  9. Just wanted to add my 2 cents on the lavender pumpkin. It is a lovely combo that has an upscale spa vibe about it. I loved the combo when I tried it. I tend to do many of the same scent blends from year to year but to rotate some out and add a few new ones. But those that are keepers I continue because customers get mad at me if I don't, they continue to be best sellers year after year, and I already have many of the oils already in stock and simply reorder as I run out and this saves me money.\ Having said all that here are some of my fall best sellers: Cinnamon Broom - FB Cinnamon Apple - blend of cinnamon broom FB, macintosh apple CS, and christmas splendor C&S Pumpkin Pie Spice - blend of CS pumpkin pie & pumpkin souffle Cranberry Orange Spice - blend of CS cranberry marmalade and C&S orange Warm Autumn Spice - Fillmore's nutmeg & ginger Blueberry Pumpkin - JS, this is a fairly new one that made a big hit so kept it Frosted Gingerbread - blend of FB gingerbread and JS buttery gingerbread Pumpkin Streudel - blend of CS struedel & spice and Fillmore's pumpkin chutney Dutch Apple Pie - blend of Peak's/Keystone warm apple pie and FB pie crust I usually do 14 fall scents and add another 7 christmas as I start selling christmas candles in September along with fall line.
  10. That 70% OO soap with the CO and castor should be awesome! Let me know how it turns out. BTW-- I think everyone "cheats" a bit and tries a piece of their curing soap before it cures. I tend to try a piece after 1-2 days, then maybe a week or two later, and so on. It seems like every batch of soap I make no matter if it was my very first to my latest I always am fascinated by it since its something I made that actually tiurned into soap and came out so nice!
  11. Love the little metal creamers idea TT!👍
  12. Good luck in your soapmaking ventures! and don't worry about soaping disasters, happens to the best of us and they can be useful in learning more than if it never happened. I have had some happy mistakes and others that have shaped the way I approach soapmaking ever since. My experience is start simple before you start using a lot of techniques or expensive oils or additives. that is stuff for a more experienced soaper. Once you are familiar with a small amount of oils then start expanding from there. Even after all this time I can say the best soaps are still the simplest with the fewest oils and butters. The trifecta of soaping oils is: olive, coconut, and palm oils. Practice with these to start then branch out. I started out buying all my soaping ingredients in town and not online. If I couldn't find it at the local grocers or walmart I didn't use it. I bought my lye at the local hardware too. An excellent fat to try in soapmaking that you can buy cheap at walmart is lard or shortening. I used to buy their manteca brand lard in the plastic bucket. And walmart carries 2 different shortenings; one thats vegan (palm & hydrogenated soy,similar to the new Crisco) and one that's made with animal fats (tallow (beef fat) and palm. I hope I am remembering the right ingredients. Anyway, either one, shortening or lard make wonderful skin loving soaps. Every soaper should try making a soap using an animal fat. You would not believe the creaminess and wonderful suds they make! Unfortunately, customers like the buzz word vegan and that's what sells for me the most. I still have one soap I make with lard for acne and its a good seller and one of my personal favorite soaps because of the creaminess. Also, try simple recipes with 1-4 fats. Example of 4 different recipes for a beginner to try: 1. Olive Oil 100% (castile) 2. Olive Oil 90%, Castor Oil 10% (bastile) 3. Olive oil 50%, Coconut Oil 25%, Lard 25% 4. Olive oil 50%, Coconut oil 25%, palm oil 25% I learned a simple formulary for making my own recipes when I first started out: 50% liquid oils 50% solid fats This basic formula gives you a good balance of solid to liquid oils that works for many combinations of fats and oils. So if you have olive oil, shortening, almond oil, and coconut oil you can make a recipe by dividing you solid fats and liquid fats 50/50% Examples: Olive Oil 45% Coconut Oil 20% Shortening 30% Almond Oil 5% This recipe gives you 50% solid fats and 50% liquid fats/oils and will make a lovely bar of soap. Just make sure you would run it through a good soap calculator to get the proper amount of lye and water. You can make a ton of recipes using the 50/50% solid/liquid split for formulating your recipes. Its perfect for a beginner because you can pretty much make a variety of soaps that will turn out great. Also, once you have the experience developing your recipes you can change it up.
  13. Olive oil does not give off a scent in soap. I wouldn't worry about it. I love unscented soap. Just a nice clean scent of soap. Oven process is simply another heating source for making hot processed soap. That is all hot process means; using an external heating source to help speed up the saponification of the soap. Cold process is allowing the soap to heat naturally without the use of an external source like an oven, crockpot, double boiler, rice cooker, etc. The lye added to the oils starts the saponification process. Using a heat source like a crockpot speeds up the saponification in a matter of minutes. Depending on the recipe it could be as little as 20 minutes to an hour or longer. Using the cold process method can take one to three days for the soap to fully saponify. What a lot of new soapers have a problem with is wrapping their head around the fact that no matter which method you use, hot or cold processing, the soap still needs to cure for a minimum of 4-8 weeks for the average soap recipe. Longer for castiles, solseife, salt bars, etc. You cannot get around the cure. Hot processed soap may be fully saponified within an hour but it still needs to cure to be mild, gentle, harder, sudsier, etc. So if you 'cook' your soap using an oven as your heat source you are simply putting the mold with the raw soap in it and using the heat of the over to speed saponification. Crockpot uses the heat from the electric part of the pot to speed the saponification. Most hot process soap makers tend to use a crockpot. I have used an oven to heat my salt bars. But you only want to do that if you are using a mold with dividers or separate individual molds so the bars will separate easily. Salt bars become hard and brittle very quickly and can be hard to impossible to cut. This is why I always use a mold with dividers or silicone molds with individual molds for my salt bars. Hope this info helps you and gives you some more insight into soapmaking and how saponification works. As a soapmaker, you should be able to describe how soap is made and how saponification works if someone were to ask you. Even after years of soapmaking I still do a lot of research especially when I am working on a new recipe. I love making specialty soaps so I always research which oils, butters, liquids, additives, herbs, EO's, etc. are best for the type of soap I want to make. Sorry I got a bit wordy here but I love talking about soapmaking. Will stop here.
  14. I love using silicone molds and have silicone liners for all my wood molds. I also use silicone baking molds for my round soaps. What I love about silicone is that soap pops right out of the molds/liners and they are so easy to clean. I have not used them in the oven yet as I do mostly cold processed. But I have made hot processed soap in my crockpot and then when its done use my silicone molds.
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