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  1. I am using Gypsy Rose (MW dupe) from FB in CP soap. For candles I like to make a honeysuckle rose; 50/50% combo of CS' Red Rose and Honeysuckle Jasmine.
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    All natural Lebermuth Fragrances?

    Lebermuth has some exceptional FOs and I have used them before. I would not hesitate to try any out.
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    Glycerine Rivers!

    Awwww.... maybe that's why I quit getting glycerin rivers. I do a 33% too. Haven't seen glycerin rivers in my soaps in years. Not since I first started making soap and was using a higher water %.
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    An observation

    Why not call it Don Juan?... There is a red rose named after him and I used to have a Don Juan red rose bush in my backyard. Everytime I think of red roses I think of Don Juan..sigh!😉
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    Glycerine Rivers!

    Those are pretty. Don't know the answer to your black oxide question but I found I quit getting glycerin rivers when I lowered the amount of TD I used. For a 5 lb batch I use about 2 tsp for an overall whitener. For a batch I am doing multiple colors and one is white I use no more than 1 tsp per lb. PS-- I like the lines too, think they add character to your finished soap.
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    Yes. Haven't heard from you in a while. Good to see you back.
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    An observation

    The majority of my candle scents are my own blends, but I do have a limited few and at least a couple of these I keep the same name as the supplier's just because I like it. It just seems natural to me to be creative with names I think because there used to be so many other local chandlers I wanted mine to stand out. Now there are much fewer chandlers around but the urge to be competitive just stuck. Maybe I should count my blessings?!!
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    Rice Flower & Shea

    Been a long time since I made this scent. Used charcoal for the black. In the mold: cut pics:
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    Rice Flower & Shea

    I'll check and get back to you.
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    Nice to have you back!
  11. Trappeur I like the hammered copper look. May I ask what you used to make the indents?
  12. You can only make soap with lye as others have stated. Lye is what is used to make soap. Using a ready made M&P soap base means you don't have to work with the lye since its already saponified. Finding an organic M&P base may be difficult. I don't remember ever seeing one. However, you can find a shea or coconut base or simply use a plain base and add organic ingredients to it. There is organic shea available and organic or virgin coconut you can add to the base.
  13. I love love love ginger lime. Taking it further, ginger, lime, and coconut blended together is truly awesome!
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    Patchouli vanilla blend.

    If you get the right patch you would be surprised. I used to hate it for a long time because I remember living through the hippie era and hating patch. It was used a lot to mask the scent of maryjane and hooch and patch don't blend or smell nice by any stretch of the imagination. But once I tried patchouli honey from Elements I was blown away by this beautiful sweet patch. Been using it ever since and it allowed me to start using the EO again too. Patch blends with lots of scents but one of my favorites is an orange citrus. Wowzer! Its also one of my best sellers in soap.
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    Lard soap

    I find that the closest I can get to matching the feeling of lard in soap is a combo of palm and shea butter. It will give you that lovely creamy feel and texture of lard. But one thing it can not mimic and that is how well a lard soap will clear your skin. A good lard soap works wonders if you have problems with skin blemishes, acne, pimples, etc. It is also fantastic for sensitive and allergy skin types. I have customers that buy my lard soap by the armload telling me its the only soap they have ever been able to use on their sensitive or itchy skin and others who come back to tell me how nicely their skin or their daughters/sons/family members skin has cleared up. I continue to make lard soap just because I have customers who love it. But most of my soaps are still vegan because that is what sells the most in my area.
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    Gel phase

    I never force gel and don't intend to. Not every soaper wants to gel. I have done it before and frankly don't see the benefits one way or the other. But then I do mostly milk soaps and I have heard that other soapers that do milk soaps tend to not force gel. I just see gelling as a matter of preference and not a rule of soapmaking.
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    Does anyone make chocolate soap?

    No I have not made any chocolate soap. Just been thinking about it and the possibilities. Every now and then I debut a new soap just to keep things fresh and new. Every year I drop scents that don't make it as sellers so this gives me openings to try something new.
  18. I made some a few years back and I thought it smelled awesome when I washed with it. But it was such a hard sell to my customers I gave up and never tried it again. Been thinking about trying it again lately so thought I would ask if anyone here has had any success selling it? If so, what chocolate scent do you like best?
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    Hi everyone!

    Welcome to Craft Server!
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    I just can't support it!!

    Tough call when its a friend. I have people ask me all the time to "like" something and 99% of the time I just ignore it. For a really good friend though you just have to use your best judgement. If you can't support it you probably did the right thing.
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    Candle FO in soap?

    This is why I only buy FOs from suppliers that list the info and technical data I need from each fragrance oil and essential oil. I want to see the IFRA sheet showing the exact safe % for soap, lotion, candles, deodorant, etc. If the supplier doesn't bother to have their fragrance tested by the IFRA and show their test info sheet on their website I don't shop from them.
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    How Can You Sell & Profit This Way?

    People undersell themselves all the time. If you want to stay in the business you have to learn how to run your business. So either they will or they will fold shortly. See it all the time. Not everyone is cut out to run a small candle biz.
  23. Cngrats on having a good season! That is always a good reason to toot your horn! Your granddaughter is a keeper! She is beautiful and I'm glad you shared her pic. What a little doll baby!!! Merry Christmas back at you and your family!
  24. Shoot I leave cases of candles in the car all winter long. Since I do markets year round I tend to just leave my supplies in the trunk, including my jar candles packed in their boxes. They stay just fine. Been doing it for years.
  25. peppermint or wintergreen mint. Pink frosting for cupcakes, raspberry, cherry or strawberry yogurt/ice cream, and those pink valentine candies with the little messages on them.