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  1. How to build a soap recipe - Part Uno Please note, this is only a general get started guideline. Some awfully strange recipes make fantastic bars of soap, and you’ll never know unless you try it! For soapmaking instructions and precautions, please see Robin’s CP tutorial. I’m going to assume you’ve printed it out, and read it forward, backwards, and can recite it in your sleep. Ok, many bars are comprised of 50% hard oils and 50% soft oils. There are many variations, but we’re keeping around here for simplicities sake in teaching. Yes, I know if you soap with 20% hard oils you can still get a good bar and vice versa.How to build a soap recipe - Part Uno Please note, this is only a general get started guideline. Some awfully strange recipes make fantastic bars of soap, and you’ll never know unless you try it! For soapmaking instructions and precautions, please see Robin’s CP tutorial. I’m going to assume you’ve printed it out, and read it forward, backwards, and can recite it in your sleep. Ok, many bars are comprised of 50% hard oils and 50% soft oils. There are many variations, but we’re keeping around here for simplicities sake in teaching. Yes, I know if you soap with 20% hard oils you can still get a good bar and vice versa. Cleansing: Coconut Oil, Palm Kernal Oil, Babassu Oil Soft Oils: Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernal, Avocado, Castor, Hazelnut, Hemp, Meadowfoam, Olive, Passion Fruit, Rice Bran, Soybean, Walnut, Wheat Germ Hard Oils: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Kokum Butter, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Palm Kernal Oil, Lard, Tallow We’ll start out with the hard oils. You know you want a cleansing bar, and the cleansing oils just happen to be hard oils. More than 15% coconut may dry your skin and be itchy, and more than 20% palm kernel oil may do the same. (I’m not to familiar with the babassu) Now, these are very inexpensive oils, so you want to use the max possible without getting dry skin, and for maximum bubbleage. (I like that word, bubbleage.) Once you have your cleansing percentages figured out, add them up and see how much you have left out of the 50%. Like this: 15% Palm Kernal +15% Coconut ----- 30 % So, I have 20% more to fill in hard oils. Please note that most butters don’t need to be used at more than 5%, more is usually a waste. We’re going to throw in some palm as it makes a nice hard bar, resists melting in the tub, and can take the soap into trace sooner. Lets say 15%, as it’s an inexpensive oil too. If you don’t have any palm, or prefer it, use lard.. It makes an awesome bar of soap! It also slows tracing time if you feel you may want extra time for that swirl! So, we have the 30% from above, plus the 15%, which totals 45%. Time to pick a butter for some label appeal! This one is personal preference. I’ll say cocoa for this one. Here’s the total breakdown we have so far: 15% Palm Kernal 15% Coconut 15% Palm or Lard +5% Cocoa Butter ------- 50% total hard oils Ok, now to the soft oils. What oil tickles your fancy? You know as well as cleansing bar, you want to feel soft once you're out of the tub. Anything that just sounds like it feels good? I think avocado sounds good, and apricot kernel sounds pretty cool too. So, we’ll use 10% of each of those to keep the expense down, while imparting wonderful conditioning. You can use more as your wallet allows and as you experiment. Feel free to plug in any of the above oils in the soft oils category, as all the ones I choose to list are highly conditioning. Here’s where we are with the soft oils: 10% Avacado 10% Apricot Kernal +10% Sweet Almond -------- 30% total soft oils Now, we’re going to add the rest in olive or rice bran oil, as then are nice and inexpensive, but don’t let the price fool you, these are wonderful oils! 10% Avacado 10% Apricot Kernal 10% Sweet Almond + 20% Olive --------- 50% total soft oils Now, we add this to the above hard oils and it’s going to look like this: 15% Palm Kernal 15% Coconut 15% Palm or Lard 5% Cocoa Butter 10% Avacado 10% Apricot Kernal 10% Sweet Almond + 20% Olive ------------ 100% and a kick bootie bar of soap. Next lesson, how to use sooz! (Ok Robin, feel free to take over anytime here..lol) Please note, I didn’t list all the available oils or butters, I just choose the most common ones I have seen used in soaping. This is just a very basic instruction, none of this is set in stone. Be creative, play with percentages, and have fun! Please ask questions if you have them! And get the soaping pot out! Click here to view the article
  2. Bunny

    Tagline too close for comfort?

    Ah Soy - I didn't mean to call any members out on this, only to discuss my feelings and if I was right or wrong. Seems to me from the general opinion here, I'm wrong. Yours is a tag line, mine is a business name. If you love it, please put it back.. ((hugs))
  3. Bunny

    Tagline too close for comfort?

    Ok.. Now check this one out.. Someone just PM'd me with lotions and potions oh my! It's not a business name, where you click to get to the lotions and potions. Now, that one is too close for comfort.. I can't believe! Now I'm getting pissed... But it's still not a company name, or a tagline like the above. Guess it's time to get some paperwork in order.
  4. Bunny

    Tagline too close for comfort?

    Ya'll are right, the products are not the same. And I'm not freaking out over here, just a little miffed. I'm glad to hear two things: 1. That ya'll are honest with me. I appreciate that greatly! 2. That my name has a better flow! LOL! Ok, I know it was wrong, but I loved seeing that! I'm headed to bed, ya'll have a great night!
  5. Ok, I'm Lotions and Potions and Soaps Oh My, and was fiddling around the net like I always to, and came across a company with the name "Butters, Bubbles, and Bombs Oh My" and it's kinda perturbing me. I know the first three are different, but everything for me is Oh My bath bombs or Oh My blah blah.. I mean, everyone here helped create it, and it has a very special meaning to me. Would you be miffed? Just curious as to opinions here.. No flaming or hollering, just opinions from all sides please!
  6. Bunny

    Hey Bunny!!! Look what I made

    The second cream soap looks fantastic!!!!! Did you like the whole process! I love it, and need to make more also!
  7. Bunny

    Oh Hell, Liquid Soap Or Bust

    Well..lol Does your unscented LS smell good? Curious now..
  8. Bunny

    Oh Hell, Liquid Soap Or Bust

    I've tried it. While I can't smell the TRO in the finished product, the soap stinks anyhow to me..lol
  9. Bunny

    Oh Hell, Liquid Soap Or Bust

    It like turns to water! I can't believe you're never had one do this! WOW!
  10. Bunny

    Oh Hell, Liquid Soap Or Bust

    Umm.. No. Not in any way shape or form for 95% of the fo's I've tried!
  11. Bunny

    Oh Hell, Liquid Soap Or Bust

    Lol.. When I try that, I get the consistancy I want, and the moment I add my scent it turns totally different.. UGH!
  12. Bunny

    Oh Hell, Liquid Soap Or Bust

    I don't think mine is drying. But it's not as perfect as I would like it either. I just doesn't bubble well yet. I need to play with this some more! Hurry up and go back to work hubby!
  13. Bunny

    Oh Hell, Liquid Soap Or Bust

    I'm totally confused by this statement, as it seems to contradict itself. If you add excess lye it takes away the superfat, and without calculating it to 0, it very well may be lye heavy. I'm not understanding at all.
  14. Bunny

    Oh Hell, Liquid Soap Or Bust

    Do not superfat! Ummmm.. Do really wait til the goop is translucent.. Do not expect it to be any other color than amber. It's gonna be amber.. Floggings!
  15. Bunny

    Honey melt and pour base??

    Mmmmm Lurkin. Looks like a fantastic recipe to add to the recipe section! Would hate for someone to miss it here!
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