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About CareBear

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    Long-standing fascination with B&B, but a fragrance avoider till recently!
    Got soap pretty much (kinda). Now working my way up to candles...
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    Jasmine! I LOVE Jasmine. I love heady florals, outdoors scents, and light fruits. I coconut, vanilla. I have a child with a peanut & hazelnut allergy. We're a dry and sensitive skin family!

    No pets in my house - it's way enough to clean up after two kids!

    I'm impulsive and obsessive - so love anything and lots of it!

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  1. Yea just the fresh fruit. No cooked notes or other fun stuff.
  2. Oh great. I actually just need it to smell right OOB! I know - that's weird. So if any of them are decent straight please let me know!
  3. I wish it was a matter of liking - I need one that smells as much like fresh raspberries as possible.
  4. Doesn't matter if it's skin safe - just has to be as real as possible. Thanks,
  5. Cannot CP 100% stearic acid soap. Ask me how I know.
  6. I find that milk works better than water.
  7. Really lovely. I've piped gelling soap onto soap cupcakes and can tell you that stuff is HOT!!! I was able to pipe it while it was gelling - it still came out smooth, but wouldn't wish that experience on anyone. It was for a bridal shower and I was up against the clock so had to push through, but ouchouchouchouch!!!
  8. I don't do candles much any longer, but with soy wax it's often recommended to pour as the wax approaches the "slushy" stage - and is somewhat thick. But regardless of the pour temp, I generally added my FO at about 170, if memory serves - then let it cool in the pour pot until it was the correct temp.
  9. To make fab softener itself toss the epsom salt with bentonite clay to very lightly coat the crystals. You can use regular salt, too. add the oils after, I guess. FOs are more likely to be stable than EOs (in general)
  10. Why would you have to wait for it to come back to them? They need to refund it now. Seriously.
  11. How would you keep the glycerin mixed in?
  12. salt bars - I make a lot... - they are not scratchy once you get past the top layer - more marble-like, actually. - the salt/brine is not drying. actually I find salt bars with as much salt as the equivalent weight to the oils less drying than eithout the salt.
  13. I have one of the candles and it's really nifty. I've not gotten down to the bottom but mine is a fairly shallow dish - I don't anticipate any explosions. Has anyone seen the wicks themselves for sale anywhere?
  14. Fully refined oils have all the proteins (the things to which people are allergic) removed (assuming there is no re-contamination after the fact which is rare IME). Virgin is a less refined oil (and typically so are cold pressed oils) which can have some proteins still in the oil and are more likely to cause an allergic reaction. Fully refined oils should have NO ALLERGENS but if you have a true allergy, don't bank on it. My kids have peanut allergies and although they ate food cooked in peanut oil dozens of times both before and after (by accident) their diagnoses we don't assume that the oil is safe regardless of processing. Because it's not necessary.
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