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  1. Cold Process Soap Tutorial By RobinInOR There are three main types of soap making. Melt and Pour soaping involves melting a premade base and being creative with color and fragrance. In Hot Process soaping, you cook the ingredients all the way through the process, adding heat to speed the reaction. In Cold Process soaping, you do not add extra heat to the reaction; you let the heat generated by the chemistry drive the process. Each process has its benefits. M&P is extremely easy, and can be very creative and colorful. Hot Process gives you soap that is ready faster than Cold Process, and gi
  2. Cold Process Soap Tutorial By RobinInOR There are three main types of soap making. Melt and Pour soaping involves melting a premade base and being creative with color and fragrance. In Hot Process soaping, you cook the ingredients all the way through the process, adding heat to speed the reaction. In Cold Process soaping, you do not add extra heat to the reaction; you let the heat generated by the chemistry drive the process. Each process has its benefits. M&P is extremely easy, and can be very creative and colorful. Hot Process gives you soap that is ready faster than Cold Process, and gi
  3. I promised myself that I was starting to make product for market starting in March, so I'm off and running. Lots of markets are starting already, but mine doesn't start til May. This feels like a lemongrass and ginger type of weekend again, I think. What kind of scents will you be working with? And remember the time change for those in states that change time!
  4. Does it feel like spring in your area, or are you still in the depths of winter? I'm finding it hard to stay inside and work when it's nice outside Labeling lip balms is in the forecast for this weekend - I've got about a hundred to do. And I've got some orders that need to ship, I'm a bit behind. I'm also waiting for an offer on a new job - I really think I've got it, so maybe Monday or Tuesday I'll be able to post in off topic. (Jewelry making people might be a wee bit jealous ) Have a great weekend, and have fun!
  5. Happy Friday indeed! Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day. Today my pot includes a phone interview for a new job - all you beaders, wish me luck! It's at Fire Mt Gems 4 hours to go, and I'm nervous. Then this weekend I'll settle down hopefully and accomplish something, like the Lemongrass I didn't get done last weekend. What's smelling up your place this weekend?
  6. Happy almost Valentine's Day! Anyone doing a special show this weekend? I'm so ready for spring. Waiting on the outcome of a job interview from Wed - nerve wracking (even though I already have a job, I'm not too fond of it) Working on lots of rose items for local sale - people at work are wanting gifts for next week. And I'll be doing more lemongrass - reminds me of summer. Hmmm, doesn't sound like a good mix of scents in the basement - rose and lemongrass Have a great weekend!
  7. That is if it's not a Super Bowl party Happy Friday - it's gorgeous out. Another 2" of snow made the trees so pretty on the drive in. Think I'll celebrate the snow by doing something in eucalyptus. I'm in the mood for something new. Euc/Lemon? Euc/Lav? Anyone ever do anything unusual with euc? I've got some menthol crystals, maybe I'll throw some of that in as well. What's up with you this weekend?
  8. Brrr, trying to stay in out of the cold - 15F here. This weekend is definitely a working weekend - get orders out, then make most of my unscented soaps for the first half of the year - plain, cornmeal & honey, triple oat honey. And working on another resume - still trying to leave this job because it's driving me crazy What new research is everyone doing? Anyone changing waxes, or looks, or anything else major?
  9. I tried one of those signs that sticks on the inside by static, and in the heat of the summer it always came unstuck. Never did work right. So this year I got a custom license plate - that's not going anywhere Got the website to match it too, so if anyone local is curious and puts it into their browser it will end up on my site. Course now I've got to make sure the Cherokee is nice and clean, all the time. Dirty car - soap sales - not a good mix
  10. My favorite day of the week Can't wait to get out of here and into the weekend to work on fun stuff. For me it's going to be a packaging weekend. I've got to rename my tooth soap (dang C&D letter), and I'm designing some new packaging for soap sets. Then work some more on a rosemary blend I'm trying to develop - just can't get it right. I'm into herbal this weekend. Maybe something eucalyptus as well. This is my last pure R&D weekend after shipping orders - then I've got to go back into restocking mode. What's everyone else pouring? Taking advantage of a slower month (if it is for yo
  11. UM blue gets me blue - I find it's stable. A little too bright if I use too much. Fluorescent even Maybe try another vendor? Sounds like their UM blue was actually colored with FD&C dyes or something.
  12. Nope. You may start running into problems with the wicking. Flames might drown out. I've had some fragrances where I had problems with the wicking - I bumped the amount of FO down and actually got better performance.
  13. I'm finally feelling like starting to work on things for the new year. So this weekend is going to be lemongrass. Lots of lemongrass soap, and labeling the remaining lemongrass lip balms. That should clear out the cobwebs in my head What's up with everyone else? Sounds like people are getting into gear for Valentines day. Have a great weekend!
  14. Some fragrance manufactures to start you off: Royal Aromatics Shaw Mudge IFF Lebermuth You can look at the RIFM member list and find some names as well http://www.rifm.org/rifm_members.asp
  15. Actually, both lemongrass and litsea aren't citrus, so their photosensitizing elements are very small - no where near true citrus (bergamot, lemon, lime, orange)
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