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My first ever melt and pour!

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Used SFIC clear base and SFIC cocoa butter base. I'm not sure how I feel about the results.

1) it's pretty gummy. Very soft. Sliced like butter and you can stick your fingernail into it with ease. Will this harden up if I leave it sitting out in the air?

2) the white cocoa butter still has the smell it came with despite adding a little vanilla scent to it. However, I realized later that the vanilla I used was for candles and I'm not sure it can be used in soap!!! Are soap and candle scents all interchangeable?

3) despite spraying the surface of the black soap with alcohol, the white soap is not stuck on very well. You can peel it off with no effort. Maybe I didn't spray on enough alcohol? Maybe it's because my rubbing alcohol is only 70% instead of 99%?

 

I am happy with the black coloured glycerin, used two capsules of charcoal for that. Mixed it with literally one drop of glycerin and two drops of water to make a paste. I think it looks cool! Scented with rootbeer, smells amazing! I was hoping for the frothy look of rootbeer with foam on the top, didn't quite make it and the curls keep dropping off. Also, the most expensive soap I have ever owned! The supplies cost $35 and shipping it was $16. For 8 bars of soap. Yikes! But this is WAY easier than making candles!

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Isn’t it fun to make stuff.  Candles are a gateway to soap and vice versatile.

 

not all FO are interchangeable,p. You need to look up the usage limits for each and every scent. Limits are expressed in % which is by weight just like candles.  Often soap scents can be used in candles but not always. 

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Very Pretty!  you've got a good swirl going there, that is my biggest challenge :)   I've never used cocoa butter base, but my goats milk soaps come out pretty hard.  Layering is tough... you have to time it just right.  I've had quite a few come apart.  Good thing about M&P is that you can remelt the failed layer and try again.  Below is a link to a facebook group called melt and pour soap makers.  VERY good info there and so many talented makers.  I call it my "soap porn" page.  I literally drool over some of the beautiful soaps they make.  welcome to a new addiction :)

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1460683120854552/?ref=bookmarks                                  

 

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Franu, I don't know whether to thank you for the link or not.  Like I need another 'thing' to do! I already have a suitcase, literally a suitcase, full of candles from the last couple months of experimentation. Now soap? This could get so out of hand but I have to say it was so much fun! And if my experiments go wrong, I am in no risk of burning the house down with bad soap! (unlike my bad candles which now and then just go poof!). I have asked to join that group. Now I wait to see if I am acceptable.

 

As for the swirls, they were not really part of the plan. But I was jabbing away at a few of the little white blocks that I wanted further in the soap and I managed a few pretty swirls. Happy accident. Lucky for me it costs too much money to get the base shipped to me otherwise this would get out of hand!

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They look nice and I like the smell of rootbeer, good job. Learning how to make soap is on my To Do List for 2019. I didn't know that there are different types of soaps you can make. I'll have to figure that out too and do my research.

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