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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Official Fragrance Oil & Essential Oil Thread! on: December 23, 2009 09:24:10 PM
Thank you so much, ladies  Cheesy Grin Cool!!!! This was really bugging me because these soaps have been smelling just fine for the past couple of weeks, but it seemed like as soon as the water hit the soap, it over-powered the scent.  I'll try out your advice on my next batch of soap.

That perfume bar sounds interesting, Nymeria, I think I might try that sometime soon, too.

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Official Fragrance Oil & Essential Oil Thread! on: December 23, 2009 08:15:38 PM
Well, each batch had 30 oz of oil and I used 3.5 teaspoons of lavender eo for the first batch and 3 teaspoons of orange eo & 2 teaspoons litsea cubeba for the second batch.

It does smell a bit as it lathers but not as strongly as it does when the bar is dry.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Official Fragrance Oil & Essential Oil Thread! on: December 23, 2009 04:06:06 PM
Hi Guys!

I have another question. I've recently made the citrus soap that I mentioned earlier and a lavender scented green tea soap. With each one, however, I've noticed that even though the bar of soap smells good, the scent doesn't transfer to my skin. Is this a common problem? I usually opt for a moderate level of scent, but I'm wondering if I should be more heavy handed with the scent in anticipation of it dissipating.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Long time lurker, first time poster... measuring scents on: December 10, 2009 05:56:36 AM
This is probably old news to everyone else, but I just discovered that the MMS lye calculator website has a link for a frangrance calculator. You plug in the weight of your oils and choose a frangrance and it gives you values for subtle, moderate, and strong scents.

http://www.thesage.com/calcs/fragcalc.html
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Official Fragrance Oil & Essential Oil Thread! on: December 07, 2009 09:12:29 AM
Thanks, Mare Mare, I'll try it.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Official Fragrance Oil & Essential Oil Thread! on: December 07, 2009 09:05:36 AM
Do you think that an Orange Valencia (sp?) EO will hold up well in CPOP? If not, do you know what I could mix it with to help it last?
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: If my green tea soap is brown... on: December 01, 2009 10:37:22 AM
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Sad because it was such a lovely, natural green color to beging with!

Yeah, that's what I thought, too.

Maybe I will just try to make a swirling pattern with the green tea on the next batch to make it look more interesting.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / If my green tea soap is brown... on: December 01, 2009 06:49:08 AM
does that mean that I brewed the tea too strong?

The recipes called for really strong tea, so I used 3 bags steeped in about 12 oz of water. After it finished steeping and cooling it was a nice green color, but as soon as I poured the lye in, it turned dark brown like coffee.

I even saw streaks of red while I was mixing it and waiting for it to trace.

In the future, what can I do to just give the soap a pale green or even an amber color when I'm using green tea?
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Soap making tutorial! on: July 08, 2009 05:34:50 AM
I think that you could definitely use less oils if you wanted to. To be on the safe side, you should probably plug your numbers into a lye calculater to be sure that you're using the right amount of lye.
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Soap making tutorial! on: July 04, 2009 08:31:52 PM
Thanks for the tip, Smittenheart.

I made another batch today using only the CP method and I covered it with saran wrap. I made a stupid mistake on this last batch, though.  I wanted to try to color the top of the soap brown, so I mixed a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder with some soap and then poured that over the rest of the soap I'd already put in the mold.

Sounds good, right?

It turns out that I used a tin that said cocoa mix instead of plain cocoa powder. I didn't realize it until I was cleaning up and went to put the tin back in the cabinet. In addition to cocoa powder, it contained various forms of sugar & milk.  Shocked  I took off the extra insulation and found that it had already started to gel in the center. I guess I'll just have to wait and see how it turns out. I'll be a little more observant next time!  Wink
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