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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: A crumbly kind of salt bar. on: June 21, 2010 10:27:21 PM
I feel silly asking this - but if you don't ask, you never know.........
What is a salt bar? And what are the benifits of it?

In my 10+ yrs of soaping, I've only made goat milk, water and beer soaps.

Thanks!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Noob to soap on: June 21, 2010 10:21:48 PM
Oh.....and I almost forgot - when you pour the lye into the water (never pour water into the lye....)
wear a face mask, or put your shirt over your nose...
do NOT breathe in the fumes - it'll feel like someone with very big steal toed boots is kicking you from the inside out!
And keep the lye water away from children or any furry friends.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Noob to soap on: June 21, 2010 06:38:26 PM
For pyrex containers, or steel pots - I use what I have for cooking BUT...
for anything plastic like spatchulas and molds, I only use these for soaping.
Once you use anything plastic for soap - the fragrance/essential oils will get into the plastic -and never come out......except in your food.
You'll eat it, and get very very sick (been there, done that too lol)
I also bought hand mixers that I only use for soaping

You can also check out second hand stores for most of the supplies you need.
Don't go spending lotsa money if you don't have to.

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Noob to soap on: June 21, 2010 03:40:33 PM
I recommend getting The Soapmakers Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch
Her book is awesome for newbie's and has step by step instructions on how to start.

Use stainless steel pots
--do not use aluminum or tin, or iron or Teflon - the lye will eat right through it and you'll have to throw your soaps out.
Use Pyrex (heat resistance glass bowls for your lye/water)
Spatulas
Digital Weigh Scale
Thermometer
Molds (you can use plastic soap molds, wooden soap molds (lined with freezer paper, or saran wrap, or a plastic bag), an old shoe box with plastic liner in it, a cleaned out Pringles can....)
Safety goggles (I use my reading glasses or sunglasses - but make sure you protect your eyes when you're pouring the lye into the water....trust me, if lye gets into your eye - it's EXTREME pain).
Plastic Kitchen Gloves - the longer the better.
Hand mixer or wooden spoon (I recommend the hand mixer or you'll be stirring till the cows come home)

This is a nice 4/lb recipe to start you off - it makes a nice hard bar of soap with plenty of bubbles - and since it's a simple recipe, you won't be spending big bucks on ingredients to start you off.

Palm Oil 520 grams
Olive Oil 440 grams
Coconut Oil 400 grams
Lye 210 grams
Distilled Water 500 grams
--use approx. 3-4 ounces of fragrance or essential oils

Heat Oils together....then set aside and let cool down.
While your oils cool down add Lye to Water very slowly - wear protective eye ware and plastic gloves.[/b] and stir until all the lye is dissolved in the water.
Using your thermometer, keep checking both oils and lye/water until they both reach approx. 120 deg. F.
Pour lye water into the oils - and stir immediately (by hand or with a hand mixer - at low)
Scrape side of the bowl to insure that all oils are mixed properly in with the lye water.
Once your mixer hits it's "trace" level (trace is when you take your spat Chula and dip it in the oils, and when it drips from the spat Chula it leaves and faint pattern on top of the oils - almost like pudding would).
When "trace" happens it's safe to pour in your fragrance/essential oils.
Make sure you stir this well in order to incorporate the fragrance in with the other oils (if you don't stir it enough, when the soap is "curing" it will "sweat" out the fragrance).
Once the oils have all been mixed properly, you're ready to pour into molds.
Pour soap, level out so that it's nice and smooth on top.
You can cover the mold with a towel or plastic wrap and then set it aside for 24 to 48 hrs.
Uncover the mold, and remove soap from the mold. Cut soap into bar size if you used a log type mold.
Put soaps on a rack, or in a box, and put in a ventilated room for 3-4 weeks.
Half way though the soaps "curing" time, flip the soaps over so that every side can dry out evenly.
After the curing time has passed, you're all set to use the soaps  Grin


Hopefully I didn't miss a step -
And good luck with the soaping! It's supppppppppper addictive.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Soap Cigar Band Tutorial on: June 09, 2010 08:21:51 PM
Yay! Thanks again for the instructions.......
I finally can get all my soaps done!!




*These are soaps for humans that also help animals - $2 from each sale goes to an Animal Charity




Because I could finally make my own wrappers again, I custom made these logos for Queen Street Farms.



6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Where to build a crafty-business website online & where to get templates? on: May 15, 2010 10:22:36 PM
Intuit has a lot of spam and phishing history problems. I wouldn't go there.

I don't know what phishing is, but it dosen't sound good.
Well, thats kinda crappy, I was also thinking of doing my boyfriends website using intuit.....won't anymore, thanks for letting me know.
Guess I'll keep with the "do it from scratch" frontpage that I'm used too.
Monique
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you make bubble bars? on: May 15, 2010 05:50:47 PM
1/3 cup of cream of tartar
1 cup of baking soda
1 cup of sodium laurel sulfoacetate SLS
1/3 cup (more or less) of glycerin liquid
a few drops of water-based soap colorant or food colouring (start with a small amount and add in more if it needs to be stronger)
any fragrance or essential oil (start with a small amount and add in more if it needs to be stronger)
a mold

This is the recipe I use  Smiley
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Keen to make soap, shampoo, conditioner for eczema/sensitive skin on: May 15, 2010 05:44:56 PM
If it's at all possible, when you do get a Dr's appointment, let the receptionist know that you'd like to be put on a waiting list, so that if she/he has a cancellation that you'll take the earlier appt. I do this with my appts.
You can also ask your family Dr if she/he can get you into a specialist quicker - maybe they can call around for you (mine does this).
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Raining Cats and Dogs (...and lots of pix!) on: May 12, 2010 02:54:57 AM
Funny, if you're from Vancouver we know to expect 10 months of rain every year - and two months of insane beauty.
I love your cats and dogs, you have to let me know if you make and sell these.......I'm only a hop skip and a jump again in Abbotsford =o)
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Can't decide on website design! on: May 12, 2010 02:37:59 AM
I like #3 and #4 -
#3 because it's super pretty, and #4 because its clean and easy - too much stuff overwhelms people and they never stay long to view the whole site.
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