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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Homemade Soap and Shampoo on: August 17, 2010 10:12:28 AM
Thanks for some great information!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Homemade Soap and Shampoo on: August 16, 2010 07:37:11 PM
Great idea!  Thanks. Smiley
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Homemade Soap and Shampoo on: August 14, 2010 05:53:10 AM
Yep, that's the search I used & the site I looked at.  Casey is a little more than 50 miles away.  I'm going to check very carefully in the local area before I drive that far.

ETA:  I thought that was the search site I used, but actually it wasn't now that I pulled it back up.  The Chemistry Store is where I found the lye though.  The thought didn't occur to me to check the next state since we're on the border.  I can find 9 oz of lye there & still pay nearly $10 shipping.  That's crazy!  For right now, I want a small amount of lye so that I can try it before investing in a bulk amount.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Homemade Soap and Shampoo on: August 13, 2010 08:55:26 PM
That's funny because I've been sitting here googling all sorts of things - making different type molds, making cutters & suppliers.  There's 2 in SC that I can find, but only one has lye.  It's $21.71 for 2 lbs. (includes shipping & tax).  Or I could drive 53 miles to pay $10.70 to pick it up at the warehouse & probably use enough gas to equal the shipped cost.  LOL  I sure hope I find it locally!

I'm loving the idea of heating some PVC & smooshing it a bit to make an oval log mold.  The cut bars look so elegant.

Got a question about the soap itself.  When I tried Dr Bronners liquid castile as the surfactant in my homemade herbal shampoo it dried my scalp out so bad that I couldn't use it.  My scalp peeled almost like a sunburn & itched like crazy.  It was nasty!  Are the solid homemade castile soap recipes, in your opinion, in any way similar to the liquid store bought castile soap, or are they a whole different animal? 

5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Homemade Soap and Shampoo on: August 13, 2010 07:08:37 PM
No soap suppliers that I know of, but we do have a chemical supply place.  I'll have to call them next week.  I've never used them, so don't know if they're, more or less, open to the public.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Homemade Soap and Shampoo on: August 13, 2010 04:37:45 PM
Thanks.  Lowe's & Home Depot were on the top of my list of places to check when the kids head back to school next week.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Homemade Soap and Shampoo on: August 13, 2010 10:07:36 AM
Thanks for the reply!  To be on the safe side I think I'll use a box.  Every time we get a shoe box my daughter turns them into a room & decks them out with furniture & decorations she makes out of mini boxes, & various craft supplies.  Won't be surprised if we have an interior designer or architect in the making.  I'll have to see if I can find a box she hasn't used.   Cheesy

Great advice about using the plain water with my first batch.  The possibility of odd things happening hadn't even crossed my mind.  This would give me a sort of control group to judge another batch by using the herbal infusion later. 

The hardest thing right now is finding the lye.  I checked an Ace Hardware this morning & they don't have it.  I'll be checking other local stores before ordering any online.  Love keeping the money local when I can.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Homemade Soap and Shampoo on: August 12, 2010 08:39:51 PM
ok..I asked a soaping friend of mine..seriously why didnt I ask her before I dont know..anywho,she gave me this recipe..now,if you try it let me know..(you'll probably get to it before me-I'm moving and all)

here it is..

Shampoo Bars

3 oz. Castor oil
3 oz. Coconut oil
4.75 oz. olive oil


1.45 - 1.5 oz. lye
3 - 4 oz. water

2 tsp. EO

Directions: Rub bar on hair. Lather. Rinse well.
It will leave your hair squeaky clean..
I've been making a Rosemary Mint liquid shampoo for about 6 months now using a bit of baby shampoo as the surfactant.  I'm intrigued by the thought of these shampoo bars, but am new to making bar soaps.  To start small, I thought of trying this recipe & using the same herbal infusion in place of the water in this recipe & add rosemary & mint EOs added at trace.  

I have read the tutorials on how to make the HP & CP soaps to get an idea of where to start, but I have no idea about judging the finished product to know what to expect.  Do you have any suggestions for what size container to use as a mold for this recipe.  I was thinking maybe a loaf pan.  

This may be a dumb question, but does it matter what type olive oil is used?  In other words, the plain dark olive oil, light, extra virgin.  I know I have light in the house, but didn't know if it would work the same in soap as the regular olive oil.

TIA for any info as I learn to navigate the site & learn the art of making soap.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Shampoo bar! (Recipe plus guide of sorts) on: August 11, 2010 06:55:31 PM
This recipe sounds great! 

At the risk of sounding like the total newbie that I am, where do you find is the best place to acquire avocado & jojoba oils and mango & cocoa butters? 

Also, does this weigh the hair down or can I still get some volume?
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