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41  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brainstorming happy baby soap on: April 06, 2010 06:47:03 AM
Mojo jojoba!! That's freaking awesome.

I'd have to call on dibs on Cocoa Buttercup because my daughter is obsessed with Buttercup. Cheesy
42  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brainstorming happy baby soap on: April 05, 2010 11:59:08 AM
And the day was saved....

Thanks to, The Powerpuff Girls!

Er... the Powersoap Girls? Eh, we need to work on that.
43  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Shampoo bar! (Recipe plus guide of sorts) on: April 05, 2010 10:04:33 AM
Awesome!  I didn't know if those oils had particularly hair-friendly qualities.  Good to know subbing's all right--though I'll bet mango butter would smell lovely....

I have been meaning to say that sadly, mango butter does not smell like mangoes. It just smells like, well, oil. It has a slightly "tropical" undertone to it, but it's mostly oily smelling.

If it did smell like mango, it's be the only oil I ever used! Mmmmm I looooove mango. Cheesy
44  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brainstorming happy baby soap on: April 05, 2010 08:33:03 AM
Rice Bran is nice for babies. But honestly my favorite is to do 30% lard/tallow/palm/veggie shortening (whichever floats your boat!) and 70% olive oil. It's a modified castile and it's so gentle. 100% olive is nice (a true castile soap), but it can be on the soft side, and feel slightly slimy when wet. I don't mind it, but some folks aren't so fond, lol. So I add the 30% solid oil to give it slightly more body.

The biggest thing with babies is you don't want their skin drying out. So I tend to avoid coconut or palm kernel because lather doesn't equal clean, and it's so drying. Smiley
45  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random soapy babble thread on: April 05, 2010 08:13:10 AM

Actually Australia prides itself on being multicultrual... and certain suburbs (in my city: Brisbane) seem to be rich in certain cultures and I DO know where an Afrikaans grocer is but its not very close to where I live. I do live close to a China town and theres a whole bunch of Asian grocers... Maybe I'll have to go check them for oils! Oh and Aussies love our generics! I mean why would I pay $2 for salt when I can get it for 89c! hehe

Ah cool, definitely check the markets in the Asian area. You'll be surprised what you can find, and the prices are generally much cheaper.

Just make sure you get coconut oil, and not virgin. That tends to be pricier. I taught a class a few years ago and a gal ranted about how expensive coconut oil was, and it turned out that she bought virgin from Whole Foods. Holy cow, lady! Cheesy
46  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: CP/HP Soap Swap! SIGN-UP 03/25/10 - 04/07/10 (Send out 05/12/10) on: April 04, 2010 03:01:12 PM
Indeed, Maremare is correct. I'd like people to have at least 4-5 batches under their belt before joining the swap. Though this is, by no means, restricted to pros!! Depending on how folks feel, we will most likely do one of these in the fall, too. Get a few batches made, get more comfortable with the craft and we'd love to have you next round. Smiley
47  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: CP/HP Soap Swap! SIGN-UP 03/25/10 - 04/07/10 (Send out 05/12/10) on: April 03, 2010 08:29:46 PM
I don't know how you cold process people do it... no way I can wait WEEKS to use my soap ..

Oh! I didn't realize you were an HP soaper! That's awesome, I think you're our only HP-er, so it'll spice things up!

I love HP soap, but it always seems like such a hassle to me, lol. I think once you learn one way, the other seems so totally alien, hehe. Cheesy
48  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random soapy babble thread on: April 03, 2010 07:33:03 AM
How much do you guys spend on say, a 40 oz batch of soap? I feel like I spend over $30 on basic oils and I'm not sure if I'm overpaying. :/

See if this maybe helps: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341162.msg3990016#msg3990016
49  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random soapy babble thread on: April 03, 2010 07:06:10 AM
As a rule of thumb, I tend to be wary of volume measurements, but so long as you can figure out rough weight equivalents, it might not be terrible.

Question about the coconut oil: do you have any ethnic grocery stores in your area? Being in Australia, do you have any Afrikaans, or Indonesian/Thai grocers? Coconut oil is a BIG cooking oil in those cultures, and you can find generally find it there. When I lived in a more "ethnic area" of Denver, I used to get really cheap coconut oil at the Afrikaans market on Colfax.  I would have to imagine that, given your geographic location, there is *something* there? Or do you have any specialty markets? Coconut oil is also big in vegan/allergen-free cooking, here in the states.

Shortening, as MareMare said, is a superior option (cost-wise... and I would honestly argue soap-wise, too Wink) to palm oil. It's generally really cheap, too, if you get the generic. I have to assume Aussie groceries have generics? Gosh I suddenly feel so clueless about Australia...

I do agree with MareMare in buying a fragrance in bulk. It might hurt your wallet initially, but in the long run it'll pay off. Lavender, vanilla, something citrusy or any floral you're particular to might be a good idea.

That's it MareMare: we're freakin' moving to Australia and opening an affordable soap supply store. Done! Million-dollar idea right there!
50  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: CP/HP Soap Swap! SIGN-UP 03/25/10 - 04/07/10 (Send out 05/12/10) on: April 02, 2010 03:36:53 PM
hehe, nothing wrong with that! Except the waiting part. Nothing doing about that! Grin
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