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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Well violets ARE blue. on: February 26, 2008 01:58:27 PM
I made a couple of CP soaps this week.
The first is a violet scented soap that seized up on me and the color morphed. It was supposed to be white with a purple swirl. Instead it's a white and blue layer with a textured top. There's quite a bit of ash on it too. At least it smells great. It's quite moisturizing too. It's about 10% shea butter.




This one is a castile (100% olive oil). I used a light olive oil this time and didn't let it gel. I'm really impressed with the color. It's really white and milky. I just made it last night, so it's still too caustic to try out. The bars were cut right before I took the picture, so they're a little messy. I discounted water to a 25% lye solution, but they still have about a 3 month cure ahead of them. I really hate the slimeyness of unaged castiles.

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Wow! Fast moving violet! on: February 18, 2008 04:31:15 PM
I soaped BB's Violet for the first time tonight. Wow! That fragrance is a runaway train.
I knew it was an accelerator, so I did a RTCP. I added the fragrance to the oils before adding my lye water. After I added my lye, I had the chance to stir it three or four times (I didn't even need a stick blender) before it started tracing. I was hoping to have a pretty purple swirl. So, I separated a bit out to color. I poured my uncolored portion into the mold. When I turned around the to be colored portion had already started to set up. Frantically, I stirred in the color and glopped it into my mold and unsuccessfully tried to swirl. It's chillin' in the fridge right now. I'm not happy.
To top it all off, my purple dye morphed into blue. Never had that happened. I've had blue turn purple and purple turn pink, but never a purple to blue morph. I hope the color will change during cure.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Adding to a store bought lotion? on: February 14, 2008 09:16:33 AM
I have a bunch of lotions that came with perfume. For example I have some that smells like Beyond Paradise and Be Delicious. I never use them because they smell WAAAYY too strong and they really aren't very moisturising.

What I want to know is, can I toss them in a mixer with some shea butter to dilute it some and make it more moisturising?

I've made body butter before, but never lotion. I know lotion needs to contain preservatives and an emulsifier because it has water in it. Since it's premade lotion, there should already be an adequate amount of preservative and an emulsifier in it, right?

It works in my head, but I don't want to waste shea butter. That stuff's expensive Shocked 
Any lotion makers out there with input?

Thanks
Gigi
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / No more dairy - any tips on soy cheese? on: November 25, 2007 01:50:03 PM
I've recently made the decision to stop eating dairy. I'm not going vegan. I came to terms with my omnivore tendencies a long time ago. I just have a problem with consuming the milk of another species, it's just not natural.
I've been doing pretty well. I have plenty of vegan/veggie friends and enjoy most meat/dairy substitutes. However, I'm a huge fan of cheese, but I just can't stomach any of the soy cheese I've come across. The flavor, the texture all of it is just... off. Does anyone have any suggestions for some palatable faux cheese?
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Gotta love seafood on: May 31, 2007 06:42:24 PM
Here's a recipe for a delicious seafood dish... I kinda just eyeballed it as I made it so there aren't exact measurements.

2 tbls olive oil
1 small onion sliced thin
1 clove garlic
2 servings thawed squid and/or scallops (shrimp, clams or lobster would prob work too)
1/2 cup dry sherry
2 tbls parsley
salt and pepper

Heat the olive oil in the pan and saute the onion and garlic
Stir in the seafood of you choice and cook for 10 min covered. Stir occasionally.
Add the sherry, parsley and salt and pepper (to taste) and cook uncovered until most of the liquid has reduced into a wonderful sauce.

It tastes delicious. I would recommend adding diced tomatoes when you put in the sherry and parsley and eating it on its own with bread or tossing it with pasta.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Non-discoloring vanilla on: May 30, 2007 07:07:20 PM
I make CP soap. I've only ever used vanilla fragrance that turns CP soap brown. I'm planning on making a strawberry filled soap. I wanted the soap to be white with a pink strawberry center. I went ahead and ordered Brambleberry's non-discoloring vanilla. After smelling it I'm a little worried about the scent. It says on the website that the scent is not a creamy and realistic as other vanilla. Has anyone used this scent before? Should I go ahead and use a vanilla that discolors my soap?
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Solid conditioner on: May 17, 2007 06:00:45 PM
I'm interested in making some, but all the recipes I've found contain a bunch of crazy chemicals like SLS. I'd like to avoid that at all costs. Is it possible to make a solid conditioner bar without all the chemicals?
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / New soapies on: May 02, 2007 11:45:22 AM
Ooops I broke some rules in my last post. Anyways... I did finally get around to taking pictures of some of the CP soap I've made.

This is the first time I've ever posted pictures of something I've made. I'm scared...I hope you guys like it.

The first one is a Granola Bar soap it doesn't have any fragrance oils, but the natural beeswax, oats, and almonds give it a wonderful scent.




This one is a Tropical Drink soap. It smells like coconut and citrus punch. It has coconut mixed in to make it nice and scrubby.




This is not really a picture of the soap, but it's the only one I have. It's a shampoo bar. It has oils of peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary.




I also have some other soaps that I haven't taken photos of yet. One is mexican chocolate and the other is lilac, sandalwood,vanilla. I want to make a Sangria scented soap, but can't seem to get the scent down. It's always either too winey or too fruit juicy. I need to experiment more.
I'm so addicted to making soap. I don't have enough time, money or space to keep up with all my ideas. I have about 30lbs of soap strewn around my house. My roomies love that they don't need to buy soap anymore, but I think they're getting a little claustrophobic.
Soooo.....  Whadya think?
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Some new soapys (pics) on: May 01, 2007 07:25:32 PM
Which means I finally took pictures of some of my soaps.
This is the first time I've ever posted pictures of something I've made. I'm scared...I hope you guys like it.

The first one is a Granola Bar soap it doesn't have any fragrance oils, but the natural beeswax, oats, and almonds give it a wonderful scent.

http://images.etsy.com/all_images/7/7b2/b8a/il_430xN.7646845.jpg


This one is a Tropical Drink soap. It smells like coconut and citrus punch. It has coconut mixed in to make it nice and scrubby.

http://images.etsy.com/all_images/9/94a/dfc/il_430xN.7649750.jpg


This is not really a picture of the soap, but it's a shampoo bar. It has oils of peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary.


http://images.etsy.com/all_images/2/2f9/33d/il_430xN.7628794.jpg


Soooo.....  Whadya think?
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Spongy soap on: April 18, 2007 11:27:28 AM
I just got a crockpot to rebatch my soap. I've been using a double boiler for sometime now. On Saturday I grated and rebatched some CP soap and it is super spongy. I was hoping it would harden up this week, but no such luck. Has anyone ever run into this problem? What did I do wrong? Should I rebatch it again in an attempt to fix it?
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