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21  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: WEIGHTS AND MEASURES on: February 14, 2007 03:46:25 PM
Water is one thing that is the same in volume as in weight. So you can weigh your water or measure it. Anything else you'll want to weigh.
22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shimmer My Body, Baby! on: February 14, 2007 03:11:30 PM
Get some cosmetic grade mica and add it to a lotion base or body butter. Or if it is powder form you want you can use mica and mix it with arrowroot powder, kaolin clay, rice powder, or cornstartch to make a powder to dust on. I'm not familiar with the product you are talking about but these should give you a nice shimmer to your skin.
23  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Smelly soap - and not in a good way. Any advice?? on: February 14, 2007 03:06:40 PM
I only know of US suppliers but some of them may ship to New Zealand (although shipping prices may an issue). Check brambleberry.com, thechemistrystore.com and thesage.com.  If that doesn't help you I would google online suppliers closer to you and see if you are able to find anything. 
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Smelly soap - and not in a good way. Any advice?? on: February 13, 2007 03:36:41 PM
Did your base have an obvious scent to it before you melted it down? Inexpensive ones can have a chemical smell to them and may overtake the fragrance oil. Was the fragrance you used formulated for use in bath and body products? You want to make sure you are using the right type of oils. Did you burn or overheat your soap when you melted it? Burnt soap can smell horrendous. Those are all some reasons why your soap may not smell nice.  You may have also evaporated off your fragrance oil if it has a low flash point and you added it right after melting. Sometimes you need to let it cool off for a couple of minutes.

Typically you want to use 1/2 to 1 ounce of fragrance oil per lb of soap base, which is about 1 to 2 TBS per lb of base but it depends on the strength of your fragrance oil and what seems right to your nose (always make sure to check your manufacturer's recommended usage rate as well) sometimes you can get away with way less and other times that may not seem strong enough.
25  UNITED STATES / Vermont / Re: er... any other vermonters on the boards? on: February 13, 2007 10:12:00 AM
Hi! I just joined Craftster today. I'm located in Lamoille County. It's nice to see that some"locals" are here! Anyone do craft shows around the state? Just curious if I've ever run in to any of you before!
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