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« on: October 22, 2006 11:35:24 PM »

Ive just spent hooouurs going through all the posts here about soaps and i've decided i'm definitely gonna give it a try. Got a couple of questions before i do-
1. Can you use regular FOOD colouring or does it have to be special soap colouring?
2. Will all additives just sink to the bottom with M&P soaps no matter what, or is there some way to stop this?
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2006 04:29:06 AM »

I never worked with M&P just CP. But I'm assuming it holds that you don't want to use food colouring in either. It stains, well everything, but in this context most importantly it stains skin. Skin safe colourants are one of the cheapest parts of soapmaking and worth the effort and expense.

I would assume as well that if you want additives to stay floating you need to control the temperature of the soap when you add the stuff and pour it into the molds. If it's too hot, it'll sink, but if it's cooling down and solidifying it should remain suspended. At least that's the rule of thumb with body butter and glitter.


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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2006 05:47:01 AM »

Thanks a lot!

Just thought id ask about the colouring as i had a quick squiz at my nearest craft store...and they really didnt have much. A block of Glycerine & about 2 essential oils was the extent of their soapmaking section  Roll Eyes

I'll read around a bit more on the net about the additives, the temp thing sounds spot on though! Ta!

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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2006 06:26:47 PM »

They also make a 'suspension' melt and pour base that is designed to hold your additives and keep them from sinking to the bottom. You can find it at most places online that sell the soap bases.
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