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« on: April 02, 2007 06:06:05 AM »

Hi to all the Soapmakers!!! I have been researching how to make soap and I came across these sites that have a kit with everything to make my first batch the first site is from crabapplesoap.com: http://www.crabapplesoap.com/kits.html Does anybody know if they are reputable?  Everything is pre-measured so I would have to buy a scale for the next batch that I make.  The second one is from Brambleberry.com: http://www.brambleberry.com/kits.html (its about half way down called the Cold Process Kit.  I'm leaning towards the first one I just need someone's advice that can help me decide. Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007 08:37:37 AM »

Hi there Mis-stich!

I don't have any experience with Crab apple Soaps, but I've had good luck with Brambleberry products! 

The Brambleberry kit looks good, but you'll have to find the lye on your own.  Depending on where you're located geographically folks here should be able to suggest a lye supplier.

The Crabapple kit looks complete, but personally I'd prefer the brambleberry kit because it looks to be more basic and should teach you how to really make soap from scratch as opposed to using pre-mixed oils and pre-measured lye.

Either way, I strongly recommend that you get a stick blender!  The $10 one from WalMart (or your equivelent) will work just fine.

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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2007 09:30:56 AM »

It seems a bit pricey........I am sure you can find all the supplies for way less than that, it may not have a video BUT I have learned a lot from the tutorials on here.

Good luck, and realize..........THIS IS AN ADDICTION!!

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007 12:53:42 PM »

I LOVE making soaps and body products! I started about a year ago and it's true... once you start, it's an addiction. You'll be collecting every fragrance oil & soap mold you can think of.. haha.

I've never done business with Crabapple but it's cool that I found a new website to look at now. Smiley Brambleberry is wonderful! They ship fast, and send samples most of the time.

Some other websites:
-They sometimes have better deals on some items than Brambleberry, too. I also find it helpful that customers actually review the products so you can get a better idea of what works well and what doesn't.

-I've only used this to get fragrance oils, but they offer some other items, too.

If you need any advice, or have any more questions - feel free to contact me. Good luck!! Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2007 01:45:54 PM »

I have heard that you can mail order Lye from Chemistry.com. I buy mine at Lowes. Home Depot, in my area, does not carry it.

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2007 02:39:57 PM »

Both are reputable.

I would think you might could put together a similar kit yourself with some research and save money.  There are TONS and tons of suppliers online. 

Good luck!

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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2007 07:51:28 AM »

Thank you everybody that's exactly what I'm gonna do. I'm just gonna get everything together myself Smiley  all except for the scale I'll buy online. One question though what type of themometer do I buy like one of those turkey ones that you just stick in?  I saw it in the Soapmaker's Companion book. Thanks Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2007 01:01:17 PM »

I bought a regular food grade digital thermoneter for my soap making. And the scale I bought at Target. but if you want something tat does more than 5 lbs, i'd go online.

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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2007 03:24:23 PM »

Thanks Ginamonster! I'm so excited and I haven't even made any soap yet.

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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2007 07:42:31 AM »

I would do it individually too. 4 pounds is a pretty big mold and if you're first starting out you'll want to do smaller batches so you can experiment more, have less soap (trust me, you'll have too much soap!) and save a lot of money in FO. With CP you need about 1 ounce per pound of oils. With HP I use 1/2 ounce per pound.

For molds you can go to Target and get a drawer divider, shoe box (cardboard boxes work well too) or even a small cat litter pan.

You can get Lye at Lowes for $8.00

Then all you need is a scale (try Bed, Bath and Beyond) some oils which you can get at the grocery store, and some freezer paper or a plastic bag to line your mold.

This article is great for a first timer:
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