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« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2008 03:35:01 PM »

Ahh it totally looks like fudge, not soap. Haha. It looks so great.
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« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2008 04:38:18 AM »

MareMare!
You are a soapin' machine Smiley

And some absolutely yummy looking creations you have there (we need a yum-yum smiley).

Isn't mold lining like the very worst part of the whole process? It is for me. I hate it but I haven't found anything that works as well as freezer paper.
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« Reply #32 on: September 09, 2008 05:04:21 AM »

MareMare!
You are a soapin' machine Smiley

And some absolutely yummy looking creations you have there (we need a yum-yum smiley).

Isn't mold lining like the very worst part of the whole process? It is for me. I hate it but I haven't found anything that works as well as freezer paper.

Yep it sucks! I usually line my molds the day before I make soap! I haven't made anything actually since this last many batches, I'm out of coconut oil. But my mom's gonna buy me 5 gallons for my birthday, woo hoo! I need to make some coconut lime verbena for some swaps!
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« Reply #33 on: September 09, 2008 05:22:23 AM »

I'll be unmolding 8# of Lavender/Mint (I call it Mardi Gras - swirled with mint green & purple) and 12# of Mint/Eucalyptus (swirled with mint green & darker green) this afternoon.

Yesterday I unmolded 8# Mother Earth (a patchouli based soap, swirled with green & brown) and 12# of Lavender (swirled with mint green and white).

I tell ya MareMare, when you get your coconut in, give master batching a try!  Those 5 gallon buckets with locking lids that you can get from home depot or lowes work wonderful to store the master batch.

Coconut Lime Verbena - YUM!  Don't forget to post pictures!!
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« Reply #34 on: September 09, 2008 05:28:05 AM »

Those sound lovely mullerslanefarm!  Do you use essential oils only? What kind of lavender eo do you use? I prefer bulgarian over 40/42, but a friend of mine was doing a trillion batches for a lavender farm, and she passed on some lavender provence eo, and it was the most wonderful thing in the world lol! I'm not even a lavender fan, just like it because it sells well and is so good for your skin!

I remember reading about the master batching before...I think maybe my scale won't work for that or something. I had some reason why I didn't think that would work too well for me  Sad

Oh and I'm gonna run up and get my coconut oil today, I happen to live 2 miles from a soap supply wholesaler! I would cry if I had to pay shipping on a 5 gallon bucket of oil!
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« Reply #35 on: September 09, 2008 05:48:13 AM »

I do have a few fragrance oils but most of my soaps use essential oils.

I do like the lav 40/42, love lavender provence, I just bought a pound of lavendin to try that out (came in last week and I have about an oz left) since I love the scent of the lavendin I'm growing.

I thought I wouldn't like master batching either, but being able to pull out one container and weighing the oils once for a quicky batch won me over.

You are so fortunate to live so close to your supplier!!  I'm dreading having to order another 50# box of PK flakes.  I'm almost out of my 5 gallon bucket of Safflower too.  (I've only found one place that still sells high Linoleic safflower and it's on the east coast).  The rest of my bulk oils, I get from Mike at Columbus Foods (aka SoapersChoice).  He's only a couple hours away but I don't have the time (or the desire) to drive into Chicago traffic.   Shipping kills me. 
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« Reply #36 on: October 01, 2008 09:12:30 PM »

I'm new here...first post!
I have always wanted to try to make those huge bars of soap but just never invested the $$$ for the ingredients.
Where do you sell yours?
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« Reply #37 on: October 01, 2008 09:48:02 PM »

I usually sell at a couple crafts fairs a year, and from that I have a customer base that I sell to. I had a wholesale account with my stuff in a gift shop for awhile, but that didn't last. I do a lot of swaps too.  Grin
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« Reply #38 on: October 02, 2008 06:00:01 AM »

I sell at the local Farmer's Market (indoor, year 'round) every Saturday.  Also have my website and a Local Harvest listing.  I've had wholesale accounts off and on.  It will be 10 years this January that I've been making soaps and I've accumulated a pretty good customer base.  Sometimes I wish I could give up soap making so I could dedicate more time to my fiber arts, but I'd have a mutiny with my customers. 
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« Reply #39 on: October 02, 2008 12:20:46 PM »

wow I bet that would make you so tried!!!! I envy you... I wish I knew how to make soap... I really want to start getting into making bath products!  But being a working college student means no time or money! Sad 
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