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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2009 01:08:00 PM »

Smitten -- I have a spreadsheet like maremare, but also on my curing rack I try to keep all of one bath together, and then put a piece of colored paper with the name, date made & how many bars I have on it, too. That way I can tell at a glance what is what if I'm too lazy to get to my computer!

(hope that makes sense, I'm very limited on computer time and have a beyond frazzled brain right now!)

Oh, and I'd be curious on the technique for the first soap, too. It's SO cool looking.
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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2009 05:38:37 PM »

The tea tree/vanilla soap is now one of my faves. I've been using it every morning Grin It smells mostly of tea tree oil with vanilla subtleties.

To roll the soap, I took the glob of cooled vanilla soap and flattened it into a square. Then took the tea tree soap and did the same, putting it on top of the vanilla soap. I did this on a glass plate and had to scrape it off with a knife, so doing it on freezer paper is probably a better idea haha. Flatten them together a bit, so now you have a flat, square, two layered soap. Start rolling the soap on one end as you would a cinnamon bun. It's probably going to break and crack a bit (mine did) but just keep mushing it back together and rolling. then I shoved it into a Pringles can and banged it on the floor a bunch. voila!

Luckily all my soaps are different sizes/shapes/colors at the moment, so I can tell them all apart!

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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2009 09:35:47 PM »

These look and sound so deliciously yummy!!!

Possibly a total newbie question, but ... since I see there's coffee grounds in there, I'm gonna ask while I have the opportunity, lol!

I took a beginner soap making class a few months back, and a couple weeks later did a few batches at home with a friend. We were just goofing around trying different combinations and it occurred to us to try a coffee .... but, we put in the fresh ground coffee. As it turned out, the whole batch was basically wasted because the coffee was so hard and scratchy.

So, I'm wondering... you used coffee grounds that had been used already to brew a pot, right? Did you have to dry them first, or put them straight in?? Thx!
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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2009 09:42:34 PM »

Thanks!

Yeah, they were used to make coffee that morning. I didn't dry the grounds, just threw them right in! How much did you use? They are a little scratchy, but not to the point where it hurts, just enough to be exfoliating Smiley

I don't really know if there's a difference between using fresh, unused coffee grounds and spent ones though.
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« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2009 04:48:49 AM »

Nesse your rolled soap looks amazing!!! 

I use fresh coffee grounds in my soap and don't have a problem.  It's exfoliating but doesn't scrape your skin off.  You may have just used too much cgaker.  A little bit goes a long way.  I would just try to cut back on the amount that you added.
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« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2009 08:37:46 AM »

Also it might have to do with how finely ground they are.
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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2009 10:49:07 AM »

is that soap!? i thought that was a bar so i can eat hahaha! love it
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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2009 12:06:28 PM »

A little bit goes a long way.  I would just try to cut back on the amount that you added.

QFT. A few teaspoons might not *seem* like a lot, but when you're washing with it, it will be! Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2009 12:20:08 PM »

Yep, I think that might have been the problem ... too much, and probably too "large" of a grind. We made it through one bar before my husband finally confessed it was actually hurting him, and I chucked the rest out. In retrospect, I probably could have melted it down, and filtered some out maybe... hmm..

Oh well, lesson learned!! I loved the smell of it, so I'll try another round with way less grinds added to it!!

Thanks for the suggestions and answers!! Sorry for the post hijack...
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« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2009 03:33:53 PM »

For anyone who is serious about soapmaking, let me suggest a wonderful program that is worth every penny.  I've been using it for several years now.  They recently came out with a new version that is indispensable for the professional soapmaker and extremely helpful for hobbyists who are interested in keeping track of batches, supplies and money spent.

http://soapmaker.ca/
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