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« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2009 09:41:42 AM »

Hi!

Your soaps just look beautiful!  I have just made soap using the tutorial that you suggested at the beginning but I'm not sure where to go from here.  Where did you get your next "recipes" from.  I'm not sure that I 'm ready to start using the soap calculators yet!!



Thank you for the compliment.  Smiley

After the initial tutorial, I branched out into recipes from books.  I bought Smart Soapmaking by Anne Watson (highly recommended!) and The Soapmaker's Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch. 

When I had just a couple of batches under my belt from those books, and after determining the types of oils that come up again and again in different recipes, I decided I wanted to come up with my own formulas.  It's really not difficult, but reading up on what properties different oils have and what is required to have a good, sudsy, hard bar of soap is important.  Also, for a lye calculator I prefer to use SoapCalc (www.soapcalc.com), but there are lots of great ones out there.  Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2009 09:52:19 AM »

All of your soaps look wonderful!  Did you use essential oil or fragrance oil for the cedar soap??  I LOVE that smell, but I worry that the smell would dissipate too fast.  That's a scent that I would literally keep near my bed to go to sleep with.  lol   Grin   

And for the face soap, what oils did you use?? I've been trying to come up with a soap for my kids and I that wouldn't make us break out, but I have no idea which oils cause pimples and which don't.  Huh 

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Thanks.  Smiley  I used an FO in the cedar-y soap.  It seems to be sticking pretty well, too.  It's from WSP and called "Cashmere Woods." 

I kinda just used some random oils for the face soap...don't know if I really made them "correctly"  but I used one of the oily skin bars and it seemed to work pretty well.  Smiley  As far as I've gathered, it's good to stay away from high oleic oils for use on the face, but beyond that I couldn't tell you for sure.  Some of the more experienced soapers could probably speak to this.  It's also really hard to tell what will work for any one person when it comes to skin care - what works for one person may not work for another.  So, I guess I would recommend small batches and trial & error!  Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: September 07, 2009 12:40:06 PM »

All Beautiful Soaps. I especially like the red palm oil ones- I'm not familiar with it. I'll have to look into that. Great pics too.
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« Reply #34 on: January 14, 2010 12:24:48 PM »

Wow!  Thanks!  I'm speechless.  Smiley
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