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Leilani79
« on: December 23, 2009 03:47:05 AM »

Hello Everybody!

I have the following problem:
I bought myself a piece of soap a few days ago. It was pretty expensive and smells
very good.
Unfortunately, I seem to be allergic against an ingredient, because after using the soap,
my skin got very hot and had a very christmassy red color...  Sad

Does anyone have an idea what to do with this bar of soap now?
I searched online, but I found only recipies to make new soap or liquid soap out of
soap.

Has anyone ever used soap in a sachet for the closet or something like that? Will it make stains in my clothes?

Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2009 05:46:12 PM »

Bummer! What are the ingredients? I'm just curious what you were allergic to in the bar, or if it was improperly made and it's lye heavy.

You could put it in a drawer to use as a sachet or hang it like how you were thinking. It shouldn't be leaking any kind of oil to rub off on clothes, but you still might want to wrap it in tissue paper or put it inside a bit of an old nylon or a little organza bag or something so the smell can get through but it's not directly touching anything.

You could also make laundry detergent with it, it's pretty easy and there are a couple ways to do it, either shredded and cooking it with water, borax, and washing soda to make a liquid, or shredding/drying and pulverizing it to make a dry powder.
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2009 07:23:09 AM »

I am totally curious about what ingredients are in that bar of soap...

but as maremare said itll make an AWESOME sachet for your drawer or closet..I use an organza bag in my closet but in the drawer I lay it plain and I have NEVER had an oil leakage issue but I am NOT sure what is in the soap so I would wrap it in something else..

are you feeling better???
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2009 03:24:55 AM »

I'm better - thanks for asking. The redness and the hot feeling disappeared after a while.

Unfortunately, I already threw away the wrapper that was around the soap, so I don't
know what the ingredients are. Who knew that I could need it...  Sad
I checked the homepage of the people I bought it from, but I couldn't find my soap there.
It was a soap with honey, orange and cinnamon.
I have never reacted that way to a soap, so I didn't think about the ingredients at all.

I think I'll really put a part of it in a bag and hang it in my closet.
And I really like the idea of making laundry detergent from it. As it is a large
piece of soap, I have enough to do both.

Thank you for your help and ideas!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2009 12:04:16 AM »

Ugh that sucks, I hate when that happens! I'd advise using it either as a sachet or popping it in your guest bathroom or on a pretty display pedestal. Just because you're allergic doesn't mean others are, right?

Personally I'd avoid the laundry soap route if it's an actual allergy, but that's just because I have VERY sensitive skin. From your reaction, it could just be an irritant factor (tons of stuff irritates my skin!), and maybe diluting it in the laundry soap method would help. Worst case you have laundry soap to give as gifts.

(Time for the preachy part, lol) In the future, I'd really pay attention to labels. One of the best ways to figure out what's bugging you is to compare labels. But then, again, with my skin (and my daughter's) I'm militant about such things!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2009 10:04:54 AM »

Ooh, I would guess that they used too much cinnamon essential oil, that would definitely fire up your skin! It is definitely a potential irritant.
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2009 05:59:49 AM »

As I never reacted that way to soap, I wouldn't have known what to look for on the label
and I totally trusted the people I bought the soap from...
Huh - who would have thought that good-smelling cinnamon could be so bad for you!
It definitely taught me to be more careful about it in the future!  Shocked
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2009 08:37:16 AM »

Was it bought from a person or a store? If it was from a person, MareMare is probably absolutely correct: they probably used too much cinnamon oil. A lot of people live by the "if a little of something is good, a lot must be awesome!" motto and don't realize that a lot of EOs can be very, very irritating and nigh-dangerous on your skin.
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2009 11:22:21 AM »

It was bought from a person at a market, but she has a stall at this market every year and sells soaps on other markets during the year. She also has an online shop.
It looked very professional to me, otherwise I wouldn't have bought the soap there.

Maybe it was just because my skin reacted sensitive to one of the ingredients (very probably the cinnamon).
Maybe for other people, the soap wouldn't be a problem. I surely won't make anyone try it...

Do you think I should contact her and tell her about this?
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2009 12:41:27 PM »

I definitely would. Sometimes even the most seasoned soapmakers make mistakes. Hell, I'm still not living down the infamous "lemongrass" incident in this house, lol!

I'd call and just be very friendly and tell her your experience. As a crafter, I always appreciate feedback to my product, especially if it caused someone some irritation; I'd not want to sell any more of that particular soap. Smiley
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