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« on: February 03, 2010 10:56:46 AM »

Just wanted to share my first soaps, I'm addicted already!

My first batch was olive oil, coconut oil, and lard. Left this one unscented to keep things simple and get a feel for the whole soapmaking thing.  I didn't have a mold so I used a few empty milk cartons. They warped a little during the curing but I think it turned out really well for my first batch! This one was cpop, big thanks to OhHappyDay for her tutorial, it was a great beginner recipe and helped me not to be afraid to give soap making a try!

My second batch was olive oil, coconut oil, and soybean oil. I used strong coffee in place of the water (phew did that stink!), and added hazelnut cappuccino and fresh brewed coffee fragrances as well as some used coffee grounds at trace. Made this one in a mold my dad made for me (thanks, Dad!), and attempted to oven proccess, but it started to get foamy on top, any ideas on that? Everything seems okay, no zap and it smells great and is curing nicely.

Just did my third batch last night with palm oil, coconut oil, and olive oil. Added Oatmeal, milk & honey fragrance and some ground oatmeal at trace. I left this one out to try to prevent gel, but up close it looks like it might have paritally gelled? Not really sure? Anyhow, it sliced up nicely and I can't wait to see how to cures! I think it might brown a little since the fragrance said it contains vanilla (this one was from WSP).

Anyway, I'm really excited about how my first attempts have turned out! No complete failures yet, but I don't expect every recipe to turn out as nice as these ones, haha.

Thanks for reading and offering opinions!
Oh and the soaps are all actually pretty nice and straight despite how the photo looks.  I took it on my phone and the angle was kind of wierd?  LOL

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2010 11:54:39 AM »

I don't know a thing about soap making so your post was like reading a foreign language. lol
But they look great and sound luscious!
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2010 12:27:28 PM »

Soap making is an area I would like to explore, and reading your post sure made me more curious about it. Thanks for the inspiration I would glady try this and post the outcome.
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2010 12:47:23 PM »

Those look great hon! How does the coffee one smell? When I made coffee soap it stunk like ammonia for months and months and then the stink finally cured out and it was lovely. In general, I try to not oven process soaps that use "weird" liquids since often they can be superheaters.

In my limited experience with trying to make non-gel soaps, they need to be in individual molds, I just can't get the whole log to not gel (even sticking the log mold outside in the snow) and have gotten some ugly partial gels. Yours doesn't look like a partial gel, it looks gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2010 01:00:42 PM »

I don't see traces of partial gel, either, it looks fab! In fact I am awed by how perfect your additive settled on a first go-around! Smiley

I have no idea about the foaming as I don't oven-process, however my guess would be overheating. As Mare said, some liquids can really overheat quick when you oven-process.

I think they all look fabulous! Welcome to the soapers club!! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2010 01:02:47 PM »

Thanks everyone, it is like a foreign language at first but it's really not too complicated once you understannd the lingo and how the process works, Smiley

MareMare, the coffee one smells really nice now! The lye water really stunk and it did smell for the first few days of curing but it smells really sweet like the fragrance oil now.  Maybe the oven process helped with that?  It did gel super quickly after I put it in the oven, probably due to the coffee.  

Thanks for your compliments, it was really fun to do!  Can't wait to make some more.... I'm thinking either a honeysuckle bar or maybe a pomegranite shaving bar with clay in it?

I thought about using some blueberry tea (really strong brewed, purple/pink color) to color a batch, any experience with using brewed tea as a colorant?  I thought if I reserve some of the water before adding lye and then add strong tea at trace then I might have a better chance of the color sticking.
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2010 01:04:49 PM »

I've only ever used green and herbal (usually clearish in color) teas in my soaps, I've never tried a colored one so I don't know how it would hold up. Could be fun, though!
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2010 01:06:20 PM »

Here's a truly ugly partial gel, the one I stuck out in the snow. It has goat's milk so I should have known it was a lost cause to try to make it not ge (but, conversely, was the reason I wanted it to not gel, to get that nice cream color). Fail.

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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2010 01:47:28 PM »

MareMare - I feel for you, I have had the same thing happen before and it sucks

dianamariemtv - about the tea as a colourant, yes you can use tea, but the colour may not be what you want in the end. A good place that will give you some great information on natural colourants can be found here: http://crafty.dyskolus.com/coloring/coloring.html

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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2010 01:57:46 PM »

I love how earthy they look and sound.
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