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« on: February 14, 2012 05:57:32 PM »

 I am wanting to dabble in making my own soap. Actually, my husband left today for a business trip and is encouraging me to try making a batch while he's gone to pass the time. He's excited for me to make candles too =)
Anyway, I know there's a million different ways to make soap.

What are your preferred kinds to make (if you do) and why do you prefer making those?

What are you preferred kind to use/receive?

I live in Idaho so I'm wanting something that won't be too harsh on skin since it's already cold and we have really dry air.
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012 04:58:50 PM »

I wish I could help you with the different kinds, but can share what I prefer.  I also live in Idaho, SE Idaho to be exact. I did try my hand at making bar soap, but found it wasn't working for me and my family (but I haven't given up yet).  I now make liquid soap.  Had some great success with laundry and dish soap.  Did a shampoo once, turned out to be a better body wash than a shampoo.  Now I'm working on making my own shaving soap and shampoo bars (post coming up on those subjects). 

Hope that helps with the encouragement.
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2012 04:08:02 PM »

Does anyone have any tried and true recipes that they would be willing to let me try? You coudl either pm them to me or post them here. I have never made soaps before but I'm wanting to make a bar soap that will be gently on skin since we live in an area with very dry air.

Thanks! =)

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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012 05:30:44 AM »

Here is a good site for beginners:  http://www.millersoap.com/

If you want to get creative and make melt & pour soap, here's a good site:  http://www.RusticEscentuals.com  and the Crafting Library: http://library.rusticescentuals.com/
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012 09:15:15 PM »

I'm heading to bed but will share my fave recipe and give you some tips tomorrow!

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2012 09:46:25 AM »

You might consider getting a good melt and pour soap base that contains shea butter.
Also, here's a little video I put together for a nice Seaweed Soap. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5omlcL7d25w
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