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« on: March 20, 2012 12:38:02 PM »

I have to say first that this board is awesomely organized and so full of helpful advice on suppliers, tutorials, recipes, etc. that one couldn't help but be inspired!! You all have put a huge amount of work into it and from a Craftster newbie all I can do, unfortunately, is say a huge THANK YOU for all your effort! I have been through every single page on this board! It's fantastic!

However, just getting into the babysteps of creating my own products such as deodorant and lipbalm I know that measuring by weight instead of volume would create much more repeatable, reliable, and safe results. I also know that when I start making big girl steps into soaps and such, that I'm going to need a stick blender and other similar electronic tools to make the going easier. But I am truly overwhelmed by Amazon and so many other places with reviews on scales, blenders, and the like. I was wondering if any of you soapers would give suggestions based on the equipment you use, find reliable and capable of keeping up with the demands of the "job". Any brands or styles you despise? Most accurate and easy to read scales? What equipment do you find absolutely necessary and what is just more convenient to use? Have I reached 20 yet?!  Grin

I know this is a lot of questions rolled up into one, but I'd much rather pay good money to buy good products that last, than throw it away on things I'm going to have to replace in short order! I can't afford (or justify) top of the line products but I also can't afford to throw away and replace regularly. Does that make sense?! LOL (And just for the record, I have had zero luck in finding these things at garage sales and thrift stores, so I'm giving up on that hope or I'll never get started in this endeavor!)

Any and all assistance/suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2012 12:53:17 PM »

HI there! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the information on this board!

As far as stick blenders go, I have several fairly cheap ones and they've lasted the longest. The most expensive one I've used was my mom's Wolfgang Puck one and it burnt up the quickest! I would just suggest a $20ish dollar one from Walmart or wherever. I've been soaping for maybe 8 years and have only ever burnt up that first one (on my second batch) so I don't think you need to worry about replacing them (although I do have some backups on hand!) If you have Bed Bath and Beyond near you, that is a good place to look because you can almost always find a 20% off coupon for them. You can sign up online and get a coupon to use immediately!

For scales, as long as you have one that measures both grams and ounces, and can tare, and can be measured in .1 increments in ounces you should be good! I don't really have a brand recommendation, I got mine on ebay I think.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012 12:59:37 PM »

Thank you so much MareMare! You'll be seeing more of me in the weeks and months to come (sorry in advance Embarrassed)!! I'm so excited I finally get to get going on this!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2012 01:25:03 PM »

No need to be sorry, we love to see questions and projects, that's what we're here for!
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2012 11:53:21 AM »

If you make soap using the double boiler method, invest in a good sturdy STAINLESS STEEL double boiler!

Also, keep looking in those thrift stores, yard sales/garage sales...you never know what you'll find or when you'll find it!
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012 07:55:53 AM »

Thanks for the advice Lisa! And yeah, I'm a regular visitor of our local thrift stores now! Unfortunately not many garage sales yet due to still very cool weather. Can't wait for those to get underway though!!

Have a wonderful one!
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