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21  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random soapy babble thread on: April 13, 2010 11:24:43 AM
Yeah, obviously I can't say for certain, but if it smells bad in the jar and carries over into the soap? That's generally a sign that something's not as it should be. Cocoa butter is the only oil that really gets a pass on that. Cheesy

Oooooh Fraugee, I hope everything's okay! When you use the word "scarring" that makes me worry for your personal safety! Shocked
22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random soapy babble thread on: April 13, 2010 08:47:40 AM
My guess is one of two things: either the oil was mislabeled or was contaminated/expired. Or it was just really really poor quality. Okay that's three things ... feel free to insert any Spanish Inquisition jokes. Grin
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: CP/HP Soap Swap! SIGN-UPS CLOSED! 03/25/10 - 04/07/10 (Send out 05/12/10) on: April 13, 2010 07:33:19 AM
I have batch #1 made, and am going to make #2 tomorrow. Smiley
24  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Lesser Spotted Lemmyhog and Other Creatures on: April 13, 2010 07:29:38 AM
Cool creations  Smiley  The first guy looks like a landstrider from The Dark Crystal.

I was just about to respond with the same observation, lol. Soooo cute. Smiley
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Coraline Jewelry Box! on: April 13, 2010 07:27:01 AM
What a great find! My daughter is obsessed with Coraline right now, I love it! Smiley
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: The Last Unicorn & The Red Bull! on: April 11, 2010 07:05:00 PM
One of my all time favorite movies as a child. LOVE the Red Bull; he looks great!
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: makeup remover recipe? on: April 11, 2010 06:21:46 PM
Yes indeed! My friend swears by using water, J&J's baby wash and mineral oil on her mascara. Smiley
28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: makeup remover recipe? on: April 11, 2010 06:05:24 PM
I'm sure there are going to be naysayers, but stuff about dish detergent being back for the environment is malarkey. Just sayin'. BUT it's probably not a great product to apply to your eye area.

But most commercial makeup removers you purchase are merely a combination of water and oil, most often mineral oil. My two favorite ways to take off waterproof mascara are a 2:1 ratio of water to jojoba oil, or mineral oil. Put them in a bottle of some type and shake thoroughly before applying to one of those cotton pad things.

Also, unscented babywipes are cheap and work great. True story. I keep telling DH that even once we potty-train DD, I'm still buyin' wipes for that purpose, lol. Grin
29  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: good exfoliating scrub for prego? on: April 10, 2010 11:49:43 AM
Generally I do 1c. oil to 1c. salt. I'd say sweet almond oil, or even just olive oil works. Sunflower and safflower oils are nice, too. You want to make small amounts at a time because scrubs don't keep for very long. Store any unused scrub in the fridge for 4-5 days.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 April theme on First Post on: April 09, 2010 03:41:29 PM
I'm sure Cat meant well, but please, please, please please do not try to make your own lye. Not only is the process tricky and mildly dangerous, the final result is NOT equal to what cold-process soapmakers use. People used to make their own lye in the 18th and 19th century (heck, my grandmother was making it in the 1920's) but the process used to make soap was not the same that any of us soapmakers do on the B&B board, and in fact you'd be hard-pressed to find reliable instructions for using it.

I'm sending you a message right now, Casey1201, on finding lye. A lot of cities do not allow the sale of lye in hardware stores for the reason MareMare mentioned. Here in Centennial, we have that law. Also, a lot of lye brands at the hardware store are merely lye mixtures, and not pure lye. You always want to check the label to make sure it is 100% pure lye! (There is a green bottle, for instance that is 90% lye, and that won't work!)
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