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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / More soap cupcakes! on: January 08, 2013 07:37:24 PM
This first one looks a bit like a Christmas tree, but that was not what I was going for.  The soap accelerated once I added my fragrance and it became almost impossible to pipe n the "frosting". It is scented with coconut lime verbena and I added a touch of shredded white soap to look like coconut.

This soap was much easy to pipe and the scent is black raspberry vanilla.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: My first homemade soap on: January 07, 2013 08:54:53 AM
Did you use virgin olive oil or pomace olive oil?  Pomace can trace quite quickly.  Mine usually takes a minute or 2 to trace, but I also soap at RT which helps to speed up the process.  My 100% olive oil soaps have a nice lather, so you may be surprised when you go to use it.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Cold Process Soap Cupcakes! on: January 07, 2013 08:49:21 AM
Last night I whipped up a batch of dark chocolate raspberry cupcake soaps. This was my first time doing this type of soap. I had never piped soap like frosting before, but it was really no different than cake decorating. So fun! I plan to make some more today.  Cheesy
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Natural Deodorant on: March 01, 2008 12:13:23 PM
Are you using Candelilla wax for your vegan deodorant?  Do you find that it works just as well as beeswax?  What an original idea...I love that so many people are thinking outside the box (of soaps and lotions) and coming up with ways to make all types of products.  Very cool!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Need a critique of your Etsy shop? This is the place! on: February 29, 2008 07:19:30 PM
I would love it as well if someone would critique my store.  LadybugSoapworks.etsy.com
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: lotion preservatives..... on: February 28, 2008 09:03:50 PM
You should be able to get things like vitamin E at your local natural food store and I would not be surprised if you also found grapefruit seed extract.  Other preservatives you would probably have to order online though.  And Vit E is not really a preservative it is an antioxidant which will slow down the process of oils going rancid, but will not prevent bacteria from growing in the lotion.  You can also try to choose your oils so that they are ones with a long shelf life and then keep the lotion in the fridge in a squeeze type bottle. 
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Soap! on: February 28, 2008 08:57:46 PM
Have you tried out the one with foil hearts yet?  I am just wondering if it is really scratching?  It looks very cool...like glitter.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Shea butter and silk soaps on: February 18, 2008 05:52:00 PM
I made some soaps yesterday that contained shea butter and silk fibers.  I can't wait to try them!  I have read that silk fibers can make your soap really...well um silky.  Has any one else tried silk fibers in your soaps?  I put a pinch of the silk fibers in the lye solution.  The soaps I made were Vanilla chai tea, Patchouli, and lavender.  I put the lavender in a big round mold and plan to cut it like pie slices.  I saw that done somewhere and it looked so cute.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Soap Problem on: February 18, 2008 05:39:59 PM
I would say it is unlikely that the sodium hydroxide (lye) went bad.  For my "day" job I am a molecular biologist and I work with sodium hydroxide often and I have never seen it go bad.  We have some very old stuff in our lab and it still works well.  The only way it may have gone bad is if it was left open for a long time and was able to absorb moisture from the air.  If something did go bad it was most likely the oils since many only have a shelf life of 6 months -2 years. 

Do you have pictures of the soap?
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's your favorite soap you make/have made? on: February 17, 2008 09:09:38 PM
My favorite is my watermelon soap. 
I added anise seeds too look like the watermelon seeds.  I scented it with a watermelon FO and colored it with micas and cranberry fruit fiber.  This soap is super luxurious everyone who has tried it has loved it so far...including me!
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