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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Additive Oils are Separating in MP Soap on: July 17, 2009 09:30:05 AM
Thanks, guys. I'm going to try your suggestions.

  I'm trying to add it at a higher percentage because I want to use the soap as a wool wash bar for washing wool items used in cloth diapering.  So I had 30% lanolin.  I've seen people do it, but I may try cutting back - to me, the finished product may have too much lanolin for the purpose (you would fill the sink, placing the bar under the running water so a little dissolves into the water, and when you add your little wool pants, it would wash and also lanolize (and thus make them water resistant.)  LOL.  I think that there's so much lanolin in there that you'd get too much in your water...sticky wool...yuck.

I have a friend who is a chemist who said that it may also be a problem because the whole point of soap is to separate the oils, thus I need to find a way to make the two combine.  She said a detergent would do it, which I'm not willing to do, but she's doing some more research on it to see if she can find a solution.

12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: My dream soap: charcoal, sea salt, green clay, and kelp...can it be done? on: July 15, 2009 03:50:35 PM
I definitely recommend WSP - they have a set of all-natural bases that I've been really pleased with.  I've been selling product made from it and also giving bars to family members and they (the family) beg me for more when they run out (it's kinda nice making my brother beg...lol)  It's not drying at all, no detergents.  Good stuff.

Also, their EOs and fragrance oils are shipped free.  If you buy other stuff, I think they might just remove the weight of the oils from the shipping total. Smiley
13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Additive Oils are Separating in MP Soap on: July 15, 2009 03:45:09 PM
This may be one of those questions that seasoned soap makers roll their eyes at, but I'll go ahead. Smiley

I'm trying to add lanolin to a high-glycerin all natural shea butter soap base, and while some of it is mixing in, most of it is separating to the top.  I have a feeling what when I try adding hemp seed oil to a different batch, I may experience something similar.  I had been told that one can add these things in, but perhaps not?  Is there a way to help the lanolin/oil to stay mixed in?

Thanks for any help or clues you can give me! Smiley

14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Did I break my new Serger?!?!?! on: May 11, 2009 08:06:23 PM
I don't know if this is it, but when I had a similar problem it was cured by making sure that the thread on the lower looper was under the upper looper thread when first starting to sew after threading the machine.  Then take all four threads and pull them to the left underneath the foot.   The book didn't show it that way.  But, when I threaded the machine and put the lower looper thread under the upper one, it worked again.  And if I put it over the top of the upper looper it doesn't work.  Doesn't make sense but it worked for me.

I love you. Smiley

I've been trying to figure out this problem for an hour. I was sooooo frustrated, because it wasn't looping and the lower looper thread kept getting out of one of the threading holes somehow. I tried what you said, and it's working like a dream.  (I hope I don't jinx myself saying that!)
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Finding a manufacturer... on: February 09, 2009 02:23:15 PM
Thank you for the advice!  I'm definitely taking it to heart.  That was my fear - that manufacturing such an item in smaller batches would be too expensive to make it worth my time.  I'd still like to go about looking for manufacturers who would do batches under 500 or so, but perhaps my best bet is to save for those expenses or find investors.

Thankfully, I found out today that my oldest will be able to attend a half-day preschool for four days a week starting in March, so that gives me about 12 extra hours a week! (Barring any time the baby demands, but he still sleeps a lot.)  But I may be looking for people to do at least parts of the sewing under contract.  I know a few people personally who could probably use the money.  Thanks again!
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Finding a manufacturer... on: February 03, 2009 06:04:41 PM
I recently started selling a product on etsy that seems to have hit a pretty deep niche.  This is great for me, but the time I have is limiting how much I can do, and the demand is greater than the time I have. I'm considering some options to solve the problem.  One of them would be starting my own website and finding a manufacturer for the product to sell on the website, and continue to make my own customs on etsy (because half the fun is making it, and the other half is getting your money!)

But I'm at a loss as to how to search down a reasonable manufacturer of sewn texiles who would be able to make smaller batches - maybe 100 of a design.

Has anyone done this?  Any tips?

17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: URGENT QUESTION (I really mean urgent, I'm not exaggerating) on: October 29, 2008 08:22:18 PM
I was also going to say cut grass reminds me of summer, and a bright grass green.  I definitely like my yard! Tongue
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Smell disappearing in oils - help! on: October 24, 2008 06:05:51 AM
I think they're decent quality - maybe not the very best - but they are from Wholesale Supplies Plus, and I've bought a lot from them with no problem.  I've always used them in soap, though...

As I've started to use the oils more a hint of the smell has come out.  I think I'll try adding more and see what happens...
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Smell disappearing in oils - help! on: October 21, 2008 11:59:01 AM
I created a yummy mixture of oils to use as a moisturizer and I added Lavender and Chamomile EOs to it - a couple drops in a half ounce glass bottle.  After a week or so, the EO has really faded - if I shake the oils up hard, I can catch a hint of the scent, but otherwise it's just gone.

Do I need to add something to keep the smell from fading?  Would fragrance oils (as opposed to essential oils) work better?  Should I have added more than a couple drops?  I'm just not sure what happened, but I'm disappointed because I loved the smell!  Thanks for your help!
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: FDA Globalization Act of 2008-GET INVOLVED on: October 21, 2008 11:44:21 AM
Ah, sorry quidscribis!

The $2000 is just for registration fees to the gov't.  I'm not sure what the reason is for it; I haven't been able to find anything about what the purpose is.  I suppose (and I'm guessing) it probably is just for the priviledge of being able to set up a "cosmetics" based business in your home.

If you continue to check the link, I believe it's to the owner of wholesalesuppliesplus.com's blog, and she has updates, including the letter she wrote to Congress and the amendments to the bill that she asked for.

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