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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: CLOTHING RECONS TUTORIAL LIST ~Last update 09/27/2010 on: February 22, 2011 04:06:51 AM
The link to "one shoulder tie up side top " brings me to a page with this message

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2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: lost in a sea of cold process soap recipes on: April 28, 2009 01:37:45 AM
I agree with maremare and neonpirate.
I would start with a 100% olive oil (I'm in Italy, and here olive oil is something you can find for very cheap EVERYWHERE, no idea if it's so common in your country - USA?- too).

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie facial scrub question on: April 21, 2009 03:32:13 PM
I think olive oil (esp. extra virgin) has a strong smell. Sweet almond oil gets rancid easily.
I would maybe try rice oil, or grapeseed.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding Salt to CP Soap? on: April 20, 2009 06:26:44 AM
Chemically, a salt is a product of the neutralisation reaction of acids and bases.
Commonly, salt is "kitchen salt", NaCl.
Epsom salt is Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4). So they ARE REAL salts, but something very different from the salt we use to cook (I think they will make you run to the toilet).

About salt bars, I've read that "normal salt" is OK, but other salts (included Dead sea salts) make the soap/salt bar sweat.
But I still didn't try any salt bar.

Also, I read that they are soap wiht 100% coconut oil, and the same weight in salt.
But 100% coconut oil won't be drying the skin too much?

5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Watermelon Soapsicle on: April 19, 2009 03:33:08 AM
I can 't wait to load the other photos and show you my new stuff.

And I can't wait to see them!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Watermelon Soapsicle on: April 18, 2009 11:44:24 AM
They look wonderful!
And I really love watermelon!

Is it M&P?

7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Body Butter on: April 18, 2009 11:36:36 AM
the body butter looks great! Im guessing you are in the uk, since you used , so would you mind sharing where you bought the cocoa butter? was it a high street shop? just wondering, because im wanting to make my own beauty products, but not sure where i can buy the ingredients? thanks!

I'm from Italy, but I buy my ingredients from UK. I usually buy them from http://www.gracefruit.com/
but I also found http://soapmakers-store.com
the second has lower prices for most stuff, but unfortunately only sends to UK.

Selnith, I love your butters!

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: wannabe soap maker has questions on: April 02, 2009 02:57:49 PM
Definitely try it out! Try to gather equipment that is cheap, ie, use a shoe box for a mold instead of buying pricy wooden molds to start with, bowls and spoons from the dollar store, that kinda thing, so you haven't invested a ton of money if it ends up not being your thing.

I use tetrapak stuff (i.e. used milk boxes) or Pingles tubes as molds. You don't have to line them, they cost nothing and you just throw them away after you take out the soap.

9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pomegranate soap molds? on: April 02, 2009 12:39:47 AM
OMG!  Scentgasmic, thank you so much for that link!  Smiley <3

Lavale:  thanks for the suggestion of coating it with modeling clay or cellophane. 

qell, I thought of coatinv it with cellophane, or modeling a fake pomegranate with modeling clay. But maybe you can add a part of modeling clay to a real one, since I think of the "tail" as a difficult place for the silicone mold, or anything you can think of.

Is plasticine a type of modeling clay?  I've always wondered, ever since I heart the Beatles singing something about "platicine porters and looking glass ties" . . . (Lucy in the Sky, he he Wink )

in Italian we call it "plastilina", I had a look on a dictionary and it's translated plasticine, it's a kid of basic modeling clay, a gray one, and it stays soft, you cannot put it in the oven or so. It's very cheap and it's used for "sketch scultures".
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Mandarin Lime & Salt bar on: March 28, 2009 09:30:22 AM
Wow, Nymeria, they look great!

I want to try a salt bar soon, so I've been reading around a bit...
And I have some questions:
do fats need to be 100% coconut oil? or can I do 50% coconut and 50% olive?
Can I use an "ordinary" CP recipe, and just use 10% superfatting and not 5%, and add salt at trace?

Will be the extra superfatting enough for the hight percentage of coconut oil not being a problem?

How about the water? I use the "normal" amount from the recipe or do I need to use more/less because of the salts?

so much questions, sorry...

About sweating, I read it's better use ordinary kitchen salt. Other salts easily sweat because of mineral or other stuff they contain (but I never tried it, so don't trust me too much).
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