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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Coconut oil on: June 01, 2012 05:52:26 PM
I'm usually posting and lurking in the soaping forums but using all that coconut oil and wanting to go gluten free I've researched the benefits of coconut oil, has anyone here benefitted from consuming raw coconut oil?
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / 2 new soaps and a lotion bar on: November 03, 2011 07:42:03 PM
Ok here are two new soaps: the green speckled is Almond Facial Bar out of Anne Watsons Smart Soapmaking and is scented with cotton candy. I'd prefer to find a pink clay to use for coloring but all I had was green. It was fantastic I made these last night and woke up to a cotton candy smelling hotel room.

The orange is Honey Bee Good soap from thesage.com and this time I scented it with frankinsence and myrrh FO. According to one of my hardy welding coworkers it has a very manly smell and the cotton candy is definitely a girly soap Smiley.

The yellow cup looking thing is a solid lotion bar that I'd love to test out beyond rubbing on my arm but the smell is atrocious (I'm definitely gonna have to do something about molds.) I used non deoderized cocoa butter and it interacted with the lavendar lilac FO I added in. I also am not a flowery smell lover my sister and niece are so maybe I will try it out on them if they can stand it. But the little bit I rubbed on soaked in quite well and the cocoa smell seemed to go away much sooner than the lavender but I just hate the smell.

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Holy Crap! I know the amount of SLS in Lush shampoo bars. on: October 06, 2011 06:41:50 PM
And I freaked out. I found a recipe duplicating their bars here:


3.75 ozs of SLS needles in each bar! The sales lady said the amount of sls was minimal! That is NOT minimal that is excessive! No wonder my hair felt dry and straw like everytime I used it. Geez. I could slap myself. Ok I just wanted to report that.

I'm so glad I started making soap and researching everything that goes with it. I made the Bee Good honey bar off of thesage.com and subbed avocado oil since I didn't have sweet almond. It does a great job on my skin and I used it for hair last night and it did a fantastic job on that. So much better than sls.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Anybody here make syndet bars? on: September 30, 2011 04:57:48 PM
I was looking on Etsy and there was a set of shampoo and condioner bars, which I thought were soap but she said they were syndet bars. Does anybody here make them and which is better for being a solid shampoo? I wanted a solid shampoo that was natural without synthetic ingredients. But is syndet better for hair? Or should I just compensate for the ph by using citric acid as was mentioned as an idea to get the ph to 7?
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Yeehaw! Hello Everyone! My first batch of soap! on: September 04, 2011 07:29:14 PM
Ok First I wanted to say Hello and thanks to everyone on here for their inspirational projects and ideas! Yes I'll be using alot of exclamations points! I'm very excited to finally have made my own account with craftster and to have stopped lurking. See? I'm calming down.  Smiley

On to the good stuff! My short story is this. I am allergic to something in Pantene something about it makes me veerry dizzy and nauseas and gives me headaches. Brilliant Brunette was even worse, and I thought I was pampering myself with the brunette stuff! Because of this I thought I'm gonna go as natural as I can get less chemicals on my head the better off I will be. So on to the natural section of walmart I went. I wasnt a fan of the shampoo smells Burts Bees had to offer and the other brands had things I couldn't pronounce in them so I thought "eh might as well use suave." Except I do love Giovann,i they seem to be mostly natural ingredients. So one day I walked by Lush. Expensive enough to feel like I was pampering myself and vegan...organic...raw...handmade! Whoo hoo I was in love! Didn't really like the prices, but I thought "they're all natural! No more dizziness!"

A week later I'm thinking waiiiit a minute.... I still feel dizzy. Hmm So on to the website I go. Why would any store advertising vegan, organic, handmade items still feel it necessary to throw in sls into their products? Why?! This led me to think as I usually do ha I could make that myself without the sls and save money. So I look up shampoo bars and soap and all sorts of goodies and come across craftster. I absolutely love this site!

I've been looking at "soap porn" for a couple months now and i love that term " soap porn" so appropriate. Oh yeah baby show me what your workin with... let me see that swirl... lol I think one of my favs was the celestial collection. Anyway! I'm so easily distracted...

I came on here tonight to say... I did it! I made my first batch of hot process soap! With lye and everything! hehe... so I'm gonna try and upload some pics. I made one small batch of shampoo bars using a lush dupe scent for rock star from daystar supplies. Now I also tried using coloring that I bought from Michaels for melt and pour so bear with me these arent really pretty but the smell is alright and most importantly they lather quite well. I know this because as I took them out of my "molds" I smeared some spots down and as I rinsed my hands off I had a nice lather poof up.

(Except now my hands are dry. Is that normal? Or did I not cook them long enough?)

I also made a 3 bar batch of massage bars using the recipe off of thesage... http://www.thesage.com/recipes/recipes.php?.State=Display&id=107
The weird looking top is where I added honey to the oils after they'd been melted. Yes I know I'm going to have to learn to not add things here and there, but it just went with the smell! Oh they smell like lushs Honey I Washed The Kids.
Ok I've got the photos uploaded to my profile, How do I hook them to my post?

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