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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Coffee Soaps on: February 03, 2007 11:06:59 PM
The Coffee Soap Police won't come and get you, because it's not like you can do something "wrong".

With M&P, you just have to make sure that you don't add too much liquid, so I would stick with either instant coffee powder or coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds will work in getting cooking odors off your hands by themselves, but won't bring a lot of scent to the party, so I would add some coffee fragrance oil in there too.

Experiment! Just use small batches.  Smiley After all, if no one experimented, no one would learn about new techniques.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: M&P help please on: December 14, 2006 09:02:21 PM
My grandma still has some of the very first soaps I made back in 2002 and they're fine. They are shrink wrapped, though.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has Anyone Tried This? on: December 14, 2006 08:59:52 PM
Nnah, I doubt it would muck up your soap.

The best way to find out, though, is to make up a little bit and try it yourself.  Smiley
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: QUESTION--household items as soap molds? on: December 14, 2006 08:56:46 PM
Nope, don't cut the pringles can. Just use it as is. Take a bit of freezer paper and roll it up loosely, then put it in the pringles can and open it up until it lines the sides of the mold. When your soap is hard, just tear the pringles can apart to get the soap out.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Just starting on: December 14, 2006 08:54:05 PM
Are you making melt and pour, or traditional soap (with lye)? I'm assuming you're making M&P.

You can get some scents at your local craft store in the soapmaking section, but they will be very expensive that way.

You can't use the regular food coloring that comes in the little bottles. I have heard that you can use the concentrated frosting colors (like Wilton colors) but I have never done it. When you find the fragrance oils in the soapmaking section, there will be colorants there too.

Here's a few links to help you:

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: M&P soap problem, brown spots on: December 14, 2006 08:44:10 PM
It's the botanicals - even if they're specifically for soap, lavender is notorious for turning brown in M&P. I had people try to eat my lavender soap at the market once because they thought it was caraway cheese.  Roll Eyes

It's fine to use, but not visually appealing.  Cry
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: CP Soap troubleshoot HELP!- Fo caused Curdle on: December 04, 2006 09:56:02 AM
It's not you - it's the fragrance oil. Some of them will do that. I have one that will do it to me every time if I don't baby it a little.

In my experience, the soap itself will be fine, just not very pretty.

There are several things you can do next time to avoid the problem:

1) Let your lye water cool down completely until it's cold. It's a myth that your lye water and oils have to be the same temperature. I've even soaped oils that were so hot that my plastic stick blender melted. (I should have saved that thing!) The soap was fine in the end.

In my experience, higher soaping temperatures are what causes a lot of problems. I started out using the oven hot process method, and always added my FOs after the cook, so I never had to worry about what temperatures my oils and lye were at. Once I switched to the more traditional cold process methods, I had to pay more attention.

Just make sure that you keep your lye water away from small children/pets/other humans while it's cooling down!!

2) Add your FO to your oils before you add the lye water. This will give you a much higher degree of control, and you'll be able to make sure that your FO is evenly distributed in your soap.

3) Increase the water portion of your lye water. I usually use a 2:1 water to lye ratio, which is pretty low. Increasing your water portion will help you control the saponification rate - but it will also make your bars shrink more during the curing process. I use the other methods because shrinking soap bars annoy me.  Grin

4) Ditch the FO and use a different one, lol! Which, really, you don't have to do. Some of them are just more finicky than others.

Hope that helps!  Grin
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: QUESTION--household items as soap molds? on: November 30, 2006 03:52:57 PM
My main soap mold is a divided kitchen drawer that we took out when we installed the dishwasher.  Grin

You can use just about anything. Any plastic container will let go of M&P. You can line pringles cans with freezer paper and use those. Paper milk cartons are already prelined with wax - just rip them apart to get to the soap.

I've even used cardboard boxes but they can be a bit flimsy for large batches. Line those with freezer paper too (shiny side towards the soap).
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has Anyone Tried This? on: November 30, 2006 03:45:07 PM
I've seen sea salts on the tops of bars of M&P. It can be a really nice effect.

Personally, though, I wouldn't use a bar of soap with chunks of salt in it - it would be too scratchy for me.  Sad
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: LIP BALM RECIPE on: November 30, 2006 03:43:33 PM
Not only would food coloring stain your mouth, it will also fade with time in the tube because it's not light-resistant.

Olive oil by itself with the beeswax will make a very nice but uber-greasy lip balm. You can use just about any liquid oil you'd find in the oil section of your local grocery store.

PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL if you use citrus essential oils to flavor your lip balms! The ones that you see everywhere in stores have turpenes in them, and will cause a phototoxic reaction if you put them on and go into the sun! Think MAJOR sunburn on your mouth that doesn't go away for MONTHS.

*coughcoughiselllipbalmtubescoughcough*  Grin

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