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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Ivory Rebatch on: May 14, 2009 08:56:55 PM
so, when i make some coconut oil and lard soap, you guys wanna see it and praise me so that i have the encouragment to continue? haha  Grin
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Ivory Rebatch on: May 14, 2009 07:00:12 PM
These are the links she gave me. The littlehousinthesuburbs.com one is where i actually got the original idea to rebatch ivory, but the two wikihow's were alot of help also.




And i DO want to try to MAKE soap. I've wanted to for about 2 years. it's not that i'm afraid of the lye. i'm afraid of buying all the expensive oils and then just bombing. haha.

but, i'm thinking of experimenting with it by just using vegetable oil and even maybe the old fashioned bacon fat. just to get the feel of it. then move on to the expensive, exotic oils and stuff.
13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Ivory Rebatch on: May 14, 2009 12:37:33 PM
yeah, aspirin is, technically acetylsalicylic acid, or something. which is derived from salicylic acid. which means nothing to me except i hope it works to keep pimples away all the same. haha.

and yes, catnip is a mint, but honestly, they smell so strongly of tea tree oil, i dunno how she could have thot it sounded tasty. i had the idea that maybe she was being suicidal. but she's fine. no soapy throw ups or signs of aspirin toxicity. crazy cat...

thank you for liking my soap!

oh, and yes, i was trying to kind of "recreate" this face soap that i love but don't make anymore. but this was by no means a scientific process. so, if it's an utter failure for my skin, that's ok too.
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Ivory Rebatch on: May 14, 2009 11:27:04 AM
So, this is my final-ish product.

I used two bars of Ivory soap and, in the begining did them both seperately. I did the whole rebatching thing, added my bentonite clay, crushed up aspirin and tea tree oil. but they both came out look super super rough and icky. i didn't think i did it correct.

So then I used some new rebatching info I was given (thank you smittenheart!) and grated both bars again together and boiled some dried mint. I poured about 1/4 cup of the strong mint tea into the shreds and then placed over a double boiler.

The mixture got ALOT smoother and everthing was much better incorporated. At first they were a pretty od green color, with flecks of mint. I really liked it. Now that it's drying, it's turning brown. I think it's because of the mint tea.

This is all my bars. I actually have my soap drying on top of my clothes dryer! Two reasons 1. my cat, Rat, decided is smelled tasty and chewed on it a bit. I don't know why!!!??? It was disturbing.  2. I thought the gentle heat of the dryer my help the drying process a bit. And it is.

In this one you can see how it's changing color.

Yay! Cant wait to use it!
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rebatching Ivory Soap on: May 11, 2009 04:53:55 PM
the littlehouseinthesuburbs.com is where i got the idea for the ivory rebatching! i love that site! haha i wanna be her bestest friend. lol

and, i really thought i read somewhere that it would turn into a gel type of substance when it's all melted. i guess i was mistaken.

oh yeah, and yes, i'm going to put up pics asap.
16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rebatching Ivory Soap on: May 10, 2009 03:15:03 PM
sooooo, i rebatched two bars.

the first one turned out really really rough and ugly. and the soap never seemed to get to the "gel stage." it just got all white and gloppy...i think i didn't add enough water and i stirred too much.

the second one turned out just a touch smoother, and though it got closer to being a gel, it still had little flakes of solid soap in it. i didn't want to stir too much again, so i just heated it in the doubel boiler for like, an hour, and it still wasnt all melted. finally i added my ingredients and globbed it into my mold

either way, i think i didn't put enough water in either of them. cause the clay really really made it thick. but it's not like ivory is expensive. so i'm gonna use up these two bars and then try again adding more water.

it was fun tho! muahaha
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rebatching Ivory Soap on: May 05, 2009 07:11:42 AM
yay! i'm really excited about experiementing with it and all the ingredients i'll be using are super cheap or already in my bathroom.

i just didn't know if there was anything special i needed to do since i was adding something so...water absorbing?....as clay. but i will experiment and let you guys know what i come up with.

i'm doing this because the ONLY face wash i've ever tried that really keeps my skin super clear and pretty is no longer being sold. so i could buy a case of it off ebay for $60 or i can have fun trying to make it myself! haha

(i'm also gonna see if i can start making my own deoderant. i have, what seems like, a really good recipe and another reason for me to use that giant bottle of tea tree oil i bought in a frenzy.)
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: 1960's homemade beauty ideas? on: May 04, 2009 06:31:47 PM
ok, something that i, my mom and all my grandmothers swear by is mayo as a hair mask. (real mayo, not miracle whip) it sounds icky and it smells icky but for dry hair, there really isn't anything better. it's got the protein and the fat and it's cheap!

if you have never tried it, i totally recomend it! just coat ur warm, wet, clean hair with it thinly and wrap in a towel to keep it warm. leave in for however long (5-30min, i'd guess) and wash out. may take 2 washes. but it's sooo great!

again, this is really for dry dry dry hair. chemically treated, dyed, etc. or just for the ends of really long hair that has damage issues at the tips.

toothpaste on a zit is a pretty old remedy.

my mom told me that when she was a teenager (in the 60's) her mom wouldn't allow her and my aunt to bathe during their period. they would take sponge baths, but apparently nana held the belief that bathing during ur period was BAD for you.

anyone else ever heard of this?
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Rebatching Ivory Soap on: May 04, 2009 05:41:19 PM
Sooooo, I know this might sound like heresy to some, but I've been reading a blog of a woman who talked about rebatching plain ol' ivory soap and adding stuff to it to make it neato.

Well, I've never rebatched anything before and my general idea was to make myself a face soap out of ivory, involving adding tea tree oil, green clay and salycilic acid (apirin.)

Does anyone have an insight as to if adding powders would muss up the soap? should i wet my powders before adding them or anything?
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Simplicity 2981 on: March 15, 2009 04:32:46 PM
omg, yes. it does make sense. thank you! thank you! thank you! so i do sew them at the same spot. *whew*
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