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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Newest soaps! Watermelon, guava, lime, coconut lime. on: May 04, 2009 05:10:54 PM
Here are my newest Cold Process soaps. There are all castile, (65% olive, 34% coconut 1% grapeseed) i use a tiny dash of grapeseed oil for the vitamin E

This one is guava with cranberry seeds

Coconut lime with no coloring

Watermelon bubble gum with cranberry seeds. my favorite, by far.

Lime essencial oil with only the green coloring.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Challenge 2: All Natural Invigorating Hemp soap! on: April 23, 2009 03:05:25 PM
So, I didn't see ANYONE post for this!
I totally made my entry and wanted to post it either way.

This soap is awesome! I took it on vacation with my boyfriend and I and it stays really hard if you give it a nice pat dry when you're going to store it..
Smells awesome with Brambleberry's vim & vigor essecial oil.

I created this item to start out my all natural line of soaps, to take with me when I have a booth at Seattle's Hempfest 2009! I am guilty of being an activist, and attended the last 3. The booths are cheap, the crowd is awesome, and hopefully enough hippies will dig my natural soaps.

I made the recipe up in soap calc, and it's awesome. Really love this bar. It is:

coconut oil 40%
olive oil 25%
hemp oil 20%
mango butter 6%
Castor oil 6%
sunflower oil 3%

and to color it I used kelp powder.

the hardness is 40
cleansing 27
conditioning 54
bubbly 32
creamy 19
iodine 69
and the ins is 155

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / SALTING OUT?! Have you ever tried this? on: April 21, 2009 08:09:21 PM
I have a batch that I really just want to do something with..
It is a cool purple color, but it just sort of smells weird, and it's kind of ugly..
The oils don't seem completely blended in the bars and it's just a semi-mess.

I figure i could salt out to get a purer soap, put it in a mold and it's be much nicer.

Either that or rebatching.

Any suggestions?
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / 3 Recent Batches of Soap! on: March 17, 2009 12:25:10 AM
I've been on a role now that i have a nice big kitchen to work in, as opposed to my tiny old trailer's "kitchen".

This is my "Spicy Pear & Almond" Soap, green with black swirls.
I has olive oil, coconut oil, and mango butter.

A friend was over and this is her blend of scents. Turkish Mocha, Pumpkin Spice, and Almond. It smells like the most delicious "seasonal" flavor they sell around thanksgiving at coffee places.

This one was suggested by my sister, who looooves lush. She wanted something that smelled like the seasonal scent "Snowcap", so i tried to imitate it. I've never smelled it, though, and all i had to go off was that it's Almonds, Cream, and there is cocoa butter in the mix as well. I added ginseng and seaweed extract, and made this a shampoo bar. I haven't yet tried it on my hair.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / What do you use to color your CP soap?! on: March 15, 2009 10:18:06 PM
I have a few oxides that i bought, and i hate mixing them with my soap. I just can't seem to get them to blend all the way no matter how i do it. Is there an easier way? Should i mix it with oil before soap? I just don't really know.

Also, i would really love some VIBRANT colors that are CP stable.. I think i saw a few on tkb trader or something, but i don't know anything about them so i'd rather have an idea before i buy more coloring! Hah.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Pear & Almond soap! *Question & New pictures!* on: March 12, 2009 10:39:51 PM
Hey everyone! I've posted a few times around, mostly about my trails and mostly errors. haha! Last time i posted i had brown soap poo out the mold. hahahah!

BUT! I finally have a wonderful batch to show you! I dont know how the bars are going to be because i made this recipe on soap calc 9. I based it off one i saw elsewhere.. Any idea on how the bars will be?

31.2 oz olive
12 oz coconut oil
3.8 mango butter
.9 beeswax
18.2 water
6.6 oz lye

I ran it through 2 times just to make sure. haha.

It's scented with Pear and almond, and it's light minty green with black swirls.

These are right after pouring! I hope it's as wonderful as it looks right now.
I guess taking a week or so break from soap making to MOVE into my much bigger house was a great thing.

I really took my time making this batch, though, more than usual. I actually have a sink now so i could put the lye in the sink to cool. My microwave works now, so it was easier to warm up my solid oils. Pretty much, it was just the smoothest batch to make, EVER! haha.


7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Soap volcano! on: February 21, 2009 04:52:08 PM
I expirienced my first soap volcano today Sad
I am assuming it was because my oils were too hot when i added the lye water.
I accidentally let them sit on the stove much longer than i'd intended because my freakin FO had spilled on the table and i was cleaning it up..
I wish i could post pictures, it really does look like a stinky pile of poo!!
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Made a bit of a mess up!! Help?! on: February 13, 2009 11:18:07 PM
So, i finally got a bunch of oils to really get goin in soap making.. i also bought a new mold and soap cutter. Meaning.. i REALLY wanted to make a batch of soap to test it out!!!

It is scented with Pomegranate & black current as well as Matcha tea.

However.. after i poured it into the mold i realized that i didn't put in all of the 2.5 oz of sweet almond oil that my recipe calls for.. only about .8 oz were actually put in, because i put a bit aside along with a few other oils for the fragrance and coloring..

I tried to run the oils i did use through a soap calculator but i'm still sort of confused if it's okay.. anyone mind checking my recipe to tell me if my soap should be alright to use?

15 oz coconut oil
15 oz palm oil
12.5 oz olive oil
2.5 oz cocoa butter
2.5 oz beeswax
about .8 oz of sweet almond oil but it was supposed to be 2.5
then about 2 oz fragrance oil and coloring.
the lye was 7.6 oz and
19 oz of water.

ALSO, i made lotion bars today. however, they're a bit softer than i'd like.
i used
8 oz beeswax
8 oz cocoabutter
6 oz coconut oil
2 oz sweet almond oil
and a splash of pomegranate oil so it's chocolaty and fruity

i dont think i can post any pictures because i've not made 10 posts yet heh..

livejournal post with pictures of the soap.
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