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Sarah D



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 05 3:19 pm    Post subject: First soap  Reply with quote    



Now tucked up in the airing cupboard.
The next one I want to try is a goat's milk one.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 05 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What was that one?

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 05 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Basic recipe, with cammomile flowers added and coloured with turmeric, so I expected it to be yellow..............

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 05 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't you need onion skin to make it yellow?

jema
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 05 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sarah D wrote:
Basic recipe, with cammomile flowers added and coloured with turmeric, so I expected it to be yellow..............


How much turmeric?

jema

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 05 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You would need to extract the pigment from the skin first; the only way I know of doing this (when dyeing wool) is by simmering in hot water. You could use the water (cooled) to add to teh fats and caustic soda. It seemed easier at the time to shake some turmeric into a little of the soap mixture, mix it thotoughly, then amalgamate it with the main batch.
Might try the onion just out of interest, though.
Onion juice makes good invisible ink, by the way

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 05 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That looks really, really pretty. Hows the chamomile smelling?

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 05 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not very cammomile-y really, but it may come through stronger after curing.
I used about a teaspoon of turmeric I should think, but just shook it in without measuring. I'm expecting the colour to lighten as it cures as well.
My weakness is lavender soap, so when I get an industrial quantity of that from Suma that'll be on the menu too

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 05 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They're a nice size - what did you use for a mould? Mine have all changed colour as they've got older (must be all of a week old now!!!) and smells too. The egg and lemon one now smells of cake mixture and is a lot less gungy (I think it might nake it after all) Not sure about the castille - I haven't peeked today. I'm trying to forget about it, but it's worse that waiting for Santa Claus

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 05 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ashamed to say, a plastic tray that contained the button mushrooms that Mr D likes for Sunday breakfast, albeit organic grown in Suffolk mushrooms...............
Now washed out and ready to go for the lavender soap (all mine...................... ) at the weekend. I reckon they should last at least a year, but plastic packaging...................oh dear.

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 05 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Plastic packaging quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 05 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hey - it got reused! Are you going to put lavender oil in for your lavender soap, or have you got handfulls of lavender drying somewhere (I've never been able to grow it!)

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 05 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know, I'm still amazed though.

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 05 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What are you amaed at? And a translation of the above, please

Organic lavender oil and very very finely powdered flowers (home grown)

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 05 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sarah D wrote:
And a translation of the above, please


Me too

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