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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 04 6:28 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

for xmas type couldnt you put a splach of brandy in some , or discover the way to put a pine smell in(remind them of xmas trees)

culpepper



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 05 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My soaps ready!
I moulded it in a Head and shoulders bottle with the top cut off and it came out quite easily and is quite soap shaped.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 05 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

culpepper wrote:
I moulded it in a Head and shoulders bottle




How's about a piccie?

culpepper



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

not sure if Ive got this right but anyway................

jema
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks a bit like one of those dodgy pills ads, I get through the email

jema

culpepper



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well I suppose you'd get away with calling them tablets

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How do you make clear soap?

cab



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
How do you make clear soap?


I've got instructions for that at home... remind me to dig them up later.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We don't really use much soap what about shampoo and showergel type things?

alison
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tahir, I was reading about all of those things yesterday.

have a look at the complete soapmaker, by Norma coney, isbn 0806948698

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

alison wrote:
have a look at the complete soapmaker, by Norma coney, isbn 0806948698


Can't get another book the missuss'll kill me.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

library!!

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

alison wrote:
library!!


Good idea, haven't been since before christmas

cab



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
We don't really use much soap what about shampoo and showergel type things?


Depends on what you want to make. You can certainly make liquid soaps, using potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide, but the saponification values are a little different, and the recipes don't work out quite the same.

cab



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just reading up on making transparent soaps in "The Soapmakers Companion", by Susan Miller Cavitch.

Basically, you need to start with oils that will work well; castor oil is good in combination with coconut oil and palm oil. Make it without any superfatting at all, and mix it often till it gets way past soft trace, almost to a pudding trace. Then there's faffing about, heating and cooling and straining and adding glycerin, alcohol and sugar syrup. It's a real hassle.

If you go down the synthetic route you can use triethanolamine or one of a variety of polyols; I haven't got a recipe for that, but I should imagine it could be easier.

Liquid soaps can be made by hot processing to get them clear, but again, for the home soapmaker it looks like a hassle.

You can buy 'melt and pour' (glycerine) soap that's clear, and a lot of soapers seem to like using it in combination with their own cold processed soap to get nice textures, multi layer effects, etc.

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