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cab



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 04 2:42 pm    Post subject: Soap!  Reply with quote    

Time to make Christmas presents again.

I'm considering soap this year. My basic olive oil and sunflower oil recipe, but flavoured with something 'Christmas' ish.

Any thoughts? I was thinking about an infusion of allspice berries in the sunflower oil, with the berries then also ground up in the soap.

jema
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 04 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So what is the basic recipe?

jema

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 04 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What about a christmas spice one? I don't know which spices you can use from an irritant point of view though

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 04 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Basic recipe is as for any cold processed soap.

Look up the saponification values of the fats you are using, multiply the volumes by the saponification values to get how much lye you need, make up the lye in something like twice its own weight in water, get it all warm and mix it together. Stir once in a while till it reaches soft trace, add a spoonfull of vitamin e oil and whatever flavours/scent oils you want, and pour into greased moulds. Leave to set, cut into bars, wrap in an old towel and put in the back of the airing cupboard till you remember to look at it again. When you touch the tip of your tongue to it and it doesn't tingle, it's ready.

I can give you the more specific details if you like.

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 04 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tahir; precisely. I think I'll be fine with allspice, but I'm not totally certain.

m



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: ireland
PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 04 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well, it'll be better than Old Spice anyway.

Can you melt down cheap soaps and add your own herbs/smellies? I read this in a book somewhere, but haven't heard of it anywhere else. It was saying to melt in a pan over boiling water, like when you might melt chocolate.

m

Sarah D



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 04 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, that's a good way of getting better soaps without the possible dangers and complications of making and using lye. Says her with a very large bucket of wood ash in the shed..............
Get a good pure soap or glycerine one, grate it fairly finely and melt over a pan of hot water. Add your bits (I made a successful one with calendula leaves, and one with rosemary, plus some others), stir well, and pour into moulds. Leave to harden , then turn out and dry for a week or two.
All sorts of things can be used as moulds, to give some interesting shapes.

mrutty



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 04 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

m wrote:
well, it'll be better than Old Spice anyway.

Can you melt down cheap soaps and add your own herbs/smellies? I read this in a book somewhere, but haven't heard of it anywhere else. It was saying to melt in a pan over boiling water, like when you might melt chocolate.

m

Yeah, mother used to get all the old bits of soap and melt them down every few months. We had an old jelly mould that she used. Had to be the only family in the world that had rabbit shaped soap

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 04 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I save all the wee soapy bits and melt them back together again. No trabbit shaped, though........but it's a thought

m



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Location: ireland
PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 04 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

brilliant, dog bone jelly molds will come in usefull! Will try that this week, cheers,
m

16011996



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Location: Lancashire
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 04 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i have been doing this for a while, using up all the bits of soap. i use ice cream tray for little travel sized pieces too.

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 04 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Welcome on board 1601 (if I may call you that) hope you enjoy it here

m



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 04 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don;t do what I did today, don't boil the soap!
Just heat it very gently for sometimes up to 4 or 5 hours, evidently.

otherwise it becomes very unpleasant.

m

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 04 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You don't say..........................
Will you have another go?

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 04 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

m wrote:
it becomes very unpleasant.


Does it get abusive?

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