Anyone have good soap-making tips?

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Anyone have good soap-making tips?

ToyGurl ToyGurl
I've been thinking about getting into soap making. Anyone having any good tips?
09/08/2011
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Chilipepper Chilipepper
Where to start ...

It depends on the type of soap-making you're getting into. Heat and pour is the easiest. I've only worked with hemp seed oil soap (makes a good hard bar that gets you squeaky clean), so I don't know much about the others. Use a (4 cup) glass measuring cup and melt the soap in the microwave that way (less to clean up). A hand blender is the best way to blend soap and oils and such. Tea bag contents make great additives. Use essential or body-safe fragrance oils only for scent. You can use almost anything for molds (I once used a plastic portioned frozen-dinner tray). Use soap color chips or gels to color your soap, as food dye isn't that stable. Let the soap solidify in the molds over night or longer, then pop them out and let them dry on screens (or a wire baking rack) for a few weeks so they can cure.
09/08/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I don't know much about soap making, but Chili sounds like she knows what she's talking about. I think the Etsy forums might also be able to help you out, since I know there's a ton of soap makers on there.
09/08/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I don't know much about soap making, but Chili sounds like she knows what she's talking about. I think the Etsy forums might also be able to help you out, since I know there's a ton of soap makers on there.
I didn't think of that, Sam! I'll have to check that out too. I always see the soap but never look into it on Etsy. I used to buy a lot of it though.
09/08/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
Where to start ...

It depends on the type of soap-making you're getting into. Heat and pour is the easiest. I've only worked with hemp seed oil soap (makes a good hard bar that gets you squeaky clean), so I don't know much about ...
Dang! You're on a roll! Thanks so much for the help!
09/08/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
Where to start ...

It depends on the type of soap-making you're getting into. Heat and pour is the easiest. I've only worked with hemp seed oil soap (makes a good hard bar that gets you squeaky clean), so I don't know much about ...
actually, is there a quicker method you know of?
09/08/2011
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