[soapcraft] Re: hello

Hi Mandy

I wasn¹t aware that castor oil was so great, do you use it in all your
soaps?  I¹ll have to start using it.

I got given a 100% macadamia nut oil soap for Christmas and to be honest I
don¹t really like it as it is slimy, I wonder if it¹s like that for all 100%
soaps.  

I wanted to make a 100% olive oil soap (ie castille) but the macadamia soap
really put me off.

Let me know once you¹ve tested your soaps what they¹re like as I¹m
interested to find out.


Cheers
Louise


on 7/1/10 10:51 PM, Mandy Coleman at mok.mansions@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

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>  
> 
> Kia ora ross
>  
> YeaH my soaping mentor person (lucky him!) told me about the castor oil so I
> see its not only him who swears by it!i have been using olive pomace oil.also
> i have been weighing all my oils religiously with my new digital scales, I
> read quite a lot of stuff b4 I dove in and my mentor person gave me some great
> basics advice too.yeah he also said about the slimy feel, I havent experienced
> that yet, but I will test my most olive-y bar and see what I think.
>  
> Arohanui
> Mandy Coleman
> Mokihinui Mansions
> 36-56 Lewis Street
> Mokihinui
> RD1 Westport
> 037821837
> 0273075881
> 
> 
> From: soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> On Behalf Of Ross Spencer
> Sent: Thursday, 7 January 2010 10:23 p.m.
> To: soapcraft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [soapcraft] Re: hello
>  
> Hey Mandy
>  
> Personally, I would be wary of using collected sand.  You just never know what
> is in it (glass, organic matter which might go off, etc)
>  
> Re base oils, I always use 5% castor oil in my oils.  I encourages gel (where
> the soap gets really hot in the mould) and helps to make a nice hard bar.
> Olive pomace is better than other olive oils for soaping.  The pomace is from
> the last pressing, is lighter in colour and in feel.  The recipe I use has a
> 5% oil excess (5% of the oil is not taken up by the lye) which makes for a
> nice moisturising bar.  Using too much olive oil can give the soap a slimy
> feel.  I have yet to try making an castile (100% olive oil)
>  
> I use wild crafted tussah silk dissolved in the lye.  Gives a luxurious feel
> and the soap rinses off really easily
>  
> I am not sure if you are weighing your oils or measuring them by volume but
> just a note to always weigh.  I am not sure if I am preaching to the converted
> here J
>  
> The cocoa soap sounds nice.  I must give that a try.
>  
> Essential oils can cause accelerated trace as well.  For both FO and EO, be
> wary of the florals in particular for accelerate trace or seizing.
>  
> I would be keen to do a fragrance oil swap if anyone is interested
>  
> Ross
>  
> 
> From: soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> On Behalf Of Mandy Coleman
> Sent: Thursday, 7 January 2010 10:00 p.m.
> To: soapcraft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [soapcraft] Re: hello
>  
>  
>  
> 
> Kia ora ross
>  
>  I use olive palm and coconut as base oils. In various combinations?I have
> followed quite a few recipes that I have downloaded and the soaps all have
> been great so far. Of course the more I find out the harder it is to follow
> someone else¹s recipe?also I have been using essential and fragrant oils and
> if I need to do something complicated at trace I will use essential oils cos I
> know that fragrant oils can be tricky but it is so tempting as it is hard to
> get essential oils of some of my favourite scents eg jasmine, vanilla and
> frangipani.
> As for colouring so far I have tried tumeric, curry, paprika, beetroot juice,
> carrot juice, spirulina, alkanet, crayon, soap colour from aromatics and
> more?.
> Hey and todays little offering, well it is a cocoa butter soap with cocoa
> swirled at trace, it is so beautiful, and it even had chocolate fragrance
> added ? and I even managed this successfully with visitors ariving in the
> midst of my soaping! Horrors! I really don¹t like distractions like that! I
> have been trying so hard to swirl and this worked so well. In fact the only
> swirls that have realy worked for me is the two soaps I have made with cocoa
> power added at trace and then part mixed with the whole batch..
> Wow ross, I just love the whole whatever you call it around your soap, it¹s
> not just ?soap¹, it¹s so much more?.its exciting, romantic, something?cant
> find the right words but u know what I mean! Thanks for sharing! Hey and as a
> new soaper, its great cos I don¹t feel totally inadequate looking at all the
> great soaps, rather,  interested, inspired and motivated and my soaps, sure
> they may be basic and rudimentary I guess and I will probably look back when I
> am a totally experienced soaper and think, oh gosh hasn¹t my technique
> developed so much!?. but they are in fact beautiful and special and so much
> nicer than bought soap..
> Thanks..
> Oh yeah, how would you sterilise sand?
> Looking forward to more of these posts! ka kite.
>  
> Arohanui
> Mandy Coleman
> Mokihinui Mansions
> 36-56 Lewis Street
> Mokihinui
> RD1 Westport
> 037821837
> 0273075881
> 
> 
> From: soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> On Behalf Of Ross Spencer
> Sent: Thursday, 7 January 2010 1:29 p.m.
> To: soapcraft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [soapcraft] Re: hello
>  
> Hi Mandy
>  
> Sounds like you are on your way!
>  
> I use silicon loaf moulds that are really easy to get fairly cheaply (Trademe,
> Payless Plastics, The Warehouse, etc).  I also have a huge silicon mould that
> I got from the US but haven¹t used it yet.
>  
> Soapmaker 3 is a really good piece of software that you might want to look at
> trying.  I find it indispensable.
>  
> What base oils are you using?  How are you scenting your soap (if you are)?
> Colouring?
>  
> Sand may be a bit coarse and you should ensure it is clean and sterile.
> Ground pumice is a good alternative or for an inclusion that is a little
> softer but still fairly ³scrubby² you could use poppy seeds or blueberry
> seeds.  I have been considering using hemp seed fibre as well.
>  
> Check out my Etsy store to see what I have been up to, soapwise ­
> www.galahad40.etsy.com <http://www.galahad40.etsy.com>
>  
> Cheers
>  
> Ross
>  
> 
> From: soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> On Behalf Of Mandy Coleman
> Sent: Thursday, 7 January 2010 10:50 a.m.
> To: soapcraft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [soapcraft] hello
>  
>  
>  
> Kia ora koutou
>  
> I am a new soaper and just thought I would join to share and learn more. I
> live on the beautiful (but wet and sometimes cool!) west coast of the south
> island. I have always been a creative crafty person and have been interested
> in making soap for some time. I got sick of having to hide my expensive
> vegetable oil based soap from the rest of my rather large family, as I
> couldn¹t afford for us all to use it!How sad is that! So I decided I would
> teach myself how to make soap and then we could all use the wonderful soap!
> Yay! I started in November which was very perfect in time for Xmas gifts etc.
> I have only been using the soap for a few weeks and I have just got my head
> around the ?no brainer¹ soapcalc. It took a while to understand the lye
> discount thing and in the beginning I just wanted to make soap from recipes I
> had found on the internet. I have been attempting to swirl but not a lot of
> success so far but I know I will get there. Yeah and I think I always beat too
> much as I am scared of the soap not setting so it¹s panic stations sometimes
> to get it out of the pot! Have just been using recycled molds so far- I am
> hoping that at least one of my lovely large family (of males, might I add!)
> might oblige sometime soon and offer to help/make me a soap mold! Well, pigs
> do fly sometimes! Has anyone ever used sand in their soap or infused
> eucalyptus leaves in oil and then used the oil?I made some beautifully colored
> yellow soap using carrot jiuce instead of water plus many more exciting and
> different bars. Any info much appreciated. Thanks
>  
> Arohanui
> Mandy Coleman
> Mokihinui Mansions
> 36-56 Lewis Street
> Mokihinui
> RD1 Westport
> 037821837
> 0273075881
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