[soapcraft] Re: hello

 

 

Kia ora

 

I don't even know what one of those oils is leterlone know its smell!! They
sound interesting. Now I wanna get some and try them out! Lavender is one of
my favourites, I am also into the tropical and flower thing ie jasmine
frangipani coconut mango..i have been experimenting with a few blends and
reading about high, middle and base notes.and figuring how much to put in my
soap..still getting to the right amount, so hard to tell as they fade, some
more than others, one day I will be a soap guru ha.

Couple of qs

Has anyone used alkanet for colouring, also ultramarines and mica?
Apparently mica doesn't work in cold process soaps.and what are u using for
colour anyhow?

Hey ross tell me about your love hate relationship with jasmine?

And now of course I want to try a castille! For the experience and I am sure
it will be some1s favourite!

I took my soap to the local market yesterday, well that's enough to make u
not wanna even sell anything ever again! The whole selling thing, I have so
many mixed feelings about it.being an anti-capitalist and all! I wanna
recoup some of my $$ so I can MAKE MORE SOAP of course and I want to give
myself more room on my drying rack and soap storage space (ie my bedroom!)
and most of all I want to share my beautiful creations which have in them
some of me somehow.but I have decided that I don't want to share my
creations with just anybody which happens when you open that commercial
door..but then maybe that's just because I didn't sell very many soaps! I DO
want to sell or share my soap with people that appreciate it! Which brings
me to another point..i wonder what I should sell it for? I have been going
by weight and started at $3 for 100gms to friends and then $3.50 at the
market cos I had to cover the cost of my stall. I worked this out on mariuia
soaps which sell for approx $4 a 100gms and cos I was new at it and I havent
totally sorted my packaging and presentation yet that I should sell it a bit
cheaper. I figured that most of my soaps cost me approx $1 per bar (and the
bars are all differtn sizes cos I don't like uniform! Surprise!) to make,
some have cost more as I have experimented with high amounts of nutty oils
and some butters in the odd one. I think in future tho the idea of keeping
the nutties (!) to 10% is a good one and same for butters at 5% or so.

Anyhow sory to rave on but it is school holidays and apparently summer in
the southern hemisphere although here in mokihinui, one would really wonder
tho as it is raining yet again!and 13 degrees outside.

Also I have been browsing a forum on teachsoap website just for interests
sake.they were discussing canola oil and that it can be a bit tricky ie go
rancid and u shouldn't use more than 10%. 1 of my 1st soaps I made has a
higher prop canola, 24%, now I am worried it might go rancid, it seems
perfectly fine and we are using it and its lovely. Has any1 had any rancid
experiences they could share? 

 

Many thanks, I think that is it this time

 

Arohanui

Mandy Coleman

Mokihinui Mansions

36-56 Lewis Street

Mokihinui

RD1 Westport

037821837

0273075881

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From: soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Ross Spencer
Sent: Friday, 8 January 2010 11:38 p.m.
To: soapcraft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [soapcraft] Re: hello

 

I think it is worth making a traditional castile soap at least once just for
the experience.

 

I will always use castor in mine.  I love it and I really, really like to
ensure my soap goes through the gel stage.

 

I have a love/hate relationship with jasmine :-)

 

What are your favourite oils, everyone?

 

Mine are:

 

Clary Sage

Black Pepper

Bergamot

Vetiver

Patchouli (aged)

 

Ross

 

From: soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Mandy Coleman
Sent: Friday, 8 January 2010 9:25 p.m.
To: soapcraft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [soapcraft] Re: hello

 

 

 

Kia ora louise

 

Its interesting whn u put ur recipe through a lye calc with castor oil and
without - u can see the difference esp on the little soap calc graphs. I
just made an almond and palm oil soap and I should actually have put castor
oil and perhaps even some coconut for a more balanced soap - its not going
to be a very lathery soap but will be great moisturiser-have to wait and see
what it turns out like to use, in any case it is beautiful and smells divine
(its jasmine, 1 of my favourite scents) so even if its not so gr8 to use I
can look at it and smell it lots! Lol! And I am sure it will be good for
moisturising in any case. When I first started the thought of castor oil,
well I thought yuk why would u put it in soap! I have only used one of my
soaps that has castor oil and it has a creamy lathery feel, more so than the
ones without it. And yeah like I said that's the 2nd prson I know that
swears by it so I think there is something in it.  :-)  I have heard that
olive oil soaps can be slimey so I have steered away from 100% ones, I have
made a baby soap that has 75% olive, havent trialled it yet so cant tell you
whether it's a slimey one or not.keep u posted

 

Arohanui

Mandy Coleman

Mokihinui Mansions

36-56 Lewis Street

Mokihinui

RD1 Westport

037821837

0273075881

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From: soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Louise Shing
Sent: Friday, 8 January 2010 7:18 p.m.
To: soapcraft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [soapcraft] Re: hello

 

Hi Mandy

I wasn't aware that castor oil was so great, do you use it in all your
soaps?  I'll have to start using it.

I got given a 100% macadamia nut oil soap for Christmas and to be honest I
don't really like it as it is slimy, I wonder if it's 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 you've tested your soaps what they're like as I'm
interested to find out.


Cheers
Louise


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


 

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

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From: soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
<mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx%5d>  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 :-)

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]
<mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx%5d>  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 else's 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 don't 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, it's
not just 'soap', it's 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 don't 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 hasn't 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

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From: soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
<mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx%5d>  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 haven't 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 "scrubby" 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>
<http://www.galahad40.etsy.com> 
 
Cheers
 
Ross
 

From: soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
<mailto:soapcraft-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx%5d>  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
couldn't 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 brainer' 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 it's 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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