[soapcraft] Re: hello

  • From: Ross Spencer <galahad@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: soapcraft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 07 Jan 2010 13:29:28 +1300

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)?


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 -






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
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 



Mandy Coleman

Mokihinui Mansions

36-56 Lewis Street


RD1 Westport




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