[soapcraft] Re: hello

  • From: "Liz Brook" <liz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <soapcraft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 18:44:38 +1300

Oh and Ross - your soaps are beautiful - I love those bright colours!

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ross Spencer 
  To: soapcraft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 1:29 PM
  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)?  


  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. 



  Mandy Coleman

  Mokihinui Mansions

  36-56 Lewis Street


  RD1 Westport




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