[soapcraft] Re: hello

  • From: Ross Spencer <galahad@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: soapcraft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 07 Jan 2010 22:22:47 +1300

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 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]
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

 

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
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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