Hello! This hobby seems so nice and relaxing, as well as a neat little thing to learn! I also love knowing exactly what goes into products I use... etc
Anyways, I’m 100% brand new to all of this, so I was wondering if there are any good guides that helped you guys start out in terms of what you need to begin (ideally not 100$ machines?) and any helpful tips? Thank you!!
I've been a lurker here for a bit now and recently had the opportunity to create my first batch of HP soap at a local B&M shop for a birthday get together. It was super fun and I'd like to make it into a hobby that could potentially earn me some income. I just had a question regarding the mixing of the lye and water, and if I'm making the soap in a basement, would I need some type of vent? Would it be possible to mix the lye and water, let it sit outside, and then bring it in to cook?
I am a complete newcomer to soap making. Trying to convince my bride that we don't need to spend $28/lb for pretty glycerine soap at the local emporium. It is my belief that even melt and pour from the local mega-craft store will be a quarter the cost, and allows complete artistic freedom.
The big hang up is selecting fragrances she likes. Any recommendations on finding a broad selection of fragrances that could be added a few drops to single bars after pouring so she can get an idea of the aroma? While you can get most anything 30ml at a time, Those are $5 or $6 a shot and it really adds up quickly.
I really like the assortments from places like BrambleBerry, but again, $20 a pop just hurts to think about. Open to suggestions...
My girlfriend and I just started soap making early this year and really enjoy it. So far we have just been giving it out to friends and family but we were talked into setting up a table at a local community event. I was curious if there are any scents/types etc. that always seem to do well. I know it’s rather variable but figured I’d ask. Thanks.
Made castile soap last night. Infused the oil with herbs (calendula/witch hazel/lemon balm -- removed herbs before making soap) added rosemary/tea tree/lemon/orange at trace (few drops each - not much).
This morning they bars are still pretty mushy and I just want to know if that's normal or if I should worry.
Recently discovered an interest in soaps I didn't know I had. I was thinking one day that someone should make campfire scented soap, and after a quick google, I was lead to Outlaw Soaps. Some time with them, and next thing I know, I'm buying nice smelling soaps from all over the place. Not sure if this is against sub rules, but if anyone here sells soaps, leave me a link and I'll pick a scent or two out!
I've been trying out a kinda new soap. I had a really good recipe that did wonders for my skin but I wanted to dye it pitch black and add some dried orange peel for an exfoliate. I used activated charcoal, in order to do this however I've found my soap is now causing the tips of my fingers to crack and peel. It also makes my hands feel very tight and I think it's drying out my skin.
I definitely won't be using it in any of my future recipes but wanted to see if others had the same experience with it?