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Old 01-18-2013, 04:23 AM   #101
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Just made my third batch. Did a basic 40/30/30 Olive/Coconut/Palm, but used cold press coffee concentrate for 1/3 of my water, and added .5oz/lb peppermint essential oil, a very small touch of tangerine essential oil (the dregs of a bottle), and some shredded homegrown tobacco. Menthol soap!

The coffee really darkened the soap -- right now it's the color of caramel, but I only used a small amount, so it goes a long way. The smell from the lye/water/coffee mixture was decidedly worse than the normal smell, for whatever reason (and for whatever it's worth). I'll report back with more info later, but thanks again to Yooper for initiating this thread. Another addictive hobby! And I'm now a 26 year old dude who makes soap. Own it, right?

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Old 02-06-2013, 09:41 PM   #102
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What have you done, Yooper.

I just bought:

Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
Palm Oil
Shea Butter
Castor Oil
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Immersion Blender
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:03 PM   #104
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Two batches of soap in the mold! Really easy and really quick. Looking forward to enjoying the finished product. For the 2nd one I added some powdered charcoal to turn it grey, looks awesome.

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Old 02-19-2013, 02:55 PM   #105
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Also, I added 1/2 oz of powdered hop pellets to half a batch (~12 of oils) and the hop aroma is definitely noticeable...we'll see if it still is after 4 weeks of curing.

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Saw this thread, about the same time as I got all upset at P&G for being in bed with Monsanto, so I had to try making soap. I have all the stuff now and I'm going to do the first batch tomorrow. THANKS for posting this!

Questions: do you ever mill soap, and if so, why? What does it get you? Do you have to melt it down after you mill it? I gather that's a more efficient way to add scents?
How do people make transparent or translucent soaps?


I got a book from the library to research this further, and I saw something funny. They are just as adamant as you are about how to mix lye, but they are insistent that you add water to lye, not the other way around. LOL I'm going with your way, since my daughter is a chemist and agreed with you.

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...They are just as adamant as you are about how to mix lye, but they are insistent that you add water to lye, not the other way around. LOL I'm going with your way, since my daughter is a chemist and agreed with you.
It's all about concentration.

Add lye to water...you start with a little bit of lye into a lot of water and gradually increase the concentration

Add water to lye...when that first drop of water hits, you have a ridiculously concentrated solution...not good.
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Just made a batch today, and it's super easy with your instructions, Yooper! So easy, we just made a second batch immediately.
If it's this easy, I think I'm hooked. Now comes the hard part, just like with beer - waiting!

Relax, don't worry have a hot shower? And a beer?

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Saw this thread, about the same time as I got all upset at P&G for being in bed with Monsanto, so I had to try making soap. I have all the stuff now and I'm going to do the first batch tomorrow. THANKS for posting this!

Questions: do you ever mill soap, and if so, why? What does it get you? Do you have to melt it down after you mill it? I gather that's a more efficient way to add scents?
How do people make transparent or translucent soaps?


I got a book from the library to research this further, and I saw something funny. They are just as adamant as you are about how to mix lye, but they are insistent that you add water to lye, not the other way around. LOL I'm going with your way, since my daughter is a chemist and agreed with you.
Just saw your questions, so sorry I didn't answer before.

I don't mill or rebatch, as it's a pain. But yes, that would be one way to add scents that wouldn't survive the saponification process.

I've read more about hot process, basically cooking the soap in a crockpot, and that's another way to add scent (after the cook) but I've never done it.

I'm glad your daughter agreed with me, and you avoided a lye volcano!
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