SparkPeople Soapers and Chandlers Team Messageboard Like to soap and other bath and body products? Just want to learn how to do this? Join! Remember this is a craft- you must seriously want to study herbs, oils, etc and their properties. SparkPeople Soapers and Chandlers Team Messageboard Greetings Is anyone still working on anything? I've had to return as bad habits have caused all the weight to return plus extra. I'm going to be making lotion again soon in prep for winter. My daughter lives in WY and fights dry skin terribly. Fri, 9 Aug 2019 10:29:53 EST Soap Ph Anyone test their soaps for Ph? Someone on another forum brought up the topic and it made me curious, so I got some litmus strips. All the soaps I've tested come out at 9. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:56:47 EST Herbs and natural healing I am not a soap maker but I do make my own body products and study herbalism. I have "cured" my eczema using a natural healing lotion bar that I make. I also make a natural hand sanitizer (no alcohol). <BR> <BR> Anyone else using herbs and other natural products? Let's share. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:14:56 EST Hi there Hi there, happy to have found the group. I make soap and lotions and other various things, my website is Thu, 3 Oct 2013 14:23:17 EST Farm market 2013 Any one selling at farm markets this summer. I finally got accepted in a large one near my town so excited. I applied months ago, had to send soap to health dept and to the board and finally got in!! They have never had a soap maker there so I am the only way. So cool! If you do fm can you give tips. I have done some craft fairs so I am not a new be and been selling soap for about 3 years and making for 6 years. I have had a lot of friends, family being my testers and really am happy w... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:44:45 EST Soapmaker Software Yesterday I ordered Soapmaker software for creating recipes, tracking inventory and more. I've been thinking about this for a while and finally decided to go for it. <BR> Fri, 3 May 2013 01:58:01 EST New Years Goals As 2012 comes to a close it's time to start thinking about 2013 and what we want to accomplish in the new year. I want to get back on track and get into Onederland. Specifically, my main goal is to get down to 166 before I renew my drivers license next December! Secondly, I want to start selling my soap! I've got an Etsy shop set up, just need to stock it. <BR> Any one else want to share? Tue, 25 Dec 2012 01:50:13 EST East coast soapers How's everyone doing back there? Fri, 9 Nov 2012 19:48:30 EST What's everyone planning for Fall? I'm deciding on what soaps to make for the fall season. Definately want to try some goats milk soaps and a pumpkin spice bar is in the works. I'm also working on some lip balm. Need to order the tubes soon. What are you all working on for the holidays? Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:03:05 EST What's your favorite soap you've made? Of the soaps I've made so far, one of my favorites is made with hemp oil and coconut milk. Made a wonderful creamy lather and looked like it was cut from a piece of jade. I'm planning on make another batch using hemp milk. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 03:51:30 EST Pamnangel aka Auntie Pam Hello everyone. Since I just became co-leader I thought I better actually introduce myself. I'm a 52 year old, single professional petsitter in a little town in northern California who has recently taken up soapmaking. I take care of my mother and grandmother and wanted something fun to do that could possibly turn I into a second business to supplement my petsitting. My name is Pam, but I go by Pamnangel on most forums. On Twitter I'm @AuntiePams. <BR> I've been making cold process soaps for... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:21:41 EST Two tone chunky soap I've made 3 batches so far (Chamomile, Green Tea Coconut & Green Tea Honey). I need to insulate the mold better because they're not saponifying all the way out in the corners. Anyhow, I chopped the second batch into chunks intending to make a 2-tone soap, but I didn't get to it right away. Everything I've read so far says you have to use chunks not more than a week old to do this. Has anyone made this with soap chunks cured over a week? The chunks are from the batch I poured Feb 12. Would I b... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:41:45 EST soap question i'm just starting out learning how to make soap...a friend was asking me to make her some face soap for dry skin using some flowers called calendula...i got a some soap bases one is olive oil base, one is glycerin, another one is goats milk base, and another is shea butter base. is there one that you think would work better than the others as a facial soap?, Sat, 18 Feb 2012 00:02:43 EST Refined Palm oil vs Raw Palm oil Any opinions or preferences? I came across raw palm oil on eBay and liked what they said about it opposed to the refined palm oil. I was wondering if anyone here had any preference. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:37:33 EST Think I found my team ! I make melt and pour soaps, lip balms, bath fizzys and I am going to try my hand at making sugar scrubs ! From what I've already seen, looks like some of you guys would have awesome recipes ! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:33:22 EST acne anyone? Try adding some french green clay to a good soap. I have a formulation if anyone wants to try it. Took my son from scarring acne to little if any at all. Sun, 6 Nov 2011 20:05:51 EST summer dryness? Have any of you tried adding a buffer to your soap? One that is excellent and hydrating is SALT! <BR> <BR> Add a cup or so of salt to your favorite recipe and see the results. Salt is a humectant and draws moisture to itself. It will NOT dry you moisturizes. Mon, 8 Aug 2011 20:38:00 EST Do we have any interest in a swap? If you're new and don't know what a swap is it works like this. <BR> <BR> 1. You figure out a product you'd like to share. When the swap is computed as to how many you make that many items minus one (unless you want one back and didn't keep any!) <BR> <BR> 2. You send all of your items to a central person. US postal service flat rate boxes work well. INCLUDED in your box with your items is your return postage. NO fair to send your items and get something in return if you don't pay you... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 16:40:48 EST Hi I found this message board by shear luck.. and happenstance. :) <BR> <BR> I have never made soap before but always found it very interesting, Looking for things to do to keep me from eating too much all the time. I get bored I eat, I get emotional I eat.. etc. I am sure you see the pattetn here. I currently quilt and make hair bows as hobby. I am sure most people would find it odd that I could ever be bored with 4 kids, but I find myself always doing things for them.. and not myself. So yes,... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 10:36:07 EST Hand Scrub I'm working on a recipe for a Mechanics Hand Scrub for some people I know. Is it best to start with a liquid soap base and then add pumice/borax/whatever scrubbies I want to use? It's going to be stored in a pump jar so it needs to be a slightly thick consistency (think GoJo) but not too thin either. Will the pumice/borax suspend or will it sink? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 28 Mar 2010 22:26:51 EST My chapstick I apologize if this isn't the appropriate place or appropriate to advertise, but I wanted to share some news. <BR> <BR> I have started making my own organic/natural chapstick and I pitched it to a local dairy farm/mom & pop place down the road (we get our dairy items delicious!) and they ordered a dozen of each of my flavors (Vanilla, Peppermint, and Sweet Orange)! I am so thrilled! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:03:07 EST Natural Laundry Soap Anyone have a handmade laundry soap they want to share? I've seen a few techniques online but haven't tried it yet. Any recipes and/or tips are appreciated! Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:26:30 EST Alkanet Root I've been trying to make most of my CP soaps with natural colorants and I've heard how wonderful alkanet root is, coloring anywhere from purple, to pink, to blues. I bought some alkanet root powder and tried to swirl it at trace and it came out black and bled through the rest of the soap. Tried another batch last night - this time with alkanet oil infusion - and now my soap is gray. Ugggh! Any suggestions? Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:29:51 EST Trumbull County Ohio here! Hello! Anyone near the Warren area? <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:48:00 EST Coffee butter So, I marked off the stuff that I wanted for my first batch of soap on Bramble Berry so the BF would know what to send me for Christmas. You know Coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil. So I can make a generic batch first and get the hang of CP. <BR> So, he sends me coffee butter. Don't get me wrong, I'm dying it try it out, but I haven't even made a generic batch yet, what am I supposed to do with coffee butter? <BR> Anybody use it before? I love the way it smells and the BF got a coffee soa... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 23:02:59 EST natural clays for coloring I started using some natural products for coloring. I just bought some rose koalin clay and love it in my cranberry soap I just made. I make a beautiful white lavender bar but was hoping to give it a little blueor lilac color. Any idea how to achieve it while staying with some natural clay or herb? Fri, 14 Aug 2009 09:44:20 EST any one interested in a fall soap swap? I've been soaping for just a little while. I've learned alot from other soapers and swaps. I thought it might be fun to start one on here. Right now I'm soaping for some of our fall craft festivals and have some wonderful soaps. Any one interested in doing a team fall swap? Sat, 1 Aug 2009 22:03:51 EST yikes what am I doing wrong ? Oh my goodness, where do I start... okay.. I'm just going to start with an introduction and go right into my dilemma :) <BR> My name is LaDeana and I'm 49 years old. Never was overweight as a child, in fact long long ago 30 years ago.. I didn't even weigh 100 LBS. but that certainly changed after marriage and raising our 3 lovely daughters. <BR> Its been kind of a up and down thing the last 30 years, I lose 30 lbs and gain it back, I lose 25 lbs and gain it back.. <BR> anyhow.. where I wor... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 18:55:57 EST Summer Aromathera apy-What's out there? <em>125</em> <BR> Well I am starting my Summer Aromatherapy classes soon and thought I might get some ideas from you! Or maybe give you some ideas...I will have my 1st ever MAN in my class...I'm excited! I get to do some of the MANLY type stuff like foot powder and shoe freshener!! Also muscle achy stuff would be popular! I also have an interest in soap making...which I haven't done since I was a kid... hand milled soap I think it was...real simple. So I have been reading up and getting... Sun, 24 May 2009 09:55:44 EST Frugal Thoughts For These Tough Times I thought I'd start a thread for any ideas to be "crafty" <em>20</em> about saving money - soap/candles or otherwise! <BR> <BR> My first suggestion - make soups and stews using dried beans and lentils. Beans are cheap, easy to cook with, and have an almost perfect combination of good carbs, protein, and fibre! If you don't have a crock-pot, you can get one at a second-hand store dirt-cheap! You can make a big pot of veggie chili for under $5!!! <BR> <BR> Second suggestion - learn how t... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 11:55:38 EST HELP!!!!! I need a good place to purchase Honey Almond or Cherry fragrance oil. Does anyone know of a good supplier? <BR> <BR> It seems that most of my regular places don't sell it anymore. <BR> <BR> GRRRRR!!!!! Mon, 19 Jan 2009 09:19:18 EST 2009 Goals OK! Let get this topic hopping. <BR> <BR> What are your goals for this year? <BR> <BR> Mine are to lose that last 10 pounds by modifying my eating habits and my exercise routine. <BR> <BR> Also to make more soap Wed, 14 Jan 2009 09:24:44 EST 2009 Soaping Goals I sold over 300 bars last year at the local farmer's market and craft shows. <BR> <BR> January is a great time to get ahead of the game. <BR> <BR> Hope to increase my small soap business and incorporate another personal use item, maybe a lotion bar. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 11:22:10 EST welcome Fireraven Howdy! introduce yourself! Wed, 31 Dec 2008 23:55:59 EST Newbie! <em>213</em> <BR> Hello everyone! <BR> My daughter and I are just starting to make Goat Milk soap! So I am a newbie to the team and to soap making! <BR> All pointers will be welcome! <BR> Sun, 7 Dec 2008 11:29:32 EST What are any of you making this week? I made a lovely goatmilk lotion to take to a local street festival. Scented it about 6 different ways catered to local tastes and of course a pumpkin pie scent as it's a pumpkin festival. <BR> <BR> Anyone doing anything fun? Tue, 28 Oct 2008 13:55:00 EST hello :) Well from my name you can probably tell I make soap :) . I been making soap and other body & bath products for 8 years now. <BR> <BR> I had a hand at the business but failed. So I decided to turn it back into a hobby, and make items for friends and family. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all :) Thu, 7 Aug 2008 18:01:19 EST hand lotion <BR> REMEMBER ANYTIME you use water or milk in a lotion to add a preservative. Body butters do not need preservative since there is no water. Water is the conduit for germs in these things and it's essential to use a good preservative. Remember that breast cancer survivors are told to not use parabens so find one paraben free if you can. Optiphen is a good one. <BR> <BR> <BR> GROUP 1: <BR> 3/4 c. Sweet Almond Oil <BR> 1/3 C Coconut Butter <BR> 1 tsp Cocoa Butter <BR> Vit. E (1200 IU) <... Mon, 21 Jul 2008 11:11:28 EST Hello Hi all! I'm Ranae from Mich, and I have been making glycine soap for about 10 years now. I add herbs and essential oils to it. Yes its the easy soap, but I break out bad with lye soaps. Honestly I think it was all the other chemicals in them because a friend of mine made some wonderful goat's milk soap and I had no problem with it. I haven't started making candles but I would just love too. I also make lotions, bath salts too. Anyhow I think this is a wonderful forum! Mon, 14 Jul 2008 15:52:13 EST wake up! Well, lets see for me... <BR> <BR> -bought a commercial building and opening a restaurant <BR> -involved in the Mississippi River flood resulting in 18 inches of water in my house which is 12' up in the air on stilts-talk about deep water! <BR> -closed my bakery and moved into it to have a place to live and get started on the new place <BR> -getting kicked out of the bakery currently by the landlord or city...I think landlord <BR> -trying to clean the filthiest restaurant you've ever seen or... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 13:33:29 EST absense for a bit <link><BR>p?wfo=lsx&gage=clkm7&view=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1 </link> <BR> <BR> This shows the river stages for approximately where I live. Note that 34.5 feet is inside my home which is 12' up in the air on stilts. Insurance says if I get 40%+ value destroyed they will pay to raise it. If you look under the left side of the graph and see the words tabular data you can see a longer forecast showing it reaching 36.4 and if you go downriver to the next lock and dam... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 16:22:52 EST Homemade Facial Peel from a friend Copied and pasted from a friend of mine. <BR> <BR> <BR> I read this somewhere and tried it out today: <BR> <BR> Mix 1 packet of Knox unflavored gelatin with 1.5 Tablespoons milk. This will make enough to do at least 2 big <BR> faces BTW. ") <BR> Nuke 10-15 seconds and apply to face. They said use a brush, but I don't have a brush so fingers work just as well. Let dry, peel, and rinse any residue. It dries pretty fast. <BR> <BR> It's supposed to work like those Biori things, and I'd say i... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 11:05:22 EST Convention I am going to a soap convention for the firt time. It is this coming weekend. I hope to learn and meet new friends. Has anyone else been to a soap convention? <BR> Brenda Wed, 2 Apr 2008 06:13:40 EST To lard or not to lard Do you use lard in you soap making? <BR> I do.I love it in my soaps.I do make some all vegy oil soaps but the ones I add lard and or tallow to I like much better.Now I only use up to 50% but I have arequest for a "grandmas lye soap" with 100% lard.Anyone make this?I would think it would lather much. Tue, 1 Apr 2008 20:04:16 EST emulsified sugar scrubs 5 C. sugar <BR> 5 oz e wax <BR> 3 2/3 oz rice bran oil <BR> 3 1/3 oz wheat germ oil <BR> 3 2/3 ox shea butter <BR> preservative to mfg directions <BR> drizzle of poly 80 <BR> jojoba beads if desired <BR> <BR> melt in a warm oven the oils and waxes. Cool slightly and add preservative. Mix in sugar. <BR> <BR> Split up amongst bowls to add FO and coloring if you want along with jojoba beads if you want. <BR> <BR> These are real pretty with complimenting scents and colors layered in a jar... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 11:50:36 EST soapcalc 101 for www.soap Ok say the following is true: <BR> we have a recipe that uses 33.6 oz palm 9.6 coconut and 4.8 castor. That is a total of 48 oz. But to use this we need percentages. Divide 33.6 by 48 to get 70% palm, then continue to find that you need 20% coconut and 10% castor. <BR> <BR> We have a recipe that uses 33.6 oz of Palm Oil, 9.6 oz of Coconut Oil and 4.8 oz of Castor Oil. <BR> That is a total of 48 oz. But to use the calculator we need %. So divide 33.6 by 48 and you have 70% of palm, divid... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 05:10:18 EST Welcome Datsme! Introduce yourself! Whatcha make? Any specialties? Mon, 28 Jan 2008 15:15:08 EST Welcome Ewilfong! Yay! Another member, welcome! Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:22:09 EST early 08 schedule for admin Just letting y'all know that I AM over the pneumonia I've been dealing with but have scheduled a colonoscopy for the 30th of Jan and a total hysterectomy for we hope Feb 13. Will keep updated as I find out. Just being proactive so no worries. Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:07:39 EST Welcome KBaldonado Glad to have you here! Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:05:59 EST Welcome Mochahontas Glad to have you join us!! Fri, 11 Jan 2008 17:32:23 EST Welcome Kozmikchik Glad you joined us! Fri, 4 Jan 2008 15:09:27 EST Welcome Elorajade Great to have your soaping pic on your page too! Welcome! <BR> <BR> Purr Tue, 11 Dec 2007 16:16:14 EST Cocoalicious Body Butter The other one I favor. This one is more solid but works similarly. Note you can make body butters out of almost any combination just formulate it until it is thick enough to your liking. To find out which oils are good for what oil properties wherever you can. <BR> <BR> 6 oz olive oil/avocado/your choice <BR> 4 oz cocoa butter <BR> 4 oz shea butter <BR> 4 oz candelilla wax <BR> 2 oz sweet almond oil or your choice <BR> touch of emu oil <BR> I use Almond fragrance oil <BR... Fri, 30 Nov 2007 16:48:10 EST Lip Balm 3.2 oz sweet almond oil, jojoba, avocado, whatever <BR> 2 oz shea butter <BR> 1.2 oz cocoa butter <BR> 1.6 oz candelilla wax <BR> flavoring oil as NOT use FLAVORING EXTRACTS <BR> <BR> Melt cocoa butter and candelilla wax. Let cool a little, add in shea and liquid oil-mix well. Pour into tubes or lip pots. Fri, 30 Nov 2007 16:43:54 EST Welcome Rosey! RoseyJosie? introduce yourself if you wouldn't mind! Holler if there is any formulation in particular you're interested in! <BR> <BR> Purr Fri, 30 Nov 2007 16:33:47 EST welcome to Grammaval If you're here give us a hello! <BR> <BR> Purr Fri, 30 Nov 2007 11:43:32 EST Whipped Body Butter ala Purr Do NOT try this with too little or it won't whip right. A pound is about what I would do, less is risky. <BR> <BR> 1 lb Butter of choice (shea, mowrah, babassu) I prefer unrefined shea because refining removes the good things that heal! <BR> <BR> 4 oz monoi de tahiti or coconut oil <BR> <BR> 4 oz oil. I use a combination of calendula infused olive, rice bran, emu oil, jojoba, and sweet almond <BR> <BR> fragrance <BR> <BR> Soften butter and coconut/monoi in oven at low or 170 degrees. ... Fri, 30 Nov 2007 10:56:10 EST Cellulite Wrap that was asked about 8 drops of grapefruit essential oil <BR> 2 drops each of essential oils of thyme, fennel, lavender, geranium, juniper berry <BR> 2 cups (500 ml) almond oil <BR> <BR> Cellophane wrap <BR> <BR> <BR> To Use <BR> 1: Heat the bathroom or bedroom to the desired level. <BR> 2: Use a plastic squirt bottle for combining the essential oils along with the almond oil. Shake well while mixing. <BR> 3: Exfoliate the skin using the method you prefer. <BR> 4: Knead the oil mixture while standing in the sh... Mon, 12 Nov 2007 12:46:16 EST Bath Salts 1 c. baking soda <BR> 1 c. kosher salt <BR> 1 c. sea salt or dead sea salt <BR> 1 c. epsom salts <BR> <BR> mix well and you can color it if you want. Add fragrance oil as you desire. I use tubes to put this in. <BR> <BR> Purr Mon, 12 Nov 2007 12:41:44 EST Fizzing Bath Bomb 1 C. baking soda <BR> 1/2 C. citric acid <BR> 1/3 c. Epsom salt <BR> 1/4 t. borax <BR> 2 1/2 T. oil or butters <BR> 3/4 c. water <BR> 1/4 t. fragrance oil <BR> poly 80 if desired <BR> colorant if desired <BR> <BR> Mix the dry ingredients then slowly add the wet. Pack into molds or like a snowball, or simply use as is. Let it dry before selling or using. <BR> <BR> Purr Mon, 12 Nov 2007 12:38:19 EST To compute the volume of a mold for soap Example say you have a mold that is 3 inches by 7 inches by 2 inches deep. Multiply it to get cubic inches. <BR> <BR> 3x7x2=42 cubic inches <BR> <BR> Soap formulations are almost always done by the amount of oils and the magic number is .38. Take your cubic inches times .38 to get the amount of oils it would take to fill this mold. You can use .38 oz of oils for every cubic inch of mold. <BR> <BR> 42 x .38= 15.96 or 1 lb of oils. <BR> <BR> REMEMBER however that you do not want to fil... Mon, 12 Nov 2007 12:33:59 EST Bubble Jelly! Fun for kids! <BR> <BR> Package knox gelatin <BR> 3/4 C. water, boiling <BR> 1/2 C. clear liquid soap or bubble bath <BR> fragrance oil to "taste" <BR> coloring and bath glitter if you so desire! <BR> Jars or molds <BR> <BR> Mix the water and the knox to dissolve. Slowly add the soap and colorant along with the fragrance oil. (most likely a drop of two of food coloring and about 5-10 drops fragrance oil) <BR> <BR> These are cute in jars with maybe an embedded toy. Refridgerate to get it... Fri, 10 Aug 2007 11:43:18 EST sugaring.. .something for you to try Anyone wax or use like Nads? Why pay that price! Make it yourself! For PENNIES! <BR> <BR> First, go get some cheap cotton fabric and cut it in strips. I found going to the remnant section was great. Use pinking shears then you can wash and reuse these things! <BR> <BR> Ok the fun part! <BR> Mix <BR> 1 C. sugar <BR> half a lemon's worth of juice <BR> 1/4 C. honey <BR> drizzle of molasses <BR> <BR> Heat it till it's bubbly. Turn off heat and let it cool some. When you can touch it wi... Thu, 19 Jul 2007 17:07:25 EST Where's Diane? Now we're down to two? I hadn't had a chance to "meet" her yet. <BR> I'm sorry she left. <BR> Judy Tue, 26 Jun 2007 22:43:00 EST NEW Hi all...I am about a week into sparkpeople and I absolutely love it! I'm feeling so much better and more in control. <BR> I joined this team because my passion is making lotions, massage oils, scrubs, salts, etc. I love using essential oils as well as perfume oils. I would love to share ideas and recipes. <BR> Hope to hear soon.... <BR> Judy Mon, 25 Jun 2007 15:54:23 EST