January 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm #18879
I watched a YouTube video on Soaping 101’s channel about dollar store finds for soaping. Here’s the ones I jotted down.
Mixing bowls with handles
Double sided silicone spatulas
Plastic mixing spoons in various lengths
Popsicle sticks for stirring oil and mica
Chopsticks for swirling
Tea strainer for mica lines and dusting mica over the top
2.5 oz containers – great for samples
Pill organizer – good for storing micas
Plastic shoe boxes – make great incubators
Our dollar store here didn’t have all of these, but I did stock up on the mixing bowls with handles, double sided spatulas, and plastic mixing spoons. Also found plastic measuring cups. Essential oils trash them pretty quickly, but for a dollar, I can live with that.
I’ve found great little containers with lids, good for sample sizes of micas, in the art/painting department at the local craft store (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnns). They are also a good source for fun shaped silicone molds.January 21, 2017 at 12:07 pm #18881
Sweet. I’ll be bouncing over to ours sometime next week. 😁 They and I will become friends.January 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm #18886
I don’t know why I didn’t think of the dollar store when I first started buying soaping stuff. Another one of those *DUH* moments.January 21, 2017 at 12:57 pm #18905
Why would any of us? It’s one of those things that make you look back and go, Darn it! Same with bulk stores for pomace olive oil. $12 for like 2 gallons. I love you, bulk stores.January 21, 2017 at 4:46 pm #18925
I miss Dollar Stores. We’ve a few Dollar Store type shops but their items are of very very poor quality. And, makes me wonder what exactly is in the plastics and such.January 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm #18926
There is a lot of that there too! But the stuff I got for soaping has worked out well, especially the spatulas.January 21, 2017 at 7:39 pm #18963
I need more spatulas. Definitely. But if I can get soaping supplies cheaply, this will help tremendously at first. Plus I have enough orange oxide to start my first soaping projrct. 🍅January 21, 2017 at 8:02 pm #18968
I buy my spatulas from a baking supply shop. Come to think of it, quite a few of my HumbleBee&Me DIY materials are from a baking shop. So much cheaper than buying soap specific materials! And better quality too.January 21, 2017 at 8:17 pm #18973
I need to find a baking supply store nearby. Never thought of that. I could replace my stockpot. Could work with picking up some shakers too. Ooh, the brilliance of Penny.January 21, 2017 at 8:26 pm #18977
And lots and lots of stainless steel bowls in various shapes! You can even get awesome ones with spouts for easy pouring into soap molds! I’ve my eye on it!January 21, 2017 at 8:39 pm #18982
Bowls with spouts….oooh. And containers for lye water. And containers to keep my butters and oils better protected.
Dang it, now I’m demanding a baking/restaurant supply store!January 21, 2017 at 9:37 pm #18985
I want a cute little stainless steel pitcher. I’ve seen several soapmakers on YouTube that have them and I want one soooo bad!January 21, 2017 at 9:55 pm #18987
Be careful with the cute little stuff. They are problem to clean! Always think about the clean up….January 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm #18997
You mean the foam pitchers for espressos? Unless they’re big enough for holding lots of soap liquid, nope. Though, I admit, for melt and pour, they would be handy. Possibly for skin care.
But I’m with Penny. Too small means more clean up.January 21, 2017 at 10:31 pm #18998
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