March 30, 2017 at 8:10 am #21439
Okay, I have not gotten my soap mold made, so no floating soap yet. I did make a batch of Maries liquid soap base and tried to make the vanilla shea body wash,however the scent isn’t taking. I added tons of vanilla eo,but all you can smell is ‘soap’ fragrance. I used crude shea butter for the base. Can anyone troubleshoot me or help me to change the fragrance to something less off putting? I wish I could waft the scent out there for you (kinda….its like soap gone bad smell except it’s fresh, don’t want to gag you) Would the crude shea butter turn it?March 30, 2017 at 12:33 pm #21440
Unrefined Shea does have that nutty flavor scent that is not my favourite. You might need to go to a fragrance oil versus E.O. Sometimes essential oils are just volatile enough they disperse too quickly to really bond to the soap. Or lotion or even some body butters, believe it or not. Depends on the butters and oils used.
The only other thing I can think is if there is a modifier to help hold the scent better. Otherwise my brain is dead. I just finished my taxes and my head and throats are killing me.March 31, 2017 at 8:09 am #21446
I bought the unrefined Shea once and will never do that again. The smell is hard to mask with anything and I don’t like to add a lot of fragrance oils since I am sensitive to strong smells. I made her liquid soap once and could never get it to work like she did so I finally threw it out. I’ve seen some really cool tutorials on how to make liquid Castile soap involving a crock pot I want to try at some point. It seems easy enough.
Connie, have you bought any surfactants? Maybe you can modify the vanilla body wash recipe and use surfactants instead of the liquid soap. You could probably thicken with xanthan gum to make it more like a thick body wash texture, since some surfactant recipes can be quite thin and runny.March 31, 2017 at 8:47 pm #21449
Twin, we will have to crockpot castille together. 😁 It is on my list of soaps to accomplish. What? Mr. Man requires liquid soap and if I can indulge with that with a surfactant boost, I’m happy. Then he’ll be happy. Then money saved, money goes to vacation retreat.
Btw, I’m told it’s going to be a girl. LolApril 1, 2017 at 10:10 am #21451
Shoot, Twin, you don’t even need liquid soap to make a liquid cleanser. Just buy some empty foamer bottles and make a surfactant blend. Or don’t buy foamer bottles and make a surfactant concoction, thicken with Crothix, and put in regular bottle or pump top bottle. There are oodles of surfactant recipes on Susan’s blog. Just make one or a few of those and see which one he likes. Boom! Money saved and you didn’t have to make liquid Castile to do it, since I *think* you have enough ingredients at your disposal.😁
Um, a girl??? What???April 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm #21454
So I need to look on blog for recipes. I’m slow.
Surprise, gramma hood comes in August or so. *headdesk*April 2, 2017 at 4:54 am #21457
But I don’t wanna throw it out (she whines miserably) I made it and I want it to work 😛 I will play around with a new batch this week to see if fragrance oils helpApril 2, 2017 at 4:05 pm #21464
Lmao, I’m with you, Connie. If I can modify it without tossing, I’m good. But throwing it out? 😱😱😱😱
It’s like my fiction writing. I still have the first novel I finished, but is still unpublished. I refuse to give up on it. In fact, I’ve figured out how to fix it a few weeks ago and started making notes on it. *dancing crazily* So, if I can rescue something I made..I’m all for it. Which is why I worry when my soap goes wrong…I’m going to be so upset!April 3, 2017 at 4:35 am #21503PennyParticipant
(hi everyone! Long time no see! I miss you all terribly and I miss puttering. I really miss puttering!)
For Marie’s liquid soap recipe, I made it two or three times with different suppliers of POH. And each time was an epic fail in so many ways. One failure even looked like play dough. Go figure.
I second Belinda’s opinion about unrefined shea it is a monster to work with. I used the last of mine in some soap and even in soap you could smell the smokeyness AND to top it all off? I even got millions of these tiny little shea balls everywhere in the soap. I had to toss it out as I kept cutting myself on them. And that’s a razors job. Not a soaps.
I’m floating around!April 3, 2017 at 6:15 am #21505
I have a big tub of it :O ! I figured it out, it smells like plastic. Weird. Any way I am going to give it to my dad for using as a degreaser for his hands after working with enginesApril 3, 2017 at 8:30 am #21509
I made a huge batch of the liquid soap base too. Used 1500g of oils. I stored it in mason jars, tried multiple times and multiple ways to get it to work and nada. Then I noticed it delevoped theses strange white-ish spots all throughout the gel and over the top. I hadn’t the faintest clue what that was or what it could be. At that point I said “forget it!” and chucked it out.
Plastic smell not good! Ugh! And raw Shea, also ugh! Give me the refined stuff all day, every day so I don’t have that smell!
Hi Barb! Long time, no see!😁April 3, 2017 at 8:32 am #21510
Congratulations Gramma, I mean Twin! Awesome news!!👵🏼 Babies are so sweet! Well, until they barf on you…..then, hey, you can have your kid back!! Haha!April 3, 2017 at 4:59 pm #21522PennyParticipant
LOL! I have never in my life wanted kids, even my parents told me that I was never a doll person either (some girls I guess like to put dolls in a stroller and pretend, I wanted my tonka truck!) and growing up I was frowned at for not wanting to have kids. I always said that if I ever got married, it would be to a guy who had a few kids already. That way, I could just add water and they’d grow.
I’m so not a kids person for more than 60 minutes with a ten minute break. In a perfect world? It would be forty minutes with the kids, twenty minute break, then rinse and repeat all day.
Kids. Shudder.April 3, 2017 at 6:39 pm #21526
Why then, may I ask, are you a teacher…to KIDS?!?! Haha! You are so funny Barb! You know you love those little monsters you teach. Sneezing all over you, wiping their germy hands all over you, wiping boogies on your shirt, throwing temper tantrums…..kids are FUN!! You should have a dozen! Haha!!
I can just see your expression now!! Haha!April 3, 2017 at 7:16 pm #21531
Boogers! Eeewww! That’s just nasty. Kids are fun in doses, until they go back. Being an auntie is much easier. Much easier.
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