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  • in reply to: White CP soap #23340
    Penny
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    Hi @KMYoung! Kaolin Clay in high amounts won’t actually give you a white bar. It will give you a… creamy/ivory/beigy/tuapishy colour. To truly get a pristine white bar of soap, titanium dioxide. May I ask why you don’t want to use it?

    If you are looking at getting a bar of soap mostly, probably all white, try this recipe:
    80%coconut oil
    20% shea butter OR lard (lard is beautiful in soap!)
    Superfat at about 30%

    This recipe is a recipe I make frequently and is one of my more requested soaps, probably because it is smells like coconut lime.

    Maddy is correct when she says that too much coconut oil in soap can be drying, but she left out the information on superfatting a recipe. If you superfat a bar of 80% coconut oil soap at 5% or even 8%, your skin is stripped clean of your natural oils resulting in your skin being dry. If you follow the literature on making 100% coconut soap (or even mostly coconut oil soap +60%) and play with the superfat, you will have a lovely and amazing bar of soap. 30% superfat is what my skin likes when I use 80% coconut oil, but some find 22% is good for them as well.

    And now back to the white soap: I find using the recipe I mentioned above to provide a nice white bar of soap that lathers like a dream.

    Sticking to oils that are lighter will give you a lighter looking bar. Tallow is another great ingredient to work with in soaping, but tallow will give you an off white kind of bar. I find too much cocoa butter or shea butter gives you a beige coloured soap as well. Olive oil, you possibly could get a white bar, but after dozens of different coloured olive oils, I still get a off white coloured bar. Just remember, what works for one person may or may not work for you. Play around with various oil combinations and see what you get. And play around with different additives to see what might work for you.

    Hopefully this helps you out!

    in reply to: Essential oils especially lime #23339
    Penny
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    Honestly, when it comes to citrus, I go crazy usually double what Marie suggests. And even then the scent doesn’t seem to last all that long if at all. And I find lime and lemon to be the worst of the citrus family.

    I have been experimenting with fragrance oils in face products as I seemed to always use essential oils not for their properties, but for their scents. I have to say that I am quite impressed by their staying power especially the citrus. And I am saving a fortune as I may only need one drop of fragrance oil instead of 20 for the same scent.

    Two little tricks I’ve picked up:
    1) use orange wax for an orangey scent
    2) use sea buckthorn fruit oil for a fruity scent profile

    Hopefully this helps, but

    Penny
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    Ummm… which one is the fig?
    And, can you provide us with more information, ingredients? And I like to see a swatch of colour. I usually take the colour on a standard peice of white paper and streak it gently. I find it is easier to recreate!

    in reply to: silk peptides-the smell #23199
    Penny
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    I know Marie provides Amazon links and some items from Amazon are decent. But there are some doozies on there!

    in reply to: silk peptides-the smell #23197
    Penny
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    Ummm… are you 100% those were silk peptides?

    I find silk has a somewhat sickeningly/cloyingly sweet scent but I only notice that because I am working with it. In lotions and such, I don’t have that issue. And, I’ve had silks be a buttery yellow, white and greenish (currently).

    If your silk is somewhat newish, I would strongly suggest telling your supplier what happened. If your silks aren’t somewhat newish, I’d say buy from another supplier and compare.

    in reply to: 6 Reasons why the Heat and Hold Method is a Myth #23173
    Penny
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    Ok. So what is the HLB system?

    I’m going to post a new thread in the experiment&wondering section… follow me!

    in reply to: Preservatives-which one? #23172
    Penny
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    Oh wow Totoro! AWESOME! I may not always say it or have the knowledge to fully understand what you are saying, but I really do appreciate your posts. Loving this thread topic about preservatives as the break down for various ingredients and which preservative would work better is amazing!!! I’m currently gathering information for a future blog post about preservatives and their importance, and this helps me to better understand what they are all about!


    @Artistalisa
    , you mentioned that a few months ago you found Marie’s blog and are wanting to find a preservative to use. I personally like and prefer Liquid Germall Plus as it is a broad spectrum preservative. As Totoro mentioned, it does has one disadvantage that sometimes does my head in. You can only add it at temperatures below 40C. Good luck creating!

    in reply to: Online Classes for formulating #23153
    Penny
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    At this time, I can only look at classes/courses that will provide me with something swanky pretty that I can put up on a wall to say hey! Look at me! I am bright and shiny!

    I do want to take part in the Chemists Corner at some point, but they don’t provide that bling I need.

    I’m liking what I’ve seen about the Formula Botanic. I’m kind of thinking of just taking one of their cheaper programs and just giving that a go before trying something as pricy as the diploma programs.

    Thoughts?

    in reply to: Buying a ph meter #23150
    Penny
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    Exactly. Sonia has said she wants to buy me one for an early Christmas present but I just have to tell her the make and model. I’ve been looking, but what to look for?

    It’s not buying a computer or a phone where everyone has one so you can literally just walk up to some bloke and say, hey, what phone do you have? Do you like it? Can I have it? kind of deal.

    I asked a couple of Chinese friends, and they just told me to stop asking them for shopping help.

    I want something that is dummy friendly, quality, will last a good number of years, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and both eye brows, and lots of I think it is called corrector fluid/agent?

    in reply to: Online Classes for formulating #23147
    Penny
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    I am all for dropping the money. I have it there in the bank wanting to spend it on a few different classes. But I just don’t want it to be like my college and university experience were the classes were a waste of time, pointless and well, didn’t give me what they promised.

    It still drives me bananas what people consider natural.

    And for the modified cationic guar gum? That’s the other problem if the ingredients are too whacky- how the heck can I get them?

    And another problem, will the instructors grade me lower if I choose to use my chemical preservative? I have problems.

    in reply to: Creation Station #23115
    Penny
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    When you are working with smellies or powders and clays and making more than just a tiny amount, toss on your mask. You will thank yourself later.

    in reply to: Creation Station #23112
    Penny
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    @Belinda, Eh? Paste? Would you happen to have a link to that?

    Ah Cyn. How I miss central air. My kitchen is practically closed for the summer as it is just way too hot to do anything. And way too humid. Even my hair does crazy things in this weather.

    I’m super envious of your counter space and central air to do all you’ve done!

    in reply to: Random Ramblings #23108
    Penny
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    Oh I’ve been dealing with crap like that since I came to China. I used to post everything on WeChat in detail about what I was creating for I’d come to work with some new soap and no one could beleive I could make something. Because I’m a foreign woman.

    They really do have a point though… My co-worker for example, sure he can cook and do some cleaning. But good lord he is useless. He’s been in this city for over a year and still cannot tell a taxi driver where he lives. There are some pretty dumb foreigners in the world.

    Yeah, the Guild stuff is crap. But I get it. It’s something to tuck under your belt to set you apart and can mention you and your stash belong to an exclusive club. I’m all for it. Last week one of my Canadian cousins in America was at a fair and bought some homemade sunscreen. This lady she bought it from had no label on the bottle and nothing to say it was “sunscreen” (I’m still studying labelling requirements so you can imagine my hurrrummmph) there was no drug information, allergin info, nothing. Just “all natural, homemade sunscreen, chemical free, organic the way nature intended”.

    Yeah. She was planning on tossing that crap on her kids for protection. I sat there on Facetime berating her then told her well, you know. What we tell everyone who plans to make their own sunscreen. Face smack indeed!

    And this is why I agree with the Guilds and being a part of them. I do feel that governing agencies should step up their enforcement for the public’s safety. That would be a great thread topic actually! Too many people are at risk these days by the babe’s, mama’s and Merozaxe’s out there. I think of it like this, I spent how many years trying to be all tree hugging yuppie- what did I do to my body during that time that was actually unsafe because some internet crack pot said it was a good idea?

    in reply to: 6 Reasons why the Heat and Hold Method is a Myth #23107
    Penny
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    I’ve not used a microwave in…. forever!

    I’m still doing it the mighty same way I’ve been doing it since I began lotion making. Liquid and Oil Phase get to take a bath, while I get the Extras phase ready. I wait for things to melt, then wait a little longer than that, and then combine while still in the double boiler. I stir for a moment, then remove from heat then attack it with my immersion blender.

    I’m still going with dummy proof are thy modern ewaxes!

    in reply to: 6 Reasons why the Heat and Hold Method is a Myth #23088
    Penny
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    It’s been quite a few months since Marie first posted this article. I’ve done a lot of reading both for and against heat and holding.

    I am curious if anyone has been swayed one way or another?

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