Good morning, I am setting this up early to cover the different time zones of whom ever participates.
Share your link of your soap blog here in comments-and I will set up links thru out the day.
Wow!! We will be in the mid 80s today-and warmer tomorrow. No rain for almost 2 weeks now and still not much in the forecast. That is a good thing for getting our food plot closer to completion-but a bad thing for possible forest fires.
I of course over did it yesterday, with cleaning up my little garden space. I emptied 3 of the huge pots and have them put away, pulled all the non growing veggies along with some weeds, and I left the pot with all the little sweet peppers cause they are still producing. As is one pole bean plant.
I am off to make me a cup of hot tea, soak my foot, and put the heat on my lower back-lol for a bit.
Then will set up for my soap making.
A couple tips I wanted to share that I have read on several sites with the melt and pour soaps.
1. be aware of the temps-good to have a thermometer, your soap base product should give you temps not to go over.
2. have a spray bottle handy with 70% rubbing alcohol-after pouring in molds spritz lightly on the top of the bars-this will prevent bubbles. This is also used between layers in the bars so they won't come apart-I think I want to make a couple bars with different layers of colors today.
3. if you are using fragrance oils or essential oils-know the maximum heat of each-if soap mix too hot-they will flash right at you. I looked up mine and they are both set at 200 degrees which I am not going to let the soap get that hot. another good reason to use a thermometer
4. they suggest using the microwave or a double boiler-I have decided to go with a double boiler
5. when your melt and pour soaps are out of the molds and cooled completely-wrap tightly in saran wrap-this is important to do with these melt and pours-otherwise they will sweat. after this process we can then wrap them up in pretty papers etc.
Here are links to a few helpful videos and frequently asked questions
video on suspending items-like oatmeal, poppy seeds
more videos here along with recipes too