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  • First time excitement!!

    Woop so excited!
    I've just bought the ingredients for my first attempt at soap making! Going to attempt a Christmassy orange and cinnamon bar along with a vanilla and black pepper! Can't wait to see how they turn out!!

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    Have fun with the soap making and let us know your achievements or if it goes wrong! Someone will be able to help you if you need it!
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    • #3
      Disastrous I used a recipe from the channel 4 website. Probably I should have used one a LOT more specific! After about 50 minutes of mixing with an electric mixer the soap hadn't traced at all! I decided to have a go at putting it in the moulds anyway so I divided my mixture to add the different scents etc. I put the orange and cinnamon one into a mould and then thought maybe I should reheat the vanilla one and that may help with the trace.................It didn't!! I heated it and mixed some more then poured it into the mould, at which point it all separated and went into about 3 different coloured oily layers with a big curdled mess on top! This got disposed of! I will see what happens with the other one that I poured into the mould but I do not have high hopes! I have just ordered Melinda Coss's book as I have seen quite a few posts about it on this forum! Better luck next time!

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      • #4
        Ah well, at least you tried. Fingers crossed you have better results when you get your book!
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        • #5
          Hey

          Don't be disheartened, i wouldn't have a clue about soap making to be honest so good for you.... but when i first stated making my cards and favour boxes nothing went right and i was always disappointed with them as things never went right...like anything in life a little practice and patience and things will come together slowly

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          • #6
            Thanks guys! To be honest I was a bit disheartened but I know it's only the first time and things can only get better right? The one I poured into the mould actually seems to be setting so I will keep an eye on that one and see what happens! And both of them definitely smelled good

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            • #7
              Smelling good is probably half the battle. I don't know what other soap makers go (I am not one), but I imagine soap making is much like doing experiments in a lab. If you keep notes on what you did and what went right or wrong, you can make adjustments accordingly until you find a recipe that works for you. Good luck with the soap that is potentially setting. I nearly gave up knitting because I couldn't get it right, but my friend who was teaching me told me not to be so stupid and that I would get it eventually. I'm sure we've all been there at some point in our crafting!
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              • #8
                Sorry your first attempt wasn't perfect. As a fellow soapmaker all I can say is that you learn something every time a batch doesn't work out. First time I used my precious essential oils it not only traced much faster than I was used to, the mix seized like concrete in seconds, I was left with a solid mass in my soap pot which was forced into the mould and looked dreadful. After that I learned how important temperature was, to watch for trace like a hawk and eventually how to rebatch!

                Should all be much easier if you work from a detailed recipe. I've got Melinda Coss' book also Anne L Watson's smart soapmaking is good too.

                Better luck next time
                June

                www.ironbridgesoap.co.uk
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                • #9
                  Sorry to hear about your first go. A free step by step soap making tutorial here - www.makingskincare.com - includes ingredients, suppliers, easy recipe, swirl videos etc.

                  Good luck.
                  Last edited by itunu; 23-09-2013, 11:13 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Woo hoo! Second attempt went much better! It's just a simple olive oil soap with an orange scent! It traced and solidified in my moulds without separating! My book arrived too so looking forward it trying a recipe from that! Thanks for everyone's help!

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                    • #11
                      Yay! That's great you had more success the second time

                      As they say: If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again

                      Onwards and upwards!
                      Autumn Thyme

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                      • #12
                        Yay! Love soapmaking when it all works out. Well done for sticking with it.
                        June

                        www.ironbridgesoap.co.uk
                        https://twitter.com/IronbridgeSoap

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