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Hi everyone! I don't know if

Hi everyone!  I don't know if I'm doing this right, but here goes.  I just made my first batch of soap a couple days ago, it's curing in my craft room at present.  I got the idea to make my own soap after buying some handmade soap and reading on that soapmaker's website about the high number of chemical additives in commercially mass produced soap - I want to reduce the number of chemicals I put in and on my body.  I don't have any plans or desire to make huge batches of soap, either for personal use or to sell, I just want to make maybe four bars at a time for my husband and me to use.  Many of the recipes I've been finding make 30+ bars at a time - yikes, I would never want to stick with the same recipe or scent for the amount of time it would take us to use all that up!  So I'm here to learn, to find ideas and to get recipes for very small batches while I experiment with different oils and scents - thanks in advance for any tips and tricks! :)

~CrisDee

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You can use any recipe's oils

You can use any recipe's oils amounts in our soap calculator, then use the Recipe Resizer feature at the bottom of the results page to resize it to fit the size mold thayt you want to use. This way you can control the size of your batches and still use the recipe formula you want to try.

As batches get smaller, accurate measurement of oils amounts and espescially of lye (sodium hydroxide) used becomes much more important, so do be careful in your measurements.

Happy soaping!

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Thanks, I've been

Thanks.  I've been using a plastic container that we'd gotten with a Chinese food order as my mold - it's about 7"x4.5", and I make my bars about 1" high.  I didn't find your calculator until after I made my first batch, I used one from a different website that didn't show the size of the mold.  I just kind of guessed at what size mold to use with the first batch - but when I found your website, I entered the recipe that I used, and it turns out that that mold was the perfect size!  Emboldened by this discovery, I just made another batch, using different oils and scents - you're right, this is WAY fun!  Of course the hardest part is now I have to wait a month before I can test the fruits of my labors, to see which combinations I prefer for which uses (bath, kitchen, shampoo, etc.).   I made sure to make note of my recipes in a Word file, so I'll be able to accurately decide.  In the meantime, thank you SO much for this awesome site!

~CrisDee

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Hmmm..."General Tso's Soap." I definitely like it!

Hmmm..."General Tso's Soap."  I definitely like it! Deserves an "A" for creativity (Just kidding)  :)

BTW - If you use the "Print" button on our calculator's results pages (not your browser's "print" button), you'll get an 8 1/2" x 11" print of your recipe formula that you can keep in a binder for future reference.

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Ooooh, I can print them

Ooooh, I can print them to pdf files and store them on my computer - you ROCK!!

 

General Tso's soap - tee hee.....

~CrisDee

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