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#1 of 11 Old 04-23-2003, 04:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I really want to try some soaps.. but all the recipes ive found look costly

so far I have only bought molds & essential oils.. I dunno what to get next..

I still want them to small good & be firm.. just want to do it without spending a ton

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Why don't you try melt and pour soaps? You can buy the glycerine soap base for around $3.75 a pound. Is there a shop near you that sells it? Then you can heat it slowly on the stove, add essential oils and pour it into the mold. Cheap and easy. Makes great soaps, you can also grind up oatmeal to a powder and add that. Usually soap stores have ground loofah, pumice and other fun things to put into your soaps. I'd check it out, it's really easy and the glycerine base is cheap cheap cheap.
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You can always just use olive oil, palm coconut, shortening, and canola.

Canola and shortening are kind of soft when soaped so use in small quantities..coconut will help harden them up.

Avacado, Jojoba, wheat germ and hemp oil ARE expensive and I wouldn't recommend trying them until someone has a little more experience...I had SEVERAL oopsies before my soap started turning out well.. No sense wasting such good oils...

here is a listing of suppliers by state

http://members.citynet.net/leab/Suppliers_by_State.html

you will find that you can find palm and coconut much cheaper at soaping sites rather than a health food store.

If you don't find a supplier near you, it will still be cheaper to order the oils from a supplier online rather than at the health food store.

Some fun places are..www.brambleberry.com www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com www.todieforsoap.com WSSP and brambleberry both have melt and pour...I WOULD NOT recommend trying the base at hobby lobby or michaels..

and there are recipes at www.millersoap.com

and fun lye calculators at www.the-sage.com and www.soapcrafters.com


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thanks so much! Im gonna check it all out!
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You can also get glycerine soap base way cheaper than $3.75/lb if you buy it online. The links abimommy posted (wss and brambleberry) are good sources, and their soap is way better than the more expensive stuff you find at craft stores...
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Oh WOW!
I can't believe how much cheaper soap and candle supplies are online!

I'm in awe over how much money we wasted buying stuff at Michaels
(All that money that could have gone to diapers )

Thank you for posting the links!!!

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I'm going to look online, but considering the weight, I don't see how it could be too much cheaper. I buy mine at a soap supply store and when you buy in bulk it's only a little less that $2 a pound.
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Brambleberry is great!! They have great prices and their CS is excellent.

You could also buy soap shreds and try rebatching

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If you have access to a soap supply store you are very lucky.

You probably won't find it cheaper online but most of have to make do with online orders...

I just ordered from this place www.cybilla.com today.. I can't wait.

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I've heard great things about Cybilla's fragrance oils. She is a regular on the handcraftedsoap.net boards...
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Cybilla is very nice. When I placed my order she was out of a certain scent I really wanted to try so I emailed her asking when more would be in but she managed to locate about 4 oz worth and added it to my order. YEAY! I am so excited!

My order is supposed to be here on Monday. I cleaned my kitchen and ran out and got all my base oils so I can have a soaping frenzy on Monday.

WOO HOO!!

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