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Batch notes [Oct. 4th, 2005|04:10 pm]
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[spiderfarmer]
Well, tried a batch of whipped orange vanilla that didn't work at all. A week into cure and it's still squishy. Lye guesstimate must have been way off, I dunno.

Did a batch of Whipped Fire and Ice for a bespoke client that turned out magnificent...pictures soon.

Got lip balms made, poured into tubes, labeled and shrink wrapped. They're packed and ready for the show. Only did honey flavor for the show, starting to think I'm going to run out of space soon. :)

Anointing oils for the big Christian show done. When showing them off to one of my spa clients, she ordered a bunch and her mom's spa in NC ordered a bunch. Need to order more bottles. I did a ton of research for one of them...actually breaking out pre-English bibles to try and accurately discern what the herbs in the "recipes" were. The one I'm most proud of is a Revelations one that consists of Frankincense, Rose of Sharon, Spikenard, Cedar, Myrrh, Hyssop, Cinnamon, Cassia, Calamus, Aloes, Sandalwood and Styrax (Storax, Stacte) in a base of first fruit American jojoba oil. It smells incredible. I'm packaging them in gorgeous green glass bottles, and tyeing a rolled parchment with the scripture that it's from to the bottle with a green ribbon. Retail price point will be $10.00. I think it will sell well. I think it would sell well to all my pagan friends too, if I can come up with alternative names. The scent is truly wonderful. It makes a fantastic meditation/yoga aromatherapy oil.

Most everything but the new batches are labeled, wrapped and ready to be packed. I've decided against taking Spritzers with me to the show...again, just too much inventory, and spritzers are heavy. I really prefer doing those on a customer by customer basis anyway. I prefer them to be fresh, and I don't want to have to toss stuff that doesn't sell at the show.

Down to only a couple of bars of lavender. Must do an oven-process batch this weekend so I have some to take with me.

Need to do mini-brochures with available scent lines, and must do a price list, so I can remember what I'm charging...since the prices at the show will be higher than the web site prices. (It's costing me money to be there, and a percentage of what I take in goes back to the charity that's organizing the event. I have to cover those costs.) I wouldn't have thought of doing that, but almost every other person I've talked to has said that's how they do these shows...raise prices by 15% or so, to cover the 10% payout and the initial booth fee. Which makes sense.

Also need to make more sample packs and sample soap bars. Trim guest bars and package. Gold foil the 3 kings soap. Figure out how in hell to package these chocolate bath melts that are plaguing me with their refusal to cooperate.

Busy, busy, busy. :) You realize, that if this show sucks, I'm going to cry for weeks, don't you? Cause I've spent *so* much time and energy getting ready for it. If the promoters lied to me about how many people attend...I swear, they will never find the bodies. I have an 80 pound dog, a large pond, and 50 pounds of lye...I'm just saying...
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From: ex_rhovanio
2005-10-04 10:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, if I ever need inspiration to get off my ass and make soap, I will just come back and read this journal entry :) ALL of that sounds wonderful!!! What sort of show is it??

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As I am sort of new to soap making, I have never used the 'oven-process' could you tell me what that is.. and maybe point me to some info on it.. Im assuming it makes the soap cure quicker?
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-10-05 04:14 am (UTC)

Oven Processing (OP)

Oven processing is sort of like hot processing, except you do it in the molds. I've only been successful using the Upland Molds. http://www.uplandsoapfactory.com/ Which, I swear to you, are the molds invented by the gods. Ok, they're invented by Linda, but when it comes to soap, she's totally a goddess. (I just love Linda.)

Plastic molds will not work for this. Do not do this with plastic molds. :)

Basically, with OP, what you do is wait for your soap to "set", or get firm in the mold. (An hour after pour, usually.) Then, you prep your mold for the oven if necessary, set the oven on 150 degrees and place your molds inside. The soap mass will slowly turn to gel as it cooks, in about 2 or 3 hours. (8 to 9 hours for large block molds) Remove the hot, gelled soap from the oven and allow it to cool, uncovered, on a counter. Once it's cool, you have to cut it pretty quickly, as it can get too hard to cut fairly fast. Your OP bars are now completely saponified and are safe to use, however many people allow an additional five to ten days drying time.

It's cuts a week or two off the curing cycle, if done correctly. I usually do a water discount and an OP if I need a batch pretty quickly. I can usually have it dry enough for labels in under 3 days. But, I'm much more vigilant about my pH testing with OP, just to make sure I've gotten full cure. :)
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-10-05 04:16 am (UTC)

Resource

Oh, and for really great resources and an amazing soaper community, may I direct you towards: http://www.the-whisk.us Best site out there, in my opinion, for soapers. It's international and stuffed full of people who are always ready to lend a hand and answer questions. Really great bunch of folks.
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