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by eyebright
Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Mystic Water Soap / Lemon Verbena
Replies: 5
Views: 1336

Re: Mystic Water Soap / Lemon Verbena

Hi, this is Michelle from Mystic Water Soap. I still render the tallow for my Sensitive Skin soap from the grass-fed beef raised by my friends Julie and Bob Bolton of Groff's Content Farm. As my business has grown, I have had to supplement that tallow with store-bought tallow (still food grade, thou...
by eyebright
Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Tim's Soap - so long
Replies: 18
Views: 2847

Re: Tim's Soap - so long

Caveat emptor. There are many reputable artisans or home businesses or whatever you want to call them (and not all are "feel good hippies") who make excellent soap with nice scents and good customer service. And there are probably other people who think they've found a way to make a quick buck, and ...
by eyebright
Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: PIF a few products - no cost to you!
Replies: 16
Views: 1828

Re: PIF a few products - no cost to you!

What a nice offer!
by eyebright
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: melt and pour, glycerin and such things
Replies: 21
Views: 3062

Re: melt and pour, glycerin and such things

now I don't have an interest in most instances [sic] is that they refuse to take returns on a product unless there is something actually wrong . Say it comes and the jar is empty, or the jar exploded during shipment. Then you can get a return on it. But if you open it, take a sniff, and end up on y...
by eyebright
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: lathering agents
Replies: 14
Views: 2197

Re: lathering agents

I assume that he considers chelators like EDTA and pentasodium pentetate to be "lather enhancers". If you add a chelator to a bad soap, you'll have a bad soap that doesn't make soap scum in hard water. If you add it to a good one, you'll have a good soap that doesn't make soap scum. It makes the per...
by eyebright
Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: milling and moisture
Replies: 14
Views: 1814

Re: milling and moisture

"if desired", not obligatory. Both ways are correct, to list the ingredients that go into the product (tallow, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, etc) or the result of the reaction (sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate, glycerin, etc.) I prefer the first method as I find it more straightforward but everyone...
by eyebright
Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:28 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: milling and moisture
Replies: 14
Views: 1814

Re: milling and moisture

The term "glycerin soaps" is confusing, Nic. Most people would think of either transparent soaps like Pear's and Musgo Real or melt & pour soaps like Mama Bear's. But all soap that's made of saponified oils contain glycerin unless it's been removed: they aren't "glycerin soaps" like the aforemention...
by eyebright
Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: milling and moisture
Replies: 14
Views: 1814

Re: milling and moisture

Milling doesn't remove glycerin. The kind of soap that is used for milling is industrially made "continuous process" soap from which the glycerin has already been removed and sold to the pharmaceutical/cosmetic industries as a byproduct. The soap to be milled is dried to between 13% and 18% humidity...
by eyebright
Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Please Help - Lathering with MW Soap UPDATE
Replies: 10
Views: 1280

Re: Please Help - Lathering with Mystic Water Soft Soap

Ed, I'd be happy to help you if you want to contact me by email. It does sound like you need to add some water. Are you trying to face lather or build your lather in a bowl? Did you check out the videos on my website?
by eyebright
Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: Skin Care & Hair Care
Topic: DEEP SKIN CLEANSING MASKS
Replies: 10
Views: 4618

Re: DEEP SKIN CLEANSING MASKS

Not Emily but all you need for a do-it-yourself masque is some dry cosmetic clay and a liquid with which to mix it. The only "equipment" you need is a small spoon and a tea cup, small bowl or even the palm of your hand. It takes very little clay, just a couple of teaspoons: the idea is not to pile o...
by eyebright
Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Rolling My Own
Replies: 564
Views: 52240

Re: Rolling My Own

For my regular soap I prefer cold process because of the design possibilities - but besides being a creative expression, it makes it easy to identify a soap that someone doesn't remember the name of: if they describe what it looked like, I'll usually be able to figure out what it was, even years lat...
by eyebright
Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Rolling My Own
Replies: 564
Views: 52240

Re: Rolling My Own

Dave, I'm not sure that the rules of the forum allow me to talk about my business if I'm not an official vendor here. If a mod tells me that I can, I'd be happy to oblige. I started as a hobbyist nearly 20 years ago, and have had my biz for eight now.
by eyebright
Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Rolling My Own
Replies: 564
Views: 52240

Re: Rolling My Own

Thank you, Chris. :) In recent years there's been a proliferation of specialized types of melt & pour soap, some for particular purposes like shaving or crystal clear for decorative soaps, or opaque with goats milk or shea butter, mimicking regular soap (glycerin soap used to be distinguished by its...
by eyebright
Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Rolling My Own
Replies: 564
Views: 52240

Re: Rolling My Own

You're welcome, Gary. :) Love to talk soap!
by eyebright
Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Rolling My Own
Replies: 564
Views: 52240

Re: Rolling My Own

When you say "cold pour", do you mean "cold process"? The two main artisan techniques for making bar soaps are cold process and hot process, the difference being that cold process is accomplished with no added heat beyond what is needed to melt the oils. Hot process, usually done in a crockpot but s...
by eyebright
Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Mystic Water Irish Traveler soap
Replies: 13
Views: 2233

Green Irish Tweed (and my Irish Traveller) is a blend of lemon, lemon verbena, iris and violet leaves (for the green notes) and sandalwood and ambergris in the base. It's a cologne scent and women really like it too - I sell a lot of the bar soap to the ladies.
by eyebright
Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:59 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Mystic Water Irish Traveler soap
Replies: 13
Views: 2233

It's a Green Irish Tweed dupe, Patrick. It's a high quality fragrance oil.
by eyebright
Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Best Unscented shaving cream?
Replies: 32
Views: 3059

A lot of people have sensitivities to fragrances so you want to look for a product that actually doesn't contain fragrance, not just one that's faint. Also, my understanding is that FDA regulations allow the use of fragrance in supposedly "fragrance free" products, if it's there for the purpose of c...