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I made sope and it got hard and everything!!!!

How long do you let lye soap cure? It is a lye and goat milk soap.

Thanks in advance!!
 

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I usually let my cold process soaps cure for one month before packaging or using them. Hot process can be used right away.

Congratulations!

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Thanks!

Got another question for you, at what point do you add fragrance? before trace or at trace? What about color? Do you use food coloring or something else?
 

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Food coloring does not work well in soap. You can use carrot juice, tomato juice, mango nectar for natural coloring. You can also add French green clay and rose clay for natural coloring. There are a variety of supply houses that sell colorings for soap. Add fragrance at light trace.
 

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I usually add my essential oils and coloring at early trace.
Things I have used for color:
Cocoa (nice for a chocolate colored swirl in my cocoa butter soap)
paprika
cinnamon
iron oxides in many colors
zinc oxide (for a really white soap)
alkanet root
clays (red and green)
Chamomile tea (very strong, used as the liquid, gives a light yellow)

Colorings I've heard of but haven't used:
Beet root (pink to red)
Blackberries
ground cloves (brown)
curry powder (yellow)
Kelp (green)

Please note that many of these colorants can be irritants also.

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ahhh....Hello?!?

It is waaaaaaaaaay past time for your soap to be cut.

It is extremely bad form to tease us, stating you made soap, then not post pictures!

sooo....c'mon!
 

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Sorry! I will get a pic as soon as i can remember. We have been so busy, DH has had lots of luck in the tree stand. Hopefully i can remember to take the camera up to the attic today.

Please forgive me!!!:doh:
 

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Beet root makes yellow/tan, not pink. Madder root does a nice pink. Turmeric makes a nice yellow. If you're using spices, they can be scratchy in large amounts.

'Some' food colors are OK to use. I've heard of using the Wilton paste colors though I've never tried it. They are FD&C colors, which can also be bought from soap suppliers. FD&C yellow should stay true, blue will change to lavender, not sure about reds, I think green food color will go brown.
 

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they are not quite this white, more of a creamy yellow.
 

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we used the soam yesterday. it lathered very nice, what a treat! All of my grandmothers are so proud of me and they each want a bar!:banana02:
 
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