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  • soaperscrafts 10:30 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    contemplating new ipad2… should I or shouldn’t I?

  • soaperscrafts 1:35 pm on Thursday, March 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    summer’s coming 

    summer’s coming…

  • soaperscrafts 1:30 am on Thursday, March 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    checking out wordpress 

    checking out wordpress!!

  • soaperscrafts 12:47 am on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    >Great site! 


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    If you are tired of the same old blatant baseless garbage about certain cosmetic ingredients. Great news! I’ve come across this great resource site giving more balanced reviews of ingredients than you can generally find online. Have a look at their site! It is really worth a visit.

    They also include a section called Ask the Experts where readers can post questions that gets answered on site.

  • soaperscrafts 11:37 pm on Monday, December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >Some New Old Furniture finds… 


    We have managed to paint and decorate some of the house but we’re waiting for the landlord to finish some work on the house. Anxiously so. In the mean time it seems we can do much more than wait and clean up some corners of the house until the major repairs and alterations are done. Excitement is definitely building. When will our new landlord start on the work he said he’d be finished with by the 15th!?

     We have managed to find the most beautiful bed at a ridiculous price by shopping and bidding online. We have found some other pieces as well. Our goal is to try and make the place as nice as possible with the smallest imaginable budget. And that budget is pretty small. This bed, solid wood and carved as it is, was a steal!! I absolutely love it!

    I will put up pictures of the place when we’ve finished. It doesn’t look anything near completion yet – no matter how hard we have worked so far. Oh well, a few more weeks to go. It should be ready by Xmas… We hope.

    • ukihunter 5:00 pm on Monday, December 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >That is stunning!

    • Topcat 4:41 pm on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Absolutely gorgeous bedhead! So, did you get to move in by Christmas? 🙂

    • Riaan 10:14 pm on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >we were still painting on xmas day… finished last touches of paint on boxing day!! House-mates moved in this past Monday. . . and we'll be going through for our first stay over on Friday… it will still be a little rough but we'll get it livable soonish I hope… as soon as it is a little better organised I'll take some pics… 🙂

  • soaperscrafts 5:04 pm on Saturday, October 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >just an update… 

    >I have been pretty busy lately and never mind how much I had wanted to do soaping or anything else related I simply could not get around to it!

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    From coming back from our absolutely gorgeous Thailand trip, till now it has simply been work work work… and frankly way to much of that!!

    I hope that at some point some kind of acceptable routine would set in… up to now the routine seemed simply to be coming home tired and leaving tired the next morning… in order to get some balance back I had actually cancelled one evening class I had on Thursdays… They were really sweet people and it broke my heart to cancel their class as I actually did enjoy it… It simply meant coming home too late every Thursday night.

    I have recently been experiencing some stirrings of interest in buying a new soaping mold… saw a beautiful craft-line mold online and sent off for a price quotation… pretty expensive but the divider molds are so versatile…

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    Allowing you to make soap loaves as well as individual bars when poured an inch deep…

    I just know that’ll be nagging at my mind until I finally have it…

    I am also dreaming of getting a new bigger space to get away from all over weekends… after visiting friends’ house in the country side that the are renting for an absolute steal, I cannot stop dreaming of that too… having someplace bigger would also give me more space to get back to really soaping and being creative again… at least over weekends… I am feeling terribly cramped in how and where I live at the moment… Until then I am left dreaming…

    I  hope to have something more interesting to report soon… I really miss my soaping friends and some in particular…

    • ukihunter 9:08 am on Friday, October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Your soaping friends are missing you too! Glad you are back on the blog. A home in the countryside….sigh..

    • Riaan 10:56 am on Saturday, October 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >living in bustling Taipei City… I so want that wish to come true! 😉

    • Riaan 9:39 pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >found a house… two actually but obviously we only need one… 😉 so excited… will let you know what happens

    • ukihunter 5:22 am on Sunday, November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >OMG! Pictures please, I am so excited for you.

  • soaperscrafts 10:32 am on Sunday, August 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >my feet. . . 

    >one great weekend so far. . . Done a lot of walking some shopping and some massage. . . i bought some shirts only to find out i ve whaled too much to wear them. . . Lucky Spencer! Had a 3 hour massage on our first day. . . more later!

    • Topcat 11:47 am on Sunday, August 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Sounds awesome! Have fun 🙂

    • Riaan 12:47 am on Monday, August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >We actually ended up walking so much I had a limp in my left foot… 😉 still a little tender… well that was of course a further excuse for more massages!

  • soaperscrafts 2:17 am on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >… two sleeps… 

    >…just finished some pre holiday washing! Still some more to do! I am getting a little more excited now! I definitely can’t wait to be off and having a wonderful time.

    Counting time till then…

  • soaperscrafts 9:01 pm on Monday, August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    >Driving home on my scooter tonight I stopped at a nursery I’ve been to before along the way to ask if they had Aloe. The ones they had were simply too small and I then asked if they knew where I could get some with really big leaf blades. After a lot of backwards and forwards I got an address scribbled down in Chinese. The kind man wrote down the address of a night market where I could look for or where he knew I could find someone selling this.

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    So I made my way through town with my little scribbled note and kindly directed by friendly Taiwanese until I made it to the night-market. After parking my scooter and making a wrong turn on foot I was directed down an alley and what do you know… as I walked out at the other end of the alley I was in the night-market and right there barely twenty steps away hung a head of Aloe outside a traditional medicine and herb shop…! After being asked I told them I wanted to use the aloe for making soap and they showed me a mass of other herbs locals buy to make soap… one translated to fragrant grass… As it was a medicine shop I specifically asked for herbs good for healthy skin and was pointed to quite a few traditional herbs… some quite interesting… It is definitely great to have a local shop where I can buy interesting herbals for soaps and potions. I will of course try to find out what these herbs are before using them.

    Also amazing was the price… a whole head of aloe came to $3 US!

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    Driving back I was struck anew by what a strangely wonderful life I lead in this sometimes weird and wonderful country Taiwan. Less than an hour had passed since I set off into the unknown to look for something I had know idea of where to find and I was on my way home carrying an abundance of what I set out to find along with the knowledge of having found so much more as well… And all this with the most basic of language and understanding skills… At times however surreal my life might seem I am very happy that it is as different and special as it is and I simply can’t imagine a simpler life! Never mind not being able to read street signs or any form of writing!

    I can still be awed by my own experience…
    • Topcat 8:23 am on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >Wow! What a wonderful place to find 🙂

  • soaperscrafts 2:50 am on Monday, August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    >Foaming Bath Butter? 


    I want to see what I can do with a good old cream soap base…
    As my cream soap bible I am going to use some great information from a great Cream Soap guide to come up with my own recipe.
    I am not an experienced cream soap maker… I have tried it before and it was OK but definitely a beginner’s batch.
    So here I am off to try again! With a particular goal in mind: I am hoping for a fairly stiff yet gloriously bubbly soap base.
    What are my choices of oils? Stearic acid is the base standard of any cream soap recipe. Coconut oil will be my next choice for the mass of bubbles it lends to soap. As a third choice, Palm oil is an old standby as it is supposed to also help give a denser soap. After all these workhorses thrown in the mix I am left deciding what to add for sexiness and softness…
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    Castor oil is an amazing additive to soap, but in cream soap it might not lend the kind of properties I am looking for in this particular batch – it is supposed to make for a softer more pliable soap and that is not what I had in mind. I would have to limit it somewhat in my formula. Additionally, I am thinking of using Cacao butter as well as Shea butter. Now these butters’ fatty acid profiles are made up of quite a large percentage of Palmitic and Stearic acids. Once saponified, I am guessing that they would also help give me the firmness that I am looking for in my final product. And to make up the rear of my formula, last but not least, good old Olive oil for its conditioning goodness.
    So there I have my oil choices for my formula…
    I have decided on the following percentages:
    Oil Ingredients
    Gram weight
    Stearic acid
    Coconut oil
    Palm oil
    Castor oil
    Cacao butter
    Olive Oil
    I like to use soapcalc as a lye calculator but there are others too.
    Using a 5% superfat in the calculation the amount of Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) needed to make a regular batch of sodium soap according to soapcalc using this recipe is 70.605g.
    Based on the way Catherine Failor described in her booklet “Making Cream Soap”
    The correct KOH and NaOH weights are derived from the lye weight calculated on soapcalc by multiplying the previous lye weight by 0.217 giving the total amount of Sodium hydroxide needed for our recipe. Multiplying the sodium hydroxide amount by 5 gives the weight amount of Potassium Hydroxide needed and adding the two weights and multiplying the combined weight of the two types of hydroxides by 6 gives the total water weight needed.
    NaOH weight needed
    KOH weight needed
    Water weight needed
    70.605g x 0.217 = 15.321g NaOH
    15.321g x 5 = 76.605g KOH
    (76.605g + 15.321g) x 6 = 551.556g Water
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    I have decided to reduce the water weight by half to make for a shorter cook time. It also allows for adding your own choice of additional liquids later to make up for the difference. Due to water that would have been lost during cooking you might not have to add the full-reduced amount later to get the right consistency you want.
    If I can get my hands on some Aloe Vera I would like to add that to the soap instead of water. According to my guide, Aloe Vera helps lower the soaps pH slightly and it also boosts the lather. I would not be able to vouch for this information but it does sound like a great additive to me.
    The amount of glycerine needed is calculated as 55% of the total amount of Stearic Acid in the recipe.
    Now, you could just use the percentage of stearic acid you have added to the recipe but when using soapcalc it handily gives you the total recipe’s stearic acid  %. In my recipe it is 57%
    So the amount Glycerine needed comes to 0.55 x 57% = 31.35% of oil weight and that is 156.75g glycerine in my 500g batch.
    As a supercream at the end of cook I am going to use a mix of Stearic acid and glycerine. I am going to follow my guide and use 1.5% of the oil weight in additional stearic acid. The amount of glycerine needed is calculated at 1.5 times the amount of stearic acid added. I have decided to add an additional 1.5% of oil weight of Shea butter at this point. This is experimental and not what my guide did. C. Failor suggests using 3-5% stearic acid at superfat and the guide reduced this as the whole recipe used a 5% superfat at the start. He also didn’t want to use too much free stearic acid because of irritancy issues. I’d just like to have more free Shea butter in the product at the end of cook.
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    Finally as soon as I get the following ingredients all ready and measured and I have the time… wish me luck!
    I hope to have good news to report soon.
    Oils & Butters and initial glycerine
    Stearic acid
    Coconut oil
    Palm oil
    castor oil
    Cacao butter
    Olive Oil
    coconut milk
    Sodium Hydroxide
    Potassium Hydroxide
    Kaolin clay
    stearic acid
    Shea butter
    Aloe vera gel as needed for texture
    preservative as needed for total weight
    • Topcat 7:10 am on Monday, August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >This is fascinating! I already have my KOH to make my first batch of cream soap and your recipe sounds awesome 🙂

    • Riaan 2:11 am on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >After I got the Aloe Vera it seems I might not have time to do this before leaving for holidays… Spend tonight washing and getting ready for the trip and will have to finish packing and getting ready tomorrow…Aloe… into the fridge… leaves, stem and all…

    • Riaan 2:12 am on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      >TC, I'd love to hear how your recipe came out…! 😉

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