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How to infuse candles/soaps with scents from tea leaves?

There seems to be 2 methods that I've seen online to do this: infuse the tea leaves in hot oil if choice (virgin olive, coconut etc) Doing the same thing as above but with cold oil I've tried the ...
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Can I use cleaning gloves whilst handling lye during soap making?

Because lye is somewhat dangerous I thought that some gloves used during cleaning can also protect me when handling lye during the soap making. The gloves that I have in my mind are the thick yellow ...
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How I can calculate how much sodium hydroxide I need for a given amount of oils during soap making?

Based on this video Ι need 600 grams of oil in order to make soap using 80g of lye/sodium hydroxide (NaOH). But if I have less oil how can I calculate how much of NaOH I need in order for it to ...
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Would you recommend the use of pH paper so I can eyeball the ingredients during soap making?

Because of the variety of the soap recipes available, I would like to pour the lye/alkali/base solution in the oil mixture slowly and periodically check for pH so I can eyeball it with safety. As an ...
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What alternate alkali can I use instead of ashes and lye (sodium or potasium hydroxide solutions) for soap making?

Because either the sodium or potassium hydroxide used in soap making seems kinda dangerous and less forgiving in case I mess up on soap making, what other alkali I can use instead of that? Also due to ...
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Can I use a combination of milk and vegetable oil as fat source for soap making?

I thought of a soap "flavor" that smells like morning cofee. Therefore, I thought alongside the vegetable oil to use full fat milk as fat source. Would the strong base required also break ...
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How to ferment green indigo powder to make it blue

I have bought indigo powder to color my soaps blue (cold/hot process saponification). Unfortunately I received something which color is closer to match than blue jeans... After some internet research ...
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Soap not hardening

I am tried to make soap using cold process saponification. I used 25% coconut oil, 25% olive oil and 50% sunflower oil (what I had in my kitchen for this first try) and used a lye calculator to ...
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