Experimental batches

Discussion in 'Soap Making' started by Linda Carney, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Linda Carney

    Linda Carney New Member

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    I just bought some natural colorants and want to see what they look like in CP soap. What is the best way to see the result without wasting a lot? I was thinking that if I did a no scent batch and separated it out, then used individual molds, it might be cost effective. Any suggestions.

    Also when you have a small one ounce sample do you ever shrink your batch size to see what it smells like in soap?

    --Linda
     
  2. MRFBarbara

    MRFBarbara Guest

    When I want to test small amounts of fragrance or colors.. I make a three or four pound batch of soap.. using one oz of fragrance per pound of soap.. makes about three or four bars of soap..
    Testing colors I do the same thing.. make a batch of soap, split it up into thirds or fourths.. 1 pound of soap.. take notes on how much color i add.. and make unscented.. this i use later cubed or shredded to add to other soap.. also know how much color I added to one pound of soap, So I know if I need a little more color, less color etc.
    Barbara
     

  3. NubianSoaps.com

    NubianSoaps.com New Member

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    Make the 7 pound wallmart recipe.
    Get 7 Jack in the box cups, don't use solo cups :) Fill each with water using your scale to 17.5 ounces or whatever your wallmart recipie with water or milk comes to, and make a mark on each cup.
    Pour very lightly traced soap evenly into each up to the fill line. As you add your scent with a spoon, pour into waiting single pour silicone molds for the next holiday....Valentines day hearts or roses which can be used for Valentines and Mothers day. Vicki
     
  4. kidsngarden

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    One loaf for me is about 7.5 cups with a discount. I just got a couple of one ounce testers from Aroma haven and use mineral oiled pringle cans for them - it filled about 2/3 full and gave me 5 good 1 inch thick bars. Fun to peel the can off too! It's easy for me to just use half my recipe because then I just double what I did to make one loaf (but then I double that or more as I mostly make 2 or four loaves of one kind at a time) I figure anything I don't love I will just clearance out and my customers will find what I do love to be novelty because it's a round bar. I think I want to make some PVC for this though - we don't eat very many pringles!

    I would do the same with coloring, BUT I have found it is not always the same if you divide it up in smaller batches and use a different mold that you normally do. Some colors I have used morph or all but disappear in the gel of my wood molds. Silicone or a pringles can would not have the same effect. I usually just risk it with color and do what I think will work in a full loaf.
     
  5. Linda Carney

    Linda Carney New Member

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    Wonderful ideas! I almost feel like I am in a new country -- I want to see and smell EVERYTHING! LOL! I am anxious to see what results these colorants give me. Thanks!

    Linda
     
  6. Kalne

    Kalne New Member

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    I tested 9 new scents at one time. I resized my recipe to make 9 - 4 oz bars of soap (for which I had individual molds for), I poured 4 oz of my barely traced soap into a smaller bowl, added scent, then poured into the mold. Worked fine though I had to move quickly.

    I did the same thing to compare soap with clays and TD added to see the diff in color. I have not done it with micas or UMs just because it takes so little with them I'm afraid it wouldn't be very accurate.
     
  7. Amanda Lee

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    For 1oz samples I makeup a up a 3 to 5 lbs batch then I divied the batch at a light trace, the batch size debends on how many samples I have.

    I then add the 1oz FO in and pour into pringles cans. I really like pringles can!

    2/3 pringles can is about 25 oz of soap.