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Old 03-07-2011, 01:58 AM   #1
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Talking COLD PROCESS handmade SOAP

SOAP


I have made many batches of soap over the last couple years.

Is there any soapmakers out there?

If so, join in and to share tips, ask questions
and cold process handmade soap recipes.

Making soap is good clean fun!

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Old 03-07-2011, 02:03 AM   #2
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Online soap calculator sites (just click on link below):

SoapCalc

MMS - Calculators

BOOK:
Amazon.com: Basic Soap Making: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started eBook: Elizabeth Letcavage, Alan Wycheck, Patsy Buck: Books


SAFETY FIRST:

RESEARCH HOW TO MAKE SOAP BEFORE YOU TRY TO MAKE SOAP.
WHEN IN DOUBT ASK QUESTIONS, READ OR WATCH HELPFUL VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE. ALSO ALWAYS READ THE SAFETY AND CAUTION LABEL ON ALL PRODUCTS.



Remember to practice safety first when working with lye. It can be dangerous and needs to be handled with a lot of care. Follow these safety steps at a minimum:
  1. Keep children and pets out of your work area as it is especially dangerous to have them around the lye.
  2. Wear PPE (personal protective equipment) Goggles and gloves
  3. Never use ALUMINUM POTS or other aluminum items such as spoons - they are reactive with the lye solution.
LYE IS CAUSTIC.
In the event you happen to get any lye on your skin, neutralize it right away with some vinegar. Then, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Its also important to wash all pots and pans used in the lye soap making process before touching them with bare hands. It may be a good idea to designate certain kitchen items as exclusively for soap making. You can keep a separate soap making kit with all your tools in it together.
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:27 AM   #3
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HOW TO BOOK:

Amazon.com: The Soapmaker's Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How (Natural Body Series - The Natural Way to Enhance Your Life) (9780882669656): Susan Miller Cavitch: Books
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:35 AM   #4
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yes, I make my own cold process hand and bath soap...I have all the ingredients to make my next batch, just haven't done it....I like to let mine cure at least 6 months
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:42 AM   #5
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Arrow I love to make soap

What type of oil do you use?
  • Olive oil (makes castile soap or can be combined)
  • Tallow (makes a firm bar great lather)
  • Lard (makes a medium - softer bar than tallow)
  • Canola (cheap makes a medium soft bar can be combined to cut cost)
  • Sunflower (conditioning but can be sort of costly)
There are countless oils and combinations that can be used to create soap. I usually combine different oils.

CASTOR OIL:
I told my sister about adding castor oil about a year ago to make a conditioning bar with a foamy smooth lather -- we made soap the other day -- boy she loves to add castor oil to her soap (she has sensitive skin and lives in a dry climate - Utah).

She added about a 1/2 c or may be more (wow... I usually add an ounce or two). Her soap turned out fine and after cure I will try it and update this site about castor oil. After we cut it I tried a small scrap at the sink to test to see if it bubbled -- it had smooth frothy suds.

Of course we used the soap calc to get the ratios www.soapcalc.net

HOW MUCH CASTOR OIL TO USE (I found this online)

The lather that castor oil produces is what really makes it such an appealing ingredient for soap making. You need to actually try using castor oil soap to truly appreciate how wonderful the lather is... I can guarantee you won't be disappointed!
In addition to the wonderful lather, the conditioning and moisturizing properties that this ingredient adds is a great bonus for using castor oil for soap making.
Keep in mind that you don't need to use a huge amount of castor oil in order to see the benefits in your soap. I recommend keeping it at around 5% - 10% of the total oils used in your batch. While using the right amount of castor oil will reap incomparable benefits in your soap, If you incorporate too much, your soap may feel a bit sticky and soft. You definitely don't want that! Using castor oil for soap making also seems to speed up trace somewhat. For this reason, it's a good idea to adjust your soaping routine accordingly. You can soap cooler to slow down trace. When using castor oil, I combine the lye and oils at around 90 degrees (which for me is a lower temperature then normal) to avoid an overly quick trace. Also, if you are the type of soap maker that uses a stick blender, you may want to cut down the amount of time that you use the device and stir more manually. This, however, is not really necessary for most soap makers... especially those who have some experience.

HERE IS A FEW QUESTIONS FOR SOAPMAKERS:

WHAT ARE YOUR FAV OILS?
DO YOU USE SCENTS OR ESSENTIALS?
DO YOU ADD COLOR?
DO YOU ADD TEXTURE (lavender flowers) AT TRACE?
DO YOU STIR WITH A SPOON OR USE A STICK BLENDER?
DO YOU ONLY USE VEGGIE OILS?

ANY FACTS, INFO, QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME!
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:14 AM   #6
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I've settled on:

Olive oil 45%
coconut oil 30%
palm oil 20%
cocoa butter 3%
sweet almond oil 2%

I add a fragrance oil at trace, no other scents or colors or textures...usually use almond fragrance oil

Stir with a stick blender for sure found out early on there is no sense making it without a stick blender

and I use goats milk for the liquid
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:18 AM   #7
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MMS the sage recipe page link below:

Recipe Category<br>Bar Soaps

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Old 03-07-2011, 11:19 AM   #8
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What is your fav scent type?

Floral
musks
citrus
mint
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:20 AM   #9
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my soaps look very similar to that photo....'cept I don't seem to cut my soap nearly so neatly..
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:25 AM   #10
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I didn't know you can make soap fromlard...just didn't occur to me. Where do you buy the lye? Can you give me a recipe for a lard based soap?
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