Thank you for this amazing article. You must consider the liquid weight plus the oil weight in order to be accurate. Rune, I’ve been using coconut milk for a long, loooong time and love the creamy dense lather it brings to the bars. This is awesome! Hi, I have tried making soap with basic ingredients, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, lye and distilled water. I’m having a blast! After reading a multitude of books, etc., this article really made the point! Hi Renee! It’s all about preferences. My base recipe is always the usual suspects – olive oil, castor oil, shea, coconut oil etc.. but I use 5% beeswax or cocoa butter and the soaps turn out lovely and hard within 4 weeks. You can browse the rest blog for recipes and tutorials. What I miss about the program is the recommended values of the different properties. Use a good soap calculator. Hi! For 4.58, I would just round to 4.6. Is it okay if my hard oils (coconut and shea butter) combined total 40% and the soft oil, olive oil, make up for 20%? I usually go with a 6% superfat range, so my lye amount for this recipe would change from 5.59 ounces of lye, if using palm oil, to 5.58 ounces of lye, if using tallow. In the past, I had a hard time sourcing it, but now we raise our own pastured animals so I’m 100% sure of their clean diet and living conditions and that they were treated respectfully. Not the butters either. Also, I cannot smell the oils, with the exception of the Jasmine one I’ve tried. For example, if I’m not sure whether the skin-loving properties of argan oil survive in soap, should I flash it in neon? Hi, I was wondering what you think of this recipe. Within the article, we note ways to boost conditioning properties in your soap. :). You know I see so much online. One more thing. And you’ve narrowed down what you need so you don’t waste money on extraneous supplies. but even aftr 90 min. You could try making the recipe at this link: It is really good, i am so happy because i want to start soap making immediatly, Kenna Hi, Is there an info page that I can refer to regarding these properties? [To make a direct change for palm using tallow instead, you can just erase the “8″ from beside Palm Kernel Oil and put it in the box next to Tallow. Coconut oil will also make for a hard bar, with fluffy lather to boot, but it will most likely already be in the recipe. You can make soap with up to 100% olive oil, so whenever I need a filler in a recipe, I use that. I followed your recipe for a perfect soap, played with it for a couple of hours and found the perfect recipe for me! Immediately rinse the spoon you used to stir the solution with water. I’ve been letting it cook in the crockpot for 1 hour. I think everyone should have a go at least once. Pour the raw soap into the mold and let it sit for 12 to 24 hours until it cools completely and is hard enough to cut. Hello, bars. While preparing soap for my hair I always add citric acid. I agree that it’s frustrating to still see so many recipes out there with palm oil when there are plenty of great alternatives available. Most liquid sodium lactates (which are what I use) are 60% aqueous solutions (sodium lactate in water.) If you stick around, you're telling us you're cool with that. 1% Jojoba oil: .8 oz (note: this is not 8 oz, but .8, or eight-tenths of 1 ounce) *Lye: 8.82 oz – 5% lye discount (also known as 5% superfat) Distilled Water: 20 oz. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Some examples of nourishing soft oils in a soap recipe are high oleic sunflower oil, high oleic safflower oil, olive oil, canola oil, almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and avocado oil. I recently started a liquid soap business hoping to use it to support my educational pursuit and financial need but its not of market competitive quality status yet. IMPORTANT NOTE: The original recipe from McDaniel suggested using 12 ounces of lye. Canola oil 10% … Castor Oil 8.57% … Coconut Oil 12.29% … Olive Oil 17.71% … Palm Oil 11.43% … Shea Butter … 8.57% … Soybean Oil … 14.29% … Lard 17.14 % that’s my percentages of oils I’d like to add sunflower oil what percentage would I add and keep my total weight at 35 ozs? All these recipes have babussa oil? Ivy Thank you, yes that does help. Hello dear, I hope that helps! Guide me plz. I’m happy that you found the information helpful & hope you enjoy your soapmaking adventures! Total40.00 oz 100 %. Citric acid on the other hand helps get rid of insoluble salts that you can see as bathtub rings. That said, most palm kernel oil you find is going to be refined, bleached, and deodorized (RBD). This was reassuring information to read through as it assured me that the formulations I’ve worked up are good ones after all. Or, you might want it to be hard and long-lasting. If you are totally stuck on trying to perfect your recipe: I can help you get there with my exclusive video class over at The Nova Studio. You’ll see the edges turning white as it folds in. You cannot base your oil weight on the size of the soap mold. Generally speaking, around 70 degrees Farenheit (21 degrees Celsius.) I google the packaging to find out it was palm oil that had just been refined bleached and deodorized, which is probably the farthest thing from what I wanted, and will be returning it.. However those fatty acids are similar to lauric and palmitic but more conditioning.). The Soap Kitchen says: 06/11/2020 at 8:50 am Hi Kelly, Thanks for your message. Any advice would be great. I would add both puree and clay at trace and with the clay, it’s easiest if it hydrate it with a little water first. :), You’ve done a great job by enlightening me on soap making especially the lye calculator. *5% to 10% Castor Oil. And I have semi-soft water on tap (while you might have extremely hard water.) The slimy feel is generally not residue but actual hydration of the skin thanks to the lack of minerals interfering. Sodium citrate and tetrasodium edta are the two most common and readily available. Hello there.. This has worked for me every time. If you add them all together, you will have the total weight of your entire batch. Thanks for any help! What a great article! my exclusive video class over at The Nova Studio. (Sorry for the translation, I do not speak English) And now with your tips I found the best way to get a good bar of soap without feeling guilty about using palm oil. Maybe you saw it before I took out the copy & paste? The Stephenson’s white opaque soap base seems ‘flat’ when you lather it with your hands, and I am now looking for something to use as an additive to increase its foaminess… please help if you can anyone x, Did you ever find out what would make the lather better with Stephensons Melt and Pour white base? My recipe is more soft oils so I wait 2-3 days before unmolding and sometimes another day or 2 after that to cut… Don’t change your recipe abruptly or drastically … If I am unhappy with my recipe, I tweak it in small percentages at a time … make small batches in a smaller mold…. The main thing to keep in mind is that it may take a little longer to firm up in the mold and may need a longer cure time to get a hard bar. I am in love with lard. Unfortunately soap calc doesn’t have a puree option to let me know. I was wondering if its possible to add anything directly to Melt & Pour Soap base to make it foamy and more bubblier? Nothing happened as I could see. I’ve added coconut oil to some of my recipes to help with the hardness of my bar of soap, plus it’s super cheap! I guess u can say I’m certainly no expert!!! A soap formula’s fatty acid profile is the tally of the combined oils in that recipe. Before that I always followed a recipe. And if it changes towards yellowish, the PH should be safe. Thank you, When I list an ingredient or additive as a percentage, it’s a percentage of the entire formula for me. I was thinking of a soap to make with Aloe Vera Juice, Holy Basil Extract, Neem Extract, Yucca Root Extract and a SMALL Amount of Wintergreen Oil. Do you add to lye solution. I hadn’t seen the photos of the different test soaps before – well done, Kenna ! hi, i would like to try to make a soap with almond, coconut, argan and may be aloe vera, usually i make my soaps hot process since they can be sold inmediately, but for something like this if i absolutely have to do cold process i wouldnt mind, i havent found a recipe with those oils in the soap which leads me to think may be are not the best mix?

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