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Old 09-30-2016, 07:05 PM   #11
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Susie is no doubt right about the effects of putting calamine lotion in soap. As ineffective as it might be putting calamine lotion in soap is possible. The Naples soap co in the US does it. Label appeal?

If your soap is in a closed cupboard a fan would circulate the air and aid cure. It will will need 4-6 weeks. If your soap stays in a small closed cupboard with no air flow it may take longer than that. You will find the longer your soap cures the milder and harder it will be and the longer it will last in use.

I think people use oatmeal at about 1/2 tblsp ppo. Clay at 1 tsp pop makes a difference to a soap.

The Palm/CO/OO combo you used will make a very hard bar are 6 weeks without the additives so if it is soft there is something wrong. I have found that at full water or even less that the addition of 1 or 2 teaspoons of extra water will make the soap very soft. I, now, always use water or extra oil for mixing colours and additives that is from the liquids the recipe requires.

If I were you I would try cutting the CO down to 10% and replacing it with Avocado, Almond or OO and see how you like it. CO can be very drying on the skin.

I am one of those people that believe that the skin (especially under a warm shower) can absorb products in soap. I can make myself sick using additives I am allergic to just in the shower. No one knows your skin, the best thing to do is experiment and see how things go for you. But following advice here will save heaps of time and effort.



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Old 09-30-2016, 07:28 PM   #12
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Thanks for this. One of my early soaps (just at six weeks curing time today) is very soft. It is 35% palm oil and 25% CO with 5% castor and the rest OO. It was made with beer that had been boiled down and then made into ice cubes (so it would not overheat with the lye.) Plus I put a quarter cup of oatmeal in (pulsed very fine, close to colloidal) and some lavender/tea tree EO mix.

It is *very* soft. Too soft. Also, *tons* of suds. I'm think the oatmeal may have softened it up too much, and seriously, the more I do this the more I'm wondering about putting a lot of additives into my soap. If it is washing off anyway, what's it worth. As long as it does not strip my skin dry I think I will be OK with just plain ole 3 oil or 4 oil soap. Also, beer with that much CO plus the castor is overkill on the suds for me.
Try the plain 3 or 4 oil soap against your loaded with additives soap and see what YOU think. Your opinion is the only one that matters at this stage.

Desirae- I missed what you said about having the soaps in the closet. You absolutely must have good air flow to get your soaps to dry. They need to not be in a closet. You need it in an open room with air flow. I keep mine in a spare bedroom on top of the dresser and chest of drawers. I have stored mine on top of the kitchen cabinets, and on a porch (with a screen basket around them. Anywhere with good air flow will do. Just keep away from kids and animals.



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Old 09-30-2016, 07:33 PM   #13
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Thank you everyone for you help, from the sounds of it I might go ahead and just skip this idea with it being a wash off product, I was rather hoping that even though it goes into soap that it would leave behind some soothing properties on the skin, so looks like I'll be sticking with the calamine lotion itself, my backyard has 2 trees with poison ivy growing all over it as well as about 4 feet of my fence, we chop it down every year and the stuff just grows right back, we can't get rid of it we've tried probably every product on the shelf at lowes and home depot, needless to say I get attacked by it when we cut it out and off the fence, it's flowing between the slates and just end up all itchy, so I thought I had a good idea but sounds likes it wasn't. Thank you all
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Thank you everyone for you help, from the sounds of it I might go ahead and just skip this idea with it being a wash off product, I was rather hoping that even though it goes into soap that it would leave behind some soothing properties on the skin, so looks like I'll be sticking with the calamine lotion itself, my backyard has 2 trees with poison ivy growing all over it as well as about 4 feet of my fence, we chop it down every year and the stuff just grows right back, we can't get rid of it we've tried probably every product on the shelf at lowes and home depot, needless to say I get attacked by it when we cut it out and off the fence, it's flowing between the slates and just end up all itchy, so I thought I had a good idea but sounds likes it wasn't. Thank you all
No, it was a good idea. It's just that for those rashes, you really want the product to stay on your skin and soap won't really lend you the best of what calamine and oatmeal can give your skin.

If you want, you could always try the oat milk, add some honey (personal label appeal) and if not opposed, add Oat, Milk & Honey FO to the soap. You could infuse a small amount of olive oil with chamomile and use that in your soap. Contrary to my wording sometimes, I'm actually of a similar mind as Penelope when it comes to soaps- some additives and benefits after cure.
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Thank you everyone for you help, from the sounds of it I might go ahead and just skip this idea with it being a wash off product, I was rather hoping that even though it goes into soap that it would leave behind some soothing properties on the skin, so looks like I'll be sticking with the calamine lotion itself, my backyard has 2 trees with poison ivy growing all over it as well as about 4 feet of my fence, we chop it down every year and the stuff just grows right back, we can't get rid of it we've tried probably every product on the shelf at lowes and home depot, needless to say I get attacked by it when we cut it out and off the fence, it's flowing between the slates and just end up all itchy, so I thought I had a good idea but sounds likes it wasn't. Thank you all
That is exactly why I wanted to make it into soap, also.

And I really do have to spray every two weeks with RoundUp Poison Ivy spray. As long as I do not skip a week, the poison ivy stays under control. Even missing one week during the middle of winter here is asking for trouble. I have it on my Google calendar so I won't forget it.
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No, it was a good idea. It's just that for those rashes, you really want the product to stay on your skin and soap won't really lend you the best of what calamine and oatmeal can give your skin.

If you want, you could always try the oat milk, add some honey (personal label appeal) and if not opposed, add Oat, Milk & Honey FO to the soap. You could infuse a small amount of olive oil with chamomile and use that in your soap. Contrary to my wording sometimes, I'm actually of a similar mind as Penelope when it comes to soaps- some additives and benefits after cure.
Thanks, I think I'll try the chamomile since it sounds 100x easier to do as opposed to the oatmeal milk, if the chamomile doesn't work then I'll give that a try.
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That is exactly why I wanted to make it into soap, also.

And I really do have to spray every two weeks with RoundUp Poison Ivy spray. As long as I do not skip a week, the poison ivy stays under control. Even missing one week during the middle of winter here is asking for trouble. I have it on my Google calendar so I won't forget it.
Generally it's summer time when it grows like a weed, winter we don't have to worry about it so much
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I have never had oatmeal cause a soap to soften. I am guessing your water amount and the trace you reached. I make a neat oatmeal by cooking down the oats in lots of water then strain it will smooshing it through a strainer. Makes a very oaty water, but as mentioned above it really does not replace Aveeno Bath. Not everyone can use Aveeno I leaned that when I was little, and mom had to take me to the hospital. I can eat oats just not bathe in oats.
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Actually, taking a bath in Aveeno during my worst poison ivy experience ever (eyes and nose swollen almost shut, lips three times their normal size, in my lungs...from being around burning poison ivy) convinced me at 8 that I was a dedicated shower person. Ewww....
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I make my milk soaps with oatmeal and today I got to try my GM and oatmeal. 8 weeks it is so awesome ) Gm was kind of sticky for the weeks, coconut milk and oatmeal is awesome too, but think buttermilk and Goatmilk is the best. I add colloidal oatmeal or fine grind oats to my oils and SB like crazy ) then add lye


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