Originally Posted by aihrat
It looks like Norway wouldn't have hard water or a dry climate, so if those aren't an issue, I'd look into lowering the coconut oil percentage further. Increasing the superfat for such a soft recipe seems risky.
Norway does have a very dry climate. Hard water, I don't know. But in the winther, absolutely every single drop of water freezes, so the air is as dry as it can get. But that depends again on where in Norway you live. I guess the rainy western area are not so dry. But most parts of Norway is crisp dry in the winther, if it is cold degrees outside.
My hands gets so dry that they will bleed in the winther that I have to use a special cream to make them soft again (Kerodex71, the best I have tried). So we definately have a dry climate, but dry in another way that in the desert or hot areas. Like freeze dried.
My first soap was also drying to the skin, even if it is 100% olive oil and with a superfatting (I don't remember the %, but it was under 10). But I did some strange things since I did not have ingredients, so it can be a lot of factors. I did zap test both the soap and the lather, but I'm not sure how this zap is supposed to feel. I did not feel like battery licking. So what I suspect, is that a homemade soap is way stronger and more consentrated that store bought liquid soap. They do water it down a lot. But homemade is not watered down, so maybe that is the thing. It is stronger than we are used too. But I don't know. The next time I will use 15-20% superfat and some wax, to see if that helps.
I don't have dry skin at all, except from on my hands. They are notorius for drying out instantly. So now I can actually see a difference in dryness from the left hand to the right, where I hold the soap in the shower. More dry on the right hand. But, better luck next time.