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Old 05-24-2012, 02:43 AM   #1
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Hi everybody!

I have a question about making black soap, I did some research online and from what I gather it seems that they use the ash from the smoked plantain skins to create the saponification reaction.

I'm wondering if I could just make the soap with lye and then add the smoked skins at trace or if that would create an adverse reaction?

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Old 05-24-2012, 04:28 AM   #2
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They don't add plantain skins to soap, but rather they obtain lye from plantain ash.

You are aiming for something different. Probably it could go two ways:
- smoke them a little, chop them to smallish pieces and add them like a sort of scrub
- burn them completely and add them as "activated charcoal"

If you would ash them completely, that could possibly raise the pH of your soap and result in a harsher bar.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:38 AM   #3
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Ah ha. I gathered that they used it to get the lye, but couldn't figure out how to include it while using lye beads.

I think the activated charcoal method might be a good way to go.

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