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    First disaster - any ideas?

    Hi, thanks for your reply. Were you using a high percentage of Benzoin? I have shave soaps that include it so it's obviously possible to use it in soap but they are at a low usage, the one i made it was the predominant scent in there, and obviously Benzoin isn't actually an oil it's a resin...
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    First disaster - any ideas?

    Hi all, i had my first disaster yesterday and it's affected two things that i was making. I was making a hemp and oat soap and matching hand cream for Christmas gifts for my family and both have suffered from splitting with oils leaking out of the emulsion. Both were going fine until i added the...
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    Cold process dual lye soap

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge, this is a shave soap, and the first i've made. I expect it will be usable but i was hoping for a harder soap, being a newbie i just picked up on a few bits from online articles. You live and you learn eh!
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    Cold process dual lye soap

    Thanks for your reply, i may give it time, i'm in no rush and see how it goes. Next time a might go for a more sodium heavy soap.
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    Cold process dual lye soap

    Hello, i've made a all sodium hydroxide cold process soap and that turned out fine, recently i tried a dual lye soap using cold process and it hasn't hardened up. The ratio was 60% Potassium hydroxide and 40% sodium hydroxide and i used a 5:1 water/lye ratio. Should this harden up eventually...
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    Hello, newbie soap maker here.

    Hi all, I just got into making my own soap and have had a few success's mostly making bars of soap for the shower and i'm just starting to make my own shaving soaps and creams. I have a few questions and will post in the relevant section. Thanks.
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