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    Soap comparison. Can cheap oils work just as well?

    Right. I like learn through testing and lots of failure it seems. Just going in blind you learn so mutch more rather than just following the rules and doing what others have already found what works.
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    Soap comparison. Can cheap oils work just as well?

    Ok it has been about two weeks so I wanted to try the soap out and give a review. The soap smells like a bee hive. May not be pleasant for all but I like it. Used it in the shower with a shower poof/scrubby... whatever that is called. It takes a lot of time, effort and soap to get it to...
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    Soap comparison. Can cheap oils work just as well?

    So DOS is an oxidation within the soap of various metals. Seems like oils with high Linoleic acid are prone to oxidizing metal contaminants easily. Soybean oil is unfortunately 51% linoleic acid per a quick wiki search lol. Bees wax has some miner antioxidant properties and honey is high in...
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    Soap comparison. Can cheap oils work just as well?

    I am just trying to make a product that includes all the fruits of my bee hives. So far am am pretty happy with the bees wax in my soaps. I need to read up on DOS as to what it is and the problems for it. So I know what to look for.
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    Soap comparison. Can cheap oils work just as well?

    That's really cool. That's some of the cheapest coconut oil I have seen. Comes out to about 13.8c per fl oz. but coconut oil usually needs to be mixed with other oils cause it is too harsh. Just as a cheap one oil experiment, my soybean oil comes out to about 5.1c per fl oz. I will for sure look...
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    Second soap attempt.

    Cleaned bees wax from my hives I am using as well.
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    Second soap attempt.

    That is my equipment basically. The bucket is some crystallized spring honey from 2017 harvest I never canned or bottled for sale. Oils I am using are are clear clean oils. Once all melted together they are see through and pale yellow.
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    Soap comparison. Can cheap oils work just as well?

    Yes thank you all for the comments. BrewerGeorge: what was it about that soap that you did not like? Too oily, not enough lather? Smelled bad? Lol... I am using hot process for all my soap making at the moment for clarification. Using the low setting on my $5.00 thrift store crock pot. I...
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    Second soap attempt.

    It is dark brown well before placing into the mold.
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    Soap comparison. Can cheap oils work just as well?

    Yea it does seem to do that regardless of the technique. I think I am going to reduce from 10% of water content to 2% and see how that does.
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    Soap comparison. Can cheap oils work just as well?

    Hello everyone. I am very new into soap making and am having a blast. Many have been following my last thread "second soap attempt" and I thank all of you. I purchased some cheap Walmart brand vegetable oil which was strait soy bean oil for some baking, but I knew I was not going to use all of...
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    Second soap attempt.

    Well this was 38g in 500g of oils. So maybe I am just too honey heavy.
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    Second soap attempt.

    I use stainless steel hand mixer. Stainless steel spoon. Crockpot. And I have used glass, wood and non-stick pans for molds. Lye water mixed in plastic bowl.
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    Second soap attempt.

    Per soap calc I needed 380g of water. So I added 38g of honey and 342g of distilled water.
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    Second soap attempt.

    IMG_1957 by James Handley posted Jun 3, 2018 at 7:51 PM Here is a pic of my soap and how the refried been look looks. The two on the left are my second attempt and the ones on the right are when I used the stick blender and made a couple changes to reduce the color. I made a new batch today...
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