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  1. LBussy

    My first shaving soap is a success!

    I imagine olive oil is quite a bit more prevalent there. Good luck with it!
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    My first shaving soap is a success!

    Welcome, @tzavardin! You say you are a novice, so my recommendations will take that into account: I think dual lye is more complicated for questionable results. I'd recommend keeping it simple for your first batch and just using KOH. The finished soap will be softer, which is fine if you are...
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    My first shaving soap is a success!

    Past time ... I'm out. Well, technically not "out." I've been shaving with a bad batch I made several years ago. I guess not bad but it was a failed fragrance. Without that nice almond scent, it doesn't seem right.
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    Silly Shaving Soap Question

    Sometimes I rinse, sometimes I don't. I think it's just an OCD thing. :) As far as a Syndet for shaving. No. I personally believe that shaving one's face every day is probably the most demanding use of a soap. Having used literally over a hundred different syndets and soaps, I can assure...
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    DeeAnna's Milk in Soap Information

    Are you aware that we are watching and we can have your Man Card revoked at the mere flick of a finger!? Seriously though .... let me postulate that it’s not the milk that creates the difference, but the skill of the soaper? I’ve been shaving with a straight for a number of years (would have...
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    My first shaving soap is a success!

    Lather bowls can break, absolutely. Ceramic tends to not break into tiny microscopic shards like regular glass does however. It’s a risk I am willing to take. My issue with stainless steel is that it is too smooth, I like for the bowl to have a little tooth to it.
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    My first shaving soap is a success!

    If you are thinking pucks, a Pringles can makes a nice disposable mold.
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    My first shaving soap is a success!

    Hi @lolaM ! Glass = bad. Think about wet, slippery fingers, dropping it .. and poor delicate feet probably just out of the shower! I use these for packaging: https://www.specialtybottle.com/metal-tin-containers/deep-flat-slipcover/8oz-tnf8 And I end up filling them with ~5.3 oz of soap...
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    Privacy and Google Home device

    If I get going too much on privacy I'll never get any work done. :) I saw TSO live a couple years back, awesome show. I would never have suspected. I'm not much of a holidays guy but I had a great time. The thing with Google activating when you're just talking is just a byproduct of the...
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    Privacy and Google Home device

    Here's a tip for iPhone users: You can be forced to unlock your phone with a fingerprint or face recognition since the courts have ruled that it is not you divulging anything the police could not already have. You cannot be forced to divulge your PIN/passcode. That being the case, you need to...
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    Privacy and Google Home device

    I used to feel that way. Being involved in a large government IT project has changed my way of thinking. People gather *everything* they can and post it in places for others to do bad with it. Unless you train yourself to do the small things to protect your privacy all the time, you can...
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    Privacy and Google Home device

    They are similar, but the URLs are not obfuscated. Do a couple searches with Duck Duck Go and then a couple with StartPage. After that check your browser history to see the difference. The URL is passed visibly to the search provider even using HTTPS so any “bad actor” can tell what you are...
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    Privacy and Google Home device

    I'm on a quest to go "Google Free". I mean Google is awesome, and I don't do anything that I'm actually concerned about, but I am a private person by nature. Once you start actually PAYING for all of the things you get basically for free from Google, you realize how much money your information...
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    My first shaving soap is a success!

    Well, that's certainly not my experience with this recipe. :) It's difficult to diagnose unless you post the actual numbers for what you did and where you sourced your ingredients. Additional glycerin would not kill the lather. It absolutely does require more water than you may be used to -...
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    My first shaving soap is a success!

    That's the issue with experimenting with shaving soap batches - you end up with a lifetime supply in a real hurry! I started making mine in those small plastic lidded containers split up in 100g each to try different things. Float them in a pot of boiling water to cook. The water loss is a lot...
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