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    Need recommendation for my first batch!!

    I agree with most that it's fine for a first soap. Probably it will feel so much better than the stuff you are buying commercially that it will be fine for quite a while. And by the time it isn't fine you will know more about the various oils AND your own skin that you will try out all sorts...
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    Pouring oils cleanly, mixing Palm oil and various other questions(aka tell me I'm not too stupid for this)

    I wish I had @TheGecko's set up, but space doesn't allow me that luxury. I do have a tub that holds everything that I may need for soaping: containers for water, oils, stirring implements, scale, immersion blender, etc. Since everything goes back into the same tub after cleanup, I wouldn't need...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I made three batches of soap today, all 500 gram batches, to see if I can tell the difference in Lard, Walmart's Tallow/lard combo and Palm oil as the main ingredient in my regular soap. I do all my soaps in HP. I've done all three oils in other batches, but my notes at that time were skimpy...
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    Mostly Soft Oils/Replacing Palm Oil?

    Lots of people use coconut oil at less than 20%, I use it at 10% or less. My skin would itch up a storm at 25%. This is a personal thing though. I keep my cleansing numbers around 5-8 these days and my skin is lots happier. Soap cleans...period. No matter what the numbers are. I loved my...
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    Syndet Shampoo Bar Trials

    I made some lotion with shea butter and it was grainy. I found somewhere...don't remember and didn't book mark it...sorry. It said shea butter needed to be cooled fast or it would turn grainy. So I reheated the container of lotion and stuck it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. It was...
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    Gentle soap for toddlers?

    when I run my recipe though the soap calculator, my number for cleansing is 7 ( not in the 12-22 range) Is this bad or good or doesn’t matter? I’m thinking more for when I make soap for myself. Thank you . Take care and stay safe Soap cleans. I use a lot of lard in my recipes...am still trying...
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    Curing rack ideas

    I've seen your system and drooled over it for months. I have a bread rack. The full sized trays are unwieldy. They are not easy to slide in and out and with my balance and back issues it is difficult to get the trays in and out. The half trays are just a tad small in the width so they don't...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Glad I gave you a laugh this morning. Shorty was a welder and for sure he did no welding without a good cover!!! How he dealt with all the mosquitoes in Alaska in the summer I'll never know. He had a full head of curly hair and so my imagination at least gave you hair on your head. LOL
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Congratulations on your kitchen. You have been very patient with that. But am cracking up over the last part of your post. I read it as "robe" not wardrobe and sort of wondered where you were wearing the scarf? We had a friend in Alaska who would shed his clothes the minute the outside temps...
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    The "One Recipe" Theory - Question

    I'm not trying to beat a dead horse, but wanted you to know that I prefer the soap calculator on soapmakingfriend.com over any of the others. One reason is that I can put in the size of my mold (loaf molds) and it will resize the batch closer than I can guess or formulate. And it also has a...
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    The "One Recipe" Theory - Question

    I started soaping with someone else's recipe. Luckily it was a tried and true website so I didn't have any disasters. I thought I had died and gone to heaven with my first batches of soap. They were so much better than what I was using from any store. Over time I realized that I still had days...
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    Sales on companies FO for CP soap

    I'm new to FO's and bought a bunch of samplers at Maple and Nurture. I tested a bunch of them in January. Am waiting for the 6 month mark to do the review. I tested at 3% which is a long story...too long...but think 5% might be a better strength to use. Barnwood- almost non-existent. My...
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    Hot Process Soap - Help please!

    My past was similar with the thirds split of some kind. And my favorite recipes are now similar to yours other than the olive oil. But I do HP probably for the clean up more than anything. When I put my soaping stuff away I want it all done and cleaning up CP pots and utensils is a pain when...
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    Finding supplies

    the local restaurant supply is where I get my rice bran oil. I've seen lots of oils, some in sizes that are almost the same size as I am (LOL) but no lard. I may have to brave it out again one of these days to check out Walmart and Winco...or a Spanish market if they don't have it. Some of the...
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    Finding supplies

    I'm sure there are but I've never seen one in any of the areas where I shop. I have been self isolating since the 10th of last month...out for prescriptions and groceries only...and plan to keep it up for the duration. Next time I go for groceries I'll check out the yellow pages in case I can't...
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