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    Getting in shape

    I honestly feel that your diet is as or more important than exercising IF your exercise routine is not consistent and robust enough. I frequently fast and that has been helpful. I do not sit during the day and have invested in a standing desk. I 'speed' walk from place to place, run, to extreme...
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    Getting in shape

    I make smoothies only using whey. I suffer from lactose malabsorption and it has become a problem, especially within the last 5 years. I consume 1100-1500 calorie smoothies every other day as I also work out consistently. Help build and maintain muscle at my age of 50+. I recently started using...
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    Orange (Peel) Wax

    I do apologize. I have not been as active and missed the post. I continue to make orange soaps using the wax and the fragrance is out of this world. My only source to date is from Dr. Adorable Inc. on Amazon. I admit I have only purchased the product once. I don’t know of any reputable companies...
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    Soy Wax Users

    When I first started soaping a few years ago there was a heavy emphasis on temp of oils. I was told that it should be no higher than this or that. I understand that that is a strong consideration when it comes to fragrances/oils, but I have largely ignored any need to resign myself to any...
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    Juice instead of liquid

    Just wanted to chime in. I don't make liquid soap, but I have used all kinds of liquids other than water with my NaOH for hard soap with little to no issues. Depending on the liquid, quick tracing would be my biggest issue, but other than that, I cannot imagine cucumber water (almost all water)...
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    Soy Wax Users

    I keep my soy wax in room temperature, but the room temperature for me is never above 75 as I do my soaping in the basement. I believe the melting point is above 115F or 46C, right? So, it should be okay for now.
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    Handmade Soap and Health Claims

    Absolutely agree! Natural products are also made up of chemicals (natural) and people have allergies to those as well.
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    Handmade Soap and Health Claims

    I believe that making safer, more wholesome soap has nothing to do with the experience the OP had. There are chemicals in commercial soaps that I used in the laboratory that clearly have safety alerts attached to them. Making more natural soaps is simply smarter. As I read the OP's post, I made...
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    Soy Wax Users

    I use the "Soybean, fully hydrogenated (soy wax)" on soapcalc.net. It has worked for me.
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    Looking for a Palm-Free New Basic Recipe

    Sorry for the tardy response and may not be relevant at this point, but I only make soap with the wax. I regard it as fully hydrogenated soy wax (in soapcalc) and my soaps have been consistent.
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    Looking for a Palm-Free New Basic Recipe

    This is the soy wax I have been using with success: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OXOZDA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    Beeswax to harden soap

    My experience has been the sunflower oil. @Oxbow> I use soy wax and it is certainly a cheap and effective option to hardening soaps.
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    Orange (Peel) Wax

    Thank you, Angela. I have made a few bars using my transparent formula and my CP formula. In both cases, I add the orange wax separate from any lye consideration. So, it acts as a superfatting ingredient, not entirely reacted with lye. I get pretty good results, but it does stain. And the orange...
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    Making Hard Soap with Potassium Hydroxide (KOH)

    Both KOH and NaOH are generically referred to as lye. So, yes. They are chemically similar.
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    Juice in soap

    Hi. I've used aloe vera juice and orange juice quite frequently with no problems. I have yet to try lemon juice, but did see a youtube video of a soaper who did successfully use lemon juice.
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