It was my understanding that shaving soap needs about 60% stearic to be successful. It's the stearic that helps with the fluffy lather lasting...
Fillmore containers or Specialty Bottles carries all sorts of tins and bottles.
Here are a couple links to shaving soap recipes that should turn out fairly decent shaving soaps:...
Stearic acid is what makes the long lasting lather that shavers need. The higher the stearic acid in your soaps the better off you will be.
That is an awful of of castor oil. Castor can feel kind of sticky when used in higher amounts. Usually it is used at about 5% or less. Did you...
Swiftcraft monkey has several conditioners on her website. The liquid one I make uses btms 50.
I use my oatmeal milk and honey soap on my dogs. The colloidal oats don't leave bits in their fur.
Try using a cheese slicer.
You make a form of lye by running water through wood ashes, so my guess would be the burnt plantain skin ashes are also making lye.
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