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    Lard Recipe

    I didn’t know that it was a common recipe. I just chucked some values into the old soapcalc. I almost always use 5 castor and I usually don’t go very high on coconut, but I figured that the lard would offset it. Glad to hear that it is already an established recipe. I will give it a go and I...
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    Lard Recipe

    I want to make a lard soap as I have used it in the past and I liked the qualities that it gave my soap, other than the smell. I was thinking of doing a bar with 75% lard, 20 CO, and 5 castor. Does that sound pretty good? Finally what is the trace time like on a high lard bar as I might throw...
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    High Shea butter recipe

    I am familiar with the drink. You never mentioned about the superfat %. Like I said I went with 5% so I hope that is okay. I really appreciate all the support from you all as fancy soap is something that is a bit beyond my skill set, but I do find beauty in many soaps! I’ve been working at...
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    Soda ash?

    Great, Thanks so much!!!
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    Soda ash?

    Oh, will this negatively affect the soaps performance?
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    Soda ash?

    Is this soda ash? It was already there upon cutting. I know it isn’t lye deposits because I made sure it was fully dissolved. I actually don’t mind the way it looks as it created this kinda cool swirling design. Let me know what you all think. Thanks!!!
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    High Shea butter recipe

    Well here is how it turned out. I call it the “I thought it was going to trace quickly and it didn’t so I decided to add another color” swirl! I was unsure about what superfat to use so I went with 5%, I hope that is okay. Can’t wait to try this soap as it sounds luxurious. Fragrance is Royal...
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    High Shea butter recipe

    Okay so I have been out of the soaping game for awhile so I have a few questions about this recipe. I imagine the ROE and Vitamin E are for shelf life and the arrowroot and oakmoss absolute are anchoring the fragrance, finally the turmeric is for color? Is all of this correct? Could I get away...
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    High Shea butter recipe

    Does anyone have a good recipe that is high in Shea butter and does not use any olive oil. I could always just exchange RBO for the olive or something else. I've been wanting to try a high shea soap and I have a bunch of it that I need to use. Thanks in advance for any advice!!!
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    Orange cologne fragrance oil

    Thanks soapmaker, I have used Happy Men by NDA and it is actually pretty close to the original fragrance, but it is not the best quality and I was looking for something a bit better. I will check out the blood orange and meyer lemon. Thanks for the advice!!!
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    Inspired by Zany's Palm Olive

    Okay pics as requested. It traced incredibly quick, I think it was the fragrance as I had planned on doing a nice colorful swirl but it turned into a real plop plop situation, even ended up with some air holes where it didn’t settle in the mold. It’s kinda soft and ever so slightly crumbly but...
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    Using sea water

    I wanted to use my sea water with this recipe. https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/inspired-by-zanys-palm-olive.88005/#post-942125 Check out the revised one near the bottom of the thread and let me know what you all think. Thanks!!!
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    Inspired by Zany's Palm Olive

    I put them in my last post but here they are again. Also I got my hands on some real sea water and I plan to replace the water with that and as I mentioned adding sugar as well. Will this one be slimy? Should I lower the superfat? Just let me know what you all think.
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    Using sea water

    I was wondering if anyone here has tried using real sea water, like from the ocean to make soap. I know people use faux sea water but I got someone bringing me the genuine article, and was curious how to go about using, storing it, etc. Just let me know please and Thanks!!!
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    Inspired by Zany's Palm Olive

    So I decided to change it a bit based on y'alls suggestions. I think this looks a bit better. I just wanted to try this because I have never made a very low cleansing soap and I just wanted to see what it would feel like.
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    Inspired by Zany's Palm Olive

    Like the title says this recipe was inspired by this recipe. Zany's Palm olive I wanted to make an incredibly mild, silky, conditioning type bar and this is what I came up with. The numbers in the fatty acid profile are less than desirable but I am just looking for some input so I can tweak...
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    100% Coconut and salt? HP

    Hey Thanks!!! I'll skip the salt and doing some research I saw that a salt bar has up to 100% salt in relation to the oil weight; I see the difference now. I am also finding that the water amount generally used for HP soap is somewhere between 3:1 and 2.5:1, which would puts the lye...
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    100% Coconut and salt? HP

    Okay so I've decided to make my first HP soap and I've never made 100% coconut. I understand that I am to use a 20% SF but I am unsure of what the lye concentration should be. I will be using a crockpot with a lid if that makes any difference. My other question is about salt. When people say...
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    Entry Thread for SMF May 2022 Challenge - Infinity Swirl

    Whoooo go gardengeek representing Florida!!! SoapLover1 should receive an honorable mention!!!
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    Florida Soapers

    Hey all you Florida soapers out there!!! I live in North Central Florida, Gainesville to be exact, and I am new to soaping and to the community. I'm looking to find fellow Florida soap enthusiasts to potentially get together and make some soap. If anyone is interested feel free to message me or...
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