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    CP soap recipe help

    It has an INS of 145, everything seems to be within the recommended ranges but I wonder if I should nix one of my butters and bump the coconut oil up to 30% instead? I'm concerned about the high level of super hard butters causing problems in the finished bars. Perhaps I'll do a couple trial...
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    CP soap recipe help

    Okay brilliant! Thank you :) And that would count as a percentage part of the oil mixture? Another question I have is about mixing multiple types of hard oils/butters/waxes. I've read that for most hard oils and waxes, the recommended maximum usage is around 15-20%, and using much more than...
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    CP soap recipe help

    It's really strange that I never had any issues before using 80% OO, which is why i based my recipe reformulation off of that - I tried to keep my soft oils at around 80%. Looking at it now its no wonder they're coming out really soft. Just curious - what's the method for adding soy wax to...
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    CP soap recipe help

    I'm currently working on my own CP soap recipe after using a basic 80/20 olive oil/coconut oil recipe for a long time. I'm noticing that with the recipe I'm currently using my soap is staying EXTREMELY soft for a very long time and is really hard to unmould and I was wondering if anyone here...
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    IFRA usage rate for essential oil

    Thank you so much for all your help! I'm still getting to grips with the site, it's been a long time since I've used a forum for anything haha Yea, I'm gonna send them an email and see if they get back to me with anything useful, other than that I'll just bump down the usage rate super low and...
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    IFRA usage rate for essential oil

    I have heard that citrus EOs are notorious for fading faster than other EOs, I just didn't realise quite how bad it was, lol. Hopefully the kaolin clay should be enough to anchor it, but only time will tell. I unmolded it today and it smells amazing, I'll be sad if it fades to nothing. Hm, I...
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    IFRA usage rate for essential oil

    Does Litsea Cubeba still have that same sweet citrus scent? I'd thought about using some of that but I'd then have to order in more EOs, for this one I was just using up what I had. I did use a little kaolin clay which I mixed in with the EO before I added it to the batter, I've heard that's...
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    IFRA usage rate for essential oil

    No worries! :) I honestly just wanted to check to make sure I wasn't missing anything super obvious before I emailed them to ask, haha For the time being in the batch I did last night I used 2% just to be on the safe side but I'll email them and see what they get back to me with. It's a very...
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    essential oil game

    Woodsy - Sandalwood Herbal - Tea tree (i honestly really don't like herbal EOs that much. Personal preference I guess) Floral - Rose Geranium, ylang ylang, lavender, rose absolute (although it's expensive, so i use rose geranium in place of it) Citrus - Sweet Orange, lemon, neroli Fruity - Sweet...
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    IFRA usage rate for essential oil

    Yea, maximum usage rate is 3%, the exception being if the supplier specifies a lower safe %, then that's the maximum. So that's what I was trying to check for, to make sure that using the standard 3% is safe.
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    IFRA usage rate for essential oil

    @bwtapestry thanks for your reply :) I did take a look on there and couldn't find a section with any info on usage rates in cosmetics, I don't know if I'm just scrolling past something on the document but I've looked several times at the COA and I can't find it 😅
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    IFRA usage rate for essential oil

    Hi! I've recently come up with a recipe that I would really like to be able to make regular batches of soap with, and the essential oil i want to use for this soap is Mystic Moment's Orange 5 Fold. Eventually I want to be able to apply for a CPSR and get a small soapmaking business started up...
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