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  1. Chickenpoopshoes

    What size for tester soaps

    So I think i am coming up with a good plan for my test batches of soap. I have narrowed it down to three rounds of testing. I have friends and family lined up to help me test them. Round 1 will be attempting to come up with a formula of fats that can make up my base for future soaps. I currently...
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    Rendering lard - so squishy! why?!!!

    So, I sauntered up the road the other day to bag six sweet, sweet kilos of finest grass-reared leaf lard from my very local pig farm. As usual I cursed my over-enthusiasm whilst sitting at the kitchen table later that day chopping half of it into tiny pieces before throwing the other half into...
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    Can I un-rancid tallow?

    Hoping perhaps someone knows specifically if I can wash tallow to remove the rancidity? I read on Classic Bells that it can be done and since I found just over a kilo of glass-hard, pure white suet that I rendered a year ago I would love to know if anyone has done it and what the outcome was?! I...
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    Ethical micas in Britain?

    Second question tonight for all my British soapers- where do you get your supplies from? I’ve really only used Soapkitchen so far but, by gum! Those micas are pricey! And there seems to be no mention of ethics? Resin8 make a big point of their ethical micas but they seem to come in tiny...
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    Fancy oils, what to avoid?

    Hello my helpful people! I am about to embark upon a bit of soap formula creation and I could do with dredging through your collected wisdom first. I have already searched the site but haven’t found exactly what I was curious about, so here goes! I want to make soaps cheaply and sustainably but...
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    Waiting on an ingredients parcel!!!

    I haven't made soap in a while but I've really got the itch again and it is annoying me every time I look at the shop bars that my husband bought. It's like they are saying "Hey! Lazy bum! You could be using a home-made soap but instead you will be having to use me, ha ha ha ha!!!" So, I have...
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    Help me, technology has eaten my brain :(

    Not soap related 100% although if I ever do manage to sort out my soaps then I would like to be able to sell them and will probably sue a website at that point... Anyway, I have been doing some research for the past couple of days on how to start a website. My sister and a long-time friend are...
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    Any wisdom on pure animal fat soaps?

    In the quest for sustainability I decided a while back that I would soap only with local fats, so tallow(or suet, still undecided whether to use my awesome suet for soap...) eggs, perhaps some local rapeseed oil although I'm not crazy about it as a monocrop. Maybe local beer or honey as...
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    British suppliers

    Hello fellow residents of Great Britain! I need your advice. I like to shop local and I like to support British farming so my soaps will likely never vary from local Tallow and oils I can pick up in town. However, I have not as yet traced a local farm that grows and manufactures coconut oil...
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    Infusing Daisies and Dandelions...

    So, I hot infused daisies into one jar of sunflower oil, and dandelions into another. They've been strained and smell great BUT do I double infuse them? Triple? Does it make any difference? We are in full daisy and Dandelion season here, so no shortage of flowers, but I'm wondering just how...
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    Body fat Tallow vs suet tallow

    Ok, so a weird first post but I have some serious beef fat questions that I need answers to from the more experienced Tallow users. The first Tallow I rendered was free muscle fat from the butcher. I wandered in, Tupperware tub in hand, and the butcher filled it up with fat scraps from his...
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    Hello from Wales!

    After browsing this forum a zillion times I have finally decided to join. So, hello everyone! I have REALLY garnered a lot of useful information already and I hope I can tap you up for some more now that I am on here? I started soaping at the beginning of this year after binge-watching Royalty...
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