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    Trade Mango butter for stearic acid

    DISCLAIMER: SMF is not responsible for any sale, trade, co-op, pre-buy, fast buy, garage sale, ad or other transactions between members. All parties enter into transactions at their own will/risk. I have close to 2lbs of raw mango butter, but unfortunately I am allergic and I am looking to...
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    Shave soap recipe

    Upon further research I have discovered that the majority of soy wax is partially hydrogenated, coming in at a much lower stearic acid content which is not suitable for shave soap. Fully hydrogenated wax is very hard to find and is probably why my results are less than spectacular. I chose to...
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    Shave soap recipe

    It feels nice when I shave but it doesn’t work up a lather easy enough and does leave behind a bit of a residue on my skin. I thInk lowering the superfat and glycerin as well as increasing the cleansing oils should help as it is not drying at all.
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    Shave soap recipe

    So here’s how she turned out. I think that it’s pretty good, but could be better. I think that I will drop the glycerin lower to maybe 3% as soy wax creates glycerin unlike stearic acid, and the glycerin kills lather. I also think that I will raise the lye concentration just a bit to create...
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    Shave soap recipe

    Well I just made the recipe with a few tweaks and it was interesting to say the least. I did a 4:1 lye concentration as you all mentioned and a 7% superfat with 2% sorbitol and sodium citrate as well as 10% glycerin added after trace. I mixed the oils and lye just above 140 as @cjisler...
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    What happened to Zany_in_CO?

    Just as the title says, what happened to Zany_in_CO? Where did she go, and was there some sort of falling out? I went to go send her a message a while back and it says there is no such user. If anyone could shed some light on this subject.
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    Shave soap recipe

    Anyone else care to weigh in on this recipe?
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    Shave soap recipe

    No I haven’t tried it yet, waiting on the KOH in the mail. Do you think that the cleansing oils are too high as well as the superfat? I was also thinking of ditching the clay. How about the lye concentration?
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    Shave soap recipe

    I am planning on making my first shave soap and was hoping for some feedback on my recipe. I am going to do this as a cold process and was curious about superfat, lye concentration, and anything else that needs adjustment. I was going to be adding Kaolin clay at 1 Tbsp PPO, tsp sodium lactate...
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    Where do you buy supplies from?

    Has anyone tried Aztec Candle and Soap Supplies, they have great prices and several other things I need besides FOs?
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    Where do you buy supplies from?

    I’m curious as to what is your favorite place for cost and quality to buy your soaping supplies from. I currently have plenty of oils and I am in the market for FOs, but I am open to recommendations for anything soap related. Thanks in advance for any and all help and suggestions!!!
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    Shave soap questions

    Okay so I have done some research and have decided to go with a dual lye soap using the soy wax as previously mentioned, I figured I could use the rest to make candles. Anyway, still looking for some more info if anyone has experience in making shave soap.
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    Shave soap questions

    I am planning on making a shave soap for myself and I have a few questions before I decide to dive in. First, can I make it using NaOH only and skip the KOH, or is the KOH required and what properties does it add? Second, can I use the cold process method or does it have to be hot process...
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    Pine tar recipe

    Well it turned out fairly interesting. It began to trace quite rapidly, but mainly on the bottom of the container that I mixed it in as the lye solution settled to the bottom. I did my best to incorporate it as much as possible, but it turned out like a pouring plop where parts of it were fluid...
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    Pine tar recipe

    Does this look about right @AliOop @Zany_in_CO I was unsure what to put the superfat at so some insight on that would be helpful. I'm also curios as to if I added the pine tar into the recipe correctly. I tried to make a pine tar soap in the past at 20% and it came out incredibly soft, so I'm...
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    Pine tar recipe

    This is all excellent advice. I will be sure to use sodium lactate and I was thinking about a blend of coconut oil and pko at 7.5% each.
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    Pine tar recipe

    I was planning on making a soap with pine tar at 10% and was wondering what recipe you all prefer to tack it on to? I was thinking it would go nicely with a lard bar. Just let me know what general recipe you use for pine tar soap and any other additives that you like to use. Goat's milk, ground...
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    Lard and hemp oil

    Okay I got the go from two well known and respected members so soap it shall become then.
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    Lard and hemp oil

    I was planning on making a goat’s milk soap this evening and wanted to run the recipe by you all. The recipe is 65% lard, 20% coconut oil, 10% hemp oil, and 5% castor. The additives are GMP using the half and half water method, sodium citrate at 2%, Tbsp ground oats PPO, and ROE. I know many...
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    Calculating soap weight for molds

    WOW!!! That’s so helpful, thank you so much! 29 oz. of oil is exactly how much I use in my 40 oz. molds. I put water in my cavity molds and weighed it and a fluid oz. weighs exactly an ounce, so now all I have to do is divide by 1.37 and I’ll know how much batter to make. I will have an extra...
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