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    What to blend with Ylang Ylang?

    I know this is an old thread but I was wondering if Ylang Ylang and Sweet Orange would hold up in CP soap and at what ratio one would suggest blending them. I once tried a blend that was about 10% Patchouli, 20% Ylang Ylang and 70% Orange 5 fold and found it just smelled like straight Ylang...
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    Is Glycerin Included When Calculating Superfat and scents?

    If you add glycerin to your soap (as in a shaving soap for example) do you include the glycerin content when calculating superfat and scents? For example, a recipe is: Olive 100g Palm 100g Coconut 100g Glycerin 25g You want to add fragrance at 3% of oils... Is that 3% of 300g or...
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    Caution Buying From Essential Depot

    I don't have it in for them and as a business owner myself I believe in giving businesses the benefit of the doubt. But in my humble opinion an indisputably wrong response is no response. Particularly given their printed customer service statement which I have copied and pasted from their...
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    Caution Buying From Essential Depot

    I recently contacted Essential Depot for a customer service issue regarding a price adjustment on a previously placed order due to a sale I missed by days (I purchased just before the sale) and never heard back. I followed up and still never received a response. Both emails were friendly and...
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    Why Do Some Unscented Soaps Smell So Good?

    I've noticed that some unscented natural soaps smell so much better than others, yet they seem to use the same ingredients - olive, palm, coconut, castor, shea etc.? Has anyone noticed this and would anyone know why?
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    Degree of shrinkage during cure?

    For what it's worth, 3 1/2 years later, I don't think your questions were unreasonable at all. Would you now be able to speak from experience as to how much average shrinkage by weight there is? Thanks in advance.
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    Aleppo Soap! The real thing!!!

    Hi EFP, Since my original post, I've bought Aleppo soap from a company in Spain called Inkanat or Inkanature. I've purchased 12% and 20%. No question the 20% bars generate less lather and feel more moisturizing. I expect the 20% has a higher superfat content - it feels like there is more...
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    Aleppo Soap! The real thing!!!

    Traditional Aleppo is boiled and salted out. My questions still apply though.
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    Aleppo Soap! The real thing!!!

    This is a 2-part question: I'm confused about the Laurel Berry Oil content in soap. I've read on some websites that the higher the LBO content, the more drying the soap can be (LBO does have a significant lauric acid content so this makes sense to me). However some websites (and some forum...
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    INCI Names for Colorants

    Thanks - I'm in Canada. I'll update my profile.
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    INCI Names for Colorants

    Also, in the case of micas, some micas contain multiple ingredients such as titanium dioxide, iron oxide, red #40, magnesium stearate etc. If following the INCI format, it would seem that all the individual ingredients in a mica should be listed as well. But I don't see this very often on other...
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    INCI Names for Colorants

    I don't think this has been answered on this forum before. I have seen the INCI name for various oxides listed alternatively as "black oxide" for example and/or with a "CI" # like "CI77049". Can one use either format for the INCI name when listing a color?
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    Suds N' Scents Canada

    Has anyone done business with Suds N' Scents out of British Columbia? I haven't but I am contemplating a substantial order. I found them online and would like to know if anyone's had a positive experience with them before I place the order. Thanks a lot.
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    High Coconut Oil Content and Superfat

    I sometimes see ingredient lists from reputable soap makers where coconut oil is the first ingredient followed by olive oil and/or rice bran oil and palm oil. I would have thought that coconut oil as the first ingredient in any soap would mean that the bar would be very drying. But these soaps...
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    Test Batches

    I've read differing opinions about how small a test batch should be. From purely a cost perspective, a pound seems to make sense. But I've read comments to the effect that the measuring has to be so precise at that small a quantity that it's risky to go that small. And also, at that size, it may...
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    KOH and NaOH in shaving soap

    Does anyone know why this is? Why can't KOH be used in cold process soapmaking when it's used in combination with NaOH?
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    Coconut Oil vs Palm Kernel Oil

    Hi, I've been lurking for a while - great forum. I can't seem to find an answer to my question. It seems that coconut oil tends to be used more commonly than palm kernel oil in many soaps. Based on composition, both oils have very similar profiles with PKO appearing to be a bit more...