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    Unknown lye concentration and aloe vera

    - Thanks for the information KiwiMoose. We also have quite an overproduction of Aloe, so using it as a base for soap could be a good option. Do you notice any difference in the end product compared to using straight water? - Yes, I have considered that as well. The seep method would likely not...
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    Unknown lye concentration and aloe vera

    So, a year and a bit later I'm back to bump this up a bit. To not go back into the discussion above I would simply want to ask the two following questions: - Does anybody have any idea, chemically, of what would happen if one were to make lye with aloe vera gel as a base instead of water. Would...
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    Unknown lye concentration and aloe vera

    Hi DeeAnna, I'm sorry if you took my reply as offensive! However, countering information online with other information online is not particularly helpful I'm afraid, especially when there are no actual sources from the day quoted but only mentioned generically. From your answer I take it that...
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    Unknown lye concentration and aloe vera

    Thanks for the feedback DeeAnna! Would you have any personal experience on making soap with wood ash lye? On the various hippie/homesteading websites I've checked they say it only needs to simmer for a couple of hours during hot process, which would be a lot handier than several days :) Also...
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    Unknown lye concentration and aloe vera

    Thanks! I've read that adding about 5 % table salt (in relation to the oil) to the mix will allow soap made with KOH set as bar soap rather than soft soap. Perhaps the scientific minded others have some input on that as well :) /Martin
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    Unknown lye concentration and aloe vera

    Hi all, I have two separate questions. First of all, I have a lye solution made from hardwood ash and water (pH 13) and wanted to make olive oil based soap through hot process. Seeing as the lye strength is not certain, would it be possible to check the pH of the soap when it hits the gel stage...
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