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    homemade distilled water not worth it?

    Literally, 5 minutes ago I finished making a gallon and I made one yesterday, too and was thinking about how I really like my machine. It must be 5 years old by now, but seems brand new. I never have to go looking for distilled water, never have to store it in plastic. Barely ever clean it. I...
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    Oat milk in soap making

    costs almost nothing to make, is easy and has no additives.
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I followed the recipe exactly and used the low range of 3.5% which she said was the salinity of seawater. In the small batch, that was about a teaspoon. She also mentioned you can go up to 25% but I liked the seawater idea. For my dry skin, I think I will make this again with 10% SF and see...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Experiment # 17, I am still trying differnt stuff. Last night I tried a recipe from Lovely Greens/Soleseif, it is a salt-brine simple soap with 30% coconut, so I upped the SF to 7%. It is hard and shiny like french milled and I used Peru Balsam for the first time to scent it. I love the...
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    Rose Geranium & Patchouli CP

    sorry to be dumb, but what is POO and SAO? CO is coconut oil, right? The EO blend sounds very delicious to me. What is the size of this batch? Did you color it, or is that just the Pachouly oil showing? Don't forget to post the cut photos!
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    Creative soap lining

    wow , I never thought of that, I reinvent the wheel every time, thanks!
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I just used my new round mold for the first time, per a suggestion I got here, I lined it with paper and so glad because I was able to get the soap out. I cut a little early because I am not good at waiting. It is also my first attempt at pull-thru. I used an old strainer from a drainpipe on...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Congratulations! You have been very patient and diligent! I'm sure it was worth the wait. : ) And yes, we all look like the Lone Ranger, don't we? Banditos.
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I got a small batch of lard soap made, this was my first time with lard. I used titanium dioxide and zinc, equal amounts, to whiten it. Also, I added powdered moringa leaf, which I cannot bear to eat anyway. The soap is a pretty bright green. This is the first time I cannot unmold and cut...
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    How much borax in cold process soap?

    I am no expert, but doesn't borax stay grainy and function a little like the pumice? Back in the old days, we had powdered soap in public places, you pushed up on this lever and it fell out in your hand..... and it was gritty. I am sure it contained some or a lot of Borax. Got your hands...
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    Cut another soap today

    This is very helpful, thank you. I render my own tallow from beef and ask the butcher for cebo, the flaky kind. I had not planned on rendering lard. Maybe for an experiment in the future, but your post makes me relax about it.
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    Cut another soap today

    Your answer makes me think I am probably safe using this kind. Will try it soon. Thanks.
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    litsea substitute?

    do you have any lemon myrtle? this blend sounds lovely, i agree about bergamot, too.
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    Cut another soap today

    this is gorgeous, looking at it it takes me to an early morning walk in the washes of New Mexico between Abique and Taos! Or something! Lovely. How is 50% lard to bathe with?
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    Cut another soap today

    Someone posted that there are two types of lard. Do you know how to distinguish these two and what difference in the finished soap might happen? I bought some lard for my first experiment, it was in the meat dept. of Bodega Aurerra, a Méxican branch of Walmart. I hope it works.
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    Tentative query about castor oil and soda ash - Becoz it can't be true!

    This curing in the garage thing stumps me, do you know why? The soap likes cars better than people? The temperature is more? or less? Is there a humidity difference? It sounds funny, kind of mysterious to me! Like so many things in soapmaking.
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Have you rendered before? I know you are an experienced soaper..... but I learned a few things the last time it did it about the size of the pot and whether ot not to cover it. Lesson learned while on my knees cleaning up when it all climbed out of the pot onto the floor. After I cleaned, I...
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    The "One Recipe" Theory - Question

    Exactly and well said!
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Well, since I have completed 14 tallow experiments and I am really liking the soaps, I figured it was time to get over my aversion to lard in soaps, so I bought some for the next series of experiments. At 29 pesos per 500 gms, that translates to about $1.50 per pound US or 10 cents an ounce...