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  1. Steve85569

    Mostly Soft Oils/Replacing Palm Oil?

    Freezer paper will line almost anything to make a mold for soap. Ace/ TrueValue sells lye in the drain cleaners ( Household 100% Lye Drain Cleaner). Dollar store for coconut oil (7.5 ounce for a buck) BiMart for the stick blender. WalMart sells 4 cup measuring cups for less than a dollar each...
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    A need for levity

    1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.” 2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, "Dam!” 3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit...
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    Vinegar

    You are most welcome. I had the honor of learning a great deal participating in that thread. And others... Welcome to the forum!!
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    Vinegar

    https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/how-to-use-vinegar-to-harden-your-soap.59295/ Is a good thread to start your journey...
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    Wild Sourdough

    It's ALIVE!!! o_O:nodding:
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    When this is all over, I'm gonna...

    I miss recovery meetings.
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    Hi everyone

    Welcome to the forum! There is a lot of really good information and education for soap making here!!
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    Coronavirus

    I didn't take it that way. I am just tired of the FEAR being poured out on us. That having been said - I am triple compromised as far as my health issues are right now. My breathing is bad enough that I cannot wear a surgical mask. I have a powerful Friend that has told me that I shouldn't be...
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    Perfect numbers?

    As you may have noticed we tend to find what we each like and settle into a neighborhood with "the numbers". I find that a recipe high in oleic FA tends to dry my skin. They make a soluable bar and that doe not rinse off as easily or completely - FOR ME - as my high lard and low cleansing...
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    Coronavirus

    I was looking for a good Halloween mask but couldn't find one. I'm still trying to find some pantyhose the will go over my head so I can go out. It's a mask, right? All joking aside, WASH YOUR HANDS. Don't sneeze, cough or just spray on anyone. Don't kiss anyone that you don't know ( good...
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    Wild Sourdough

    I am realizing just how spoiled I am. I live 4 miles from a nearly completely vegetarian market ( they do sell a little meat VERY little). Flour AND yeast are still available. The 5 LB. bags are not to be found but bulk and 20 pounders are still on the shelves. I can get locally grown rye...
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    Finding supplies

    Restaurant supply stores ma have the oils you are looking for and their shelve are fairly full right now. Rice bran oil can be used to make "castille type" soap since the fatty acid profile is so close. Of course it would need to be labelled as such. Just my 2 cents.
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    A need for levity

    And I thought it was soap.... Must be getting bored. I wonder if I can make Lego soap bars?.....
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    My handmade soap is making my skin feeling dry

    Cut the coconut oil at least in half. Coconut oil is very cleansing - meaning it will take the natural oils from your skin and make it dry. I use CO at 10 to 15%.
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    Lye on quartz countertop

    The tile section of your nearby hardware store should have a sealer suitable for tile. I use a water base sealant because it has a lower voc and I have breathing problems. It also will penetrate the unsealed portion prior to setting and "drying". Drying is in quotes because the stuff actually...
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    Lye on quartz countertop

    The lye has reacted with the finish on the counter top - not with the quartz. The good news is that is *might* polish out. Try using a wax / polish the will penetrate ( one the requires a curing time). It may leave a "ghost ring" to remember why we wear PPE's and soap in safe areas.
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    Lockdown

    I'll have to scrounge around the bunker and see what I can find...:lol:
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    Having trouble with vegan palm free recipe

    59% "hard" oils could have something to do with the fast movement of the recipe. I agree with the hot process suggestion.
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    Confused about chemistry

    Edit - figured out how to space the data...
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    Confused about chemistry

    From an oils / fatty acid chart I have: ___________Luaric Myristic Palmetic Stearic Ricinoleic Oleic Linoleic Linolenic Olive_________0______0_______14 _____3______0______69____12_______1 Sunflower______0______0________3_____4______0______83_____4_______1 Sweet Almond...
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