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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Hi everyone, I wanted to revisit this thread with my thoughts on this soap, now that its over a year old. I'm hope no one minds :p The first thing I want to say is I love this soap. I will never again make a 100% olive oil soap with a super fat. I felt the soap was harsh up until it...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Hi DeeAnna, Thanks for your explanation as to why the higher water soap batches may not be smelling. The smell of olive oil in unscented soap is something I have only ever seen a couple of people post about on this board, so either most people don't find it unpleasant, or most people...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Hi everyone, I have recently made an interesting (well, interesting to me :smile:) discovery/observation with this soap. To recap, I have made 4 batches of this soap (100% olive oil) of varying lye excesses (-10%, -20%, -30% & -40%). The -10%, -20% & -40% batches were made with a water...
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    Wonderful pine tar soaps!

    Hi Dennis, My understanding of the difference between "ordinary" pine tar and "kiln burned" pine tar: Ordinary pine tar is a byproduct of the burning of pine wood for the production of charcoal. Kiln burned pine tar is produced through the burning of the stumps of a particular species of...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Well, I have to take back my comment about the -40% batch staying nice and hard. It started getting softer yesterday, and is soft in the same way the -10% and -20% batches were (not so soft that I have to stop using it, but softer than I would like). I am going to stop using it though, as I...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Hi everyone, I have been a bit tardy in reporting my thoughts and observations with this soap -- deeanna's post prompted me to get to it. To recap: I have made 4 batches of this soap (100% olive oil), the only difference being the lye excess. First batch was -40%, then -10%, -20% & -30%. I...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Vuladams, I am finding the soap a little drying, but it is only 4 weeks old. I am assuming/expecting it will get milder with time. With my "normal" cp soap, I would let it rest for 4 months before I used it, as I found that to be the point where I could really notice a difference. But I just...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Sorry, for some reason I couldn't get both photos in the one post.
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Hi again everyone, Here are a couple of pics of the lather from my -40% soap. As you can see it's not a big and bubbly lather, some may not like that, but I have no problem with it. The lather gets going easily if your hands are already clean.
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Hi everyone, Just an update and recap on what's going on with me and this soap. I have made 4 batches of this soap now (100% olive oil), the only difference being the lye excess. First batch was -40%, then -10%, -20% & -30%. I wondered whether so much extra lye was necessary to achieve a...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Combination of hand stir and stick blend. I stick blended it to trace with the concentrated lye solution, and then hand stirred the additional water in, but gave it the odd blast with the stick blender after each water addition to make sure it was mixed. I covered the mold with a cardboard...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    I made a -20% batch yesterday, everything seemed to go the same and I had no reason to think anything was wrong. I unmolded it not long ago, and this is what greeted me (see photo). I did everything the same, so I'm kinda stumped as to why it didn't work out this time.
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    I unmolded and cut my 10% excess lye batch a couple hours ago. It came out of the mold easier than the 40% excess lye batch. It is firm, but quite "moist" and I can easily squish it between my fingers. It was very easy to cut. The -40% batch was almost rock hard when I unmolded and cut it...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    The amount of water I used was oil weight + lye weight. For the batch I made today, that was a total of 574g of water (500g olive oil, 74g lye).
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Hi again everyone, I did this recipe again not too long ago, the difference being I only used 10% excess lye as opposed to 40%. I used the same method as last time, and everything appeared to go exactly the same. I only noticed a difference when I poured, and that was that the mixture was...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Regarding AnnaMarie's soap which had a 20% lye excess, but still got gooey... Assuming I was looking at the right recipe, yes, it had the excess lye, but it did not have the excess water. Perhaps not enough water was the reason it still got gooey? Perhaps if it had've had the excess water, it...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Thanks AnnaMarie and FlybyStardancer :) AnnaMarie, thanks for the tip about cleaning them up. To be honest, it doesn't really bother me too much, they'll just be for personal use and I'm not too fussy about how my soap looks. It's just a bit embarrassing when other soapers see them, and you...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Well, I unmolded and cut my soap not long ago. It was 1 degree above room temperature, I figured that was good enough. It ended up being 25 hours after pour. It was surprisingly hard, and based on this one experience, I wouldn't want to let it sit too much longer before cutting! Here's a...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    AnnaMarie, seven and DeeAnna, thanks for your responses to my post :smile: I checked my soap before I went to bed last night (7 hours after molding), and the temperature had dropped from 29 to 24 degrees Celsius, which was 2 degrees above room temperature. When I got up this morning (15.5...
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    Deanna, I have a question...

    Hi everyone, I know you guys won't know me, as I've never posted here much, but I was intrigued with this recipe and have been eagerly following this thread. It recently occurred to me that I'm not really happy with my soap (due to the gooey/slimey issue), but I didn't know what to do...
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