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    Lauric acid in lye soap

    Would be happy to hear your opinions and experiences re adding pure lauric acid powder to baseoils in your soaping. My non-expert Google research suggests it can boost bubbles, cleansing and hardness properties of a bar. When I looked at its profile in soapcalc (by entering it as 100% of base...
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    Bastile comedogenic or not?

    Attached is my recipe. I am hesitant to offer the soap to friends with oily, acne-prone skin because of different sources of information online that appears contradictory. Are my concerns justifiable? A basic Google search said this. Quote Olive Oil is a heavy oil, so it doesn't absorb easily...
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    Decyl Glucoside in Brine Soap?

    Loving the cleaning effect of brine in soap, except that some friends say that they can notice that it has less lather (which I know is a sore point for some people). Is it possible to add decyl glucoside to soap making (perhaps in the CP lye water)? .. and would decyl glucoside be able to...
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    Dish Soap Paste

    I want to attempt dish soap paste that is kept in a bowl at the sink. This is my recipe. PKO, 100% Caustic Soda(s): NaOH @ 80% and; KOH @ 20% Lye concentration @ 35% Caustic soda discount @ 0%. (MIght consider something like -0.5%, if useful) Glycerine @ 5% SG @ 1% Since my location has a...
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    Sodium Gluconate (SG) &/ Citric Acid in Brine Soap to deeply clean oil & dirt

    My #1 aim is to maintain the apparently deep cleansing and oil fighting properties of magnesium, calcium, and potassium in BRINE soap. However, do these same wonderful minerals promote rancidity and soap scum? Furthermore, do chelators like sodium citrate (derived from adding citric acid) and or...
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    Curing & other implications of hermetically sealing lye soap immediately after cutting?

    I notice that my brine soaps are at their lowest ever weight immediately after I have processed them. The weight only increases afterwards. I believe this is because I am in an extremely humid (tropical rainforest) climate that makes salty soap sweat endlessly, especially when it rains. So I...
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    Highlighting components features of ingredients

    When describing the beneficial features of lye soap, when would it be fair or a stretch to mention component elements of ingredients? Examples: perhaps mentioning 'phyto-ceramides' because grapeseed oil reportedly has over 70% ceramides; 'antioxidants' because you have added lots of an...
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    Against what types of consumer complaints must natural soapers always safeguard?

    Regarding more serious consumer complaints and liability; what are the worse things that can or have gone wrong ... and how do you prevent the problem? These are 2 that immediately came to mind. Respiratory issues, eyes that become red & itchy (from black mold): To avoid: Avoid ingredient...
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    Selling when people shower less after Covid lockdowns

    Has anyone noticed significant changes in demand for natural soap (and other personal care products) after the lockdowns? I have not yet begun to sell but found the following articles noteworthy. They suggest that people in the US and UK have begun showering less than pre-pandemic times. Isn't...
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    Ionic Exchange a Potential Issue for CP Charcoal (ie like Bentonite Clay)?

    My interest is detoxification and not using charcoal as a colorant. Since the detoxifying benefits of bentonite clay might be lost at least in part during the CP (thanks to the very high alkalinity of apx pH 13, which exceeds the clay's pH 10 / 11 tolerance), is ionic exchange also a potential...
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    Bentonite Permanently affected by Stainless Steel?

    I gather that, the desirable electric charge of bentonite clay will change if the clay makes contact with metal, even good quality stainless steel. Is that change irreversible? In other words, after being removed from a stainless steel bowl, spoon, etc, will the clay return to its desirable...
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    Bad behaved yellow. Yellow / brown to mask DOS?

    Why is the rich yellow color from annatto fading so strangely in S38? The color of both bars started out being homogenous and with the same intense yellow. (20% of oil was infused with annatto seeds at 1 g seeds to 1 g oil before seeds were strained off.) However, the color of S38 is fading in...
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    Soap in History

    I was unaware that this was ever done and couldn't help but share. Wonder whether the average person using the soap even knew and how they would react if they were unaware and then found out. Would love to hear your thoughts and any other soapy stories in history. Corpse Wax in Soap Making in...
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    Bentonite Soap in Brine Soap & Humidity Issues

    My tropical rain forest climate is so highly humid that my soaps sweat profusely during wet seasons and a little less even in 'drier' periods sometimes. This is exacerbated when I do salt brine soap (where the brine is 25% of water). I am contemplating ordering bentonite clay for the first time...
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    Sodium Acetate (from Vinegar) - Safety, Other Reasons for Use & Sweatiness?

    I understand that the acetic acid in vinegar combines with caustic soda to produce sodium acetate and that, being a salt, the sodium acetate provides the benefit of hardening the soap. My very unscientifically informed internet search suggests that sodium acetate can cause skin irritation. To...
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    Limits for adding Citric acid in bar soap

    I just started using 1% ppo citric acid to reduce the likelihood of soap scum and rancidity. Of course, since 10g citric acid neutralizes 6g of NaOH, I counteract this addition of citric acid with an excess of NaOH. My impression is that many soapers use 1 to 2% citric acid for bars as a...
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    Curing, packaging & formulating soap in highly humid environments

    My current location has a tropical rainforest climate and therefore experiences extremely high humidity. Issues include profusely sweating soap, soap weight gain during the cure period (a phenomenon I suspect is due to moisture), high probability of 'sweat' and mold on soap and packaging (like...
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    Why all the Castile &/ Bastile Slime Hate?

    In a previous life, ie before knowing about skin types or soap making, I was shocked when someone voiced repulsion for a high-end beauty bar that, in my mind, epitomized divinity. His reason? "Eww! That thing just won't wash off already!" Ironically, the sliminess is precisely what I loved...
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    Zinc Oxide (ZnO)

    New to Zinc Oxide (ZnO). It appears to have hardened one batch and not another. ??? #1. Castile soap: soap was harder than otherwise or at least similar with slightly over 1 tbsp ppo. #2. Brine soap that usually hardens acceptably well because it's a brine soap and despite having lots of soft...
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    Fresh & Other 'Perishable' Ingredients (& Natural Packaging Materials) in CP Soap

    In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, I am also keen on using dry ingredients like oat flour, corn flour, aloe powder, etc and packaging matterials that include cotton. 1. Am I correct in assuming that, provided they are very well pureed or ground, perishable ingredients are less likely...
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