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  1. K

    Help! Brittle Soap

    Hi everyone! So I found a recipe by the Soap Queen (Back to Basics: Simple & Gentle Cold Process Soap - Soap Queen) and have made it twice. Both times the soap is brittle and cracks when I cut it. The first time I added FO and ground orange peels. The second time I added FO and coffee...
  2. E

    Cp+melt and pour in one batch?

    I've put a layer of melt and pour inside my cp soap twice and both times it made the cp part dry and crumbly. I know melt and pour can pull moisture out of the air so I'm wondering can it pull moisture out if the cp soap too? Do I need to use less lye in my recipe if I plan to do a melt and pour...
  3. Homesteading

    Hard, Brittle, Weeping CP Soap Issue

    I am new to making soap. I have about 6 batches under my belt, but two of those recipes behaved badly. They recipes a variation of the following recipe, using milk in place of water (I use the frozen milk cubes and add dry lye crystals to the cubes, the milk stayed nice and white the whole...
  4. C

    LARD- store bought vs home made

    2 concerns here... I made soap with store-bought lard and it turned out great. I made the same recipe with lard I rendered myself from our pigs. It turned out hard, dry, and brittle, and very drying. Has anyone had this problem? Is there difference I'm not realising between home made and...
  5. Purplerain

    1st soap questions, questions, questions!

    Made my first soap a few days ago and thought I aced it, but noooooo.... Used this recipe: 300 g lard (tenderflake) 270 g olive oil (extra virgin - all I had) 30 g castor oil 79 g lye 228 g distilled water Also used about 6-8 drops of an essential oil I got in Paris a few years ago...
  6. M

    Brittle hard soap. Help!

    Hi All, I'm new to soap making and attended a soap making workshop a couple of weeks ago. Loved it! Being inspired I gathered ingredients straight away and made my first batches. Made lemon and coconut with dried microplaned lemon rind and desiccated coconut which seemed to turn out of...