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  1. Fiut

    My failed experiment with castile with Black sea lye

    Hi everyone! I tried to make a non slim castile according to this recipe https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/zanys-no-slime-castile.72620/ The recipe is with quite big water discount and using a faux sea water as liquid. In my country there is a fantastic thing called Black sea lye...
  2. Fiut

    Castile "superlye" method experiment

    Recently I stumbled upon very interesting thread about old recipe and method of making Castile, with superlye, SF -40. https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/deanna-i-have-a-question.42922/ The thread is huge and very interesting as experiment to follow. Stretching in time between 2014 to 2017...
  3. Marten

    Newbie to the forum

    Greetings all you master soapmakers. I'm a monk (Orthodox Christian) and have been soaping on and off for 9 years or so. I love experimenting with textures, colors, recipes and fragrances. We use FO's and EO's, natural pigments, pigments that are man-made (or what I like to call...
  4. susiefreckleface

    zap test - ya gotta do it

    silly me, this was the first time I was half-willing to zap test. No no, this was not my first zap test - far from it, I was just antsy because my Castile had swirls. So I was thinking not all had saponified properly and that I would get a bad zap. ... which no one likes... but ya gotta do it...
  5. S

    Castile Soap Turned Out Crumbly

    I'm new to soapmaking and am looking to make a Castile bar soap using only organic extra virgin olive oil and lye (I've been buying one, but it's so expensive!). I decided to use a hot process method with a crockpot, as I know Castile soap and Savon de Marseille were traditionally made in...
  6. F

    Sunflower and Honey Soaps

    Hi everybody! My name is Maddy. (Wait, this isn't the introduction thread! Just kidding!) I'm currently trying to figure out how to create a batch of Sunflower Castile soap to use to make a Sunflower and Honey shampoo. (Mmm, just mix sunflower seed oil and honey to make an amazing salad...
  7. T

    Olive Oil advice

    Susan Miller Cavitch discusses the differences in olive oil grades; from extra virgin, to A, to B and then pomace. I'm not clear though as to which oil contributes the most moisturizing properties to the bar. Pomace has the least saponifiables but extra virgin seems to be the highest quality...
  8. BattleGnome

    Curing times for Castile/bastille

    I know that Castile curing times are 6months or longer but when you get into making a Bastille, how much extra other oil does it take to shorten cure time? I'm planning on playing with the Petra style hanger swirl tonight and my first attempt traced faster than I wanted to. Going back to the...
  9. S

    CP Castile soap- questions about my first batch

    I made a ~4.5# batch (homemade mold) of CP castile (100% OO) Wednesday morning around 11 a.m. This is my first time making castile and I'd read that it takes longer to set up, so I put it to bed and left it alone. Friday morning, it was really solid and I was going to cut it, but had lots of kid...
  10. F

    Pomace vs. Pure in LS

    Hi guys! So up until now, I've used only pure olive oil in my liquid castile soap, but would really like to switch it out to pomace. Other than the obvious variations in the soapcalc recipe, will pomace have any impact in LS that would differ from using the pure OO? Thanks so much for...
  11. R

    Castile type soap with Hemp & castor - need suggestions.

    I want to make a Castile soap (which needs a min of 72% Olive Oil) and I also want to add Hemp Oil b/c I have some to get rid of and I think I might have some friends who would particularly enjoy the hemp/olive oil combo (castor is not really a factor...). The reason I am trying the hemp is...
  12. KatieV

    Herbal Soap Getting Mold?!?!

    Hi all! I've been making CP soap for about three years ago. I was making one of my tried and true castile soap recipes with calendula petals. I went to check the soap (now 3 weeks into the curing process), and it looks like there may be mold on the tops of my bars... Only in the calendula...
  13. L

    My First Castile!

    I made Castile soap for the first time this week. I used 100% olive oil, distilled water and NaOH and nothing else. It is so pretty and creamy looking. After reading suggestions about making it, I decided to: 1) use a 2:1 water to lye ratio 2) soap at 110 degrees F It actually only took 12...
  14. N

    Trace-lack of-Bastille soap

    hi there. im fairly new to soap making but have done it a few times really well(from luck) and a few not so well.. i've read a book and im starting a new one which has helped me heaps. im compiling the info in my brain and have been, over time, despite the overload. (wish i was better at...
  15. D

    Is too little water possible?

    So, after a half dozen batches of CP soap, I decided that I was ready for (true) Castile :). I used SoapCalc.net to figure out how much lye to use, with a 40% lye solution and a 3% superfat (I was already feeling impatient with the 4 -6 month cure period, so I thought, less water/superfat...
  16. dragonblossom

    Alternatives to Coconut Oil?

    I've done some searching and reading but I'm still having trouble finding an alternative to coconut oil. I guess because I'm being picky, lol. I don't want to use palm oil due to the sustainability issue. I'd like the replacement oil o be something I can easily get and isn't too expensive...
  17. H

    Soap is making me break out...help!

    Hi everyone, I have encountered a huuuge problem. My last batch of bastile soap has made my face break out horribly. Please, help me by pointing out what could be the proble . My recipe: 312g pomace olive oil 88g coconut oil 31g castor oil 10g s.almond oil 63g lye 63g of water 10g...
  18. P

    Debating how to proceed...

    So I made a batch of true castile soap. I know WHY I have my quandry, but not sure where to go from here. I used full water, and I poured it at a bare level of trace (and I mean BARE)... mostly because I'd been working with the batch for several HOURS, it was 10pm, and I had to be done for the...
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