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  1. scrubadubdub

    Coffee Butter from Brambleberry and

    Hello fellow soapmakers! I am new here, this is my first thread - yay! Anway, I want to make a coffee soap using coffee butter from I use for every recipe because it is the most in-depth lye calculator I've found thus far. However, "coffee butter" is not listed on...
  2. bizarrebunny

    New to soap making...Iodine and INS numbers!

    Hi, soap making noob here. I have very sensitive, eczema prone skin and I'm currently stuck using a hair and body wash made for children with sensitive skin. I've started researching soap making as I'd quite like having something a bit more 'grown-up' to use. So far I've come up with a list of...
  3. Logansama

    Questioning everything...Soap Calc and INS

    I was putting some of my favorite recipes in SoapCalc the other night, and noticed that virtually all my recipes (and they aren't all my creation) fall low on the INS range. SoapCalc says the optimal INS is 136-165 and all mine run about 127 to 135. I'm really trying to up my game with the...
  4. metuckness

    INS and Changing Soap Recipe Values

    Hi all, I am making a soap and ran the recipe through a lye calculator that had an INS rating. This is new to me so i did some research on it, but what I have so far been unable to find out is how to modify that rating? Meaning do I have to change a specific oil? Replace a portion of one oil...
  5. magstang

    Iodine/INS numbers in soapcalc

    Hi all, I'm wondering if anyone can explain what the iodine and INS numbers mean in soapcalc? I did a little googling and it seems that, generally, higher iodine = faster spoiling and INS closer to 160 = better soap. Are these numbers very important when designing a recipe? I'm new to...