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  1. sirtim100

    Pleased as punch (and smelling good)

    Just wanted to share with the forum my first experience with what I really wanted to do with soap making: make some nice shaving soap with a view to selling the stuff one day. I made a batch of CP shaving soap one month ago (if anyone wants the recipe, let me know) and watched and waited, and...
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    Increase of lather in Melt & Pour Base

    Hi, I am experimenting with making my own melt and our clear base, and want to know what can I add to my base so that it lathers well even after remelting and adding additives. I use coco betaine for now, it does create a decent lather but is making the soap very drying on skin... Is lauric acid...
  3. kelly2019

    Beer and wine soap

    Hello everyone! I've made a few batches of HP beer soap, which I have included 5% castor oil in. I saw somewhere that a soapmaker left off the castor oil when using beer, because it makes great lather on its own. I'm getting ready to make more beer soap...and also wine soap, which I assume would...
  4. Bonneville Salt Flats Soap - Lather

    Bonneville Salt Flats Soap - Lather

    Soap I made with salt collected from the Bonneville Salt Flats outside of Salt Lake City, Utah Soap made on Aug 18, 2018 - 20% SF, 82% CO, 18% HO Safflower oil, 20-25% Salt (% oils) age 7 months when this lather test was performed; still rather drying to my skin at this point (March 28, 2019)
  5. D

    Liquid Soap lather question

    I am still very new to making liquid soap and am hoping that i can get some help with a lather question. I am a experienced hot process soap maker but only recently delved into making natural liquid soap. I use the gls method for this recipe (700g olive oil, 200g coconut oil, 100g castor oil...
  6. cmzaha

    2% does make a difference

    Stupid me, I decided to up my CO/PKO by 2% to up bubbly factor, that did not work out well. Yep, it lathers better and faster than my 15-17% CO/PKO in most soaps but it is now going to require me to age it at least 3 months if not 4 before taking to market. Sadly I needed these for restocking...
  7. TheCandleGuy

    How to increase lather in glycerin M&P soap?

    I have been experimenting with soap making and I bought some Stephenson clear glycerin soap base. I've been experimenting for a couple of months, but I am not at all more than a little experienced. By itself the Stephenson's base is great. It lathers great and as expected. I do put some oils in...
  8. HuyNguyen


    Hello fellows, I'm a newbie to this forum but I've been making soap for 5 years up to now. Few months ago, I read a blog/test report or whatever we call about lather testing in CP with additives from Modern Soapmaking. (If you haven't read it yet, here it is...
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    Newbie Questions

    Hello everyone! I can't thank you all enough for this wonderful website. I've been spending a crazy amount of time reading past threads and getting helpful info. I am a total newbie - I've made only two batches of cold process soap. Neither exploded, I didn't get chemical burns, and they...
  10. kitty1986

    MP Best Lathering Base

    As some of you know, I made my first two batches of soap over the weekend. Another problem I noticed with them is that they don't lather very much. I want more bubbles because I always feel more clean when I get lather. It also makes it much easier to use with a wash cloth. So as far as MP...
  11. G

    Tips for increasing lather stability in shave soap

    Hi All, I recently started experimenting with making shaving soap using hot process. Although my recipe lathered easily, it was way too bubbly. By the time I would finish shaving one side of my face, the lather on the other side would have disappeared. Any tips/tricks to getting a thicker...
  12. K

    High cleansing numbers

    HI, I have been playing around on Soapcal. trying to come up with a recipe with no coconut oil or one using under 10% coconut oil. everything I have calculated seems to have very high cleansing numbers I am wondering wouldn't that be drying as well? I have never paid a lot of attention to...
  13. hana212

    New Soap Maker Needs Help!

    Hello all! I am super sorry if this question has been asked before but here it is. I am very new to soap making and I LOVE my recipe for Cold Process Goats Milk Soap. Now that I am attempting to sell it though, I have had the feedback that it does not lather enough. Now I personally am fine...
  14. H

    Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles !

    How to increase bubbles in soap and what is the bubbly/creamy soap calc number ratio to aim for? My recipe contains 5% castor, 10% coconut (I don't like a bar that is too cleansing so my cleansing no is about 10, conditioning about 50), bubbly/creamy numbers are 12/40, I have also added sugar...
  15. P

    High Coconut Oil Content and Superfat

    I sometimes see ingredient lists from reputable soap makers where coconut oil is the first ingredient followed by olive oil and/or rice bran oil and palm oil. I would have thought that coconut oil as the first ingredient in any soap would mean that the bar would be very drying. But these soaps...
  16. Cherry Pit Soap Works

    Castor Oil: 5% or 10%???

    Hi all! So I'm a little torn when it comes to the castor oil. I absolutely love this oil and what it does for lather and feel. I need opinions and advice about the percentage that goes into a recipe. 5% is good, but I've done as high as 10% and I love that too! Does anyone here think that's too...
  17. S

    Good Shaving Soap Recipe?

    Hi all, I hope this is the right place to post this query. I am new to the forum and this is my first go at formuating my own recipe. I've done a good bit of research on shaving soaps and this is what I have come up with: OO 14oz CO 10oz Castor Oil 8oz Cocoa Butter 6oz Aloe Vera liquid...
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    Help! Please...Unstable Lathering

    Hi, Hope all my fellow soapers are well:-D I've been trying to make deep cleansing bar with high lathering for my acne & oily skin and this is what my recipes looks like; Avocado 10 oz Coconut 10 oz Palm 9 oz Palm Kernel Flakes 6 oz Castor 5 oz...