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  1. S

    Liquid soap is not...liquid

    Hello! I made my first batch if liquid soap a few weeks ago, and decided to do it again because it turned out so well. I used soapmakingfriend.com for my recipe calculations, but I got distracted and made several mistakes. Recipe 11.21oz distilled water NaOH 1.68 oz KOH 3.93 OZ Lard 37.27...
  2. I

    Citric acid too much?

    Hi, I am a newcomer here so best regards to all of you soapmakers. So, recently I made a surfactant-based (decyl glucoside, lauryl glucoside, SMCT, cocamidopropyl betaine) liquid hand soap and after a few experiments, I tried one with an addition of 1% diluted citric acid (1 part water : 2...
  3. B

    Making soap paste with coffee

    I have recently made a great soap paste with goat milk where the goat milk is chilled and added at trace. I saw a thread where someone asked about coffee in the paste and diluting with coffee as well but I want to know about just making the paste with coffee and diluting with just water or a...
  4. JenBen

    When to scent LS

    Hello, After a few disasters, I made an olive oil liquid soap that I like. I experimented with EO’s during the dilution process and only peppermint seemed noticeable. Can everyone please chime in with when in the process to scent LS? I don’t have a strong feeling about FO vs. EO but please...
  5. melinda48

    Suds - or lack thereof

    I successfully produced my first batch of liquid soap using this recipe: 70% Olive Oil 20% Coconut Oil, 10% Castor Oil 14 oz. Olive Oil 4 oz. Coconut Oil 2 oz. Castor Oil 4 oz. Glycerin (subtracted from the initial water amount - helps speed up the process of getting to the cooking stage). 8...
  6. S

    Liquid soap

    Hi, I’m trying to make my first batch of liquid soap and I have cooked itfor several hours. The mixture has become amber colored and translucent, however it has not thickened. Does anyone know if that will be a problem and if so, does it require more lye to thicken into a tougher paste? Thanks...
  7. C

    Favorite liquid soap vanished overnight

    I've been using a liquid soap for showers/face formulated for extremely sensitive skin. The soapmaker has disappeared. I want to make something that's as much like the original as possible. I'm not going to be selling it. So I have no idea what amounts to use when a quart would last me for a...
  8. Anstarx

    Liquid soap without crockpot/heating?

    I've made a post about my first adventure with LS long time ago and that batch didn't run out until today, meaning I need to make a second batch. Last time I used the common crockpot method but my SB end up scratching the coating in my crockpot so badly that I don't want to do that any more...
  9. JillJ

    Neutralizing Liquid Soap - qts from a beginner

    Hello All, I've recently made my first batch of liquid soap following the paste method in Jackie Thompson's Liquid Soapmaking book using recipe #7 60% coconut oil soap with olive & castor oils. I've run across a couple of things that I found confusing and hope that one of you experts will be...
  10. Emily4028

    Liquid soap thinning as it sits over time

    Hi all, After diluting the paste into water (about a 3:1 ratio, water: paste), my liquid soap becomes a nice gelatinous texture. However, after I put it in the bottle and let it sit out for ~1 week or a few days, I notice it seems to become very watery and loses that full-bodied, gelatinous...
  11. Garden Gives Me Joy

    Borax vs 'Borate Decahydrate'

    I want to dilute and neutralize excess potassium hydroxide from liquid soap paste but can not currently access citric acid or 'borax' in my current location. People only sell a white substance labelled "Bórax Decahidratado" [or Borax Decahydrate in English]. Its ingredient list says: 99.9%...
  12. Garden Gives Me Joy

    How does molasses affect the lather of (liquid) soap.

    Having had an endless supply of molasses, I made a 'molasses' liquid soap. BTW, I am also a newbie at liquid soap (and used palm kernel oil / PKO for the first time). When the batter had already passed trace and could maintain peaks, I added the molasses at a whopping rate of 52% (out of 120%)...
  13. Garden Gives Me Joy

    New (Botanical) Vegan Soaps Girl

    Hello all, I have been an amateur soaper for a a few years and loving it! Although I dabble mostly in hot and cold processed bar soaps. my repertoire also includes just a few adventures with cream and liquid soaps. As my username might suggest, my adventures often involve botanicals, mostly...
  14. L

    Questions about dilution

    Hi there! Hope all of you are having a great time! :) I'm ready to try my 3rd try for liquid soap (90% OO - 10% CO, 25% lye, 1% superfat). My first attempt was the cooking method, diluted a bit at a time until i ended up with a great clear and honey thick consistency LS. I was thrilled for the...
  15. C

    Liquid bar soap

    Is it possible to make transparent bar soap using KOH? I mean like, there's some people that makes this succesfully and teach class with it. Thanks in advance.
  16. Anstarx

    Did my first batch of liquid soap. Not sure if it come out right?

    Warning for lengthy post. I decided to try my hands at liquid soap since I just bought a cheap crockpot to make soup. I read some articles about making liquid soap and figured it doesn't look too different from bar soap, just use different lye and need heat so I throw coconut oil into the...
  17. Amonik

    Canola liquid soap for housecleaning?

    I want a soap to use for housecleaning, and the idea was to use 100% canola/rapeseed to keep it local-ish. However, that gave me a ”cleansing” value of 0, so I added some coconut. This is my recipe: My plan is to follow the method DeeAnna describes in this thread...
  18. L

    KOH purity

    Hi! I'm a beginner soapmaker and I'm interested in making liquid soap. The KOH lye I want to use is according to the manufacturer 90-100% pure. That's a 10% difference.. So I'm not sure what percentage to put in the soap calculator? What will happen if I put a too low percentage? What will...
  19. Michelle Anugrah

    Help, how do I deal with my liquid soap separation?

    I've been making liquid soap with avocado, castor, coconut, olive, ricebran and sunflower, superfatting with 5 % cocoa butter, 20% of the water is replaced with glycerine. On some days, my soap came out okay, clear with no cloudyness or separations. But on some days, it separates into two...
  20. F

    KOH accuracy in liquid bases with multiple fats

    Hi everyone! This is my first post to the forum and I'm very happy to share company with many veteran soap makers. I am a complete novice (I've made four batches of mild liquid soap in the last two months) and new to this space, so PLEASE forgive my ignorance as I build a working knowledge of...
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