100% coconut oil soap cure time

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Saintlysoaper

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I made a 100% coconut oil soap at 20% SF about 7 months ago. Quite early on I dismissed it as far too drying for me and left it alone. I just tried a bar today and it feels fantastic.

So, my question is, does anyone else feel this soap recipe needs a REALLY long cure to get milder? I gave not seen this mentioned anywhere with this recipe and I wonder if I should have tried again sooner.
 

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Right here, silly!
So, my question is, does anyone else feel this soap recipe needs a REALLY long cure to get milder?
It really depends on the individual soaper and their particular skin-type.

Speaking only for myself, I'm able to use my 100% CO bars with a 20% S/F as early as 4 weeks just fine, but I do know that others here on the forum like to hold out for a much longer cure for this type of bar. Hopefully they will chime in soon.


IrishLass :)
 

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Thanks Irishlass

I am thinking I will make some more and this time check it after 8 and 12 weeks.
 

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I have been wanting to try a 100 % CO soap, but have not gotten up the courage to do so yet. I'm still only a couple of months into making soap, so I'm still experimenting with different recipes to figure out which one my family and I like best. So far I'm really loving the lard soap I have!
 

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That's great! I certainly know about trying different recipes and it seems I may be heading for a one oil soap after all the different ingredients I've tried:rolleyes:
 

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I find I like a really long 6 month cure for 100% CO 20%SF soaps. However I also tend to like a longer cure with other CP soaps too! I guess it comes down to your skin type like Irish Lass says.

I've tried testing my bars monthly and at a push I could use them at 4 months, but they were so much milder and scrummier with a longer cure, that it's worth the wait! Good luck with yours and let us know how the "cure" progresses.:)
 

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The bubbles must be a lot right? I would like to make 100% CO soap soon. Have your soaps developed any DOS due to high SF percentage?
 
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Hi mymy

Yes, the bubbles / lather is very good and has a fluffy feeling compared to the creamier feeling in my regular soaps. One thing I love about these it the complete lack of olive oil "slime" I have in so many other bars.
There has been no sign of DOS and it has held the synthetic fragrance I used beautifully. I remember making these one evening in individual moulds and the next morning they were like rocks! Nothing I have made has come close to the hardness. Also, I used extra virgin coconut oil and the colour was/is pure white. When I make the next lot tonight, I'll be using a cheaper cream coloured grade with a different texture so we'll see what difference that makes.

I think I will also make some with coconut milk or yoghurt too.
 

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Thank you saintlysoaper :) . Extra virgin CO. Okay, I'll add this into my shopping list. I was once used high percentage of CO when I made my salt bars. I used about 80% of CO. They are still curing so I have no chance to try, pretty sad.
 

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Mymy, I just checked the jar, it was actually Chi 100% Virgin coconut oil.
 

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I use regular CO from a supplier and my soap is white white. I save the virgin stuff for cooking.
 

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That's good to know. I am hoping that there will be no great difference when I use the cheaper grade as the Virgin CO is so much more pricey. It was all I had at the time I made them though.
 
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