Bubli- here are some threads that I think may be of help from those who have made it:My laurel berry oil came, and now I'm kind of unsure.This is more pasty/thin gel-like constancy than oil.smells awesome!i can see how the soap takes on a peppery smell. Are there any soap makers with some aleppo under their belt that could throw done pointers my way?
What would be a good %?
Should it be warmed to liquefy?
Do I add it at trace or combine it with olive oil from the start?
Will this oil cause the soap to behave any differently that any other soap?
Thanks in advance.
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Hi Pims!This is a 2-part question:
I'm confused about the Laurel Berry Oil content in soap. I've read on some websites that the higher the LBO content, the more drying the soap can be (LBO does have a significant lauric acid content so this makes sense to me). However some websites (and some forum posts) state that the higher the LBO content, the more moisturizing the soap is.
I'm wondering if this discrepancy has to do with how much of the LBO is added as a superfat in a hot process after the olive oil has been saponified. And this brings me to the second part of my question:
It seems that traditionally the LBO is added after saponification of the olive oil - so in other words, as a superfat. However I find it hard to believe that the 30% and 40% LBO soaps have a 30% or 40% superfat content. Sounds like the soap would go rancid quickly if that were the case. And in fact, it seems to me that the traditional method of boiling soap should leave a superfat content of 0%. In which case, I'm not sure I understand why the LBO is added towards the end of the cook.
Can anyone shed some light on these issues?
Hi EFP,Hi Pims!
I realize this post was a while ago, but you had many of the same questions I am having about Aleppo soap; I am wondering if you were ever able to resolve them? I have never come across 30 or 40% LBO soaps, but I've heard the range of 2-20% repeated often. It does make sense that the LBO is intended as a superfat if you consider the technology the earliest soapmakers were working with - no soapcalc, no precise chemical conversion rates and no knowledge of fatty acid properties. A soap with a 20% superfat would surely justify a year-long curing period and given the olive oil content, would probably still yield a rock-hard bar of soap. I recently purchased a small quantity of LBO and I'll be giving Aleppo soap a try over the next couple days. I still have no idea about what it means to "salt out" this soap, so I'd be tremendously grateful for any pointers you might have.
No choirs of angels?I washed my face with it after mowing the lawn earlier. It performs like a long-cured vegetable oil soap. My face got clean.