Discussion in 'Lye-Based Soap Forum' started by John Harris, Nov 2, 2019.
Dark side of the Moon
It changes too much to have such a list. As an example, I made a list of stuff of stuff I was in need of...Sodium Hydroxide, Palm Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Beeswax plus I needed some specific fragrances. So I logged on to my suppliers and after picking my fragrances, started comparison shopping to see who would give me the best price...including shipping.
I'm aware it's not a luxury oil, let alone what it is but it might as well be considering it's cheaper to just get the olive oil from BJ's or Costco, not to mention less of a hassle (slightly).
all my soaps have castor it is cheap oil. I also use few oils; OO, CO, PO, Avo, lard tallow, and often babassu oil. when I use shea butter just at 5 % or cooca butter, I do not use any beeswax in my soaps prefer to get hardness from a good balance, and my plumbing would suffer. I do not believe beeswax brings anything to soap just hardness, I would worry that it would be too draggy on skin
I do keep a list of suppliers and cost of supplies. I check them periodically but have sourced enough over the years where it's pretty consistent. I do watch for sales when possible. I get my lye from Essential Depot and they run some great sales. I generally purchase 32 to 64 lbs at a time.
For me as well. There are some local ethnic groceries near me that sell pomace, but it's cheaper to buy the Grade A at costco.
Surprisingly, that may not be the best thing for me to do. I could check about but with gentrification a thing, I don't feel that optimistic.
That's a lot of lye...
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