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Is there any reason in particular that I always see castor oil at 5% in recipes?
 

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It enhances the bubbles/lather from the other oils. It's noticeable at even 5%. Most folks don't do much higher than that, because it can make a too-soft or sticky finished bar.
 

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Cartor oil is good to boost lather and bubbles. Appropriate amount will make the bar moist and nice to cut. Plus, it has lots of benefit especially for our hair.
 

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If castor is used to high it can cause a sticky soap and it will also accelerate trace, but 5%-6% seems to be the sweet spot with adding support to the bubbly factor. I know some disagree about the acceleration but I have a slow trace recipe that I have varied the castor and there was quite a difference in tracing when using 3-5%. Castor itself does not make a high lather soap, but supports the lather from the bubble creating oils.
 

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I was going to try 14% but now I'm not so sure, haha. I just want a good amount of bubbles.
 
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I differ from the general norm in that I use 10.5% castor in my tallow/lard formula, and I use 10% in my 50% OO formula. For what it's worth, neither of them are sticky or soft, but much depends on the rest of one's formula. In my shaving soap/croap, I use 20% castor.


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I usually use castor oil at 5-10% in my recipes, and haven't had any of the stickiness that some report. It might have to do with the ratios of other oils that I'm using. It's definitely worth doing some experimenting!
 

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Its interesting how you get so many different answers :) I ended up putting 8% in the recipe but won't find out how that works out for awhile yet because no time to make soap at the moment. Plus I just made 10lbs of soap these last couple days and I will be swimming in soap soon, lol.
 

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I too use as much as 10% with no issues. A bit more in my shave soap. Castor doesn't really make bubbles but helps stabilize them. You could also add 1 tsp of sugar ppo into your water and dissolve before adding your lye.
 

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Yup, i go against the norm. I use 8-15% castor. But i also use high % of tallow & shea. I was told once that it's safe to go higher in castor when you have a high % of hard oils. Was that Irish Lass? I think so!
 

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Yup, i go against the norm. I use 8-15% castor. But i also use high % of tallow & shea. I was told once that it's safe to go higher in castor when you have a high % of hard oils. Was that Irish Lass? I think so!

Yep- I resemble that remark. :)


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Its interesting how you get so many different answers :) I ended up putting 8% in the recipe but won't find out how that works out for awhile yet because no time to make soap at the moment. Plus I just made 10lbs of soap these last couple days and I will be swimming in soap soon, lol.
I think you get so many variable answers because everyone has different skin and different likes and dislikes about the soap they like to use. Soap, it seems, is even more a matter of personal preference than food. :)
 

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I think you get so many variable answers because everyone has different skin and different likes and dislikes about the soap they like to use. Soap, it seems, is even more a matter of personal preference than food. :)
This^^^^^^^! :thumbup:


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Yep, count me in with the mavericks. Normal 7%, but some of my recipes range up to 20%. Never have had a stickiness issue.
 

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I haven't tried my soap I made about a week ago with 14% yet. I will find out soon enough. Hopefully I will be able to make the recipe with 8% sometime next week.
 

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