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I was reading around and saw some people dilute with all vegetable glycerin. Has anyone tried this?
 

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Are you talking about making the initial paste with water and then diluting with glycerin? If so, I think I may have heard of some people on another forum doing that, if I remember rightly (this was a few years ago, so I could be remembering it wrong). Anyway, I myself actually do the opposite: I use all vegetable glycerin to make the initial paste, but when I dilute it, I use distilled water.


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I used a mixture of glycerin and water to dilute a small batch of paste. Compared with water only for dilution, the glycerin-water mix reduced the lather.

Based on that, I'm not really quite sure why you would want to dilute with pure glycerin. What are the benefits from your reading, AF?
 

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Benefits of thickness. I can't find the article now, of course. I use distilled water at the dilution and it worked fine. But I read either full glycerin or half and half for dilution. I may try it and give it a go. Who doesn't always need more soap!
 

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One tip is to not take the dilution rate in a recipe as gospel truth. Sneak up on the dilution a little at a time and you'll stand a better chance of getting the thickness you want. It's easy to get impatient and overshoot.

Another is to use a high % of oleic acid in your LS recipes. You'll see a wider range of water concentration where the LS is a nice consistency. It is the nature of oleic acid to be thick over a wider range of water %.
 

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On of the benefits of liquid soap is that you can dilute as much or as little as you like at the time. So, just dilute a little with glycerin to see if you like it. I did not, but you may.
 

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Has anyone tried to use like 90% koh and 10% Naoh? I just did this and will wait to see the results but was curious if anyone else tried it.
 

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Mixed results, quite frankly. Some people swear by it, but others don't see much difference.

There's the same variation in reaction for mixed lyes in shave soaps. Some swear by a mix of KOH and NaOH; others can't see a great benefit to that vs. KOH only.
 
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I have made every mixture (in 10% increments) of KOH and NaOH from 90:10 to 20:80. The only benefit I found is that NaOH is cheaper than KOH. But, what is it you are trying to accomplish?
 

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Well thickness. Strange thing is when you read a body wash from the store it sometimes has both koh and Naoh. The soap I just had was supppppper thick. So it seems I may just be doing this from now on. I actually used 1 part naoh to 2 parts koh.

It actually turned out great.
 

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Depending on your formula, you can get liquid soap that's as thick as honey, or even sweetened condensed milk, I daresay- with using only KOH. My cocoa-shea GLS formula with KOH-only is super-thick with the consistency of sweetened condensed milk poured straight from the can. As a matter of fact, if it were any thicker, I am quite certain it would not dispense out of my pump dispenser. lol


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