#### Kari Howie

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Just keep making till you find what works for you.

Do you happen to like any of the formulas you have made already? Or at least kinda sorta like one or two, but feel they could be improved in certain areas? If so, that's where I would start. Ask yourself if you think the formula could do with more bubbles, or be more conditioning, or be harder, etc....then look at the fatty acid profile of the formula on SoapCalc, and then apply your knowledge of what each fatty acid contributes so that you can better manipulate your formula's oil percentages around to push whatever fatty acid up or down that you feel could deal to be greater or lesser in your soap. Then make the soap formula, let it cure, try it out, and compare it to the pre-tweaked formula. Then proceed from there, tweaking more if needed until you like the end results. That's how I use SoapCalc.

When I first started soaping, I made a variety of different formulas until I hit a few that I liked, but felt could stand to be a littler better in certain areas, and I used SoapCalc as a tool to help get me there. In reality, there are no perfect value numbers, or generic one-size-fits-all value numbers on SoaCalc. The value numbers really don't mean much of anything until you have made a few tweaks of your formula and can see how the numbers compare from tweak to tweak. Once you have tweaked the formula to where you really like the outcome, use those resulting value numbers of the tweak for designing your future formulas.

IrishLass

I also feel puzzled by the recommended ranges for the various fatty acids that you see in the recipe calcs -- some of that information just doesn't make sense to me. I remember when I was a new soaper feeling really frustrated because soap I liked didn't fully fit into the so-called recommended ranges. And I also remember puzzling on the names for "the numbers" such as "cleansing." Ugh. I'd like to see some of this information updated and revised or even deleted.

Thanks, DeeAnna! I feel better now.

I also feel puzzled by the recommended ranges for the various fatty acids that you see in the recipe calcs -- some of that information just doesn't make sense to me. I remember when I was a new soaper feeling really frustrated because soap I liked didn't fully fit into the so-called recommended ranges. And I also remember puzzling on the names for "the numbers" such as "cleansing." Ugh. I'd like to see some of this information updated and revised or even deleted.