This, I think, is my finalized first recipe.
Your original formula is better. It's an excellent starter formula for Newbies. You really can't improve on it.
About your revised formula:
For one thing, 5% castor is the maximum
recommended amount. Any higher than 5% may result in sticky soap. First try a batch without. Add it to the second batch to see the difference it makes, if any.
Cleansing Value of 10 is
below the recommended range. Guys especially won't like that.
An Iodine Value of 60
makes softer soap than a "perfect" Iodine Value of 55
An INS Value of 144
will be softer and take longer to cure compared to an INS Value 157
of your previous formula.
The Basic Trinity of Oils
formula is a good first recipe. It's important to understand what part each leg of the trinity plays in making a good basic soap. From there you can sub different oils and fats to see what fits your budget and what suits you and your family best.
I adjusted the oils to be whole numbers because I do not think my scale goes in increments less than grams.
Good thinking! That's what I do.
Allow 4-6 weeks cure. While waiting for your first batch to cure, make as many batches as often as you can over the next 4 months. Use your original
formula, IF successful, you can then sub oils/fats one at a time based on what piques your interest from those others have recommended. Be sure to recalculate the lye amount for each one.
For hardness & lather
: Coconut, PKO flakes
: Any fat/oil that is solid at room temp: Lard, Tallow (or a combo of both), palm, shea butter (my fave), cocoa butter, etc.
: Any liquid oil you like: Olive, HO Sunflower, RBO, Almond Oil, etc. Lots to choose from.
There's no need to add color, fragrance or other addives until you have your formula down pat. That shouldn't take long. Colors and fragrance are a whole 'nother ball game. Keep in mind, the First Rule of Soaping is PATIENCE