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Sagebrush

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So, I should probably be slapped, but I've been making soap for over three years and have never adjusted the oils for a recipe via soap calculator. When I first started making soap, I just found a few recipes that I liked and that were dependable and have been using them ever since. So, I've decided to branch out and adjust my recipes to see if I can get a harder bar that lathers a little better. Here is my adjusted recipe...I just want to see if anyone sees anything that's glaringly wrong or that I could do differently to get more lather and hardness in the batch. Thanks in advance! :)

Coconut Oil 76 degree 25% (17oz)
Castor Oil 8% (5.44oz)
Cocoa Butter 10% (6.8oz)
Palm Oil 17% (11.56oz)
Olive Oil pomace 18% (12.24oz)
Shea Butter 15% (10.2oz)
Sunflower Oil 7% (4.76oz)

Qualities:
Hardness 45
Cleansing 17
Conditioning 52
Bubbly 24
Creamy 35
Iodine 55
INS 153
 

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Your recipe looks good, I would probably cut the coconut oil to 20% and put the 5% into the Palm Oil, that was your soap will be more gentle on the skin, and have a lower cleansing value. I don't know how much Shea Butter you put into your recipes in the past, but 15% is really adding to your cost, but I bet it makes a nice bar of soap. You could play around with SoapCalc and see what the numbers look like with a little less. I know it is always a balancing act, you take away one thing and then have to figure out how to keep the bubbles where you want them, or the hardness.
 

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You will find that you can take out the shea completely and up the palm instead - in a soap, I think you'll struggle to notice the difference...............

Try it out in the calc and see that the numbers don't change too much at all
 

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You will find that you can take out the shea completely and up the palm instead - in a soap, I think you'll struggle to notice the difference...............

Try it out in the calc and see that the numbers don't change too much at all
I have a very similar recipe I have been playing with on soapcalc for the very reason of I want to make it more cost effective. I was curious if by using cheaper alternatives that yield similar numbers if I would notice the difference - now I can't wait to try it! Thanks!
 

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Thanks, guys! I appreciate the input. I messed around with it some more on the soap calc and found that bringing the Shea down to 5% and adding extra palm (or olive) will keep hardness and lather at my higher levels. The recipe didn't call for Shea originally, but I just really like the recipes I've made with Shea in the past, so I kind of wanted to keep that in there :)
Hopefully, I stop procrastinating now and actually make some soap :)
 

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